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Gollum IV - Power corrupts

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Old 08-14-2017, 03:01 PM
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fwiw the default setup for years for the DS FRS-BRZ cars is a 17x7 with 225-45-17 RE71R/BFGRS, and I've heard rumors of people trying 245's (on 16's I think?). Every tire will act a little different and methinks it's been a few years since you last tried that experiment, the tire landscape has changed. No doubt it's a bit pinched and may be a bit slower on turn in than a 215, but the width may be worth it for ultimate grip.

DS is a super interesting class in theory, 4-cylinder Camaro/Mustang, new WRX, FRS/BRZ, and now a JCW Mini, but most regions don't pull enough participants to see the full variety of what's on offer (E36, ATS, Genesis, etc)

Best of luck, I've been enjoying your writing for over a year now and make sure to check back every few weeks, I look forward to reading more. (long time listener, first time caller, lol)
Thanks for speaking.

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Got to say I'm with Charlie on the question of tire size, but will admit that my comment is based on a sample of one and a R comp tire at that. I have 225-45x17 R888s on 7" wheels and, maybe it is a combination of the grippy tire without sufficient camber, but on the track these are no faster than my 205-50x15 RE71Rs. The 225s are definitely feeling the pinch.

One the other hand, maybe a 200 wear rated street tire will tolerate being pinched better than the R comp did. However it is an expensive try if it doesn't work, though.

Then there is the question of gearing. The solo courses around me tend to be short and the taller tire size is a hindrance.
 

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Old 08-15-2017, 02:41 AM
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Hurricane Gert is not going to catch the Faust, although the sea state this week will be affected even on the New England coast...

The Faust should be here today, gone tomorrow - headed south to New Jersey...
 
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:51 AM
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Got to say I'm with Charlie on the question of tire size, but will admit that my comment is based on a sample of one and a R comp tire at that. I have 225-45x17 R888s on 7" wheels and, maybe it is a combination of the grippy tire without sufficient camber, but on the track these are no faster than my 205-50x15 RE71Rs. The 225s are definitely feeling the pinch.
That jives with what I've heard about R888's: soft sidewalls (which would suffer more from the pinch) and at roughly 10 years old is outclassed by the RE71R in terms of grip. All I know is what I've seen and read, and I wouldn't be too surprised if the 225 is worse on the Mini due to the high c.g. vs. FRS/BRZ's, all I mean to imply is to not rule it out! (all cars in DS suffer from a lack of camber to my knowledge, yay MacPherson struts!)

Gearing will be region dependent, there are groups out here that put together ~60mph slaloms and the extra legs in 2nd can pay off.


It's nitpicking at this stage, getting the right compound on there and feeling it out is just the beginning of the process, a size up or down is hunting for those final tenths of a second along with fine tuning the rest of the setup. Driver confidence is king when the fastest car in unsteady hands can cone away any chance at a good performance.

 
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Old 08-16-2017, 04:15 PM
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The Faust is passing off shore about now, due in New York tomorrow...

I do believe this is the next stop.
 
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:14 AM
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Hello New York!
 
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It looks like they have slowed down. Oh, the agony of the wait...
 
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... Driver confidence is king when the fastest car in unsteady hands can cone away any chance at a good performance.

+1
 
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:40 PM
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Dry feet.
 
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And now it'd being held hostage in New Jersey!
 
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Where 'dat truck at?? ;-)
 
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Old 08-20-2017, 03:41 AM
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Tick, tick, tick...
 
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Thats pretty cool with that company ship tracker, back in the day W&W you could only see the beginning and the end.
 
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So the plan is that Gollum IV will turn up locally on Thursday, and get the hub carriers and tires on Friday, and I shall have the car on Saturday.

Fingers crossed...

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Old 08-24-2017, 06:09 PM
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No truck today. Tomorrow...

Too much fun.

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It's a very painful process
 
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Old 08-25-2017, 05:09 PM
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Ah hah!!


Hi Gollum!!
 
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I can't wait to see pictures of Gollum IV. The JCW always tugs at my heart strings, especially in Rebel Green.

I love following your posts, by the way!
 
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Old 08-26-2017, 05:48 PM
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I can't wait to see pictures of Gollum IV. The JCW always tugs at my heart strings, especially in Rebel Green.

I love following your posts, by the way!
Why thanks very kindly!

Cheers,

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Old 08-27-2017, 02:45 AM
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New and newer, Gollum III meets IV...
 
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I can't wait to hear how you like the JCW on a track compared to your 1.5L. I assume you race in a different class. What other cars are in that class?
 
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:00 PM
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I can't wait to hear how you like the JCW on a track compared to your 1.5L. I assume you race in a different class. What other cars are in that class?
I do not do track.

A man should not gamble more than he can lose.

Gollum IV will compete in D Street according to SCCA Autocross rules.

Cheer,

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Old 08-29-2017, 06:01 PM
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And tomorrow at 1 pm is Christmas....

Finally!

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