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Re: what other car do you drive?

Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:50 pm

My interest started in school when I my college would compete in SAE Mini-baja and Formula SAE. So autoX always seemed to be a natural fit for an automotive activity after graduation. I've been a Nissan tuner most of the time. I did the Euro-tuner route w/ an old 190E Benz and more recently w/ my old E46 Bimmer (which the Leaf replaces) but RWD JDM cars have always been my thing. Watching Initial D over the years has really messed me up in my automotive inclinations.

What SCCA class do you run in when you autoX? Is your car in a Mod class? Man... a boosted 800 hp vehicle as light as yours (under 3000 lbs) must be a handful in autoX. Do you dial down the boost for autoX? Definitely takes a deft hand and foot to dodge the cones w/ that beast I'll bet. ;) Do you compete in regional events? It's been a few years since I've competed. I pretty much only go to practice days now when I do. Lots more runs and we always get a chance to swap cars freely.
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Re: what other car do you drive?

Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:30 pm

with my old set-up, I was in Street Modified.

I was a newbie, and trying to learn and get some experience. Not competitive at all. I got killed by the highly skilled players.

Plus the 3582r turbo was too big.....and too laggy for AutoX.

The build we're doing......not sure what class we'll fall into.
Adding new hood, fenders,ground effects.....adding a second set of 4 port injectors, and a second tank for E85 or race

Anyways, I know that the 2871r turbo is small enough, which will give me tons of tq down low and very responsive in AutoX compared to the 3582r. The compound-turbo set-up will be around 45psi or more total boost. I don't think I even need to adjust the boost during AutoX since the big turbo will not even kick in during the course. Only the small one will be on boost most of the time in AutoX. But of course, we'll adjust accordingly the boost if needed. We'll see what happens...

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Re: what other car do you drive?

Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:55 pm

2013 Honda Fit EV and 2001 Audi S4.
2011 SL-e, silver, VIN 8198, delivered 11 Sep 2011. 37k miles, ~200 GIDs, 9 bars (1st bar lost 3 April 2014 @20,700 mi, 3rd bar lost Aug 2017)
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Re: what other car do you drive?

Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:10 pm

2006 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. Two of the best cars I've ever owned.


I don't drive it much anymore, so the battery usually dies and the LEAF has to go revive it. :)
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Re: what other car do you drive?

Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:53 pm


The ICE is gone. And those model airplanes in the rack are also electric.
All electric - red LEAF, green Tesla S. No ICE.

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Re: what other car do you drive?

Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:59 am

Only when the LEAF won't move it, haul it, or make it...

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Re: what other car do you drive?

Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:57 pm

I bought a Prius in 2005 and converted it to a Hymotion plug-in in 2008 ... ersion.htm. I sold it for half price to my granddaughter when I got the 2012 LEAF.

I bought a ZAP Xebra PK electric pickup in 2007 and drove it for ~5000 miles before I gave it away in 2010. I tried to convert from gel-lead batteries to LiFePO4, but failed.

I bought a Toyota Highlander Hybrid in 2006 and am now converting it to a Plug-In Supply 5-kWh plug in.

I leased a 2012 Nissan LEAF SL in March 2012 and plan to trade it in for a 2013 LEAF SV+2-packages in 2013.
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Re: what other car do you drive?

Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:26 pm

SKY888 wrote:
bowthom wrote:OK, I'll jump in.
I have a 66 Mustang that I've owned since high school. Paid just $875 for it in 1970. Since then it has had 300k miles on it 3 engines several seasons of drag racing.
Current Equip:
302 cu, 10.5:1 compression, ported & polished HiPerf heads, Isky cam, Edlebrock intake, 650 cfm dbl pump Holly
351W exh manifolds with 2.25 in pipe & turbo mufflers.
10.5" "Boss 302" clutch
BW "SVO" T5 trans
9" rear end 3.00:1 posi
4 puck GT disk brakes front and 11"x3" rear drum brakes
Big sway bars front and rear
Traction bars
Magnum 500 wheels

Had to tame the tuning when I got married so the wife could drive it. I installed the 3.00 gears, a lesser cam, retuned the ignition profile and carb.
It still knocks out the 1/4 in 14 seconds @ 104 mph but cruises nicely and gets 20 mpg highway. Not near that around town ;)
what's your time at the quarter mile when using a more agressive cams/tune/set-up?
My best time was 12.2 @ 108, not much faster but the hole shot was great. I was still driving it on the street so that's as far as I took it. Not bad for normally aspirated. Had to carry street slicks to the strip, un-cap the headers and change the secondary jets then change back before driving home.
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Re: what other car do you drive?

Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:47 pm

My other car is a motorcycle. A 2007 BMW Xmoto. A rare bird in the US.

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Re: what other car do you drive?

Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:29 pm

My husband's car is a 2008 Prius. Once my car is paid off, maybe I'll convince him to go fully electric with his next one.
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