When your not as fast as everyone else and your ego needs protection who and what do you blame? You blame the 30 year old race car that is what you blame. Last year it was because
I the car was over weight. After dropping 90 pounds between seasons I should be upfront now.
With that , the #50 Spec E30 has been down on power this season. That is what the butt dyno is telling me and I also had it partially confirmed with the Hot Shoe of our region Sean Curren. I stated off the last race weekend ~6 seconds off the pace. Going down the straights the other cars seem to walk away from me.
My endless complaining and excuse making seemed to prompt the other drivers to give me some suggestions to remedy my ailments. After checking a few other things we looked at the AFM. The AFM (air fuel meter) is known to wear out/loose performance over time. We cracked that bad boy open and started bending the Arms to find a “Good” track for them to work on.
Progress! between getting used to this track and the tweeks to the AFM I am now within 3 sec of Sean’s time. I still am not able to keep up down the straights. there still has to be something “WRONG WITH THE CAR” there is no way that I am not the awesome driver that I portray in racing video games.
“Hey Sean, can you take my car out for a few laps?” . With some hesitation, Sean agreed. I think is was more of a attempt to get me to shut up and accept the fact that I am talent-less hack. I was thinking that the engineering skills with this fine example of pure Awesomeness of race car would make me look less amateur. I also realized that I had never been in another Spec E30 and I had no real baseline for know if my car was shit or not.
Sean was only 1.5 sec slower that the best time in his car and I he was not really pushing it. He did have some feedback. Car is maybe a little down on power(“YES!! I was right as I thrust my fist in the air with Victory!”), You have major exhaust leak ( Really? ) , and holy shit your breaks are weird. they reach max pressure at only 25% input. and your shiftier sucks(yes i know that).
He said an AFR gauge would help find/diagnose issues quicker. What? I have to buy a new gadget…. please say so… done Ordered.. on the way here. More gadgets and doodads make every car faster, they are like stickers. See the AFR Install here.
Well, I need work on a few things. I probably need to dominate some more video games that is for sure. that will give me experience that I need. I have a plan of attack before my next event.
- Install new AFM gadget.
- Fix Exhaust leak.
- Hook new gadget to Data acquisition.
The rest of the stuff will have to wait till the off season