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WFox's Autocross Journal

WFox93

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
ST.L MO
wow, I thought I posted at least once last year. I guess not lol Lets see, changes made last year were the clutch, tune, I think I did a front mount intercooler last year and ran koni yellows with H&R OE Sport springs. Was a good time but definitely chose the wrong tires (falken FK510). Last year was more of the first year pretty much. This year I swapped to Porsche Macan brakes and finally bit the bullet on another set of wheels for some 200tw tires, grabbed the Falken RT660s. done a test and tune and just did my second points event today. I feel like I'm finally becoming a better driver, now that the car is set-up well, I know what's working for the suspension and some decent tires. Today I found myself being able to critique myself mid-run and make meaningful changes for the next run. I even managed to give some good advice to a couple new guys, one in another MK7 and another in a MK6 TDI Sportwagon. They managed to shave some decent time off with my advice.

I'm really surprised with just how much of a difference the tires make. I swear I spent the last two years boxing with the car instead of driving it. This year on these tires even in the rain, it feels more like I'm working with the car. It turns in eagerly and is predictable throughout. I can tell what it wants and have even been able to adjust my line mid corners.

Here are a few videos from today's event. one of them I really messed up and turned it into a fun run but with new rules, I'm back in STH. Spent the last couple events duking it out by a couple 10ths with a Subaru WRX.

First Run
Fastest Run
Fun Run
 

MonkeyMD

Autocross Champion
Jealous of your wide open spaces.

Surprised you didn't like the Fk510's. Granted they're 360tw and can't compare to 200, but I've been autocrossing and dailying them them and they've done decently. But can't wait to get some 200tw tires on. Seems like your car is a lot more composed with them and you can accelerate and turn at the same time whereas before it just made noise and understeered.
 

WFox93

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
ST.L MO
The Fk510s were great on the road, they just couldn't cope with what I wanted them to do in AutoX. All of the videos from the early bit of this thread were on Continental DWS06s and before I knew anything about throttle control. So its not so much that I disliked the fk510s but more so that I like the RT660s so much more but they really are two different tires meant for two different purposes. I've also spent a lot of time working on throttle and steering technique both on course and on the road when I can. Spent some time in my buddy's NB Miata too which was pretty eye opening.
 

bfury5

Drag Racing Champion
Location
CT
I'm really surprised with just how much of a difference the tires make. I swear I spent the last two years boxing with the car instead of driving it. This year on these tires even in the rain, it feels more like I'm working with the car. It turns in eagerly and is predictable throughout. I can tell what it wants and have even been able to adjust my line mid corners.
General experience in the autox community says that a proper 200tw tire is worth ~2-3 seconds over a 300tw tire on a 60sec course, all else equal. They make a huuuge difference. The proper 200tw tires are great, but they can also hide a lot of bad tendencies behind a wall of grip (general statement - not implying anything about your driving / experience here)
 

sackofcheese

New member
Location
Kentucky
I need to come out to a STL region event. I first started autocrossing at Family Arena back in 2014 since that’s where my parents live. Those FA courses look like so much fun in an STH car, not so much in an STR NA Miata.
 

xXDavidCXx

Drag Racing Champion
Car(s)
2017 GTI SE DSG
wow, I thought I posted at least once last year. I guess not lol Lets see, changes made last year were the clutch, tune, I think I did a front mount intercooler last year and ran koni yellows with H&R OE Sport springs. Was a good time but definitely chose the wrong tires (falken FK510). Last year was more of the first year pretty much. This year I swapped to Porsche Macan brakes and finally bit the bullet on another set of wheels for some 200tw tires, grabbed the Falken RT660s. done a test and tune and just did my second points event today. I feel like I'm finally becoming a better driver, now that the car is set-up well, I know what's working for the suspension and some decent tires. Today I found myself being able to critique myself mid-run and make meaningful changes for the next run. I even managed to give some good advice to a couple new guys, one in another MK7 and another in a MK6 TDI Sportwagon. They managed to shave some decent time off with my advice.

I'm really surprised with just how much of a difference the tires make. I swear I spent the last two years boxing with the car instead of driving it. This year on these tires even in the rain, it feels more like I'm working with the car. It turns in eagerly and is predictable throughout. I can tell what it wants and have even been able to adjust my line mid corners.

Here are a few videos from today's event. one of them I really messed up and turned it into a fun run but with new rules, I'm back in STH. Spent the last couple events duking it out by a couple 10ths with a Subaru WRX.

First Run
Fastest Run
Fun Run

I’m planning on attending the Mid West Divisional 26-27 June In St. Louis. Is this the lot for that event?
 
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