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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    When I'm lapping with passengers my rule is to take it down a couple notches, no wheels off and no sideways action.
    Lap times with passengers were ranging between 1:48-1:50, depending on traffic.
    It would really help if you would get a transponder on the car so we could all see how fast your car really is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Junior or 95R?
    Junior.
    I did a few semi-fast laps in Deviate last B group but was tip toeing around. Even short shifting by 2000rpm and using half throttle it wants to go sideways exiting most turns. Brakes needed to be bled, walls, street tires, end of day, too much HP... Didn't want to be that guy. Run hard off T11, it gets well into 6th and catches air going over T1. Whole lotta nope. I figure a full brainless lap there Deviate might do a 1:42. That'll never happen though. Just not enough safety equipment in the car to use it's full speed potential. Sorta like the Z06. Just have fun running it 7/10ths. Save the hairball T6 entries for the race car.

    I'm looking forward to running it a bit harder at Buttonwillow with fresh brakes. I must admit though, I sure would like to drop that motor into the other racecar, stick a big wing and my 245/580R15 Hoosier slicks on 15x10's under it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by granth View Post


    It would really help if you would get a transponder on the car so we could all see how fast your car really is
    No need for transponder.
    These are not estimated times, I have an AIM Solo.

    IIRC, I still own the MC supermod record in Laguna from 2012 with something like 1:47 flat.
    Mind you, that was my first day at the track, it was on mid life NT01 and before the aero... so it probably doesn't mean much and given a proper opportunity to get a good lap in I'm sure Creampuff will run at least a good 3 seconds faster.
    With passengers I was lifting for T4 and giving the brakes a quick tap at T6 (or a lift if someone bogged me down out of T5), I'm positive that I can work my way to taking both turns flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    there were only 127 99 red NB w/white top on site...
    did you come over and say hi ?
    I was the one who hardparked it b/w turn 10 and 11 in group A session 2, lol.

    I'll look for TrackHQ's next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emilio700 View Post
    too much HP...
    ????? who is this
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    Great weekend. Enjoyed meeting lots of new faces and sharing drinks with old ones (geezers lol). My car ended up running about 16 sessions and didn't really miss a single beat. I drove my car in A group and my father was in town from the midwest driving my car in B group. Missed having the extra power of the megasquirt but the VVtuner helped ease that blow. Only got one session out there solo without passengers and managed to turn a 1:50.2, predictive says there is another .5 seconds in the car.

    BFW @ MRLS-8 by minimusprime, on Flickr

    BFW @ MRLS-11 by minimusprime, on Flickr

    BFW @ MRLS-16 by minimusprime, on Flickr

    Still going through pictures. I've got another 50 or so to throw a quick edit on and post. Overall was too busy talking to people to pick up the camera all that much.

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    awesome cars. did the new front splitter perform up to your expectations?

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    It was even better than I expected.
    The nose was just stuck in place, more than ever before.
    I never really got to push the car all the way, but there was no shortage of grip.

    Brendon took a ride in Creampuff, I wonder what he thought

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    Had a fantastic weekend. Huge thank you to Moti for inviting me to be part of it.

    With a wounded transmission and a cracked turbo manifold I was severely off-pace from usual, doing 1:46-1:48s on the street tires, but my passengers didn't seem to think we were going slow at all haha. Gave tons of rides on Saturday and then took it easy on the car Sunday and chatted with everyone coming by the garage, visited with friends and vendors you only see at this event each year, etc. Great times and can't wait for next year!

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    Moti,
    I heard from a buddy of mine about his ride-along in Creampuff.

    You changed his definition of "fast"... and he said it felt like you were doing 120 around the track, everywhere!

    Sorry I didn't get over there myself..

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    I bet some of our faster THQers with the high powered race cars got a chuckle thinking of changing someone's perspective of "fast" lapping at ~1:49s average in a sub-120 whp car, haha...

    I am glad your buddy enjoyed the ride, I still have a blast in this car... must be something with open cockpit and ridiculous amount of grip

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    Yeah... it's all relative for sure.
    Most of the folks who I gave rides to had never been around a track before... so they really enjoyed the 1:58s I was running in the underpowered NA.

    Good grip, just a complete dog from T5 to the corkscrew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Brendon took a ride in Creampuff, I wonder what he thought

    Moti primed me by saying how stock and tired the motor is, so I go in with low expectations. Then the ride began. Wow, such a cool car. It's lighter than my car with bigger brakes, so Moti's brake markers were beyond mine. Six speed transmission? Check. Now I want one, but they're not permitted in Spec Miata. Oh well.

    Then there was the grip Moti spoke of. Wow, this car really works. We only wiggled the tail a couple of times. In my limited experience with aero, I think it has enough front grip to stand a bit more angle of attack on the rear wing.

    Being out in the open, with no windshield, there was the interesting sensation of my helmet being drawn upward, which was odd at first. Then I just had to get used to it.

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    Do the NA and NB use the same hardtop?
    Do you understand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tq3z View Post
    Do the NA and NB use the same hardtop?
    yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    It's lighter than my car with bigger brakes, so Moti's brake markers were beyond mine.
    Mmm... no. Bigger brakes usually make stopping distance longer.

    Lighter would help though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Mmm... no. Bigger brakes usually make stopping distance longer.

    Lighter would help though.
    Why would that be? I've never heard that before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    Why would that be? I've never heard that before.
    Me neither, but if it's true then I'd guess it's because bigger brakes add more rotational weight AND camping force is and was not the limiting factor for that particular vehicle, all else remaining equal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Mmm... no. Bigger brakes usually make stopping distance longer.
    I'm confused by the above comment. Can you explain how stopping distances would increase with sport brakes?

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    Burgoon is being too general with his statement. It's a bell curve of sorts. But the oem miata brakes are not at the peak of that curve, so there is room for improvement.

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