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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    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.
    Glad you enjoyed the ride!

    I don't know if Creampuff was any lighter than your car during the ride, I can't recall what's the minimum race weight for SM but I believe it is under 2400.
    Creampuff weighed 2200 on the dot with me in it, a splash of fuel and the old splitter.
    When you were riding in it we had 2/3rds of a tank, the new bigger splitter, a passenger seat, harnesses and you of course, easily 2450.

    The grip is what makes the brakes work well, between the suspension and the aero there's just more grip available.
    I was using earlier brake markers during the passenger rides, but you can go even deeper and harder into it.
    Good observation on the aero balance, I was just enjoying the rotation and had it setup to have fun with it, knowing that I'm not chasing down a lap time.
    Had I need to set a qualifying time I would run a little more rear wing and also change the shock settings, but this was just for fun and games, and boy was it fun!

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    Moti,

    Your weight with Brett was probably a little over what Brett's SM is in race trim. Maybe 20-30 lbs or so.

    For reference - SM weights and plates below. Weight is with driver.

    NA 1.6 2300 lbs no restrictor
    NA 1.8 2350 lbs 45mm restrictor
    NB 1.8 2400 lbs 38mm restrictor
    NB2 1.8 2400 lbs 40mm restrictor

    Brett - you'll love the 6spd until it breaks and you have to fix or replace. So much for the 150.00 transmission from CL that you are used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    I'm confused by the above comment. Can you explain how stopping distances would increase with sport brakes?
    Sure.

    If you can lock your brakes, the limiting factor on stopping distance is tire grip, not brakes.

    Bigger brakes mean more weight unless you change materials.

    Bigger brakes in most cases help you stop more often, they don't decrease stopping distance for the first stop.



    If you want to stop faster: add tire width, reduce neg. camber, add downforce, improve brake balance, or reduce weight.

    Edit: I left out "more static rear weight bias" and "lower the cg to reduce weight transfer"
    Last edited by robburgoon; 09-11-2014 at 04:14 PM.

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    So the big brakes are afforded by the big tires, not the other way around. I'm always learning. Thanks.

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    Just FYI, the tires on Creampuff are the same 205/50 Toyo RRs used on your SM
    Nothing exotic here.

    On a different subject, the Blackbird Fabworx cars are getting a good amount of press in the days after the event.
    Mazda posted this on their FB page / Tweeter -
    screenshot_2014-09-12-09-41-21.png

    The numbers keep increasing but we're up to 2250+ likes and 84 shares at the time of posting, not bad

    Rally ways had great coverage of the event, here's a link.
    Some nice pics of the BFW cars, but the best is their headlining shot -
    miatas_at_mazda_raceway_2014.jpg

    They also caught one BFW customer car, some guy named Brett that a few of may know
    3_spec_miata.jpeg

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    lol im friends with mike hag too

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    I think the photographer had a thing for Erin Bruner. She's the only repeated subject among all the photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    They also caught one BFW customer car, some guy named Brett that a few of may know
    Who's Brett?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    I think the photographer had a thing for Erin Bruner. She's the only repeated subject among all the photos.
    The girl in blue with the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    The girl in blue with the bike?
    Yup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    I think the photographer had a thing for Erin Bruner. She's the only repeated subject among all the photos.
    Simmer down there Brenda!?!?! Haha I also noticed the slightly awkward amount of candid photo's of my wife. She comes to one track event and she ends up a superstar... go figure.

    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    The girl in blue with the bike?
    I prefer to call her "El Hefe"

    I added a few more photo's later in the week last week that didn't end up getting posted here. Complete Gallery here https://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbr...7647392016322/

    BFW @ MRLS-120 by minimusprime, on Flickr

    BFW @ MRLS-115 by minimusprime, on Flickr

    BFW @ MRLS-109 by minimusprime, on Flickr

    BFW @ MRLS-116 by minimusprime, on Flickr

    BFW @ MRLS-1 by minimusprime, on Flickr

    BFW @ MRLS-3 by minimusprime, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    I think the photographer had a thing for Erin Bruner. She's the only repeated subject among all the photos.
    You mean the photographers took a bunch of photos of a good looking girl dressed in what can only be described as the peak of women's trackside fashion?
    Yeah, that's unheard of.

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    Eric, I'm still waiting for you to get at least 1 picture of my car... seems like it be someone appropriate for this gallery.
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    BFW @ MRLS-103 by minimusprime, on Flickr

    This picture cracks me up.
    The Blackbird Fabworx train station was so busy that Creampuff disappeared

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    ^^ proof I was in your garage. Those are my parents standing in the garage and I can see my hat in the shadow next to them.
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    Also a proof of the existence of Bigfoot. It's right there!
    Right behind the people that are probably just looking for some shade.. I swear I recognize that tuft of hair coming out of his ear!

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    Finally got around to finish editing the many hours of footage from MRLS into one clip.
    It's uploaded in HD, so make sure you're watch it in high def, not the YT-compressed-as-sh*t version.
    Enjoy!


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