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    Quote Originally Posted by BEbengali View Post
    Was the announcer too busy advertising a special coupon pack offer every 5 minutes?
    No. Incident happend off the track. Not on race track. ACS is a big place and i was just in a blind spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbillybob View Post
    Did this group even have Fire Rescue?
    Yes they did.
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    1:23.128 @ SOW CW - 7/27/14
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    1:46.0xx @ ACS Roval - 11/23/14
    1:11.299 @ ACS Infield - 5/18/14

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    Here is my incar video.
    Description in the youtube link, but i'll post it here.

    Things to take note:
    -Battery is a Mirai Lithium Ion Battery. Had it for about a year.
    -This occurred after the 2nd session. Ambient temperatures were around 85F.
    -I had a fan running and it drained the battery before the session started.
    -SO I had to jumpstart the car. Not sure what effects it had on car, but it drove fine on track.
    -I smelled burning plastic and can visibly see the smoke coming out so I came to a stop.


    In hindsight, I wished i turned off the car in the beginning before exiting the car and propped the hood up first before anxiously trying to put out fire without knowing what exactly is happening. It looked like I was in a real hurry.

    Thank you to Mark Jager for turning the car around and responding with fire extinguisher and Paul Leung for walking to me to see what was happening (~2:17). Not exactly sure how you found out or who told you, but thanks. You arrived 2min after i stopped.

    Thank you to Jay L for also responding with his fire extinguisher at 1:35 mark.

    It smoldered for a good 20-30min, but luckily it didn't spread to the rest of the engine/car. Ended up having 2 burn holes at the top, 1 hole from the side, and another from the bottom of the battery.

    Thanks to Ben Siu and Aaron Gillis for helping me get towed out of that access road and back into my garage area, while I went on a search to find a battery.

    Thanks to Jay for lending me his truck to go to a motocycle shop and find a replacement.

    Thanks to Nicene P and Jeremy from FFTEC for finding one for me over the phone, while i headed to walmart to see if there was anything that would work.
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    1:53.396 @ BRP CW13 - 11/14/13
    1:47.2xx @ Laguna Seca - 11/28/10
    2:03.026 @ Thill CCW Bypass - 12/20/14
    2:05.100 @ CVR CCW - 1/16/11
    1:58.151 @ CVR CW - 5/5/13
    1:25.56x @ WSIR - 10/13/13
    1:23.128 @ SOW CW - 7/27/14
    1:22.2xx @ SOW CCW - 7/26/14
    1:46.0xx @ ACS Roval - 11/23/14
    1:11.299 @ ACS Infield - 5/18/14

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    Bummer. So presumably the high charging current from the alternator cooked it.

    I have a 2lb Li Ion Shorai battery. I ran it flat last time by leaving the fan running during the drivers meeting. Dead flat - there was nothing there at all when I turned the key. I hooked it up to my 1.5 amp trickle charger and 10 minutes later I could start the engine, which is pretty remarkable.

    The lesson I learn from your experience is to make sure the battery has decent charge before running the engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flink View Post

    The lesson I learn from your experience is to make sure the battery has decent charge before running the engine.
    The lesson I learned was if you're gonna run a Li Ion battery, have it somewhere you don't mind catching fire.

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    Well yeah. The bummer is that after a fairly time-consuming round of weight reduction (40ish lbs) I put in a fresh engine and it went and dynoed 5hp higher so now I have to add weight back.
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    Just an observation, and I'm not sure if you knew you where on fire yet, but don't remove your nomex gloves the next time you fight a fire.
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    ^noted. Yeah and wear my damn firesuit. lol. stop being stupid and lazy.
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    1:47.2xx @ Laguna Seca - 11/28/10
    2:03.026 @ Thill CCW Bypass - 12/20/14
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    1:23.128 @ SOW CW - 7/27/14
    1:22.2xx @ SOW CCW - 7/26/14
    1:46.0xx @ ACS Roval - 11/23/14
    1:11.299 @ ACS Infield - 5/18/14

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pure EvoIX View Post
    ^noted. Yeah and wear my damn firesuit. lol. stop being stupid and lazy.
    Does not matter how hot you get, a fire is always much hotter. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 48yota View Post
    Does not matter how hot you get, a fire is always much hotter. :-)
    When I am apt to get lazy about putting on the suit I always think about how stupid and lazy I am going to look when I have to explain the fire scars on 70% of my body....
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    I have a few of these. They work great, just soak them in the cooler and when you are done with your session put them around your neck.

    Kool Tubes Neck Tie Coolers

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    I'm glad i wore it Sunday. Wished I wore it Saturday.
    Zhong (Evo IX) | Angry Panda Racing

    1:53.396 @ BRP CW13 - 11/14/13
    1:47.2xx @ Laguna Seca - 11/28/10
    2:03.026 @ Thill CCW Bypass - 12/20/14
    2:05.100 @ CVR CCW - 1/16/11
    1:58.151 @ CVR CW - 5/5/13
    1:25.56x @ WSIR - 10/13/13
    1:23.128 @ SOW CW - 7/27/14
    1:22.2xx @ SOW CCW - 7/26/14
    1:46.0xx @ ACS Roval - 11/23/14
    1:11.299 @ ACS Infield - 5/18/14

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