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Old 04-25-2016, 11:48 AM   #81
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Phew - three racetracks in five days has left me a bit tired but with a HUGE smile on my face today!

Drove the car to the Mitty on Saturday. Took all back roads, and the weather was perfect for a long drive. Grassroots Motorsports featured the car on their Facebook page on Saturday (!) - 850 likes, 82 shares and counting. Awesome! Combined with my "Internet Hot Rod of the Month" on the mint green car a few years back they've given my cars a nice bit of free PR.



Had a great parking spot in between the Miata corral and the Flyin Miata area. Thanks to Rotornut for standing in the spot while I fetched my car!



And found a friend:



Sunday morning I loaded the car on the trailer and pointed towards Ala-bamer'. Barber! My brother works for Bridgestone so we had sweet passes with pit/museum/hospitality/food/beer access. GeneSplicer hooked me up with a car corral pass.




I promise there is an Eliminator in here somewhere:


The museum is awesome.




Next up: Music City Mustang Club at AMP over Memorial Day weekend


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Sorry to get off topicish, how did the novice run group look? I will be doing my second track event ever with TNiA in May.
I didn't get to see much of the novice group since they were out on track as we were coming off, but every driver I talked to had a great time and felt like the event was well run. TNIA really caters to folks with limited experience too; I've encouraged a lot of folks that are looking to do their first track day to go that route.


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So does the car feel pretty rigid? I like the looks of everything, except for the shock towers out front.
Incredibly rigid.
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:59 PM   #82
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Had a great time at AMP yesterday driving and instructing with Tracks Unlimited. I improved my best time by 8/10ths, so my new best in this car is a 1:34.2! That's only 0.4 seconds off of my best time in the mint green turbo car. However last time I timed myself at AMP in that car my best was a 1:34.6, so at this point it is fair to say the Eliminator is faster than the green car in its current state. I'm happy with that Here is a video one one of my fast laps:



Here's a longer full session video:




And another long sessions with less traffic and more back-to-back fast laps:


This was a Porsche event put on by several dealers (I think they were all from Alabama?), so nearly all of the non-instructor cars were Porsches. I think there were give Cayman GT4s! That was surprising - I thought those cars were pretty rare. One was a really beautiful (and fast!) GT4 Clubsport:



GT4, GT40, and a GT3RS behind that (!)


My whip


Some lap times from my last session:




Amazing how slow my top speed was considering the low lap time. 105mph! This car isn't very aerodynamic.



I'm already looking forward to the next track day...four days from now!
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:04 PM   #83
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Very cool! At this point, how much do you have into the Miata (aftermarket) vs the Green car? That's impressive that they're so close in speed!
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Very cool! At this point, how much do you have into the Miata (aftermarket) vs the Green car? That's impressive that they're so close in speed!
For this car I paid $1500 for the donor, spent $5500 on the conversion and paint, then spent $2300 on other upgrades (new coilovers, wheels/ tires, brake pads, harnesses). That's $9k, but I sold $4k worth of unnecessary stuff from the donor so net I'm right at $5,000.

I've spent another $2k on additional upgrades (Megasquirt, Torsen, rotors, brake lines, shifter boots, clutch hydraulics, new battery) most of which are not installed yet, so all in I'll be at around $7k.

I have about $20k in the green car.

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Old 05-23-2016, 05:05 PM   #85
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So it seems like you need some boost on the car to make up for lack of aero. Come spend a nice weekend in Charleston and drop off the car with me. I'll give you a loaner miata to drive around and at the end of he weekend you will be the first eliminator running a mkturbo setup.
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Very cool.

I've got a MP-62 Supercharger and TDR intercooler in the closet, waiting to go into the car as soon as I get done hacking it up. If Nick has the first Mkturbo Eliminator, I'll have the first supercharged!
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In a few years, I know what I am building for track days. This looks like it is waaaay too much fun.
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So it seems like you need some boost on the car to make up for lack of aero. Come spend a nice weekend in Charleston and drop off the car with me. I'll give you a loaner miata to drive around and at the end of he weekend you will be the first eliminator running a mkturbo setup.
That's a heck of an offer Lars! I'm having too much fun as is though, so I'm going to keep this thing NA for a while. After all I already have a turbo car, so if I feel the need for more power I can always bring that car out.

I didn't realize you were selling a kit now; looks to be a great deal, I'll spread the word to other local guys here that have an interest in a budget friendly FI kit.
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Went back to AMP last night for Track Night in America. These events keep getting better. Between the three track sessions, the on-site autocross course, and just hanging out with cool car people it seemed like there was always something to do. If SCCA does Track Nights in your area I would highly recommend checking one out.




I did about 10 autocross runs while we were there too. This month they added a "Top Gear-style" magnetic leaderboard to keep track of the standings and foster some friendly competition. It worked well - we all had fun continually raising the bar and pushing each other harder! I managed to be the second fastest driver. Cool!



Here's a video of another dude driving my car:
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A lot of updates since June. Will start with most recent and work backwards:

Met Magnus Walker on Sunday night and got to show him the car. Very cool guy.





Added an APR GTC-200


Continued stalking expensive sports cars on the track


Bought some 15x10s (mounted pics soon)


And had some "glamour shots" taken in the paddock:






















Also a recent video

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