AutoX Tips and Tire Feedback
Over the weekend I ran my first Solo II event and I am hooked. Overall I dropped over 11 seconds from my first to last runs which I was rather satisfied with. However I know I wasn't driving as fast as the car could go. After watching the faster guys on course and seeing their lines through the course it was pretty easy to see where I need improvement. My question is this: Is there a technique or method that I can use during the course walk to be able to pick out the best line through a course? Or is that something that just comes with experience? I know I need to look ahead more than I do. I think I'm too focused on entrance and middle of a turn than where I want to be at the exit of an element.
Second is I know by the middle/end of the season I'm going to need a new set of tires. I need these tires to be able to pull double duty, drive daily in the summer months and perform well enough at the course. I currently have Continental ContiSportContact 2's on the car. They seemed up to the job enough but it was hard to tell since it was in the 40's much of the day and grip was below optimum. I've been seeing a lot of good things about the Sumitomo HTRZ III's from the Bimmer, S2K and Evo forums and given the price and size availability (its hard to find a reasonably priced wide, 18" tire) they are very attractive. I was originally intrerested in the Nitto NT05 because they have better pricing and sizes than the big name ST tires. Anyone have feedback on the Sumi's or other street tire that works well for a Mustang?
'99 SVT Cobra #2085 -- MAC Cat-Back, MAC O/R H, C&L Intake, Steeda UDPs, FRPP 4.10s, B&M Pro Ripper Shifter, UPR Clutch Quadrant/Adjuster, Hawk HPS Pads, Brembo Drilled/Slotted Rotors, Too Much Suspension Stuff to List, Custom Tuned by Tillman Speed -- 306 whp/301 wtq