5th event with the PM3L this past weekend. New additions to the car (just in case you've missed the pics I've plastered elsewhere):
Nascar COT splitter ($40)
ebay ricer "3d" ABS plastic wing ($100)
Basic tune from Decipha (haven't finished dialing it in yet due to base idle reset issues)
I did not add (yet) the anti-squat brackets. I know some of you recommended against them, but I find it hard to believe that if they help Fair's S197, why wouldn't they help a lowered foxbody? The only place the car really lacks traction is the first 10-20 seconds of the run, especially the launch; if I can pick up .2 seconds from the launch, that could translate to .3 or more seconds faster overall (see drag racers who usually gain 1.5 times their 60' reductions in the 8th mile). It all adds up and I just can't imagine the roll oversteer being that big of a deal when I can put a smaller rear bar and/or a larger front bar on.
No idea if the aero helped. Probably not if the faster s2000 driver and I were right on top of each other again (however, one section of the course was a straightaway for him whereas I had to jog it; see 1:03 on the video). Everyone kept telling me the wing needed to be higher, heh. Plus, at speed on the highway, you can see the wing flop around a bit (probably not stiff enough, might add some aluminum reinforcing on its backside).
This was also my second event on the Continental GT-Rs. I got 2.9 runs on them in March. Saturday, I made 10 runs. Takes them about 2 runs to get up to temp. I'm definitely leaving time on the table by not fully exploiting how grippy they get when warmed up. They definitely like to be tossed around and take an early set before a corner. My last runs in the morning (6 runs) were in the mid-high 69s (but with cones).
Anyhow, I think the car and I are continuing to improve. I beat the Porsche, that beat me by 1.3 seconds last time, by 1 full second. The faster s2000 driver and I remain neck and neck though, so maybe the Porsche just had a bad day. At the last event, I was 7.5% slower than 1st place. This event, I was 4.8% behind 1st place (different driver, still a corvette though). I was a mere half second out of the trophies in this anything goes R-compound class.
Auto-x 2, 2014
1T 2005 Corvette (Z06? Definitely cammed) 66.947
2T 2011 BWM M3 67.878
3T ???? Mustang S197 (remote reservoir shocks) 68.407
4T 2001 Mustang Cobra (stroker DOHC motor) 69.017
5T n/a 69.613
6 n/a 69.806
7 2003 Honda S2000 70.132
8 1992 Ford Mustang (me) 70.177
9 2014 Porsche 981 Cayman S 71.211
10 2003 Honda S2000 72.715
11 n/a 73.592
12 n/a (probably street tires) 77.203
13 n/a (probably street tires) 77.487
Anyhow, if you want to see what kind of courses we have up here in the NE SVT club, see the video below. However, turn down the sound. My wife surprised me with the GoPro (early birthday present!) and I mounted it to the dash behind the steering wheel...which rattles tremendously.