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#1 2016-06-21 10:43:44

whalecliff
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Rallycross tips

So, a friend and I are going to a rallycross this weekend in Atlanta, and both of us are driving. driving We'll be driving my linear (I wish I had an aero), and we're total noobs. Any advice for a couple of novices who are going to dip their toes into the world of rallycross?

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#2 2016-06-21 19:13:00

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Re: Rallycross tips

Don't crash.

But seriously, just be friendly, ask questions to people that are there. Maybe ask to ride with people to pick up tips.

Also, don't crash.

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#3 2016-06-24 15:14:35

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Re: Rallycross tips

I think I'll be ok considering the course is literally a flat dirt field with rubber cones on it.  I'll definitely try to ride with some other more experienced drivers. Both of us will probably ride with each other some as well just to hopefully speed the learning curve.

Any recommendations about breaking or gearing?  One thing I've heard is to potentially remove the ABS  relay.  That sounds like questionable advice to me. Any thoughts on that?

Regardless, we're gonna have fun  banana driving banana driving


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#4 2016-06-24 15:27:56

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Re: Rallycross tips

keep an eye on course conditions later in the day, the fast line will likely get some ruts, which you can catch a wheel in and flip.   Any incident I've seen at a rally cross has been either that, or someone trying to put too much power through a 2WD half shaft.... (not counting debeads)  there should be a safety steward that decides revise the course if the ruts get too bad.


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#5 2016-07-01 10:56:35

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Re: Rallycross tips

Rallycross was a success. I had a blast. Sadly, I came in last for missing a gate my last 3 runs. It was tragic considering the runs were quite fast and the missed gate wouldn't have helped my lap times. I'll be back though  driving driving

Anyone know where to get a good beater rallycross car on the cheap?


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#6 2016-09-13 23:03:07

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Re: Rallycross tips

Must be so fun, sounds like you have found yourself an addiction.


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#7 2016-09-16 09:40:11

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Re: Rallycross tips

The addiction is real. If I wasn't worried about my transmission (occasional grinding noises in low gear), I'd be out every weekend doing this. In the meantime, I'm hunting for something cheap on copart to beat on.


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#8 2016-09-16 09:52:19

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Re: Rallycross tips

I think neons do ok out there.  Older subys, even Miatas.

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#9 2016-09-16 14:49:16

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Re: Rallycross tips

Honda Civics do well, though you need to purchase some extra halfshafts if you manage to get it hooked up


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#10 2016-09-18 21:45:04

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Re: Rallycross tips

I did my first rallyx last October in my Aero. Liked it so much I went back in November and was hooked. I run in SCCA Washington DC region and the main venue we run on is called The Gravel Mountain. So it will take a toll on your car. I decided to commit a full season this year and ended up buying 2001 2.5 RS from previous racer who was getting back into autox. Saved me the time and money having the car already setup for rallyx. My advice is source a cheap car strictly for rallyx. You wont fell hindered to push it the limits since you know its not your daily ride.


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#11 2016-09-18 21:50:31

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Re: Rallycross tips

hyperboarder wrote:

I think neons do ok out there.  Older subys, even Miatas.

Miatas kill it out there. Always a battle between them and those E30 bimmers. Celica, Focus, and older golf work great in the front wheeled classes.


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