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      Took my V70R to an autocross event on Sunday

      This was my first time ever attending or participating in autocross, so it was quite the experience. Although I had read the Rs weren't well suited for autocrossing, I still had a blast taking the wagon around the course. This was hosted by the Atlanta region of SCCA at Atlanta Motor Speedway. I'm pretty sure I was the only Volvo and the only station wagon there. Being this was my first time, I went through the Novice program -- hence the big 'N' magnet on my car -- so they didn't post my times online. My 1st run could be classified as a "nice Sunday drive", but I managed to shave about 15 seconds off by my 5th and final run. There weren't any other G Stock cars competing, but with a little more seat time, I think I'd be competitive in GS.

      It was the most fun I've had for $45 and I highly recommend those who haven't experienced it to try it out. I'm hooked!









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      our caRs just aren't competitive in GS, cause someone will bring a Civic Si and it is over. Hell I could probably run faster times in my 9-5 daily driver than the R. What you need to do is go to a road course where the R can stretch its legs.
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      Did you run in Sport or Advanced?

      I've read some track reports from other SSers that preferred Sport for whatever reason.

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      Quote Originally Posted by inteller View Post
      our caRs just aren't competitive in GS, cause someone will bring a Civic Si and it is over. Hell I could probably run faster times in my 9-5 daily driver than the R. What you need to do is go to a road course where the R can stretch its legs.
      Find me a road course near Atlanta where I can run my car for $45 and I'm all over it. Unfortunately, all the events I've seen are like $250+.
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      I've run in all modes just to see what works. The best was advanced held in 2nd.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Chambuzz View Post
      Find me a road course near Atlanta where I can run my car for $45 and I'm all over it. Unfortunately, all the events I've seen are like $250+.
      The extra money is worth it to me not to have to stand in a sun baked lot for hours chasing cones. my nearby track is $150 and I usually get tired of driving before the day is over.
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      Quote Originally Posted by n23 View Post
      Did you run in Sport or Advanced?

      I've read some track reports from other SSers that preferred Sport for whatever reason.
      All but one run was done in Advanced with the DSC reduced. I actually forgot to change the settings on my 2nd run and ran it in Sport with DSC on. Honestly, I'm so raw right now as a driver, I couldn't tell a difference. If I end up doing some more events, I'll probably play around with the settings and see if it makes a difference. I'd like to get some better tires though. My Cooper All Seasons don't grip worth a damn.
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      Excellent! Autocross is a great, low-cost, safe way to learn performance driving.
      Track days are good too, but are more money, and you can total your car easily or worse.
      Winning against lighter cars is not the point, learning to drive is...

      I did a bunch of Auto-X in my '67 1800S racecar-turned-street-car...too heavy, slower than a Honda Civic, antique suspension design etc...I still had a blast and learned to handle my car in a safe environment.

      Auto-X rules!!
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      Took my V70R to an autocross event on Sunday

      Dat body roll!
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      Oh, and get yerself a set of sway bars...you'll be glad you did!
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      Took my V70R to an autocross event on Sunday

      The Rs do fine even in comfort mode hahaha. It's all driver rather than caR. Ask Connie. He's seen me whip the tail of his R in comfort mode with traction on lol


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      Quote Originally Posted by volvoracer View Post
      Excellent! Autocross is a great, low-cost, safe way to learn performance driving.
      Track days are good too, but are more money, and you can total your car easily or worse.
      Winning against lighter cars is not the point, learning to drive is...

      I did a bunch of Auto-X in my '67 1800S racecar-turned-street-car...too heavy, slower than a Honda Civic, antique suspension design etc...I still had a blast and learned to handle my car in a safe environment.

      Auto-X rules!!
      Adam, do you have any suggestion where I could go to try auto-x in our area?
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      IDC, looks fun!! haha

      Nice job Chambuzz!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Chambuzz View Post
      Find me a road course near Atlanta where I can run my car for $45 and I'm all over it. Unfortunately, all the events I've seen are like $250+.
      Does Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL have anything? I don't really see anything on their website. They are about 2 hours from Atlanta.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Papa_Kirlo View Post
      Adam, do you have any suggestion where I could go to try auto-x in our area?
      Yes! Ner.org. Those are the people I will be autocrossing with!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Papa_Kirlo View Post
      Adam, do you have any suggestion where I could go to try auto-x in our area?
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      Quote Originally Posted by Fitzy View Post
      With me, connie and jackroy. Ayer, Ma.
      FItzy me, and Jaclyn LOL
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      Quote Originally Posted by Chambuzz View Post
      All but one run was done in Advanced with the DSC reduced. I actually forgot to change the settings on my 2nd run and ran it in Sport with DSC on. Honestly, I'm so raw right now as a driver, I couldn't tell a difference. If I end up doing some more events, I'll probably play around with the settings and see if it makes a difference. I'd like to get some better tires though. My Cooper All Seasons don't grip worth a damn.
      I'm glad you had taken your caR to the track. I've had lots of fun with my Rosie on trac too.

      I'd like to draw your attention to rear suspension geometry. After a TD session I've had very bad side hop issue. I have found that my rear geometry was closed by 14mm, in other words, the toe in was higher then specs. The fix for that (apart from bushings) was to install TKI rear toe control arms.

      Thinking of which, it would be so nice to have spot on suspension on VR and to see it sliding out of corners like a real beast
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      Nice! I've got my Miata as my Track Rat...but our first fun event here is on the 31st so going to throw my VR around some cones also. Should be interesting...best time I had last year was in my 850 Turbo Wagon with 7 people in it, rolling on 17psi of boost around corners and lighting up the front wheels. All for giggles.

      I've done HPDE's and Autocrosses alike, granted there is a lot more driving at HPDE's but for autocross at least in my region its more of a social event...It's a good time to just hang out with people and do a little racing also.
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      Man that's really cool!! I did a track event once only a few years ago and it was a blast! I can't wait to do it again



















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