What We Learned
In retrospect, compared to our prior test session at LMP, the combination of a harder launch and a different track surface all contributed to tire shake and disappointing e.t.'s. The effectiveness of the transbrake and finicky nature of the drag radials simply require a different chassis setup than we were accustomed to running. Furthermore, our trip to San Antonio Raceway revealed that our prior timing curves were way too conservative. While the tires shook, they were never even close to boiling to a haze, even when feeding in full ignition advance off the transbrake. Presumably, we were castrating the motor way too much in our prior tests, contributing to its less-than-stellar 1.5-second 60-foot times. If we were smart enough to feed in more timing at LMP, instead of pulling out 12 degrees out of the hole, it's quite possible that we could have run 9s off the footbrake. At the end of the day, Project Fox is extremely close to entering the hallowed single-digit territory, but for now it's still just a 10-second car. That fact is both painful and extremely motivating, as we plan on using what we learned running off the transbrake for the first time, making the necessary adjustments, then heading to the track again as soon as possible.