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Boppa
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Posted: 16 June 2017 at 3:40am | IP Logged Quote Boppa

not sure if its still on or not?
http://www.willowbankraceway.com.au/news/detail.aspx?ArticleID=601
says the Winternationals racing is off, is the motorkhana still on or not though?


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Posted: 19 June 2017 at 3:44am | IP Logged Quote galderdi

Boppa wrote:
not sure if its still on or not?
http://www.willowbankraceway.com.au/news/detail.aspx?ArticleID=601
says the Winternationals racing is off, is the motorkhana still on or not though?


Sorry I only just saw this post. Yes our motorkhana went ahead. My car was solid but a little behind in the times. I finished mid field. I have a list of things to consider to bridge the gap.
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Posted: 26 June 2017 at 1:57am | IP Logged Quote galderdi

I am making a few modifications in order to be more competitive.

Including:
Stiffening the rear end to keep more weight on the front wheels.
Scoring the front discs to get slightly better braking ability
Adding 1 turn worth of negative camber on the rear.

My next event is a Khanacross on July 9th. Based on my last event I think I am better off starting in second gear.
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Posted: 06 July 2017 at 6:04am | IP Logged Quote galderdi

I am still on for Sunday. Really looking forward to an improved result (Can't get too much worse than last time). I made all the planned improvements. But I added an extra set of springs to the rear to stiffen it up. But there isn't quite enough clearance between the springs. So on Saturaday I plan to take one pair back out and modify the setup to increase the clearance, I only need a mm or 2.

The upshot should be better front traction as the rear won't sag as much pulling the inside front wheel away from the ground.

In addition to all the changes I will also be running my best front tyres. This alone should be an improvement on last time.

Also I am now convinced starting in 2nd gear at 1000amps will provide the best results.

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Posted: 28 August 2017 at 5:17am | IP Logged Quote galderdi

I had a ball at the Lotus Khanacross at lakeside. The track is quite tricky with a couple of blind corners. It really would help to have track time on this one. My first few runs were average at best but I did improve on my last few runs. I really struggled due to rear end grip. You know itís bad when you are over steering in a front wheel drive car. I managed to come 34th from 66 competitors. Thatís not bad considering the quality of the field. I beat 6 out of 13 Lotuses and 9 out of 16 Porsches. If I wasnít retiring the car I could put better tyres on the rear and improve the rear geometry and I would be confident of picking up quite a few places. Overall I am quite happy.

I had a problem with my camera and only got 1 video with telemetry. Itís not the fastest run and watch for the plover at about 1:22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXhOVGg55hI
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Posted: 29 August 2017 at 12:01am | IP Logged Quote joebog1

I think it was fairly impressive !!!
I know your funds are limited, but rear traction in front wheel drive cars has always been a big problem, JUST a suggestion though, maybe steal a centre diff from a subaru?? with associated shafts/drives? and congratulations on leaving the porches behind. Not a typo!! most people that own them call them porches.

Joe

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Posted: 12 September 2017 at 3:23am | IP Logged Quote galderdi

joebog1 wrote:
I think it was fairly impressive !!!
I know your funds are limited, but rear traction in front wheel drive cars has always been a big problem, JUST a suggestion though, maybe steal a centre diff from a subaru?? with associated shafts/drives? and congratulations on leaving the porches behind. Not a typo!! most people that own them call them porches.

Joe



Thanks. I am impressed when I think of what I have achieved on my own, in limited time, on such a small budget against these expensive cars. But I am not satisfied with the results. There is no reason why I shouldn't be getting podium positions if I make the right changes. This car has proven the concept has potential. It has also highlighted the design flaws and areas for improvement.

Unfortunately All wheel drive is against the rules in our sport unless it was an option on a production car. Otherwise I would be jumping all over it.

I walk away from most events happy but not satisfied. Happy that I have not disgraced myself but not satisfied because I know I can do better. I think this is a healthy balance as it encourages me to still aim higher. I do need to hurry though as I know my days as the only electric competitor will be numbered. I need to get the results before someone else takes the same concept one step further by throwing heaps of money at it. I won't be able to compete on that level.

The new car will be a vast improvement on the old one. I aim to be dicing with the leaders once I get used to driving it. so maybe in 12 -18 months I hope to be getting regular podium positions.

I had a great motorkhana event on Sunday.

For a while the results were up in the air.....quite literally. We had a mini tornado which flattened our timing tents and associated equipment. The timing tents were thrown about despite being weighed down with concrete blocks. Our volunteers conducting the timing were shaken but unhurt. When I first looked over to understand the cause of the commotion I first thought a wayward car had somehow bowled over the time keepers. I am so glad that was not the case. A handful of timing result sheets were sucked up into the vortex and continued to rise almost straight up until they eventually reached sufficient height to become too distant to view.

But now the results are up in the cloud. So I can confirm I managed 6th place outright. That isnít too bad, as usual one particular test cost me quite dearly but overall I think that only cost me one place realistically. Looking at the times I am confident all the improvements going into the new car will have me competitive against the guys at the top. I donít expect to be consistently quicker than them as they will still have a significant size advantage. But I will be closing that gap to some degree and I will have other advantages that will somewhat compensate for the rest of the gap.

Here are a handful of videos from the day:
https://youtu.be/0WW2Wu9H7eA
https://youtu.be/lU-Li3Wa-Mo
https://youtu.be/U6m5F40kJJU
https://youtu.be/_Sh8p1PlSPs
https://youtu.be/LZOc9XA-aSQ
https://youtu.be/PXTGIv1CNE8

My next event is a dirt khanacross on Sept 23. I'll provide another update then.
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