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Kill Story: Smacked down a stock 2002 with my M3

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Well, "smacked down" is probably a bit of an overstatement. But I did manage to jsut barely beat a well-driven 2002 at the most recent DC area autocross by less than half-a-second. In talking to the driver, the car is basically stock, with an updated head and new carb being the only engine mods.

My car: 240 hp, 3500 lbs.

His car: 110 hp, 1900 lbs.

Bigger and more expensive is not always better at the autocross (though, in this case, 25 years, 130 hp, and 1600 lbs. bought 3/10s of a second).

Edit: Rematch this weekend.
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nate328Ci said:

Sure, I don't, right :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

IT ISN'T about HP, the E36 is a far superior platform than the 2002. Given equal driving, the E36 should destroy a 2002. The 2002 runs in the lowest class at CCA auto-x, class C; our cars are class A and are faster, got it?

You are really naive if you think that a 2002 with stock suspension can touch even the fat pig that I am driving at auto-x....
I was a bit zealous in my use of the term "stock." The 2002 definitely has a basically stock engine (as I noted) and stock brakes, but I don't know what he has done to the suspension or whether he was on R compound tires. He is running in FSP, which means he's done some suspension work, but I don't know exactly what.

Plus, please note my use of the phrase "well-driven." The '02 pilot seemed to have a lot more autox experience than yours truly.

Not sure what your times look like, but this 2002 squeaked by another fast guy in an E46 (i.e., CD-55), so I wouldn't necessarily bet against him in a hypothetical matchup.

PS: CD-55, he and I were working Pole B together during your runs, and he mentioned that he had been benchmarking your times at the TARA short autocross, as well.
CD-55 said:

Damn I surely don't want people to be tracking me... I got to find a way to blend in. Now I am wishing I never got that 1st place... Maybe I can paint the car another color before the next autox, then people won't know who I am?
Put the SSRs on one side of your car and the M68s on the other. That will confuse people. Plus, if you put the two big M68s on the car, you'll turn better that way.
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