Italian Wine v. German Beer

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Italian Wine v. German Beer

Postby 1974Alfa5spd » Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:42 pm

My first actual legit race, I raced a VW Fox. I'm fairly sure it was swapped because I'd never heard a Fox spin its' tires before.

He came racing up the hill behind me, so I mashed the loud pedal and got to the top first, he comes to a stop and I do a moderately aggressive launch in 2nd (On purpose). I proceed to hear *SCREEECH* coming from behind me and I look in the mirror and there's a little gray VW Fox. Come to the next stop sign, hit the brakes, slow down to a moderate roll, go to 2nd, do a hard-as-I-dare-without-toasting-the-clutch 2nd gear launch, and lo and behold, the Fox has launched again with a *SCREEECH* Wind up 2nd, 3rd, and am doing about 4k in 4th which is 55MPH up a 30MPH hill. :shock: He had to admit defeat by the time I was redlining 3rd because it was condensing down to 1 from 2 lanes. He put his hand out the window and pointed forward and then hit the brakes. :mrgreen: Had it been a straight, flat, 2-lane road, he might've won with an almost certain higher top-end speed.

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Re: Italian Wine v. German Beer

Postby LHOswald » Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:21 am

4k@55mph in 4th? jesus i thought my truck had high gearing...
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Re: Italian Wine v. German Beer

Postby Rope-Pusher » Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:41 am

LHOswald wrote:4k@55mph in 4th? jesus i thought my truck had high gearing...

He could just bolt in a lift kit and throw some 33" tires on it - much more interesting than changing the ratio in the differential, but I guess that's just a matter of a pinion.
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Re: Italian Wine v. German Beer

Postby theholycow » Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:39 pm

LHOswald wrote:4k@55mph in 4th? jesus i thought my truck had high gearing...
Low gearing.

Even my VW isn't that low.
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Re: Italian Wine v. German Beer

Postby 1974Alfa5spd » Sat Jul 24, 2010 5:14 pm

theholycow wrote:
LHOswald wrote:4k@55mph in 4th? jesus i thought my truck had high gearing...
Low gearing.

Even my VW isn't that low.

Yeah, I could probably pull a stump with my 1st gear.

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Re: Italian Wine v. German Beer

Postby LHOswald » Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:32 pm

by a numbers perspective, the gear ratio numbers would be high. thats how i looked at it. i haven't slept in like 40 hours so im a rittle letarded
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Re: Italian Wine v. German Beer

Postby theholycow » Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:46 pm

Just remember which gear is "low gear" and which gear is "high gear", and you'll never make the mistake of saying the wrong word.
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Re: Italian Wine v. German Beer

Postby Rope-Pusher » Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:49 pm

LHOswald wrote:by a numbers perspective, the gear ratio numbers would be high. thats how i looked at it. i haven't slept in like 40 hours so im a rittle letarded

Try running lighter springs in the distributor.
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