RWF, Inc.

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by tthomass, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    This is HPDE.....High Performance Driving Education. There is usually a governing body (NASA) and a sponsor......such as a Mazda event (which I ran in) or Honda or Porche......doesn't matter who the sponsor is really. There is a Porche/Ferrari class that I'm looking at running in because there are less people and a lot more track time but also more expensive.

    Most events are $350 for (8) events over (2) days. Sessions are usually 25min each. I'm in "Group Two" and will probably stay in that group through next season as its faster then Group One. If I'm getting caught up in a lot of traffic I'll go ahead and jump to Group Three which gives you more passing options and faster cars. I'd rather run with faster cars because we don't care if they pull us in the straights but we don't want them slowing us down a whole lot in the turns. Anybody can drive fast in a straight line.

    After we run next year and assuming business is still booming I'm swapping out the engine and boosting my power so that we say hello in the turns and goodbye in the straights :).
     
  2. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
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    i checked it out a couple of weeks ago and want to run on it so bad. they had a free track day a couple of weeks ago at englishtown that i wished i ran. i was afraid it would be to crowded with to many guys that dont know what they are doing though.
     
  3. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    Go out during a weekend event, such as what I run in. During lunch time they will typically do what is called Parade Laps and you get to follow the pace car around the track. Its not high speed but you get to see the track. Also, talk to instrcutors. The deal with instructors is they get free track time for instructing. So while I may run 4 times that day, the instructors have their own 4 times where they run too. During this time they don't mind passengers and most usually have one. Depending on the event/body you may or may not be permitted to ride but typically just sign a waver. This really helped me a lot with driving as I learned what lines to run on the track and was more familar with the track vs someone who goes out to run their 1st time having never been on it.

    If you do an actual event let me know. I'll set you up with what you need.......mostly get different brake fluid (higher boiling point) and pads and you'll be set. I was hit because of someone on stock pads...........they get hot, you lose them and you have to drive a lot slower or come off the track all together. BTW, don't worry about your car. My case was a very rare one being hit in HPDE. Its a very very very fun sport. You'll be doing things on track you can't on the street. For example.....I'm exiting one turn and entering another. While doing so I'm over correcting the car to upset the rear a little more because if the car gets just a little loose/side ways it sets me up better for hte next turn......all at 100mph. That is the fun.

    I can talk this stuff forever......maybe we need a car thread too haha.
     
  4. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tell me about, its the one thing i can talk about more than hardscaping. i want to upgrade my pads soon anyway. my car comes with massive brakes to begin with, four piston 13.6-inch front and 12.2-inch rear. maybe we can run down at millville next summer.
     
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    My 4 piston calipers are aluminum though :)

    Though i upgraded with larger calipers, pads and rotors my weight went down.

    Fastbrakes put mine together. He had to piece together a kit for my setup and in doing so I ended up with 2 piece rotors. Steel braking surface, aluminum center in combination with the aluminum calipers makes it super freak'n light.
     
  6. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
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    yeah, my car can use all of the weight lose possible, but it needs a little more hp before the brakes need to be upgraded. i could put the couple of grand to better use under the hood and in the exhaust.
     
  7. DVS Hardscaper

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  8. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
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  9. DVS Hardscaper

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    Ssshhhh.........quiet, he doesn't know that, he thinks it's a nissan!
     
  10. McKeeLand

    McKeeLand LawnSite Senior Member
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    i could get ostracized from my VW forum for talking on a site like that!! LOL
     

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