Ontopic A Thread About Butt Mustard, For Those Who Drive Automobiles

Mr. Asa

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Lots of Minis. That’s a surprise to a know nothing like me.
Track cars (or all cars, actually) have a linear relationship with weight and time around the course. Linear means that you remove 10lbs from the car and the car is 10lbs faster, remove another 10lbs and the car is now 20lbs faster.
HP is more akin to a logarithmic scale. Add 10HP and you may be 10HP faster, but add another 10HP and you may only be 15HP faster instead of 20. It will keep doing that until it approaches a ceiling that no amount of HP will let you overcome.

So, take a "light" car and add a suspension designed by BMW and it should do fairly well in auto cross.
 

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We’re you the only Nissan in that?

(I don’t know what I was looking at) :D

Lots of Minis. That’s a surprise to a know nothing like me.
What Asa said. Also the Mini has its wheels set way out at the corners of the car = very stable.

YouTube some people doing stunt tricks and racing really tight corners with them.
 
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We’re you the only Nissan in that?

(I don’t know what I was looking at) :D

Lots of Minis. That’s a surprise to a know nothing like me.
Nah, the '84 was my friend Peter. I guess the live timing reset for Sunday.

For whatever reason, I don't show up at all in the real results. Guess I'm just a filthy casual.
 
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Track cars (or all cars, actually) have a linear relationship with weight and time around the course. Linear means that you remove 10lbs from the car and the car is 10lbs faster, remove another 10lbs and the car is now 20lbs faster.
HP is more akin to a logarithmic scale. Add 10HP and you may be 10HP faster, but add another 10HP and you may only be 15HP faster instead of 20. It will keep doing that until it approaches a ceiling that no amount of HP will let you overcome.

So, take a "light" car and add a suspension designed by BMW and it should do fairly well in auto cross.
The hot hatches were very fun to watch, because they all lift a leg when hitting a tight corner at speed, like a dog getting ready to pee.
 

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I know tires fairly well, and I still had to watch this a dozen times to track it

I've been in the Michelin factory in Bridgewater, only saw part of the manufacturing line but the amount of automation that they do there is crazy.

And they're stupid secretive about it. Had to leave my cellphone with security and sign paperwork that I'm not allowed to tell anyone what I saw, and I'm in deep shit if I do :)
 

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I've been in the Michelin factory in Bridgewater, only saw part of the manufacturing line but the amount of automation that they do there is crazy.

And they're stupid secretive about it. Had to leave my cellphone with security and sign paperwork that I'm not allowed to tell anyone what I saw, and I'm in deep shit if I do :)
if i hadnt ended up where i did, i would really have liked to go industrial automation and design and build systems like that.
 

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What Asa said. Also the Mini has its wheels set way out at the corners of the car = very stable.

YouTube some people doing stunt tricks and racing really tight corners with them.
Scion or Toyota had a little square car that was an absolute nightmare on the highway and Motor Trend blamed it on the square layout, where wheelbase was nearly the same as the width. Different geometry than the Mini though.
 
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