My MOTA build..thats Atom, backwards...

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Re: My MOTA build..thats Atom, backwards...

Post by breakaway500 » Thu May 20, 2021 8:01 am

Was back at Whiskey Hill Raceway yesterday with the new and improved Mota. Power steering installed and the 275 wide front tires.

Conditions were great and after a day of instructing I had about 30 mins left to try out the new setup.

The car felt better from pit out. Cornering felt effortless. After a couple of spirited laps I gave it the spurs.

I was amazed to find the car handled my usual entry speeds with ease. After about 6 laps I gave it the whip. Into the 140s I went..and the car still felt eager for more enrty speed..!! No slipping at either end.

About ten laps in I was in the 1:48 range looking at 1:47s. It was very difficult to convince myself to raise the enrty speed faster than what I was use to doing in other cars. Still no slip or movement from the front or rear. Pretty exciting.

With some more seat time at this power/weight level (150hp. and 1620lbs with driver) ) and tire combination (275s/205s) I feel there is another 2-3 seconds left. Then the decision to drop in 325hp remains...

NO issues with anything and the stock 2005 127k mile Focus drivetrain seems to be more than willing to entertain. Ride quality is not bad considering the performance results. I did happen to pass a Ferrari 430 Challenge car..but that's really not my goal..just a fact.

Having fun in the Sun!!

New white perimeter lines on the track and extended blend lines in both directions. New garage being built in the upper paddock. New entry/exit gates at track openings.

Good things getting better!
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Re: My MOTA build..thats Atom, backwards...

Post by DanDarcy » Fri May 21, 2021 8:19 pm

Great job Mark ! The weather was so nice. I wish I could have been there.
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Re: My MOTA build..thats Atom, backwards...

Post by DanB » Sun May 23, 2021 9:22 am

962porsche wrote:
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:48 am
out of curiosity I tried scanning your car into my aerodynamics program my computer screen blinked 3 times then shut down.
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Re: My MOTA build..thats Atom, backwards...

Post by breakaway500 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:45 am

Was back at the Hill yesterday trying out some aero mods,some R7s on the front along with some Hawk blue pads. Better results and more consistent times. I still haven't been able to find the edge on corner entry speeds but I'm working on it. The car is very sorted and no issues with anything.

It's a blast to drive! My $4k investment to date (including tires) has been well worth the performance achieved.

I know it's unorthodox ,but such has been my journey through life...a cross I bear...:)

The Vortex generators have calmed the sheet metal flapping considerably and my top speed was up 1 mph. (111mph) Not much..but a gain is a gain. :)

CCW direction.

Whiskey Hill tips: stay off the new white perimeter lines..especially when wet..and don't feed the Turkey Vultures. They will follow you around the track.. :lol:
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Re: My MOTA build..thats Atom, backwards...

Post by breakaway500 » Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:00 am

Dreams really do come true. From just a thought to the podium!

The car ran flawlessly all weekend and I ran a respectable 1:48:66 during an official time trial and although no other SU entries..a sanctioned club victory win is a win. MOTA lives.

I want to thank everyone who came by to chat and offer advice. It was good to see everyone once again.

The only time the car gave me pause was loading up on Sunday afternoon...as I turned the key to start it and got just a click.Tried again..click. Once more and the solenoid decided to make contact. The little car just didn't want to leave.

Guess I'll replace that 16 year old 127k mile starter. Hey..it's earned it.

See y'all again at Thompson. :D :sunny:
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Re: My MOTA build..thats Atom, backwards...

Post by toejam_nh » Mon Jun 21, 2021 5:27 pm

What a fun project. Enjoyed watching you on track this weekend! Thanks for sharing the build!
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Re: My MOTA build..thats Atom, backwards...

Post by paultg » Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:09 pm

Yes, alot of fun to see the car (?) in person! And great to catch up Mark. Hope to see you at the next one. - Paul G.
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Re: My MOTA build..thats Atom, backwards...

Post by breakaway500 » Mon Jun 21, 2021 8:02 pm

Thanks. Mota has been fun! I am going to install some “better” struts up front with a little heavier springs. Tire wear could not be better.
I’d sure like some more HP though. Ha! :lol: :lol: :sunny:
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