- 1:32 PM,
Wednesday, June 28th, 2017:
- Here it
- Black space for
0.16 seconds. Hard
to even wrap your head around. Let me get to that in a
minute. So I said that was scary after the first race
and watching now, I think scared probably is the
wrong word. It's this crazy mix of adrenaline +
concern for the car at the HIGHEST LEVEL. Every
shift I wonder if I'm destroying my clutch, I'm
trying to concentrate on when to do it and again -
THIS IS MY FOOD TRUCK. This isn't
a hobby, if something happens I'm in serious, serious
shit. I'm racing my business and it's schizophrenic to
say the least.
- Now afterwards?
Then I felt legit fear. And hitting the breaks at
100+ mph made the car leap to the right a bit and that
was scary... but some downshifting saved me pretty
good. It also got far easier as I went on and,
although I'm sure you could presume it, I'm not
driving this from here on out. I love Ray, would love
for him to be here, but now the $ to his plane ticket
has to go to the car and I really feel like
I have a grasp on how to race it. Now, the
- I'm kind of at a
loss. Yes, I could replace the computer and rewire the
car but is that really affecting the speed? Is that
really hurting my time? Alas it may not matter because
I believe it IS affecting why the car stalls
constantly and that's now a BUSINESS issue. Once
hot, the car is nearly impossible to drive. Every time
I push the clutch in the car stalls. Putting it
in gear pops it back on and usually if I'm in bumper
to bumper traffic, I have to actually turn the
key over and over. Doing some research this is indeed
what happens if you put a V6 computer into a V8 car.
<throws hands up>
- ...but what I'm
completely flummoxed about is we're talking 3/10ths of
a second difference between all the races? Uhm.
Everyone saying it should be an 11 second car with the
power and weight we have? Yet it's clearly a 13 second
car (high 12s)? I don't get it. This isn't user-error.
We're talking 1/4 of a second here no matter what. How
do you improve that? And why is it this close!?!?
That's what I cannot understand. It's like
there's a real problem with the car. 3rd gear is a
disaster. 1st and 2nd are flying, 3rd gear is a long,
slow... it's where I lose ALL of my time.
And is that in the tune? 2nd didn't USED to be
THAT fast. And now there's a TON of power in
2nd... how can that be? It's the same motor... tunes
don't change the gear ratios... is it in my head?
There's so many questions.
Of course, the heat. That didn't help. But even
there... it was 40 degrees cooler last time and Ray
basically got the same time. I really need to
figure out why my temperature gauge doesn't work. Will
probably try the 12volt/1000ohm resistor trick.
There's just soooo many ways for this to go and
goddamnit .16 seconds and I don't care.
I DON'T WANT A RACE CAR.
Like, if this was going to be my business? Sure, I'd
hunker down and make this right. But knowing that once
we get this record I am
NEVER DOING THIS SHIT AGAIN? It
feels like throwing money out the window. Alas, I was
put in this situation by my brother and I have little
choice but to keep going and get the
- ...and yes,
speaking of him. I alluded to this in the last
Fastest Video: we're now at a point where I have
no choice but to make this documentary a referendum on
all the mistakes. I did everything humanly
possible to HIDE his deficiencies and clearly even he
knew he was in over his head which is why he refused
to race it himself. Why on earth he didn't realize the
day would eventually come where we'd have to actually
GET the record is beyond me. There's a fucking OPENING
VIDEO that explained EXACTLY that in early
January. It's now clear that he was just throwing shit
together as fast as possible to get it over with and
he felt it was a nuisance. I now have to take
apart that build and find the pieces that were
incorrect and replace them. Which, sadly, means that
$28,000 in parts was the start. I get to
buy a new ECU! A new wiring harness.
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER somehow with
NO knowledge of how to do that. Yay.
- We're in the dark
times here and the next 4 weeks will be spent
replacing everything while making sure that the car is
still running thoughout. THEREIN lies the rub - fo
sho. If this wasn't a business the entire car would be
apart NOW and I'd be sifting through the pieces and
testing everything. Ya can't do that when you need to
also drive it. Just an awful situation. And yes, the
longer this goes? THE MORE the documentary
becomes about the fix instead of the build. It's
So it is. July 30th awaits.