First, If you haven't seen our C60 6-speed swap FIRST DRIVE video go take a look real quick. The close ratios make for a very quick acceleration and shifting experience and I knew for sure we were gonna be fast at our first autocross. I had studied the gear ratio spits and made a plan to get into 3rd and stay there, keeping my speed up. That did not happen at all though.
January 28th 2018 | SCCA SDR #1
Prepared class ran very last this time, so after being on-site for 3 hours we finally got our turn to drive. It was a surprisingly hot day for January, 80's and clear was nice even for us spoiled San Diegans. I drove first to be sure the dampers were set properly and that no new issues surfaced after removing another 68 pounds from the car. On my first run I nearly spun out the car in the first high speed turn, then I struggled the rest of my runs to adapt to the car having no LSD. I was sloppy and timid, none of my plans had worked out and I felt confused. I handed the car over to Patrick and he showed progress on each run, his final run besting my time by nearly a second!
I'm fully aware that the car is slower than it was last year, and I attribute that to the lack of an LSD. In the video you will see us spinning one tire at the start and in every transition. I hesitated on installing an LSD into this C60 because I wanted to be sure the bell housing and center case swap were not going to result in any strange issues. Also, I had to be sure the Scion xD axles are going to handle the duties of racing in a chassis they're not designed for. One step at a time right, maybe after half a season with no issues I'll go ahead and buy another Cusco Type-RS LSD. In the meantime we will work on our driving and learn the tricks to being fast with the open differential. Even though we are off pace for Prepared class, the car is still a ton of fun and only requires $10 in fuel to run every event. Stay tuned for the following events and check out the video below...