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Old 09-15-2015, 01:32 AM   #176
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The next mod for his car is a Garrett GT35R going in next month which should put him in the 500whp range, there isn't gonna be anything short of a cam swap that will get me close to keeping up with him at that point.

I never made a point to get good gas mileage in it anyways so I'm definitely gonna let them sing. I have a feeling my neighbors aren't gonna be my biggest fans considering I don't usually get home from work until 4:45 in the morning.
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:39 AM   #177
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You know what they say... When you are on top, there is only one direction to go.

You'll need a drivetrain like this car, JDF. Then you won't have to worry about it... For a while, anyway.
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I try to remember that there's always someone faster and I just haven't ran into them yet

Not a fan personally, those turbos spool way too late and come on too hard for my liking, I'd rather supercharge it or give it a shot of giggle gas instead.

It's a shame that the hood looks like crap because that's a pretty nice car otherwise.
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I'll bet that you would be able to figure out how to make good use of those "inferior" turbos, nevertheless. Lol.

I'm not a big fan of the color of that car. But now that you mentioned the hood, yeah, your right. I don't like it either.

What about the hood on this car?
Just ignore the doors. Haha
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Well a powerband like that is not ideal for any sort or road racing so they would get removed in favor of a centrifugal s/c.

I wouldn't mind red if I could get a good deal. I cruised with a red Z06 that looked pretty good.

I think it's the same hood as the first one. I'm just not a fan if the scoop, it wouldn't look so bad if it were just a cowl hood
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How big is the trunk on your car JDF? And does that car have a spare tire?
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I don't know specs, but it isn't particularly big. Why do you ask?

Unfortunately there isn't room for a spare. Instead these came with run flats and a tire repair kit.... which this car didn't have either of them.
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I don't know specs, but it isn't particularly big. Why do you ask?

Unfortunately there isn't room for a spare. Instead these came with run flats and a tire repair kit.... which this car didn't have either of them.
I was wondering if there is any room to add an extra 22 gallon fuel cell. Your car gets such good gas mileage I thought that a Corvette might be a good candidate for a Cannonball attempt. But I don't think that you could make the car carry enough fuel... Safely! And not having a spare tire might be a problem. I can see now why they are not used.
All of the record holders seem to favor using European cars. A Mercedes AMG CL55 is the current trans-continental record holder, with a time of 28 hrs 50 min.
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I was wondering if there is any room to add an extra 22 gallon fuel cell. Your car gets such good gas mileage I thought that a Corvette might be a good candidate for a Cannonball attempt. But I don't think that you could make the car carry enough fuel... Safely! And not having a spare tire might be a problem. I can see now why they are not used.
All of the record holders seem to favor using European cars. A Mercedes AMG CL55 is the current trans-continental record holder, with a time of 28 hrs 50 min.
Yeah it'd be a great candidate if there was more space. I could see why a Mercedes would be able to make it, they've got so much room in there you could fit a giant tank. Are they limited to just filling the trunk?
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Since it isn't an event that anybody wants to sanction, there really aren't any "official" rules.
You just need to drive from Manhattan N.Y. to Redondo Beach CA. The previous record holders are the ones who most closely scrutinize the details of, if it is a legitimate record.
The current record holder used two 22 gallon fuel cells along with the factory 23 gallon fuel tank. I believe that they stopped to refuel four times.
It would be neat to set the record in an American car. It seems to be dominated by European cars, which are probably better suited for high speed, long distance drives.
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That's crazy! I wonder if they swap in longer gears to make cruising at high speeds more manageable
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The CL55 that they used was bone stock. You need a car that will accelerate from about 75 mph to 150 mph in a reasonably short amount of time, so you probably wouldn't want too much gear. The real challenge is balancing speed and economy, with the speed part taking a higher priority! Lol.
That Mercedes averaged about 13 mpg. The average speed was just under 100 mph.
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Interesting. I would have thought they would go for fuel economy
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People have tried a lot of different schemes throughout the last 40 years. Like an ambulance with a 400 gallon fuel tank! Lol.
You don't want to have to make too many stops, but they aren't as time consuming as you might think. The current record holder was only stopped for a total of 45 minutes in his 28:50 drive. That included driver changes every 200 or so miles.

I think that the key to successfully pulling this off, is to use a car that is fast but doesn't draw too much attention. And using thousands of dollars worth of electronic "countermeasures" wouldn't hurt either!
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Yeah all those guys running the the bright green lambos aren't exactly discreet
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The current record holder is actually a salesman at a dealership that sells Lamborghini, amongst other high end, european sports cars.
Your car is what first got me thinking about a Corvette. The silver color is good and it is easy to protect the likely spots on the front of a vette, with laser diffusers, to prevent someone who might happen to point a laser at it from quickly getting a reading.
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That's quite a nice job right there, it's a perfect way to know how the cars would do in the conditions of the race without having to shell out $250k+.

Not gonna lie, I think it would be a little challenging to try and hide jammers on this car. There just isn't a lot of extra space
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He also owns an exotic car rental company. Lol. Yet he determined that a $20k, out of warranty, Mercedes would be the best car for the job.

There is tons of room on a Corvette to place the diffusers. You would just need to place them near the center of the grill, where the license plate would be, and then one near each of the side view mirrors. They are about the size of the parking and lane assist sensors that you've seen in bumpers. That would be, hopefully, enough to not give the LIDAR a reading for a few seconds, and give the driver some warning, and a chance to get the car slowed down.
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Well I stand corrected. Would the cop be able to get you for speeding really bad still or would you be able to squeak by with it?
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You need to slow down as soon as you detect that a laser is being used. Eventually, the LIDAR will get a return and show a speed, when the vehicle gets closer to the gun.
So, it depends how fast you are going, and how fast that you can slow down.

A common practice is to have vehicles ahead of you, about a hundred or so miles, advising you of road construction, accidents, speed traps, etc.
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Interesting, I would have never thought to have used a second car like that. It's a really good idea
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Yeah, he must belong to a website much like this one... With members spread out all across the country. He was able to enlist multiple people to "pre-run" the interstate ahead of them for practically the entire way.
The previous record holder used an airplane as a "spotter" during the daylight hours. Probably a combination of both would be ideal.
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So what do you think JDF?
Shall we meet up in Manhattan, in a couple of years, and take a "leisurely" drive out to California?
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Haha only if you help install the extra fuel cell!
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Awesome Vette JDF! Really diggin' the color too.


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Thanks! The color has been growing on me slowly but surely, for the longest time I thought silver was a bland and boring color


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Haha only if you help install the extra fuel cell!
Nope. I would buy a car that was specifically chosen, and modified, just for this one road trip. That way there would be no worries about doing whatever it takes to be successful.

Lol.
If I ever completely lose my mind, and decide to give it a shot, you are on my short list of driving partners JDF.
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I'll be a scout in the last part of the journey lol
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I'll be a scout in the last part of the journey lol
Haha.
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Nope. I would buy a car that was specifically chosen, and modified, just for this one road trip. That way there would be no worries about doing whatever it takes to be successful.

Lol.
If I ever completely lose my mind, and decide to give it a shot, you are on my short list of driving partners JDF.
That'd be awesome! Who else is on this short list??
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That'd be awesome! Who else is on this short list??
Just you and me so far.

The guy that holds the record said that the hardest part of planning this out was finding another driver to do it with him. He said that a few people backed out. The two guys that were with him when the record was set, a driver and a spotter, agreed to do it only days before they left. I think that the other driver agreed to go only hours before they left! Both of them said that they had serious thoughts about bailing out of the whole thing while they were still in NYC!
All of the past record holders seem to agree that it was one of the hardest things that they have subjected themselves to do in their lives. None of them seem to have any interest in trying to regain the record once someone else has broken it.
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I don't understand why people back out. It sounds awesome.
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I think that it takes the kind of person that has a particular screw loose.

It would be difficult to make your right foot do something that your brain is screaming at you to "STOP DOING THAT!!!". For hours on end. And the additional work load that goes along with it... I know that it can't be easy. Mentally or physically!
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I think that it takes the kind of person that has a particular screw loose.

It would be difficult to make your right foot do something that your brain is screaming at you to "STOP DOING THAT!!!". For hours on end. And the additional work load that goes along with it... I know that it can't be easy. Mentally or physically!
Well Richard Rawlings is the best representation of that description you gave.
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And even he doesn't want to do it again!
Dennis Collins and him have the most legitimate run, as far as being true to the original Cannonball. They didn't use any "outside" help that I am aware of. Their run was a spur of the moment sort of thing that was done on a bet while they were doing the Bullrun.
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