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Old 07-09-2015, 10:09 PM   #1
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Ok, I've owned my 2011 GT auto for a little bit and I want to see what she can do, I'm planning on going to the drag strip and was wondering if theres more to it than just flooring it and seeing how fast you can go? Should I turn off advance trac? Turn on sports mode(probably more of a gimmick than anything else)? Or turn advance trac off completely? any other tips? Thanks
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If you are tuned, sport mode won't do much else. If you are not tuned, sport mode might help with the shift points a little. You can either do a brake launch or just floor it. Some people have experienced better track runs with AdvanceTrac off. Even if you spin you want to try and keep going. AdvanceTrac could possibly apply the rear brakes to try and counter the spin because the car is trying to keep you safe.
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If you want to see what the car will do, your going to want to turn advance trac off and sport mode on.

Press and hold the trac button 5 secs

Then double tap it.

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If you want to see what the car will do, your going to want to turn advance trac off and sport mode on.

Depress brake to the floor and hold the trac button 5 secs

Then double tap it.

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Drag racing in an automatic

Forgot about the brake, you actually don't have to press on it all the way. I have done this while moving and just had my foot on the brake a little. But Good call.


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If you want to see what the car will do, your going to want to turn advance trac off and sport mode on.

Press and hold the trac button 5 secs

Then double tap it.

Enjoy.


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My experience was turn off traction control but leave Advance Trac on. Turning it off did absolutely nothing for times. If you think about it, it doesn't come into play when going in a straight line. If you would happen to lose it, it should keep you from spinning the car around. Not sure why you would lose it, but who knows, I'm sure someone might...


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Double tap re engages TC and would probably end up just turning off TC, with ESC enabled. Sport mode, just lightly press the brake, and double tap it to put the car in sport mode.
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Try them all, trac off and on. This way you can tell and experience it.

After my tune, I was still spinning even with traction control on.
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No, a Mustang driver losing it?
You mean like this?

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With a stock car I've done best 1.9, 60' by turning all traction controll off, drop air pressure, mild burnout don't drive through the water drive around and back into it. Stall to about 2000 and roll into it hard in sport mode.. Tab shifting will almost never beat the computer shifting either.
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With a stock car I've done best 1.9, 60' by turning all traction controll off, drop air pressure, mild burnout don't drive through the water drive around and back into it. Stall to about 2000 and roll into it hard in sport mode.. Tab shifting will almost never beat the computer shifting either.
Yea coming from a manual, you can definitely tell/feel the delay with that button shifting. Sometimes gets annoying. A constant reminder it is just an Auto. Lol
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I have a drag tune that turns all the nannies off.
I haven't used it yet.
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With a stock car I've done best 1.9, 60' by turning all traction controll off, drop air pressure, mild burnout don't drive through the water drive around and back into it. Stall to about 2000 and roll into it hard in sport mode.. Tab shifting will almost never beat the computer shifting either.

Stay out of the water completely if running street tires. The water will get in the treads and run down onto the track. Do a dry burnout if you really feel the need on street tires.


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Advance trac off. Put it in Drive and leave off idle on third yellow.
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Advance trac off. Put it in Drive and leave off idle on third yellow.

Advance Trac on (no affect going in straight line), traction control off. Stage car in EXACT same spot every time. One foot on brake, one on gas. Get the RPMs up a bit and find the sweet spot on the last yellow to leave. Getting the RPMs up while you wait eliminates that drive-by-wire lag time you get when leaving off idle.


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Ok, I've owned my 2011 GT auto for a little bit and I want to see what she can do, I'm planning on going to the drag strip and was wondering if theres more to it than just flooring it and seeing how fast you can go? Should I turn off advance trac? Turn on sports mode(probably more of a gimmick than anything else)? Or turn advance trac off completely? any other tips? Thanks


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Ok, I've owned my 2011 GT auto for a little bit and I want to see what she can do, I'm planning on going to the drag strip and was wondering if theres more to it than just flooring it and seeing how fast you can go? Should I turn off advance trac? Turn on sports mode(probably more of a gimmick than anything else)? Or turn advance trac off completely? any other tips? Thanks
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Ok, I've owned my 2011 GT auto for a little bit and I want to see what she can do, I'm planning on going to the drag strip and was wondering if theres more to it than just flooring it and seeing how fast you can go? Should I turn off advance trac? Turn on sports mode(probably more of a gimmick than anything else)? Or turn advance trac off completely? any other tips? Thanks
I have a 2015 GT have not done a lot to it. flowmaster exhaust, steeda cold air and tune. Went to the Shelby mid-America meet a few weeks ago in Tulsa, drove it at Hallet road course and at the drags. it's a automatic, raced it with-out turning anything off or on and turned a 12.950. All I did was floor it and made sure I hit the green light close as possible.
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all nanies off. Power brake to 1100 rpm , take your foot off brake and hit gas. Tire pressure about 20#. Ran 12.8 all day with this technique with my 11 GT auto.
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sounds good would like to change to 3.7 gears to maybe get down the track a little faster.
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sounds good would like to change to 3.7 gears to maybe get down the track a little faster.
The stock 3.15 gears in the auto are generally the best for drag racing, because of the gearing in the transmission. 373, with the auto's gears, would be a lot of wheel spin.
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If your are after the best ET you can get

Do NOT run through the water---Drive around it.
Inflate the front tires to 45 lbs
Deflate the rear tires to 25 lbs
Leave the traction control "ON" ( Don't touch it)
Put the car in Drive.
When the light turns green ,Do not floor the throttle but roll on it quick ( Takes some practice)

Do a few runs and you will be surprised how you will get better coming off the line with practice.

With your V8 power and street tires you will get a lot of rear wheel spin. That is what you have to learn to control.
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What works best for me is stall it a little. I go by feel because i cant focus on the rpm gauge and the tree at the same time. Not too much not too little. Just foot on the brake and a little pressure on the gas to take up the slack in the suspension and then pound the pedal to the floor on green. Of couse you need a good tire to hook.

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What works best for me is stall it a little. I go by feel because i cant focus on the rpm gauge and the tree at the same time. Not too much not too little. Just foot on the brake and a little pressure on the gas to take up the slack in the suspension and then pound the pedal to the floor on green. Of couse you need a good tire to hook.

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Or 2.73 gears! You'll hook every time! Yeah, trying to be funny...unfortunately.


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I hook up 90% of the time with the 285 Nitto 555rs I run. The track i go to usually preps pretty good. I pull low 1.6 60s usually.

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Advance Trac on (no affect going in straight line), traction control off. Stage car in EXACT same spot every time. One foot on brake, one on gas. Get the RPMs up a bit and find the sweet spot on the last yellow to leave. Getting the RPMs up while you wait eliminates that drive-by-wire lag time you get when leaving off idle.


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Once again, my car runs faster times off idle. It does not like the brake and throttle at same time. With a good tune there is no drive by wire delay...?
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Once again, my car runs faster times off idle. It does not like the brake and throttle at same time. With a good tune there is no drive by wire delay...?

I'm still untuned.


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I raced my 2014 GT automatic quite afew times. Traction control off,brake torque to around 1700 rpm. Drag radials are a real plus. BUT the biggest problem I found was the inconsistent ET's which are necessary to win at drag racing. I have no tire spin yet the car does not repeat. Variables of afew hundreths is great but I find these cars vary tenths. Don't know if that's the computer making changes or what but makes it very difficult to dial.
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I've had my car for around 6 months and other than messing around on the street, i've hit the strip once and did 2 runs.

Turn trac control/advance trac off. It's gonna take a few times to figure out how you need to leave the line. I ran a 13.4x leaving the line extremely soft, then ran a 13.80 leaving the line just punching the gas. I know i could have done much better if i had a couple more runs.

You need to learn how much you can give it without losing traction. It's all about practice. Just get out there and have fun.
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