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Author Topic: G/F class lakester in Wichita, Kansas  (Read 37855 times)
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« Reply #360 on: September 21, 2017, 10:26:32 AM »

One last word on this build project; if you can swing it, book time in the Darko Technologies wind tunnel. It will reveal things you had no idea existed and will give you a faster, safer and more stable race car if you heed the data. I would have bet money that my Cp and Cg relationship was good but it turned out not to be the case. The tunnel confirmed what was experienced driving the car and how to correct the problem. Woody can do the same thing with CFD and I was going that direction but Darko was more convenient after WoS.

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« Reply #361 on: September 22, 2017, 09:34:41 AM »

Good one John. Keep the faith.
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« Reply #362 on: September 27, 2017, 09:56:49 AM »

You guys did a beautiful job on the lakester.  I was checking it out and took a bunch of pictures.  Well thought out and nicely designed.
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1968 Ghia Land Speed Car
G/CFALT  106.643 MPH  8/2016
G/CGALT  113.131 MPH  9/2016
G/CBGALT  134.606  MPH  8/2017
G/CBFALT  146.715  MPH  8/2017
G/CBGC  158.242  MPH  9/2017
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« Reply #363 on: September 27, 2017, 12:33:54 PM »

Wicked:

Looks like we had a mutual admiration society going at WOS. I was doing the same thing to your car. I love Ghia's and after seeing how clean and well prepared your car is, I started thinking unforgivable thoughts of finding a road going version. I like the early models best but also like IRS. Still, a clean 1964-67 with a killer engine would keep me smiling for years.

The lakester had a few new car teething problems at WOS. I expected this but you never know what to prepare for. Sequential shifting problems plagued us for three race days preventing us from getting 3, 4 and 5 gears. We were chasing ride height all week and when finally getting it right, something in the badly beaten up belly pan gave way causing the car to spin at 180 mph. Not too much damage but it ended our week (everybody else's too on the short course). One bright spot was the engine. It performed flawlessly all week. Can't wait until next year when we make necessary improvements and see this car run to its potential speed. It may open some eyes.

John
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