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There's plenty of threads about autocrossing in this section, so I thought it might be nice to have one thread dedicated to showing off pictures and videos of ST's being autocrossed. If no one is a fan of this, feel free to ignore it. :wink:







(My best run of the day.)

(My fastest run of the day, but +1'd it.)

And yes, we have a weird autocross location here. It's a police driving academy. They basically make small road courses out of the course.
 

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This was at a hybrid road course/autocross. It's a 1.2 mile track with a large skidpad that we made into a technical section. We don't do any timing, nor wheel-to-wheel racing, but there's often 5-6 cars on the track at once. This event had lots of variety - 5.0 Mustang, race-prepped Porsche 944 with a 350, lots of WRX's, STI's, an Evo, a few older Subaru RS's, a turbo Avenger, a couple Eclipses, and one Focus ST. :D





 

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I have yet to see any pics of my ST show up in any autox photos. I guess photographers just don't get excited about my Focus :doh:
I find the same thing. I though someone would snap a few considering no one had seen one yet. I'm a little hurt actually.
 

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I have yet to see any pics of my ST show up in any autox photos. I guess photographers just don't get excited about my Focus :doh:
I had the opposite experience. We didn't have a lot of cars out at once, and the guy taking photos happened to see me get up on three wheels, so he did rapid-fire shots of me in corners trying to get a good action shot. He got quite a few of me up on three wheels.
 

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I have yet to see any pics of my ST show up in any autox photos. I guess photographers just don't get excited about my Focus :doh:
There was quite the interest in mine as I don't think many show up to autocross yet here. A lot of pictures, a lot of people looking at it/answering questions, and the announcers loved it. Hell, someone linked me to a comment made on Jalopnik by a poster there talking about me showing up an autocrossing. lol
 

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How do you guys know where/direction your driving with the way the cones are setup, or in some cases just laying on the ground? I tried to follow along in the videos and I could see myself going the wrong way pretty easily, or not realizing which way to go until the last moment.
 

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It's a lot easier in person than it looks in the videos. Your peripheral vision does a lot for telling you which way to go. Plus, before lapping begins for the day, you should run a slow lap or two to learn the course. We usually do that parade-style. Usually.

We have pilot cars that will lead for a lap, showing how to get on the track, where to get off the track, and how to signal a pass. The events I attend are not SCCA, so they're not as formal as some events can be. If you under- or over-shoot a corner, it's not a big deal at our events, whereas at an SCCA event, you'd get extra time tacked on to your run if you go on the wrong side of a cone.

I haven't got an in-cabin video of the ST yet, but this is an in-cabin video of a couple laps in my SVT Contour at an event a few years ago. It's not a great lap, it was one of my first of the day. (Doesn't she sound purty?) At 0:59 I cut in one cone too early. It's easy for me to see since I was driving.

 

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It's a lot easier in person than it looks in the videos. Your peripheral vision does a lot for telling you which way to go. Plus, before lapping begins for the day, you should run a slow lap or two to learn the course. We usually do that parade-style. Usually.

We have pilot cars that will lead for a lap, showing how to get on the track, where to get off the track, and how to signal a pass. The events I attend are not SCCA, so they're not as formal as some events can be. If you under- or over-shoot a corner, it's not a big deal at our events, whereas at an SCCA event, you'd get extra time tacked on to your run if you go on the wrong side of a cone.

I haven't got an in-cabin video of the ST yet, but this is an in-cabin video of a couple laps in my SVT Contour at an event a few years ago. It's not a great lap, it was one of my first of the day. (Doesn't she sound purty?) At 0:59 I cut in one cone too early. It's easy for me to see since I was driving.

Getting a parade lap/pilot car is very unusual. Typically your only introduction to a course is that they'll open it up for 15-20 minutes so you can walk it. That's your time to try to commit it to memory.
 

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It's a lot easier in person than it looks in the videos. Your peripheral vision does a lot for telling you which way to go. Plus, before lapping begins for the day, you should run a slow lap or two to learn the course. We usually do that parade-style. Usually.
Thanks for the information. I'm thinking I would enjoy this type of driving. I really don't want to put the car on the track with other drivers and commit to getting it banged up. A few of these driving sessions would be nice for me so I can test the car out a bit more.
 
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