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Re: drag strip results, dissappointed- need help/o (archive)

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Posted by Quentin on November 03, 2000 at 21:08:40:

In Reply to: drag strip results, dissappointed- need help/opin posted by Kaz on November 02, 2000 at 02:10:48:

I agree with everyone else, the E30 M3 is a HORRIBLE drag racer. THe max torque happens WAY to high in the rpm band (4750). These cars were never meant to be drag raced, they were meant to be driven on road course track, where one stays (hopefully!) above 4000 rpm all day long.
However, If you feel like you want to drag race the e30 m3, here's some hints:
Launch at 4000 rpm (close to max torque, and torque equals acceleration). In order to prevent excessive wheel spin and wheel hop, gradually release the clutch and modulate it. This is a technique taught to me be the previous owner of my car. It works very well, however, it is VERY tough on the clutch, I'm about to go on to my third clutch (the last had about 40,000 miles, and is a Gruppe N racing unit). If done right, the e30 M3 can beat 5.0 liter mustang gts (but not the ones with the 4.6 liter modular v-8s) off the line.

I would suggest if you want some real fun that lasts more than 15 secs, do a high perfermance driver's school. You'll start to understand what the e30 m3 is all about. With 8 track sessions that last for 20 minutes (depending on the school), its a more fun way to spend the weekend, then getting your a55 kicked at the strip.

Hey all, I just go back from the drag strip at Englishtown. Not much of a drag racer, but i wanted to set some base times for the car as i have it now. The car has a borla exhaust, nology wires, and JC chip. Best 60 foot on street tires i got was 2.2XX and passed the traps in 15.12 @ 92 mph. Next, i dropped the tire pressure to about 28psi in the rear, and took out my spare tire. Wheel hopped too much, got a 2.3XX 60', and passed at 15.049 at 97.22mph. Talked to some drag racers there, and listening to them, i put my tires at 33psi rear, and spun a little on the launch, 2.3xx passing at 15.043 @92.xx mph. Ok so heres the deal, i launched between 2600 rpm and 2800 rpm, and shifted at redline, keeping in third all the way through the traps. I only spun a little once, otherwise, i got some bad wheel hop. I was expecting 14s, as someone once noted they did a 14.46 at 95 with a chip and intake. Not only that, but it seems my mph was too low for the mods i have. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks in advance

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