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Motorsports in the Ottawa Area (especially EV!)

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Doug_G, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    A few of us Tesla owners are trying to convince Calabogie Motorsports to install a couple of high power chargers for Roadster and Model S.

    My first attempt two years ago was rebuffed. Even after saying I'd cover all costs I was told, "it's not worth it".

    We have a few more allies to the cause now, and are going to try again. We'd like to have more names to put behind this. If the owners could see it is to their economic advantage it would certainly help.

    Please let me know if you'd be willing to put your name forward. Also please pass this along to any other Tesla owners that might be interested.

    Thanks!
     
  2. mknox

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    Is there something strategic about this location? Seems to be in the middle of nowhere and not on the way to anywhere. (Oops! Is my "center of the universe" Toronto attitude showing?). Or is it to facilitate EV usage of the track? Just curious, as the rationale for this may bring more users forward.
     
  3. Doug_G

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    We want to run the track, of course!
     
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    I don't know if I'd want to risk banging my Tesla up on a track, but if they get those chargers in, I may enjoy coming out and watch you guys do it :smile:
     
  5. inottawa

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    I'd be in for some organized track days.
     
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    I might be in, even if I live very close to ICAR track
     
  7. Doug_G

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    inottawa and toto_48313 could you please PM me with your real names and email addresses?

    Also anyone else who'd like to join the list.

    Thanks!
     
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    2500 miles from me (says Bing maps), or 4023.4 kilometers

    Bummer.
     
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    I'm interested, but not really sure if I'd be driving on the track due to insurance reasons. I'd need to look at my policy, but I'm pretty sure any "timed events" are not allowed.
     
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    We have a couple of 50 amp circuits installed at Autobahn Country Club (track I belong to near Chicago). I haven't seen or used them yet, but I will once the track opens again in April. I will post a couple of pics when I do so that other tracks might be inspired to do the same to accommodate EVs.
     
  11. Doug_G

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    #11 Doug_G, Feb 16, 2013
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    @Steph_S, this isn't for "timed events". There will be no timing. Worst-case scenario is you have no insurance while on track (although special insurance can be purchased for the day).

    If it is a "driver education" event, with instructors etc., then your regular insurance does apply.

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    To give you a better idea of what a day at the track is like, here's last summer's "Tesla Track Day" at Shannonville Motorsports Park:

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    Here I am running my nearly silent Tesla Roadster at Shannonville:



    And here for comparison I am running my rather noisy Honda S2000 at the spectacular Calabogie track:

     
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    Im assuming the warranty doesn't get void if you take the car to the track..??

    I wanted to do that for the model S but dont we wear parts earlier (as compared to "daily" driving like the warranty says) ?
     
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    Again, we're talking driver education, not competition.
     
  14. inottawa

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    Hey Doug. did you end up hearing anything from Calabogie re: installing chargers on site? You hear of any organized training sessions going on near Ottawa this summer for track driving? I've decided I really want try out the car on a track and get some education behind the wheel.
     
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    I spoke directly to one of the owners - from what I understand the largest shareholder. He was receptive enough to say they would prewire the new building, but not receptive enough to actually go ahead and install one. Progress seems to have stalled. I was thinking of talking to one of the people renting a garage to see if he'd be willing to install a NEMA 14-50.

    You can get one-on-one instruction on any of the Entrack days that say they're open to novice drivers, but that is a more expensive route. A much better deal is to go to one of the Motorsport Club of Ottawa track days; they are less expensive days and they provide instruction at no cost. Here are the dates: Motorsport Club of Ottawa View topic - Watch this space.. 2014 EVENTS!!!!

    I'm heading out to the track tomorrow for the GT racing series "Test and Tune" day. I am however running my Corvette as the Tesla doesn't have the endurance for racing (heck the Corvette didn't either without adding coolers! Serious problems with overheating last year.).

    If you'd like a ride around the track, to help familiarize yourself with driving it, I'll be there for the evening (5 pm - 7 pm) 1morelap sessions on May 3rd and 24th. I'll take you around for some laps. Just promise not to scream lol.
     
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    I was actually chatting with a WRX owner @ a party the other day and she suggested joining MCO as a way of some great training (autocross). Is the observation area open to the public for the day tomorrow? I love just coming by and snapping pictures and chatting to people.

    Count me in for the May 24th evening!
     
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    Yes, you just have to sign a waiver at the front gate.

    If we can find you a helmet, and with the permission of the people operating the event, I might be able to take you around the track. But in the morning I'm going to be testing-and-tuning, so probably better to come in the afternoon. (I have a spare XL helmet if you have a big head like me.)

    The first MCO autocross event is on the 10th. I'd really recommend coming - a great place to start into motorsports. That's where I started out myself. They'll have people available to ride along with you a couple of times to show you the ropes. It's mega fun, and you'll find yourself going MUCH faster by the end of the day. Also a bit later in the month there's an MCO autocross school - highly recommended. In fact you'll probably get more out of it if you do an autocross event first, before the school. Also you don't have to worry about charging for autocross, you'll only use a tiny fraction of your pack.
     
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    Speaking of Calabogie ... I'm planning to participate in a chumpcar race at CMP on Sept 20th with a few friends. Can't wait to experience Calabogie, it looks pretty neat in the 1 or 2 youtube videos I've seen.
    We'll be running a 1995 Dodge Neon. :)
     
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    That's awesome! Last year there was a Neon that did very well. I've been pondering getting into Chumpcar, but I'd have to buy a seat... don't have time to build something.

    Tip: if you've never run Calabogie before, it's hard to learn. There are 21 corners and half of them are blind. My first track day was really hard because I found it hard to remember all that!

    What I found really effective to help learn the track was to do 50-100 "laps" on YouTube. I'll get you started:

    My Tesla Roadster Tesla Roadster at Calabogie - YouTube

    My now-defunct S2000 Lapping20130608 - YouTube
    And another run: October 13 lapping day at Calabogie, S2000 - YouTube
     
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    Thanks, I'm sure I'll be watching your videos over and over. Too bad Calabogie isn't one of the tracks on Gran Turismo...

    If chumpcar is something you're seriously considering let me know. I think our team would be open to renting out a seat.
     

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