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My first Autocross

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Roger Reid, Oct 18, 2009.

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  1. Roger Reid

    Roger Reid Old but effective

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    I ran my new 2010 Roadster S yesterday in my first ever autocross. I know, no pics it didn't happen. I will post video when I edit the footage.

    Although I didn't do very well (66 seconds) as I kept getting lost in the cones, My son (Blair) who races regularly also raced the Tesla and did 58 seconds. The fast time for the track was 51 seconds by a special built 800 lb race car (big go kart, huge wings) with a turbo'ed snowmobile engine. The fast Cobra replicars and Vettes were doing 52 seconds.

    I had two other problems besides getting lost. The brakes need work. The brakes started getting better as they started braking in but still not up to the task. I will be looking for some better pads. The second problem was the car died twice. Both times it happened I just lost power. No regenerative braking, just coasting to a stop. Both times I toggled the key off and on a couple of times and got it running again. Both times it quit when I snapped the throttle to full very quickly. Traction control was off. The car didn't quit on my son Blair. I suspect he is smoother on the throttle and fed the power on more gradually. In my last run I concentrated on feeding the power less abruptly and had no troubles.

    Anyone, ideas on the power failure's? Any suggestions on brake pads?
     
  2. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Did you check the VDS for warning messages when you lost power?

    Tesla can probably remote download the details from your car.
    Make note of the date & time it happened so you can tell them.
     
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    Lancelac 2010 Roadster Sport #690

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    No doubt that the brakes are the weakest component of the car. I was very disappointed that the Sport package didn't upgrade the brakes. I'm interested in upgrading as well, and will let you know if I get any info.
     
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    #5 Roger Reid, Oct 21, 2009
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    My son Blair (correction, I am driving) is driving in the above photos. I am passenger at this time. We switched off with 2 different numbers.

    The car was the attention getter at the race. Everyone was amazed at the speed and the quiet.

    I have a set of Hawk HT pads coming in from Sector 111. I will let you know how they work.

    I believe I made a mistake by fully charging in performance mode then trailoring to the race. I lost regenerative braking until there was room in the battery to allow regeneration and hence braking force.

    Roger
     
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    I was generously offered a set of the Hawk pads. I opted for the micro mirror (I like it) so I will be interested in your report on the Hawk pads.
     
  7. QuoteWarz

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    Sure looks like a lot of fun. Once you get the bugs worked out it should be even more fun as you won't have any issues.
     
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    Break pad discussion went here.
     

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