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Sept. 6th, 2014 - Silent Thunder @ Pacific Raceways

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by brianman, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    #1 brianman, Aug 23, 2014
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    I didn't see it posted on TMC yet, but perhaps I just missed it...

    Silent Thunder All-Electric Nationals: A day of drag strip road racing for EVs! - DIY Electric Car Forums
     
  2. JohnMc

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    Regarding sensible clothing I believe that long pants are also required while racing. No racing in shorts.
     
  3. romp

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    typo in the subject of the thread: it's Sept 06, not Sept 16.
     
  4. Alysashley79

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    Do you know if you have to have your "license" from PAC raceways?
     
  5. brianman

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    My understanding is "no" but definitely confirm when you call to register. ( "When" not "if". :) )
     
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    hmmm, almost forgot about this.

    sounds fun
     
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    I just called on this inquiring the charging infrastructure and the lady who answered the phone said that Tesla is installing four to five chargers which I am thinking are HPWC unit's; so I should be able to put my Twin chargers to use...

    Taking a Passenger: Absolutely not on the road course, ok for drag if you will be slower then 13.99 for the 1/4 mile.
     
  8. brianman

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    I'm planning on heading down the night before and staying the night near Muckleshoot. Anybody interested in meeting up for dinner Friday night?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Yah, I updated the first post title but whichever mod I asked (in PM) hasn't updated the thread title yet.
     
  9. dsm363

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    Mod note: I didn't get a PM but just saw this. Title updated.
     
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    I will be going with Brianman on Friday.

    I hope to ride shotgun with him on the track at Silent Thunder, maybe even an EV drag race. (And, based on his rep for road driving, I wouldn't bet against him on that!) He says he will have a white canopy and possibly cold water to share on Sat (maybe even snacks, Bman?) Stop by and say hi. I will probably be hiding from the heat in his shade when I am not in a car.

    Hope to see you folks again soon. Once a year is too long to wait for TMC reunions.
     
  11. EarlyAdopter

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    Aarrggghh. I so want to do this, but I already promised to watch the kids this Saturday, as I'm going to Maryhill Loops next weekend. Ah well. Should be a blast.
     
  12. freds

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    Heck bribe a baby sitter to come along and watch the kids while you are out on the track!!!! Still a quality day with dad; we went to the races and dad drove!!!
     
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    Kids are free. :) I'm sure there's got to be some teenage boy you can bring along with you to watch you kids that would love to watch
     
  14. brianman

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    Excellent. Look forward to seeing you there!
     
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    Hi Everyone

    I would have to say that Tesla was well represented at this event especial the lead follow of the road course, over the PA it was a distinct announcement of lead follow trip (five laps) that was none Tesla!!!

    Of course I was probably the only Tesla to go off the track!!! No damage!!! Anyways my consolation prize for the day was fastest Tesla model S for the drag racing portion of the day!!! Some pictures and video links to follow!!!!

    I highly recommend anyone in driving distance attend next year!!!!
     
  16. brianman

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    It was great to see some old friends and meet some new ones. Also, "no Teslas were harmed on or off film for this event" which is always a good thing.
     
  17. v12 to 12v

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    Nice meeting you today brianman. It was long overdue. Were any world records broken? I know one run was close. Too bad he was running with the AC on!
     
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    So it was Fred that was hundredths of a second away from breaking the record?

    I was wondering what kind of tires people were choosing to run out there.
     
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    My standard Michelin Pilot Super Sports (21" summer tires).
     
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    Silent Thunder After action report

    First off it was a great day to be at the track, not too hot and a nice friendly crowd.

    The day started off with an early alarm to range charge the car which I did from my Nokia 1020 windows phone, rolled over and went back to sleep for much longer than I should have.

    I had pre-registered but it somehow got lost, while the front gate was willing to take my money to do the drag racing they were unsure about the road course. Told me to hit the office and inquire.

    I notice some Tesla’s lined up so I parked behind them to hit the office, signed some paperwork, pay some money and head back to the car and out on the road course. Total elapsed time was about ten minutes from arriving, so the day got off to a rapid start!!!

    Here’s a picture of the Tesla’s lined up behind me waiting to start the lead follow.

    LineUpForRoadCourse.jpg

    I ended up going off the track into the gravel, but no damage. I videoed the road course by zip tying my 1020 to the passenger side sun visor so not the greatest view, GoPro quality they are not!!! At some points in the video you can see different view as the sun visor swings back and forth.

    TempCameraMount.jpg

    Here’s a link to my OneDrive if you wish to view the video which is about ten minutes long. I didn’t ace the course so I think I was slowing the pack down….

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=7FBF66E3C4C8A9BE!53500&authkey=!ADxVnntlxg3ADGU&ithint=folder%2cmp4

    There is two HD videos (so quite large) the first one is the lead follow and the second is a couple of runs down the drag track later in the day.

    It’s hard to see on the video but at about 4:38 there’s deer that about stepped out on the course on the third lap! And of course on the forth lap at the 6:00 mark I run off the course!!!

    After the road course I range charged again. Tesla had donated two HWPC’s; one of which was modified with a switch to select between 60 and 80 amps and a J1772 connector to support the Tesla Roadsters.

    Unfortunately a fiat 500EV was sipping on this charger and I had to wait while he charged at soda straw rates….

    Actually it’s very commendable the support for EV’s that was added the week before!!! The raceway installed the two Tesla HWPC’s, 7 or 8 NEMA 14-50 receptacles. One of the stations had a couple 14-50 receptacles and one monster 100amp receptacle!!!

    Tech inspection for the drag racing was vary abbreviated; yes you have a Tesla and your tires are not bald; you’re good to go!

    Surprisingly the drag racing portion of the day was less stressful than the road course. Of course in hindsight you are simply pointed straight ahead slamming the pedal down and hanging on!!! Something we do every time we exercise our inter-demons on a daily bias right?

    I was actually able to make ten runs during the afternoon which was great fun!!!

    Here’s the results of my first four runs:


    Time
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    speed
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    mile
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    1:22PM
    .964
    8.228
    90.57
    12.627
    105.05
    1:26PM
    .178
    8.008
    90.40
    12.389
    110.65
    1:37PM
    .571
    7.982
    90.11
    12.388
    109.86
    1:49PM
    .345
    8.317
    87.33
    12.899
    106.96






    On my first run I had let up on the throttle after the first yellow line, rather than the second.

    After four runs I had decided to return and range charge again.

    While I was waiting I overheard someone talking about my time and how I might have a record. So out came the cell phone and tablet and we went to the web site and determined the record was 12.371 by another Tesla owner in Florida, so missed it by .018 of a second…

    Everyone was throwing out suggestions as to how I could go faster, turn off the air-conditioning, take out seats, put in a lighter driver (yes I could afford to lose some weight, etc).. So I unload the UMC and some other items all fired to go after the record when the range charge was done.

    Sadly to say it was not to be!

    Here’s the results of my last six runs:

    Time
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    2:43PM
    .116
    8.148
    89.85
    12.559
    109.96
    2:47PM
    .113
    8.148
    89.88
    12.556
    109.65
    2:51PM
    .751
    8.171
    89.63
    12.595
    109.06
    2:54PM
    .930
    8.236
    88.12
    12.710
    108.27
    2:57PM
    .077
    8.800
    80.27
    13.692
    100.33
    3:01PM
    .109
    9.138
    76.56
    14.291
    95.33









    After the last run I noticed the dashed yellow line that was limiting the maximum power from the inverters, so I called it a day…

    I was told to stick around as I had a trophy coming!!!
    Trophy.jpg

    So all in all I would have to say beginners luck and maybe because my car range charges to 267 mile?

    I don’t think I looked the speedometer but once during the entire day, it was just fun driving!!!
     

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