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Fun artile on the 26R

PostPost by: Jentwistle3 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:04 am

Road and Track on-line has a fun article by Brian Sylvestro on the 26R.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture ... -to-drive/
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:46 am

Thanks for sharing. Great video. The last 15 seconds showing the 26R cornering with the inside wheel coming off the ground and rotating around the corner is fantastic.
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PostPost by: RichardS » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:53 am

Great Saturday morning viewing!
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:52 am

Watch how he has to work so much harder through the left hand corners than the rights. That's the difference your weight makes to the handling when your on the limit, its like a motorcycle side car. But he does know how to drive it :D

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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:55 pm

It finished 5th overall at the Hungaroring classic the other week, beating several Cobras and E types. Only 4 Cobras in front of it!!

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PostPost by: Davidb » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:32 pm

Great video! I agree with Rohan-the weight of the driver makes a huge difference-our local track, Westwood was right handed, Portland is right handed and those are the two tracks I raced my 26R at first. Then I went to Seattle-left handed and realised I had a problem but didn't resolve it before going to Laguna Seca for the historics, again left handed--we relocated the battery and made other changes that improved it but did not eliminate the problem.
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PostPost by: mmatthej1 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:41 pm

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PostPost by: Europatc » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:46 pm

Thank you Jen
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PostPost by: Davidb » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:16 pm

What are the tires on that car? They appear to be street radials.
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:09 pm

Avon CR6 ZZs.

Obligatory "wear" for many historic races in Europe (if Dunlop L tyres are not obligatory).

The tyres may look like van or trailer tyres, but in many respects they are better than most modern tyres, especially in the wet.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:34 pm

Thanks Frogelan (!) I had considered those tires for my Elan for a while but since I am not racing any more it seemed like unnecessary expense.
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PostPost by: ecamiel » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:47 pm

Nice video!
All true. Amazingly little lean. Does anyone know what spring rates and sway bars he is running?

I found that instability under breaking (which was initially terrifying) can be fixed with careful shock selection and tuning.

Anyone know what the 4 buttons on the steering wheel are for?

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PostPost by: bill308 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:41 pm

I'm guessing the buttons are for data logging or lap timing?

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PostPost by: nomad » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:37 pm

bill308 wrote:I'm guessing the buttons are for data logging or lap timing?

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And/or brake lights! :mrgreen:

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Very enjoyable viewing ,BTW! Thanks.
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:04 pm

ecamiel wrote:...................

Anyone know what the 4 buttons on the steering wheel are for?

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And how did they pass the Scrutineers? Replicant Racing Rules... unfortunately.

Silhouette racers, with fat wallets, have ruined the sport.
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