posted on April 15, 2014 14:01
Motovicity Ticket to Ride - On Track Shootout!
For those of you that have been following the build ups of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Ford Mustang and Scion FR-S by Performance and Styling in Connecticut and SpeedForSale Motorsports in Georgia, you have probably been dying to know just how good these cars turned out.
Both of the Ticket to Ride machines are prime examples of what can be done to late model cars with just a few elementary high quality parts and we, like you, have been dying to test them out in a back to back shootout against the stock versions of these models in a battery of performance tests.
Thanks to the good folks at Motovicity, the cars once completed were shipped to the palatial MotoIQ headquarters to be subjected to several objective tests. We decided that 0-60 mph, 60-0 mph, 200 foot skidpad and a road course were the best tests that could give us an estimation of what our cars could do in real life.
Irwindale Raceway was chosen for the venue and for driving assistance we enlisted the help of 2013 Formula D Champion, Michael Essa and one of our usual go to driving guys, Tyler McQuarrie. Although Michael and Tyler are most known for their drifting exploits on the Formula D circuit, they are both established road racers, active in racing before they decided to try drifting.
The day before the test , Motovicity hosted a meet and greet event at our Top Secret HQ. This was a good chance to show off the cars, for everyone involved to get to know each other and to do some last minute ad hoc planning for the next day.
The MotoIQ crew showed up bright and early the next morning to set up the test track.
Nick Betz slings cones out of the back of Project Tundra to roughly delineate the course. We don't let our sales team out of their dungeon very often, so they tend to get a little weird when they're out.
The course was designed to have a combination of high and low speeds turns, hard braking, hard acceleration and compound acceleration and braking. It was kind of reminiscent of a mini Daytona using part of the oval for high speeds and braking into the infield roughly following the Formula D finals layout with a few really tight turns thrown in before reticulating back onto the oval. The speeds were from about 85 mph to 25-30. The course was really fun to drive and we think that Irwindale should consider having some Time Attack or road race events using our layout. A good lap time was in the low 30 second range. Our course was short but sweet!
Using the data collected via the AEM AQ1 data logger and additional GPS unit, the team at SpeedForSale was able to collect all kinds of valuable on-track data. Here we see just how easily the AEM Data software can display data and plot the course layout.