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Motovicity Ticket to Ride - On Track Shootout!

by Mike Kojima

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.
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sethulrich
sethulrichlink
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:41 AM
Bravo!

I'm sure I'm not the only one dying to know how the MotoIQ FR-S fared in the same tests!
Supercharged111
Supercharged111link
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:55 PM
I suspect if it were slower than the TTR cars, there wouldn't be an issue mentioning that here. Since this article is about the TTR cars, it wouldn't be right to steal their thunder.
warmmilk
warmmilklink
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:42 PM
I just wish the KW's on the Mustang were a bit cheaper than $2500...
Protodad
Protodadlink
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:28 PM
So not quite the right place for it but I keep hearing that the KWs are pretty decent on the street. I have a set of JIC FLT-A2s that are pretty harsh even on the softest setting (the road to work is crap). If anyone has tried both or could comment on how the KWs are on the street it would help.
Nick B
Nick Blink
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 5:03 PM
@Protodad - 30 mile commute each way to work in Project E36 323is on some of our crappiest freeways in SoCal and I think they are great. Yeah they're a little harsh on some of the bigger potholes and expansion gaps but any suspension is going to be harsh in those conditions. I also run them pretty stiff, I'm sure if i soften them up a bit it would help but it's the trade off from OEM to performance. Not trying to sell you a set but I'd do it all over again if given the chance.
Der Bruce
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:55 PM
Well, I'm pretty sure Mike's truck would out handle mine, BUT I THINK I could take him in the 0-60!

Good pay off. Wish we could have seen some more stats with suspension dialed in. The mustang surprised me with some decent numbers......better than decent.
Most skid pads are made on ideal surfaces, which would explain the lower numbers here.
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Friday, May 09, 2014 12:56 AM
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