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Mojave Mile - Final Analysis & VBox Data

CarTest Analysis

You knuckleheads at SS-Post had better pay attention for three minutes (if you don't all have ADHD).  If you look at the data below, you might learn something.  For some of you (JM), it might be the first thing you ever learned in your lives.

Mojave Mile Conquered: 181.8 MPH

Goal: 200 MPH

We had a simple idea: get enough horsepower to hit 200MPH in the standing mile. Thank goodness, things never work out exactly as you plan. In this case, that's a good thing because we wanted to break this project up into two phases (maybe more). Phase-1, go to the Mojave Mile and see what we can learn, apply any changes, and go compete at the Texas Mile. As we found out, it's a good thing we decided to "learn" locally -- because many things went wrong.

Video: Mojave Mile Speed Run-5 (Robert - 175.6 MPH)

Video: Mojave Mile Speed Run-4 (Sam - 178.9 MPH)

Video: Mojave Mile Speed Run-3 (Robert - 181.8 MPH)

Video: Mojave Mile Qualifying Run-2 (Sam)

Video: Mojave Mile Qualifying Run-1 (Robert)

Preparing for the Mojave Mile -- Final Weigh-In

Here's the final car weigh-in as we ran at the Mojave Mile

Preparing for the Mojave Mile -- Photos: T-Minus 4 Hours

Here's the final pictures before leaving for the Mojave Mile

Preparing for the Mojave Mile -- Photos: T-Minus 21 Hours

Here's a few more pictures. We primarily cleaned up the wiring. There's a few cool pictures of the boost gauge too (see left air vent). This might end up being a temporary boost gauge. I found some really cool electronic gauges that I might buy. There's two companies I'm looking into. Both have a central control module with a variety of input sensors. Then you can configure the display to show whatever gauges you want. One of them even has a head's-up-display option -- but after seeing it, I'm not sure I like it.

Preparing for the Mojave Mile -- Photos: T-Minus 24 Hours

More the way, don't blame me for the graphics. The guys at AutoTalent own all of it...let's just say they are going a little crazy.

Preparing for the Mojave Mile -- Weight Reductions

Here's a detailed break down of the weight savings we achieved on the car.

Preparing for the Mojave Mile -- T-Minus 47 Hours

Preparing for the Mojave Mile was a 5-man team effort. The entire team at Auto Talent was very much involved. Even Sam -- who normally does absolutely nothing -- was cutting out ladybug stick-ons and getting into the act. But the modifications to the car were far more extensive.

Preparing for the Mojave Mile: Predicting our Results

CarTest has played an instrumental role in estimating how much power, and what gear ratios we would need to conquer the Mojave and Texas Mile.  As we later found out through actual experience, CarTest was so accurate, it was predicting our times and speeds within 1% accuracy. Using our dyno charts from the Arizona ESS tuning, I input the values into CarTest to estimate how we would perform.

Recent History
There's probably no way to write this story without somebody getting butt hurt and feeling like they're being thrown under the bus. The purpose of telling this story is neither: I'm not intending to hurt anybody's feelings, and I'm not trying to throw anybody under the bus. I've always been completely honest with the readers here, and so as I unfold and tell this story, I will give as many details as I can. There are certain details that I will still keep secret and will not disclose because disclosing them would do more harm than good. So the purpose is to tell the story honestly and give as much details as necessary for everybody to understand the project -- and in doing so, some details will still be kept secret.

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