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Hey guys,

So this is now the 2nd time I have went to the drag strip with my 2011 mustang GT. Its a 6MT and 3.73 gears. I am having alot of trouble trying to get times that seem to be advertised for the car? I know alot of magazines and reviews all show the GT running high 12's. I understand that these are professional drivers but I still struggle alot with the stock perrelis to get a decent launch and even then it seems I run mid to high 13's if I do what I consider a good run?

So I recently purchased a Gopro( great little thing btw) and have a video of my best run, and honestly...Maybe there was a shift or 2 that could have been faster, but this run i ran 13.9 :$

So what do you guys think? what is everyone else running here with 6MT and 3.73 with the brembo package! thanks again everyone!:bigthumbsup

‪2011 Mustang GT 1/4 Mile Run‬‏ - YouTube
 

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Not a very good launch (looks like mine :grinroll:), and you could definitely shift faster.

What was your 60'?

With 3.55s, the best I've put down is a 13.3, with a terrible 60'.
 

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And what are the temp and humidity and altitude readings from the track when you made this run?

This time of year is the worst for making your best run.
 

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Yeah, definitely need to be lots more aggressive on the launch and shifting.

What RPM were you shifting at?

You have to drive it like you're mad at it.
 

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I ran a best 13.22 with the factory rubber,235 all weather. spun bad through 1,2,3 gears. Slapped a set of et streets on and ran a 12.350 in 95* heat!:kooky:
 

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13.9 as your best run with a 412hp 3600lb car is pretty bad, but the driving looked ok to me so I don't know what to say. Heat and humidity? Altitude? Riding on 24" chromies?
 

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If you want to drag race, get an auto:winks
 

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It was rather humid that day and hot actually, in Ontario we got a record breaking heat wave that week and that night was very humid and pretty hot roughly 27*C without humidity, not sure what it was at night but during the day it hit 46 with humidity, this is in degrees C. Not sure about altitude, but the track people agreed with me was also very slippery
 

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Even without discussing the launch, for the advertised times, I assure you they are not lifting off the gas when they shift.
 

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I need to work on my launch also! I am new to stick though.
 

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The slow shifting certainly didn't help
Altitude is a factor of course
Could have been a better launch

Your video should have looked a little more like this:

‪Lethal Performance 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 12.97 Completely Stock Track Run‬‏ - YouTube
Good comparison.

For a drag run, your shifts were pretty slow. Try to emulate Lethal Performance's run. You may screw up a few shifts while learning, but you'll eventually get it. During the launch, you'll also want to let the clutch out a bit faster, again, similar to Lethal Performance's run. As for the "get an automatic if you want to drag race" comment...man...what's this world coming to? :nono:
 

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Ummmmm.....When the red light on the tach lights up, it means you've hit the redline. If TC is on, the car starts cutting power before you even hit the redline. Shift sooner and turn traction control off. Feather the throttle through 1-2-3 and launch around 2800 rpm.
 

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Not sure about altitude, but the track people agreed with me was also very slippery
Was this Cayuga? Altitude is under 800'. I'll check later when I have time to dig out my flight bag.
 

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you need to launch at lower rpm and you need to shift alot faster.
 

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Alright guys thanks for the tips! About this "power shifting" I've never done it... And it's kind of against everything I learned driving stick. It's kind of fried to my brain that when shifting to release the gas right? Is this dangerous or bad for the car? Next time I'll shift like my girlfriend just cheated on me with my friend and really shove her in ;)

Though after launching a few times on normal roads yesterday there MUST have been oil all over the strip, my launches were no where near as horrible in regards to wheel spin! Guys literally I was dumping the clutch at 2K and I was spinning all through 1st and 2nd
 
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What I saw in your video was not all that bad, just need some practice. Definitely don't want to dump the clutch on stock tires, just let it out like leaving a stoplight. Roll into the throttle once you are moving and roll in again for the 1-2. Practice practice practice!!

Here is a clip of one of my runs. Not my best run ever at 12.46 @ 117mph slightly modded on street tires. I launched around 3k rpm and shifted at around 7.3k. No power shifting.

Try to ignore the other guy in the video as that was an insane racecar and I stood no chance.

‪2011 5.0 Mustang at JPC Capitol Raceway vs. Joe Marini‬‏ - YouTube
 

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Thanks Grimace, I will def try that next time I go out. Though 1 thing people keep confusing me with...am I not supposed to shift as soon as the tach goes red? People are saying the second it turns red its actually cutting power? So should I be shifting as soon as it blinks red as in my video or right before that happens? I was always under the impression it goes red to tell you when to shift like a shift light?
 

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Tell me how you had your seat adjusted, I know it would sound like it is a big deal, but trust me it make a difference.

Even with the auto on my Lightning, if I left the seat in the same position as I drove on the street, it effected my runs.

Try moving the seat a little foward, and adjust the back more upright. You may not notice it, but when you launch it can throw you back in the seat causing your foot to release pressure on the gas pedal.

Sometimes little thing like this can make a big difference
 

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No power shifting.
Even if you were technically lifting your foot off the gas for an instant. Judging by the video and the time you produced, I would guess that the effect of shifting that fast is nearly the same as not lifting off the gas at all.
 
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