I am in the process of deciding to either build a F1000 car or a GT-Lite car...I really prefer driving open wheel, just the cost gets expensive to stay competitive.
What region do you race?
my region is the southern jersey region i believe. im fom LI. NEW YORK
i run at njmp , watkins glen, summit point etc etc.
dude im 28 now, and as someone who grew up around open wheel racing let me tell you its a fortune now to be competetitive. even club racers are bringing scales to the track, buying brand new tires for every session, etc etc. There is nothing like driving an open wheel car and those f1000 are FAST, but expensive. luckily the motorcycle powered cars are not quite as bad as say atlantics or ff2000 but still require $$$$.
GT lite cars are great too, but no where near as fast, lap time wise as a formula car. i bet even a 1600cc formula ford has a quicker lap time than a gt lite car.
have you ever considered getting an older, slightly slower ff 1600 car to get your feet wet in.
sometimes ppl dont realize how fast those f1000 cars are, its the cornering speed that will suprise you.
do you have any racing experience like auto cross or karting.
I raced karts for years before stepping into a real formula car.
if you want to find out more info
try the some of the racing forums out there. a great one is apexspeed.com-------great open wheel guys on there and f/s threads i believe aswell.
personally i would stay away from f500. too much like a kart, because of the wierd cone tranny.
a ff1600 is a good , way less expensive way to start out.
if you did karting and a driving school you'll be ok.
like I tell most people that havent had experience with wheel to wheel racing, just take it easy at first. No need to try and win right away especially when its club racing and your only winning a plastic trophey anyway.. always better to put the car on the trailer in one piece.....also its good to get to know who your racing with, to know if you can trust going into a corner with them wheel to wheel....there have always been a few ppl I have known that if i'm going into a corner neck and neck with them, im braking first cause i didnt want to wreck my car and i knew they didnt care....
just have to watch out for guys who think they are in F1(and have deep pockets) and think they are racing for a world championship.
HERE ARE SOME OLD PICS OF MY FATHER'S "PRO" 2006 VAN DIEMON FF2000 ZETEK CAR . IM HIS ENGINEER IN THE PRO SERIES. AND I RUN THE CLUB RACING WITH MY CAR (HIS OLD CAR) A REYNARD
i dont have any pics of my car on the comp but it has almost the same paintjob
and formula vee's are great, but yea way too slow. I usually lap them after a few laps of a race
and I blow by them like they are standing still
Last edited by bdubsmk4turbo; 02-03-2012 at 01:51 PM.
I really miss being out at the track. I remember being barely able to touch the pedals and driving the safety car at the track. Then by the time I learned to drive a manual taking laps in my (at the time my Dads) ZR-1.
My Dad was the doc for the club for a long time. Of course weekends being his parenting time he had to bring us along with him. It's cool though, I met the heir to the Campbells fortune, Buddy Rice, Billy Boat, Bonduraunt, etc...Learned a lot about racing from people there, got to work a corner before I should have been standing there. Moved into the safety/med crew later on...Met a few instructors from Bondo that worked the crew...I miss hanging out there since my Dad got busy when his partner quit and gave up on it.