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On 9/1/2019 I was at Dominion Raceway for TrackCross. This is my second season. This was the first time I drove the Veloster at the track. Previous events in this season were with my old Mustang.

Just like everyone who has done autocross or track events with this car, the tires were the major limiting factor. I ran normal street pressures to get an idea of how the car feels with 38F/35R. There was a lot of understeer, which I expected. Car felt pretty solid overall. According my TrackAddict data, the most lateral Gs I pulled were 1.1-1.2 Gs. According to cars G-meter in the main screen, I went above 1.2 Gs.

I rewatched the videos of my 2016 Mustang GT PP runs. Since the Veloster is lighter and FWD, I was able to be full throttle much earlier. Also the eLSD is so amazing. In the first esses, I came out of the 3-4 mph faster than the mustang. In the back esses (in the afternoon run), I entered at a slower speed, but was able to stay on the throttle the whole time and come out at a higher speed.

I am still learning the dynamics of a FWD. For next event, I will run 36F/38R psi and play around between Sport/Sport+ suspension modes to dial the correct amount of rotation for turns. I also need to come into some corners a bit slower, so I can have a cleaner exit.

Here are the videos of my fastest runs for the morning and afternoon. Feedback is welcome!

Morning:

Afternoon:


Attached the images from the event
 

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1. That's a sexy car.
2. You had fun, that's all that matters.
3. You aren't afraid to get it to the edge and that's good.
4. You aren't in a RWD car, so you have to be patient and wait a little, letting the car rotate before you get back on the throttle. With the Mustang you could rotate the car with the throttle more than you can a FWD. Too much throttle with this car and you will start to understeer, which occurred in a couple corners. Changing the tire pressures on the rear to help the car turn better will make you quicker. Also, try a slightly later apex (we're only talking a 1-3 feet) with this car in the sweepers and you will be able to get the power down earlier and be faster on the straights.

Overall great job!
 

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Impression:

1. That's a sexy car.
2. You had fun, that's all that matters.
3. You aren't afraid to get it to the edge and that's good.
4. You aren't in a RWD car, so you have to be patient and wait a little, letting the car rotate before you get back on the throttle. With the Mustang you could rotate the car with the throttle more than you can a FWD. Too much throttle with this car and you will start to understeer, which occurred in a couple corners. Changing the tire pressures on the rear to help the car turn better will make you quicker. Also, try a slightly later apex (we're only talking a 1-3 feet) with this car in the sweepers and you will be able to get the power down earlier and be faster on the straights.

Overall great job!
Thank you so much for the feedback. I will definitely remember them for the next Trackcross in November. Later in November, I have an HPDE. So I should be able to improve a lot there as the feedback loop is shorter. With autocross/trackcross, you only get certain number of runs and have to wait until your turn comes again.
 
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