I appreciate being quickly seconded to be in this ROTM! Lots of good competition so thanks for including me! Name is Chris, and I am the driver of the Cone 502 Racing 2009 Mustang GT which competes in SCCA Autocross in the Street Touring Ultra (STU) Class as #23. I started out in F-Stock (now F-Street) with the car 100% stock, made a few modifications the next year and ran in Street Touring Xtreme (STX). I made some further changes going into the 2013 Season and brought the car to Spring Nationals at the Lincoln Air Park over Memorial Day weekend. Made a few more changes and competed at the 2013 Solo National Championship in STX where I finished rather poorly (like 6 from dead last IIRC).
After a rather poor finish at Nationals, I didn't let me hopes get me down and just doubled my efforts to do better in 2014. I still won STX regionally and was given the Nebraska Region Rookie of the Year award which was a great honor! I founded Cone 502 Racing after Nationals in 2013 as that was the only cone I hit on day 1 of competition. It had it coming I swear! Cone 502 Racing now serves as the car's public face and entity and I as it's driver. Going into the 2014 Season I made some further changes in spring rate and car setup but a chance phone call at the end of 2013 brought forth new changes to my life and an uncertain 2014 season. I began my new job as a Police Officer in November of 2013 and was scheduled to go to the Academy in April. That cramped my plans for a return to the National autocross scene and I spent 2014 running on my car with the changes made at the beginning of the year. I regrettably did not attend Spring Nationals or the National Championship with my car and finished 3rd in class for the year.
After graduating from the Police Academy on July 25th I began working on the car again. First maintenance items, alignment, new front LCA's, polyurethane bushings for them, new fluids, brake lines, brake pads and rotors, new tie rods. Tax season brought forth new wheels and tires to max the contact patch for RWD cars in STU for the 2015 season.
I wouldn't be where I'm at though without the help of the following people:
Jay at Hypermotive Performance has been a tremendous help in getting parts on time and at a great price! If you are looking for good parts at good prices, get in contact with the guys at Hypermotive Performance at Hypermotive
. Tell them I sent you and they'll get you taken care of!
Another person I'd like to thank is Kelly Aiken at BMR Performance. Kelly has been a constant target of harassment from me and has toughed it out all the while providing me parts at prices that I can't argue with! If the guys at Hypermotive can't get you the BMR parts you want (not sure how that'd work, but you never know!
), contact Kelly and he'll take care of you. I look forward to their new Watts link which I have one on order for testing and evaluation!
The last person is Filip Trojanek at Cortex Racing. Filip came through in June/July of 2013 with his Torque Arm for the S197 chassis. He worked with me to get it on my car while remaining firmly in the scope of the SCCA Street Touring ruleset! Without that piece, my car would not have done as well as it did at the 2013 Solo National Championship so thanks!
Enough blabbering, Pictures!:
It isn't what is on the outside that counts, but what is under that counts:
Sometimes I feel like the rear of this car can just sense the torque going to a wheel and divide it appropriately:
And it can now stop as well it can turn and go:
And it all can't be done without the following modifications!
Ground Control Coilovers (550lbs/in front springs, 275lbs/in rear springs on track/school valved Koni's)
Ground Control Camber Plates (-3.0º Camber, +7.8º Caster, 0 toe)
Fays2 Watts Link (soon to be replaced by BMR's Watts when it comes out)
Strano Performance Parts/Hellwigg 35mm Front Swaybar
BMR LCA Relocation Brackets
BMR TCA022 Poly/Spherical boxed LCA's
Cortex Racing Torque Arm
Moog RK front LCA's with Energy Polyurethane bushings
Moog "Problem Solver" tie rod ends ***
Autocross: 4x 18x10 SVE Drifts in Dark Stainless with 285/35/18 Hankook Ventus RS3V2's
DD: 4x 18x9 Enkei PF01's in painted Silver with 265/40/18 Hankook Ventus RS3V1's (replacing with 265/40/18 Conti DW's)
Carbotech 1521 "Bobcat" Pads
Centric 120 series Blank rotors (12.4" front 11.6" rear, aka Stock size)
Goodridge Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines ***
JLT Gen 3 CAI
Roush Extreme Catback Exhaust
JLT Oil Catch Can
McLeod Stainless Steel Braided Clutch Line ***
Torsen T2R rear diff
FRPP Finned Differential Cover (stock Track Pack/Boss 302 aluminum diff cover)
Redline 75W90 NS diff oil
Penzoil Syncromesh Manual Transmission Fluid ***
Zerex G-05 Coolant ***
Mobil 1 5W30 Engine Oil
Valvoline "DOT3/DOT4 brake fluid" ***
*** means parts currently on hand, just not installed like those 285/35/18 RS3's need to still be mounted on the 18x10 SVE Drifts:
Pictures are worth a thousand words... my videos are worth about 3!
Suspension really is a game of seeing is believing:
Of course if you are just unfamiliar with handling, videos can be an eye opener:
Kinda killed some cones at the end of that run... and had a poor line... but yeah!
On a final note, if you are curious about my build, a lot of information can be found on the following blog:
Cone 502 Racing
Or if reading blogs makes you want to vomit, you can follow the car on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cone-...8199614?ref=hl
Or on both!
Otherwise, the autocross section of Modded Mustangs has all of my after action reports in them and I usually post the latest after action report in my signature for my posts!
Thanks again for letting me be in the ROTM! Good luck to the other competitors, you all have great cars!
I got some new photos too!
EDIT: Photobucket compression SUCKS.... lets see how long FB keeps them up!