May 11, 2009 update to the Dodge Neon ACR project car

Rallycross Rocks!

Our Neon hit the rallycross course with aplomb. The stock ACR suspension was pretty darn adept at soaking up the bumps.
This particular course had an asphalt element. Transitioning from dirt to asphalt and back to dirt was pretty difficult.
This man took FTD at the event. Go, Greg, go!

Greg Voth and Per Schroeder went to a rallycross at European Rally School this past weekend. Per hit a cone that was worth a staggering 30 seconds, bumping him from third to fifth place. D’oh! Luckily, we had a crackerjack co-driver in GRM salesguy Greg Voth. He finished the event in first place, trumping a well-driven Volkswagen GTI.

The event was a lot of fun, and we’ve got plans for suspension and horsepower improvements now that the car is running strong.

Here are the results:

  • Greg Voth, 23:13, 1st Overall
  • Peter Podsiedlik, 23:19, 1st in Class 3
  • Nick Martinez, 23:32
  • Carlos Filipe, 23:49, 1st in Class 1
  • Per Schroeder, 23:54
  • Dunker Felix, 24:02
  • Brent Trail, 24:25
  • Juan Cardozo, 24:36
  • Julio Quilodran, 25:16
  • Sharon Walters, 26:23
  • Kelly Podsiedlik, 26:52
  • Jamin Barret, 27:56, 1st in Class 4
  • Alfonso Lopez, 28:58
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Wowak
Wowak SuperDork
5/12/09 8:46 p.m.

Oh man, I NEED one of those die-cuts to replace the bumper stickers on my front quarter panels. That'd look GREAT on BRG.

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago Dork
5/13/09 2:25 a.m.

Are you sure it didn't break?

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
5/13/09 7:06 a.m.

Well, some things are a little less functional now. I had to resolder the instrument cluster connectors so that the speedometer would work again, and I found a bad tie rod end last night. No biggie.

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago Dork
5/13/09 11:59 a.m.

Ha! I knew it! Looks like you guys had a blast though. I'm surprised to see the bridgestones though, I wouldn't think they would like dirt much

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
5/13/09 1:44 p.m.

They didn't. But...it was a mixed surface event with enough asphalt that it would have torn up tires that would have worked well on the dirt. It was actually kinda fun. Autocross-like kart track, 100 yard transition over dirt to 1/2 of a road course to dirt, back to road course through the finish. 4 minutes of "woohoo!" per run.

Come to think of it, it was like Super Motard, but with cars and no jumps.

jungle
jungle New Reader
5/13/09 2:37 p.m.

how was a single cone worth 30 seconds? Typically they are only two seconds each! What tire did you run? I run whatever snow tires I have around..they work soo much better than summer and no-season tires.

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
5/13/09 3:19 p.m.

Yea, because it wasn't an SCCA or NASA event, the organizer can do whatever he wants...and since he wanted to slow us down through certain chicanes, those cones were worth a lot.

We used the UHP Bridgestone RE01R. Not a good choice for dirt, but a great choice for the asphalt sections of the course. Winter tires would have been destroyed as there was at least 2 min. worth of asphalt in the 4 minute course run.

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
5/13/09 5:35 p.m.

and holy crap, I just got the A/C working. I'm expecting it to blow up at any time.

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago Dork
5/13/09 6:39 p.m.

I wish we had some awesome racing like there here. I look at the sub $1k cars on c-list all the time wishing I could buy one for rallyx action

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt UberDork
5/23/09 7:30 p.m.

Now I just need to find out where (or if) they run rallycrosses in Georgia. Congratulations!

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