Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
9/30/15 9:48 a.m.

After a round of fixes for our 2003 Ford SVT Focus, it was time for another event. Just one week later, our Chevrolet Colorado delivered the Focus to a Central Florida Region SCCA Rallycross.

Because it was a rallycross, it was a blast. Our Maxxis rally tires finally proved their worth in the muddy, gravel-strewn field. We had way more grip than we ever had with street tires, particularly when it came to accelerating and braking. Our greatest advantage came in deep mud, where we plowed through spots that other cars were nearly getting stuck in.

More grip is not always a good thing, though. We were finally getting used to rallycross, and it was now painfully obvious that our Focus was in need of some new shocks–and some more ride height. We ended up with mud smeared halfway up the transmission case, and heard some great noises from the underbody of the car while out on course.

The car still needs one other fix, too: our intermittent ignition issue reared its ugly head again. A fix would have to wait, because our car was signed up for a Hooked on Driving track day at Sebring International Raceway the very next day.

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ojannen New Reader
9/30/15 12:38 p.m.

It was fun trying to guess how many cylinders were misfiring as you came toward my flag station.

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