GGLC Autocross Summary

As you might have noticed, I survived yesterday’s event. Talk about a long and exhausting day! All and all, had a great day even though we had to cut out early. Despite the brutal weather, the autocrossing, the food, and the company was awesome!

Our day started out a little hectic. Most of us ran late. By the time we got to Marina, we ran out of time to walk the course. It was a really rushed morning just trying to meet up on time and arrive with plenty of time to get going, and that seemed to be true for the other competitors as well. The tough thing about Marina is that it is 1.5 hrs away. The drive itself isn’t so bad, but waking up early to leave is really tough. We were planning to leave sharply at 6:45, but didn’t really do so until about 7:15. Life happens.

The course was a lot of fun. The course was a little different though. My understanding was that the course was typical of what Lotus Club typically designs. I really did like the concept of the course, but felt that there were way too many cones that really didn’t serve any purpose and probably made the course more difficult to navigate.

GGLCCourseMap

Autocrossing the Impreza again was a lot of fun. It certainly does gives perspective to autocrossing the BRZ. The platform is very confident. It’s a very straightforward platform. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make as much power as it use to. It seemed like Melanie had a blast driving the car. I had a chance to watch her drive from the grid and does the car look smooth in the transitions and turns! She actually did really well. Her best time was in the 51’s after the first session of the day. Not bad at all for a second event.

My runs were not as exciting. My best run was a 46.7xx. All six runs were within half a second of each other. I just couldn’t find any more time in the car. I did have a blast driving it again and learned some new things about the car. Hopefully, I can take what I learned and apply it to driving the BRZ.

The Impreza, though extremely fun to drive, is starting to show its age. It doesn’t quite have the same kick that it used to. I think both starting section and the long straight was a huge disadvantage to the car. The car just couldn’t pull, and that’s where I think time was lost.

Plans for the Impreza

I am not quite sure what I plan to do with the Impreza, but I think a new drivetrain is in its future. I am not sure if I want to do a EJ25 NA, an EJ22 NA, or if I want to do a WRX conversion. I am leaning toward WRX conversion, but am a little hesitant on the price tag of that project. I don’t really expect the car to be competitive. My end goal is to get the car back to be 100% functional.

Here’s how I see it.

Rebuild or Remanufactured EJ22
Pros: Original motor. No need to do conversion work.
Cons: Slowests of the three options.

EJ25 Swap:
Pros: More power. Not as involved as a WRX conversion. Doesn’t cost as much as a conversion.
Cons: Some work needed. WRX conversion may not be that much more. And I would like to convert the Impreza to a manual transmission.

WRX Swap:
Pros: Way more power.
Cons: Lots of down time and lots of money.

In other Impreza related news… I think I need to re-evaluate the alignment… My front tires’ outside shoulder is get worn out quicker than my rears. I think I might need to add more negative camber to the front. Maybe the next alignment or something. Until then, I will just rotate my tires.

Upcoming Events:

I think my next event will be this Sunday with AAS. Not sure what the plan is. I am kind of torn on what I want to drive. I do want to drive the Impreza or my BRZ, but if carpool was an option, I would rather do that.

The Sunday after, I’ll be out with the SFR SCCA and will be driving the Impreza.

That’s all for now. Happy Moanday, everyone!

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