On Saturday May 04 2019 I met up with some southern california CRZ owners to attend the annual Eibach Honda meet. Awesome group of people by the way.
This event also had 1/4 drag racing for those interested in putting their cars on the track.
I am an experienced drag racer and I knew putting my car on the track that I would be piloting the slowest vehicle I have ever drag raced. I just didn't think my CRZ would be this slow. HAHA I think putting it up against a golf cart would be more appropriate. In fact I lost a bet with my passenger and had to buy his lunch.
One of the members was also interested in knowing how his car would perform so thankfully he decided to join me so I wouldn't be lined up against a 9 sec track beast. Well I guess it wouldn't have made a difference I am pretty sure I posted the slowest time at the track for the day. Sorry CRZ owners.
So I am going to share with you the parameters in the best detail I can, and lets see if we can make this make sense.
My car 2011 CRZ EX CVT with 160K miles, the night before the race I changed the oil and spark plugs.
Engine mods is only a short ram intake and a custom carbon fiber exhaust that is axle back and straight through. Im guessing this combination gives me maybe 3hp and possibly less torque?
My battery at the time of the race was at 70%
Track temperatures were 84 degrees and with the asphalt probably 88 degrees maybe 90
I used sport mode and allowed the car to handle the rest, my job was to time the launch and get out of the hole with the best 60ft time that could be achieved with my oversized wheels and tires.
I also had full interior a passenger that weighs about 145 ponds and stereo equipment 10" sub and amp. Basically no weight reduction
Tire size is 215 40 18 Federal 595SS and my rims are heavy 18x8.5
My competition was a 2014 CRZ CVT probably under 100K miles his first time at the drag strip
Takeda Intake, GEB intake maniflod, HKS hi power axle back
Tein Street Basis
17x7.5 with 215 45 17 tires michelin
No passenger and passenger seat was removed for weight reduction
most factory specs list the CRZ with around a 17 second pass so I figured I would be in the high 17's
First pass as you can see my experience prevails at the start, if you break down the numbers you can see that I basically got a 1 second jump and in the quarter mile one second is a hell of a lot of time to make up. You would think I could hold this lead but by the end of the quarter mile it was like he came up with the Thanos Gauntlet and Snapped me to dust as he passed me lol. My time [email protected]
His time 17.12 @ 80.58 MPH
Second pass I decided ok lets lose my passenger to make me 145 pounds lighter and I will try sport mode but manual shifting (paddle shifting) this run was even worse lol mainly because at the launch when I shifted from 1 to 2, it shifted too 3, probably the car was trying to shift for me because I was approaching deep redline but if its manual don't you think the car would bounce off of the rev limiter? My guess is my car wanted to upshift to 2 at the same time I pressed upshift and it went to 3 at that point it was over that pass was blown and my time lol hahahahaha
19.80 @ 70.29 MPH lol
yeah well it is what it is.
His time 17.37 @ 82.21 MPH
So what I am trying to figure out is, with the way my car was set up in the first pass I had a passenger, car has high miles, big heavy tires and wheels, sound system etc.. is an 18.56 second pass accurate? My concern is I could possibly have a loss of power somewhere and I won't know for sure unless I dyno my car and see what the power band looks like. I will dyno because while I was at the event I purchased a HONDATA Flash Pro for my turbo kit that I will be installing soon.
I really wanted to run my car at the track to see my baseline pass and was hoping to be in the 17's and after the turbo install be in the low 15's but ill save all those results for later.
Anyway it was a fun day I had a great time, the honda crz family was a great group of people to be with, until next time...
Let me know your thoughts, analytics guys what do you think? Does this seam right, or do you think my car is losing power somewhere, or I suck at driving, I highly doubt that but only way to know for sure is if we switched drivers.