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Old 07-27-2018, 10:36 AM   #1
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V6 Drag Tips

I know at least one V8 owner will answer "get a V8", but that would change my class in the event.

I'm going to a drag event at Texas Motor Speedway this evening with friends to race my lowly V6. I have almost zero experience in this event - a street race style informal evening of drag racing by classes. I'd like to get tips on launch and best performance.

I have a 2016 Hyper Blue V6 (non RS, Bone Stock) - 8 SPEED AUTO - will be using stock tires, NO slicks or drag radials.

Any suggestions, tips or tricks?

Is it worth putting higher octane fuel in the V6? (specs are for just 87 octane)
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:28 AM   #2
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If they have the solution to do a burn out to make your tires sticky I would do that first. At the line I would hold the brake and push the gas pedal to rev it to about 1200-1500 RPM- or somewhere off idle. When the light turns green let go of the brake and mash the gas, let the engine and trans do the rest. You could shift manually but I would think the auto doing the shifting would be faster.
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:50 AM   #3
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Do not wait for the green light. Leave on the 2nd yellow. Does your V6 spin the tires alot when you floor it from a stop on the street? If not dont bother trying a burnout and dont drive thru the water box.
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:58 AM   #4
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bring an air pump. reduce your tire pressure to about 24-26
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Old 07-27-2018, 12:04 PM   #5
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I was going to bring up tire pressure but with a 6 cylinder wasnt sure lower rears was needed
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Old 07-27-2018, 12:24 PM   #6
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You have to experiment.... there is no set one way. Some crs like to be flashed, some like to be foot brakes, you have to play with tire pressure.

Try foot braking it up to stall speed... try flashing it off idle, and see which one performs better. Dont manually shift

And get a v8
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Lower rear tire pressure.

Add pressure to fronts.

Avoid water box.

No burn off, but do a quick spin to clean them off if you can.

Stage shallow

Start off the line at idle or just a hair over idle. Left foot on brake, right on gas. "Flash" the throttle by gassing as you lift off the brake.

Do the last part above after the last yellow lights up, but before you see green.

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Old 07-27-2018, 01:00 PM   #8
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I was going to bring up tire pressure but with a 6 cylinder wasnt sure lower rears was needed
Not sure what the number of cylinders has to do with physics. did lowering tire pressure help the v8's of old, that were pushing 300hp? I think so.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:03 PM   #9
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V6 Drag

Thanks for the replies. I left home without the air pump this morning. If someone else has one I'll do that.

Any opinions on octane?

My car doesn't spin a ton off the line from a stop - but not sure I've tried that without any traction control on. We'll have an hour of practice earlier in the evening. I'll try some different options. Two I want to try for sure is just flooring it in sport - tc on and off - and also holding with brakes and 2-3k rpm, maybe tc on and off.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:05 PM   #10
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you want to keep all the nannies off. also, keep the ac off.

stick with premium octane.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:33 PM   #11
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Y'all tellin' me to run around with the AC off on a Texas summer night? I had anticipated that. I'll be turning it back on after the run though.

I was going to press and hold traction control to turn both settings off. : )
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:35 PM   #12
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trust me, I know the struggle with drag racing in the heat, living out here in vegas.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:43 PM   #13
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The heat should hurt the turbo cars more than me though.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:47 PM   #14
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actually, that's the opposite. the heat affects FI cars less than NA cars.
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