So we made the trip out to the Colorado National Tour this year to check out our competition and to go somewhere different.
The event was pretty good. The site had surprisingly low levels of grip, and when it got hot the grip went down. The competition was fast. Fred and Chris were lightning quick and the courses favored higher HP to weight cars. Brian and I didn't have the shocks adjusted quite right on Saturday and had a few problems with the exhaust escaping. Overall not a great day, but not too bad. Then came the bourbon slushies. If for nothing else, it's worth it to attend this event just for the slushies.
Sunday the car felt better until Brian's last run when the engine started acting up. It's an electrical ghost that I haven't been able to find yet, but I'm working on it. I DNF'd my second run being too aggressive, my third was faster and clean, but Julie put down a blazing run with only one cone and took third. That Lotus is amazing. To beat it I will need fresh tires, wider wheels, and much more power.
One video from the grandstand to show the course-
And a few pictures-
The fast Lotus
Carbon Fiber suspension on a FSAE car- Really cool work.
And- the right way to make a restricter. Also on the FSAE car.
Sorry no real good pictures of competition, I was busy chasing the exhaust and staying out of the heat.
Lastly, Nebraska is a really long and boring state to drive through.