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Went to get a coffee & groceries this arvo down at Norwest shopping centre (close to Castle Hill). I love going there because the road is fairly new, runs for about 6 km's, is two lanes wide all the way and has 5 large round abouts, just what the zed loves!

Anyway, took a bit of a detour after getting the stuff so I could start right at the beggining of the road (my usual test run).
I was fanging it and caught upto a xr6 turbo & xr8 driving fairly quickly.
The guy in the turbo must have seen me coming because coming out of the 2nd roundabout he really gave it some stick. I was around 2-3 car lengths behind coming to the 3rd roundabout, as we came out of it we were neck and neck.

Coming to the 4th, we are still neck & neck and then entering the roundabout this is where the zed really shone thru. I did a very late brake & really attacked the apex (nearly went up the inside gutter) I was weary of the xr6 because I knew I could handle the turns at speed, but didn't know about his car. This is where the supreme handling of the zed came thru. I just powered out of the apex with my speed building whereas I could hear the xr6 tyres screeching & see his car really struggling to hold any line. He was 1/2 car length behind, almost side by side in the roundabout. Coming out of the curve I was well in front and I think the other guy was very surprised!

Coming to the 5th, I am at least 4-5 cars in front (if not more) and again attacked the curves. I knew at this point he was beat but I just wanted him to see it's not raw horsepower that wins the day, but the total package.

By the end of the run he was left for dead. The turbo just couldn't handle the curves, whereas I could just power the throttle and keep most of my revs up and power out, the last roundabout I lost the backend and had to work alot of opposite lock to bring her back!he was well well well back by this stage!

Where was mr xr8 during all this I hear you say?I don't think he was really playing, but he was trying to keep up. I think he just 'liked to watch'.Ahh, but I was wrong!

At the end of the road there is a set of lights.So I am sitting there (seemed like an eternity) whilst mr xr8 (& mr xr6, who didn't want to play anymore!) catch up.

Mr xr8 pulls up along side revs a bit (By that I knew he had an exhuast).
My adrenaline is pumping and I rev back. It's on!
Lights change and I get the perfect launch. No wheel spin, just real good forward movement. Straight away I pulled 1 car length, into second still pulling, by the time we get to the next set of lights I was that far ahead I had to put on my reading glasses to see back! I shut down at 115kph. So I guess he gave up after second!

He thought his big chance was the start from a dig with just a straight road. Poor mr xr8! He then wanted to play again, but too much traffic & I know when to call it quits! So many cars means too much danger!

The best thing about these runs was that there was virtually no other cars (we left them all behind) on the road, so I didn't feel like anyone else apart from the drivers were in danger.

It was the fastest I have driven that run before and it did show me that my quest for sways will be an even greater improvement for those lovely curves (and the next encounter!)


Gotta love the zed!
 

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I hope you didn't spill the coffee while doing all this. :shiftdrive:
 

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Nah, had the coffee before I left the shopping centre. It's a good respite whilst I am on holidays & it gives me time away from the ankle biters!
 

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Nice driving mickyboy. Do you know what model XR8 you raced, ie was it the old E series / AU series or the new BA series?

I never drive the Z fast with groceries in the back - can't stand hearing them slaming around the boot.
 

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Nice one mickeyboy. I've had a couple of runs with a mates xr6 turbo and things are usually pretty even with the Zed coming out slightly on top (especially rolling starts).

Have another friend who has just ordered an XR8 (series II) 6MT - should be fun!! My boss with his bloody Clubbie will always be too quick in a straight line though.
 

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I had no idea what an Xr6T or xr8 were until I googled it. First of all, I would just like to say that you Australian's are truly lucky when it comes to Fords. Those are beautiful Ford models that we don't have here in the states. Usually Ford here stands for Found On Road Dead... or something similar.

The xr8 is a 5.4 liter V8 beast producing about 350bhp. Just to make sure that I am understanding you correctly, is this the vehicle that gave you no problems when you were racing it in a straight-a-way? If so, are F/I?
 

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Ok, the Ford xr6, on paper should whip a 350z, & I was ready for a whipping, but the roundabouts gave me the upperhand, much better handling in zed than Ford xr6! Also, forgot to mention that it was hot in Sydney yesterday, & the ford turbo, as far as I have heard, suffers from loss of power due to heat soak.

The xr8 was not brand new, it was the AU shape (hard to tell?)
So I think it only has around 200-220kw but badly geared tranny hinders it's performance.

My 'boss' has a ford GTP 290kw. Surprisingly not that quick because of the auto tranny gearing. He beats me in the 0-100 but again cornering is where I catch him.
The xr8 has the same problem but with less power. I think they run 0-100 in 7.5 secs real world!

Anyways, I had fun!!!!
 

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Standard XR6T is no faster than the Z. Just ask DavidM who conducted so comprehensive tests against one previously. You'll beat him everywhere, especially on a hot day.
The AU V8's had 220kW, but with Herrod extractors and exhaust, probably looking at 250kW. Drove my mates Herrod modified AU and it felt quicker than the Z with 2 people on board.
Might try and line him up before his car comes off lease and he gets rid of it.
 

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In anything but the straights, you should defecate all over a Ford Falcon of any stripe in the bends. The XR's are still overweight and undersprung, and their suspension geometry is for a family hack, not a sports car.

As for Clubsports, on a rolling start there's not much in it. I still remember running through Eastern Creek against a 250kW R8. Since he started ahead of me I got stuck behind him through the entire back section, but once we hit the straights he found the only place on the track where I wasn't riding his ass at 70% of my pace....he was just equalling it.
 
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