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Time Attack
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SoCal
New car to replace my worn out 2016. Going to take the pedal off the metal and enjoy driving without constantly wrenching on a busted car.
Congrats on the new Mach 1! Looking forward to hearing your impressions and comparative lap times to your 2016. Are you keeping the 2016?
 

JDee

Ancient Racer
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W2W Racing
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20+ Years
5 miles from Mosport
Congrats on the new Mach 1! Looking forward to hearing your impressions and comparative lap times to your 2016. Are you keeping the 2016?
Thanks!
No, I traded the '16 in on it. That car had lived a hard life, track day car pretty much since new. Things were starting to break with regularity and I was spending more money and time on repairs than ever. Kind of tired of working on the car and pouring money into it to fix dead and dying stuff. Just decided it was time for a change. It's been a track car since I got it, and that's pretty hard on a car.

I'm not going to banzai this car, I'm putting the 305 AR-1s on it and that's about it. Only mods planned so far are to get the 305s mounted, which means long ARP studs and open lugs to accommodate my 1" spacers. And that'll do it. For now anyway.

I expect it's going to do decent lap times, prolly within a second or two of the old car. I dunno though. It's got a fair bit more power than the '16, that alone should make a significant difference. But it's also heavier, so that's a negative. Having a decent trans will be nice, no more bi-annual MT82 rebuilds I hope. The Tremec shifted very nicely when I test drove it. But for sure I don't plan to mod the crap out of it. I'm also cutting back on the number of days I run to maybe 6 or 8 a year instead of 12 to 15.

My goal is to just enjoy driving a very good handling car on a fast track, not trying to set a personal best or compare it/me to anyone else. Just enjoy the ride!
 
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HPDE
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5-10 Years
Wisconsin
Congrats on the mach1. You’ll like the Tremec ! I put on a right side catch can so I suggest that since it appears that you’ll be tracking the car, even the owners manual says as much. Enjoy the track !!
 

JDee

Ancient Racer
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20+ Years
5 miles from Mosport
Congrats on the mach1. You’ll like the Tremec ! I put on a right side catch can so I suggest that since it appears that you’ll be tracking the car, even the owners manual says as much. Enjoy the track !!
Thanks for the heads up. I have catch cans on both sides of the '16. Not necessary with the Mach 1?
 
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HPDE
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5-10 Years
Wisconsin
Thanks for the heads up. I have catch cans on both sides of the '16. Not necessary with the Mach 1?
You only need the right side. I’ve met others with newer mach1’s with both sides & not much shows up in the left side. I get 3ish tablespoons every oil change and I change oil/filter every 1,000 miles, 80% of that is on track miles. I installed the Ford Performance right side only and it‘s a plug & play setup.
 

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