Took it to the drag strip - I need HELP to learn to launch!
So I took the car out to the track for the first time….and I couldn’t launch it for nothing.
I’ll start off by saying that I have an LS3 with about 1,500 miles and stock tires. I was running at an 1/8th mile track and the best I was able to run was 9.16 with a worst of 9.52.
Every time I tried to launch it would wheel hop all the way through 1st and part of 2nd. Once it caught it pulled nice and hard. I tried it with TC & Stabiltrack turned off, in Competitive Mode, and just the way it sits. Every time I still got wheel hop. On time I even tried to leave a little soft and shortly after leaving the line I hammered it…..soon as I did it would wheel hop.
As I was leaving I had a GTO guy come up to look over the car. We started talking and I told him about the wheel hop. He said that in his GTO he gets on the line, lets out about half way on the clutch until it starts to grab, eases off the clutch a little, and leaves at about 1,500 before getting on it after leaving. I didn’t get a chance to try that because the lanes were about to close and I had already started beer time at that point but I plan on trying it again in a couple weeks.
Anyone have any tips or pointers to help me get off the line without so much wheel hop?
It sucked….I got a good handful of compliments on the car yet I was one of the slower newer muscle cars out there. I know it will turn a much better time if I can get it to launch better.
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