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post #1 of 15 Old 03-04-2012, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Blown engines at track days?

Auto crossing is my hobby, but I want to add some high speed track days to my need for speed. I've heard from some corvette buddies that some of the corvettes with the LS3s fry the engines because the oil system isn't enough to handle track days.

Here is a corvette forum discussion about it.

Let me ask another way, who's LS3 HASN"T blown up on the track - Corvette Forum

My question is, should my car, in stock form, on street tires, be able to handle track days with no problem?

Anyone hear of any problems?

Any people doing track days on a regular basis with no problems?

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-04-2012, 06:24 PM
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I have not read or heard anything about this before your post. After reading your link it seems that high G corners (oil starvation) take their toll. A dry sump set up would be the way to go if you are a serious racer IMO.

I hope some track day and auto-Xers will chime in on their setups. What are they seeing and have heard at the events.
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Yeah, it seems to be non-stock setups that cause this, but I just want to make sure. It took me three years to get a car I've lusted after since I first saw one, I don't want to destroy it the first year I have it.

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At another site there is a vid of a GM exec saying that the ZL1 warranty extends to track days

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The ZL1 is not an LS3 though. I'm sure they have a different in the LSA since it was tested for track duty.
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I agree, another reason to get a ZL1.

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Blown motors at track days is due to driver error or poor maintenance.

There is NO reason to be running @ red line on a track day. It isn't a race, there are no prizes, no awards...

Now if it is a competition, then that is a different story.

You should always check your motor/car over before doing track days.

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If you're running the PZero tires you prolly want to switch them for a track day.

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If you're running the PZero tires you prolly want to switch them for a track day.
I didn't have a problem with mine, but it will depend on the speed of the track, weather, temperature (air and track).

Actually our last track day was in the rain and I had a set of stock tires (new) and they did the best out of all the other cars. I had the best traction. Instructors even commented on it.

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Blown motors at track days is due to driver error or poor maintenance.

There is NO reason to be running @ red line on a track day. It isn't a race, there are no prizes, no awards...

Now if it is a competition, then that is a different story.

You should always check your motor/car over before doing track days.
I dont know about that...LOL inertia is real and there was a string of them for a while with the Vette guys
An oil accumulator would take care of it I would tghink, I run one in my car as well as an oil cooler.

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