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      07-05-2014, 11:31 PM   #1
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New Thunderhill 5 mile track Bypass-config track day

Ran the new Thunderhill 5 mile track today. This track day is the first time this config has ever been run in a track day and it is the longest track in the US.

This is a seriously fun track! The old track is pretty high speed with lots of sections to carry speed. The new track addition is very tight and technical with some tricky u-turn type of corners. It definitely favors smaller cars. Here's my fastest lap of 4:05 while chasing a SR20DET 240SX.

The M3 was a bit of the underdog compared to the track prepped 240SX with upgraded turbo pushing 300hp, big Stoptech trophy brakes, fully caged and no interior. My M3 is stock besides KW V3 and PSS tires and weighs a good 1000 lbs more than the 240SX... Fun cat and mouse and we had nice chat afterwards.
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First time the 5-mile course at Thunderhill was run was with Hooked On Driving on June 7 2014.
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not sure how i feel about the new extension guess i need to actually run it
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      07-06-2014, 02:58 PM   #4
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First time the 5-mile course at Thunderhill was run was with Hooked On Driving on June 7 2014.
Read the title, this is the first time running with turn 5 bypass config. The previous runs were over the top of turn 5. If you've driven Thunderhill, you'd know the difference.
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Read the title, this is the first time running with turn 5 bypass config. The previous runs were over the top of turn 5. If you've driven Thunderhill, you'd know the difference.
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      07-07-2014, 08:11 AM   #6
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Oooh! Track configuration fight! They're the best!
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Spring Mountain Motorsports park has a longer configuration, if we're gonna whip things out and measure them...

Either way, new track to learn = fun.
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There are a lot of slow corners...39 and 22 mph? UGH!
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I don't know how tracks are measured for length but they say it is the longest track in North America...

http://thunderhill.com/article.php?s...40617124935313

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http://www.roadandtrack.com/go/news/...rse-in-america
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Yeah, but how wide is it?
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Yeah, but how wide is it?
It's not the length, but girth of the track that matters?
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It is important to try different lines, different speeds and different positions to really get the most fun out of the track. How much weight transfer is needed? When do you dive in? Do you feather the throttle as you exit? How to maximize your slip angles to get the best apex? Its not all about who can finish fastest!
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Yeah, but how wide is it?
It's not the length, but girth of the track that matters?
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It's officially a pissing contest then...

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Set against a stunning mountain backdrop just 55 miles West of the Las Vegas Strip, our state-of-the-art facility encompasses the longest road course in North America with over 6 miles of challenging racetrack and more than 50 unique configurations.
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"50 unique configurations" - the Karma Sutra of the motorsport world!
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It's officially a pissing contest then...

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The longest configuration there looks like it's 3.4 miles. A bunch of small track configurations is not the same.
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The longest configuration there looks like it's 3.4 miles. A bunch of small track configurations is not the same.
They don't have the configuration there as it may not have been done, but they can connect up the old track with the new member track and it should be a little over 5 miles.
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The longest configuration there looks like it's 3.4 miles. A bunch of small track configurations is not the same.
LOL, I had no idea that wasn't the same. You may be right as their wording talks about it like they haven't built the new section. However, they built a new section. It's in the aerial shots. Look to the right on the aerial photo and you can see the new portion. There's supposed to be a way to wiggle it out to 6 miles. The 4 mile course uses the outside parts. If you add the inner bits, it doesn't flow as well but it is a lot longer.

Here's the pic I'm talking about.




Besides, you can legally get a hooker in Pahrump, NV, where the track is. Winning!
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