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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Launching the Bullitt

I am wondering if anyone took their '19 Bullitt to the dragstrip yet.

I went to the closest DS and they failed to announce that they were delaying the opening because of weather.

On some back roads I practiced with Launch Control and was really having a hard time getting to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. I've owned many manual transmissions, but either the torque curve, clutch engagement, or my old body is not working right.

I did a 13.60 on my 2009 Bullitt with only a tune. Not great, but basically what the magazines were doing. Plus the SC Coyote I had did very good 60 foots with a stick, so at least I knew how to launch a car.

Am I missing something on the launch?

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I'm old school, but I'd shut off the traction control and anything else that interferes, DSC, Launch control, whatever.
Rev it to 3000 RPM and step off the clutch and drop the hammer. Adjust release RPM for best traction out of the hole. If it were an automatic, I'd use the launch nannies. Should run in the mid 12's or better. Good luck.

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As stated definitely try without using traction or launch control. Also, even our hard compound street tires will benefit grip-wise from from getting them plenty hot and maybe reducing air pressure too. Starting grip at the strip will be very different from the street which doesn't have all the treatment of the drag strip starting box, so street practice might not be that relevant.

I look forward to getting mine to the strip this summer and expect that getting a consistently good launch is gonna take several passes and even after that it will be somewhat tricky to repeat.

Would like to get to a 1/2 mile venue where the car can better hit its stride and the launch is less important.
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