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    Hutch is offline Michael Kolar
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    After last night's race I'm leaning towards the Lotus too. I think it's easier to jump in and drive, less dangerous, and therefore more likely to generate closer fields.

    Patrice and I have been talking about possibly doing some ballasting to keep things close. If anybody has the time and inclination to help us experiment with that, I'd be interested in figuring out, for instance, how much ballast would it take to knock your time down by 1 sec at Doni?
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    I'll try to do that when I get some free time.

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    I agree, the Lotus 25 is not a death trap and we all love close racing.
    Ballast could level things out a bit so we can bring back a driver tier system.

    I'll do some tests too for the 1s gap.

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    I also like the Lotus 25, once you get the hang of it it's very fun and challenging to drive. I thought Donington was a good choice for a test race in these cars, it has pretty well every type of corner a track should have.
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    Ok, I've done some laps today on Donington, 100% grip, 26C, here are the results:

    * no ballast: 1:48:748
    * 40kg ballast: 1:49:444 (+0.696)
    * 50kg ballast: 1:49:919 (+1.171)

    So probably it's something between 47-49kg for the 1 second, but it's hard to get an exact number as not easy to nail a perfect lap, and you have to re-learn your braking points after changing the ballast.

    EDIT: forgot to mention, I had the engine limiter at 103% so these are mostly qualify lap times, it would probably blow the engine during a race...
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    I can do 52s with no ballast at all....lol.



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    Hutch is offline Michael Kolar
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    Thanks Mihaly, that's really helpful!

    I'm working on a track list today, should have a schedule put together sometime this week.
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    Hutch is offline Michael Kolar
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    Patrice, your inbox is full again
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    I also did some test (not as fast as Mihaly).
    I ran 30 kg and it was not enough to put a 1s gap (1.49.66 with 30 kg) vs my no ballast time (low 1.49), it not easy to get the very best lap to make valid comparison.
    I hope the gap will remain somewhat similar on very fast track too.
    At least the 45-50kg range is pretty good to get started.
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    To get in ther mood, here's the best quality footage of early 60's Monaco I have ever seen. Actual race at 1:40

    Notice the royal stand, 3 feet away from the track with only a single guard rail in between!! Not to mention the spectators free to walk up to the edge of the track....

    https://youtu.be/sCv-dIFGcd0
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