eLSD (“EDLC”) Update

Just when I had said no impact from the eLSD system, called EDLC by MINI, I believe I have encountered an issue with it. The two most noticeable times this has happened, the car feels like it completely locks up and goes into “ice mode,” where the car would just plow straight ahead. Both times…

St. Louis Event #1 – Home Opener

St Louis region is where I have the most data from last year and what I’ve been most looking forward to as far as competing. Despite my best efforts last year in the old car, I ended the year 38th in PAX overall. No doubt this has a lot to do with me racing in…

Thoughts on eLSD and Tire Wear Updates

With this weekend being an off weekend, thought it’d be a good chance for some overall updates: After about 4,000 miles and 60 runs of autocross, the car is averaging about 34mpg – not bad. Best tank was 38.7mpg, which includes autocross – and it was doing at least 43mpg before the event went on…

CCSCC & Chi Solo Double Header

A few things worth noting before I jump into the event reviews: the MINI is running great on the Pennzoil Ultra so far – oil analysis will let me know just how good it does, but feels great – smoother than OEM MINI oil for sure. I hit a solid 43mpg at one point with…

Alignment Woes

This is somewhat of a delayed post, as I’ve been trying to figure out what to do about this. I’ve taken my car to Firestone in the past for alignments, mainly because: all I really need is for the shop to zero out the toe, and they offer lifetime alignments. I had figured in the…

Minor Note – Oil Change

Changed the oil @ 3027 miles today. This is the start of what I plan to be a comprehensive engine oil comparison test. OEM fluid is coming out and getting sent to Blackstone, and the next oil I am testing is Pennzoil Ultra 5w30. Also did a transmission fluid change, for which I am making…

Mini UOA #1

Started this test to determine for myself what works for my driving and my Mini. Decided to test various different oils, varying amounts of autox runs and miles, to see if I could determine whether one actually is clearly better than the other. All oil samples are sent to Blackstone Laboratories for testing. I’ll upload…