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Offline Ag_Sky

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Evolution Performance Driving School
« on: April 03, 2011, 10:25:14 AM »
Awesome!  :D

Yesterday I completed the Evolution Phase One course hosted by the SCCA Ozark Mountain Region. It was great! Lots of seat time, I did 27 runs (one redo - timer malfunction). A very good school, the instructors were great :urock:, very positive, very knowledgeable and very adept at articulating the technical aspects of performance driving. Plus it was just fun hanging with them and the other students. The weather was perfect, sunny, 82 F with a steady breeze.

The biggest surprise I got was just how smooth and fast the instructors could pilot my 2.4L Sky around the course. During the morning session after the instructor made two runs driving the Sky he got out and starting shouting to the other instructor how much fun and grippy the car was. He said it felt like it had R compound tires on it (it’s got Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec tires). Needless to say he was impressed with the Sky's handling. Later in the afternood, the second instructor agreed it was a “grippy car”. Anyhow, I’ve got a lot of learning to do to drive the Sky as smooth and fast as they did.

It was a good day, a peak experience for sure. :)
75 STR 2008 Silver (Ag) Sky 2.4L Automatic
North East Oklahoma Region SCCA
Custom Coilovers
KONI SA shocks
FE3 front, ZOK rear sway bars
Enkei Racing PF01 Bright Silver 18x8 Wheels
Hankook Ventus RS-3 Tires
K&N 69 Series Typhoon Air Intake
Clear Image Automotive Shorty Header
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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2011, 10:31:10 AM »
It is a highly recommended course, even if you don't plan on racing.
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Ported and polished head
Exedy Stage II Clutch
big brake kit, slotted/drilled Rotors w/Porterfield pads & blue juice
Backbone, Probeam, Cross Strut Brace
Underhood, trunk, & door Lights
ZOK suspension

JPM
Center console, door inserts, & dash
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Focuztech Tri-Y Header & hi-flow cat
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Norm's Rear facia
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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011, 10:39:02 AM »
out of curiosity, how much was for this course?
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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2011, 11:38:31 AM »
out of curiosity, how much was for this course?
$275
75 STR 2008 Silver (Ag) Sky 2.4L Automatic
North East Oklahoma Region SCCA
Custom Coilovers
KONI SA shocks
FE3 front, ZOK rear sway bars
Enkei Racing PF01 Bright Silver 18x8 Wheels
Hankook Ventus RS-3 Tires
K&N 69 Series Typhoon Air Intake
Clear Image Automotive Shorty Header
Solo Performance NA Single Cat Back (with muffler delete)
Trifecta Tune

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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2011, 11:44:27 AM »
Is this a good price for your standarts? curiosity...
2008 Opel GT, Black, Trifecta tune, 200cpi SOLO DownPipe, K&N Air Filter, 4piston Brembo front brakes with EBC yellowstuff brakepads, DDM Backbone and ProBeam, LatinVenom Front Chassis Brace. NEXT STEP: Install the SPEC stage 3+ Clutch kit and Flywheel ;)

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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2011, 11:45:30 AM »
thx for the info!
and that was for a full day course(26 laps) with your car? or did it also include driving in a training car?
DDM Works Backbone and probeam
H&R springs
SOLO HF Cat and Mach Shorty
Dejon Throttle Elbow
Dejon-AEM intake
Front Big Brake upgrade kit with Ferodo pads
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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2011, 11:45:42 AM »
I think that is the norm 275-325
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StageIII intercooled Supercharger, Wisco ceramic coated pistons, Carrillo rods, superTech valves and Springs
Ported and polished head
Exedy Stage II Clutch
big brake kit, slotted/drilled Rotors w/Porterfield pads & blue juice
Backbone, Probeam, Cross Strut Brace
Underhood, trunk, & door Lights
ZOK suspension

JPM
Center console, door inserts, & dash
Seat bolster & lumbar support

Focuztech Tri-Y Header & hi-flow cat
Solo Performance SQR-2
Norm's Rear facia
Heated Seats
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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2011, 11:48:06 AM »
What to say... We pay almost 150$ for a track we have for a couple of rounds :gaah:
I love your country :usa:
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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2011, 12:09:32 PM »
thx for the info!
and that was for a full day course(26 laps) with your car? or did it also include driving in a training car?
You bring the car.

I'd love to be an instructor, you'd get to drive a lot of nice cars!
75 STR 2008 Silver (Ag) Sky 2.4L Automatic
North East Oklahoma Region SCCA
Custom Coilovers
KONI SA shocks
FE3 front, ZOK rear sway bars
Enkei Racing PF01 Bright Silver 18x8 Wheels
Hankook Ventus RS-3 Tires
K&N 69 Series Typhoon Air Intake
Clear Image Automotive Shorty Header
Solo Performance NA Single Cat Back (with muffler delete)
Trifecta Tune

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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2011, 12:12:09 PM »
I'd love to be an instructor, you'd get to drive a lot of nice cars!
i know what you mean...
i wish i were a car press journalist..they also drive all types of cars, plus the harder they drive them, the better job they do :)
DDM Works Backbone and probeam
H&R springs
SOLO HF Cat and Mach Shorty
Dejon Throttle Elbow
Dejon-AEM intake
Front Big Brake upgrade kit with Ferodo pads
Trifecta tune
Custom IC and pipes
LVKFCB

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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2011, 12:14:23 PM »
Is this a good price for your standarts? curiosity...
It's good price. This school is specific to SCCA Solo II racing (autocross), parking lot racing with the course marked using orange cones.
75 STR 2008 Silver (Ag) Sky 2.4L Automatic
North East Oklahoma Region SCCA
Custom Coilovers
KONI SA shocks
FE3 front, ZOK rear sway bars
Enkei Racing PF01 Bright Silver 18x8 Wheels
Hankook Ventus RS-3 Tires
K&N 69 Series Typhoon Air Intake
Clear Image Automotive Shorty Header
Solo Performance NA Single Cat Back (with muffler delete)
Trifecta Tune

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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2011, 08:09:27 PM »
I was at a local Solo event in KC today. One of the people here was in Neosho, Mo. for the Evo school Phase 1 yesterday and was commenting on the huge improvement some guy in a silver Sky had shown during the Saturday session. WELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I know who it was. I am sure that Ag_Sky had the benefit of Andy Hohl and Tim Herron as instructors. GREAT guys, both.

As for spending hundreds of dollars a day for a Solo driving school, this is simply THE best money one can spend. If the opportunity comes up --- DO IT.
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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2011, 09:58:40 PM »
Go 2.4 power! We'll wait to see your results this season.  :)
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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2011, 06:22:33 PM »
My wife (in her coupe) and I (in my GXP), JimmyBaja, Gxpsyrose, Rogue all too that school last year and it was awesome!!! 

I think we paid $250 each and had about 24 runs.  We all used our own Solstices...  What a blast.  You should have seen Dee drifting her Coupe!!!

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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2011, 07:32:18 PM »
http://vimeo.com/13357887
Just do it!!! Well worth the money, we all had a blast!  :drag:

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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2011, 11:03:45 PM »
http://vimeo.com/13357887
Just do it!!! Well worth the money, we all had a blast!  :drag:

THAT was fun to watch !!!!!!! Jim, it was clear that you were "getting it".
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catless downpipe, SP custom exhaustWester's tune
racing springs and adjustable perches
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Re: Evolution Performance Driving School
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2011, 11:10:29 PM »
I also attended Evo phase 1 & 2 this spring.
What a blast - I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to see what these cars can really do.

Here is a video with me from the phase 2 course making a few runs 'solo' after several with the instructor - lesson for the day "look ahead" - lol


I'll definitely be back for more...
Many things still to upgrade on the car, and this is the process of upgrading the driver!

 

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