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WELCOME to the new ER... Posted by Carl C (08/16/2005)
Welcome to Equipe Rapide's new autocross forum. With the hard work of many people, Equipe Rapide welcomes the South Florida Autocross community to exchange ideas and talk about autocrossing in general.

What is Equipe Rapide Sports Car Club?

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So, you see all those people driving cars thru pylons, testing and developing their driving skill and you think to yourself, "Self, This looks like fun, I wish I could do this in a fun and safe manner without officer Friendly writing me more tickets than Smokey and the Bandit"

Well, fret no more, ER Sports Car Club is here!

ER is devoted to setting up events that are fun and safe. Here's how you can be racing safely with your daily driver or weekend racer without the fear of wreaking your life savings. All events are based around SOLO style racing. This means ONLY ONE CAR ON THE TRACK AT A TIME. The courses are setup using pylons to simulate small road courses. Cars are spaced out as to prevent contact with another car (keeps you from swaping paint with the other fellow!)

ER organizes two types of event, usually held over a Saturday and a Sunday :

Time Trials or Autocrosses are similar to the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) SOLO II style racing. This allows everyone to race safely, just you, your car, the track and the stop watch timing you! The top speed reached are usually 70 MPH on race cars with usual street cars obtaining 55-60 MPH in short straight aways. The course combines slalom sections with various and sometimes tight turns and runs are done one at a time, from a standing start.

Speedtrials are normally for more experienced racers that reach speeds of 100 MPH (75-85 in street cars) similar to SCCA SOLO I racing. The course is similar to the Time Trial with less cones and without the slalom sections. It's more like a small road course and runs are done in sequences of laps allowing the driver to get into a rhythm.

HOTLAPPING is available from our sister group, EQUIPE RAPIDE MOTORSPORTS EXPERIENCE. If your looking for hotlapping check out ERME at http://www.erme.us/ .

Requirements are similar for both types of events. You car must have a seatbelt and you must wear an SCCA approved helmet. Your car must be in good mechanical condition and pass a short tech inspection before practice starts. In Speedtrials, drivers running on race tires must have a 4 points harness and a race suit ( or long pants / long sleeve cotton ) and all first time drivers must attend a short school session to familiarize themselves with rules and procedures. This is usually held on the saturday afteroon following the Autocross.

Choose a section on the right to learn more... and REMEMBER Racecar spelled backwards is Racecar

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