First Autocross Event - Thoughts
Just want to start off by stating I never purchased my N-line with the intention on autocrossing it. I'm currently looking at buying a dedicated weekend car/ autocross car (NB miata) but figured I should do an event to see if I like the club.
The event was a great success, beating out some WRX's, genesis 3.8 etc. My car is a 6 speed bone stock minus a muffler delete and poor man intake, in Canada we are blessed with 500 treadwear all seasons.
The car handling was great for a stock car. Very stable and predictable. The car was overall balanced with a touch of understeer, a larger rear sway bar would likely help. Even with the all seasons, I was able to power out of corners relatively well even with the open diff. I drove with traction control off but stability on; there was lots of unforgiving walls and figured the stability would save me if I pushed it to hard. I don't believe the stability control was a hinder to my driving speed as I did not feel in interfere with power coming out of corners. I was able to lug the car around in second gear as the course was pretty tight
I struggled with air intake and coolant temps all day. After my first run, the coolant temp read 105 deg C (almost 220F). I left the car idle to hopefully bring the temp back down however the continued to climb to 110 C. At this point I shut the car down as the temps were climbing. The temperature gauge did not indicate the car was this hot, the only reason I knew was because I was reading coolant temp directly from the OBDII. I ended up turning the heater to full blast and was able to slowly bring the temps back down. The intercooler got heat soaked very quickly as well, hitting over 70 C after my first run. I know this is a common problem with this car when pushed hard.
The GT is a very solid platform for autocross, and can be competitive in its class with simply tires, rear sway bar and intercooler. People at the event were pretty shocked a Hyundai was going around the track that quickly. I'm new to autocross (however not new to motorsports) so I'm sure a good second was left on the table with a simple driver mod. Either way, the event was great fun and everyone was super friendly. If you've contemplated attending autocross, I would definitely suggest giving it a try!