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    Default Will Goldfinger be a competitor?

    I asked Airmotive if Goldie is having any work done for Reno and President David Teeters got back to me and said “we can’t say but you might want to go to Reno”. Like the old days of secret projects
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    Has a super stocker mustang beat Dreadnought? That's a 420 mph lap.
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    Default Re: Will Goldfinger be a competitor?

    Yeah Dan Martin in Ridgerunner -wasn’t he faster than Dreadnought at the end?

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    RR is the ultimate Super Stocker and it ran all over Dreadnought with ease. It ran laps above 480 maybe close to 490 on Saturday 2009 to get a 477 average.. Goldfinger won’t be anywhere near RR’s setup. That was a lot of time and effort. I do think that Goldfinger could be similar to Miss A. Race prepped Merlin, maybe some wingtips. What else can you do to make a Mustang faster within a few months that can’t be undone easily? Canopy seems extreme, RR’s scoop and doghouse mods seem extreme. Maybe a Voodoo/Strega prop? I think Miss A runs a “race” prop. I’m just not sure what Airmotive is capable of doing in the air race category. I know they rebuilt Miss A after her landing accident, but that was simply that, just a rebuild. I imagine the team went through and did most of the speed mod stuff. Who knows, Mike could have a team of his own working alongside the Airmotive guys.
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    I think reversible changes would be race motor, spray bars, ADI, and a race prop. Seal the control surfaces and gear doors. On a stock wingspan I don't think new wingtips would help more than they hurt. On that note Miss A still has clipped wings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CubersWrist View Post
    I think reversible changes would be race motor, spray bars, ADI, and a race prop. Seal the control surfaces and gear doors. On a stock wingspan I don't think new wingtips would help more than they hurt. On that note Miss A still has clipped wings?
    True. I imagine cooling mods could be done for sure especially to accommodate a race Merlin. And I’m not sure about Miss A’s wings. By wingtips I meant something similar to Miss A, right now Goldfinger has stock tips and I imagine you could put some RRIII/ Miss A wingtips on it. They didn’t cut the wings off of RR at all but they put nicer tips. What are the strakes called that flow down the fuselage behind the wings..? Extending those is something all the racers do and that seems reversible. Incredible that RR ran 480 with gun ports too, Goldfinger has clean wings.
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    Default Re: Will Goldfinger be a competitor?

    IF Mike gets a real super stock setup on it, and a competent crew, maybe. My guess is he shows up with a completely stock airplane and makes the back of the Gold at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
    True. I imagine cooling mods could be done for sure especially to accommodate a race Merlin. And I’m not sure about Miss A’s wings. By wingtips I meant something similar to Miss A, right now Goldfinger has stock tips and I imagine you could put some RRIII/ Miss A wingtips on it. They didn’t cut the wings off of RR at all but they put nicer tips. What are the strakes called that flow down the fuselage behind the wings..? Extending those is something all the racers do and that seems reversible. Incredible that RR ran 480 with gun ports too, Goldfinger has clean wings.
    The strakes/wing fillets are there to reduce interference drag. Mike Arnold explains this at the 49 minute mark (whole video is worth watching though).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxvo...&t=0s&index=14

    Also somewhere on Youtube there is an interview with Tiger where he explains that they are there to keep the low pressure region behind the dog house from sucking the air running along the sides underneath the airplane. You want that airflow to be straight along the sides of the fuselage, so on Strega that fairing acts as a fence. This is the same thinking behind the belly mod on Race #30
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    Default Re: Will Goldfinger be a competitor?

    Quote Originally Posted by GRNDP51 View Post
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    Incredible that RR ran 480 with gun ports too, Goldfinger has clean wings.
    The RR crew made covers for the gun ports,.. out of soup ladles.
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    Hey, don't blame the crew, that was Dan who made up the gun port covers !

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