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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:15 PM

This past weekend, the Forged Perfomance team made a visit to Road Atlanta for some private coaching with World Challenge Pro Driver, Mike Skeen. With a half dozen customer GT-R's present, we invited Mike Skeen to do some one-on-one coaching with some of our advanced drivers. On fairly short notice, we asked Mike to make a few laps in the Catesby/Forged FP800 GT-R shod with Hoosier R100 slicks for some demonstration laps. This is almost identical to the setup we ran in OLOA 2012, aside from swapping out the PSS's for Hoosiers and a few minor adjustments. Chin Motorsports was kind enough to block off 10 minutes on Sunday afternoon for some exclusive track time so we could put on the show.

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With the event haulted and the track cleared of all cars, a few dozen spectators lined the fences to watch Mike rip off a series of three blastering laps with the fast lap checking in at 1:24.700, obliterating the previous record by 3 full seconds! In reviewing the data, there is still plenty more time to be had with some additional tweaking and adjustments, but overall we are very happy with the results and Mike drove the wheels off the car. I am very proud of the entire Forged team. Consistent success requires a concentrated team effort, and that's what we had this weekend.

Stay tuned for video and photos....we have over 25GB of media to sort through. :)



For now, here is some quick in-car footage


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:18 PM

sickkkk, sounds like it was a really great day

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:33 PM

wow thats a whole chunk of time---gone
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:02 AM

thats awesome mike is great.. i think i improved my lap time a good couple secs just with him riding with me for 3 laps this past summer.. congrats on the accomplishment

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:28 AM

Great job to all the Forged guys behind the scenes who prepped the car.
Mike thanks for doing the driving duties.

Now we need to focus on getting a similar time but on the PSS tires. ;)

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:08 AM

Great time! Mike did an awesome job wheeling that car around. Bravo to him and the FP team for setting this time. For those that don't know Road Atlanta....that's fast!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:13 AM

I'm still in awe.....I just don't understand how he does turn 12 like he does LOL that guy in INSANE!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:48 AM

I'm still in awe.....I just don't understand how he does turn 12 like he does LOL that guy in INSANE!

He told me he envisions the concrete walls as fluffy cream filled marshmellows. Works every time.

For those of you that don't know Mike Skeen, he is a very rare breed of professional driver, and I put him up there with the very best in the country. Super humble, articulate, soft spoken, but also carries a big stick. He's also the best pro-level coach I've ever worked with, and always willing to share his techniques with anyone that asks. He has an uncanny ability to hop into a slow car, a fast car, or anything in between and instantly drive the doors off the car with zero mistakes or drama. He is also pretty good at sliding completly sideways through T12 at 100+mph while carrying on a normal converstaion with his passenger. :)

Given this was our first time running the Hoosiers on this particular car, on Saturday, I did a few laps in the Catesby/Forged GT-R to fine tune suspension and tire pressures for Mike. Sunday morning, I turned the car over to Mike for a couple of orientation laps in traffic expecting him to return with lots of suggestions or changes he wanted us to make. Instead, he simply said, the car is perfect and don't change a thing. That's when I knew we had a really special lap in store for the afternoon, and special it was.

We couldn't have done this without my friend and long time partner in crime, Catesby Jones, along with Mike Skeen, and the staff of Chin Motorsports. See you all next year.


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:21 AM

Congrats guys! That time is amazing.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:29 AM

Thats sounds like a great weekend. I know the feeling. I had the same feeling when I was racing motorcycles. My team and I would bring someone in from time to time to do some tuning and track time, then they pull us around the track showing us lines, breaking points and turn-ins and our time drop... I miss those days but who knows... maybe one day I might take the car out and try my hand at that. :shiftdrive:

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:38 AM

Cue the Leh Keen..........

I see an epic battle approaching.......

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:10 PM

Thanks, guys! It was a fun weekend working with some great GT-R drivers and the Sunday "Chin Happy Hour" was really the icing on the cake. Great to see Topspeed there as well...there were a TON of GT-Rs in attendance! Can't wait to see the video myself.
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:08 AM

Video added :)


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:13 AM

Wow, simply amazing!!

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:14 AM

Bloody well done to a great driver and a team to put together a car that can deliver

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:36 PM

Can we see video of the 1:24.7 lap? The vid posted is of the 25.0......

You can see what i am talking about here.. the laptimer is past 1:24.7 at the end of the lap...

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

That was just a teaser vid for the 1:24.7 lap :biggrin:

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:08 PM

great job sharif and forged crew!

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

Holy crap!!!

That is a fantastic lap!

Well done!

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:52 PM

Can we see video of the 1:24.7 lap? The vid posted is of the 25.0......

You can see what i am talking about here.. the laptimer is past 1:24.7 at the end of the lap...


The video is indeed of the record breaking 1:24.701 lap but thank you pointing out that the data overlay is one lap off. I have rendered the new video.


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