It was cool to hear Pastor Ted (Xanga: deadkau) refer to dying for Christ like I kind of mentioned in last night’s entry.

Who wants to go with me to try to see and hear Geoff Moore in concert on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at Loma Linda University Church at 7:30 PM?  I am going to try to see if I can start work early (7:30 AM) and leave early (4:30 PM) so I can try to make it out that way.  I haven’t seen Geoff since the summer of 2003.  I miss him a lot!  It would be very nice to see him again-as if I was being reunited with an old friend!

I’m feeling the need…the need for speed!

I’ve been getting the track day itch again and I think I’m going to scratch it.  I plan on signing up for Redline Track Events’ track day at Buttonwillow Raceway on Saturday, April 28, 2007.  I’m interested in seeing what kind of lap times the Bridgestone Potenza RE-01Rs (P225/45R17) will produce compared to the Bridgestone Potenza S-03 Pole Positions (P215/45R17) I used the last two times I went to Buttonwillow.

Here’s a photo of me braking for turn 1 at Buttonwillow in May 2006:

Who would like to come along with me?

Speaking of the track, I went to California Speedway last Wednesday with some of the editorial staff to observe them conduct vehicle testing.  I got to drive the company’s long-term 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS home Tuesday night and to the track on Wednesday morning and a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser from the track on Wednesday afternoon to home and back to the office on Thursday morning.  The testing itself was conducted by Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton (who previously came from Motor Trend), and Senior Road Test Editor, Josh Jacquot (who previously came from Sport Compact Car).  We used the vast expanse of one of the California Speedway’s parking lots and its dragstrip behind the north end of the track.

The vehicles tested were a 2007 Lexus LS 600h L, 2007 Lincoln Mark LT, 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT, 2007 G35 Sport Sedan (6MT), 2007 Kia Amanti, 2007 BMW X3 3.0si, 2007 Land Rover LR2, and the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS.  Chris tested the first four vehicles on the list and Josh tested the last four.  Each driver stayed with the same four vehicles for all the tests.

The tests conducted were acceleration (0-60 mph, 1/4 mile), braking (60-0 mph), slalom, and skidpad tests.

My favorite shot of the day:

Chris Walton drifting the G35 Sport Sedan around the skidpad (Gotta love the graffiti-ridden railroad cars in the background!)

Josh was cool enough to take me in the G Sedan through the slalom a couple of times and drifting around the skidpad.  That was so awesome!!!   Chris and Josh both have amazing car control skills!  I also had a great time talking to Dan Edmunds, our Director of Vehicle Testing, who used to race a Honda CRX and a spec Mazda Miata.

My Photobucket album from the test is located here.

Here’s a sample of some of the things that went on.

First, all of the vehicles were weighed.  Here’s the Outlander tipping the scales:

Chris driving the Lexus LS 600h L around the skidpad:

Here’s Chris giving the Escalade EXT the same treatment because even ballers need to know how well their vehicles can handle when they need to hustle and flow on the go (Chris tested the Lincoln Mark LT before the Caddy, but I felt taking photos of it was not worthy of the camera’s memory card storage space.  You can also see the FJ Cruiser I drove back to the office in the background.):

During the slalom test, OnStar actually called Chris to make sure he and everything was okay!  Chris thinks the countersteering/opposite lock he used going through the slalom might have prompted the call thinking the vehicle had been in an accident.  It was interesting to see that the Lincoln Mark LT fared better through the slalom, but couldn’t match the Caddy in terms of lateral grip around the skidpad.  Before Chris tested them, I incorrectly assumed the Caddy would be better in both tests.  The Caddy’s stability control may have been another reason why it was hampered in the slalom test.

Chris muscling the G35 Sport Sedan (notice how the car is a little sideways) to the slalom finish (light transponder on the ground by the cone):

Josh then came over (I didn’t watch the acceleration and braking tests) to put his four vehicles through the “wringer.”  I felt the Kia Amanti was not worthy of being photographed.  Here’s Josh circling the skidpad with the BMW X3 3.0si Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV and not SUV, as BMW wants you all to think of it as):

The X3 put up quite impressive numbers through the slalom and skidpad!  I was expecting it to do well, but was honestly surprised with the times it turned.

Here’s the Land Rover LR2 (a.k.a. Freelander) zigging and zagging through the slalom (just leannnn into it!):

Here’s the Mitsubishi Outlander XLS going through the slalom and around the skidpad.  As far as I know, I believe he tested the vehicle in its FWD (front-wheel drive) mode and not any of its AWD (auto or 50/50 lock) modes.

The new 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback sure has been receiving a lot of flak for its look over the course of the last week.  Here’s an article on Inside Line on all the (negative) buzz it has created on the Internet – 2008 WRX Takes Heat.

Have I ever mentioned I LOVE working at Edmunds?!  Thanks to and praise God for His sovereignty and grace!

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

10 responses to “”

  1. heyjuke says :

    I’d love to work there… I believe I interviewed there in the summer of ’05. are those LED headlamps on the LS, and how does the FJ ride?

  2. rice4krxst says :

    Praise God for His Outrageous Grace! For ordaining you to love Him and to test out very sweet cars.=)Hey man, I wish I can go out with you, but we’re leaving to Phoenix early the next day. Hopefully we can catch a concert sometime soon!

  3. sup_cuz says :

    your job has nice perks. praise God that you were placed in a job being able to be around what you love. im down for the track day as long as I don’t have finals.

  4. banilla777 says :

    ooh, i wanna take my wrx to redline @ buttonwillow. is it clockwise that day?

  5. OSUBaller says :

    I especially enjoyed your tidbit about OnStar calling up the driver to see if he was ok!  At least we know that OnStar works to that extant. 

  6. DEAD_ED_WALKING says :

    that LR2 looks good. nice pics!

  7. yEunGeEE says :

    do you know geoff moore personally or something?

  8. npc1 says :

    thanks for your prayers Loren! I am scared of driving fast, but I do like sitting in them when they are at normal speeds.

  9. Anonymous says :

    Hey, thanks. Well, after talking to some friends, I didn’t do that bad… or so they say. Still, it isn’t the best score on the planet…
    btw, do you know if the church will have any community service stuff? I really need some service hours. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  10. lilstargazer says :

    Ooo…loma linda university church. My church is out there too. You might even bump into some of my friends. =)

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