Long time coming update.
Prep work needed to be done before my trip to the Nürburgring. Simple stuff done like all fluids changed. New Toyo R888R tyres around and new front brake pads.
I stuck with the Carbotech XP10 pads up front. But RPB discs weren’t available. Decided on some Tarox discs which are almost double in price but hoping would maybe work and last better...
Anyway the Nürburgring trip was a success. Again the car was absolutely faultless and performed as I expected. I went over the Easter holidays with my track day on the Tuesday after. The weather the whole time was glorious.
A friend of mine hired out a MK7 Golf GTI on the Saturday to take around the track for 2 laps. Although after one lap he didn’t fancy anymore so let me have a go for the second lap. Overall a good car and set up nice. Lacked a little poke top end but it had great grip coming out of the corners as it had the performance pack which comes with an electronic front diff from factory.
Before my track day I done very little driving. The track over the Easter weekend was soo busy and spent a lot of time closed due to crashes.
Monday came around and decided to treat myself to a ring ‘taxi’ being driven around in a McLaren 600LT. Pretty impressive car with some amazing cornering speeds.
Interestingly they run the 600LT on the Nankang AR-1 tyres which I questioned the driver about which he says he prefers over the factory Pirelli Trofeo R which are a dual compound. I think this discussion jinxed us as 3 corners to the end of the lap one of the tyres failed on us. Nothing bad happened in the end apart from a wrecked tyre.
After that I thought it was probably best just to do 1 TF lap in the Honda before my track day to get my eye in and see the track changes.
Looks like I’m on 2 wheels coming out the mini karussell
Saw this as well. If you know, you know...
Tuesday came around and it was track day time. I think I managed to do around 16-18 laps in total. You lose count of them. I had a moment through miss-hit-miss corner where I caught the grass at around 90mph. Camera doesn’t do it any justice but it could of been the end of the Honda. Video here https://instagram.com/p/BwzW5VEDWiL/
Some drive by videos here https://www.instagram.com/p/BwpbLI2j1lA ... 7nx7mjurj3
Best lap times was identical to last year. Car hasn’t been improved since and my driving hasn’t either. At least I’m consistent I guess. End of the day I need that car to take me home so there’s only so far I can push. I’m happy with it. Video here
And then after all that it was home time. Gave the car a quick check over and apart from front brakes being dead it’s ready to go back out on track!
Tarox discs have been chewed up by the Carbotech pads
Then after all that I decided to play around with the alignment on the front. I’ve seen people do this so thought I’d give it a go and see the results. Swapping the top mounts to the opposite side to increase caster.
End result is another +1° of caster and still keeping over -3° of camber up front. Does feel a little better but without going on track not going to notice the full benefit. Damper adjuster is tight to the A/C pipe but a little tweak sorted that.
I’ve got a few ideas and plans I’d like to do for this car when it comes to winter time. I’m thinking a partial strip down. Freshen up all the suspension. Engine/gearbox out for a refresh and make everything sweet for years to come. I also think part of my problem will killing discs and pads soo quickly is that they’re not big enough so I’m looking into a big brake kit. Reyland Motorsport make a nice AP Racing kit but it’s big bucks.
On the other hand, planning on selling one property to buy another and with the missus wanting kids... we will see....