November was fun a month. Put on about 3,000 miles driving between SD and NorCal, did two track days, and two autocrosses. The car didn't skip a beat, but I really need a new set of tires and pads
Thunderhill/Blacktrax Test and Tune:
Possibly one of the most exciting things I've done, ever. Having only participated in autocross and events at go-kart tracks the speeds at Thunderhill were fairly intimidating at first, especially since I wasn't 100% confident in the Stoptech pads I was running (more on that later...). Jei and the rest of the Black Trax crew (as well as the attendees) were all extremely friendly and willing to share knowledge on how to learn the proper lines and brake points. I had an absolutely fantastic time blasting through the gorgeous scenery to the symphony of VTEC. Sadly I was having some camera issues (go-pro fell off the mount, then the battery died) during my quicker runs so I don't have much footage to share.
Also, it turns out the used Winmax W4s I bought were actually used OEM S2000 pads. Really shitty to learn 24 hours before the event. The seller quickly refunded me and said he must have switched the boxes up, but I'm a little too cynical to believe that. The Stoptech pads were actually fine at Thunderhill given that I was running in the beginner group and on PSS instead of the more popular 200tw tires, but I was still getting fade towards the end of my sessions and pedal feel was pretty terrible on the drive home.
Enjoying the wonderful Sacramento weather before heading up:
And my favorite shots, courtesy of Bill Wang Photographyhttp://www.billwangphotos.com/blacktrax2016
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Short clip (love the J's 60RS on the car I'm following):
I ended up getting a ride with Jei in his car at the end of the day and it was pretty shocking how much faster a competent driver in a well setup car felt. Braking later everywhere, always on the throttle, counter-steering all over the place. Thunderhill turned into a 90mph rollercoaster
Grange/Racefreely toy drive:
This was my second Racefreely event and despite being fairly ill-prepared I'd say the car did quite well. I somehow lost my lug key after Thunderhill and didn't have time to source new parts between the two events so I was unable to rotate my tires or bleed the brakes, oh well
. After struggling with grip all afternoon I managed to lay down a 1:08.2 which was the 2nd fastest time of the day and 3rd fastest time overall for the club. Only car quicker than me that day was a WS6 Trans Am with a sequential box, 140tw tires, trick suspension and a butt load of power (ran 1:08.1). The reigning time in the club is a 1:08 flat from a S2000 with the standard mods on RS3s. Planning to break into the 1:07s next time I'm out there by improving my lines. I could simply get a set of grippier tires but I'm not 100% certain I want to make that compromise until I pick up a second set of wheels. My PSS are fine for the street but after the last month the car definitely feels looser than it did 9,000 miles ago. Enough text, here are some pictures:
One slidey lap followed by the 1:08.2:
I was surprised by the time since my lines seemed a little sloppy but I'll take it. Hoping the eventual switch to 255s will give me enough extra gear to not run into the limiter before the final turn.
Over the next month or two the car should be going through some changes. First up is a 2001 AP1 front sway bar:
The stiffest OEM front bar (identical to the CR) and about 33% stiffer than 07 OEM front bar. Thought I'd try a relatively subtle increase before jumping to the more popular massive autocross front bars.
Will also be ordering front camber joints (and possibly RCAs) and stiffer front springs. Planning on doing a 11k/10k Eibach setup on my DFVs after riding around in a friend's car.