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my first track day experience in my Z3

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by Walrus, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Walrus

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    Hi to all

    Havnt been here for a little while but its nice to be back .. first of all its been great looking up at my calender this month haha .. its my turn in August and i dot want the month to end ahaha ..

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    As some of you will already know from the showcase i did and update from time to time , I do different forms of motorsport in my little Z ... well for the last few years ive mostly been competing in classic rallies and Autotests.

    Last week i took the opportunity to do a little track day evening session at my local track ... i was really nervous as i have never been on a track in anger before in any car but ive got to tell you it was a fantastic experience. I was only running on road rubber and normal brakes but still had a blast and the car performed really well ... gripped, steered and cornered very well. I didnt experience any understeer and could feel everything through the wheel and the seat of my pants ... just loved it and would recommend it to anyone ... thought ide post a little video from my gopro .. the Saab that pulls out was a 2.3 turbo running at 300bhp ... and the scooby that passed me was a full blown race car with 700 bhp + and all the right gear on .. i certainly wasnt going to get in his way ...anyway enjoy the video and ill try to get on here more often o_Oo_O;)

     
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    Good vid!

    Pleased you enjoyed your day. I'm surprised more people on here don't do the odd day. You get to know your car far more in a day than you would in 20K miles. They handle and go a lot better than most people think! Great little cars.

    :)
     
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  3. GazHyde

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    Welcome back @Walrus, I've still got to wait till November to see my Zed on the calendar :p

    I did chuckle when I saw the SAAB estate in front of you on the YouTube thumbnail, but now you said it's been tweaked a little... Once I have fettled Rosie a bit more then she will be doing stuff like this, and I really can't wait!
     
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  4. Stormy_be

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    Really nice to see this vid.
    And very good driving I may add.
    I seems a very tight and short circuit, but having a hairpin, slow corners, faster corners and a fair bit of straight.
    What would you need more for a heap of fun.

    Over here, there are few tracks as licences are hard to get. So none of these small tracks.
    In the UK there is a lot more opportunity for these trackdays on small tracks or airfields.
    If I would have the same opportunity, I would do it a lot more.
    I does give heaps of fun.
    It is only a myth it's only for real race cars and you will surly have damage to your car. That is nonsense.
    And it avoids getting fines (as you drive differently on normal roads after a couple of trackdays)

    Keep the vid's coming. I love them.

    What suspension are you running for the moment? (shocks/springs & ARB's)
    The car looks very solid in the bends.

    Regards, Koen
     
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  5. zedwheels

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    Your ready to take on Lewis Hamilton now:racecar:
     
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  6. FRANKIE

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    Its great to have you back on here again. It was wonderful to see you driving so well. I enjoyed it very much.
    Almost felt like I was driving. Frankie
     
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  7. Walrus

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    tbh i run Apex springs with the stock shocks and stock ARB's .. it was supposed to be a temp thing before i put full coilovers on but i like it so much i just didnt bother with the coilovers... the car handles very well on the 18" mv2 alloys with khumo rubber ... ive used khumo for a number of years on all of my bmw's and never been disappointed. When im competing in autotests and classic rallies i do some left foot braking just to eradicate the very small amount of understeer .. but to be honest thats just so i can get the very best times. In normal driving on the roads its a real dream to drive ..so much fun although you need to be experienced to avoid killing yourself haha... its a firm ride but not bad and i can happily and comfortably drive country roads all day and not feel like the ride is too harsh or jarring. I just love the car .. yes it gets driven really hard and cosmetically isnt showroom but i service it after every 3 events so it gets looked after mechanically

    thanks for all the kind comments guys ... just got the car ready for a massive classic rally im doing tomorrow at the nissan test track ... great event and i did well last year finishing 7th o/a and 3rd in class ... im excited and hoping for more success tomorrow ..wish me luck .. ill post up a vid midweek .
    these are the modifications ive done to the car .. for anyone thats interested

    M50 inlet manifold modification

    big bore throttle body with M50 manifold adapter contact plate

    ASC delete

    ABS delete

    Shielded cold air intake system with high flow cone filter

    Full ECU/DME remap with rev limit raised to 7k and running on high octane Shell Nitro+ fuel only

    Full custom made high performance Power Flow Stainless steel exhaust system with CAT delete

    Apex Springs with Bilstein B4 shocks

    Suede grip racing steering wheel with detachable hub

    4 point racing harness's with custom made harness bar (original seatbelts are still in and work)
     
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  8. FRANKIE

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    Quote: "4 point racing harness's with custom made harness bar (original seatbelts are still in and work)"
    Sounds like a good double system to have when the wife's driving in snow.
     
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  9. Walrus

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    hahah the wife driving ??? eerm not a chance !!
     
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    HER CAR, NOT MINE. You're right!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Hi Walrus, congrats on your previous performance and best of luck in the rally. Wish we had tracks around here to go out and flog about but there's only one track about a 300 mile round trip from where I live. Also, at 67 don't know if my meds would be acceptable to get on a track. JIM