New Duke wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 05, 2021 10:36 pm
If you have alignment done, get it done by a specialist who can discuss your driving style. There are a few recommended around here. Aggressive settings will wear the tyres quickly in other places though, like the inside shoulders.
Pressures make a difference too as you know, you'll get a feel for it.
In the end it may be a fancy road tyre, but it's still a road tyre V and it was always going to suffer on a full, dry track day. That's why so many of us use cheaper track rubber. No daily road tyres will survive extended track use. When they do the track tests on channels like Tyre Reviews they're not smashing it around the track all day. They only do a few laps.
I used wheels in motion and in their defence I think they did set it up exactly as I asked for. They asked me a bunch of questions on how I want the car to feel in different parts of the corner and it does do that. I think before this it was set up to another extreme ( I wasn't around when this was done, after my subframe was done ) but I guess what I thought I wanted wasn't really what was needed when I went out on track.
I'll go back and maybe revise some of what I said next time now I've experienced these settings, and get it closer to an optimal setup. Might take a few iterations but I don't mind. I know alot of people rate Fergus, including yourself I believe, so I may also try to get out to him but Wheels in Motion in Chesham is so close to me that it's definitely the easiest option.
This is my 4th track day with my car in all the years I've had it and the first two Bedford and Donington were cold and wet respectively. Snetterton and Silverstone were hot and grippy and I think demonstrated a true track day stress load. It's amazing how no matter how hard you push on the road it pales in comparison with what you experience on track.
I think you are right to go with track day rubber and probably a brake upgrade, ndx bluestuff looking like a great option and Federals seem to be the de facto semi slicks option though I know there was a change recently. Nankangs seem like another decent option and it seems they have some new models due next year.
I also had a few concerns about my PZ alloys and in particular the centre caps maybe popping off when the wheel got hot so maybe another set of track alloys with race rubber is what I may go for if I can find space to keep them somewhere.
My engine with the recently upgraded koyo rad stayed lovely and cool on track with a peak of about 104C, so I think decent brakes and track rubber so I can stay out a bit longer would make these days even more fun!