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Trackday with the C-V8 (Anneau du Rhin)

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by Han Kamp » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:34 pm

felixkk wrote:Thanks Grant! The fast curves I thought were most scary (those could have been driven quite a bit quicker I suspect), otherwise I have a lot of confidence in the way the C-V8 handles. The tight corners involved quite a bit of strength to hold on to the steering wheel- which flexed quite a bit. A better seat would certainly make life easier. Not much tire screetching in the corners compared to ordinary roads. I suspect it was because of the amount of rubber on the track...? Manual would most definitely be cool, and we have talked about it! But I don‘t think I would have been much quicker- had I gone into 2nd gear, which I completely forgot about doing :roll: Plus, I needed both hands to hold on to the steering wheel. Accelerating out of tight corners in a curved stretch (after turn 2 and 4) I thought was mega :D


Great footage and fantastic sound Felix! Room for improvement for sure.... cornering and especially exiting the corner technique, using the width of the track more so you can get back on the throttle sooner. I watched the tacho and noticed you stayed well below the red zone, so there was some more speed available. Didn't you increase the tyre pressure before going racing? Judging by the wear pattern you were running with too low pressure. (talking from experience, having done many track days and rallies in my JH and GT and raced Dutch championship karting for 8+ years)
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by felixkk » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:37 pm

Hi Han! I was advised to reduce the tire pressure to 2.0, as the tires heated up during the runs and the pressure increased due to the heat. We were also advised to possibly leave the track during the runs to check the tire pressure when warm, but I didn’t think that was necessary as the grip felt fine. In the tight corners I applied as much gas a possible- the grip on the road seemed less of an issue (less tire screetching than on ordinary roads), it was more of the being able to hold on to the steering wheel. Late braking and going into the corner with as little braking as possible is of course key- and quite intimidating. The C-V8 is a big and heavy car compared to the J-H or the GT! In the fast curves I at times tried to follow the cars ahead of me, but didn‘t have the nerve to chase them at quite the same speed. You’re right- the only times I floored the gas pedal was on the straights, otherwise the engine was well beneath its limits. I‘m not sure I‘d be able to go near the red zone in the tight areas of the track...
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by Rohan Christmas » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:33 pm

What did you think of LAPTIMER GRAND PRIX EDITION?
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by Kevin Birch » Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:07 am

Great footage Felix, a big heavy car to throw around, but certainly didn't disgrace itself, especially how you reeled the BMW and Alfa in on the straight. :) My favourite bit was the MK2 Cortina coming screaming past, sounded like a Twin cam, but certainly got twin Webers on it. Gives me more impetus to get mine back on the road, and do this sort of thing, as it would surely be better than the Interceptor in this domain. :D
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by felixkk » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:26 am

Rohan Christmas wrote:What did you think of LAPTIMER GRAND PRIX EDITION?

I used Harry‘s Lap Timer App on my phone, and I struggled with it. It‘s not really intuitive and I didn‘t find a manual apart from Harry‘s Youtube videos, which aren‘t all that great. I had the Gopro camera coupled to the app, that worked medium well- especially overlaying the data onto the video (I should have had the Iphone camera on also, which I didn‘t realize and can‘t understand why that is so) was tedious. In the end I used the video screenshot function of the phone to save the video- it displayed it correctly on the phone but wouldn‘t export it with the data, and also rotated the video and cropped it horribly (the camera mount to the helmet is only possible in the vertical position)

As the trackday was nearing I was watching Youtube films of the track and saw that app- which I thought was quite helpful when you see the actual speed the person is doing. I also tried to use the app beforehand, on ordinary roads, but that never worked. Also, it is somewhat of a mystery to me why the app choses the somewhat randomn spot on the track as the start/finish- maybe it was me who did this without realizing it. Luckily I chose the correct route for the given track, because different track options are possible. All stuff you need to worry about on that day when you‘re mind is occupied with other stuff :D Having said that, next time I‘m on the track I‘ll either have forgotten everything, or it will be much easier. :roll:

Thanks Kevin- take the Interceptor on the track, you‘ll have a blast. I‘m not sure if the Ferrari and the C-V8 were the only stock cars in our group, and we didn‘t cause a queue!!
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