August 23, 2015

S L I N G S H O T

August 14, 2015

K E R B L O V E

August 13, 2015

Franciacorta O P L

August 9, 2015

After many years of visiting Franciacorta I finally got the opportunity to drive it. It was a practice evening organised by the Time Attack Italia organiser; 3 hours from 6 till 9. It started out very wet with a downpour passing by as we arrived at the track, but we were lucky that it stopped raining once the action began and with the summer heat by the time the sessions were over there was a good dry line. This meant that the lap times posted shouldn’t be too far off a completely dry track.

I had a few stupid problems during the day though. Once I started really pushing I was moving about in the car a lot due to the stock seat and I was actually knocking the ignition switch with my knee (tall people problems) and turning the car off, even more annoying when I was on a hot lap. This must have happened more than 5 times; very stupid and very annoying. Then towards the end of the day I got the Diff Oil warning light which I presumed was due to the temperature. At first I thought it was an engine oil warning and killed the car immediately and rolled off the track, then went to check my oil and to my surprise it was all still there. The went back into the car to inspect further and facepalmed once I read it correctly.

A 1:27.87 was the best of the day. I will probably be coming back here at the end of September and I hope it will be bone dry.

Track Log

August 1, 2015

I’ve added a track log to the main menu bar which I’ll keep updated as I go along. This is both for myself and also for anyone interested in the times that I am posting at various tracks.

Vehicle Power (hp) Weight (kg) Tyres Front Tyres Rear Condition Temperature (C) Date Time
Nissan 200SX S14A Great Danton 200 1250 245 Toyo R888 245 Bridgestone RE002 Dry 20-25 2015.06.20 1:36.95

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Vehicle Power (hp) Weight (kg) Tyres Front Tyres Rear Condition Temperature (C) Date Time
Nissan 200SX S14A Great Danton 200 1250 245 Bridgestone RE002 245 Bridgestone RE002 Dry 15-20 2014.10.31 1:51.95

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NATIONAL

Vehicle Power (hp) Weight (kg) Tyres Front Tyres Rear Condition Temperature (C) Date Time
Nissan 200SX S14A Great Danton 200 1250 205 Bridgestone T001 205 Bridgestone T001 Dry 10 2013.12.14 1:34.4

GRAND PRIX

Vehicle Power (hp) Weight (kg) Tyres Front Tyres Rear Condition Temperature (C) Date Time
Nissan 200SX S14A Great Danton 200 1250 245 Pirelli PZero Rosso 245 Pirelli PZero Rosso Damp 10 2014.05.08 2:06.69

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Vehicle Power (hp) Weight (kg) Tyres Front Tyres Rear Condition Temperature (C) Date Time
Nissan 200SX S14A Great Danton 200 1250 245 Bridgestone RE002 205 Bridgestone T001 Dry 10 2015.02.01 2:28.08
Toyota Celica GT-i ST182 150 1170 205 Dunlop SP01 205 Dunlop SP01 Wet 10 2009.11.15 3:03.83
Toyota Celica GT-i ST182 150 1170 205 Dunlop SP01 205 Dunlop SP01 Wet 10 2009.02.01 3:04

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Vehicle Power (hp) Weight (kg) Tyres Front Tyres Rear Condition Temperature (C) Date Time
Nissan 200SX S14A Great Danton 220 1250 245 Toyo R888 245 Toyo R888 Dry 35-40 2015.07.19 1:23.666

The 5th round of the Italian Time Attack championship was held last weekend at Varano circuit, which is about 1 hour south from Milan. The little track is hidden away in a valley next to a river. Despite being quite small they’ve made good use of the space and created a cool little track with lots of chiccanes, which I love, and good curbs, which I also love.

Not many changes had been made to the car since Adria, just the addition of the Toyo R888s at the rear, so finally going back to a balanced setup, and the fire extinguisher in the car. I turned up the boost a little too from 0.7bar to around 0.85bar so I’m no longer the car with the lowest power to weight ratio :). I was planning to go to 1 bar but with the heat that we had on the day I decided to hold back; 40C pretty much throughout the day. Cars are not meant to run in these conditions.

The first 3 sessions, practice and qualifying, went well without any problems. Took me at least 2 sessions to actually learn the track and I actually improved by 7 seconds over course of 1 session.

The Superlap race ended up being a bit of a disaster though. Opening lap went ok, then on the second lap (which was my fastest) two FIATs caused me some trouble. A WRC2 looking Punto blew up in front of me, likely due to the heat, then a X1/9 went off into the gravel at the exit of a turn so I had to stay tight for safety.

The session was then red flagged to clean up the FIATs. We are supposed to get 5 flying laps during the Superlap, but when we restarted we only got one more so 3 total, and I got held up by a WTCC Chevy which I stupidly let by thinking he’d be much faster. So a 1:23.7 was the best time during the Superlap but I think I could have easily managed a 1:22 without those problems.

Fire was seen all day from my exhaust apparently.

RWD CLUB championship leader following during the Superlap.

McDonalds racing team.

Frankenstein’s X1/9

July 14, 2015

This wild creation took me and I’m sure a lot of people by surprise the first time they saw it. I wasn’t even sure what it was until someone told me. Once a FIAT X1/9, now a mad time attack/hill climb beast. The amount of character infused in this machine was incredible; you can see the long and laborious development of the car like counting the seasons on a cut tree trunk. New parts bolted onto others and plastered everywhere to improve the performance of the car.

The owner of the car must have been in his sixties but looked to be as passionate and enthusiastic about building and racing his creation as a teenager.

The most striking things about the car, other than the entire thing itself, were the numerous aero additions. The whole front had been reshaped into a proper wedge, with two striking “sails” on the front. These were controlled with what I believe were cables off the steering wheel to guide the car through turns like rudders!

White at the back a bordello of wings and winglets making up this gargantuous sculpture of a spoiler. DRS style activation with what I presume to be more cables operated from the cabin. The interior was an organised mess of wires, levers and mechanisms to operate all the dynamic aero. The wings mounted onto wings was almost amusing but boy was this thing fast.

The power came from a naturally aspirate R1 engine, helping with the extreme light weight nature of the car. Hearing it scream went perfectly with the overall appearance of the car.

Years of racing and modifications have taken a toll on what was the original frame, and condition. There was so much going on that he was probably the only man in the world that new what was what and how it worked.

Seeing creations like these really does put a smile on your face and shows you that no matter what visions you have, you should just do it. Fuck it, its awesome. Put another little wing on it, or small invention. This thing was like a brain storm gone hurricane. I expect it to have something new at the next round of Time Attack.

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