June 27, 2015
I competed in the latest round of the Time Attack Italia championship at Adria. The day started out late with the official event starting at 5pm, thus allowing the cars to run late into the night after some practice. I finished putting the car together that morning after having some problems getting the new 350Z braking system to feel right; spent a lot of time bleeding the brakes and ultimately managed to get them to a reasonable state.
Took just less than 3 hours to get to Adria from Bergamo and we were surprised by a pretty serious storm when approaching the track, but luckily by the time things kicked off on track the surfaces were dry again thanks to the summer heat. The scene was really impressive at Adria with 120 cars competing and some serious entries. My 2 man show (my Dad was there to help me) with a back up saloon car was pretty primitive compared to how a lot of people had come prepared.
As mentioned in other posts the car has recently gone through a bit of work and upgrade and this was going to be first time I’d drive the car in a while and test it out. The road to the track was my shakedown and brake bedding in trip, and I’m glad I made it down there in one piece.
A rough summary of what condition the car is in:
Stock SR20DET with 0.7bar T28 – 200hp approx.
1260kg approx. weight with stripped interior
For the tires I had a difficult choice to make; I could have stuck with the Bridgestone RE002 on all four corners and had a balanced setup, but I also had 2 Toyo R888s lying around. I decided to put the R888 on at the front and get a bit more grip as I can always do with more front grip! The car still felt quite balanced and had little to no understeer.
The event was setup with 3 practice sessions then a 5 lap Superlap shoot out. The best lap from the Superlap going towards your final position. The 3 practice sessions were quite short at around 15min on average. I competed in the Club RWD which is for street legal cars with stock turbo and injectors and up to 255 width semi slicks. The Club RWD Pro is the next class up but I couldn’t compete with them yet, need a lot more power.
In the end I finished second in my class (out of only 3 cars), approximately 1 second behind first. The other 2 cars were S2000s. My preliminary time is 1:36.95 as the official result times haven’t been posted yet.
Overall had no major problems with the car and didn’t really have to touch the car between sessions. Had a little rubbing early on as this was a new wheel setup, which required the front fenders to be pulled out a bit. You can tell from the video that some rubbing remained.
I now look forward to the next event in July at Varano!
June 24, 2015
After 3 months of downtime the Great Danton is finally back on the road, in fact it was finished the morning before going to Adria. The main objective of the work was to restore the rear suspension and fix a few other items throughout the car.
The biggest work and item was the rear sub-frame and suspension arms. A new subframe was restored and coated, then assembled to the car with Driftworks Poly subframe bushes. The diff bushes were also upgraded to solid Alu types from Driftworks. The traction, camber and toe arm were replaced with Driftwork’s adjustable units. The rear studs were replaced, while everything was out, to longer versions; now common with the front. This allowed me to run my 10mm spacers at the rear, while at front I got 15mm hubcentric spacers from Sparco. There’s a bit of rubbing but not too excessive.
The interior was stripped, leaving just the dash, door cards and lining. Jack, spare wheel and antenna also went.
At the front the wheels were changed for 18″ x 9″ +27 Rota G-Force. The overall setup is 18×9 +12 Front (including the spacers) and 18×8.5 +20 Rear (including spacers). 245/40s all round. I like the reverse stagger; the wider front track really balances the car.
The front braking system was also upgraded with 350Z Brembo calipers with Ferodo DS2500 pads. Tarox F2000 discs. Braided conversion hoses from Apex Performance. With this new setup the braking performance is greatly improved and was a necessity as the standard system really doesn’t have much power.
In the engine bay the turbo has been rid of the snapped bolts and fixed and a Driftworks Super Cool rad has been installed.
June 23, 2015
A D R I A R A C E W A Y
After a massive rush to get the car ready I was able to make it to the 4th round of the Italian Time Attack championship at Adria International Raceway. The event is known for being a night race, starting at 5pm and closing off at midnight. This is both first time attack event I’ve seen and competed in, and I was incredibly impressed by the level of builds in Italy. The championship has exploded over the past couple of years with a lot of interest bringing in some impressive Italian and Swiss builds. The following photos only capture a small amount of what was present, about 120 cars, as I didn’t have time to thoroughly explore the pack.
The cars competing ranged from fairly light tuned roads cars, like this Integra, to purpose built Time Attack cars.
All classes except the Extreme classes can run up to Semi slicks (with width restrictions); Extreme can run racing slicks as seen on this S2000.
Minis were super popular.
The incredibly quick J-Spec Performance Evos came down from Switzerland to compete. Some of the fastest street legal entries.
Running the new ZE40s.
Angelo’s quick S14A. Almost 400hp and some serious lap times to prove it.
I’ve really just scratched the surface of what was there. Some high power cars coming out of Italy and a lot of them also street legal.
June 22, 2015
Some friends have started a new blog called Petrolheads. If you wanna see the italian racing and tuning scene you should check them out! They’re also building a GC8 Impreza for Time Attack from scratch.
May 10, 2015
Spent the weekend taking the interior out and finishing a few items, as I’m currently waiting on quite a few parts that’ll allow me to drop the car and run it. The car needs to be running next week to ensure I can give it a good shakedown and get the tracking done.
With the empty boot you can see the relocated battery. I’m also retaining the oldschool 6 disc CD changer as I’ll be ripping my antenna out after it got stuck up. Gotta burn some sweet CDs with motivational music for on the way to the track.
I also finished fixing the turbo and it’s now ready to go back in. Managed to drill out the 2 bolts that snapped at Monza, including the bolt extractor that I snapped inside. Had to get some Carbide ball nose end mill bits to plough through the extractor. Was then able to drill and rethread the holes to the same thread.
I installed new longer studs at the rear as I’ll be running spacers now. Had to drill them to 14mm as the studs are Evo extended units which have a 14.4mm spline. Having access to a press made it a breeze.