First time on the track with the TTRS. Learned a lot about its strengths and weaknesses. It's a great car and very stable but there are definitely a few things that I need to fix. I left the car stock (except for cat delete pipes) so I could judge any upgrades from there. I ran 8 medium speed laps and captured some videos. The videos didn't turn out great as I was also experimenting with my camera mount. I didn't push it very hard as I'm still getting used to the car. I was running 8:30 laps in my R32 and I was keeping it around a minute slower with the TTRS. The TTRS can easily crank out some 8 minute laps, but I need a lot more seat time to get as comfortable with it as I was with the R32.
So, what needs changing?
1. Brakes: I didn't really believe all of the complaints about the brakes from the Brits, but it's true. The brakes simply do not inspire confidence on the track. I had to brake very early to scrub speed because the pedal becomes a bit mushy when they heat up. I will definitely be changing out the fluid, lines and pads. I will eventually increase the size of the rear rotors. I'm pretty sure I might've warped the rear rotors.
2. Tires: The Toyo's are simply mediocre and they don't inspire confidence. They don't get greasy, but they push wide and understeer at the limit. I'm used to running very aggressive compounds so I'll be putting on some RE-11's or some PSS's.
3. Steering: Steering is actually pretty good and the car tracks well but I want it a little more stable and rotatable so I'm going to install some F&R sway bars and some beefy end links.
4. Seats/Belts: I'll definitely be installing some Schroth Quick Fit harnesses.
5. Downforce: I really wish the car had more downforce at speed, but I don't think this is something that can be fixed without some serious modifications to the car. I don't want to make it ugly, so I'll just live with it.
6. Passengers: Ditch the passenger. They just slow you down
7. Power/Heatsoak: Oil temps ran around 120C on the track and it was a fairly cool day in the mid 60's. The car was quick but not brutal like it normally is. I'm thinking a new intercooler and a tune would help a lot. Especially on hot days.
I forgot to take pics of my car, so here's an old one. A few other TTRS's but I didn't run across any on the track. I did, however, meet the Mclaren on the track. That's one nasty mofo
EDIT: Forgot to mention the tires rubbing the fender liner. I'm on a totally stock setup and was in sport mode every lap and the tires would rub on the fender liner in severe corners with dips and bumps. It was most noticeable on the Karussell.
EDIT: Also forgot to mention fuel. The tank was nearly empty by the end of my 8th lap. That's 103 miles of track driving on 14 gallons; about 8 mpg . I actually ran the last 1/2 of the lap pretty slowly to prevent fuel starvation.
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- Jeremy -