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Motors My RX-8 at Castle Combe track!!!

Discussion in 'General' started by J-Pepper, 13 Aug 2007.

  1. J-Pepper

    J-Pepper Minimodder

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    Hi finally took my car to a track day for the first time and it was awesome!

    Check it out on Youtube!.. Although you can download it too...



    Download (57MB)

    I highly recommend it to anyone petrol minded! :p
     
  2. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Nice! Shame about that Boxster in front of you though. :p
     
  3. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    New engine after that?
     
  4. alastor

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    Looks like a 997 cabrio to me :p

    Seems like you had a blast :thumb:
     
  5. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Nah, vertical rear spoiler, smaller, more even flanks - it's a Boxster. :)
     
  6. Guest-23315

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    Deffo a Boxster.

    Damn those Rotaries sound nice. Reminds me so much of my dads RX-7.
     
  7. alastor

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    So it is my good man, looked like a 997 to me because of the spoiler, don't see them up very often :p
     
  8. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Well they come up at 80 or so, but I've never seen a 996/997 911 Convertible on the motorway...

    Fairly easy mistake to make really, the video's not great, the spoiler gives it away. On 911's it's a big, vented whale-tail, because as well as being a spoiler it's extra engine ventillation. On the boxster it's just a solid black flap, perpendicular to the bodywork - rather nasty if you ask me, but that's the Boxster for you. :p
     
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  10. J-Pepper

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    It was a Boxster [edit] actually, looking back, I think it was a 996 actually... as I distinctly remember one when I pulled up at the car park but then there were Porsches everywhere.. , although there were some really nice machines out there... a morgan and a noble as well as a caterham megabusa!
     
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  11. Krikkit

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    Oooo... Megabusa goodness. That's a rare thing. :D

    Was it a normal, public track day?
     
  12. Brooxy

    Brooxy Loser of the Game

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    What sort of speeds you get out of the car in that session?
     
  13. Amon

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    I'm not a big fan of the SE3P, but a track day is a track day. Great stuff! Was that a Caterham that flew by?
     
  14. sandys

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    Good track Castle coombe, I live next to it and go there a bit, it flows pretty well even though they slowed it down by putting the chicanes in a few years back.

    its not the fastest track for a road car, where he enters the track at the start of the video is the probably the fastest section, it is effectively a straight before heading into quarry corner, there you will top 130-135mph depending on how well you get around the corner before unless you have a TDi like me these days and you'll only hit 115-120mph :(
     
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    Aaaah a 996 makes sense. Watched it again and it still didn't look like a boxster to me, the 'hump' in front of the spoiler looked too pronounced. If it was a 996 that explains the smoother flanks.

    Megabusas are crazy machines :rock:
     
  16. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    You're right, I hadn't watched the whole video before, but that bit at ~5 mins where you pass him settles the matter tbh. :p
     
  17. J-Pepper

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    Yeah, it was a normal trackday session at Castle Combe.

    I booked it last minute.

    It's really quite a fast circuit with my car bleeping in 4th gear and having to change into 5th gear on one part of the track, although I decided not to as I'd only be in 5th for only a while before having to brake for a 2nd gear corner and my heel and toe isn't that good yet.
    Was doing around 120-125 top speed before having to brake for corners. I could get u to 130-135 if I really pushed into 5th gear.

    Couldn't really go that much faster as i'm not good enough yet (only my first track day ever!) and I think I need more power.

    But braking for corners and cornering itself I was really holding my own... I had a 20 minute tuiton from the track pro on proper lines and techniques and I was beating more powerful cars around the track, primarily catching them up on the corners.. the only thing (that was on the track at the same time as me) that I couldn't beat were the Caterhams and that damned elise!

    I know it sounds boastful but people initially thought I'd been too many track days at Castle Combe before. It was such a compliment :D
     
  18. Amon

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    Yup, the SE3P is quite a featherweight, so the tighter corners would be in your favour. I'm guessing you also found the factory suspension quite stiff as well, but not a back-breaker.
     
  19. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    Buy another RX-8 and strip it down to the bear essentials as a track day car.
     
  20. Amon

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    You don't need an RX-8 for that! For much cheaper, you could go old school hardcore JDM and get a Sprinter Trueno GT Apex ('86 Corolla GT-S, internationally). It's about 950kg stock. Now strip *that* out and add in ground effects with large front canards for the ultimate track machine in terms of performance *and* fun; it's good on fuel.
     
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