This is a post I have been meaning to write for a while, but moving house and lots of working away have delayed it. I had realised that the time was not far from being up on the dampers, not that they felt worn but purely on the time that had passed since their last refurb. I spoke to Simon at Cornering Force who told me the a complete refurb, unpinning and powder coat would be £360+vat, bargain I thought!
Refurbed, unpinned and fresh powder coated Sachs dampers
There was the option to buy some Cup units and have them fitted while the Sachs were away, but I thought that the extra expense and effort would annoy me so I asked Cornering Force (CF) if the their 3 week turn around could be accelerated, they arrived back in 9 days, a superb service. The ever helpful Martyn Bell Motor Engineers agreed to store my car on axle stands whilst the dampers were away and refit the units, whilst the car was in I also had PowerFlex poly steering rack bushes fitted.
I was more than happy with the returned dampers, clean and unpinned, I intend to use them at the factory setting on the road and then 5 or so clicks harder on track having been advised by CF that is best. After they were fitted I decided to try Bush Tyre in a Grimsby for an alignment check, I usually use Geoff Steele Racing, but Bush Tyres are on my way into work in Grimsby and had been recommended to me having set up other trackday cars. There were some issues involving getting the steering wheel straight which is something that I have struggled with before but in the end it was sorted.
Four brand new Michelin PS3s
Regardless of the issues it is now all working like a dream, the suspension is quieter, the damping is better and the steering is sharper. Whilst at Bush Tyres I had a full new set of Michelin Pilot Sport 3s fitted as the others were right on the limit (purchased from tyreleader.com), they are without doubt one of the best tyres available, I have never had the opportunity to try the factory standard Michelin Exaltos but the PS3s are an excellent.
Happy Clio at the new gaff
She could certainly do with a clean (despite looking ok in this picture)! Next weekend maybe…
The Dorr Motorsport McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and Kevin Estre setting the lap record with an 8:10 round the 24hr Nurburgring circuit in qualifying this year. Quite a lap to say the least!
Dorr Motorsports McLaren MP4-12C GT3
Superb racing from the Nordschleife earlier this year, it is worth watching both laps as both feature high stakes overtakes from Martin Ragginger.
Falken Motorsports Porsche GT3 R
I watched the first round of Formula E wondering what it would be like. Looking at the field and owing to the cars being extremely similar I was sure the racing would be close and exciting, the driver line up us superb.
I like the idea of doing all the races on street courses, firstly it brings it closer to the people who benefit from and buy electric cars, secondly it makes the concept of an electric race series part of the city and the people who it is essential to gain their buy in order to make it a success, thirdly and perhaps most importantly it increases the feeling of speed for the spectators, both on TV and in the stands.
Good to see
I will reserve judgement until later in the season regarding the concept or Formula E, however my main concerns surrounding the noise were justified, thinking that they would be silent I was surprised to hear a noise that was like ….. er…… squirrels and mice arguing? I feel bad criticising such an innovative new series but maybe it is something I will to get used to, one thing is for sure though, I definitely prefer petrol to electric for the moment.
Action wise the race was good, the final lap in particular!! I’m looking forward to the next round, maybe I’ll listen to music whilst watching it…
Malaysia E-Prix next in November.
Marco Seefried doing a 7:22 on the Nordschleife, he was at 280kph under the bridge which is a bit naughty for a BTG, but it takes nothing away from the lap (pity about the sound quality of the video).
Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 on the Nordschleife, perfection.
30mins of pure brilliance, Koenigsegg are simply the next level of motoring.
The Phenomenal Koenigsegg Agera R, all 1100bhp of it.
Congratulations to EVO Magazine on their 200th issue. I can still remember issue no1 and thinking how good it was that there is now a magazine dedicated to driving and fast cars, I was happy with the existing choice of Autocar, Car, Auto Express etc. but is was a fresh look and approach.
I have been a subscriber since about issue 45 and loved every one, there are of course too many articles to list all my favourites but a few that standout in my memory are :
Ferrari 288GTO v F40 v F50 v Enzo
Brilliant Ferrari Issue
Ferrari Enzo v Porsche Carrera GT v Pagani Zonda C12S v Bugatti Veyron
As good as it gets?
Porsche 996 GT3 RS v Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale v Lotus Exige v Noble M400
Cover says it all…
The Greatest Front Wheel Drive Of All Time (of which I have driven 3 of the top 5 to sub 9min BTG Nordschleife times, proud of that!)
The Greatest Hot Hatch
There are countless BMW M specials, Porsche specials, Nurburgring articles and of course the legendary ECOTY (EVO Car or the Year) amongst others that were fantastic too.
Brilliant ECOTY 2010
I think what stands out to me is the quality of writing, photography and choice of features. I must confess that I do not have the time anymore (thanks kids!) to read every issue from cover to cover but the quality has always been of a constant high quality and I have enjoyed reading all of the writers, I do have my favourites but they are all very good.
I even trusted EVOs recommendation on the Megane R26 so much that I bought one with no test drive and was left unsurprised as the car was as good as they had said. It has been quite a subject of banter between my friends as to how many of us have owned EVO 5 star cars, I have been lucky that I have owned and experienced quite a few. In fact it was reading EVO that pretty much inspired me to write this blog in the first place.
Anyway, issue 201 has now arrived so its time to crack on…