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    6GT3 | R8 V10 Spyder [Flappy Paddles]

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  1. [SOLD] Anyone want a set of 4 boxster 17" wheels - 7" width [fronts]. I don't have the car any longer. Willing to sell cheeeaapp. As in free - just to get them out of my garage. -td
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    Pirelli slicks

    EDIT [SOLD - sorry for the hijacked thread!] Not to hijack this thread, I have a set of 17" Pirelli DH sitting in my garage. Sold the Spec Barbie and nothing runs 17's. IMO, these are definitely the best bang for the buck DE tires out there. -td
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    New Ride

    Maybe once. It's quick and fun but not really a good track car. Convertible and AWD and heavy(ish). Most likely going to put the GT3 back into rotation. SPB was fun, but racing required too much time and too much money for the smiles earned. DE is just enough for me. Oh, and we're having kid number 6 in August, so racing would be on hold anyway... -td
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    New Ride

    Got rid of my 997 cab and my SPB. *sad face* But --- got R8 V10 Spyder to replace the two. *happy face* Worth it. Car is phenomenal. Probably best car I've ever owned. Few pics below. All stock pics from dealer. I'll post some others when I get 'em done up real nice like. -td 2014 R8 V10 Spyder
  5. So, we've talked many times about the line from gut check through sugar and spice (Turns 15-16-17 going CCW). Some time ago, I ran all 3 "main" lines people run. I ran these in the same session, so there isn't a lot of variance. No traffic for these runs, so the data is about as good as it's going to get (for me). 1) The outside line [red trace] 2) The deep line [green trace] 3) The trail brake line. [blue trace] The outside line: this line is a result of taking an early turn in at the front end of the gut check. This is the line most/many drivers run. For DE, it's an OK line, but really slow. For racing, you will get passed on the inside every lap you do this with a trailing car. You miss the first apex by at least a car width running this line, but your car is oriented on the right line, just displaced from the apex(pointed towards the middle of the rumble strips). The deep line: this is the line that is runs farther into the braking zone and uses a portion of the run off area. Some people run 2 tires over the rumble strips. Some people run all 4 tires out there. This is also an OK line for DE, but lateral load at turn in has to increase sharply, so the car isn't set as quickly. You miss the apex by over a car length. Your car is not oriented correctly relative to the apex [poitned towards the first part of the rumble strips] The trail braking line: this appears like an inside line, but it's closer to the middle of the track. You actually clip the first apex running this line. In the data below, all the traces are essentially equal at the left apex of gut check - so any time differential is solely due to the the sugar and spice segment. The outside line misses apex at the last part of the gut check and the car stays to the right. The deep line hits the apex, but is still pointed to the right. The trail brake line hits the apex, but is pointed parallel to the inside edge of the track. In short, you brake less, carry more speed and end up saving almost 8/10s of a second over the deep line in just one corner. You save almost 1/2 second over the outside line. As you will also see, the cars all merge into the same line at the rumble strips. And, mid-corner speed is a few Mph higher - with a flat spot at the bottom - for the trail braking line. The other 2 lines have a dip at the bottom, which is the slowest spot and corresponds to turn-in. What this means is that you have to over slow to enter the corner and your minimum speed is at turn in. Then you get to mid-corner and your speed is increasing slightly. Note that at mid corner all 3 traces have the same speed - BUT, under trail braking, you get that speed at turn in and don't go under it. Every other line requires you to go under mid-corner speed and then accelerate back to it. For me, in my car, the difference in just this one corner is between .5 and .8 seconds. I've seen the difference as high as 1.5 seconds - just for this corner (for example, driving the way outside line or dive bombing the corner). Running the blue trace is free time. Literally free. Just don't drive way out to the right. -td
  6. Cool. Congrats on PB! some food for thought and (possibly) free time: (1) consider downshifting at the end of the braking zone instead of at the front; (2) pointing right to turn left generally means you have to over slow on entry (sugar and spice); (3) I always ask myself, "do I really need to brake going into the keyhole?" [Nah]; (4) and: "can I change my approach to gut check so I don't have to give a full lift." Q: I don't see (or hear) a throttle blip on downshifts. Is there a heel-toe goin' on? -td
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    PPI Austin

    I ended up using Moorespeed. http://www.moorespeed.com/ -td
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    PPI Austin

    Any recommendations for a PPI in Austin for an Audi R8? Thanks! -td
  9. SCCA GCR has 103 as the limit. At MSRH last Sept, SCCA upped that just a bit to 107. I was still sound boarded a couple times. Note: you can easily see the sound station. So, if you are going to exceed the limit, you either need to be in a pile of cars where they can't pin you, or lift a little when you go by. Turn pipes work wonders I hear, but I haven't tried them. -td
  10. Trying to get the boss to let me run. Long drive to Cresson... Will be in EProd if I make it. -td
  11. There are a lot of decent BRZ/FR-S's out there under 25. Fun little cars. Have you considered the Hyundai Genesis R-Spec? I've never ridden in one, but they seem decent. I'm not a subi fanboy, but the WRX has always been a car I'd buy. STI if it fits the budget. Like you I'm leery of certain cars, but I'm not really that worried about german cars. I'm pretty sure a Golf TDI would run for 200K.... any beyond!!!! [unrelated: are you going to the SCCA race in cresson at the end of Jan?] -td
  12. 1st SCCA is the same weekend as MSRH - but SCCA is at Cresson. go figure! Check out the SCCA classes, Alan and see if it'll work! -td
  13. Sweet! I blew my transmission right before lunch on Saturday and called it a weekend early. Doh!
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