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Old 12-01-2002, 04:30 PM   #1
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Talking Videos from onboard my STi5 RA in the wet

Just a few videos from the SIDC trackday at Bedford Autodrome this weekend, onboard my STi5 Type RA, hope you find them fun.

entering the pits in style

oops, loosing it

a full lap

wagons can slide too
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Old 12-01-2002, 05:06 PM   #2
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Ahh yeah! Very cool.

I like the oops.!

No I take that back, I like your pit entry the best

Looks a bit "slippy" out there this weekend John.

Judging by the amount of turnsignals I see in the full lap it looks like your still driving at a pretty decent clip.

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Old 12-01-2002, 05:43 PM   #3
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What is the white light that is going on and off on your dash?
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Old 12-01-2002, 05:50 PM   #4
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top speed was about 140MPH before braking for the chicane on the main straight, so it was still fairly quick in places.

the light you see coming on is the intercooler water spray low level warning light, the other light is the centre diff position indicator. (set to fully to the rear )
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Old 12-01-2002, 06:16 PM   #5
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"wagons can slide too"

Surely you mean estate cars
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Old 12-01-2002, 08:19 PM   #6
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Great videos. Very entertaining.

I especially enjoyed the pit entry
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Old 12-01-2002, 08:41 PM   #7
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Wow. I always enjoy your videos John.

I just hope "over confidence" doesn't get the best of you someday.

Again, very fun videos. Thank you for sharing them.

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Old 12-01-2002, 09:38 PM   #8
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You should see me in a rally car Paul. Dont worry, overconfident is something i am not, i only play where it's safe to do so.

pretty much all the corners of the track not using the racing line in this one.

sideways compilation, on a fast server now

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Old 12-01-2002, 10:10 PM   #9
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good stuff!

Quick question about your center diff. When you have it set fully to the rear, does that mean all power is sent to the back wheels, effectively making RWD? And you can adjust it 40/60 etc?

just wondering...
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Old 12-02-2002, 01:31 AM   #10
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You need a quicker rack

Oh, and was that 1st car you passed (blue one) in the full lap video a Noble?

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Old 12-02-2002, 11:49 AM   #11
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Very nice!

Maybe next time we'll be able to see a footage from outside the car?
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Old 12-02-2002, 12:30 PM   #12
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You should see me in a rally car Paul. Dont worry, overconfident is something i am not, i only play where it's safe to do so.


Glad you didn't take the comment the wrong way. I'm just use to reading about the atmosphere here in the states at events like this, and your "style" wouldn't not fly here for sure. But it sure is fun to watch. Folks here just need to keep in mind how much experience you have, and that your not at a [insert US club name here] open track event.

Post some Rally car footage! I could watch in-car rally footage all day long.


Paul G.<--laughing at the picture in my head of you coming through a turn at Watkins Glenn sideways and all the club organizers having a heart attack, and corner workers scambling for the black flags!
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Old 12-02-2002, 01:23 PM   #13
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With the center diff fully open, torque does go to the front as well as the rear, in a 65/35 R/F split, however, once you get the rear tyres spinning, the center diff sends all the power to the rear wheels, as the center diff LSD is open. This is what catches out most people as the transition is instantaneous and takes a fair bit of skill to control that. As you wind the diff forward, the center diff couples the front to rear more and more until you get a 50/50 torque split, this is much faster in slippery conditions, but not as spectacular to watch.

The first car is a Noble, well spotted, fabulous car! There was a very well driven Ferrari 360 modena there too, that sounded awesome as I passed it.

It was funny during the day, some drivers did get black flagged for giving it plenty of sideways action, but I was left alone to do my own thing. I donít normally drive like that on track, I am usually very smooth, but Bedford was incredibly slippy and I thought, what the hell, lets have a day being a loon, as it is very safe there. I would love to take an RA on a track like Watkins Glenn, I have some original cine footage from the days when the Can Am McLarens raced there, plenty of power slides from the likes of Denny Hulme.
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Old 12-02-2002, 01:27 PM   #14
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John, you are officially my new hero
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Old 12-02-2002, 01:32 PM   #15
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Hi John,
Just wondering if you've ever been on track with the Evo guys. There forum www.lancerregister.com is so funny they talk as if the Evo is THE nuts, which i know it is, some good english banter going on!!
I'd love to see how competitive you are with them on track!?!
Maybe you should attend one of there track days
Oh yeah the videos look awesome by the way!
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Old 12-02-2002, 01:36 PM   #16
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i have done a few MLR trackdays in my westfield, lets just say they were not in the same league. There is a video of me at the last MLR day taking off on a big crest, landing sideways and power sliding down the pits straight at 45 degress, leaving big tyre marks on the track, i need to get a copy of that.

I havent done a day in my RA against those guys though, i would think one or two would be faster if it's dry, as they have massive power, mine is bog standard, but in the wet i would wipe the floor with them.
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Old 12-02-2002, 01:44 PM   #17
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Bloody good stuff John! Keep up the good work

Truly,

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Old 12-02-2002, 02:41 PM   #18
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Bog standard? Why haven't you upgraded anything - just curious!?
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Old 12-02-2002, 02:52 PM   #19
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John...what exhaust do you have? It sounds really nice!
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Old 12-02-2002, 03:32 PM   #20
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Thanks for posting the videos, they're great to watch.

My only request is a simple one: Please remove your rearview mirror so we can see the track better...
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Old 12-02-2002, 05:40 PM   #21
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When i say bog standard, i mean bog standard engine. (280BHP)

The car has AP Racing 4 pots with 330mm disks, Leda coilovers, steering rack shimmed to remove bump steer, Anti Lift Kit, Braided hoses, M1153F front pads, M1155 rear pads, Cusco rear strut brace, 17" mim wheels with Bridgestone SO2 PP tyres, modified geometries.

The exhaust is standard STi5 cated downpipe and resonator centre section, but has a scoobymania prototype 3" backbox.

The RA comes with lots of trick stuff as standard so doesnt need playing with too much.
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Old 12-02-2002, 08:54 PM   #22
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Nice selection of upgrade goodies!!
So i'd be correct in saying you've taken a different approach than most in upgrading, so you can out brake most and steer round corners (or should that be slide ) than most
Sensible way to do it!!
Hows the suspension feel compared to standard is it noticeably harder.
I'm thinking of putting Tarox 40 multi grooved discs on as i can't reach to AP's or the like, need them with psycho Texas drivers and there tank sized SUV's and pick-up trucks, give'em an inch and they'll take a car length so much for braking distances
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Old 12-03-2002, 06:43 AM   #23
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I have improved the areas that need it for consistency, both on track and road. This is my daily driver, so it's important that the car stays reliable, the easiest way to achieve that is to leave the engine standard, 280BHP is plenty enough with the RA gearing. It would be nice to have 350BHP, but it isnt worth the expense or risk to reliability that would introduce.

I was quite happy with the standard STi5 RA suspension, i changed it because it was overheating at the nurburgring and by 3/4 of a lap the shocks were not doing anything, it was quite hairy over the 3 big jumps near the end of the lap.

With the Leda i can run the car slightly softer on the road, yet much stiffer on track, plus it has no heat problems and stays consistent to how i set it up, it's good value for money. I could have spent a lot more and gone for Proflex or DMS 50mm, but i dont need the strength or fine adjustability those allow for my aplication.

Geometry setup made a big diference to the handling, it understeered like a pig when i bought it, it doesnt anymore.

The Cusco rear strut brace isnt that important on an STi as it has a much more rigid chassis anyway, i won that in a driving competition, so i may as well install it.

Brakes make a huge diference, not only do they stop me much quicker (and the RA was good anyway), they are 100% consistent with no brake fade on track. I also found a brake pad for the AP's that works well on the road and track, yet costs $50 a set. The MGF cup race series use the same caliper, they have subsidised parts, so i get the latest spec mintex pads for 1/3 of the proper cost. i tend to use a set of pads every 2 track days, so it's quite a good cost saving. Rear pads i run M1155, these work really well.

Tyres, i run 2 sets of wheels, both the same spec Mim 17", i use gold for the road and silver for the track, stops me getting confused. My road tyres are Bridgestone SO2PP, tonnes of tread on those as i dont push the car much on the road. At the moment i have some well worn SO2 PP's on my track wheels too, but thats just what i was given part worn, i will use pretty much any good quality part worn tyre, they dont last very long at all, couple of days kills them off.
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Old 12-03-2002, 07:06 AM   #24
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Thank you, John. These are wonderful!
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Old 12-03-2002, 07:32 PM   #25
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glad you like them
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