Wokstars M&M Roadster
Posted 22 February 2010 - 06:34 PM
Well my first track day since the fateful Wakefield incident last August. What a break it's been!
I wasn't really sure what to expect going from turbo FWD to na RWD. I estimated between 1:55 and 1:52. As a reference the starlet was doing a 1:44.
I started the day doing a 1:57. Pulled back in after the seesion to discover NOTHING WAS LEAKING!!! Everything stayed where it should. Thats new and that makes me happy!
I managed a PB of 1:52.4.
Heres the video:
The following are just some thoughts on the car in general and also in a Roadster VS Starlet context.
OH MY GOD WHY ARE YOU SO SLOW? Hahah
This was evidenced before we even got to Winton. Laura and I had pulled over on the side of the freeway and had to join back in to 110km/h traffic. The sirion kicked my ass and beat me easily to 110km/h.
Max speed was 140km on the straight vs 160km in the tart..
Anything it lacks in the power department is instantly made up in cornering. Damn this car hangs on and on and on!
I really felt the difference from a car that is built out of the factory to handle vs a hatch with bolt on goodies to make it handle. It's alot easier than the starlet to drive this thing fast through corners.
I'm glad I upgraded these before the track day. I believe they probably played the biggest part to my time. Because I'm not going that fast at the end of straights I can absolutely jump on the brakes and they will still pull the car up quickly. I think this is the area I will really focus on improving at OTR track day. I think I can cut some seconds off here. I just need to grow a massive pair, commit to the corner and trust that the brakes will stop me in time!
I initially thought the body roll on this car would be an issue that was exposed on track day, but the car felt great and planted through all the corners. Suspension has been put lower down on my priority list now. This car doesn't need it yet.
What has moved up higher into the priority list is the need for a good bucket seat. I was fighting to stay in the drivers seat through the sweeper. The bruise forming on the outside of my left knee is testimony to that!
Thanks to Kam, Laura, Drew, Dan and Seamew for the pics.
Thanks to the crew + Shaun and Meng for organising the track day.
Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:09 AM
Can really see what you mean about it being slow on the straights and and fast corning in your youtube clip.
I reckon its turbo time to fix the slowness
Posted 06 May 2010 - 11:15 PM
Also after a long ass wait my rims finally arrived from Japan.
Still a hairdresser, just one that cuts mohawks now.
Edited by wokstar, 06 May 2010 - 11:46 PM.
Posted 06 May 2010 - 11:37 PM
I cant wait to drive a roadster, if i wasn't so busy i'd go find one at a car yard and take it for a run.
I have to agree with maike about the turbo, it would balance the sluggish nature of these cars, even though they are built to thrash all day long (reminds me of the n/a ep91, except yours has handling!)
Haha, keep on those lap times.
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Posted 07 May 2010 - 01:23 AM
Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:48 AM
i say go a 1.8L n/a with mild mods should be plenty for teh daily get back to the track in the starlet!
Posted 07 May 2010 - 11:05 AM
Jezz: The starlet has been so neglected, poor thing. But I tell you what, theres something really awesome about doing a track day where nothing overheats, explodes or fails catastrophically haha!
Also I agree, this car would definately be nicer with a bigger capacity NA engine. If only beams 3s or f20c's were cheap. You know....just for a daily and all
Edited by wokstar, 07 May 2010 - 11:14 AM.
Posted 07 May 2010 - 11:37 AM
go and bounce it off the limiter, run it over the curbs, all day long, and always drive it home
Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:49 PM
Red doesn't always go faster.
*Photo courtesy of KTHL
Due to sloppy driving by myself, I failed to get a PB. Race chrono tells me that every single sector and corner I was slower than I had been at the last track day. The only explanation for this is that I've become complacent and/or worse at driving!
So that was a bit of a wake up call for me. After eating some fail cake and talking to a friend he reminded me: "You're forgetting that it's meant to be fun!"
And he's right! Next time Gadget!
Best times per session:
1 - 1:54.1350
3 - 1:52.3190
4 - 1:51.3150
5 - 1:51.0580
Thanks to Mugsee for the pic!
This photo was taken moments before everyone had to sit in the boot to stop it from launching off the dyno...
So according to wiki, MX5's are rated at 90kw at the fly from factory. I'm happy with 67 atw because it means I haven't lost too many ponies!
Hopefully my tax return is nice to me! I've made it my goal to attempt Phillip Island before the year is out but I need a roll bar first.
Posted 15 July 2010 - 09:11 PM
Posted 17 July 2010 - 05:17 AM
Posted 17 July 2010 - 09:39 AM
im so JDM when i drive past girls in the street they give birth to asian kids
Posted 29 September 2010 - 01:23 PM
I have nice friends, they bought me a CAMS approved roll bar for my birthday! Either that or they think I'm that bad of a driver that I'm going to roll the car. Hrmmm!
After a 5 month hiatus from track, I have two track days coming up in Nov. Woo!
Posted 30 September 2010 - 11:34 AM
Now get that starly back on the track!
Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:32 PM
It'd been 2 years since the Tartlet and I last battled together at Wakefield. As you might already know, this resulted in the untimely death of 4efte engine number 2.
I'm obviously a sucker for punishment because I was getting a bit bored with the compliant and reliable MX5 so I decided that I wanted to bring the starlet back to track.
Don't get me wrong, without a doubt the MX5 IS the better car in every aspect. It's reliable, handles like a dream and is very forgiving however, for some stupid reason I really enjoy the character of the starlet on the track. It feels like a mini fight to get the car to do what I want it to do. He's agressive without being overpowering. So with that, I spent the last 3 weeks before the track day, slowy getting the starlet ready for it's triumphant return back to track.
Unfortunately the starlet wasn't as excited by this prospect as I was and after 2 years of trouble free motoring decided to throw a hissy fit and splutter and choke whenever he hit boost. With suspected but undiagnosed ignition lead failure 2 days before the event, I took it as a sign that the little guy was quite happy in retirement.
Not to worry, M&M was still sitting in the garage. With a check of the oil and a quick seat change the MX5 was ready to sub in at the last minute.
At Macca's I let the guys know how nervous I was. I'd heard all the stories about cars hitting the walls. I just wanted to come out of it unscathed!
Never realised how big evo's were...or is that how small mx5's are?
For the first time in a very long time, I decided to hit the track on street tyres. This decision was mostly due to the fact that the semi's were under the house and I couldn't be bothered climbing under to pull them out. I find out later why this was a bad idea.
Upon showing up to the track day we were greeted with squillions of MX5's! How cool, I may have actually squealed in delight. :oops:
But I was even more excited about the awesome old Alfa's that were there too.
But it wasn't all Alfa's and MX5's
The good thing about flying solo is that I can actually fit all my stuff into the car!
Here we are waiting to get scrutineered. The friendly official let me know it was $1200 for every metre of armco you hit. :|
So on to the track day. The first session I went out with "President" JimJim who showed me the lines.
By the time we'd come around for the second lap, there was an alfa resting in the gravel pit.
Coming back aorund for a third lap I noticed a Lotus Europa weaving in and out and passing myself and about 5 other mx5's on the straight as if we were standing still. I thought "we'll that can't end well!" (I may have actually said something more along the lines of "f**k that!" and by the time I had reached the corner, I noticed a bluey puff of smoke and instinctively slowed down. I noticed that the track was extremely wet, almost covering the entire width of the track.
"Is that water or oil?"
And just as I said that the car started to slide. "Sh!t that's oil!" I noticed the cars behind me were all getting sideways too.
We later found out that the Lotus had punched a hole through the sump and dropped it's guts out onto the track. The driver then proceeded to drive to the pits covering turns 6 - 11 in oil. Whoops!
It took 1hr and 20 mins for the guys to clean the track up. The organisers did a great job of preparing the track to a safe condition and went out in the safety car to do tests.
In the time we were waiting, I discussed with the other guys, that I was not used to tracking in such close proximity with other cars as there were 20-25 in each group. I've never been to a track day where it was ok to pass on corners so that was new for me as well. I learned to love my mirrors as I was constantly checking them to make sure I wasn't going to crash into anyone. This combined with the present threat of walls made me pretty scared!
But there was no time to be scared session 2 was starting. Out by myself, I realised that I probably should've gone on semi's, the street set up doesn't have enough clearance and scrubs! It's been so long since I tracked on street tyres I had no idea what the limit on them was and I didn't want to find out on a track with no run off.
Purchased this (and the next) cool shot from mx5pics.com.
By session 3 I was starting to have fun and enjoying the track.
It might look like I'm leading the pack but in reality I was holding them up! Sorry guys.
I chickened out pretty bad at this track, I can't say there were any corners I fully committed to, but with more confidence now I can't wait to go back to Sandown and give it another red hot crack!
I can't believe I haven't tracked here earlier. It's so close to home and I found it really enjoyable. In the past I've heard people say that it was a boring track and more suited to powerful cars but that doesn't mean it's any less fun for the little guys!
Will track there again. A+
Edited by wokstar, 03 July 2012 - 06:34 PM.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:35 PM
M&M gets some new legs.
After sitting around for 4 months. The Tein's finally go in.
Wound all the way down for photo purposes only haha.
Off to Craig @ Trackside to get a new alignments for my boys.
-2.5 for M&M
Deca V. 3.0
So many wrong directions this time haha.
Thanks to Kenny for this back track photo.
Edited by wokstar, 03 July 2012 - 06:37 PM.
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