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#1 wokstar

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 09:20 PM

Hey folks!

 

Long time no post, as you know my nice ep82 (Terry) was written off (don't worry I still have my ugly ep82 - Tart) and I've kind of disappeared off the starlet radar for a bit but I just wanted to let y'all know what I've been up to.

 

For a long time I had wanted to start a small car series to show people that you could have fun on a budget ($3000) and with a car which you normally wouldn't consider to be a "track car" (maximum capacity of 1500cc naturally aspirated - no rotaries).

 

With that in mind a few friends crazy enough to join me for the journey I started Nugget Nationals. http://nuggetnationa...ress.com/about/

 

With the payout for the GT in my hands, I was seriously contemplating buying an ep91. With all the spare parts left over, I could build a capable track nugget for very little however, I'd been tracking starlets for years and wanted to try something different.

 

Enter "Perry" my 2002 Toyota Echo Sportivo.

 

I drove flew across the country from Melb to Brisbane to pick up this little guy for $3k.

 

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I drove him back from Brisbane via Winton race way to set a base lap time of 1:54 in stock mode before getting to work on getting this car to turn and grip a little better. The modifications for the series are heavily regulated to ensure that spending is kept to a minimum and to keep the playing field even for those that don't have a big budget.

 

Some cheap Taiwanese coilovers were thrown in (actually have been really happy with the NeoMax R)

 

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A set CR Kais and AD08r which were on sale and too good to pass up.

 

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I purchased a new rail and recycled the bucket seat from the GT.

 

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Dyno'd the car (52 fw kw!)

 

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And went back to the track.

 

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My friends came along.

 

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And I didn't do too badly against the other Nuggets!

 

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So if anyone with an NA EP91 interested in competing with us next year, we'll be starting a new season in 2015. Check out the regulations here: http://nuggetnationa...om/regulations/

 

I can honestly say that myself and the other competitors (who also have proper built track cars) haven't had this much fun in ages. It just goes to show that you can have fun at a very low cost!

 

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I bought this car in June 2014 and have since done 4 track days in the last 5 months (including a trip to Wakefield - 1:17) in it. He's a great daily driver and fun reliable track car that can do the entire track day and drive home on the same tank of fuel!

 

For more detailed updates check out my blog: http://noisyninja.wordpress.com/

 

Viva la nugget!

- Ying Bot :)


Edited by wokstar, 17 November 2014 - 09:24 PM.


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 10:40 PM

This looks amazing! Would love to join in on this.. But I'm in Tassie :( lol

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 08:49 AM

Can't wait to get the 'Rage out there next year Ying. sh*t is gonna get real!! I just bought a new seat, harness and have booked it in for a half cage.

I just hope i can steer out on track as well as I used to. Also, if you hear or see of any 15x7s with semis for a good price please let me know. Thats next on the list to get done


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Posted 18 November 2014 - 08:00 PM

Mad little beast. Id love to do this buuuuuut im in NSW.



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Posted 19 November 2014 - 07:12 AM

looks like fun :)



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Posted 19 November 2014 - 08:25 AM

Can't wait to get the 'Rage out there next year Ying. sh*t is gonna get real!! I just bought a new seat, harness and have booked it in for a half cage.

I just hope i can steer out on track as well as I used to. Also, if you hear or see of any 15x7s with semis for a good price please let me know. Thats next on the list to get done

 

"Semi's" aren't allowed Stu! There's a tread wear rating in the regs which will only allow sticky "street" tyres. AD08R's, ZII's, RS3 and the like. :)



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Posted 19 November 2014 - 08:48 AM

They're all counted as road legal semis arent they? Achilles 123 ok??



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Posted 19 November 2014 - 08:52 AM

It's about treadwear rating (UTQG 140) I'm not sure what they are on the 123 so you'd have to check.
 
From the regs:
 
 
T7. Tyres

a)  Vehicles may be fitted with any tyre subject to the following limitations:

B) Tyres used must be legal for street use in the state of Victoria as per the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2009.  However tyres worn beyond their treadwear markers are acceptable.

c)  Tyres must have a UTQG treadwear rating of 140 or greater.

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 02:24 PM

Wow

 

Well done Ying ..... looks a sh*tload of fun. Make a father( :blush: ) like me want to come out and play again :).

 

Once again, well done.


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Posted 15 January 2015 - 06:10 PM

Thanks heaps West! The funny thing is, a lot of guys who used to track with us and had to sell up their old track cars to start are family are now back in the game because of Nugget Nationals! It's so cheap and doesn't put much of a dent in the family budget.

 

We've actually just had our first EP91 enter the series today too!

 

Our friends at gripshiftslide.com put together this cool video for us. Check it out!

 


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Posted 15 January 2015 - 07:17 PM

im keen to get on board this year if eligible

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 07:20 PM

Hey Dougmo,

 

Regulations can be found here: https://nuggetnation...om/regulations/

 

Assumign you have an ep91 already?

 

There's a few restrictions on modifications you can do to the car (to keep the series cheap and cheerful) so have a read through and see if it your vehicle!

 

Happy to answer any further questions. :)



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Posted 15 January 2015 - 07:29 PM

yep, I have a ep91

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 06:39 AM

Damn my ep91 won't qualify :'( (GT motor and more)

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