Guys can I have some advice please. I have a 1990
un-modified Roadster running on Toyo CF1 tyres on original 14 inch wheels.
Friday was my first ever track day and I booked into Castle Combe for a taster
session where I received some much needed tuition which was no doubt worth the
£50 I paid on its own.
car was balanced on track and quite easy to drift but I had to raise the
pressure (under advice from the guys at the track) to 35 PSI as it was
suffering a lot from sidewall movement. In its defence it was giving good
feedback on grip and lots of warning of me going into corners too fast. And I
have to say it felt a lot better from raising the pressure onwards. The tyres
were getting a bit warm and showing signs of tread movement and they made me
put more air pressure in as they were worried by the amount the tyres were
bending in terms of the sidewall.
advice if I want to do this again was to fit stiffer dampers/springs and bigger
wheels/lower profile tyres. Or leave well alone and just live with tyre wear
and enjoy what they said looked to be a balanced and easy to control car. Or
slow down Is it possible to take a
balanced approach because most of its life is spend on C and B roads where it
rides the bumps and handles well? So could I keep it on standard springs with
adjustable dampers I can stiffen for track days and larger wheels for track
use? Or would I need to change the springs/lower the ride height to get a
Also what is the best way to check the shocks out,
there is no double bounce etc but the car has done 168,000km and I have no
records indicating any changes there.
Are there better tracks for me and my 5 to try
out, Combe was great fun but felt fairly fast should I go for a more twisty
circuit to keep the speeds down? Avon rise was
good fun and the two chicanes the best place for catching-up. But the straights
were becoming long.
we got past the obligatory hairdresser jokes I did hit the track and
found I was not the slowest despite having the least HP on show, even managing
to lap at equal pace to a 350HP Nissan and passed two caterhams plus was
closing down an MG TF till it pitted. A track prepared MX5 flew past and a 911 serenely
passed me at what my Speedo said was 90 and it did not make that much
noise. I probably was cornering a bit too hard but the car was so easy to
balance and very forgiving of me carrying too much pace in. Brakes were fine
and the engine cope with being flat out in 3rd and 4th fine
though it needed both fans and the heater on for a cooling lap to avoid a big
jump towards red on leaving the track so work required there. It was fine as long as I kept moving
The other option I have been given is a newer but not
so pretty looking MKI with 15 inch wheels cold air intake and lowered
suspension. At £750 I am wondering if it is a better option but two 5’s sounds
greedy and road tax and insurance….. And it needs sorting, steering vibration
60mph on and twitchier in wet than mine. Could be alignment/balance or
something else….. And its sills had been given hasty sill repairs so I would be checking out those prior to spendng cash.
Any advice welcome. I even wonder if the advice is just keep what I have and get a set of 15 Inch wheels/tyres from Ebay to trash on track.