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    Yes, 3 track days. 2 at NJMP (1 in the rain) and 1 at Pocono.
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    With the several hiccups I had last year in the Fiesta, I'm switching to using the RS as my occasional track toy. I got it out for the first time last weekend. Just getting to know the car and really getting reacquainted with The Ridge in Shelton. I love this car for track days. So stable compared to the Fiesta. But: The stock tires SUCK, although at their limit (which is not particularly high) they break away very undramatically -- which is good. Here's an image from the day:



    I posted a couple more in my "blog" thread.


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    Quote Originally Posted by meFiSTo View Post
    With the several hiccups I had last year in the Fiesta, I'm switching to using the RS as my occasional track toy. I got it out for the first time last weekend. Just getting to know the car and really getting reacquainted with The Ridge in Shelton. I love this car for track days. So stable compared to the Fiesta. But: The stock tires SUCK, although at their limit (which is not particularly high) they break away very undramatically -- which is good. Here's an image from the day:



    I posted a couple more in my "blog" thread.
    Which tires came on yours? Just wondering... I think there are a couple different.

    And all that matters s you are in front of the Subaru
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostRS View Post
    Which tires came on yours? Just wondering... I think there are a couple different.

    And all that matters s you are in front of the Subaru
    They are the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport Max Performance Summer tires. They are GREAT summer street tires. They are not really track tires. At least, they are not nearly the track tires compared to the tires that come with the optional forged wheels. The PILOT SPORT CUP 2s are vastly superior for track days, but that's not what came with this car. Those are "streetable" track tires.

    For eventual replacements, I think I would split the difference and go for the RE-71Rs. I've run NT01s on my other cars and, for the money, they are tough to beat. But: They are NOT for street use. Way too soft. They pick up rocks etc. like crazy. There is an "XL" version of the RE-71R which would suit our porky little hatchbacks.

    As for that Subaru, well, at the track, when a car is visibly "behind you", that USUALLY means, they are getting set to pass you. That is probably what is happening here. Although I think that we were heading to the "checkered" flag for this session and this car did not go around me during the cool down lap. I'm not the fastest driver (nor the slowest) and am just getting used to this car. Getting passed (letting by) is not a concern for me. As I built speed during the day, fewer cars were getting in position to pass. It was mostly on the back side of the track which is fairly technical and drivers that know the track can really build speed in areas where I'm still getting a feel for how much speed to carry through turns.


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    Quote Originally Posted by meFiSTo View Post
    They are the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport Max Performance Summer tires. They are GREAT summer street tires. They are not really track tires. At least, they are not nearly the track tires compared to the tires that come with the optional forged wheels. The PILOT SPORT CUP 2s are vastly superior for track days, but that's not what came with this car. Those are "streetable" track tires.
    Ah, ok. That's what came on mine as well. Just curious.
    Like you said, great street tire.

    Quote Originally Posted by meFiSTo View Post
    As for that Subaru, well, at the track, when a car is visibly "behind you", that USUALLY means, they are getting set to pass you. That is probably what is happening here. Although I think that we were heading to the "checkered" flag for this session and this car did not go around me during the cool down lap. I'm not the fastest driver (nor the slowest) and am just getting used to this car. Getting passed (letting by) is not a concern for me. As I built speed during the day, fewer cars were getting in position to pass. It was mostly on the back side of the track which is fairly technical and drivers that know the track can really build speed in areas where I'm still getting a feel for how much speed to carry through turns.
    LOL I was just teasing about the Subaru... I work with too many Subaru drivers. t was nice to see it behind you, even if it was about to pass you.

    Thx for the feedback on your track day... keep us updated, at some point I want to get to the track with this car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostRS View Post
    Ah, ok. That's what came on mine as well. Just curious.
    Like you said, great street tire.



    LOL I was just teasing about the Subaru... I work with too many Subaru drivers. t was nice to see it behind you, even if it was about to pass you.

    Thx for the feedback on your track day... keep us updated, at some point I want to get to the track with this car.
    You will have fun with it. Hard to imagine a "safer" car to drive at the track at speed. It's kind of the polar opposite of an Alfa 4C though. Where the 4C is nimble, light, and quick -- much like an Elise or Exige, the closest thing I can compare to with the RS is my old Audi S4 Avant. I never tracked that car personally, but I did ride in a buddy's S4 Avant at Portland back in the day (talking about 2004). It was like a freight train. Handling in big sweepers felt like it was on rails. Fast and planted. I think this car feels more nimble than that, if you can call it that. A little more agile, but the size is pretty close to the old S4. The S4 was 7 inches longer, which is real, but the main difference is the some 600 lbs. difference in weight. That would explain the superior sense of agility with the RS.

    I'm interested to see how I can improve as I get used to this car's character. It'll take time though since I'm not likely to attend more than a few track days a year. I think the car is now set, although I am getting a very cool, largely self-contained, Waylens Horizon in-car cam to reduce distractions. I drove SO much better once I yanked the damn iPod. Tires, brake pads, fluids, nut-and-bolt. Go. Eventually there's wear items like brake discs and wheel bearings, but that's all the price of track days. No more in-paddock wheel swaps. Thank God.


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    Quote Originally Posted by meFiSTo View Post
    You will have fun with it. Hard to imagine a "safer" car to drive at the track at speed. It's kind of the polar opposite of an Alfa 4C though. Where the 4C is nimble, light, and quick -- much like an Elise or Exige, the closest thing I can compare to with the RS is my old Audi S4 Avant. I never tracked that car personally, but I did ride in a buddy's S4 Avant at Portland back in the day (talking about 2004). It was like a freight train. Handling in big sweepers felt like it was on rails. Fast and planted. I think this car feels more nimble than that, if you can call it that. A little more agile, but the size is pretty close to the old S4. The S4 was 7 inches longer, which is real, but the main difference is the some 600 lbs. difference in weight. That would explain the superior sense of agility with the RS.

    I'm interested to see how I can improve as I get used to this car's character. It'll take time though since I'm not likely to attend more than a few track days a year. I think the car is now set, although I am getting a very cool, largely self-contained, Waylens Horizon in-car cam to reduce distractions. I drove SO much better once I yanked the damn iPod. Tires, brake pads, fluids, nut-and-bolt. Go. Eventually there's wear items like brake discs and wheel bearings, but that's all the price of track days. No more in-paddock wheel swaps. Thank God.
    Nice! Thx for the feedback! I think it will be a great track car as well as a great DD.
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    Hey @GhostRS:

    I got out for another track day at Shelton.

    Here's a short video:



    I wrote up some notes in my "build" blog: here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by meFiSTo View Post
    Hey @GhostRS:

    I got out for another track day at Shelton.

    Here's a short video:



    I wrote up some notes in my "build" blog: here.
    Thx! Looks like a great day for the track!
    I need to read through your post still.
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