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GhostRS

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#1
Anyone here track their RS yet?

I've been trying with hitting the track for a number of years with various other cars I've owned, but 2017 may be the year I finally take the plunge.

I would most likely be staying semi local and hitting thunderbolt in NJ.
 
#2
Drag strip or autocross? Drag strip I plan on doing it after the car gets a chance to break in.
 

GhostRS

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#3
I meant road tracks. But any track I am wondering about as well.
I'm hoping to hit an event in August... the car should have plenty of time to be broken in for me at that point.
 

MKIIIRS

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#4
I'd love to do a road course one day, most likely will hit drag strip too. Did you register for RS adrenalin?
 

GhostRS

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#5
I'd love to do a road course one day, most likely will hit drag strip too. Did you register for RS adrenalin?
No... 2017 is pretty much filled. No mention of 2018 classes yet. Not sure if I am going to do it.
 

LonestarRS

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#6
They had a pretty good road course out here in TX until a few years ago but unfortunately had to shut it down due to cost. That Thunderbolt track looks really badass.
 

GhostRS

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#7
They had a pretty good road course out here in TX until a few years ago but unfortunately had to shut it down due to cost. That Thunderbolt track looks really badass.
It's supposed to be pretty good, and it's not far from me... maybe 1.5 hours?
 

LonestarRS

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#8
It's supposed to be pretty good, and it's not far from me... maybe 1.5 hours?
1.5 hours isnt bad at all. Just make sure you don't overly abuse your brakes. I've known people that had to tow their cars home because they burnt their brakes out on the road course.
 

GhostRS

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#9
1.5 hours isnt bad at all. Just make sure you don't overly abuse your brakes. I've known people that had to tow their cars home because they burnt their brakes out on the road course.
No kidding!
 

meFiSTo

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#13
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.
 

GhostRS

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#14
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 [rofl][rofl][rofl]
 

meFiSTo

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#15
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 [rofl][rofl][rofl]
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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