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Trackday 172 and 130i daily

Thanks, and I've got the 3rd of Octobre and the 10th of Novembre planned at Assen, and maby the 18th of Novembre at Zandvoort, depending on the weather.
You're welcome to come by offcourse, but for the 3rd of Octobre, I'm bringing someone who took the day of from work, so at least at that day, changes of a passenger ride are pretty slim. Might be better to come by at one of the two trackdays in Novembre in that regard.
 
I got the Federal's wrapped around the OZ wheels today.

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Quite a different tyre to what was on it before.

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Unfortunately it's also quite a bit heavier, going from 11,4 kg per wheel to 14,1 kg per wheel.
Total weight savings are now reduced to 192,3 kg's, but I think I can compensate with grip and cornering speeds. 😁 Very excited to test the car out, with it's new suspension, and tyres. 😎

I also got the Audi wheels fitted with tyres. I am also very happy with these, I think they transformed the car's appearance.

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Also notice the color change of the paint, when it's in the shade or the sun. 😎
 
I had another trackday last wednesday, and I was very excited for this one, since it has been quite a while since the last one. And also, because I was very curious about the new tyres and suspension setup.

We had a nice group of people there. I brought my neighbour, and met up with @sjaakmeister. My wife came along for a visit, as did a friend of mine.

My friend's beast of a car, a 350 hp Golf 6 GTI.

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It was quite a bit busier than expected, but I later found out that there was a German holiday, so there were a lot of German people there. There was some nice looking machinery there.

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The day was supposed to be dry, but as we lined up for the first session, there was a short but heavy bit of rain, which got the track wet and slippery. As a result, I started really slow and easy, as opposed to some of the other cars, which can be seen at the next video at 7.26 min. This wasn't the last car rolling over though. 🀐



I realise I need to feddle the camera position a bit, as the mirror is right in front of it, also, after two sessions, the battery was dead, so I need to think of something for that as well.

The rest of the day was dry, and now I could see if my new suspension made any improvement. First thing that I noticed, was that the track at Assen was not as smooth as I expected. πŸ€“
But, in the second session, I was able to improve my best time to 2.13 min. For the rest of the day, I wasn't able to get a clean lap, but in the fast laps, I was consitently in the 2.14 and 2.15's, so that is quite a few seconds faster than before, which I'm pretty happy with. I was hoping to go under 2.10 min, but I guess that will have to wait untill later. I think that it is mostly me, taking some time to get used to the quite big handling change of the car.

In this video, I drove a 2.15 min on the second lap, but sector 4 got messed up because of another car, so it could be faster.



Here's a video of a Porsche Boxster following and overtaking me from the start of the video.



Me following another Clio.

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Me and @sjaakmeister did 2 sessions following each other, which was quite nice.

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This picture is now the background of my phone. πŸ˜„

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And the little Clio back in it's garage, with it's proud owner. πŸ˜ƒ

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I took out the unnecessary interior brackets, to safe a bit of weight, and to clean up the interior a bit.

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Good for just under 1 kg at 940 grams. Total savings go to 193,2 kg's.

While vacuuming the interior, I picked up a lot of debries inbetween the sills. Turned out that the sills were very lightweight as well.

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I was planning to install the cage this winter, but it looks like I've got a bit more welding to do.
 
The weather forecast for yesterday's trackday was okay(ish), meaning that we had nice weather all week, except a bit of rain in the morning on the saturday, and some droplets later in the afternoon. Turned out, the track was wet all day, with only in the last session some dry lines starting to appear. Nevertheless, I had a lot of fun, and good pase compared to a lot of other cars.

The webcam of the circuit made my friend stay at home.

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And I think this video gives the best idea of the day.



It was very wet, and very slippery, with cars spinning and in the gravel constantly. Cones were everywhere, etc. I managed to stay out of trouble, although a car (the same car fot that matter) span in front of me twice.

First session was just sliding around.



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My sister-in-law always said se would like to be a passenger one day, and she held her word.

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And for those who don't know me, this is me, just igniting the car for the last session.

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In the last session, dry lines started to appear, although it was still very slippery in a lot of area's. My best lap was a 2.27, but I had a lot of fun, and my confidence in wet driving grew a lot with this day.

 

hostler

ClioSport Club Member
Was actually thinking about dropping by but got caught up in some other stuff. You really need some sort of heater to prevent the windows from fogging up. Nice driving as always. Cool to see your progression both on the car and driving skills.
 
Yesterday I was at Zandvoort.

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Unfortunately my buddy cancelled to join me with an honest reason saying that the trip was too long for a couple of passenger laps. I can respect that. With that in mind I decided to just go by myself, and focus on laptimes. So I took out the second seat, saving another 20 kg's, plus 80 kg's or so, not having a passenger.

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Total weight savings 213,7 kg's at this time.

Loaded everything up, ready to go the next morning for the 2,5 hour trip to Zandvoort.

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First dissapointment at Zandvoort was that they wet the track for the drifters in the morning. With the cold weather, I thought it would never dry up. Luckily it did, and only the first session was slightly wet. As it's only my second time at Zandvoort, and it has been a while, I took this session to get used to the track, and look for grip. Best time was a 2.33 min, which was okay for the conditions.

Second dissapointment was the amount of people that turned up for the event. It was very busy, to say the least. Reminder for myself, not to go to Zandvoort on a weekend again. The result of this was that I only got 2 or 3 clean laps during the day, and that 3 out of 4 sessions were interrupted by code 60's.

Second session, I was able to improve my time to a 2.21 min, still being a second slower than my previous best time.

In the third session, I got a decent lap, and this resulted in a 2.17min, which I was quite happy with. The fourth and final session, I made a 2.14 min, which I am very happy with. Optimal lap in Racechrono is even a 2.12, so there is still a lot of room for improvement. Also, because I wasn't able to do fast laps consistent, but also because I still need to learn the track quite a bit, there are several corners and breaking points where I can improve.

As I didn't have a passenger, I couldn't check if my camera was rolling, and unfortunately I pushed the button to slowly, making a picture instead of a movie, so I do not have any footage of the day, which I'm quite ubset about.

Reminder for myself, for the next trackday, I have to change the engine oil, refresh the brake fluid, and check the gearbox oil. Also, I heard a whining noise when off throttle, couldn't really specify what it was though.
 
So I bought a pair of these.

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Got the car on axle stands.

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Removed the fuel tank.

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In case anybodies wondering, it weighs 6,8 kg's without the fuel pump.

Then I took off the sideskirts, and the horror appeared. πŸ˜‚

This is what was luying in the front of one of the sideskirts.

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Other than some jacking damage, the left front doesn't seem to bad.

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The same can't be said for the rear though.

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Right front, again, not to bad at first sight.

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Right rear, horrible. 😁

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This is what came down after just poking a bit with my finger.

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Resulting in a bigger hole.

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The inner metal is rusted as well, so we will have to adress that to. I've never done anything like this, so we'll see how it goes. πŸ€”
 
I did my first bit of restoration. 😁

I went from this:

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To this:

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Welding was an utter pain, as I kept burning holes as the metal was too thin in some parts already, and because I couldn't grind the rust away on the inside, it kept splattering. So there was a lot of grinding and sanding involved after welding, to get to a somewhat decent result.

At first I tried to just weld the little holes on the inner panel, but they just kept getting bigger, so I had to make a template for that as well.

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While my wife went to the bar having a drink with her sister, I was underneath the car. 😝

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After, I made a template for the outer panel.

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I also welded up the hole in the floor that can be seen on the upper picture. It sure is a lot easier welding clean material, and welding from a normal position. πŸ™ƒ
 
I went from this

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Pretty happy with the result, although it is far from perfect. I wouldn't accept it from a paint shop, but since this is my first attempt to something like this, and it's only a track car, I'm not complaining. Most important thing is, that it's structural 10 times stronger than it was.

I had to replace 3 layers of sheetmetal, and restore a part of the wheel well.

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From the inside it looks pretty good.

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I needed a bit of bondo to cover things up. 😁

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And the result. Not as straight as I would have wanted, and a slight color difference.

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Brigsy

ClioSport Club Member
  Kangoo 172cup
Decent repair. Dont forget to treat the inside, decent coat of zinc primer then cavity wax or whatever so it doesnt come back
 
I've bought another car, together with a mate of mine. We will be driving across Europe in it, as we will be participating in the Scrap Metal Rally. www.scrapmetalrally.nl Which is basically a 4 day trip across small roads in Europe. The rules are, the car cannot be worth more than 750 Euro, and it can not be younger than 2000. This is what we bought:

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A 1990 VW Polo, with a 1.3 55 hp engine, and a 4-speed. The thing is, we bought it from the first owners. 😁 And the car has only done 135000 km's. Overall, it is in very good condition, everything (not that the car has a lot of options etc) works.
It just has a bit of rust in one of the sills, and it needs a new MOT.

Here is the rusty area.

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And here's how I fixed it.

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Next up is MOT, than we are going to do some maintenance, change the oil, change the cambelt etc. Finally, we want to make it a bit cooler, with a couple of nicer looking wheels, and lower it a bit, and that's about it. 😎
 

Slamz

ClioSport Club Member
I'm getting flashbacks to my S14 with those sills! Good work though, albeit worrying for me. Better go check my sills haha
 
A while ago some idiot drove into the back of my wife's car, while she was waiting for a traffic light. She got pushed into the car in front of her, and as a result, the Opel Corsa was totalled. My wife is okay, she does have complaints about her neck though.

But on the positive note, we had to get a replacement. My wife got the Audi A3, and I bought a nice car for myself, but something that the wife could use when needed as well. So, this is what I got. 😎

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A 2013 Golf 7 GTI, with only 43000 km's on it. I love the color, and the fact that it's a 5-door. It even has a tow bar, which is a bonus. I didn't need another track car, like a Megane RS etc, and for me, this is a perfect street car. It has plenty of power, and it has a very nice finish, the interior looks really good, and I am very pleased with it. I only have two things I want to do to it, which is a remap (220 hp -> 300 hp, and 350 Nm -> 430 Nm), and a nicer set of wheels.
 
As I was inspired by @robzracing with his manual mirrors, I went on the search for a manual pair. I found these:

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I bought them a bit on a guess, hoping that I could make the plates fit, but apparantly they have been on a Clio before.

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The weight gain is massive on such a small part. The originals weigh 795 grams, and the carbon ones weigh 256 grams, so I'm saving over a kilogram here.😁
Making total weight savings 214,7 kg's.
 

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