I've done my first track day about a month ago as well. I will be going back to the track in November but I can try to answer your questions as best as I can from my experience.Hey guys,
Had a chance to finally get my VT on a track about an hour out of Toronto this past Monday, and I've got a few thoughts on the experience in general, as well as some questions for those of you who've got a little more experience.
1) With bolt-ons and a tune, the car PULLS. Even with paddle shifting an auto, I found myself keeping up with cars I never expected to keep up with.
2) Past the limit, the understeer is REAL. Could also be my stock suspension and all General G-MAXs (a solid all season, but still an all-season).
3) Fuel cut on low fuel is a thing on these cars... or at least that's what I think it was. When fuel got lower than a quarter tank, I found myself constantly getting power cut at a certain portion of the track. At first, I thought it was more tune or electrical stuff. But after I filled the tank to half and got out there, the car was perfect until fuel got low again, and power started cutting once more.
4) Cooling didn't seem to be an issue. Now, I do have a different grille on the car, and it was about 55F out there that day, but I found the car very well composed after more than a few consecutive hot laps. 230F was about a hot as I saw it get, but it mostly stayed in the 210-220 range.
5) Good brake Pads and fluid are a MUST. One of the other aspects of the car that exceeded expectations was the braking. With Pierce's Porterfield pads and Motul fluid, I can honestly say braking held up perfectly, lap after lap. There was a little smoke after the first 4 laps, but after that, They keep the car perfectly in check, all with
1) What do you track guys use for coilovers? I wanna get something that can be a balance between more responsive on track, but still retain some comfort on the road. Same for tires, any suggestions? So far, thinking Michelin's PSS, but open to other thoughts.
2) Has anyone tried control arm bushings for our cars too? I found the car could be a little more direct on turn-in. Then again, non-ideal tires... stock suspension.
3) Is there anyone else who's felt the fuel cut on these cars past a quarter tank in hard cornering? Is there anything that can be done for that? Does anyone sell a better pump maybe?
4) What are the coolant/transmission temps you guys are seeing? Also, is there a more accurate thermometer solution for our cars? The one we have now is utterly useless past daily driving.
Thanks in advance!
1. I am currently using CX Racing Coilovers. The reason for this being that I use a Rear Torsion Bar (WHICH I HIGHLY RECOMMEND) and the CX Racing Coilovers is compatible with it. The held up fine on the track but I would like to upgrade soon to better coilovers as I will probably be doing more track days and widebody as well. As for Tires, I don't think you can go wrong with PSS. I have heard from other owners that have used PSS on the track that sometimes it gets a bit greasy. I am personally using 235/40/18 Nitto NT05.
2. I don't have Control Arm Bushings but I do have 75a Lower Engine Mount Bushings and Rigid Collars (Though didn't get to use them on the track). I think they help out with power delivery and turning confidence. With the Turn-in it likes to be direct when you're not on the throttle and it likes to power out.
3. You could upgrade the fuel lines and see if that solves the problem. That's also a future upgrade for me as well.
4. I don't believe I've experienced any overheating issues. Can't speak on that.
5. Stainless Steel Brake Lines and Motul RBF600 worked great for me. Used stock pads and rotors and didn't feel that much fade.
Hope that kinda helps lol