So this past weekend I drove my first real sanctioned Autocross event. Its was put on by the Porsche Club of America at the Bank Atlantic Center (Panther's stadium). I really enjoyed it. It gave me some much needed seat time in this car. I learned that tires are everything. I felt pretty confident in the car with just the coilovers and tires. On the car are K Sport Kontrol pro and Federal 595 Rs-R's. I was suuuuper pleased with them. Tons of grip, very predictable, no squealing, no crazy temperate fluctuation. Overall, the car was balanced as hell. I started off with 33psi rear and 35psi front. The shocks set at 16 (out of 32) which is medium for the front and 2 (Soft) for the rear. 9k Front and 7k rear springs. Ride height is what some of you old men would call "too low". I am barely tucking tire. I feel that i'm right at the limit of what is accepted as a "functional" height. There's plenty of travel, get off my nuts. I experienced no janky rubbing or excessive body roll, mainly because the coilovers can actually perform. The only contact was the front bumper hitting on one or two spots where the surface dips hard. Other than that, gravy. I didn't experience any understeer, like I said, the suspension did its job.
My first few runs (not recorded) were with an instructor who talked me through the layout, I started filming on my second set of runs.
Since it was a Porsche event, there were lots of old men in there even older 944's and 928's that were about to die. Apexscalpel's old NA, a gaggle of bone stock MS3's, some 996 turbos driven by 25 year old kids with too much money and not enough balls, etc, etc. I actually laid down a few competitive times. The fastest cars were an EvoX, a 3rd gen MR S, a few Caymans, an Rx8. To put into perspective, My best time was a 58.59. The majority of the 50-something cars weren't breaking into the 50's. Most were in the low and mid 60's. The really slow cars were in the 70's The Evo put down a 54 and the MR S spyder, a 56. I felt confidant for my first time driving the car hard. Hopefully I can keep it up and get more and more experience.
Let me know what you guys think. Opinions, comments, shit-talking, tips, pointers, etc more than welcome.
Car Btw is an 02 with (obviously) a VVT motor. Bone stock other than the HKS Super Power Flow on the cold side. Enjoy!
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