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Track Day Tips

Discussion in 'Motorsports & Events' started by kevster30, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. doink

    doink Club Guest

    Feb 28, 2005
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    aiseh...turn the aircond off and enjoy the strong wind from the track at sepang....
  2. bal3056

    bal3056 Club Guest

    Feb 11, 2005
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    Hi AL, long time no see. When you gonna come my house with Felix ? I waiting-lah for the PerformanceBMW UK mag April issue ... featuring my E34.

    Anyway, hypothetically speaking, you may be right about the advancement in compressor design, but really, advancement does not equal to durability/reliability. Personally, I've heard numerous a/c compressor related problems on the newer designs than the older ones.

    One of the world's best compressor designs are the ARA or Fridgeaire and now the Nippon or Denso compressors as you call it. These are still the typical cutin -cutout type and is noted for their longevity.

    The ARA can last at least 15 to 20 years, and the sad thing is that not many local guys have the tools to repair them, so they just died a natural death. The Denso continues to prove itself though.

    Just thought I share my opinion.

  3. pistole

    pistole Club Guest

    Apr 4, 2005
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    sorry , but thats not correct.

    there has never been anything like a 'variable speed compressor'.

    what there is on most conti cars is a compressor that is 'on' all the
    time , ie , it does not cut in/out depending on temperature , like most
    Jap aircon systems.

    How the system modulates temperature (and by definition , how hard
    the compressor works) is by having an 'expansion valve' that has an
    adjustable aperture. The aperture is controlled by the thermostat that
    you set by the temp that you want in the cabin. The expansion valve
    enable the freon (or whatever gas is in there) to 'expand' thus cooling
    itself in the process. This 'cooling' works to pick up heat in the cooling-
    coil and 'exchanges' the heat vide the medium of the gas to the outside

    so , the cooler you want it , the smaller the aperture , the more
    pressure in the high pressure circuit , the harder the compressor
    works and more load.

    the warmer you want it , the bigger the aperture , the less pressure
    on the high pressure circuit , the less load on the compressor.
  4. joyi

    joyi Club Guest

    Feb 19, 2005
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    Umm, instead of RedBull, i recommend Power Boost Tongkat Ali drink! I'm serious, that stuff really gets you going. Not horny or anything, but your blood flows alot better. Good stuff for pulling all-nighter at work too (just don't drink too many if you're working late with a girl in the office, sleepy makes horny :D).
  5. Porsche168

    Porsche168 Club Guest

    Aug 21, 2009
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    I recognise that this is an old thread but Is there a track day plan for this year?
  6. jason1229

    jason1229 Club Guest

    Aug 5, 2009
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    I think u just missed it bro.. there was one held in Sepang last month. :1:
  7. astroboy

    astroboy Well-Known Member

    Dec 15, 2006
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    .. and concluded with an announcement of the slowest car for the day was the NA N52B25.. :p
  8. Blueberries

    Blueberries Club Guest

    Apr 25, 2011
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  9. gunner93

    gunner93 Club Guest

    Jul 12, 2012
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    Tyre Management :

    1) Avoid using less than 20% tread depth on track.
    2) For air pressure difference, its about 5psi once you get the tyres up to temperature after 2 laps. Come in the pits to release/adjust the air pressure. Then go out again.
    3) For Nitrogen its about 2 - 3 psi. My personal preference is to maintain 28 to 29 psi at optimum temperature. Its really up to your car set up/behaviour.
    4) For those with deep pockets, use semi-slicks. It would mean up to 3 to 5 sec per lap difference.
    5) To improve corner speed further, open up front camber as much as your car allows -2 deg or more. Open front toe slightly for better turn in respond.
    6) Camber at the rear should be opened up slight too -1.5 deg and slight toe-in for stability especially existing out of corners.
    7) High temp front brake pads are a must for threshold braking. Eg, Ferodo DS2500 or better still DS3000.
  10. Mavik

    Mavik New Member

    Jun 28, 2011
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    UPDATE: Merged my thread with an old thread to ensure all information is kept

    Decided to open a track day thread for anyone here who likes participating in track days. I am a complete newbie when it comes to driving on track at Sepang, can't figure out how to drive a manual and probably post not so great times at Sepang with my E90 320d.

    But in the course of learning, I picked up some helpful tips which I hope can be shared with everyone here and I hope the more experienced and sifu's can also contribute to this thread so we can make track days to be fun and helpful for one another.

    Car Preparation:
    As usual, all track days will require your car to be checked prior to you driving on the track, make sure you don't have anything leaking otherwise it might endanger you and other drivers.
    1. Engine oil is at the right level
    2. Brake fluid has been changed within the service time
    3. Brake pads are ok
    4. Enough coolant or water to ensure engine doesn't overheat
    5. Tyres have enough thread (you can opt for semi slicks, high performance road tyres or your current existing tyres)
    Additional car tools useful to have:
    1. Car jack (in case of a flat tyre)
    2. Spare tyre (in case of a flat tyre)
    3. Portable pump
    4. Tyre pressure gauge
    5. Dirty cloth
    6. Masking tape/Black Tape
    7. A tool set (screwdrivers, wrench, etc..)
    8. Power supply extension
    9. Industrial fan blower
    Personal stuff handy to have:
    1. Helmet (compulsory)
    2. Shoes (compulsory)
    3. Long Pants
    4. Driving Gloves (optional)
    5. Tracksuit (optional)
    6. A change of clothes
    7. A face towel
    8. Bottle of water
    9. Power bars / chocolate / RedBull
    10. Portable stools
    Useful tools to have prepare:
    Because not all track days have the option to get a transponder from Sepang, there are a few apps which you can find on your smartphone which uses GPS to track. I have personally seen these apps in action and the time recorded by the app and the ones by the transponder are very close and quite accurate.

    1. iOS - Harry's Lap Timer (app is not free but it is easy to use) - http://www.gps-laptimer.de/Home.html
    2. Android - RaceChrono (app is free) - http://www.racechrono.com/
    3. Handphone holder in the car (useful to display the time or used to record video while driving)
    4. GoPro Camera
    5. Bluetooth / WIFI OBD2 reader - Some apps on your phone can read the transmitted data and show it on your video
    6. OBD2 Display Gauge
    Things you can leave behind:
    1. Your ego
    jeffreyewe, joonsuan and antiquer like this.
  11. jeffreyewe

    jeffreyewe Founding Member

    Nov 25, 2004
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    Other tips to add which is usually forgotten for 1st time trekkies.

    Remove all loose items in your car

    1) Coinbox
    2) Coins
    3) All items in your glove compartment and centre console items
    4) Dangling stuff ie: incar perfume,
    5) Wife/gf/mistress shoes, eyeliners,
    6) Anything that will bound to fly off during an unwanted incident.
  12. Fadhlan

    Fadhlan Official Member

    Aug 2, 2010
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    Do we have to tape our head lights to avoid them being shattered due to accident/stones flying?
  13. maxxsp

    maxxsp Club Guest

    Jan 16, 2007
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    Not compulsory but if you love your headlights you can *ahem e34_lover*
    Get some 3M blue painters tape. No residue when you need to remove it.
  14. Mavik

    Mavik New Member

    Jun 28, 2011
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    I actually had a film protecting the headlamps. But a tape would definitely help as well

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