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ASTRID - Track Rat Build

jay745

track sl00t
BEST IDEA^^^^^ am married now. Buy it all before marriage. After the fact you get next to nothing for car parts anymore. Once in awhile when you get a good deal. Like under $100 good deal


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Not if you marry the right one. Sounds terrible to give up your hobbies and passion after getting married.

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DASVDUB

Go Kart Champion
Not if you marry the right one. Sounds terrible to give up your hobbies and passion after getting married.

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It’s not that it’s given up. She’d sell my car if I had no say lol. It’s just the money isn’t there at the moment and she doesn’t understand why I spend so much money on it.


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ChrisAttebery

Ready to race!
Yup, when you have a wife and kids you have to put the family first. I make good money but I have a side business just to pay for my hobbies. If I don't make any money I don't buy any toys.
 

clownish

just clowning around
I’m not hearing any strong reasons for the ring, just for the dub...


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zef

Ready to race!
Haha, she gets it. This is the "last" round of upgrades I think before the car is really where I want it to be. Once the aero, cage, and spherical suspension bits the only thing really left is go to stage 3...but there are 2 Focus ST's that run with our club both with the gtx2867R and they're both consistently slower. I doubt the extra power will make that much of a difference unless I am on a bigger track like Road Atlanta...but most of the tracks here (Palmer, Thompson, Lime Rock) are tighter/more technical and you'd really only be using the extra power on the main straights. Plus the extra wear/tear on the motor of an extra 50-60hp...not really an investment that's going to yield significant gains.
 

theclutch

Ready to race!
Dude, how come the Revosport front and rear spoilers aren't on the car? Also, what did you do with the Koni's? :)
 

zef

Ready to race!
First thing that I think has actually failed on this car so far... the bolt that holds the axle cup in place fell out, causing the seal to fail slinging transmission fluid everywhere. Literally 3 days before the Ignition Speed Festival at Foxwoods on Sunday. I had the car towed to Excelerate Performance for emergency surgery last night and I hope to have the car at the end of the day today. Tomorrow morning I'll be leaving early to go help setup the autocross course at the lot (we're at lot 10, the employee lot north of Foxwoods near the Dunkin). Then will be spending the rest of the day with the fiancé before we hit the Monza go-kart track Saturday night, stay the night in Fox Tower, then it'll be racing all day on Sunday. Hoonigan is going to be live streaming the event and broke.east will be having a car show at the Great Cedar Garage as well. To wrap things up there will be an after party at the Shrine night club. It's going to be an awesome event!



 

zef

Ready to race!
Today was awesome. Went to Palmer Motorsports Park for Connecticut Autocross and Rally Team's 4th Time Trial of the year. After dealing with some annoying mechanical issues early in the day, costing me almost 2 full sessions of seat time, I was able to get in a solid practice session after lunch. Despite all of that for the actual Time Trial I managed to place second place with a 1:56.6. After the Time Trials were over we had over an hour of open track time so I decided to add 5 gallons of GT260 race gas and switch the tune and was so upset I was afraid to try it all this time. I ran the car absolutely ragged the entire hour and corded my Hoosiers in the process. All in all a great day.



https://youtu.be/I5NRWwiLI54


 

zef

Ready to race!
Long overdue update...


Beginning of September I went to Lime Rock for an autocross to hang out with Slip Angle Media and Modified Machines on their inside track. I got my hands on some used A6's and had a blast.









The following weekend I participated as a VIP for a broke.east meet at the Christopher Dodd memorial stadium in Norwich. I decided to go full track mode and threw my Hoosiers on for the event. I was blown away by how many idiots were chastising my car for having Hoosiers on the rear "of a fwd car"....







The very next day I drove down to Pocono for a SCCA Track Night in America event. Ran the east configuration (top and bottom straights and both infields) Got up to 140mph on the long straight and lap after lap the brakes took the abuse without complaint. Picked up 10 gallons of 104 octane for cheap from someone local and went to town. This is so far my favorite track (even though its about 6 1/2 hours of driving down and back).









Finally, the last event of the season was yesterday at Thompson Speedway. Car was running strong all day throughout all the practice sessions...found a much faster line through turns 3, 6, and 9. Then it came to the time attack sessions. I felt extremely confident that I would be able to improve upon my personal best. As I was crossing the start/finish line to begin my first flyer lap I quickly peeked in the rear view mirror to see a trail of smoke down the front straight. No CEL, no weird sounds, boost is normal...I thought "screw it, I'm sending it". I completed my 2 flyer laps and pulled into pit in and by this time the smoke was bad. I parked in the paddock, got the car up on a jack and saw fluid start to pour out from the side of the belly pan. Then took off the belly pan to see this:





I managed to crack the passenger side case of my transmission; likely from my Hoosiers causing excessive chassis flex despite having solid track mounts and several chassis bracing upgrades. It was the low pressure side thankfully, as the car was running 100% normal despite the smoke so the clutch packs should be intact. Despite all of that, I managed to shave over a second off my best time (with a smoking transmission) to a 1:23.4 which earned me P1 in class. Once the transmission is fixed, next will be safety upgrades (roll bar, seats, harness), some aero upgrades...then I'll be hunting for 22's.


I was also awarded a 1st place trophy from my time attack event at Palmer last month. Due to a classing error, a car that was supposed to be in Prepared ended up in Tuner. I was 2nd only a few tenths behind, so after he was moved, I was bumped to P1.





At the very least I'll need a new case, but for now the car will sit on jackstands until I figure everything out. Lots of other stuff planned as well for this winter, I'll make sure to keep you all updated as stuff progresses.
 

jay745

track sl00t
Sucks about the trans. Grab a buddy and hit a junkyard that has a wrecked mk6.

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zef

Ready to race!
After bouncing between shops for a couple of months, she's finally home...transmission ended up being fine, was a much simpler fix than originally thought. After getting that fixed I had ACI Dynamix do a top layer of ceramic pro to freshen up the paint right before winter storage.

Speaking of.....

I landed an awesome garage spot very close to home. About ~1500sq of heated garage space. Splitting it with a buddy of mine and storing a few friends cars for the winter so pretty much paying close to nothing for it. It needs some TLC, but a fresh coat of paint and a clean floor go a long way....

Before...





After (minus ceilings)





This will allow me to work on my car basically on and off all winter without tying up our only garage spot so the fiance can have the garage for her new MK7 GTI she just bought (almost forgot how smooth a stock GTI rides)



So for the winter the big focus will be on finishing the interior, building aero, doing some maintenance and cutting weight.

Just a short list of things to do:

- Delete air conditioning, sunroof, remove remaining sound deadening & install lightweight battery (estimated additional ~150lbs in weight savings)
- Build templates for custom front splitter & rear diffuser. I met a guy that comes to our time trial events that has his own company that specializes in custom aero. To save time (and money), I'll be using cardboard to get a rough sketch then bring the car to him to dial in finishing touches.
- Install Verkline (previously AK Motorsports) tubular front subframe & control arms - ideally this will eliminate any chassis flex in the front of the car that likely caused my issue at the last track day. Also a decent weight savings.
- Install racing seats (Recaro SPG XL's), 6 point harnesses, and a roll bar--likely just a bolt in autopower for now.
- Install girodisc rear rotors for a few extra pounds of unsprung weight savings
- Swap out GFB DV+ for the Turbosmart ERM V1
- Install water meth system, likely going with a simple dual port from Usually Sideways Rally Team (https://usrallyteam.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=68_259&products_id=2045)
- If time permits, I'd like to fully drop the rear subframe to have everything properly painted. This was something I wanted to get done last winter but ran out of time.

Finally, will wrap up with a new wheel & tire setup. Currently looking at a reverse stagger setup - Enkei GTC01RR 18x9.5 +45 with a 255/35/18 Advan A052, with a 18x8.5 +35 with a 225/40 rear. I am really curious to see how the car behaves with this setup, if I find that I need to loosen the rear end more I will start messing with sway bars again.

Stay tuned as there should be more regular updates once the car gets on jack stands.
 

torga

Drag Race Newbie
Man, what a fun build to follow. Can't wait for more!

Also, had no idea about Verkline. That's really cool that someone makes custom subframes and LCAs for our cars. They look beautiful.
 
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theclutch

Ready to race!
Trying to spend all the money I have before I get married, haha....
Not if you marry the right one. Sounds terrible to give up your hobbies and passion after getting married....
CONGRATS! I somehow missed this... Note that once you get married, everything becomes half price... When we see each other again, I'll tell you how I met my wife who just green lit putting a deposit down on a C8 (eewww...old man in a Vette, I know...).

For your garage, you need this assuming you don't have one already...

https://www.quickjack.com/car-lifts/bl-5000slx/
 
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zef

Ready to race!
Whats the benefit of going to turbosmart from the gfb dv+?
Great question. I've had some issues with my gfb in the past and just looking to try something new. Plus the full metal construction is attractive given the heat that goes on down there during track days.
 
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