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  1. reddevil

    "We go again" ....

    Didn’t Jeff of homebuilt fame do something similar on his 911 build?
  2. reddevil

    "We go again" ....

    Medium weight and maximum power seems like a great compromise in my book! Jealous of your HP!
  3. reddevil

    "We go again" ....

    Adding lightness is cheaper, too. 250bhp in an 1000kg car is not a million miles away from 350 in a 1300kg one!
  4. reddevil

    Heigo half cage - is this right??

    Thanks Richard. I think I will do some more research, I know the bar is triangulated to the rear seatbelt mounts, but those holes ain't there for nothin'. Think I'll contact Heigo.
  5. reddevil

    Heigo half cage - is this right??

    Hi all, I have the Heigo half cage in my IB, and it occurred to me today that the main hoop is only located into the car using the seatbelt anchor point (see photo). I've only just noticed this despite owning the car 3 years! There are two additional holes in the hoop foot (marked with arrows on my pic) which I believe should be bolted through the floor. Does anyone else have a Heigo cage and how do you have it installed? I believe this very cage used to be in @Richard Bernau's car - how did you have it bolted in Richard? Thanks! Chris
  6. reddevil

    North Coast 500 2019

    I'd be up for Autumn time, early Oct likely. Agree the west side is much better than the east. East run up from Inverness to John O Groats largely a waste of time.
  7. reddevil

    Footwell Blowers

    No idea if it's the same deal as with the heater box blower, but I replaced that one with an identical part-numbered Bosch item advertised for a BMW/Merc for a small price (without Porsche tax).
  8. reddevil

    Spa - March 22nd 2019 - Opentrack

    I beg to differ!!!
  9. reddevil

    Gone endurance racing

    Yup it was me in both vids... I love my Eau Rouge double oversteer moment (with lightening) - it's not that slow, on the downhill we are doing 90mph (look at the speedo)! That whole session (2.5hr) I was constantly praying for safety car periods as whilst racing you couldn't see a damn thing and no-one wants to overtake, everyone wants to follow because no-one has any idea of where you are going. This is reinforced by my team mate Ben having our one accident of the race - note the car behind has the same accident - because he can't see the track he's just following! Honestly the slow straight line performance is not at all a problem bordem-wise. In the series we have professional tin top drivers from WTCC and BTCC competing for fun, as well as many many ex-Caterham and other "fast" series. We're getting enquiries from all round Europe from karters up to GT racers! The genius is the close racing, equal equipment and the skill is in preservation of momentum and efficiency of line. You'll notice from my vid at Rockingham the quickest way onto the oval is actually not the racing line it's the shortest line, as it is with other corners (piff paff being the chief culprit) and making sure you absolutely nail precisely your lines and exits because you don't have power to make up on the straights. The data tells you all this and it's great in practice runs comparing segments between you all and then going back out and stringing together a quali lap! Track days are fun, but any kind of racing is another dimension. I honestly do not see the point on spending 100k+ on a track toy when you could spend 1/10th of that on a season's racing in something like a C1 and have so much more fun. I'm totally hooked!!
  10. reddevil

    Gone endurance racing

    OK, so our racing year did not end at Spa. Many of you will know that Rockingham has closed down as of this year, and we decided that we would go out with a bang and do the "Super send off" meeting weekend of the 24th November. There was a race on the Saturday followed by a friends and family track day on the Sunday. We loaded up the truck, tent and beers and headed off for both. Ben and I entered the 1hr enduro which had a 1000cc class, with a mandatory pit stop/driver change. The Saturday did not get off to a good start, when I beached it in the litter on the exit of Gracelands on the quali out lap. Which made me very unpopular as it caused a red flag and reduced the already non-existent qualifying session to about 10 minutes. After being forklifted to safety I returned to the pits with a bumper full of gravel and my tail between my legs, and thought it best to give way to Ben for the rest of the session. The car was handling badly in wet conditions which was reaffirmed by his quali time which put us at the back of the grid by about 5s. We made a setup change on the rear axle to dial out some oversteer and lined up at the back of the grid. A few fast but late entrants, absent from quali, blasted past us at the start, and then I kept out of the way on the first corner to see what would unfold in front of me. I kept close to the pack knowing the best place to overtake at Rockingham in a C1 is around the bowl and sure enough I managed to pick off two cars by the end of the first lap. So we're up to 4th in class. The rest of my stint was spent battling with the Rockingham circuit sponsored car and the white GMP developments entry. I think I managed to do one and not the other. Then the gift - safety car - and right in our pit window at the 25 min mark. SC rules are you must drive at full speed to join the back of the train because they want all the cars bunched not spread out over the lap, makes easier for the marshalls to deal with the incident. The advantage is of course if you have not joined the back of train yet you are making massive time, and if you can catch the train, pit, and then exit before the train comes around again you can make up massive time. This is exactly what we knew we had to do. Unfortunately the go pro stopped recording after our stop, but the story is Ben exited after the driver change in 2nd place, the yellow peril car which was dead last seemed to be leading as they dubiously did not observe the minimum pitstop time whilst in the pits! All the class are bunched together at this point, and Ben quickly made short work of the yellow car to take the lead. What then ensued was a lot of nail biting as for about 25 minutes our car flashed past the pits with the white GMP car literally on its tail drafting lap after lap. I was convinced he'd have us but Ben held on and we got our first ever win in the last ever race meet at Rockingham. What a way to end a season! Here's our first trophy And some footage before the first pit stop: The Rockingham staff put on a stiff upper lip and a free bar on the Saturday night, and we did a midnight track walk and party back in our truck awning till the early hours! The rally car made an appearance on Sunday (not till about lunchtime mind) much to the amusement of everyone I took on a passenger ride, it oversteers a lot when the tyres are cold and when they are up to temp it's much faster around a track than it has any right to. We melted and then stripped to the canvas a set of fronts, and scandi-flicking it around the hairpins and using the fly off handbrake at Deene and Tarzan was a lot of fun! The rear tyres were trash too. Worth it. Finally I also managed an 11th hour (well 3:55pm) cheeky full oval lap in the Citroen as a "goodbye" to Rockingham, not the layout they were running but I drove through the cones and the fire crew (who we knew) cheered me on! What were they going to do, black flag and ban me?! So next year we're going to step away from driving in the C1s and instead run our car and another we have in build for paying customers. We already have an entry in for the Silverstone 24hr in April, and customers committed for drives, and we've been running a series of popular taster days for potential customers at Donington. As for my own racing next year, the rally car is getting tidied up and sold, then I am looking at a limited programme in either a Caterham (in the Grads series), a mk3 MX-5 (BRSCC supercup) or maybe the ultra-close BMW E36 Compact series. Cost-wise tending towards the BMW at the moment... but I do want to do something we could potentially hire out for arrive and drive in year 2. We'll see.
  11. Seconded. Also they make light work of spinning things off like undoing strut top nuts, with a wrench you just rotate the damper insert or have to fiddle around with allen keys in the shaft. One of the best tools I've bought but I'll iterate again - only for undoing things, not re-doing them! I've been told never use "standard" sockets on a gun. They can shatter due to the hammer action. You need a set of special impact sockets, they're usually black and matt in appearance.
  12. I have had this gun for a while: https://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-dtw285z-18v-li-ion-lxt-brushless-cordless-impact-wrench-bare/7786V?tc=OA4&ds_kid=92700022882493349&ds_rl=1241687&ds_rl=1245250&ds_rl=1244066&ds_rl=1249796&ds_rl=1245250&ds_rl=1249484&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-KSC_8ek3wIVzuR3Ch1hAAk0EAQYASABEgLddPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds#product_additional_details_container To be honest I only went Makita because I have other tools and already have the batteries etc. Has three settings and a max of 280Nm. Not much on a car it hasn't undone apart from hub nuts. After threading an insert on the rally car, and on the advice of my mechanic friends, it is only ever used for undoing things, not doing them back up. Brilliant gun, light and compact, ergonomic and battery lasts well. For the race/rally cars with have Dewalt and MAC guns and they are about 800Nm and will undo anything, but bloody heavy and overkill for the home mechanic.
  13. reddevil

    GT3 Stick or twist

    Well I thought I'd tear into the front suspension on the GT3 whilst there is salt on the roads. It requires a front damper refurb and seeing as we have an account with Bilstein via the race team I thought I might as well drop it all out myself and have a good poke around what else might be required. It all came apart pretty easily and here is the front end on the bench. Most of the components look to be the items it left the factory with. Springs, these seem to be standard H&R, starting to look a bit tired, think we'll just replace these... These top hats look fancy. Standard? Top mounts. 964 part number! They look in relatively reasonable nick. Should I just bother replacing these anyway? On to the dampers, which is why we are here in the first place. Can't actually find any bilstein markings on them. Hard to tell in the photos but the RH one seems to have more grease/oil on the tube than the LH. ARB drop links. One is new one is old. For that reason these are probably going in the bin. New porsche ones are a ridiculous £250. Really Porsche? I think I'll make some rose jointed ones that are adjustable. ARB. This looks crusty on the ends. Off for blasting and e-coating. Although where the bushes pick up on it looks a little rough. Strange? Talking of the ARB bushes, these are manufacture dated 03 so I guess original to the car. They look OK but I guess they're cheap enough to renew whilst here. On to the coffin arms, which it said in the pre-sales report where just starting to delaminate around the bushes. They look in good nick to me. Anyone disagree? Someone has been kind enough in the past to add RSS bushes for the "tuning fork". These pieces tie in the sub frame to the front of the floorpan. Going in the e-coat pile as a bit crusty. Finally, after a little bit of track time at Donington, the front discs are starting to crack. I take it I don't need to worry about this tool much until the cracks are right across and join the holes? Finally, hibernating on stilts with its mezger cousin!
  14. reddevil

    Budget paint gun recommendations

    Yup need to investigate, but in the midst of a GT3 front suspension tear down so I chalked it up to investigate another day! It did seem to struggle the other week last time I used it tho....