Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Trackday at Big Willow

Spent the day at Willow Springs racetrack yesterday - testing and celebrating Jack's 60th B-day! His wife rented the track for Jack and bunch of his friends. I brought out the Exige to drive, Willow is one of the higher speed tracks in Southern CA. The car ran well as I acclimated myself to the track - it had been a couple of yrs since I was there last. The Exige has the following ReVerie aero parts: front spoiler , 5-element diffuser , Side Sills and 1650mm Rear wing. The Exige also has the Nitron Sport Pro and is running 120mm/125mm ride heights.

The front spoiler creates a truely flat bottom car - the stock Exige is not flat immediately behind the stock front spoiler. The ReVerie spoiler creates a smooth flat area to keep air running fast and smooth to the undertray and rear diffuser. The ReVerie sills also work to keep air from tumbling up the sides of the car. The Rear Wing is the largest we sell and makes the most downforce. This set-up provided a very comfortable balance to me. Some of the high speed understeer that I experienced on Buttonwillow was reduced by lowering the Angle of Attack on the rear wing.

With a prodriver (Craig Stanton), our Exige was able to go flat out from corners 5 until the braking zone for 9! No lifting at all - he is an amazingly smooth and fast driver! He really loves these cars as he was clearly having good time with our Exige. He especially likes the ReVerie XC seat!
Our Exige has the Katana with a base level of tune. This track is not heavy on the brakes and the AP Racing kit was deemed almost too good. Craig also noted that the suspension could now use heavier springs beacuse of the massive downforce. We have the new Nitron Exige GT3 kit ready to install.

All in all it was great day as the weather was also perfect. Thx to Jack's wife Nikki for arranging a great time for us all! Did I mention Alex VanHalen was in attendance - he was very fast in his race-prepped BMW! He is a very cool and a true car guy.

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