Author Topic: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)  (Read 4567 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

R3SPCT

  • NZPPCC Paid Member
  • Part of the furniture
  • *****
  • Posts: 5029
Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« on: 17 October, 2014, 08:26:25 PM »
Heres what you need to know and consider to prep your car for the trackday :)

Before you head down make sure you check :

Brake fluid fresh - if it hasnt been changed in the last year or so, get it changed for fresh. There are a few options for performance fluid out there.  Check for any leaks, and flex the rubber hoses while you have the wheels off for any cracks in rubber, a trackday put a lot more pressure on the hoses etc than any normal street use. 

Brake Pads -  Make sure they have 5mm of pad left on fronts, driving to town for new pads and changing them at the track sucks (up all your track time).  If you can get some bendix metal kings or ultimates they are great pads.  Supercheap does a Calibre brand pad that some members rate as ok for a road based car on a trackday, i havent used them myself though. 

Your brakes will get super hot on the track, so do everything you reasonably can to keep them cool.  Remove the stone shields behind your brake discs as these block airflow completely, and providing any sort of airflow from the front of the car to the wheel well will make a big difference.  If you plan on hammering the brakes hard, consider getting some 60mm drainflow pipe from a hardware store and tying it to point at the center of the discs too.

Also don't forget that the brakes will be at their hottest at the end of the session, if you drive straight into the pits and park up with your handbrake on, you're likely to warp your discs and damage your brake pads.  Use the cool-down lap to the fullest by trying to stay off the brakes as much as possible.

Tires - we will consider semislicks to be ok as long as there is no canvas showing and not about to show, if you are running road tires make sure they have good tread and are in good condition.  Be aware there are no tire pump facilities at the track, so make sure your pressures are good before arriving.  If you are fitting a different set of rims when you arrive, please bring a wheel brace to suit your wheel nuts to scrutineering, just so we can assure ourselves its safe. 

Fuel - There is no fuel at the track, but is a couple of stations only 10 min away or so.  Dont get too fussy about having too much in the tank, better to have more than enough than to mess around going to get more.

You will need a Helmet that conforms to NZTA motorcycle requirements, or an equivalent standard.  Don't rely on trying to borrow someone elses or sharing, it's a pain and I don't share mine.  You will need 100% cotton overalls, they dont need to be immaculate, but not too greasy and ragged.  Grease is a fuel and that is definitely something you don't want on your overalls in a fire!

A fire extinguisher needs to be mounted in the cabin of the car, it must be in reach of the driver, on the passengers floor is a good place.  If you make a bracket that bolts to the front bolts of the seat mounts and then bolt the extingusher to that you wont need to drill any holes in the car.  The mount for the extinguisher must be steel, with at least one steel strap plus a base holder, or 2 steel straps, and it cannot be ziptied or fixed with self tapping screws the the sheet metal of the car (or mounted to plastic).  We will not be negotiable on this item, so make a effort to sort it before the day.

Make sure your battery is secure, with decent metal clamps and that it cannot move if grabbed and wiggled.

Check for any loose items in the cabin.  Stripping the interior out is a limited exercise, you will only save a few kg and its often not worth the effort.  There is nothing more annoying when you get out on the track and a drink bottle or something steel is banging and crashing around the inside of the car. 

Check for leaks, usually not a major but if its leaking enough of something to actually drip while we are inspecting then its not good for the track surface.

Rules out on the track:

No1 rule - ANYONE seen to be dive bombing under braking will be black flagged from the track, and may be asked to leave.  If you catch a slower car coming up to a corner, wait til after the corner to pass them, do not pass under brakes.  If a faster car catches you up, let them past at best opportunity, pull off the racing line and make it clear you are letting them past. 

If you leave the track for any reason, take care when re-entering the track, you have not lost 1st place at Bathurst.  If you get stuck in the kitty litter, safest option is to wait in the car, if you must get out, go to wall and wait for a tow, if someone is looking at you in the kitty litter,  they might spear off and join you.
« Last Edit: 18 October, 2014, 10:00:21 PM by more_fasterer »



morrisman1

  • NZPPCC Paid Member
  • Post Whore
  • *****
  • Posts: 1786
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #1 on: 18 October, 2014, 06:56:53 PM »
Good advice here. A couple things to add. Remember factory fuel tanks will have bad surge depending on the track and your grip, roll etc. It always pays to run a good load of fuel, it won't slow you down at all.

Before you take your car to the track, get it up on some stands and do a 'spanner-check' so you don't have any critical fasteners loose. This could be disastrous. This is especially important if you have just put the car together in a rush to have it ready on time!

g0at

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 2
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #2 on: 20 October, 2014, 09:52:57 PM »
Track days I generally go to it's up to the overtaking car to adjust their line and the slower car to hold their line. This works well as there's no confusion of where the slower car is going. Some of us reach much higher speeds down the straights and having a slower car adjust their line as you're hauling up behind isn't ideal.

Just something to consider.

morrisman1

  • NZPPCC Paid Member
  • Post Whore
  • *****
  • Posts: 1786
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #3 on: 20 October, 2014, 10:08:58 PM »
When we run track days at teretonga, we encourage the slower car to allow the faster one to pass by slowing down a little and making sure there is room. We also run dedicated passing areas. Remember its not a race.

Hungry

  • NZPPCC Paid Member
  • Post Whore
  • *****
  • Posts: 1465
  • Gender: Male
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #4 on: 26 October, 2014, 06:06:23 PM »
on the topic of helmets,

does it need the clear plastic front on it?? and do they need to be replaced once they reach a certain age?


also does anyone know where to buy a reasonable helmet for a reasonable price??

thanks

Rabbit

  • Follow the white rabbit......
  • Unpaid Subs Members
  • Post Whore
  • *
  • Posts: 1128
  • Gender: Male
  • Follow the white rabbit....
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #5 on: 26 October, 2014, 06:15:38 PM »
Installed my fire Ext bracket today :) 1mm with carbon fibre wrap just made it up at work bolted to the passanger seat.

Follow the white rabbit....

NOGR1P

  • NZPPCC Paid Member
  • Part of the furniture
  • *****
  • Posts: 6951
  • Gender: Male
  • CLUB AUTO-ELECTRICIAN
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #6 on: 26 October, 2014, 09:19:34 PM »
on the topic of helmets,

does it need the clear plastic front on it?? and do they need to be replaced once they reach a certain age?


also does anyone know where to buy a reasonable helmet for a reasonable price??

thanks

only needs the clear part when you don't have a windscreen

Ex:    fastest auto 16.02
       
NOW: manual DE 14.8 knock maps
          manual VE 15.011

shwarz

  • Unpaid Subs Members
  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 45
  • Gender: Male
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #7 on: 23 October, 2015, 10:27:34 AM »
anyone have any recommendations for somewhere in wellington who can make up a fire extinguisher bracket to mount to my passenger seat mount in my pulsar?
1998 SRV VZR sr16ve gas guzzler

pTen Developments

  • NZPPCC Sponsor
  • Part of the furniture
  • ***
  • Posts: 4895
  • Gender: Male
  • Genuine Nissan & Performance Parts VVL specialist
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #8 on: 23 October, 2015, 11:49:10 AM »
anyone have any recommendations for somewhere in wellington who can make up a fire extinguisher bracket to mount to my passenger seat mount in my pulsar?

Most fire extinguishers you buy new come with a bracket already

PulsarGTI

  • NZPPCC Staff
  • Forum Lurker
  • *****
  • Posts: 703
  • Gender: Male
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #9 on: 23 October, 2015, 12:27:40 PM »
anyone have any recommendations for somewhere in wellington who can make up a fire extinguisher bracket to mount to my passenger seat mount in my pulsar?

Most fire extinguishers you buy new come with a bracket already

I think he means a bracket to bolt it to the car. I used a bit of Bunnings alloy strap between the front seat mount bolts and then mounted the extinguisher to that. No holes in your chassis and easy to remove.

Rabbit

  • Follow the white rabbit......
  • Unpaid Subs Members
  • Post Whore
  • *
  • Posts: 1128
  • Gender: Male
  • Follow the white rabbit....
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #10 on: 23 October, 2015, 02:19:01 PM »
If i had a few people interested i could make a few at work. Would need someones n15 to check mounting positions.

I usually mount the off the 2 front seat bolts and fold an angle pieces about .8mm Electro Galv. Then get it either powder coated or just cover it with carbon warp.

I am going to make one for my p11 so if anyone wants one let me know ill make a few up.
Follow the white rabbit....

expletive

  • NZPPCC Paid Member
  • Post Whore
  • *****
  • Posts: 1917
  • Gender: Male
  • I can't rev over 7k!!!
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #11 on: 28 October, 2015, 10:19:22 PM »

on the topic of helmets,

does it need the clear plastic front on it?? and do they need to be replaced once they reach a certain age?


also does anyone know where to buy a reasonable helmet for a reasonable price??

thanks
Wade you need the white helmet with the black visor.
Ex: 1993 Nissan Primera 2.0eGT
Ex: 1992 Nissan Primera Te
Ex: 1998 Nissan Primera Te-V (NOIZEE)
Ex: 1991 Nissan Primera Tm (NOIZEE 2.0)
Ex: 1998 Nissan Primera SMX006 (Stolen RIP)
Ex: 1997 Nissan Pulsar VZ-R (NOIZEE 3.0)
Ex: 1994 Nissan NX-R (NOIZEE 4.0)
Now: 1998 Nissan Primera G-V

Hungry

  • NZPPCC Paid Member
  • Post Whore
  • *****
  • Posts: 1465
  • Gender: Male
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #12 on: 29 October, 2015, 07:39:28 PM »
Stig Helmet??

P10God

  • P10 Aficionado!!
  • NZPPCC Paid Member
  • Here for the food
  • *****
  • Posts: 122
  • Gender: Male
  • FHP10 SR20VET Project!!
Re: Preparing for the upcoming trackday :)
« Reply #13 on: 25 January, 2016, 09:46:10 PM »
If i had a few people interested i could make a few at work. Would need someones n15 to check mounting positions.

I usually mount the off the 2 front seat bolts and fold an angle pieces about .8mm Electro Galv. Then get it either powder coated or just cover it with carbon warp.

I am going to make one for my p11 so if anyone wants one let me know ill make a few up.
What sorta price we talking? I have a P10 but I'm sure the mounting points are the same.