First AutoX today.
Lesson for the day. The ST exhaust isn't that silent actually.
So this week, I taught my wife how to drive stick, on the Elise. Figured it's a well used clutch and I'm going to switch to a lightweight flywheel at some point soon, so why wait.
On thursday night i bring her out and we start with the typical parking lot practice. Starting it in first gear and getting it into second, third etc.
So when I sign up for autoX that night afterwards I figured it's be funny to sign her up too. Not much shifting in AutoX lol
We did some more practice friday and saturday night after a bit of surprise on her end, lol, and by the end of the practice on saturday she was starting on hills etc. Really doing well, so I knew if she could get to the start line, the run would be fine.
I have yet to really push the car, have never driven an Elige at full tilt ever in my life, and we've only had this car on the road a week.
First run out I'm driving the car. We're the first heat, and I have no idea what to expect but once I get through the more technical part of the course and I'm not looking for gates, I open it up quite a bit more and get the car nearly 90 degrees sideways, still recover the slide and make the next gate.
So my fear of the car terminally understeering (due to the lack of front camber currently), is alleviated. It will dance if you want it to. Although it generally would understeer, so I was right but the chassis is good enough that you can make it oversteer if you like. Had one of the Pros drive the car and he confirmed that he felt like driving neutrally that it would push in the corners. I also had a fear of this car's snap oversteer tendency. Lots of videos of people stuffing these ass end first at the track, and despite being completely incompetent and on R-Compounds the slide was super controlled still, so I didn't run into anything that was odd or scary today. It was actually finally playful, and you need to be going stupid speeds to see how playful the chassis really is.
But on the end of my first run someone comes over and says they had me at 91dB (limit is 90) and so I say no biggie. I'll just drive the course in 3rd the rest of the day. You only get 1 warning and then you're out, but I wasn't worried. I knew the wife would be driving miss daisy and I'd just keep the revs down.
Well anyway one of the pros we met who I actually know from many years ago (more on that next) we ask to drive Angie in the car to show her how you're supposed to drive and he properly rips it, and when he comes back the fun police pull us over again saying we're at 92 dB.
Only Good vid from the day from the start of that Run: (Lol @ "Very angry Lotus Exige"
Organizers were very nice about it and the pro felt really bad. It's funny because he's the first guy we met pulling in (he was running tech)
And we walk the course with him too, and not 1 minute of conversation has gone by between him and my wife, as he was asking about the new car etc. and I'm trying to catch up. My wife says he used to have an Ls1 Rx7.
The pro immediately goes, I know that car! I drove that car!
yes he did and he's the fastest driver I've ever run into he beat my time by 8 seconds in the rx7 and the other pro's by 5 seconds
His run in my old LS / RX7 from 8 years ago:
Coming back 8 years later (using the date from the video) and within 1 minute I reconnect with the last person I probably met 8 years ago. And if I remember correctly he drove the rx7 so hard, it was the only time I needed to shut it down because it was overheating.
So both times he ran the car he went so hard that some sort of fall out came from it.
But he did run around the paddack looking for a supertrap, or a turn down. They tried putting steel wool in the exhaust with a mesh screen, which held until the first backfire / fireball happened (which is damn near every high rpm shift). so that was gone after run one.
Anyway fun day regardless. It was pretty hot so being able to get outta there around 1-2pm actually felt like a big blessing.
Get home and they wrote me an email. Gave me a full credit for future event.Pretty awesome group!
Any thoughts on quieting it down? Super trap might work, but I read on here a story of someone with a supercharged car having their header gasket leak from the added back pressure.