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First Exige autox

I was able to autox my Exige for the first time this weekend. For reference, mine is an 07 Exige S with the track pack. I put on some 205/225 RS3s and did an alignment to get a baseline. Overall I was able to get the car to work thought I'd really like even less rear rebound but a bit more low speed compression. The worst part is the brakes, it really has too much front bias and gets worst the more aggressively you engage the brakes. So I had to do the old Miata two phase braking as to not blow corners. I'll be changing the alignment a bit with more rear negative camber along with a bit less rear toe but I think I can work this setup just fine for local events.

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Obviously, you've done this before...

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I was able to autox my Exige for the first time this weekend. For reference, mine is an 07 Exige S with the track pack. I put on some 205/225 RS3s and did an alignment to get a baseline. Overall I was able to get the car to work thought I'd really like even less rear rebound but a bit more low speed compression. The worst part is the brakes, it really has too much front bias and gets worst the more aggressively you engage the brakes. So I had to do the old Miata two phase braking as to not blow corners. I'll be changing the alignment a bit with more rear negative camber along with a bit less rear toe but I think I can work this setup just fine for local events.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3Y25HR--sw

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Yeah, I've been around the SCCA/PCA for awhile, I'm just new to this car.

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Looks great. Pulling 2gs!
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Oh yeah, ignore that. That's calculated G's and on a banked hill. On RS3's I'd guess a lot closer to 1.2 on that hill.
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Oh yeah, ignore that. That's calculated G's and on a banked hill. On RS3's I'd guess a lot closer to 1.2 on that hill.
What did you think about the RS3s for autox?
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I've been running the RS3 v2 since the first shipment came to the US in STX class (RX8). Overall, its a great single tire solution. The sidewalls are just soft enough to make street use good, its extremely good in wet/cold compared to the old one (as good as Rival or Z2), and doesn't seem to be that noisy. As for autox it's quite fast but unlike the original RS3 doesn't like getting hot so I generally spray a bit prematurely, remember they work well even on first runs, to stay ahead of the heat if I know I'll do multiple runs, have a co-driver or have short time between runs at smaller local events. I just ran a set of Dunlop ZII Star Specs for the first time during this event on an MR2 Spyder and really liked them, definitely had better feel and slip angle acceptance than the regular ZII but since I didn't get to test back to back not much else I can say about it at this point. We'll run a full test for 2015 before our first Pro Solo.
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