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Below is a recounting of various car events I've attended along the years, from car club meets, autocrosses, track events, and enthusiast drives.

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2014/04/30 3rd Supercar Drive with Club Sportiva, Long Drive
π 2014-04-30 00:00 in Cars
The last 2 times I did this, I had a great time, but like the other participants, it was difficult to appreciate the cars on the same footing and compare them when you drove them on totally different pieces of road. However, Ruch nicely agreed to do a long drive for us where we drove all 6 cars on the fun and twisty portion of the route.
This made the whole drive a bit over twice as long (and of course raised the price which is fair), and it was sooo worth it.

I think the only minus we had was being tired at the end of the day. If that's the worst that happened, it was a great day :)


drivers meeting
drivers meeting


And here are the cars I drove in sequence:

  • Lotus Elise
  • Ok, I had driven the lotus the 2 other times already, it's not a bad car, but just not my favourite. I think my worry is that if there is a patch of water around a turn, or something unexpected, the car has no means to help you (stability control). That's fine on a track where you control the environment and can't hit a tree or a bike, but on the road, I'm not a fan.




  • I then switched to the Aston Martin. It's a great touring car, but it's obviously not super nimble when thrown in turns, and what's up with the RPM gauge turning backwards?



  • The F430 was nothing new for me, but I still loved it. The sound is great, and it did great with braking and turns:

  • After 3 cars, it as time for lunch and a bit of rest :)


    And I was up for the Mercedes SLS. I expected it to be a heavy pig with a lot of grunt, but I was pleasantly surprised. It actually felt as nimble as the F430, and had more power. I actually liked it quite a bit:






  • Next, I got to try the Viper. Shifting on it is a workaround, and it scares me a bit because it has a lot of power and I don't trust the car to do much or anything to keep me on the road. The torque and grunt were just amazing, and so was the noise. It will put a smile on you while taking you to your death :)




  • And I finished with the 2013 GTR. It's definitely fast, does well around turns, and basically works no matter how badly you drive it :) It sure goes fast, but that kind of feels like cheating a bit..



  • While last year I was a bit disppointed by the shorter loop compared to my first time, this drive was awesome. We were all beat by the end of the day, and we got a real chance to try each car on an equal footing. It was well worth the time and money. Thanks Ruch for setting up this special drive for us.

    2014/04/17 Simraceway/Sears Point Formula 3
    π 2014-04-17 00:00 in Cars
    After learning from Nico at Sears in an R8 some time back, and he more recently got me down to a 2:00 at TH (full course), it was time for me to come back to Sears and this time learn to drive their Formula 3 Cars.

    It was a 2 day school, which started with getting us used to the cars, including shifting up and down without the clutch for me. My feet were too wide and I just could not put one foot on the clutch and another one on the brakes, they didn't fit. As a result, I got to learn to downshift without the clutch by "simply" braking and revmatching with the same foot.
    We had some class time:






    Nico gave us an intro to the car
    Nico gave us an intro to the car

    Et voila, c'est facile! :)
    Et voila, c'est facile! :)

    Each car had full datalogging that the MX crew could download for us
    Each car had full datalogging that the MX crew could download for us

    The cars had a 4 cyclinder turbo engine that could be tuned up to 300hp. Lots of power for a car that weighs nothing. It can corner at 3G, more than your body tells you should be able to make a turn :)



    We did some paddocks exercises to learn oversteer and understeer control as well as downshifting under braking:


    We were a small group, just 5 of us:


    On the 2nd day, we got to drive the track untethered:

  • First session taken from GoPro:
  • Second session taken from Google Glass (better view):

  • After our last session, we got to see the data:


    What I learned was I definitely needed to hit the brakes harder, which was challenging since I also had to revmatch at the same time for downshifting. Also, I wasn't full throttle in some corners where the tires could stick but my brain wasn't used to the idea of 2G cornering yet. In the end, I was 0.25s slower than the fastest person, doh...

    To study for next time, here's a walkthrough of most corners:

    Good time was had by all, this was a great learning experience in "different" cars. Looking forward to Level 2 :)

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