Frank nicely drove my car to TH the previous night, and I did a morning IFR flight there:
Funny, google now on my phone telling me I had to leave by 04:56 to get to the track :)
Burning Man shirts double as Thunderhill shirts I guess :)
this plane had short wings
that's some serious downforce wing/diffuser
Unfortunately, the higher temps caused my brakes to get way too hot. By lunch, I had to get them flushed after boiling the fluid:
it's actually a bitch to flush, you can't reach the inside without removing the wheels
ready for my testing after the flush
Flushing didn't help for long though, just one session was enough to overheat the brakes again. Post mortem showed that they got so hot that I damaged the metal on the rotors (turned blue), so they'll have to be changed too. My brake rotors were also measured at 750F when I got off the track. That's why outside the acceptable range, so there is nothing brake fluid can do at those temperatures.
The temperature also broke one of the tire sensors:
no, the tire wasn't really 77PSI
In the process, I managed to crack my rear license plate and pop out license plate lighting:
As a result of all this, I didn't post great times, and it was a bit frustrating, but I guess that's part of testing a new car. My car is back at the dealer, and they're now figuring out how to improve brake cooling and general performance of my brakes in high workload and temperature scenario.
The Aston Martin crew was invited, and showed off some of their racecars giving rides, and letting a few of us drive the cars for a few laps :)
view from inside
I only got a few laps to try it, I think my best one was around 2:02 but I was still learning how much more I could push the racecars with real brakes and tires:
On the plus side, Ditto from Got Blue Milk got awesome pictures of my car, including pictures of my air brake:
Oh yeah, and the battery on the plane I flew crapped out, so I was unable to fly home. Thanks to Frank for driving me home.