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Shaking it down....

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It was a long time coming, but I managed to get SEXIGE out onto the track and running at some half decent pace this weekend! Credit to Richard "FreshPrints" Opie for capturing the attitude of the car through the turn 2-3 complex at Hampton Downs quite nicely here! A dab of oppo and I was away!



Sadly I only managed two sessions before the alternator packed in (again!) so it's shown up a weak link that'll need further investigation. Either heat or revs is killing the alternator in very short order. The day ended with the car going home ignobly on the back of a recovery truck, but a minor issue in the grand scheme of things.

The car is a good deal quicker than it ever has been, and even with me being pretty rusty behind the wheel and not having much time to dial the car in, it's lapping Hampton Downs in a 1:16 flat, which isn't hanging around. Some more practice should see me easily in the 15s, and hopefully the 14s ultimately with some fresh rubber. Given that the engine still has a little more to give I'm sure that's possible. Not bad for a completely street car

Here's the only video I got from the day. My apologies for the shocking driving, I'm hellish rusty and this was the first session and I hadn't even got the tyre pressures altered from what I run on the road so it was all ham-fisted and snatched brakes! Still, you get to hear what the car sounds like with a semi-decent head of steam (no HGF pun intended!), and I know a few of you out there have been waiting to hear that!



Now to find a new alternator...
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  1. djb160's Avatar
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    lol @6:00 when you passed the subaru, dude must've packed himself a little as you locked up
  2. rusty mccaw's Avatar
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    mabey you shoulld think about under-driving the alt pulley to slow things down wen the revs are on the up
  3. Esprit's Avatar
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    Haha yeah it was a case of he saw me coming and stood on the anchors to let me in but you're not allowed to pass under brakes so I thought is bail out just to be on the safe side. Wasn't nearly as hairy as it looked on video actually, but was still a funny moment.

    And yeah will look at underdrive option for the alt pulley once I've got the old one off again. Might upgrade it to a newer one since the old Magneti Marelli ones are crap and harder to get hold of.
  4. lotusboy's Avatar
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    Old man said Yi-ming had the same issue with alternators on his car. In the end he went to a smaller one + a heat shield
  5. Esprit's Avatar
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    Thanks Matt,

    The Marelli ones are rubbish so I'm going to look at other options or heat shielding a later model Bosch one.
  6. tenshi's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by djb160
    lol @6:00 when you passed the subaru, dude must've packed himself a little as you locked up

    Thats a friend of mine the the subi he was testing new (shitty tires) he said he wish he had the semis on would have been a good wee battle. But nice driving man looks fun.
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