Winter saw new super pro polly bushes all round. New springs, 30mm lower. New rear sill panel repairs. Lots of cleaning, painting and underseal. Prior to a damp run out at Donnington last week I put a new water pump, cam belt, cambelt idler and tensioner in. Donnington was cut short however by a screaming alternator bearing and sticking starter motor.
A few weeks back while driving to work a Deer came from nowhere and I clipped it with the Porsche. Thankfully it was a low speed affair and not too much damage was done. The front bumper suffered a 10″ split though infront of the offside headlamp and needed something doing about it.
Luckily I found an undamaged 2012 Boxster S bumper on eBay for £90 + delivery. This was then dropped off at a local garage for paint. Swapping it over was pretty straight forward job, old one came off in less than an hour. Swapping the lights and other bit over and refitting took an other hour or so. Looking good again 🙂
Took the MX5 to Oulton park today for a Javlin organised trackday.
Since taking it to Donnington a little while ago, I’ve put a roll bar in it, changed to braided hoses and racing fluid. Then splashed out on a set Yokohama AD08R tyres.
The tyres have transformed the cars grip levels. It now just hangs in on the corners where before it would have understeered and eventually melted the tyres after 10mins.
I still couldn’t bring myself to rag the piss out of it though, seeing as it had to get me home. A couple of fast laps was enough to get the brakes smoking, especially the near side front for some reason.
Oulton Park circuit is fantastic. I found it a bit intimidating to start with and never really relaxed too much. There are couple of corners where if you get it wrong, you are going to be in the shit. I’d like to go back again but with a bit more power next time 🙂
The car was in good shape after Oulton so I also booked an eve’ session at Donnington the following Thursday. This was run on the GP circuit. Again the car went well with loads of grip. Everything passed us on the straights though which is getting frustrating.
Got shot of the Westie and have now got an MX5, this completes the hairdresser collection by complementing the Boxster.
It has some mods which should work on a track. Hope to get it on some track days this summer.
Brief details of mods are:
- It has a Megasquirt ECU, remapped to 160 bhp. sports brakes, adj suspension, stainless exhaust and Torsen LSD.
- Custom made aluminium inlet manifold and bike throttle bodies, aluminium trumpets and a custom made baseplate to fit a piper cross airfilter
- Full Stainless exhaust system which comprises of a stainless manifold, custom made centre section with a 200 cell sports cat and resonator box, the back box is also stainless from mx5 parts.