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I didn't intend to race the Nurburgring today (which is why there is no video or pictures), but while I was waiting for my friend to race his motorcycle on the short track (there are actually two tracks), I decided to check out the bigger track. When I went there, the main entrance was packed with all sorts of high-dollar, high-performance machinery, but no one was really getting on the track itself. So I slapped down 15 euro and got back into my car.

First, this track is long and curvy. VERY curvy. I've been "training" with the Integra Type R (the car that the Spec V was originally benched marked against) on GT4 and felt fairly confident, but I wasn't going to throw my car into a guard rail on my first lap, so I kept things easy, so I didn't keep track of my time. And let me tell you now that there is nothing more difficult for a driver than to feel big positive G's. I think that I came off the ground at one point. You literally race down one steep hill only to rocket over the next one at speeds that you would only do on the autobahn.

However, with my current suspension modifications (Eibach Sportlines and Nismo anti-sway bars front and back) and all-season tires (PZero Nero M + S), I felt confident that I my car would handle reasonably well given the dry track conditions earlier today. But I was really surprised to find that my car gripped very well and exhibited very little under-steer. I only had to watch it when I was giving power while exiting some tight corners. At no time did the car do anything funny.

I'm sure I could have gone faster, but I didn't know the track, or my car on that track, so I just kept it all fairly aggressive. After this experience I feel that all I needed for my suspension now is a set of Koni Yellows. The stock shocks did very well (it had no problem transitioning from turn to turn and there wasn't a lot of body roll, but they did seem to trip over themselves at times), but I think the Yellows would tighten my suspension a bit.

Having only a pop charger I knew that I was going to feel like I needed more power. The car was eager to please but just didn't charge out of the corners like I wanted. So I'm going to have to get a header now.

Also of note were the brakes. They were magnificent! I knew exactly what was going on at all times, they didn't lock up at all under any of the heavy loads, and they didn't fade one bit.

Once my first and only lap was over, I felt excited, but I didn't want to do it again. I wanted to see if my car had sustained any abnormal wear as well as simply digest the experience. I was happy to find that, with the exception of some visible wear on my front tires, the car was no worse for wear. Best of all, I only lost 3 MPG on my average fuel consumption so I didn't have to fill up for the drive back (the track was a little less than an hour-and-a-half away from where I live.)
 

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that's sweet man!!!

(p.s. those drops are negative G's ;) )
 

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I did an event (Solo 2) with the local Porsche Club today only to have similar results. The car was totally capable! I do wish there were a higher redline though. One too many shifts on one of the straights!
 

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That sounds very cool. So you learned the track by practicing on GT4 in an Integra. Were there any surprises. Did they let you run on the track by yourself or were there other cars on it also. Sounds like fun, I'm jealous.

Pete :cool:
 

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bm14582 said:
First, this track is long and curvy. VERY curvy. I've been "training" with the Integra Type R (the car that the Spec V was originally benched marked against) on GT4 and felt fairly confident
please tell me you were just looking at the track map with GT4. . . for 'training'. lol
cuz i know there's people out there that say they have track training, but later find out that it's GT3 or GT4 lmao (great games by the way. . . look out for the new xbox Forza!)
but i'm sure you have training other than games. . .

but shit, i am jealous, cuz that track is huge and fast
did you take the banked curves? i think there is 2 of them
but i'm not sure because you said there were 2 seperate tracks
anywho

me and my friends got bored one day and decided to make an illegal track out in the middle of nowhere . . . and since we are broke, the only thing we pay for is gas. lmao
but i understand when you say the spec comes out of the turns not as promising as you want, but it has great handling and is great on long curves that put you at like 90-100mph and slightly squealing the tires. . .

have a good one . . .
ps. if you have any info on where i can find out about racing on that track, i'd appreciate it

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