New arrival. Exige 410 Sport

New arrival. Exige 410 Sport

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ecain63

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Monday 10th August
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No trackdays this week rolleyes

This morning we were in for an ECU update to clear a recurring (spurious) spanner light and an update on the abs module.

ecain63

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Sunday 16th August
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ecain63

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Saturday
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Morning all.

It's been a fairly busy few weeks for the Exige following a busy summer of track days and tinkering.

Firstly the car went to Hendy Performance in Eastleigh for a proper geo / track setup. It was more difficult than expected to find track settings for the 410/430 as not many people had done it, and those that had seemed to want to sit on the details (Andy Tims was a help I might add). After researching the CupR, Alias23 and other race car settings I settled for the following. It took a bit of reading to try to understand what the adjustments meant but we got there in the end:





The height drop was a bit of a shock when I picked it up but luckily it gets up the driveway and over speedbumps without scraping the splitter.

Before:



After:





The Exige was a new thing for Hendy as far as projects go, but credit where credit is due they did a grand job:







The lad that worked on my car sets up Porsche race cars on the weekends so I left it with them with reasonable confidence that it would be done properly. All adjusted parts have been paint marked and we'll be back again soon for him to check it over after it's shakedown at Silverstone this week.

On that note, the 14th saw us at Silverstone on the GP circuit under blue skies and warm air. What....A...Day! The track was not overly busy and driving standards were exceptional. All in I managed 67 laps, using 3 tanks of fuel. It was my first time on the GP circuit and it took me most of the morning to get the hang of what is a very technical track. Once it did click, it was amazing.

The new setup was brilliant and with the good weather I felt really confident pushing the car over 1.5G in the corners (over 2 in some)..... and that's on 5500 mile / 9 track day old Cup2s. Straight line braking was greatly improved with minimal squirm and the car felt very well balanced at all speeds and under cornering. This is also the first time I've tracked the car using Race mode throughout the day, and I had no issues with slip or loss of traction at all. It just felt solid.

While not the fastest I could have been I was focussed on keeping it smooth and getting my lines right. 2m.38s consistently by lunch and the same in the afternoon with passengers. I really hope there's a dry day in October as I'm gagging to go back to improve on my performance.

Here's a couple of vids and some pics of the day.





https://youtu.be/NIumHxYKles

https://youtu.be/zqCpHv_SaQE

Once home there was the inevitable clean up job:









On the subject of rubber:



You just can't kill these. That's probably 1500-1800 track miles and still life in them. Obviously they've now seen a a few heat cycles, but in managing the pressures on track they've done remarkably well and will likely continue to do so once the debris scrubs off. Brilliant tyre!


custardkid

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181 months

Saturday
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Great to see it being used properly!

Rocketreid

285 posts

29 months

Saturday
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Good to see your 410 getting a shake down as not many folks seem to track them regularly.

Silverstone is a power circuit with a few high speed straights where Exiges with big wings and aero get slowed down but they do excel in the bends.

Good to get a lesson if you didn’t this time. I had one with a local instructor who showed me what my car could do 2 up

ecain63

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Yesterday (09:31)
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Rocketreid said:
Good to see your 410 getting a shake down as not many folks seem to track them regularly.

Silverstone is a power circuit with a few high speed straights where Exiges with big wings and aero get slowed down but they do excel in the bends.

Good to get a lesson if you didn’t this time. I had one with a local instructor who showed me what my car could do 2 up
Yeah, once everything is back up and running I'll look into some instruction there. I took instruction back in Feb on the national circuit but it was lashing with rain all day so ended up being fairly pointless.

ecain63

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