As usual, there were many interesting cars on hand, many of them non-BMW's and most of them belonging to the instructors. My old Civic was usually one of the faster cars on track, even in the instructor group. After a couple of sessions on track, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the new Civic, although about 5 seconds slower per lap (2:03.4 according to my phone), is still in the mid pack. I always get a bit of an ego boost when people come up to me after a session and say "Was that you in the Civic? You were quick out there!". At St-Eustache, there are a bunch of really quick Honda's, most quicker than mine. However, at these BMW events, there are usually only a couple of Honda's , so I think many attendees are a bit surprised when they get passed on track by a Civic, especially one that looks as unmodified as mine.
I was not comfortable pushing too hard because of the cold conditions, but the car felt really planted. The back end stepped out a bit once (first time ever with this car!) at the transition point between corners 4 and 5, which was a surprise, but generally, the car gripped. When it understeered a couple of times in a row during a session where it was snowing, I decided to pull into the pits. Constantly changing conditions are tricky, and I didn't feel like risking anything just to try to go that little bit faster. My car's top speed on the back straight was 182 km/h, which is as fast as I've ever gone on this track.
I took a video with my phone in a 99-cent Ebay phone holder, and the result was shockingly good. Here it is. It was not my fastest session of the day, but rather the only one I filmed.
I am pretty sure that in nice conditions, I will be able to go quite a bit faster, maybe even under the 2-minute mark. My minimum speeds in most corners are 85% of what they were in the race car when it was running in the 1:58 range, and my top speeds are pretty close. The new Civic was clearly making good power on such a cold day. The car felt really good: good acceleration good gear ratios, adequate brakes, good grip, predictable handling. I look forward to future events with the car at Tremblant.
|Lovely E30 M3 from the instructor group|
|I love the 964 too.|
|Maybe my favourite colour for the E92 M3|
|Alex used to have an NX2000 just like this!|
|This Evo looked like a serious track weapon0|
|Another lovely 911|
|Nice wheels and an aftermarket wing make for a neat-looking 996 Turbo|
|There was no missing the only yellow Civic in attendance!|