Friday, July 29, 2016

My new wheels have arrived!

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I just received my new eBay wheels and I am really happy with the way they look. These were by far the least expensive 15x8 wheels on eBay, at 295$US. Each wheel is more than 5 pounds lighter than the original Honda wheels, so the car is now 20 pounds lighter. It looks like there will be no rubbing, but I will know for sure after trying out the setup on track, hopefully Monday. I noticed that one of my Bridgestone tires was corded, so I bought a pair of Hankook RS3's in 225-45-15 (instead of 205-50-15), which will be the new front tires. I installed anti-theft lug nuts, in case someone thinks these wheels are worth stealing. 

A guy who works in my building saw the model Jaguars in my office and asked if I was a fan. When I told him I was, but mainly of older cars, he told me he had three (!) XJSC's. This was the early convertible, which was a sort of targa top with a folding rear section. Later in the production run, there was a full convertible XJS. There are probably not too many of these still on the road in Quebec, and this guy has three of them! This one is absolutely mint, and even has the correct Pirelli P4000 tires. 

Other interesting spots from the past couple of days:

This must be the cleanest first generation Honda CRV in Quebec. No rust anywhere.
This MGB had a bit of a hot rod look, with a cool fiberglass front valance
This guy again
A rare 944 Turbo, with a weird gash in the sheet metal just in front of the rear wheel
Frozen Silver M5
I love the old-school Rotiform wheels on this otherwise plain Audi
A clearly modified Audi RS4
A very clean 80's Jaguar Sovereign
A rare Alfa in North America
... the FWD Spyder
Nicer looking than the M5, the M6 Gran Coupé

Monday, July 25, 2016

Random car spotting in Montreal

Here are a bunch of interesting car spots from June and July. Enjoy!

Fisker Karma in a rare colour
This generation of AMG SL is nicer looking than the current one
I like this modified Civic sedan
Unbelievably rare Accord hatch in fantastic condition
The Porsche 968 has aged very well
The current AMG SL does look good from some angles
I like this JDM style Acura RSX
How many Pontiac 6000's are still on the road?
Still one of my favourites
I quite like these Boxster Spyders too
I was surprised to bump into this street-registered Locost home-built special
I found out on Facebook that it features a Honda S2000 powertrain and suspension.

Another blast from the past, Mazda MX6 in nice condition
Don't know if this was a real GT3, but it was certainly an interesting colour combination
The current GT3 RS is loud, visually and aurally!
This colour works well for the car
Another unexpected colour for a 911, and I like the duck tail spoiler too.
I don't love the Lexus RC-F's design, but I give points to Lexus for trying new things
I love the retro look of this old Ford Bronco
The new Civic can look good with the right wheels and a small wing
A Rare Nissan Figaro
I really love the McLaren's too
Tastefully modified Saab 900 4-door
Hennessey Corvette on Grand Prix weekend
Aftermarket wheels make this newer M3 stand out
Just like mine, but with the 19-inch wheel option
Less rare than the new GT4, but still pretty rare: the 987 Cayman R
The LH Hotel 599, back again this year
There seem to be fewer and fewer of these V10 M5's on the road
On display during F1 weekend, the new Alfa Giulia
It looks sharp!
Fake barn find Porsche GT3
A "regular" GT3
Cool wheels
Manual turbo diesel European import VW camper

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Another Monday at St-Eustache

OK, I know I am posting things out of order here. This post is about the last Monday night lapping before my trip to Greece, June 20th. I never got around to posting it before the trip.

On the Monday in question, I took an appointment at the alignment shop to remove some of the negative camber in my front suspension. It turns out the alignment guy was right and I was wrong: 3 degrees of negative camber was just too much. I realized this two ways: by spotting the obvious wear on the inside of the tires and by measuring the temperatures with a laser pyrometer of the outside, middle and inside of the tread just after coming off the track. The new setting is 2 degrees of negative camber.

I was hoping to see how this new setting worked out on the track, but the hot weather (it was over 30 degrees Monday evening) prevented me from gathering any useful data, as there was no way to break any lap records in such heat.

The car performed well, but after about 15 minutes on track, it went into limp mode on two occasions. I assume this is something to do with the heat and hope it is something that can be solved with a new tune of the programmable ECU.

Still, despite gathering no useful data (my best lap was 1:02.92, so 0.6 seconds off my best lap), I had fun chasing other cars around the track, including several Porsche 911 variants that showed up that day.

Here is a short video I made of a couple of laps trying to catch a 996 Porsche:

Finally, here are a bunch of JAG's photos of the evening:

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