April 28, 2018 marked the first track day for our Company car, a 2010 Nissan GTR. We purchased the car this time last year, which was already FBO (full bolt on) at the time. We began parting out some components that he was not the most fond of such as the ETS exhaust and "street" FMIC. This was simply to make room for some parts that we wanted to develop and bring to the market. Since that time the car has been upgraded to a Rampage RS-1600 Race Intercooler, Titanium Charge piping and Intakes, Turbosmart BOVs and wastegates, Rampage Catch can/coolant tank combo, and Dual 3" Titanium Exhaust complete with an X pipe. The Car also had APracing front rotors and upgraded pads. On the Dyno the car made 637/619 whp/wtq on an E70 blend. However the car was only on 92 this previous track on a 12psi boost setting. Other than that, the suspension is stock and the tires we had at the time were 285/335 Pilot Super Sports.
The Morning sessions were very wet to start with and there was standing water on the track in many places, an unfortunate set of conditions for a couple of cars that actually went off. No one was seriously injured. The AWD system really came into play as we began to dissect the most optimal lines to take and get comfortable on the track with so much water. The mid day lapping sessions were somewhat dynamic with large variations in driving conditions throughout the 20m sessions. All of these factors were excellent learning experiences and I was able to discover the tendencies of the car in its current state in lower speed/traction conditions before really getting to put the power down in the drier afternoon sessions. As the track dried out and the speeds increased, so did the smiles. The car was a lot more fun to drive harder and harder, slowly working from mid 2:20 laps (wet) to a 1:58 in the dry.
All in all, the car performed all day, through all conditions and didn't skip a beat. We also want to thank Tom Pritchett from Turn 2 Lapping and Ben Williams who worked with me all day long to ensure that I was safe on the track and understood the lay of the land and track rules as outlined by the folks who run Turn 2 and The Ridge . Ben also ran his (now turbo) s2000 for the first time since going forced induction. We built a slew of cooling components for his set up over the winter to keep the heat at bay from the extra abuse the car would see with the turbo system. He too had a very successful, mechanically sound day with no issues and cool temps. 1:52 was his best time of the day, he was also in a lower boost setting and staying conservative while managing to take a cool 3 seconds off his previous PB with an NA car. Although the track was dry, it was not warm enough for anyone to really push hard, Im very excited to see what both of these cars will do with further set up and adjustments made throughout the year as well as honing my own skills behind the wheel.
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