Well after almost a 3 year hiatus, got my first raceday in yesterday. Pretty much went with the box setup w/a few changes (slightly heavier shock oil, 1 hole down on rear shocks, 1mm spacers under outer frt ballstuds, 1mm spacers on rear hex hubs). I also ran with the frowned upon Proto R9R mounted and trimmed extremely low w/the high wing mounted 8mm from rear bumper.
During the 'wobblies' of practice and the 1st qual, I could tell Schuie had made a total bandwagonner outta me with this new car. I've owned everything but Top and XRay. And other than my TA05 and my Corally's (foam cars) have I had a car inspire so much immediate 'track confidence'. Qualified second with the second fastest lap in 17.5. This felt awesome and for not being on the track in so long, this shows promise of keeping me going back for more.
Second qual, freshies wore in some but all of a sudden car felt 'nervous' going into the corners so I didn't drive it as hard as I wanted to. Heat over, got back to the bench and saw that my front end develop some undesirable slop in the hubs (my fault really
). I figured to calm the corner entry 'nervousness/edginess' down for the 3rd qual, I would raise the ride height a tad, take some droop out and lower the front shocks by one hole. Who knows right?
Third qual is great to start but by the second lap my car stops
Silly me forgot to tighten the pinion after making a gear change. I go back out anyhow and grab a couple of laps back and turn some of my fastest laps of the day. The changes worked wonderfully. I'm stoked for the main.
With no changes really to be made, the main is looking to be great. I'm qualified second (been there all day), race starts and we're off and running. I don't know what my buddy OVA did, but I couldn't answer the speed he hit me with. So I just put it into cruise control and just try to really get a feel for what my car was doing. Felt good...looked good...but was topping out at about 15' of the 45-50' straight. Ouch!!
It's all good though, I came off the stand cheezin'....my MI5 performed well all day. Rubbed against pipe a few times (no major 'tappage'), not a single broken part and the car responded exactly as predicted with the few changes that I did make.
Now as far as the Proto R9R....personally, I like this body's front end aggressiveness. I felt it to be very nimble and predictable. I feel I balanced the front-end characteristics with the low mounting...the high wing line and position of the wing. Never once did I feel that the rear end of the car reacted numbly to the aggressiveness of the frontend. My car felt balanced but with some edginess. I LIKE THAT....some other folks may not.
I have the Madza S6 and the LTC-R as well but I'm trying this for now. Haven't settled on anything yet....I'm fresh back onto the scene
Schumacher....I've ran for these guys in the past and I must say that the quality, attention to detail (simplicity really), the tolerances....are outstanding. A very quality product, thank you.
Side note- no more 17.5 for me. Making the jump to mod