Originally Posted by Serpent-Dan
The stock set-up is better to start off with then start tweaking it to your driving style. And Ralph ran a spool at Ft. Meyers.
I have to disagree with you on this one. If you take a look at all of his and Barry's setups throughout the year, you'll find that there are some key changes that they made and kept for a good base setup
for the next race.
I believe his recent Winternats setup is more of an evolution of the basic setup. Keep in mind that the basic setup was developed over a year ago in more controlled conditions and on European tracks. As with anything, time and experience changes things.
While at the Winternats, I decided to use his setup and only had to make a few tweaks to tailor it to my driving style, which is much different. The immediate difference for me was 0.5s/lap on changing the setup alone, before I made my tweaks
. If you play around with caster, front toe-out, anti-roll bars and of course tire shores, you should be able to dial it in to your own driving style. Rear toe-in and diff fluid wt should be changed to suit the track grip conditions.
However, the rest of the setup (shock position, spring, oil, pistons, roll centers, camber links positions, down-stops, track width, ride height, etc.) is the best balance
I've seen or felt on the NT1, both at Ft Myers and at our totally different local track (301 Raceway, which is more like the large flowing European tracks).