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My new racing car...

Discussion in 'British' started by LVP488, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. LVP488

    LVP488 F1 Rookie

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  2. Bluebottle

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    Very nice!

    Does that give it EU citizenship and entitle it to Free Movement? :D
     
  3. definitelysomeday

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    Nice! I have been watching prices of these online recently.

    Can you give us some of the specs on your car?
     
  4. LVP488

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    It's a 270 (or 275 depending on market), 135 hp only but 515 kg, in "Academy" version, to compete in the Caterham Academy races; therefore it's equipped for racing (FIA rollbar, harness, fire extinguisher, and so on).
    The windshield is optional (to be removed for the races), I also took the doors and top (not pictured). For the colors it's raw aluminium (like a famous f12 tdf here ;) ) with the plastic parts in British green.
     
  5. Lotaz

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    Those are so much fun to drive!!!!!! I like the yours, well done!
     
  6. LVP488

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    The pressure is building up - stay tuned for my performance (?)
    First race on April 7th...
     
  7. definitelysomeday

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    Thanks. That's about perfect! Good luck with the racing.
     
  8. Flash G

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    Excellent!!!
     
  9. LVP488

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    Hopefully the car will be (eventually) registered this week, first official training on March 28th and first race on 6-7 April...
    I received my FIA racing driver licence ;)
     
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  10. LVP488

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    So the it is registered now, and it has joined my other vehicles (the Ferrari is undercover, and the Ducati is hidden behind the Citroen DS - the Citroen C4 Cactus is the daily driver).
    With the doors, the roof and the windscreen, it's in "road" configuration here - all that will be removed for racing ;)
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  11. LVP488

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    Here it is in race trim - I ran the two first races but will only disclose results if I improve ;)
    Even though it's a racing series with nothing at stake, I've been surprised by the commitment of most competitors...
    Anyway, it was big fun in spite of the rain and my poor results.
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  12. pma1010

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    Beautiful
    Rear track or wheel size to spec? Seem awfully inset versus the mudguard/rear wing/fender. Does it oversteer easily?
    Philip
     
  13. LVP488

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    A short "teaser" clip of my last race (looks like slow motion, without practice between the races it's my natural pace ;) ):

    The rollcage has been repainted green to make the car easier to spot.
    The most impressive is the 360 deg camera, it gives amazing results IMHO.
     
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  14. Bluebottle

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    Interesting video, thankyou. Which track?
     
  15. LVP488

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    It's Charade, near Clermont-Ferrand (centre of France). It hosted the French Formula 1 GP in 1965, 1969, 1970 and 1972. The track has been redesigned and is not completely the same though; now it's used for less prestigious events and unfortunately suffers from noise restrictions most of the time.
     
  16. Bluebottle

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    Thankyou. Found it on Google maps. It looks like an interesting place.
     
  17. LVP488

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    September should be interesting - we have two planned race week-ends, one in Nogaro (South of France, near from Spain) and the next in Spa - Spa is following the Passione Ferrari event mid-September, so I'll train with the 488 before the race ;)
     
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  18. LVP488

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    First Spa race was good with respect to my low standards - 11th (mainly due to some penalties on other drivers) on 17 but my second race was ruined by a very bad mistake (spin in the corner after the Raidillon :( - I'll post a video once edited).
    With the Ferrari, I improved my previous lap time by about 2s (now 2'53") in spite of running with old brakes and tyres (they were completely dead afterwards, you can check in "Tracking & driver education" thread).
     
  19. Ferrari 308 GTB

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    You are doing good .keep it up!
     
  20. LVP488

    LVP488 F1 Rookie

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    So here is how to completely ruin an already poor racing performance:
     
  21. Ferrari 308 GTB

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    That was close ,thank god the following cars avoided you .I thought you were going pretty good .
     
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  22. LVP488

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    So the 2019 season has ended - for me it was 14th of 16, with the best results being a 11th place in a race in Spa and 9th in qualifying in Alès.
    Now I'm going for the next category (Caterham Academy is for rookies only, now I must upgrade to Roadsport) - the car will be slightly modified with improved suspension and tyres, and I need to renew my racing licence ;)
    I have been surprised by how most of the competitors are motivated and dedicated, my approach of dabbling was not really paying off but it's fun anyway...
     
  23. LVP488

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    So my license is renewed - and I registered for the 2020 racing season.
    Last week-end was to to try the new car set-up (new suspension, with wider front track and rear antiroll bar, and semi-slick tyres), so that I will be even more ashamed of my future results :p
     
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