Barbq lighter fluid helped remove some of it. I will try periodic re-applications with more elbow grease.
In other news, Mobius has returned to the track. Other than a 10-lap valentines day special excursion for myself and Ms Mobius in New Zealand, I have not been on track since the accident.
So what better way to return to track lyfe, than by tracking my friend's 2014 Nissan GTR at Portland International Raceway on Saturday the 10th.
650 whp. AWD. Nuts.
The first session was horrendously, monstrously, OMG crowded. Parade laps. A freight train of slow. We laughed and joked our way around the track. There were a few moments to push things, but not really.
The second session was only a bit better than the first.
We skipped the third session, and had lunch. During lunch I learned that we had been hosting a corporate event, which involved seven (7) drivers renting Toyota Corollas (or equivalent) and tracking them, and that were now gone.
Last session was glorious. I was able to open up the car, use the acceleration, and start finding some limits. We were able to achieve a couple of 1;25 laptimes, in a 3800 lb car (with driver and pax, probably 4150) with the AC on. There was still significant laptime left, as this was not my car, and my first track day tracking for real after the accident, etc. We left all the nannies on, and I left in in auto mode, for two reasons. First, because first track day since crash, I just wanted to see what the car wanted to do (and I wasn't sure initially how hard I would push). Second, to see how the auto did, and see for next time where I would want to change things. The next time I get to drive this car, I expect a 1:24 without much difficulty just by manually shifting with the paddles. The auto did overall a fantastic job, but in the two slowest corners at PIR (T2 and T7) it was slow to react and the car bogged significantly. But when it wasn't bogging, OMG. Freight train. Torx everywhere. Phenomenal car. Coolant temps never went over 185. The car had stock brakes and brake pads, and I ended up pushing them reasonably hard without issue.
Edit: in the session where we were doing 1:25's, in 16 minutes recorded on the Aim Solo we went through almost 3/4 of a tank of fuel ...
My student this day had a 2013 M5, which is a whole nother kind of nuts. Drives big, drives heavy, has huge power and high limits. We left the nannies on for him, too, which was the right call. This was his first time on track, and he struggled with the whole smoothness thing. Really he was struggling with the whole magnitude of all the inputs he was supposed to process, typical of first time track drivers. He had no idea coming in of the mental workload track driving imposes. He made great progress and I hope to see him again.
So, because I had the opportunity to drive a GTR at someone else's expense, Zura got no love on the 10th.
Thursday the 15th I got to track again. Turns out my student this day was someone I knew, a Doctor who two years ago spent 6 months in New Zealand with his family, and was one of our inspirations for the trip. Small world. We didn't really know each other personally, and it took a couple of minutes of conversation to figure out the whole "hey I know you from somewhere" thing. He had tracked before, but it had been several years, and just wanted a refresher. He had a 2010 Mini S, and after the first session I released him for solo, as by that point we were talking about where to find time, his track awareness was good, etc,
I took Zura out several times on Thursday. The first instructor session, I was ready to go. This turned out to be a mistake. Not because of my readiness, or the readiness of the car, but because in the last several years the average capability of machinery in the instructor group has gone way the **** up.
Holy ****, I was driving my mirrors. Sub-1:30 machines everywhere. Numerous single-seaters. I did a couple of laps and bailed for my own sanity, and for the brakes to set. Hawk HPS, baby. Newly installed with Trackspeed BBK 2.0.
Later I went out in Novice (because only 12 drivers registered, and I have stock power) with Oregonmon, who stopped by, and with Aidan, who was there driving advanced. While we were driving I only remember seeing slow *** laptimes on the Aim Solo, on the order of 1:45. To put in perspective, the rotrex green car could do 1:29's. So a significant difference.
BUT. Pull the data from the Aim Solo, and I find we were actually doing quite reasonable laptimes. Multiple 1:33's. All of these laptimes are with a passenger, and on WAN LI chinese special tires. I am quite pleased with this. The green car with rotrex and RS3's would do a 1:32 with a passenger. For this car to do the same, naturally aspirated on WAN LI specials, I am quite please with both the car and myself.
The Aim Solo was borrowed by Aidan for a session, and he got multiple 1:33's and a 1:32 in that session.
So over all, super pleased. Return to real tracking was completely successful!