Well went to Buttonwillow for the first test of the car. Pretty much ended in fail. Time to start digging into the car again. So fun things that happened in order
-Misfie issue before even getting there
-Tire I mounted lost all pressure in two separate sessions even though it had been holding air fine. Small cut made it not bead but was fixable. Luckily this happened on the out lap of my first sessions where I was going slow. Paranoia remained though.
-5th gear said lol on first lap of the next session. 6th was crunchy as well. We were able to make 5th work again by installing the shifter backwards...
-From the sound of it blower replaced by Buzz Saw in next session. Only made half boost pressure and sounds like death during idle.
-At some point blew out all the exhaust gaskets after the header. Car was super loud and filled the cabin with exhaust. Great for the ride back...
-Averaged 11 mpg from the e85 station closest to Buttonwillow to home including track time lol
-And to top it off a headlight went out
I guess the good things from the few laps I got in.
-Coolant temps never went above 200 even when purposely tailgaiting someone for a lap to try and drive temps up. Considering normal temps for the old motor were pegged somewhere past 250...
-Intercooler works awesome. About 65 out and temps leveled off in the 80s.
-Mechanical and aero grip feels balanced.
-Belt stayed on and the bypass is fine. Two of the most common failure modes for this car.
-Car will spin through second on all seasons pulling a trailer with tools, 4 wheels and 25 gallons of fuel lol and drift on ramps with a trailer. That was a special whoops feeling.