Well hopefully my driving skills are better than my poetry skills!
I introduced myself here
, but I have a '92 Miata that I am planning to build for NASA Time Trial.
One thing that I didn't mention is that I want to keep the car street legal and reasonably comfortable. Here in Houston that means the air conditioning has to stay and, with a dyno reclass, I will probably need to carry enough weight to keep the full interior.
The first step is to make the car safe and reliable for the track. It is low mileage, about 35K, but old of course.
1. Replace all fluids - what are the recommended synthetics now days for the transmission and rear diff?
I have the VLSD by the way. I did like Redline on the Camaro.
2. Replace all belts and hoses, including the timing belt. Are there better than factory recommendations for these?
3. Replace brake fluid and pads. I am a Castrol SRF fan (set it and forget it!) and although I think that I could nurse the stock compound pads through a track day or two, I am afraid of the age. Will almost certainly go with Carbotech so that I can swap street pads back in if I have a couple of months between events (see the street legal comment above).
4. What am I overlooking?
Before the first track day I plan the following hardware upgrades:
1. Aluminum radiator - I want to stay with one of the thinner ones to keep the weight off the nose because of the a/c. I would also like one with a completely stock inlet and outlet because of the coolant reroute.
2. Coolant reroute - the full blown versions like 949racing seem like too much work to me, so I will wait until I have overheating problems to go to that. I found and ordered the racer coolant reroute kit
from Bell Engineering and will hope that is enough. Besides, it is Time Trial, one lap is enough, right?
3. Braided brake lines - just good insurance because I never felt the difference when I put them on my 2007 Mustang. Maybe it has something to do with sliding calipers and or that the calipers on the Mustang possibly flexed.
I will go into more detail later as all of the TTD cars in Texas seem to have disappeared this year. So my plan of 150-160rwhp and a race weight of 2380lbs or so has changed.
I am not sure whether to go up to TTC with more hp or down to TTE with more weight. There are about 8 TTE cars signed up for MSR Houston this weekend. Maybe I can get the car down to 140rwhp with a restrictor.
Edit to add: I know, search nOOb and I will, but if there are definite forum #1's I wouldn't mind if someone answered here.