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    Tracked my new STI

    I brought my STI to High Plains Raceway today for a track session since my 911 has a tire issue (long and complicated story).

    The bad first:
    I averaged 3 mpg. I shredded a set of tires. The brakes were cooking after the first session, but were better after I knew the track better and braked more efficiently. I got fuel cut for some reason at the end of the day after many laps without it. Maybe it was air pockets in the fuel lines.

    The good:
    The car is amazingly forgiving. You can really do a lot with it before it bites you back. The stability control can be left on and it doesn't interfere that much and let's you go WAY out there before it starts to do something. The suspension is phenomenal even on the track in stock setup. The stock tires and brakes were also impressive. Power at stage 1 was as much as I could put to the pavement other than in the straightaways. If you have a 2011 STI and think your suspension needs any changes you need to realize your driving needs changes, not your suspension. Amazing factory setup.

    Breakdown of the car on a racetrack:
    The STI is phenomenal. I was keeping up with and passing purpose-built earlier Porsche race cars on slicks and stripped bodies. I was equal with late model 911 cars. I had an instructor in the car for the first couple of sessions and he was amazed how well the car was planted and how much it could really do.

    Total toll:
    $140 in fuel (god it guzzled gas!). One set of tires gone ($600+). Brakes probably need replacement ($100 done myself for new pads). So roughly a $800-900 day. Tracking ain't cheap folks if you want to do it.
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    I hope they have kept understeer as a basic characteristic in the car.

    They don't think they want it, they think they want neutrality and they market with nonsense about the motor being low for a low centre of gravity (never mind it's out the nose of the car and not pushed back as it should be) and they know kids play video games and watch Japanese cartoons where oversteer is something actually desirable, but I want understeer.

    I'm not alone either; Alain Prost has commented on the virtues of mild understeer.

    If it understeers, I'm interested.

    Have you seen those hitch setups that allow one to carry four wheels back and forth from track days? Those are a huge hit with the MR2 and Mazda crowd. Might be worthwhile, especially as winter sets in and you might want bespoke track rubber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    I hope they have kept understeer as a basic characteristic in the car.

    They don't think they want it, they think they want neutrality and they market with nonsense about the motor being low for a low centre of gravity (never mind it's out the nose of the car and not pushed back as it should be) and they know kids play video games and watch Japanese cartoons where oversteer is something actually desirable, but I want understeer.

    I'm not alone either; Alain Prost has commented on the virtues of mild understeer.

    If it understeers, I'm interested.
    It definitely has a strong tendency to understeer during hard cornering. Or as I like to say "It ran out of rubber." You can get it to oversteer with a judicious use of power and flicking the wheel, which I did a few times for the fun of it. Put it sideways a couple of times when I ran out of rubber too, but a downshift and a stab of the gas gets you going again. Always fun to be sideways at 80+ mph.

    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    Have you seen those hitch setups that allow one to carry four wheels back and forth from track days? Those are a huge hit with the MR2 and Mazda crowd. Might be worthwhile, especially as winter sets in and you might want bespoke track rubber.
    Yeah I've seen those. There's guys in the Porsche world that have them. They also have roof rack based ones. Maybe some day I'll get one. Or I'll just get a trailer and trailer my car there like most people do so they can bring all sorts of tools and extra fuel and parts.
    Scott
    Past Subies - '11 STI Limited stage 1+ and '04 STi stage 2+
    '13 Wrangler Rubicon - custom front bumper w/12k lb winch & off-road lights, skid plates, diff guards, etc.
    '04 Porsche 911 Turbo GT2 clone 600 HP/TQ
    '77 F-150 heavily modded for off-roading

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    Sounds fun! I would love to track my car or even better an STi. 3mpg??? Are you serious or just exaggerating?
    Any pics of vids?
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