2019 HDPE track season technical preparations

At the end of the 2018 track season, I finished Mid-Ohio with a 1:44.6 lap time. Just a year prior of the 2017 season, I finished with a 1:52.3. With more seat time, I was becoming comfortable with the car (base 2013 Porsche 991.1), and raising my ability to operate closer at the limit. To achieve the 1:44 in my last track event of 2018, I made several improvements to the car over the course of the track season. I lowered the car’s stance with H&R sport springs. I replaced the stock plenum with the aluminum IPD plenum (thanks Fabspeed). I replaced the stock air filters with BMC air filters. I picked up and applied a stage 1 Cobb tune. To make sure I could keep all of that safely under control, I upgraded the front pads to PFC. Watching and observing those ahead of me in the run groups, still left me with speed envy. They were quicker around the track than I was.

Coming into the 2019 track season, I set out to improve my lap times by another 4 seconds. My goal was to be at 1:40 flat. My second goal was to try a couple of new tracks. First things first, I had to improve some of the hardware on the car. On my list of improvements for 2019:

  • the third radiator kit (sourced from SunCoast). In my some of my mid-summer seasons, I was seeing water temps in the 240’s and my oil temps peaked in one session at 269 degrees. I was cooking oil and not in a good way. I’ll provide details on my install in a follow up post.
  • Girodisc rotors (sourced from FabSpeed with a coupon)
  • Pagid rs29 brake pads (again from SunCoast)
  • braided brake lines (BBi Autosport)
  • Cobb PDK tune (Cobb Tuning)
  • 19″ Avante Garde Ruger Mesh wheels – (Radius Speed Wheels)
  • Grippy tires – Toyo Proxes R888R (Jegs)
  • More aggressive camber (local Grismer tire shop)
With her new shoes on, just before the first event of the 2019 season.

The picture is just before the first event of the season with AutoInterests in May of 2019. In parallel, my dad started a project track car too. He started with a 2012 BMW 335is that had been imported by a serviceman stationed in Germany. He was particularly excited since the N54 engine block is a forged block that can easily withstand 800 bhp with some modest tuning. I’ll detail his build in a follow up post as well and I’ll cover our head-to-head match up from September of this year. Until the next time, god speed.

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