So my 5’s first time on track yesterday on a very sunny day at Castle Combe (yes I may have a very tanned face now)
Key things I’ve taken away are;
The factory fit pads create a lot of dust. They also had faded more than I expected by the end of the day. I generally track my cars with standard pads and don’t experience fade. I am not heavy on the brakes.
I will probably swap these for something aftermarket but not performance (it still stopped fine)
The body roll on the standard car is greatly improved with the Mazda/Eibach springs. However once on track and starting to push on, it becomes evident that springs alone are fine for the odd fun track day but to get near to some decent lap times additional roll reduction is needed. I’ve got a set of H&R anti roll bars and these will definitely be going on. (Although with less roll the TD photos will be less dramatic!)
The 1.5 engine is ample. No, I wasn’t worrying other cars as I would have in my previous 300bhp track car, but the power from the 1.5 is more than enough to have fun. I do not regret my engine choice at all. I also have no plans to turbo or supercharge it.
Standard fit tyres are great. I’ll probably move over to my preferred brand (Continental) when it’s time to change but the Advans did a fine job, it’s just personal preference in all honesty.
I’m quite happy with my baseline lap time of 1:35 ish (I submitted 1:35.671 to Fastest Laps and then typically went and did a 1:35.173 later in the day) Fastest Laps Combe LINK
I expect to be able to drop a couple of seconds quite easily with the ARB upgrade as I was spending a bit of time settling the car in to corners and through changes of direction.
I’ll pop up some pictures when they are available online (the track day was run by Opentrack who offer free photography) so for now here’s a picture of my car and my little tool tent
EDIT: This was my first experience at Combe, and it was a nice circuit. Wide and lots of passing room. Quite easy to learn too so recommended