Thanks for the comments chaps,
Hi Clive, it would be nice if we had all our lads working on the car as it would have been finished a long time ago but unfortunately itâ€™s just Allan (the ginger youth sat in the car checking gear lever position) and myself when we have a few minutes spare between jobs.
Building race cars isnâ€™t our business we are sub-contact machinists, itâ€™s just mine and Allanâ€™s hobbies although it is nice to have the whole workshop (including overhead crane) at our disposal. The car hasnâ€™t progressed at all over the summer as Iâ€™ve been racing the Scoob but seeing it on its wheels has gave us a massive boost.
Iâ€™d like to think I will do some Nippon rounds next year as theyâ€™re a great bunch of blokes and the French trophyâ€™s really taking off for Steve Vince which my car roots are in but Iâ€™m looking at racing the RX8 in Classic thunder if itâ€™s as quick as I think it should be.
I was asking Jim (Skyline driver) where his recent pace come from at Oulton. At Donington last year from memory he was lapping about 5 seconds a lap slower than me, since then my Scoobs lost 100kgs and were about on the same pace now! I think his car has lost a lot of weight, gained some aero but the biggest improvement is his driving. Itâ€™s sometimes frustrating watching him drive away from me on the straights but you canâ€™t take anything away from him, he builds and spanners his own car so fair play to him.
I must admit we only found your build thread on the RX8 forum last week and Iâ€™ve only just found it on here. Carl told me last year that a customer of his was building a FD powered RX8 but that was all I knew until I found the threads. Your car looks great, it would be interesting to compare notes like how you went on with exhaust/turbo clearance with your steering column? Or are you concerned about how low your exhaust is going to run as its goes past the diff/rear frame? We were also really interested to see youâ€™ve retained the drive by wire throttle and are using the original ECU, it really got us thinking about which way we should go with management on my car but weâ€™d already put a lot of work into the cable throttle peddle and weâ€™d bought the 90mm Jenvey.
Good luck testing at brands, Iâ€™ll look out for your updates!