Whilst at Folembray last year I had recently fitted some ZZR tyres and some Nitron shocks... I found on the blat to the circuit there was a bit of under-steer, and at the circuit pretty major under-steer which I tried to dial out with tyre pressure and damping adjustments; but meant I also had to adopt a slightly different driving style to accommodate... Turns out after having the car flat floored that the suspension setup was terrible, borderline un-driveable, so on reflection there was no real wonder why I was struggling for front end grip.
So now having everything pretty much sorted in terms of setup, I'm hoping to be able to improve on the lap time (so long as it's dry!) and with that in mind, I've a few things that will (hopefully) help me achieve this goal.
New Brake Pads, Fluid Change and Bleed
When I had the car flat floored by Rob at RatRace Motorsport, he 'sold me a seed' about brake pads, which I must say had been on my mind for a while... I just couldn't shake his suggestion that he had some 'special compound' pads which he'd developed over the years that vastly improve braking distance and feel over the standard pads!
Having noticed towards the back end of last year that the brake pedal was a bit spongy and certainly required a lot more effort to stop the car-which meant my grey matter had buckled; and a week or so ago, I decided that life wouldn't be living without these new pads. So off to RatRace it was!
On arrival I was greeted by Rob and his Rottweiler (Aston), who pretty looked pretty gutted to see me again :-(
|Robs Rottweiler (Aston) realising I'm back again!|
|Old brake fluid removed from reservoir|
|Castrol React Performance DOT 4 fluid going back in|
|Rear brakes ready for bleeding|
|New rear pads fitted|
|Front brake calliper was removed - note Aston's eyes in the background|
|Front brakes ready for bleeding|
|New vs old front pads - not much difference in appearance|
|New front pads fitted|
However - I think next time I'll bleed the brakes myself, as I found the following video on YouTube which makes it look very easy to do on your own... Not only that I'm sure I've got an easy bleed brake kit hiding in my garage somewhere!