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Old 01-12-2009, 04:22 AM
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We spent a day at Fuji Speedway yesterday. My cousin and took their course license seminar to get our course license so that we could participate in track event.

We ran 3 cars:
My Integra Type R turbo
My cousin's Alfa Romeo 155
and the team car, a Rover Mini Cooper

All three cars perfomed really well. Since it was my first time running a Fuji, I didn't get any good lap times, but I was able to muscle my way past some Ferrari's on the front straight. I was able to get up to about 230km/h on the straight, but lifted (mainly out of fear of not being able to stop at turn 1, which is tight hairpin-like turn. You get it wrong and you end up in the dirt or the tire barriers.

The Integra performed well because the weather was very cold, but unfortunately I came away with no reverse gear. I suspect that my shift linkage took a dump. I initially lost fifth gear too, but was able to get it back during the drive home.

The Alfa lost its brakes. My cousin was battling with it all the way home, using the clutch and side brake to slow the car down in traffic.

The Mini came away flawlessly. Surprising the car, although slow on the straights, was really nimble and quick. The braking was also really good, and was able to slow down from 160km/h to 60km/h in less than 100 meters, where most cars needed 200 meters or more.
Edit: video link on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQWlu4kkB9o
Sorry about the poor camera angle...the camera is attached to the rear tie bar which turned out to be too low.
here are the pics from the day:
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Fuj-san! Nice pics, good stuff!
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I can only dream! One day I hope to drive the circuits in Japan.
I'm trying to get my boss to let me go on a trade show with them in Japan!

I really admire your dc2, that's pretty much the same look I am trying
to achieve, really clean and sharp looking.

Oh wow, it's turbo too! Nice Job!
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Damn that looks hella nice!
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is the mini swapped or stock?
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The Mini has the stock A series engine. There are plans to do a VTEC swap, but the Japanese DOT regulations would render it street illegal, so we are currently trying to find ways to transport the car to the race events, in the even we do swap the engine.
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Wow, nice track and cars! awesome paddock they have there for racers
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Very nice, running on any of the Jap circuits would be a dream come true, love the look of the teg. What make is your front splitter mate?
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Great pics. Thanks for sharing.
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>>What make is your front splitter mate?


Crux is the old name, I think they got bought out.
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Love the little mini
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sooo jelous that lookes like alot of fun!
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omg, that is awesome ... i hope to get there one day!!!
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were you able to install your big brakes before you went to the track?
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Yeah, the Mini is awesome. The only care that came away from it with no damage. But I'd prefer running it at Tsukuba where top speed doesn't matter. I added a video to my top post. Driving is horrible, I know...but it was my first time at Fuji...
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awesome pictures!
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Didn't install the big brakes yet....waiting to completely wear out the stockers
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Originally Posted by K_Spec98R View Post
Very nice, running on any of the Jap circuits would be a dream come true, love the look of the teg. What make is your front splitter mate?
The company's new name is First Molding.

http://www.firstmolding.com/fm-aero/...egraindex.html


This is not my car BTW...
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Love the Alfa! Reminds of the old BTCC version
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