I tried to limit the modifications to what i felt the car needed,and resist the temptation for cosmetics (very hard,the bodykit looks ace).So,I wanted more power,which a carbon airbox,full exhaust system gave(there were 2 extra boxes between the backbox and cat) and of course the remap.The car is a bit soft for me and jumps a bit on the 17s,so I uprated the both the springs and dampers and had the car lowered by 40mm,and had a front strut brace fitted,plus a laser geometry check when it was done.I couldn't afford the Brembos so just put on new pads,discs,braided hoses and Agip 5.1 fluid.
They have transformed the car for me,and i don't mind at all the bumpy ride to work,as the car now suits my driving style,so I don't notice it anymore!
The car could more than hold its own against some pretty powerful machines.I had a Skyline on a fastish corner,a Fiat Turbo coming out of one,a Cossie through a cicane and of course the 944 Turbo above.I was very surprised at how much corner speed i could carry,which is where i was catching these guys up.The only 2 cars that went past me all day were a bike engined Caterham and a 400 BHP Skyline,so I had a great day! (going past the Fiat turbo perversely gave me more pleasure that the Porche!)
The secret? the VDC imo,its amazing.You can lean as hard as you like into it,and the car will not go.It applies miniscule amounts or braking to either back wheel to keep a very mild slide on the boil,the back is out but not by much,but enough to get a tight line.Which is the real benefit,instead of having to use the throttle/lfb/heel and toe/opposite lock etc etc to tighten the line,(things I would be several trackdays away from simply knowing what they are never mind using them properly),the VDC does it for you.You can then focus on braking,entry/exit speeds and line.These are obvioulsy easier to master for a novice like myself than the previous list!
They was a set of techy corners at the top and I kept getting the line wrong with to much speed through the second corner,when I got it right the car sailed around a Cossie which got me my only quiet word from a marshall,as it was on the bend! (I couldn't stop,it was like i was on a slingshot!).
Basically,the VDC allows beginners like me to have a whale of a time,and rather than be intmidated by faster cars on your first track day,you gain confidence by holding your own,so the nerves quickly disappeared.
The car just gripped and went.The chassis was wonderfully balanced and the steering just ridiculously sharp (they put a kink in the long straight and the rwd cars had to brake,i could take it flat with barely moving the wheel).
It is simply a wonderful car on track,and of course,flatters the driver immeasurably,but still leaves plenty to be happy about i.e you are carrying so much corner speed you will be grinning from ear to ear,and then spending the day practicing lines and braking points.
Who needs technique eh when the 147 exists??!!
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ps The only time the VDC actually cut power was when i slammed second under hard braking,to exp[eriment with a tight set of corners (which was an easy third).I unsettled the car so much the VDC cut power violently.I didn't do it again (I got the Porche through there in third so didn't need to anyway!)
The guys in the rwd Porkers were clearly having a whale of a time too,they have so much technique they have to learn,its almost a totally different hobby! Different cars,difrent ways of enjoying driving.I'm happy with my choice [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]