The latest mod on Minh’s Trak-life 180SX is a fully functional front splitter made in house. Built on a budget to Clubsprint World Time Attack Class rules, there are no fancy materials here, just Marine Plywood and a frame made from angle pieces mounted on the chassis to work.
At the Yez-Racing trackday, Minh reported an increase in front bite. Recorded front tyre temperatures backed the claim showing even tyre temp across the FL, FR tyres. Minh went home with a new PB at 1:07.6170, a loss in boost pressure due to an exhaust leak forced him to retire late in the afternoon. He was ecstatic with how the car drove and commented that there was still more in it.
Trak-180 also saw a set of corner weights and she’s a heavy girl. No surprises really as all the panels are still OEM metal pieces, it still has A/C, gained a bigger turbo, an upgraded steam pipe manifold, a front mount intercooler, a Z32 box, roll-cage, bigger brakes, reclinable bucket seats, 3 inch exhaust etc, including driver and 20kg of fuel, totalling a gross wet weight of 1330kg. Before the next track day, we’ll be putting her on a diet and working on increasing stability, improving its rotation and brake feel.
John: after spending the whole day running around taking tyre temps, car spotting and working with Minh and the Trak-180 to improve his time. By the end of it, I was spent much like the car; broken and too hot to work on. But Minh and Du were happy. Sitting in the back passenger seat of the tow rig on our way home, falling in and out of sleep with the sun setting, Minh said to me that he had seen more improvements in the car and PB-ed more often than he had ever seen in the time he had been doing it solo. Now I’m not sure if I replied back to him, or if it was a thought reply, but it went something along the lines of: we’re here to help, it's what we do, your PB is our PB.