Glad you figured out how to drive the RS properly. So many people bury the car into the turn with too much speed and steering angle then blame the understeer on the car lol.In the spirit of honesty and reporting what I observe...
I was wrong... or at least I am pretty sure I was wrong. I was out at our track again, in similar temps, similar lap times... and I could just not overheat my awd system. I could just not get it to shut off.
I was a bit mentally fatigued, and maybe not at my peak, but after 20 minutes of hard lapping at about 28 degrees Celsius, I had to slow down to rest my brain from the speed and intensity. It took at best 11 or so minutes of hard lapping to shut the AWD system off last time.
This is not scientific, but I take it back. Oil temps still got to 3/4 (never above), but no awd shutoff. No steering shutoff either after 20 minutes of hard lapping (being slowed by some traffic now and then), followed by a more relaxed final 10 minutes of lapping (so there is your 30 minutes).
I did change my driving style to minimize turn entry understeer, but i was on the gas earlier as a result, and using the awd more than before if anything. I was more obstructed by traffic, providing some cooling time, but I still felt like I was in the ball-park for comparison.
My only explanation is that Ford built in a computer defined protective break in for the drive-train. At over 2k miles (vs 1.2k last time), it makes sense. Or maybe i was just off my game (and i think i was due to mental fatigue). But still, the first time out it took 8 laps to disabled it... Even when i did not feel i was pushing overly hard.
Sorry about that folks. If I caused some fuss, I guess it is a good reminder not to believe all that you read on the internet.
The car seems to just be fast. For those that may have passed on their order out of fear of the awd heat "problem", at least you can console yourself that the car is hard on tires. Enjoy your STI or Golf R.
Two times a charm?
Another local RS with 12,000kms (?9K miles) was out at our track two weeks ago also. Different driver, 23oC, but he edged my best time by near 0.2 seconds after three sessions. At those temps I was originally able to shut the AWD off with 6 unobstructed hot laps. He had no such heating issues, however he was on a busier track and was often held up by slower traffic.