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My first track day with the RS. Indie Motorsports Ranch at 2.75 mile track outside of Wilcox Az. I have added Ferado racing brake pads never over heated or experienced brake fade, (from Essex) and NT 01’s 18x245x40 tires with TWS Nurburgring wheels (discount tires) lots of wear on front outside of tires (should have swapped them after 1. If you use these wheels you will need spaces “make sure you remove them when you take the track wheels off” they may stay on the hubs. Also watch the wear patterns on the tires. st day , 31ft 30r psi worked well coming off the track around 36-37psi.

Started in Race mode and never left. The ride was predictable and never got out of control. I did experience it heating up during the latter part of the day (temp 92) but never shut down on me. When I change the oil soon 2,500 miles with some racing oil and brake fluid. Tried to drive the same line as I have done with rear wheel drives but noticed it generated faster laps (based on cars passing me or me passing them) to brake while going into the apex, then apply throttle coming out of the apex a little earlier than I normally would. I would gain on most cars through the corners the higher HP and lower geared cars would of course pull away on the straights.
Still learning how to drive it but noticed I got faster (smoother) lap by lap, passed a few corvettes along the way. Lots to learn about this car, especially adding power in corners where I would usually not.
 

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I actually found drift mode to be a little faster at Sebring. The extra rotation helped and the surface is so rough at parts of Sebring that the track settings for the dampers don't seem to be helpful there.
 

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Vorshlag making front coilovers that make -3 camber and fit 275s.
That's cool. I'd prefer to not have to get coilovers to change camber, and also prefer to not lower the car much if at all to do it as well. Hopefully the coilovers aren't too expensive. Adding any sort of camber adjustment(I can't believe I am writing that) shouldn't be more than a couple hundred dollar expense, and not more than several hundred typically for control arms if that could have been an option for us.
 

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I just read Vorshlag's writeup on the RS and wow, If their analysis is accurate I'm so disappointed. The install of front coilovers is going to be a lot of work it appears. I've installed coilovers up front before in other cars and it was usually not too bad, but on the RS you gotta remove a lot of stuff. Sheesh. Dammit Ford, I'm really trying to make this thing work for me..

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My first track day with the RS. Indie Motorsports Ranch at 2.75 mile track outside of Wilcox Az. I have added Ferado racing brake pads never over heated or experienced brake fade, (from Essex) and NT 01’s 18x245x40 tires with TWS Nurburgring wheels (discount tires) lots of wear on front outside of tires (should have swapped them after 1. If you use these wheels you will need spaces “make sure you remove them when you take the track wheels off” they may stay on the hubs. Also watch the wear patterns on the tires. st day , 31ft 30r psi worked well coming off the track around 36-37psi.

Started in Race mode and never left. The ride was predictable and never got out of control. I did experience it heating up during the latter part of the day (temp 92) but never shut down on me. When I change the oil soon 2,500 miles with some racing oil and brake fluid. Tried to drive the same line as I have done with rear wheel drives but noticed it generated faster laps (based on cars passing me or me passing them) to brake while going into the apex, then apply throttle coming out of the apex a little earlier than I normally would. I would gain on most cars through the corners the higher HP and lower geared cars would of course pull away on the straights.
Still learning how to drive it but noticed I got faster (smoother) lap by lap, passed a few corvettes along the way. Lots to learn about this car, especially adding power in corners where I would usually not.
I'm in the same boat as far learning how to optimize the handling of the car. Although I'm coming from a prepped STI I find I carry more speed into the corner and get on the throttle much sooner. If I wait until the apex I find I get some push and more outer tire wear. Try maintenance throttle at corner entry then about 1/2 sec before you're comfortable with adding more throttle, step on the accelerator...it will be faster and kinder to the tires.....but I'd love another 1 degree of negative camber.
 

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That's cool. I'd prefer to not have to get coilovers to change camber, and also prefer to not lower the car much if at all to do it as well. Hopefully the coilovers aren't too expensive. Adding any sort of camber adjustment(I can't believe I am writing that) shouldn't be more than a couple hundred dollar expense, and not more than several hundred typically for control arms if that could have been an option for us.
Presumably since it's front only it won't change the ride height. And I dunno spring rates but I hope they are close to stock for daily driving quality.

I dunno tho I'd rather spend 1k on front coilovers vs 300 on camber plates only as you are going to be spending the time installing them the same either way which is the limiting factor anyway.


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That would be sweet I'll get some wide wheels and 275s/285s for track no problem


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I think it needs to be a pretty funky wheel.

You might talk to gte before you do anything. He was going to test hard driving but he said around town he has no rubbing. He is running a ton of tire.
 

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Will someone please come up with some way to increase negative camber asap? Please?
I'm more concerned with oil temps. I couldn't do more than 3 laps without maxing out the oil temp gauge.
 

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I just read Vorshlag's writeup on the RS and wow, If their analysis is accurate I'm so disappointed. The install of front coilovers is going to be a lot of work it appears. I've installed coilovers up front before in other cars and it was usually not too bad, but on the RS you gotta remove a lot of stuff. Sheesh. Dammit Ford, I'm really trying to make this thing work for me..

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To be fair, all that stuff takes barely any time to remove.
 

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