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  1. OK I registered for the 10/6 Sonoma day, so I can give a ride if you want. That goes for you too Gallognacio, either 10/6 or 10/15. Typically I'm trying for PR in first couple AM sessions with better track conditions, then after that I'm happy to give rides.
  2. If I make it to 10/6, you're welcome to ride along to see what a 1:45 pace feels like.
  3. IMO if you want the coolest, most bonkers car then the 620R is it, assuming you're willing to accept the significant downsides of a sequential when driving around town. Otherwise get a 420 with 5 speed.
  4. Optioning a sequential on a 420R is not a simple matter - definitely will be some faffing/DIY to get it done (above and beyond the normal amount in a 7 build). If you really want a sequential, unless you're willing to tackle a project, I'd just get a 620R (factory build of course). A sequential is very hardcore, what most (other than 7 nutjobs like us) would consider a track-only option in a car. I would highly recommend against it for a solely street driven car unless you are a real nutter. Coming from a bmw and a subaru, I don't know if you realize how raw and aggressive even a rather tame 7 is. You certainly don't need to have a sequential for it to be exciting.
  5. No need to notify me at all. Rather I would need to notify you if I end up registering and attending that day, so you would know if it's worth showing up. If I do go, all you need to do it find me there and I will give you a ride.
  6. oh I might also be at Sonoma 10/6 if you can make that (a thursday)
  7. Yes, I can show you the car on a weekend evening. But unfortunately there's nowhere to drive around where I live.
  8. I'm fairly certain I could scare the shit out of him in boring-old 200whp 420. Come to Sonoma 10/15 if you want a ride along...
  9. Yes - caveat is that my experience is only with roots-style blowers, I've never driven a centrifugal. Although the torque delivery is linear; ie there isn't a high boost threshold like there is with some turbo setups, there IS boost lag like with a turbo, albeit limited. You don't get that instantaneous throttle response that you get with a well -tuned NA motor. With a roots blower, boost is bypassed with closed/neutral throttle, and there is a delay until it builds pressure when mashing the gas. It's small, and many people don't even notice it. They're great for street cars IMO. But for me there is nothing like the instant hit from an NA motor, especially one with ITBs.
  10. re: 420 vs 620 - other than the ability to build it (which was a big priority), I am not a fan of the response of forced induction engines. Also, supercharger heat soak is a power killer on a track-driven car, which is my car's main purpose. So the hottest naturally aspirated version was the most appealing to me. If you want a stoplight-to-stoplight or onramp champ, then the 620 is surely the way to go. From what I read, many people with a 620 find it frightening to drive, as it so easily overwhelms traction. It's not for beginners. Remember unlike all the other high HP cars out there today, a 7 has no nannies... re: S vs R pack - I think the most important part of the R pack is the LSD - IMO it's a mandatory feature for any moderately powerful seven. Driving a 7 with the throttle is a big part of the experience, and it's just not the same with an open diff. Of course, other R pack components are also worthwhile additions for a car that will be driven hard or near/at the limit. If you plan on having a cruiser, that will be street driven at no more than 7/10ths, then S pack may be more appropriate. If you intend to track the car, then it's an easy decision. A 7 is a surprisingly capable and performant car. Even a 420 is very quick at legal speeds (before hitting aero drag) and can easily overwhelm its rear tires in a curve in 3rd gear. If you intend to really explore its performance capabilities, you will need to go to a track. Only much more powerful or serious machinery can keep up with a well driven 420 on track.
  11. . Model differences as well as S/R differences are shows on Caterham's site and configurator. Go the the UK page and play with their configurator to see all the options. One big difference between 420 and 620 is that 620 is factory-build only, so if you want to build (as I did) then 620 is off the table. Also 620 is RHD drive only. I am in Newark. If you want to do a test fit, I'm happy to oblige.
  12. HOD. I'm on the fence though, as I'm already registered for 10/15 with Lightspeed. HOD also turns me off with their "membership" fee, and their high prices in general. Although they do keep the groups from getting too crowded I think.
  13. This is one of the things that helped me solidify my decision to get a 7. It also has me wanting a M3W bad - my plan is to get one when I'm ready to slow down after the 7. AKA my retirement car.
  14. Ok so I got new bearings installed. Pushed back the caliper pistons this time just in case. Old bearings out on bench - they seem fine TBH. Not really sure now - maybe it was just pad drag the whole time? Either way, peace of mind is easily worth the cost of bearing and 2 hrs for swapping them. Except now I noticed a small weep of brake fluid from right side rear caliper piston... so ordered a new caliper from CC. Rebuild kits aren't cheap and swapping the whole caliper is easier, and I'm lazy. Hoping to get back to Sonoma 10/6 and 10/15.
  15. I have the JAL LED rear lights in standard (clear) housings. When I ordered my 420R, it was ordered without holes for reverse/fog lights. I simply never mounted them. Certainly the new CC LED lights are slick and can help you be legal with a really clean look. They are a bit too modern looking for my tastes, however. If you plan on them, definitely ask for no holes in your back panel.
  16. In the Bay Area proper, just about every third car is a model 3, or at least it seems that way.
  17. I don't street drive much, I'm usually up there on a bike. I'm sure I'll be up there again at some point though, especially after this heat passes. Always fun to run around on track with another 7 as well, so hopefully we'll cross paths on track at some point.
  18. Ah yes, the Prisoner car. We met at Alice's.
  19. I wonder if the 888 compound is different in 13" sizes, because when I ran them on my Exige, I felt they did not do well on street, as they were hard to get heat into and it was understeer city. Sonoma is a pretty technical track so some expert instruction will take you far. Most people I see there are running bad lines. I love Sonoma in the 7- it's really the perfect track for a 7. Thunderhill west would be great too. I still love Laguna, but the 7 really comes a live on a flowing, technical circuit. It just transitions so much better than a big heavy car. Remind me what 7 you have?
  20. Which Sonoma day are you going to? I've found ZZS to be very capable on track, they don't really leave a lot to be desired TBH.
  21. In my opinion, a size 12 foot is a serious hindrance in an s3 pedalbox. I am a 12, and even with proper, quite constrictive full-on racing boots (literally the only footwear that even gives me a chance to drive the car), I have real issues with fitment. My right foot is always wedged against the tunnel when on throttle to avoid the brake. And when braking, I have to make a conscious effort to be on the far-left side of the pedal to not hit the throttle pedal, although I still do it frequently. I've been procrastinating modding my pedals to allow better fit. My plan is to bend the brake pedal to shift it to the left about 5-10mm. Keep in mind if you look at images of pedal placement online that RHD cars have very different pedals and spacing than we do. And even with LHD cars, things have changed over the years.
  22. What is your inseam? I have an s3 with lowered floors. I am 6'1" with 34" inseam. I have a carbon seat, and it is all the way back...
  23. I actually haven't really street-driven the ZZR, other than to/from track. They don't feel particularly unsafe going around corners, although they don't have much grip when cold. However, neither do ZZS actually. You can't properly heat up a ZZS on the street either, so either way grip is suboptimal. I'm running more camber with the ZZR so the outer 1/3rd of the tire isn't even on the ground with street driving, which I'm sure doesn't help front grip.
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