Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Late start to season

This year we've had a pretty late start to the season.  We are joining the series at the 4th round of 8 at Snetterton.  

We had aimed to start in April, but had to abandon our shakedown test track day following winter maintenance.   As soon as we hit the track at speed, it immediately became apparent we'd got significant issues with the drive train.   Every time we went back it it got worse and we went home at lunchtime scratching our heads, unable to work out what was wrong.  

It took us several weeks to chase down the root cause eventually replacing driveshafts, suspension arms and wheel bearings at the rear of the car.   

At the same time we fitted the new Boxster Aero package. This consists of a GT3 fibreglass front bumper, with a front splitter attached to increase downforce.   The rear of the car now sports are large GT wing providing increased rear downforce to balance the front end.

From the races to date it is clear the Aero package is having an effect as laps time are generally 1-2 seconds faster as a result, and drivers report being able to run faster through the longer corners, getting on the throttle earlier.

We successfully completed a short shakedown test at Snetterton last week, so are ready to debut at Snetterton this coming weekend.