Another wonderful trip to Lime Rock Park for the annual Aston Martin Owners Club has come and gone. The 3-day event is my favorite of the year and it's worth making the trek to Connecticut to attend. Despite how much I cover in this point, I didn't get too in-depth. There are so, so many more things to say!
Brake pads vary greatly in a few key ways. Initial bite, braking performance when cold or hot, rotor "friendliness" (how much they chew up brake rotors), dust, and noise are the main concerns for most of us that pay attention to such things. I've been running Porterfield's R4-S brake pads on my V8 Vantage for several months, including track days, and today I'm swapping them out for the more track-oriented R4 pad.
This isn't the first seat installation I've done on a car, nor will it be the last. The commonality with all first-time seat installations in a given car is that they never go right. Hardware is always missing. There will always be something that doesn't line up. There will be a hindrance. This installation is no different.
Weight is the enemy. It's a common saying for many fields, from fitness to engineering. It's especially true on the track. Weight holds the car back from everything you want it to do. The more weight a car carries, the more difficult it is to accelerate, stop, and change direction.
The V8 Vantage is a surprisingly small car, but it's heavy despite its size. Dropping some pounds benefits the car's performance in every way - especially on track. So if you're looking to improve performance, this is a great way to do it.
Driving your car on track can greatly accelerate required maintenance schedules and reduce the life of certain components. Tires, brakes, and oil are the main things to keep in mind, as they'll require replacing far more often than they otherwise would. This blog post will cover some of the major concerns you'll have with wear and tear when tracking your car.