Last Saturday I managed another track outing, happily with no engine or other failures, bringing the failure-rate down to one engine per track day. Hopefully I can take that as a sign that engine #3 is a good 'un.
Waiting for the green light. Note appropriate race number.
Engine not exploding. Result.
Note cycle wings not centred over front wheels.
However, this has highlighted the fact that the rears are now more than a bit soft... so they are next on the list. Turn-in at the moment is a bit of a two-stage process - the front turns in quite neatly, and then shortly afterwards the back settles itself into position with a general lack of urgency. As a starting point I may try putting the old front springs on the back and see how that feels.
I suspect an ARB at the front will improve matters further, perhaps a winter project for after the rear spring rates are sorted.
Simon having a go. Despite being used to very forgiving 4wd rally cars, he very kindly neither crashed nor humiliated me on time (he was slower in the morning, quicker in the afternoon).
Note excessive body roll on the old springs.
Now that my major concerns with the car are worrying about suspension setup and adjusting spring rates, it seems that mechanical reliability and basic build stuff is more or less there. Not that there isn't lots I want to do still (front anti-roll bar, make a nicer looking dash, redo some untidy bits of vinyl wrap, data logger, etc, etc), but this is all nice-to-have stuff.
So this is probably a good point to put the build blog to bed. It's been a good experience. Lots of things I'd do differently next time, but that's to be expected really. Looking forward to lots more track days in it, and fewer exploding engines.