: Englishtown Raceway Road Course w/ pics



Lou72
07-08-12, 09:35 PM
Today I went out to the road course school at Englishtown and had a blast. It was the first time I tracked the V, and I wasn't really sure what to expect going into it. I held my own fairly well against some real nice cars, and everyone was very friendly and helpful. The track is small at only 1.35 miles, but a great experience nonetheless.

However, a few concerns came up during the day. After 3-5 laps into each session I got the wailing bong for my oil temerature being too high. I know that this a common electrical issue with some of the older V's (which I will investigate tomorrow) but what are the chances that my oil temp actually peaked that high? I was driving her pretty hard, and it was a warm 95 degrees outside. Secondly, I was getting some bad brake fade towards the end of the day. I was unsuccessful in achieving the famed golden calipers, but I now know that I'll have to upgrade the stock pads if I plan on running more events.

And of course some pictures from the day.
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My personal best.

thebigjimsho
07-08-12, 10:07 PM
Interesting. How long has the road course been in use? I heard they couldn't run for either safety or noise issues.

rand49er
07-08-12, 10:13 PM
Great pics! With ambient temps at 95 deg, it could be that pushing the car hard really did spike those temps and those warnings were legit. How were you going to check them? Could be oil cooler time.

Also, how many miles do you have on your brake pads (especially the fronts)?

Thanks for posting ... sounds like a good time!

Lou72
07-08-12, 10:52 PM
Great pics! With ambient temps at 95 deg, it could be that pushing the car hard really did spike those temps and those warnings were legit. How were you going to check them? Could be oil cooler time.

Also, how many miles do you have on your brake pads (especially the fronts)?

Thanks for posting ... sounds like a good time!

I was going to check out all of the grounds in the High Oil Temp and alarms thread. It would be much easier to clean up a ground than to get an oil cooler. As for the brake pads, I have no idea... I've put 12K miles on the car since I got it a year and a half ago, and the pads looked roughly 50% going into today.


Interesting. How long has the road course been in use? I heard they couldn't run for either safety or noise issues.

I really don't have an answer for you here either. I know it was open last year, but I can't say for anything before that.

Junior1
07-08-12, 11:12 PM
New pads yes but definitely change out the brake fluid, chances are you were boiling it up...Motul RBF600

Lou72
07-08-12, 11:20 PM
New pads yes but definitely change out the brake fluid, chances are you were boiling it up...Motul RBF600

I changed the fluid with DOT 4 about a month ago and figured it would still be fine. I'll be sure to use some racing fluid before my next event!

JDB
07-10-12, 03:03 PM
First of all, welcome to the track mod! That bug bites hard.

Alarm was probably false readings. I've been on track in July heat chasing Porsches around NJMP Thunderbolt and no alarms... temp did get into 260Fs.

You're going to need track pads. Not something hardcore, but at least a Hawk Blues level. And fresh brake fluid.

When I lived in Philly a few years ago, I heard this track would never open due to noise levels and safety concerns of no runoffs. Probably better suited for carts.

Lou72
07-11-12, 09:26 AM
Thanks for the reassurance for the oil temps. I heard while I was there that they recently changed the direction of the track. The runoff seemed alright to me, so maybe this switch made it better suited as a proper road course.

odthetruth
07-12-12, 06:20 AM
Interesting. How long has the road course been in use? I heard they couldn't run for either safety or noise issues.

I know the last time I went, which was June 28th... they turned off the announcer booth at 10pm, and were kicking anyone with a loud car out at 10pm too. My last run, I just closed the cutouts. LOL


Today I went out to the road course school at Englishtown and had a blast. It was the first time I tracked the V, and I wasn't really sure what to expect going into it. I held my own fairly well against some real nice cars, and everyone was very friendly and helpful. The track is small at only 1.35 miles, but a great experience nonetheless.

However, a few concerns came up during the day. After 3-5 laps into each session I got the wailing bong for my oil temerature being too high. I know that this a common electrical issue with some of the older V's (which I will investigate tomorrow) but what are the chances that my oil temp actually peaked that high? I was driving her pretty hard, and it was a warm 95 degrees outside. Secondly, I was getting some bad brake fade towards the end of the day. I was unsuccessful in achieving the famed golden calipers, but I now know that I'll have to upgrade the stock pads if I plan on running more events.

And of course some pictures from the day.
94486

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94490

94491

94492
My personal best.

If you plan on going again, I'd be interested in tagging along if it fits into my schedule so drop me a message!

mberisha
07-12-12, 05:05 PM
WOW! Nice pics.....the third pic is incredible!

alradco
07-12-12, 06:42 PM
Great pics. Third from bottom is my favorite.

Peter

Lou72
07-12-12, 11:01 PM
If you plan on going again, I'd be interested in tagging along if it fits into my schedule so drop me a message!

I'll be sure to let you know! I'll probably try to get out there late July or early August. I would like to get track pads and maybe new rotors on before then.

So I thought I was just going a little crazy, but since the track day my brake pedal has been 1-2 inches lower than normal. Is this common occurrence, or is there a problem somewhere in my brake system?