My Puma.. Maximum Track Attack!!

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Postby PumaJay » Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:28 pm

Fear not, I will be using the car this weekend coming and over the next week or so and checking them regularly to make sure they stay nice and tight.

If any issues arise i'l probably just take the paint off with my little dremel
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Postby demonskull13 » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:44 pm

your pumas comeing on nice i like your black and orange colour skeem
after you cut your rear bumper in half has it afected the drag? Its a cool idea and like your front splitter aswell
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Postby PumaJay » Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:29 am

I have no idea id it made any difference, certainly not enough to notice it from the drivers seat.

Well I managed to finish off the front bumper this weekend. splitter all attached and braced nice and strongly.

Few pics of how I did it.

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Postby PumaJay » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:46 pm

Quick picture of the car all in one piece and looking awesome at the Autosport International Show on the #TrackAddict stand which I organised.

You'll have to excuse me and Warren for ruining the picture!

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Postby Dal » Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:20 pm

^^ Awesome mate! If I'd have know l'il Puma (and you) were there we might have made more of an effort to get up there - maybe next year.
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Postby Brian' » Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:50 pm

Awesome looking picture Jay!
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Postby grayfox » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:28 pm

^^^^^^^^^^ this 8-)
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Postby PumaJay » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:46 pm

Thanks guys... its a very flattering picture of the car!
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Postby Wild E. Coyote » Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:03 pm

Has the splitter made any difference to the handling of the car? I mean, can you feel it?
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Postby PumaJay » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:51 am

No idea, havent been on track to test it as of yet.... Im pretty sure if it has made any difference its going to be very minimal
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Postby PumaJay » Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:33 pm

Finally cured my rough running problems over 4k, set out to swap different sensors over from my other puma to try and work it out, first one I changed was the MAF, problem cured.

New one ordered. Also ordered a new cone filter as my current one is about 7 years old and looking rather tatty!
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Postby grayfox » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:09 pm

:thumbs: bet your glad that's little gremlins vanquished!
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Postby PumaJay » Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:13 pm

Just a bit, I dont know why I didnt think simple first to be honest.

When I plugged the car in it gave me no codes I didnt even have the EML on, I did some live monitoring and the lambda sensor looked a little off so changed that but it didnt cure it which I was I was going down the route of either ECU or knackered VCT solenoid. It was just a stroke of luck that it was the first thing I swapped over and it fixed it.

Car took off like a rocket down the road and instantly put a massive smile on my face!
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Postby PumaJay » Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:40 pm

I've got my first track day of the year coming up this weekend at Rockingham so I decided to give the brakes a bit of an overhaul. The pads had plenty of meat on them but the material had started to break up and crumble.... So I fitted this lot!

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Im using the car all week to bed them in a bit... That I dont actually have use of another car at the moment is also a big factor, not sure my neighbours like it when I fire it up at 5:45 every morning.
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Postby PumaJay » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:04 pm

My first track day of 2016 on Sunday, The [url]#TrackAddict|urlwww.track-addict.co.uk[/url] day at Rockingham. Started out very cold and the track was still damp but as the day progressed the sun did come out for a bit and the track soon dried. I found it difficult to get heat into the rear tyres and I did have 3 spins, all small and it was just a case of trying to carry too much speed early on in the runs.

Other than that a great day. Car performed well but it has started to show signs of weakness... oil leak and a few rattles have appeared. Its also convinced me that I need more power as well now.

Few pictures from the day.

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Postby moondustka » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:13 am

Car looks great :-)
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Postby KoNLaR » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:50 pm

Great photos, that antenna is really eye catching though haha
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Postby PumaJay » Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:10 pm

Thats one of the things that will be going. i'm going to be removing a fair bit of the wiring loom once I get a bit of spare time to start work on it.

Thinking its time for some new tyres as well, I wasnt overly impressed with the Marangoni's at Rockingham, they only seem to work on properly dry & warm tracks. They are really hard to get any heat into on cold days. I played around with pressures a bit and got a bit of grip but it always felt like the rear was very loose.
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Postby gingerdave » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:10 pm

What sort of tyres are they?Are they a track tyre? Or a budget road tyre.?
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Postby PumaJay » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:56 am

They are a track spec semi slick tyre. Work brilliantly on a nice hot day when I can get plenty of heat in them. Its the rears I struggle to warm up
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Postby grayfox » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:58 pm

Not too surprising with the amount of weight over them, are you running a brake bias value? if so could you play with that to get a bit more heat into them?
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Postby PumaJay » Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:47 pm

I'm not no. I do have one that I've been meaning to fit for ages but I've just never found the time to do it. I just tend to be quite aggressive with the steering to try and make the rear work harder to get some heat. its only really a problem on cold days.
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Postby gingerdave » Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:52 pm

So when you say back is "very loose" do you mean oversteering.If so maybe drop rear pressures,what pressures do you put in a cold tyre?
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Postby PumaJay » Mon May 23, 2016 4:12 pm

Been a little while sine I last updated this so here goes...

I took a couple of days annual leave last week to sort a few jobs and to get the car ready for Cadwell Park on Sunday (yesterday) I made a new much tougher front splitter as the old started to wobble and flap at speeds over 110mph this one is now much stronger and secure.

I cured to the "warped" disc feel in the brake pedal as well, the front pads looked very glazed and the discs also had small pad deposits on them, this is probably due to the fact that they we're bedded in at Rockingham and heated up too quickly. I cleaned them up some sand paper and that cured that, I also changed the rear discs as they looked shot. Rear pads we're ok with plenty of meat left so they go re-used.

Anyway... Track day! Cadwell... what a place, I cant believe I left it 4 years before I went back. The car was on form it handled beautifully and felt so balanced through the quick and low speed stuff. Now... I need to address the issue of power. Coming out through charlies and onto the park straight I couldn't get much above 100mph so I am going to explore the possibility of fitting a 2.0 Fiesta ST lump under the bonnet.

The car didn't exactly survive the day either, a small-ish oil leak became a large one and a small-ish blow on the exhaust is now a big one... But its nothing I can't fix.

Few pictures from the day, videos to follow.

ImageDSC_5653 by Jay Hardy, on Flickr

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Postby moondustka » Mon May 23, 2016 8:47 pm

Car looks fantastic..

ST engine isn't a bad choice, that or the ST170 as that has VCT which is something you'll be used to. Both engines respond very well to superchargers. I love turbo'd engines obviously but they're very expensive to get reliable on track I feel as they generate so much heat.

Very interested to see if you go ahead with it.
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