I selected Toyo RR 225 45 15s as my track tire. This two groove R-compound appears to be very close in lap times to more aggressive R-compounds while having a longer track life. Exactly what I wanted for a summer of track days. These are mounted on beautiful Volks TE37s – about the only wheel with the barrel clearance necessary to fit over the Wilwood BBK.
The night before I was taking the Nissan to the track to break it in, at 6:30 p.m., the car was buttoned up and ready to go. The RV and tow dolly was hauled out and the car strapped into place. The format for the day was that Katie and I were instructors for Ontario Time Attack’s High Performance Driving School – with set times for instructors to take their own cars out. It just happened that this mainly occurred during the student class sessions – which happened first thing in the morning. We quickly got our car through tech, got the Volks and RRs mounted, and headed onto the recently redesigned Driver’s Development Track at CTMP.
It took three to four laps to get the car warmed up, a couple of more to be sure that it was ready, and then – with the GFB Electronic Boost Gauge set to 12 lbs – with Katie in the passenger seat we went hot. And literally started laughing and high fiving. On the way to the track in the RV Katie had a discussion with me that the car simply was not working. It was not fun. It was not reliable. All of that was forgotten as we could step on the gas and it would simply take off. Exiting the corner … at the apex … even before the apex. The Nismo LSD was literally better than I had even imagined – the car pulled like mad through the corners. After two laps I had to pull off. Katie knew it was to give her a turn behind the wheel – when in actuality it was because I was on such an adrenaline buzz that I had to park. I did not want to make a driving mistake simply because I was too happy! LOL.