The PCA of Las Vegas seems to be the only way I can get to drive on the Spring Mountain track in Phrump. It’s an hour outside of Vegas, and a great track with lots of elevation and straights for speed. I wanted to drive in a Honda Challenge event before the end of the year, but the drive to California wasn’t where I wanted to test out the latest round of improvements I made to the car. If you recall I replaced the drive shafts after I discovered a leak.
The Porsche Club of America or PCA rent out the track and invite anyone that wants to come. Surprisingly there where very few Porsches at the event, but this GT3RS was one bad ass car. I love the center locking wheels and the factory roll cage color matched to the car.
If the GT3Rs is too cheap for you, bring your 1 of only 333 Audi R8 Gt’s with you. This race car for the street has an upgraded engine, and a lower curb weight. Top Speed 199mph. Don’t forget your half a million dollar hauler and factory tech to help during sessions. My car cost as much as one rotor on this car (I’m not kidding)
It was nice to see a Gallardo driver using his car like it should be, not hard parking it at valet in front of Wynn.
The group also contained a Lotus cup event, with many Elise and Evora’s tearing up the track. They must have been members of the track because they never entered the same pits as us, and where relaxing in the suites between sessions. Have I mentioned that I stick out at these events yet.
The Corvette was the weapon of choice for most of the drivers. Zo6’s and Zr1’s with slicks were plentiful. Almost all of them ran full slicks and came on a trailer The V8 rumble was very nice, I was proud to be an American just needed some apple pie.
There were two BRZ/FRS drivers at this event so I wasn’t the only Japanese import. The driver of this one is an instructor at a local driving school, and was embarrassing some high powered Corvettes in his session. He brought a set of race tires and was about 20 seconds a lap faster than me. I need way more practice events, and about 80 horsepower to get there. The brakes on the car started to act up and he didn’t run his last session. The aftermarket does not have brake pads available for the new car yet.
Here is some of the action on the track. I wanted to test a few things while I was at this event. I wanted to know if the new drive shifts fixed the cause of the problems at the last track event? They did, no issues all day and I drove the car very hard. I wanted to test out to see how the gauges for oil temp and pressure worked. I confirmed I need a oil cooler as I saw temps above 270 degrees I was also testing a new app for my phone that would give track times. This did not work out very well. The app uses a GPS signal, and this was hard to get on my phone way out in the desert. There is a product to boost signal for GPS on phones. I am going to look into this for next time. I did get some data out of the event but not alot. my best recorded time was 3:12.245. This was not on the same configuration as the last event I did at Spring mountain, so i don’t know how to compare to see if i improved.
I wanted to leave this for last as a way to show that not everyone at this event brought their car on a trailer, and a team to support them. This one older gentleman brought his wife, and loaded up the vette with a tow behind. I love all the painters tape to protect the car is now almost a second paint job. If only the Integra had torque, I would do this now. I have some more upgrades coming in the next few weeks, and plan to go to Spring mountain one more time before the end of the year.