Front Runner 2005
Don't forget everyone that the Front runner event is on the 1st May at
the PCGB HQ, turnout last year was 19 so let's make it even bigger this
There is a debate currently running on 968uk about whether there are real
benefits to having bigger/better brakes and cross drilled brakes, a la
M030. The arguments seem to be about the extra performance for track use
on a road car but also the added unsprung weight. Also whether the cross
drilled disks are prone to cracking and becoming a danger.
If anybody can shed any informed light on the subject please let me know
and we can put it in the register write up. Personally I am opting for
the M030 callipers and undrilled disks as a good compromise for a substantial
amount of extra braking. Although I have the parts I haven't got round
to putting them on yet.
Oulton Park 26-2-05
Another good social meet at Oulton Park tied in with a brilliant track
day with Easytrack. Most of us met up on the A556 and headed for Oulton
Park in convoy, while we were parked up in the lay-by we got quite a few
motorists honking their horns as they drove past. It was great that other
car enthusiasts were showing their appreciation of these still stunning
As last year we lined up the cars in the paddock and took the necessary
photos which can be viewed on the 968uk gallery. We had 10 at this meeting,
I think we would have had more but for the very cold and damp weather.
On the track
I took the car on the track but before going out on the track I made some
adjustments to the ride height on the rear of the 968, I dropped it 16mm
from it's normal setting so that it was more in line with Club Sport spec.
As it was raining I left the stiffness settings as they were on a medium
I had a couple of 45 minute sessions just gradually getting quicker and
smoother lines, over time the double apex Druids became a pleasure rather
than a nightmare apart from my last 2 laps when it felt like something
had been spilled on the track and the back end was giving a bit of a wiggle
around Druids. My mate Jason in his CS also had a slippery moment around
Foulstones and picked up a bit of grass on his way.
haven't got the M030 callipers and disks on yet but they are ready to
go on, just haven't got round to it yet.
Although I have been to Donington a couple of times as a visitor I have
never driven on it and the last time I had a passenger ride was about
3 years ago. I managed to go out with another 968 driver for a few hot
laps, it occurred to me just how different the surfaces of different tracks
are, for instance although Oulton Park is reasonably flat the difference
between it and Donington is quite marked with Donington being far smoother.
So if you are testing suspension settings for oversteer and understeer
it can help to be at a circuit with this kind of even surface.
Drove down to Silverstone after Donington and I managed to go out in another
968 with Pete Morris driving, did some very quick laps. Again just showing
what the 968 is capable of in the right hands.
I recently added another Porsche to the stable, this is a 1982 924 2 litre
in Diamond Silver, 35000 miles, one previous owner.
Fabulous condition I gave it a quick polish and put it on show at the
local OPC when we had a regional meeting there in February, it's not often
that you see a 924 in an OPC these days. GT Purely Porsche wanted to take
some photos but at short notice couldn't get a photographer organised
The car had been stored for a number of years, presumably in some outbuilding
such as a barn, as when I was cleaning the engine bay I found a mass of
acorn shells and squirrel droppings on top of the intake manifold.
I've put some pictures of the car on www.924uk.com
I must admit that when I first drove the 924 I was looking for that handling
that I have been experiencing in the 968 with it being effectively the
968s ancestor. I soon came to realise that they are 2 very dissimilar
cars and there are a number of reasons for this.
The 924 is of course a 2 litre and I found doesn't rev quite as easily
as the 968, but bearing in mind that the 924 has only covered 35000 miles
so the engine won't be as free as the 968s which has done 115000.
The roadholding on the 924 of course just isn't up to the same level as
the 968, again reasons for this are that the 924 is a standard road car
and I have got used to the much tighter and responsive KW suspension over
the past weeks. Another key difference is the tyre sizes, 185 all round
compared to 225s and 255s on the 968.
Apart from these differences there is of course the age of the respective
cars. The 924 is 23 years old with 23 year old parts including I suspect
23 year old dampers, whereas the 968 is 'only' 12 years old with all new
dampers and springs.
Having said that the 924 is a great little sports car with enough in the
2 litre to give an enjoyable drive out on a Sunday morning and with it's
superb condition still attracts a few admiring glances. Great underpinnings
for the 944/968 series and also let's not forget a Le Mans winner.
968 Technical Tip
To replace rear light bulbs.
Remove the rubber bung on the inside of the boot area, which reveals an
8mm nut unscrew that, disconnect the harness and the unit comes out by
pushing on the bolt.
Thanks to Chris(EDZ968)
Still looking for contributions from anybody
who has a 968 experience to share so just let me know.