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Thread: A visit to Donington Park and Silverstone in a Caterham

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    Then a short straight uphill to Coppice which is an early apex and long arcing exit.




    For this I had a Caterham 310. This is 152hp Sigma engine car. LSD. 5 speed Mazda box. Ideally I would have had more power but it was the only car available for rental at short notice.




    Donington, like most UK circuits, is subject to strict noise controls. For my track day it was 98db. Needless to say this Mustang failed it on the sighting laps behind the pace car!!!







    The noise limits were a problem. By afternoon with the very still air, a lot of cars were being blackflagged and sent home after a first warning. All the Porsches, a couple of Caterhams and a few others. By around 3pm I had the track to myself as the ranks had thinned out substantially.
    Last edited by Croc; 05-20-2018 at 05:24 AM.
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    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    This is a relatively short track. We were running the GP configuration which gives the extra arm off the back of the pits that provided extra length. However, it is quick – indicated by the average speed. In my rent-a-caterham it was a third and fourth gear track for the most part. Only went into second for the two hairpins on the GP extension. It may have been a 5 speed box but 5th is an overdrive and you lost speed if you tried to use it. Luckily 4th was a direct drive and so I survived just reving it out to 7000.


    Some on track action







    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    I just overtook him…honest!!!


    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    For video we have two options. The first is the 360 video. You can pan the camera around to look out the back or look down on me driving - click and drag the cursor to pan. For Kitcat you can pan the camera round and round and round and so pretend you are spinning like normal. For Xcarguy you can aim the camera at the sky and pretend you launched it again.

    Sorry no decent sound on this as it does not support an external microphone.



    For those who are conventional and like sound then this is the alternative video.

    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Silverstone Circuit

    Then it was Silverstone late in the week. Like Donington, I had been here before and I was driving the same Caterham 310. However, I had big reservations. The GP layout at Silverstone is a power circuit. Very fast. But I only had 152hp so I was not going to be very fast. Plus with the 5 speed gearbox that they only offer now (apparently there are now reliability issues with the Caterham 6 speed box that traditionally was specified and that I have in my Caterham CSR) then I was likely to find myself stuck without the right gear at some point. Sure enough that was how it turned out.





    You really need a Caterham 620R or R500 to enjoy this circuit.

    Some on track photos





    Last edited by Croc; 05-20-2018 at 05:27 AM.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Similar to Donington I have two choices of video

    Option 1
    360 video that you can pan around and look everywhere but not great sound but it does have a track map and data overlay and corner labelling for the first lap so you know what corner I am going through. Click and drag cursor to pan the video around 360 degrees



    Option 2
    Regular video with sound and data overlays.




    Both videos really illustrate the power nature of the circuit. I would belt into corners at max velocity 105mph, usual high speed understeer and then the aim was to minimize the speed being scrubbed off by the corner. Then on exit, I could not drop a gear to pick up the pace because of the gaps between the ratios forcing me to hold a higher gear and lug it out of the corners.

    And this was the situation all over the circuit – Copse, Maggott/Beckett, Abbey, etc. It was a fun day on a circuit but frustrating all the same.

    So whats my favorite – Donington. No contest. Its fast and fun and well suited to a seven. Even in a lightly powered Caterham it is a good drive because it flows so well. Donington is one of the best circuits you will ever drive in a Seven as it flows so well maintaining momentum.
    Last edited by Croc; 05-20-2018 at 05:29 AM.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Croc,

    About your comment on the A110. I had a Dinalpin in the long ago. It handled great. When I first came to the US for good (at 19), I tried a Lotus Europa. It had nothing on my Dinalpin. The car had previously been a racer, I watched it at the Magdalena Mixhuca racing against Freddie Van Beuren's GT350 (SCCA B Prod. champion). Ate the Mustang in the twisty bits and then the Shelby would blast past on the main straight.

    -Mark

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    Croc,

    As alway, an awesome writeup and a great read.
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