Evolutionary Learning In A Porsche Boxster

I have seen Federico at both HPDE (high performance driver education) events at Harris Hill Road (H2R) & at a number of autocross events, both by SASCA & SPOKES.  It’s about time I wrote about him & his 2001 Porsche Boxster.

The shot below is from the SEA Track Attack, last May 2009.

This next picture is from this past June 2009, at the 2009 SASCA Autocross #6.  I most definitely noticed the yellow headlight coverings.  Federico explained that this was not done as a fashion statement, but to protect his expensive Porsche headlights from track debris damage.  But they do look good!

Federico has gotten through some racing “hard knocks” learning.  He has been a member of H2R for some months, now.  He has learned to go faster & more consistently quick at the Harris Hill Road track.  Unfortunately, his original Porsche engine suffered from oil starvation on one of the curves.  He heard a strange noise & knew it was over.  He doesn’t plan on that happening on his replaced Porsche engine.  He has installed an ACCUSUMP (the original pressurized automotive oil accumulator).  This functions to keep his engine fully lubricated, regardless of the track curves induced G-forces.  No more oil starvation issues!

The cockpit, likewise has been optimized for HPDE use.  Federico has installed a smaller diameter MOMO steering wheel & a digital device to measure his hot laps.

The shot below is from the SEA Track Attack event that was held in both dry to wet & later dry conditions.  Federico says he’s driven at high speed in the rain before, so he wasn’t concerned – he just wanted to get back out there!

It was interesting to see his stock tires & wheels (Bridgestone Potenza, 265/30R19’s) versus his dedicated track tires & wheels (Toyo Proxes R888, 235/40ZR17’s).  An interesting contrast.  Even more intriguing is that his Porsche Boxster is a daily driver car.

Federico continues to optimize his Porsche Boxster to go faster at the track.  He recently has switched to a smaller battery & a different exhaust.  At the H2R Track, these weight savings have reduced his average track time by about 1 second, and that is significant over a 1.8 mile track.

Of course, as Federico says, these weight savings won’t make any meaningful difference in one’s times at an autocross.  It’s the driver’s ability to optimally & consistently maneuver his car & to also learn the course.  There’s nothing worse than completing a hot autocross run you thought was awesome & then find out that you missed a gate & DNF’d (did not finish).

Racing Ready appreciates versatile amateur racing competitors who learn & evolve, from one event to the next!  I look forward to hearing of Federico’s continued challenges & successes…

Dan

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