Tuesday Testing At Sebring
Tuesday was another beautiful day at Sebring – writes Martin
Spetz. A bit cool in the morning, but it warmed up nicely under
clear blue skies, the rain stayed away, although late in the afternoon
the wind picked up, dark clouds rolled in and the temperatures dropped
into the low 60s.
Miracle team spent the day tire testing: Kumho has produced a new
tire for them and out of the box it’s about two seconds quicker.
LNT was working
on bedding in brake pads in the morning, in the team’s Panoz
set an unofficial 1:47.8 in the morning, in one of the Audi R10s,
just half a second outside the best set at the recent test here.
The biggest concern for the Audi team appeared to be the pigeons
nesting above where the Audi engineers had set up their equipment!
The R10 is just
too quiet: the semi-trucks running up and down Highway 27 are louder.
Listening to the car blast down the front straight, the engine sound
quickly fades as the car gets further away, but the sound of the
tires hitting the seams in the concrete straightaway make the sound
of a train running at speed on the tracks... Maybe IMSA can require
Audi to install deer whistles on the cars...
adds information from the Dyson camp.
from Monday's item – there is only one of the Lola B06/10s
present, not the pair.
commented that the test so far has been "pretty encouraging".
The Lola went back to the workshop after the January test, while
the engine was air-freighted back to AER in the UK.
Chris commented that the chassis dynamics are different
on the new car – and it is "very responsive and good
over the bumps." Although James Weaver, Butch Leitzinger, Andy
Wallace and Guy Smith all present, it has been Weaver who has been
in the car for the bulk of the time.
The team chose to bring one car and concentrate
on that, and then plan to use the lessons learned here to configure
the second car. Chris Dyson suggested that Sebring is the best place
to test a new car, to see how it will stand up to the obligatory
Right now the team isn’t concentrating on
lap times, despite the fact that the numbers have been pretty good.
Rather they are developing what Chris Dyson termed "a cookbook
of ideas" for the configuration of the vehicles.
not worried about the overall speed of the car as it’s showed
us that it can be very fast. The power of the AER engine is tremendous."
He hinted that
there may be some endurance runs for the cars – but not here.
He would only say that there were "some other tests possible"
in late February but did not indicate where they might be.