I think you’ve got it right with both mate, always nice to have a manual to hussle, and I don’t think I’d want to use the 140 as my primary track car. I drive the MX5s in a way I wouldn’t feel comfortable driving the 140!! And like you say there’s quite a difference in consumables costs!deanw wrote: ↑Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:32 pmYeah I know what your saying. I can't make up my mind on which I'd prefer. The straight up handling of the Clio or the softer handling but outright speed of the m140i.
I'll let you be the guinea pig .. think my plan is to keep going with the Clio for another year and then maybe sell it and put some of the cash into mods on the m140i.
My main worry for the m140i is cost of repairs due to track days i.e. gear box or engine issues... the Clio is so cheap to repair. my m140i is only a year old so its under warranty but I'm sure they'd wiggle out of it if they could.
I'm doing Oulton on the 21st of Sept if you fancy testing out the new coilovers
One positive of so many of these cars getting written off, is that we don’t have to worry quite so much about catastrophic engine or gearbox failures. Of course it would still be a bad day, and honestly a huge disappointment given the way the 20 year old Renaults and Mazdas eat up the punishment in track, but a quick look on eBay shows the worst case scenario isn’t five figures!!!
Current plan is diff and suspension in/on in the 23rd of this month, then I’ve got the front end repairs to do once the bumper has been painted. I’ve also got a couple of vids to record, one introducing the 140 and then one comparing to the M4 in its current state. And the MX5 to fix...
Plenty on but I’ll be sure to report back on the progress, honest expectation is November for first 140 trackday.