@spicer: Three weeks ago I was on the Anneau du Rhin. Only track setup I have different from stock is the DSC V1 controller which reduces roll, squat and dive. The behaviour in the bends was just brilliant. Alas, the Nissan GTR and the Porsche got me every time on the straight 😉
@mrbrett: I wouldn’t call the feeling “planted” though. Rather agile and liquid and relaxed compared to the summer tyres. Fast corners are less precise in winter tyres and more micro corrections on the steering are needed.
I use BBS 18″ rims with Pirelli Sotto Zero 3 since a couple of winter seasons now. I guess, the different feeling comes from the slightly different cross section of the tyre. The summer Michelin Super Sport is rather square with a sharp edge compared to the more blended Pirelli besides the harder rubber mixture. The square one is more prone to tram lining around lane grooves, hence the “twitchy” behaviour.
Moreover, the 18″ rim has a slightly smaller moment of inertia that, together with the cooler intake air, makes for a more vivid accelleration adding to the fun.
Hope that helps. Drive safe 😎
Wonderful journal, well done! Greetings from Basel to Lëtzebuerg -)
Oh, and by the way: my carving skis need a service, too. They drive like my RS 😉
Thanks Bob. Better get the breakdown squad out, get me rolling on…
Yep, winter tyres booked for next monday. Here we expect snow this weekend down to 600 metres. Hope to hit a snowy spot for some drift doughnuts this year 😎
@71-bda: Thanks for pointing out abuse/riding the clutch. This begs some questions about proper driver’s education and good practice. For me seating position is the key. There is enough leg room to rest your left foot on the pedestal, always. In 1979, when getting my licence, cars where a wee bit less sophisticated, electronically speaking. The clutch pedal was so heavy that a cramp in the calf could easily occur in an ordinary traffic jam (the formidable Lancia Beta, Coupé and HPE, come to mind). On the other hand, double-clutch shift was our daily practice and we were not exactly driving Miss Daisy when the speed limit was still 100 km/h on B-roads. I haven’t seen a worn clutch in any of my seven Fords, not even after 160’000 kilometers. And when I gave driving lessons to my girls the first thing I paid attention to is that they did not press the clutch when cornering, a typical female beginners behaviour. In other words, there is both: failing clutches (warranty) and, alas, poor drivers.
@GM: I observed it about two years ago in mine, slow moving uphill as you said. Talked to the master mechanic. He confirmed the rubber seal could reverse and stick. But then, once doesn’t count and we left it as it was. It never happened again in 90,000 miles. As bda suggested a small gap from pedal to floor might do the trick. I have my seating position set such that the pedal doesn’t touch the floor when the left leg is extended. Helps also for a faster gear change since only a fraction of the swing is used. So don’t worry and drive that bloody beast 😎