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Track Day Tips - July 2008 Shakedown

Track Day Ins & Outs

Jul 1, 2008
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Track Day Ins & Outs

In: Doing a track day
Out: Doing a flaming-bystander death canyon run

In: Naturally aspirated engines
Out: Blown engines

In: Premium pump gas
Out: Overpriced race gas

In: Sunscreen
Out: Sunburn

In: Driving fast on the track
Out: Driving fast in the paddock

In: Breaking in new brake pads on the way to the track
Out: Grinding caliper pistons against the discs on the way home

In: Listening to instructors during the download session
Out: Listening to the radio during the session you got thrown out of

In: A cooler full of cold drinks to keep you hydrated
Out: An ER full of fat nurses who keep you waiting

In: Mufflers
Out: Ear plugs

In: Fresh brake fluid
Out: Boiling brake fluid

In: A completed tech form
Out: A car that fails tech


Chassis Code Edjumacation: '92-'96 Prelude

CODE ORIGIN MODEL ENGINE
BA8 JDM SI F22B
BA9 JDM SI 4WS F22B
BB4 JDM SI VTEC H22A
BB1 JDM SI VTEC 4WS H22A
BB8 USDM SI F22A1
BB2 USDM SI, SE, SI 4WS H23A
BB1 USDM VTEC H22A1


HT Web site Picks

www.racingjunk.com
This is the ultimate place to buy and sell race-related goods for your Honda. Looking for a full-blown, track-prepped EG? There's probably one on there right now. How about safety equipment, seats, even engine bits? Chances are, what you need is on there and, best of all, www.racingjunk.com is free to use.

www.nsxprime.com
Own an NSX? Plan on buying on NSX? Want to pretend you plan on buying an NSX? Either way, be sure to check out www.nsxprime.com-the definitive Web community for the discriminating Honda supercar owner who simply doesn't have the patience with getting "flamed" or "pwned" by so-called fellow enthusiasts trolling around other popular Honda forums. The site features forums covering topics for noobs or experts as well as a "Wiki" feature for those who just want to learn more about the coolest Honda ever.


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'09 TSX: What It Costs

Acura's just released TSX pricing information for the '09 model, which will be on sale by the time you read this. Pricing starts at $28,960 and climbs to $32,060 when paired with the technology package. The '09 is available with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, neither of which affect pricing. The new TSX offers more for your money: It's bigger in every way both inside and out, features a redesigned suspension, and includes standard TSX fare like Bluetooth and XM satellite compatibility, leather interior, HID headlights, and USB connectivity. Shell out for the optional technology package and you'll have access to a rearview camera, voice recognition navigation, real-time traffic and weather, and the ELS premium sound system tuned by six-time Grammy award-winning sound engineer Elliot Scheiner. How many cars can claim that?

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Super GT Round 2: Okayama

It's just after the season's second race and things don't appear to look too good for Honda. Honda's defending champion ARTA NSX, which sported its new "Ultraman" color scheme, met disaster in the final round. That combined with Nissan's new R35 GT-R seem to be enough to make things difficult for Honda. Defending champ Ralph Firman piloted the ARTA NSX in qualifying to a second best time of 1:23.815 with the Takata NSX following in position five and Raybrig in seven. The Epson and Real NSX followed behind in eighth and ninth positions respectively. On race day Firman and the ARTA NSX battled against Benoit Treluyer driving the Xanavi Nismo GT-R. At one point he was edging ahead, but ultimately falling permanently behind, in part due to a brush with a GT300 back marker. The ARTA NSX sustained front fender damage but later resulted in a partial spin in lap 68. This cost ARTA its spot, which was handed to yet another GT-R. The team ARTA NSX finished in spot three while the Epson NSX finished fifth, Raybrig ninth, Takata 12th, and Real 16th. Next stop: Fuji circuit. Can the NSX overcome the new GT-R?


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EDM-Spec CTR: Still Top DogGuess what? Honda's current Civic Type R is the best-selling three-door hot hatch in Europe. Since it launched in March '07 through the end of February, a total of 5,192 customers got a hold of their own CTR, making it the EDM's most popular hatch. To allow for some perspective, Ford sold 4,778 of the Focus STs, while the Golf GTI recorded only 1,984 purchases. But why? A large part of the Euro-spec CTR's success is due to Honda's GT Grade-a more refined, more comfortable cabin that more than 90 percent of CTR buyers opt for. Barely more than 500 stripped-down, lightweight models have been sold so far.


Not All Rims Are Created Equal:
Five Wheels That Set The Standard

Racing Hart CPR (1): These saw lukewarm sales in the U.S. at first but their popularity and street price has skyrocketed over the past four years.

Mugen MF (2): Mugens will always be a Honda community staple. The MF started off strong and continues as a high priority on most collectors' wish lists.

Volk TE37 (3): Considered a classic from inception, there isn't a Honda on the planet that won't look better with a set of these race-ready rollers.

Regamaster Evo (4): From imports to domestics, the classic five-spoke design is universal. Pair that with a feather-light weight and offer a few colors and you've got the perfect wheel.

Spoon SW388 (5): Rooted from the lightweight Evo, SW388s not only dominate the race-ready crowds but have also spawned more knockoffs than any other wheel we know of.

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