Ran my first AX at Texas Motor Speedway today in my new FR-S. (Not on the big track but at a sight on the South end that we call the bus lot) It's a good sized site that permits 60 to 90 second courses. The surface is sealed asphalt that can be slippery if you're not used to it.
I've had the FR-S for a week and have 768 miles on it. The owner's manual says that breakin should be 1000 miles. (Yeah right)
I replaced the stock wheels and tires right away with 245/40/17 Hankook RS-3's on 9 inch Enkei PF03's. Everything else was stock.
The car surprised me and is really a pretty good AX vehicle. The biggest surprise was the way it did a 6 cone slalom. The turn in was really good and I was able to get thru it rapidly with no drama and very little push.
On sweepers the car would develop a bit of push but it could be cured with your right foot and it would rotate nicely and go where you wanted it to.
The only real problem I had was the stoopid electric nannies for stability control and traction control. I turned both off but the traction control turned itself back on when it felt like it. I learned that pushing both buttons and holding them for 3-4 seconds keeps them off. The owner's manual doesn't tell you that.
I finished mid pack in a 20 car class which is just okay for my first time out. The event was put on by the local BMW club and you get 10 runs plus fun runs at the end.
Next on my do list are some coilovers, camber plates and alignment before I look at HP increases. There are two more events next weekend at the same site. Saturday is with a local club called NTAXS and the other is Sunday with with the SCCA. I will be running the STX class with SCCA.
I'd really like to hear from other FR-S owners and what they do on weekends for fun, racing these great little cars.
ps all the trunk junk weighs 29 1/2 lbs---free horsepower with it removed!