TWR GTR 2012

 

The following is a series of photographs and brief notes on everything I’ve done to my GTR and any events I may have participated in during 2012…

 

More to come, so keep watching this space…

 

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In 2011, I installed a pair of Edelbrock Sound Deflection Technology Mufflers on the basis of trying to seek a solution to noise issues that did not involve 'packed' silencers which tend to burn out quite quickly, especially on modified engines!  Having installed these silencers I realised the car seemed noisier than with the old 'burnt out' silncers?  So I conducted a noise test as follows...

 

2011-06-02 Noise Test Results

Max RPM:

6000

dB(A)

7200

dB(A)

2/3 Max RPM

4000

120

4800

N/A

3/4 Max RPM

4500

123

5400

N/A

 

Considering these results were based on 6000 max rpm (peak power achieved at 4900 rpm) there was little point testing based on 7200 actual max rpm (current rev limit chip – it would even rev to 8000 rpm with the appropriate chip)… so this is what we had to start with from last year!!!

 

Since then, other than driving the GTR, I have done very little to it!  But now the weather seems to have been improving, up until today at least, I thought I’d better get my act together and start sorting things out.  Now we're already into June, a service is needed, then an MOT and then all the extra jobs I’ve been putting off for so long… not least of which the exhaust?  Service parts ordered, I thought I’d pop down to Goodwood yesterday, Saturday 02 June (150 mile round trip) – GRRC Trackday – to blag a noise test as I’m a member, just to confirm what I’ve got to deal with…

 

2012-06-02 Noise Test Results

Max RPM:

6000

dB(A)

7200

dB(A)

3/4 Max RPM

4500

109

5400

N/A

 

So, exactly a year later and on the same Edelbrock Sound Deflection Technology Mufflers, which I had previously thought were a complete waste of money (even though it sounded great)… they now seem to be coming into their own – I take back anything bad I’ve said about these silencers and maybe patience is a virtue after all!  It would appear that 1100 miles in a year has built up enough carbon/soot to help with noise reduction – which I guess does make some sense?  I now only have to achieve a 4 dB(A) reduction and already have a couple of options available to do that, so watch this space!  I can feel the tracks beckoning at long last!!!

 

Summer 2012… what summer???  The lack of any reasonable dry and sunny days have really restricted my venturing out in the GTR!  Not that I’m bothered about driving in the wet – though you do have to have your wits about you in a GTR in the wet and it can be a lot of fun – it’s just the though or dread of having to clean the car afterwards that put me off.  Obviously I did take the car out for the odd spin on the odd day here and there, but didn’t get around to attending any events thanks to the weather.

 

Saturday 03 November…

Half decent weather, so an excuse for a spin the GTR.  After the usual pre-launch checks, re-fuelling I finally get out on the road… but then disaster strikes only a few miles out… a bird strike – a rather large and dumb pheasant to be exact!!!  There I was minding my own business driving at 60mph between Westfield and Brede and this pheasant comes out of nowhere, no time to take any evasive action, just had to lift off and hope it goes under the car!  No cloud of feathers in the rear view mirror, where did it go… perhaps into the radiator air intake?  Quickly pull over and yes, there it is stuffed well into the radiator having forced the grille back into the radiator as well.  I quickly removed the pheasant and disposed of it in disgust only to witness a rather serious coolant leak from the punctured radiator… Ouch!  I drove back home as quickly as I could before I lost all my coolant.  This is the resulting damage…

 

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A new radiator is required and ordered.  I guess on reflection whilst as frustrating and annoying as this is, it could have been much worse i.e. if it had hit the front clip head on, there would have been considerable damage, so I should perhaps count my blessings!  Another job for the winter then.

 

That’s it for 2012, look out for 2013 and beyond.  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and Prosperous New Year!

 

 

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