I will be taking my car to a performance driving school on Monday. I was looking for any tips in prepping the car for a track day.
1. can the adaptive tranny be reset?
2. should I keep ESP on or reduced?
3. leave tranny in S or use M?
4. What should tire pressures be set to? leave at OE spec or something else?
5. painters tape the front end?
6. any tips on in car video camera mounts?
7. any other tips?
Lots of great advice from all the pros above so you may find repeat answers below, though I will pick and choose...
2. ESP is definately something I always remove. It tends to slow me down especially on the corners and I've had times where I've reset all my work from distance gained during a long chase after ESP kicked in. Learning to drive without it helped me out, but when rain falls I keep it on.
3. I would suggest M because you always want to be in full control of your car. A full-on Manual Tranny would be ideal, however this will be just fine. Like someone above mentioned, you want to be able to hold near redline because you will be there a lot. HOWEVER, since it is your first time, I think S may actually be a better choice because it is more important to focus on the line than hitting quickshifts and working on maximizing your car (which of course is also the purpose of a good line). When your line is good, then switch to M and give it all you got.
4. Tire pressure really depends on the day/temperature/track/terrain. I usually leave it a little bit over, but just remember that after heavy driving, the tires will heat up and your PSI will significantly jump up from what it was when you started. Always check tire pressure. I keep my R-compounds between 32-38 psi.
7. Someone mentioned a good point about the seatbelt. What I usually do is pull the seat ALL THE WAY to the back and then tense up the seatbelt. Then I move the seat as far as possible to the front or enough that the belt is super tense and still give me room to heal-toe (of course only on Manual Tranny cars). Another good idea is to make sure you remove everything from the interior of your car. If you keep stuff, keep it in the glove compartments or consoles. The last thing you want is to have a water bottle roll under your brakes when you approach a corner. A helmet is also a very good idea, but it seems you will have one. Some track events don't require it, but better safe than sorry. Also, check your fluids and brake pads. That is very important because you want your car to be performing normally since you will be pushing her more than usual. Make sure you take breaks with your car because it will heat up very easily under heavy driving. Just remember, track driving is not like long highway driving. Again someone mentioned, do NOT touch the handbrake when you are pitting to cool her down. You may warp the rotors. Also, I read somewhere once, which helped me a little, when you are driving, try to look where you wanna go. I don't mean just right in front of you, but a little bit ahead. I know it sorta sounds stupid and simple, but it will help your line because you'll naturally adjust to that destination rather than being too focused on the corner RIGHT in front of you. Other than all that, the last thing I do is hit up an energy drink before getting out there. When I drink FULL THROTTLE: Blue Demons, it makes me see lines.
Just remember, stay safe and HAVE FUN!!