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  1. SimonH

    English newbie

    Welcome and there is plenty to do - looks like you will be based in Melbourne so Philip Island would be #1 but track days there are often quite expensive and you would want to do one earlier as the weather there can be challenging, There are a few other tracks in Victoria (Winton, Sandown, Haunted Hills) and only a few hours from Melbourne, anything else (SMSP, Wakefield etc.) will be a decent drive. If you pick up a Renault, you may find the prices of some cars here higher than you might expect and moving one on when you leave isn't always a fast process unless it is priced very well. Any idea what sort of car you will be looking for?
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    Finally Did It! New R.s 275

    How/where does it attach ? In the Clio iii I added some eye bolts but can't see where to do something similar in the meg.
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    First World Problems ... What To Do With $35K?!

    Cool. As boring as it may be I would be taking a golf gti for a good long test drive. Definitely in your price range and a few manuals around as well. Easy to get a little more go if you fancy it too.
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    First World Problems ... What To Do With $35K?!

    what are the criteria ? i saw 4 door, daily, 70 minute commute - 35k will get a nice 5 or so year old E500 or a 4 door 335i - plenty of go, nicely made, plenty of family safety but still a little interesting. Is manual still viable ?
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    Megane Rs250 Or Ford Fiesta St

    I would take a look at a Clio iii. You'd definitely get a 2012 model for around 20k. Not as much oomph as a meg but a great fun chassis, high revving and fun. Cheaper on tyres fuel etc too. As Isis says, the meg's limits and capabilities are high, the Clio 200 is at least as much fun at much saner velocities.
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    Clio 197 V 200 Race Car

    the 172 and 182 are fundamentally the same car, Walkie referred to the weight differences but i am not sure what the difference is or what makes up the change. The 182 often has the Cup chassis which means different spacing on the front struts and there was a smaller range of options but i think the offerings are largely the same now. Things like the roll centre hubs sound like they would be disallowed from what you said above - i think those that have them would say they are amongst the very best suspension/geo changes you can make to the 1x2 so that is something worth investigating. Just to confuse things a little more, there is a Phase 1 172 and a Phase 2 172 as well, fundamentally the same car though there are quite a few differences (cable vs electronic throttle, different interior, lights etc.) so it is worth understanding the changes. Having said that, 172s are the bargain buy at the moment. If you are allowed ITBs, there is a 172 for sale on the ACT which would save a decent amount of cash to setup - that particular car also has my old Brembos and a 182 header which could be thrown in so would be a good starting point for a track car.
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    Clio 197 V 200 Race Car

    the roll centre hubs and lsd make a massive difference to the slow corners - at the 2014 Nats, a quicker driver than me took my car out as i was just getting driven away from - he did a 1:45.1 IIRC correctly, however i found out after it was running on 3 cylinders. this was before the resurfacing and on AD08R not a full semi, so i think a well prepped 172 is a great choice IF allowed to make those changes. Acidwestern has a 172 with roll centre hubs/diff/half cage/seat but he also has ITBs and AST suspension and is running in the 1:54 range at Philip Island which is a seriously quick time for 115kW at the wheels.
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    Clio 197 V 200 Race Car

    Few areas to cover there ! The 172 had ktec coilovers when i got it, then koni yellow/eibach (revalved stiffer fronts) then bilsteins, combination of compbrake and ast top mounts and roll centre hubs, various tyres inc semis. The 200 has rs3 tyres and that's it, with everything done, i think the 172 corners faster but the 200 just feels more stable under brakes - the 200 has braided lines, good fluid and DS2500s, I had brembos on my 172 as well as stock calipers, for mine, there is no difference in stopping between the two, though the Brembos give a little more feel. 172 stock calipers and Pagids blue/yellow are all it needs IMHO. I think the selection would be dictated by the rules and mods allowed - i think with some weight out of it and even a small boost in power the 197/200 would be a truly impressive track car, maybe even more so than the 172.
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    Clio 197 V 200 Race Car

    i think the key to this is what the rules allow, or rather what they prohibit. Can you advise what scope of changes are/aren't allowed? For example, the earlier X85 chassis had larger suspension turret apertures so if you want to run adjustable top mounts, you have to cut the "shell" of the later 200, what braking upgrades are allowed, what can you do with engine, ITB, E85 etc? I have had a 172 with track mods (half cage, seat, roll centre corrected hubs, Quaife etc) and have a 200 which has been on track a couple of times, though it is very nearly stock - my impressions are that the 200 is a nicer chassis and brakes better but the extra weight hurts its acceleration (though to be fair the 200 track days were both very warm but the 172 had been tracked on hotter days) ; I also the i think that the 200 designation is quite optimistic whereas the 172 is pretty close to true so the power deficit is exacerbated. I would check out the Clio race car build thread here and also check out the 197 clio cup info available on the web and the 197 cup car build threads on clio200.
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    Renault Clio Sport 200 Trophee

    One of the best heel toe videos to watch is Ayrton Senna in a Honda NSX. Complete with loafers and white socks.... https://youtu.be/8By2AEsGAhU
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    Renault Clio Sport 200 Trophee

    It is also worth giving the cables a lube. Made a big improvement to mine.
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    Renault Clio Sport 200 Trophee

    I doubt you will get a 200 at that price with those kms. A 197 would definitely be in that price range with that sort of kms. A 200 will less than 50k kms will be a good chunk more. Also note that the 200 market does seem to be colour sensitive. Some colours sell faster, and attract a premium, than others.
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    Advice On Purchasing Clio Rs 3

    The Recaros are hot but I ended up with a very late 200 with stock seats in leather. I am glad I did in some ways as the standard seats soften the ride somewhat. The other drawback with the Recaros is that there is less foot room as they have a bar which impedes access (can someone confirm this is correct ? I haven't been in one for a while). The 200 is a good daily, as are the 197. The colour does seem to affect the price and how quickly they sell. The 20th anniversary edition in pearl white look fantastic and are a great spec. If you are going to upgrade suspension etc. do some research (I'm sure Treza will jump in here...) but iirc the 197 and earlier 200 have different top suspension mount hole which make camber adjustment easier.. The belt change is 4 years despite the fact there is some other intervals floating around but it is cheaper than the 1x2. There are some great buys out there now and a good low km 200 with good history is worth travelling for. Most run rough when cold so don't be surprised by that when you drive one.
  14. SimonH

    2017 Ozrs Calendar?

    I'll have one. Good work apple !