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Track Day - Sandown Melbourne Australia 26th July

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by Higgy, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. Higgy

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    I have booked on Sunday 26 July with Driver Dynamics.

    There are two other Teslas attending that day - I know one owner but not who the other is.

    I would like to discuss recharging options - hopefully he/she monitors this site. I have a borrowed 3-phase charger (thanks MP) and will also have my Tesla "trickle" charger so we should be able to share OK.

    For those coming after (particularly the D drivers) I have an in principle agreement to install a permanent "Next Gen" Tesla charger (3-phase) at Sandown when these become available.

    It would be possible to organise a Tesla track day if that was of interest.

    Cheers
    David
     
  2. Higgy

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    Apparently the third Tesla was a mirage....so only two.
     
  3. cdfleischmann

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    I'd love to, but my car wont grace me with its presence until November...
     
  4. doctorwho

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    I'd love the idea of a Tesla track day in the future.
     
  5. Keiron

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    Gudday Higgy,

    I will have a look at my scheduling and see if I get over to Sandown. I am waiting on confirmation of a trip to Asia that'll make or break it. How close to the event time will they accept registrations?
    And yes I'll WASH mine before I turn up...:scared:
     
  6. bb07

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    Count me in for a future track day after my car arrives in Sept. It would be great to have a 3-phase charger permanently installed at the track.
     
  7. Mark E

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    Wakefield park (Goulburn NSW) has a HPWC - 40A I think - installed at the track.
     
  8. Higgy

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    I am sure they will accept registrations right up until they are sold out!
     
  9. moemoke

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    Hope to see heaps of photos and maybe a video or two of this event.
    Does the day involve timed laps or just practising racing lines?

    If you want to try a different track my local car club (Gippsland Car Club)
    have a "members and associates" practice day at their Bryant Park hill climb coming up on Aug 29
    would be great to see a Tesla or two there, I could check out charging options if anyone interested!
     
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    Not timed. Classified as advance driving training
     
  11. Higgy

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    Cars are not allowed to race each other - or to time themselves ....

    Not sure about hill climbing - I associate this with lots of mud?
     
  12. bb07

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    I think you'd have to have a death wish to throw a big heavy (and expensive) car like a Model S around the Bryant Park Hillclimb track. I've seen some massive crashes there cos the track is so tight. It's a great track for dedicated Hillclimb cars though!

    Here is some footage from my Hyper Racer around Bryant Park from a few years back (warning volume is loud):
    Hyper Pro Racers at Bryant Park - April 2012 - YouTube
     
  13. moemoke

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    Higgy, no mud involved at Bryant Park, unless you run off the track in winter, calling it a hill climb
    is a bit of a misnomer, solo sprint racing would be a better name, it's an undulating road that people
    compete against the clock for about 3/4's of a lap, unlike bb07's vid they don't do full laps and only
    one car at a time, speeds can get very high at this track is much more open than the old track in Morwell.

    bb07, your Hyper looks like fun, probably more of a death wish than running a Tesla around there
    what size motor does it have?

    there have been some good prangs there and not all in public view, a new Nissan Skyline GTR got written off
    when the Nissan mechanic lost it during a photo shoot!
     
  14. Higgy

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    The track day was a little frustrating. The format was a 20 min session each hour – and the conditions varied between sun, rain and hail so it was important to get a feel for the track on the first lap of each session.

    So around once, get a good handle on the conditions - give it the boot - then you get a lap, maybe two if you are lucky – the track is 3.2 km with two fast straights.

    If the conditions had been dry I would have been a lot happier as the familiarization lap would not have been necessary.

    Once the limiter kicks in you can take it easy till it goes - but sinking the boot almost instantly brings it back so you really need to take a couple of slow laps – something that I didn’t work out until late in the day and probably lacked the discipline in any case (its hard being passed by an MX5)

    I used 27% of charge (15 kWh) in my last session – 32.1 km. I am not sure how this was calculated but as 15 kWh is not 27% of 85kWh, so assume this is 27% of (85 kWh - (reserve)- (bricking protection)?

    The following is a screen shot from VT:


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    So, it was worthwhile doing but I will not need to do this again in the Tesla. I hate to say this but my RX8 was a lot more fun on this track.

    I would recommend that this is worth doing but go in with a strategy and stick to it!

    Cheers
    David
     
  15. tkizzy

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    Cool kart video nice driving. Glad to hear about a track day for Teslas happening somewhere else. Had a blast at Laguna Seca recently.

    And I thought Australians only drove these:
    2008%20Holden%20Ute.jpg
     
  16. baillies

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    Did you set regen to low? It adds heat to the battery which is not helpful on a track.
     
  17. Higgy

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    Good point - and no I didn't.... yes this obviously would have helped.
     
  18. bb07

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    Hey moemoke, the hyper racers have a Yamaha WR450 (450cc) dirt bike engine. The whole car weighs 180kg so good power to weight ratio
     

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