Some time ago I had the opportunity to be with The Castiron on a racetrack - the Bilster Berg Drive Resort, dry track - in the jumpseat (please see blogpost 28). A huge experience, unforgettable. Now again, this time in Hockenheim, however wet, very wet. So grip at zero. In the morning, The Castiron in pole position at the pit lane exit; should we start slowly?
This time a German car, 6 gear shifter, rear-wheel driven, differential locking; the vehicle fights, the back is always instable. Sometimes the car pushes over the front wheels. The ideal line is no longer the best one. Grip today with these conditions, not too much.
The first curves are handled, no off the track departure, however always balancing between power and steering, steering-countersteering. The electronic system seems to be supportive not to overpush the car. However a smooth driving is impossible. The electronic action is “feelable”, tough braking or no possible power application. Some laps this way, it always feels enforced.
Then the best idea of The Castiron: all electronic systems OFF. Only the mechanical system. Analogue as the good old times. The Quaife differential locking can prove that`s all in line. It can! Unbelievable how the compact hatchback can drift around corners. Always in the instable driving mode, only fun. Always at the limit, feels like a game! All feels much faster around the corners.
What comes in The Castiron’s and my mind? “Freude am Fahren” (“Sheer Driving Pleasure”) is still achievable, but only if analogue/mechanical systems are in place and can be used.
Many thanks from The Castiron to Martin!
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron