Date registered: Dec 2005
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Just returned from a track event and have many questions.
I had my 2002 C32 on-track for the first time. I was at Virginia International Raceway, running with the Audi Club. It is a "driver education" format, meaning that everyone rides with instructors, and passing is by permission in designated areas. Nevertheless, I came away VERY impressed by what the car can do. I realize that a lot has to do with the driver (vs. the car), but I was pleased and surprised at how many times I could overtake V8 Audi S4s.
I'm always looking for ways to improve the car's ability to handle a periodic track day, and have some suggestions and questions:
1. I used EBC Red Stuff Ceramic brake pads on the stock AMG rotors. They were excellent. Very little fade, and performance was consistent.
2. ATE Blue Race Brake Fluid performed fine -- which is to say that there were no problems.
3. Continental Conti-Sport Contact tires are NOT very track-worthy. They are good street tires, but the grip is weak on track.
Visually, my car sits very HIGH, particularly in the front. When searching for aftermarket spring options, I found a reference to Mercedes "spring spacers" which the manufacturer appears to use to adjust height. Any idea if the C32 uses spacers? I've seen other German car makers jack up the ride height for the US market, and I wonder if this was done for the C32.
Thanks in advance for the input.