I promised a few of you that I would provide an update after driving the ST on track this weekend.
I'm an instructor with several groups and this weekend I was fortunate enough to run with NASA.
Packed, lightly, on Friday for the trip.
I've had the ST for a month and this was the first time it's been on track. It was absolutely as delivered and, honestly, it was so cold Saturday morning that I didn't even bother to check tire pressures before the first session.
The trip got me a low 34mpg average and that was done mostly at 75-80mph. Overall, I was impressed.
Dressed and ready to play early Saturday morning.
I just did two sessions in the car on Saturday. Duties called and I just didn't have the time for more driving to go along with all my socializing and time with the students.
I turned incredibly consistent (lap to lap) times but they weren't particularly impressive. The cold temps didn't help with grip and I was overdriving the car a bit at first.
The second session went a lot better and I picked up nearly 2 seconds per lap. Two more sessions on Sunday and I was done being hard on her. She, after all, had to get me 350 miles back home.
I could type paragraphs with what I thought, but suffice it to say it's one hell of a capable car. I did the first two sessions in "sport mode" and was a bit let down with how much it intervenes. Yes, it's necessary, but it is really harsh. On Sunday, I drove with it in "off" and the car was a totally different animal. In that configuration I was keeping up and playing with much faster cars, many shod with r-compound tires.
So many people, many of you, will rush to a vendor to replace the shocks and springs with aftermarket stuff. Sadly, most of those people don't have the skill to keep up with what the car will do stock. I hope that some of you make a good decision and use the car for a while as Ford built it. It's fun to add a bit of power, but the suspension is pretty damn good, you owe it to yourself to drive it on track and see exactly what you paid for.
Only after a very vigorous session chasing and leading a friend in his American Iron caliber SN-95 Mustang GT did I finally run through the brakes. The pedal got soft, but I still made the apex at turn one. The tail wagging under braking was nice and made those final stops a bit entertaining. That Mustang friend commented about how well the ST looked in the turns and he admitted an inability to pass me, at least it wasn't as flat out easy as he thought it would be. At t8 I caught the curb with my driver rear tire and he said the view of the rear tires leaving two black stripes in full drift to the next apex at about 80mph was a sight to behold.
You guys paid a lot of money to get this car. I hope some of you get to experience it on track.
Paddock mate seemed a bit annoyed at all the attention garnered by the ST
The only frame grab I have pulled from the video so far.
It was a hell of a lap playing with, and annoying, that M3.
120 plus miles on track and this kind of average.
Sure beats the 5mpg I get with my Rx7
Crisp fall day
And, the end of the day.