Test session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. A great start of the week for Team Qvick, with an engine reprogramming that delivered amazing results. During the New Racing Festival, the first time the Cooper S3 saw the circuit, the engine did...
Test session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
A great start of the week for Team Qvick, with an engine reprogramming that delivered amazing results. During the New Racing Festival, the first time the Cooper S3 saw the circuit, the engine did not work as it should. It shot flames through the exhaust, and the fuel consumption was too high. Another company reprogrammed the engine software, and the results were so unbelievable they dyno tested three more times. The power increase of 15hp to 365hp at the wheels and a larger power band is nice, but the new programming mainly shows itself in the torque curve. An improvement of 100Nm to 400Nm. Plus the engine is a lot less thursty, an extremely important matter in the Belcar endurance races.
With the improved engine, Team Qvick took to the Spa-Francorchamps F1 circuit, joined by the shock breaker manufacturer Technoflex. The duration of the test session was shortened by three hours due to a motorcycle race, disabling the team to experiment with the rear wing set up. Nevertheless, it was a valuable experience.
A lot of progress was made in fixing the break balance problem. Break and tire temperatures confirmed what the test drivers suspected: only the rear left break was doing its job. Causing the car to pull to the left under heavy braking. The exact root of the problem has not been found yet, but the ABS system is one of the suspects. The road behaviour is excellent. The car sometimes has trouble gripping at the rear, because of the stiffness of the rear suspension and the lightness of the rear end (there is no trunk on the car). A problem that will be fixed with a refinement of the set up.
The Mini is equipped with a system that puts extra down force on the nose: Part of the air that passes through the front bumper is guided to the holes in the bonnet. The system performed too well on the fast circuit of Francorchamps. The front bumper was not prepared for the extra pressure, and at certain points came in contact with the front wheels. It was taken off and put aside for the remainder of the session. A new born baby always gets a few child diseases. The important thing is that the car has no structural problems.
During the last part of the session the bonnet became a victim of speed. The bonnet was not properly secured on the lower left side, and the rushing air tore off the lose peace. Luckily the only incident during a valuable test session.