GW 197 ex Michelin Road Cup Racer -> Track car/Sprints

Discussion in 'Projects/Progress Threads' started by A1axx, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Clio 197 Race Car
    Hi,

    This is my project thread for my Clio 197. I now own Jake Honours ex michelin road cup series car from Jade Developments. I had plans to build one, but with this one almost ready it made sense to have it fixed up and a few extra parts added.

    Current spec of the car:

    Bare shell build from a standard 197
    Glacier White and AMG grey interior/cage

    R019 safety devices cage
    Bimarco seats/omp harnesses
    Plumbed in extinguisher system
    Master cut off/ pump override and fan override
    Cup racer roof scoop

    22r green Cup racer wheels
    Nankang AR1 225 45 17 tyres
    R3 access bilstein coilovers with adjustable topmounts
    Gripper Plated Diff, first of a new batch developed at Jades

    R3 airbox
    Milltek manifold back exhaust

    I love going to the Nurburgring, I bought this to replace my heavily modified Subaru Impreza. I was disappointed with the 8.16 BTG due to the weight of this car. My previous ring car was a stripped/caged 205 with 1/3 the bhp. It managed a respectable 8.25 BTG with hard tyres and generally basic spec.

    My goal is to officially go sub 8 in a standard engine 197.


    When I went to see it, it needed some tlc, including a respray!
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    Stripped for paint
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    After paint
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    A very happy day when I trailered it to its new home
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    Last edited: Aug 24, 2016

  2. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    While waiting for the car I picked up the cup racer wheels and refurbed them in the garage, I also gathered up a few spares and other bits

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    Before working on on it a few pics
    I do love the 197s!
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    So this evening I began working on the r3 box. Luckily found a thread after of the lovely yellow 200 so will attack it tomorrow with the inspiration!

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    I am enjoying tidying up around the car, in a few weeks it will be on the road :smile:. I need to bed the diff in so I am looking for an afternoon on track when I can get time off work.
     

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  3. Jmax

    Jmax 197 F1 Team Platinum Member

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    Peugeot 208 GTI 30th Anniversary
    Lovely looking car, oh I'd be so tempted to go for an r3 airbox. Health to enjoy.
     
  4. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    Cheers mate, I see you bare from N.I, I used to live in Antrim! Moved over here a few years ago
     
  5. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

    211
    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    Few more bits done at the weekend. Visited my friends at Ramair for some bits to tidy up loose ends, not far from firing up again!


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    Mesh fog insert
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    Front bumper refitted
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    Looking like a Clio again!
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    So this weeks jobs are:
    Deciding on spacers, need to call PMS in the morning regarding 18mm spacers for the front and stub axle spacers for the rear.
    heater matrix is coming out
    finish relocating battery and expansion tank with pics
    Fit another pair new seats! Ordered the wrong size
     

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  6. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    Spacers I ordered today, 18mm front hubcentrics and 10mm rear stub spacers. I went slightly wider on the front to get a similar ratio of track to a cup racer, I know there's more to it than that but I don't consider the roll centre correction to be worth the hassle involved!

    Here is my lightweight battery from eBay


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    I found a thread earlier stating the standard heater unit and ducting is 7kg... So less tempted to replace it with a less functional one just to save 5kg (most ducting removed etc)

    Will weight everything I have removed from intake system etc including standard battery.

    On the right track to a bit of weight loss, hoping to get it under 1200 with driver


    Picked up a little bargain...! All spacers and studs have cost about £120, happy enough. The other 197 is running 20/25mm eibach hubcentrics, more for the look, they really would be too wide with the AR-1s

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  7. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
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    Supersprint Pre cat delete, lovely kit
     

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  8. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    I made this little tool for fitting my 18mm spacers. They are machined for a 15mm hub protrusion. So I laser cut 5 acrylic circles to use as a template when grinding off the excess protrusion from the hub. Larger diameter at the base to allow for a chamfer, 60.1 centre bore


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  9. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    My new tool in action!

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    Worked out well, now only 15mm and ready for spacers
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  10. Loving this mate! Keep it up.
     
  11. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    So I decided on a 172 header in the end, it is a little bigger than expected, however the location is good. The headlights can be changed easily still, and in my opinion not as cluttered as before. Further updates on completed battery relocation to come next.

    Hopefully fire it up this weekend

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  12. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    Spacers from PMS
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  13. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    Excuse all the mess, here is my hubs finished, spacer fits perfectly.

    Love how the front end looks now, no more typical wheel lost in the arch!!

    The protrusion is a lot longer than it needs to be, most likely for locating, of course no issues now as I am fitting studs .

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    The two trouble makers!
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    Last edited: Aug 27, 2016
  14. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    Rear stub spacers were such an easssssy job, quite surprised, but then it should be for reshimming between races!

    +50' toe out each side !!


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    Just finishing ing up this relocation, here's the bits and bobs I'm using

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  15. peter

    peter POTM Winner - February 2017 Gold Member

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    RB7 #166
    would love to hear some feedback on those AR-1's.
     
  16. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    Battery relocation done, it fired up first time after a few weeks in the garage! Everything is nice and accessible. I have mounted the battery in the glovebox on an OBP mount

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  17. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car

    Yeap full review will be on its way in the next couple of months. I am running at Combe on the 4th, then hoping brands of the 25th of oct for a full day, weather depending I will be able to try them.

    One good thing worth noting is the size of the tyres. They are no different in overall height to a worn set of 215/45 tyres on the car, these are 'larger' 225/45. The tread is a lot wider but rolling radius similar to a 215/45
     
  18. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    Few more pics of wiring and batter for those interested. Really chuffed the little battery is all good.
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    Battery home, fixings to be looked at later!
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    Interior still missing something
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    Little start up vid, be warned this is just 26 seconds of a start up!

    [video]https://youtu.be/L46OmsoCnPI[/video]
     

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  19. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    I bought the Italian spoiler, shame there is no weight for compare to the genuine spoiler, unless someone knows??

    I fitted a genuine one to the cup and the fit of this is actually better, I also love the smooth end caps. All the pros of a cup racer spoiler, without the mounts that damage the boot lid!!

    When fitted it won't touch the rear brake light. The genuine one required a lot of bending to get it to sit right

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  20. A1axx

    A1axx Paid Member

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    Wiltshire
    Clio 197 Race Car
    Still waiting on bits and bobs at the minute, but I had a think about what to do with the holes in the dash!!

    So I have woken up this morning with very itchy arms, but this is what I've been upto..

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    Looks not too bad! Carbon is a pain in the ar*e to cut when armed with a pair of scissors!
     

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