Sunday, October 25, 2020

Track Ready - Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, upon further inspection by Uchida-san, turned out that my OEM brake pads were on their last leg. So today I stopped by Omori Factory again to get them replaced ahead of the upcoming track day.

My appointment was at 10:00am and I headed over right after breakfast, but first things first: coffee - two weeks ago I received a brand new espresso machine from Italy and I couldn’t be happier with it. Nothing beats a macchiato on a crisp Tokyo morning before a drive.

The expressway was pretty much empty and I arrived at Nismo in just 25 minutes. However, turns out that Ochiai-san was busy with a last minute minor emergency with another customer car, so I had to wait a bit longer than expected. Oh well, no complaints!

As always there was no shortage of interesting cars in the workshop area; I enjoy looking at other customers’ choices and find inspiration for new ideas for my GT-R.

A couple of hours later my car was ready: out with the old and in with the new! This time we went with Endless MX72, apparently a solid all-around choice for both street and track that offers better control and modulation during performance driving. My old pads did look quite tired...perfect timing! 

After meeting a friend for lunch I went for a quick cruise around Tokyo bay to scrub the pads a bit; too early to give a proper verdict, but they do feel a bit different and I’m keen to see how they perform on track.

Fresh engine oil and brakes fluid, new pads and cooler autumn temperatures should be a good mix for a fun day. My goal this time is to drive as smoothly and precisely as possible rather than go full time-attack mode - can’t wait!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time.

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