Newbie here looking for some advice as I’m about to take the plunge and buy myself a Caterham. I've been trying to access the guides for the last few days but it doesn't seem to want to let me in.
Plans are to use it for leisurely driving on weekends, but really I plan to track it as many times as I can afford to do so!
I guess what I’m hoping to understand is what the “must haves” are, or the things you wished you knew before you bought your Caterham. Especially from a track day perspective.
In terms of spec I’m looking for a 310S or R300 I think as these look to provide a good balance of performance for the cost. (Max I want to spend is £28,000.) I presume a LSD is on this list of “must haves.” I’m also interested in the braking feel; I’ve seen an uprated brake master cylinder as an option. I’m looking for something with short pedal travel and quite a firm feel. If anyone could tell me what force (kg/lbs) is required for threshold breaking that would be really helpful. I’m used to up to 65kg of force required on the pedal so ideally looking around this mark for it to feel “normal.”
Those are the main things that spring to my mind that I think I probably can’t do without. But beyond that other options that seem like they might be preferable:
Rear ARB; (very interested in how much difference this makes - how easy are things like this to retrofit. Then is it fixed or can it be adjusted track side?)
Beyond that I guess the other things I’m thinking about are:
Helmet/safety; interested in thoughts on HANS devices and/or alternatives. The idea of wearing a helmet in a racing harness without neck support worries me a little. I've seen mention of a Simpson harness but seems much more more expensive than HANS.
...I think that might be all of my questions for now.
Anyhow, I look forward to (hopefully) becoming part of this community, and hopefully I be able to get moved into my new house (garage required before purchase possible) and a car in it before the Croft meet to come and join some of the Northeners!