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  1. ArytonS

    Noble M12 track toy

    Here's some exterior shots: Only downside to the green is shows dirt so easily, but otherwise love the british-ness of it. I TIG welded my own exhaust for the car. Not worries about heat-soak intercooler, removal of the license plate and some ducting to isolate the low pressure area behind the car help draw air out. Car also has upgraded IC
  2. ArytonS

    Noble M12 track toy

    Noble seemed better for me given: - I could still street-drive and enjoy - Its more forgiving to drive - It was more reasonable stepping stone between track car and downforce car Thanks - - Chris
  3. ArytonS

    Noble M12 track toy

    Bought a Noble M12 track toy after growing faster than my track-day miata would take me. I've had it about a year, just installed larger turbos, exhaust, fuel system and had it tuned by resident noble expert. Car dynoed at 484 whp, 422 lb ft of torque, and weighed in at 2,360 lbs with a full tank and full of fluids. Makes everything else feel heavy. Can post sheet if I get my old photo-hosting accounts back up.
  4. ArytonS

    Can anyone make an intro to Heffner?

    Great friend, he can just be off-putting on the first meeting so I can understand why someone might rush to judgement. Thats why I mentioned it! He's a good guy, and a good customer once you get through a layer, but everyone's different. If I owned a random business and didn't know him, I'd probably rush to the same judgement.
  5. Hey guys - Have a good friend who wants a TT on his 2007 G spyder e-gear. Can anyone PM details (or Jason himself) to make the intro? FYI, he's 28 (and admittedly slightly annoying at first) but one of the other TT makers quickly dismissed him. I had a good friend who used to work at Heffner (George) and had nothing but awesome things to say, so figured that was a better place to start. - Chris
  6. ArytonS

    Sotheby's Lobby

    I've heard rumors (no idea if true) - that on the 5 McLaren LM cars, offers were repeatedly turned down for $25M. This was in 2012 when I was working at the factory.
  7. ArytonS

    Mclaren Factory tour complete

    There's a batch of 1980's F1 cars that were sold, a 1987 TAG car was up for auction recently at Gooding, but for the most part Ron doesn't like to part ways with the F1 cars. (1) 1987 Prost TAG/McLaren MP4/3: Most years have 4 chassis, newer years only 2. To get an idea of the quantify of parts made for the F1 program, take a look inside the waste-bins outside the machine shops, its literally tons of Aluminium shavings generated weekly. An unspoken collector also has one of the original MP4/4 (1988 Senna Prost Chassis that is the winngest-F1 car in history). The MP4/4 displayed in the MTC is not an actual racing chassis, but rather an MP4/4 development chassis as can be recognized by its analog tachometer rather than the race-spec digital display. The facility is awesome, even the food is really good.
  8. ArytonS

    Factory Visit

    The factory is cool and all but make sure you see the proper stuff: (1) The old F1 cars (Typically 4-6 chassis) are kept in a separate storage warehouse and all are covered up, but its still cool to see. (2) MSO is where the current McLaren F1 repairs go on, and all special customization/construction work goes on. Its the original McLaren roadcars building and they have all the cool inventory. (3) The F1 facility is awesome and there's an underground with the major machine-shops and final assembly occurs. Go see some of this stuff being made and prototyped, there's no reason to block it off. (4) Also ask to see the design studio (5) If you want to see the F1 drivers, go to the gym, otherwise they generally avoid perusing through the building in public view The cafeteria is also really good surprisingly, but lunch happens in shifts between the F1 team and Road-Car team. Go sit with the F1 guys, they're a fascinating bunch. - Chris
  9. ArytonS

    Uh oh!

  10. I believe that circuit is Spa where the test was conducted.
  11. ArytonS

    C7 Zee06 to be unveiled next month

    Are those pilot cup sports? Barely seeing a groove in the tire there. This thing looks amazing, can't wait to pick one up.
  12. ArytonS

    Gallardo successor HURACAN information and release

    You've clearly never worked at an exotic sports car company. (1) Macca has had two bosses - Mike Flewitt and Anthony Sheriff. I don't think reasons are clear for the change even internally. (2) Resale is absolutely not the first goal. The goal of the MP4 was to sell vehicles. No one cares about resale if you don't make enough money. Furthermore, its much more pertinent to the US market where no-one actually drives their cars, unlike the EU where 458's and MP4's both depreciate equally. (3) Lets compare the MP4 to the Gallardo platform as a sales success - the Gallardo had the longest life-cycle of any exotic product - 10 years since introduction and sales would've been completely off the map had it not been for a late introduction into China. Where the MP4 delivers above and beyond other 'upstart' entrants is in actual customer satisfaction (e.g. people who did buy the cars love them), and in dealer experiences.
  13. ArytonS

    P1 is at McLaren SF

    Stop whining about Photos and go see the car - you could get better photos than my Iphone takes on the internet.
  14. ArytonS

    P1 is at McLaren SF

    Stunning would be the understatement of the century. In person, its simply extraordinary.
  15. ArytonS

    Saw the Pagani Huayara

    I've seen both extensively. The detail on the Huayra is insane - literally the hub bearing carriers must be artistically accepted by Horacio. .....but I actually don't care. If I wanted an art project, I'd buy an art project. The P1 has a much better singularity of purpose and focus, which gives it an art all its own. Furthermore, its the least constrained by former design language - the Huayra has funny bugeye headlights, the ThethetheFerrari looks LaSupedUp 458, and the 918 looks like a great evolution of the Carrera GT. Everytime I look at the Huayra I like it less - the opposite is true for most on the P1. Of course its all a moot point since I'm not a customer for these cars yet, but P1 for me.