figured you would drive dwz8!
of course, drivers would have to be identical for any comparison, then the car is "the whole game". Rjay
Re: figured you would drive dwz8!
I am not good enough to reach these times to be honest. I have never taken any precise times, they should be in the 8:30 to 8:45 range.
For a pro, it should be possible to reach 8:00 or a bit below with my car as it is. Once you get to this range, it is no longer the power that counts, it is much more the setup and the weight.
I think more important seat factor to improving...
the handling of the Z8 and improving the lap time for the Z8 would be just having a better seat in the first place. The seats in the Z8 are aestheically pleasing but leave alot to be desired as far as keeping the driver firmly planted in the seat when going through the turns. The new M6's seat is so much better in that regard (just like my 1988 M6's seat is). In my track experience, the fact that the seat is nearly flat with barely adequate side bolster support, I find myself sliding around quite a bit which directly decreases the driver's ability to 'handle' the car while cornering.
Although any weight reduction is a good thing, I think just having a better seat and restraint system, with or without any weight reduction, would most likely trim a couple seconds off anyone's lap time, especially a professional driver. I bought a CG Lock for my Z8 to use on track days. It definitely helped and is about as close to a multipoint harness you can get without making that modification to your car and would seriously recommend it to anyone who is tracking regularly (or doing alot of sprited driving!) -- It really helps keep you planted in the seat much better than the OEM set belt setup.
Re: I think more important seat factor to improvin
I agree completely with your statements regarding the benefits of a more supportive seat in the Z8. I have modified the driver's seat in my Z8 so that it has much better side support, custom lumbar support, and a deeper bucket, yet it looks stock! I also use the CG-Lock and find the combination adequate, though not ideal. If I could find a lighter weight seat with much better support, that is what I would like to install. I'd also like to sit lower in the car, partly to lower the CG and partly to reduce wind buffeting in the cockpit. I am also toying with installing a full harness anchored to the roll bar but the compatibility issues are daunting. Ah, the never-ending quest!Grease Monkey