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#1594308 - 15/02/2017 10:39 newbie approaching track days
hangar1138 Offline
Club member 1472
Making a profit

Registered: 10/04/2008
Posts: 224
Loc: Italy, Reggio Emilia
hi friends,

I'm little afraid to take decision to go on a regular track for using in full safety my Coupè

I was in Modena last weekend here:

I m afraid because many people says that Fiat Coupe is a very fragile and delicate car and it's a bad idea to go with this car

This now stops me because the costs of a failure can be very heavy.

but I also find this video on youtube:

I think that the most sober place to have advice is this on the forum...

can you give me some hints ?

thanks guys


#1594310 - 15/02/2017 10:54 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: hangar1138]
Countrycruising Offline
Club member 914
I AM a Coop

Registered: 12/09/2006
Posts: 14367
Loc: FCSS 01684 593187
Any car is fragile on circuit if you drive it like a loon so it really depends on how healthy the vehicle is and good preparation, tyres and brakes.
I personally think they're awesome on track, yes there are many other vehicles out there that can out accelerate and handle the Coupé but for me it's the enjoyment of pushing my track car to the limits like a big go-kart, and lets not forget that most are reaching 20 years old now so to chase down someone’s 100k super car and beat it on the straight is a very rewarding feeling smile

#1594357 - 15/02/2017 18:25 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: hangar1138]
magooagain Offline
Club member 259
Forum is my life

Registered: 22/10/2008
Posts: 6387
Loc: ked
I find the coupe is starting to get a lot of attention on track and more so in the pits.
It's now moving into middle age and a lot of people are interested in them after seeing them perform on track.
The coupe is a capable car on track,but it has its limits due to its weight on the front wheels mainly.

My track coupe is not everyone's cup of tea,but it still represents the model and create's interest.

A tuned track focused coupe is not a cheap track car choice.

But nearly all coupe owners that have had the chance to go on track with thier cars have enjoyed the expierience .

Waiting for forum photo hosting!

#1594501 - 17/02/2017 17:56 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: hangar1138]
knight7660 Offline
Competition Level

Registered: 16/12/2007
Posts: 2231
Loc: Windsor/ Reading
As what has been said above, Yes there are better handling cars out there etc but over the last 2 years I've seen a massive increase of people coming up to me in the pits asking questions and saying how well and nice they go around the track. Don't get me wrong mine is a little way from a standard Coupe but not a track focused one either.

alongs if you have done all the pre track day checks and take it easy then just enjoy it
LE53 (452BHp & 389ftlb's with Quaife)
Wine red VIS FOOFY
Audi RS4 B7

#1594754 - 21/02/2017 10:04 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: hangar1138]
mootch Offline
Club member 1587

Registered: 08/10/2010
Posts: 49
Loc: anglesey
Hope you don't mind me jumping in on this thread, but I am preparing my coupe for tarmac stage rallying, OK, now stop laughing!!
I have done all the escorts, sunbeams, and cossie's etc, this is about fun and raising a few eyebrows.
I was wondering if you track lads could put up specs of your cars so us novice coupe owners can get the main points regarding handling etc, I have read the million posts on handling,lol, and there are some obvious ways to go, but if you guys could put up some info,ideas, even pics that would be absolutely priceless, cheers lads

#1597929 - 04/04/2017 21:19 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: hangar1138]
OnlyItalian Offline
Making a profit

Registered: 14/12/2014
Posts: 302
Loc: uk
Problem is oil surge. Windage tray a worthwhile mod.

Personally I prefer trackdays on a bike. Doesn't feel anywhere near as brutal. And a good sports bike will have a dry sump as standard.
"Proud owner of LE141 and a 99 VIS broomie "

#1598400 - 13/04/2017 12:31 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: hangar1138]
Gripped Offline
Club member 1144
I need some sleep

Registered: 20/12/2005
Posts: 3003
Loc: S. Wales. Way beyond my means
I took my VIS on a track day. Just changed the brake fluid for a higher spec, and off I went. Just check your wheel bolts occasionally, and come off the track to let the engine and brakes cool down. Mine were billowing smoke !!

Be prepared to ruin a set of tyres too, especially on warm days.

time to dust this video off again....

Lots of fun with only 169bhp. laugh

#1598742 - 17/04/2017 16:42 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: hangar1138]
liam_gill Offline
Making a profit

Registered: 01/10/2009
Posts: 264
Loc: berkshire england
I have done over 10 track days in my coupe at 300bhp. Engine is still as strong as ever. I use good 10/60 oil with frequent changes . I keep an eye on my oil temp when going around, when it starts to get stinking hot I pit to let them motor cool down.

You will need to have fresh brake fluid at a minimum 5.1 is a good idea Ive had brake fluid boil on me it's scary!
Good track day pads are a good idea I use ferrodo ds 2500
The coupe handles like an old dog with standard suspension and standard tyres on track as I found out on my first time. Still had lots of fun though😆 I use federal 595 rsr tyres and koni adjustable shocks apex spring with camber adjustable bolts

Now it goes well and handles well .
The coupe is a grand tourer but with some mods it's more than capable on track. I really am surprised how strong the coupe is. definitely one of fiat's better cars

#1598751 - 17/04/2017 19:29 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: hangar1138]
Kerr20v Offline
Making a profit

Registered: 09/11/2006
Posts: 232
Loc: Falkirk Central Scotland
Hi, I've spent the last 6 months tweaking my track coupe, there better handling cars out there but like the guys are saying they really do stand out's all part of the fun and lets not forget they are old cars now but I love mine.

Here's some videos of mine in action, any questions feel free to ask away...

#1600545 - 15/05/2017 13:24 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: hangar1138]
decoy133 Offline
On a journey

Registered: 27/11/2009
Posts: 185
Loc: Bristol

I have owned Italian cars most of my driving life - 35 years.
through out that time I have read many articles in UK publications about how fragile and complicated Italian machines are.
Even the mighty Lancia Delta Integrale which won the wrc 6 times was considered 'fragile'. I never managed to kill one however.

my experience is that all the Italian cars I have owned (and there have been many) post late 1980's have been very reliable and not at all fragile.

I have an old 16vt with is my daily driver, and looks beaten up. It is only mildly tuned but I am been driving it 11 years, and it is used fully.... and is still very reliable taking me all over the country and to the odd track days.

if you are sensible and have some car sympathy while on the track your coupe should be fine.

Just my opinion.

#1600557 - 15/05/2017 15:56 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: decoy133]
BBR Offline
Club member 1435 - Membership
My job on the forum

Registered: 15/05/2011
Posts: 1427
Loc: Hemel of the Hempstead
Originally Posted By decoy133
if you are sensible and have some car sympathy

Totally agree - even my 20vt has been fun on the track - you just need to understand the limits of 'your' own car and your own talent and you can have so much fun.

#1600612 - 16/05/2017 14:38 Re: newbie approaching track days [Re: hangar1138]
MarioCirillo Offline
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I AM a Coop

Registered: 17/07/2008
Posts: 12484
Loc: Watford
Proud Owner of Rosso Speed LE041