A change in career direction in 2009 due to the economic climate has led to a re-think about 2010 competition season so watch this space.
We have just completed a very successful trackday at Goodwood organised by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club. This outing was much more successful than the test session in July where the head gasket blew on the sprint engine. For this day we used the newly built trackday engine which made 141bhp @ 8000 rpm. This is some 30bhp down on the good unit but still managed to keep pace with a Porsche Carrerra 4! It also passed the MOT with super clean emissions of 330 ppm Check out some excellent photos taken on the day by Panos Taliadoros
Suddenly I have been in demand for suspension set ups and find myself having booked in two jobs for Sunday. With this in mind I have created a new page so i can record some of the machinery visiting Moose Motorsport.
2006 dawned better than 2005 with a visit to Track and Road in Rainham for a mapping session on the rolling road.
Next a test day at Lydden gave the car a good shakedown prior to the first event at Croft.
An experimental set up was tried for the new Hoosier slicks with more camber than I would normally run and it was up to Croft for the Easter Monday Sprint and revenge for 2005 event
3rd in class was the best I could manage as even after putting the Dunlops back on we experienced some evil handling.
Well at least it woke up the Marshals!
Many thanks to Aaron Perrott for these Videos
2005 has been a poor season for Moose Motorsport - two melted pistons on the first event at Croft after a rolling road session have meant that no further action has taken place whilst the engine is rebuilt. A shame as I did not get a proper chance to try the new KAD 5 speed dog box which was fitted after the Lydden track day.
You can see a clip of that day on the link below or click the picture above to view a 5MB video of a few laps of Lydden Circuit.
In August Alexander and I visited the now annual Castle Combe Rally Car day. A good day apart from Uncle Robert got a bit wet.
Pictures of Rally Day at Castle Combe 2005
30th November Suspension tuning page improved
18th November nasty Visa pictures added.
7th October Les page finished
1st October 2005 Site re-written using Netobject Fusion 8
News from 2004 2004 will be a short season for Moose Motorsport after the arrival of Alexander (Nick and Caroline’s son) in November 2003.
A personal best was achieved at the Brighton Speed Trials of 14.26 @ 99 mph. (0-60 time 5.2 seconds). This was not representative of what a drag strip time would be. The best drag strip time achieved was a number of years ago with less power - 13.92 @ 99.56 mph. 0-60 4.7 seconds. Talking to other competitors, due to the nature of Brighton’s Madeira drive , a relative drag strip time would be 0.75 seconds less. This was faster than all the conventional engined cars in the class. Unfortunately two bike engine Seven type cars were also put in the class which soured the day for all the other competitors in the class.
Seven events in 2003 have resulted in 5 second places at Silverstone, Lydden, Croft and 1st in class at Goodwood. Some further suspension work has been carried out with Spectra Dynamics front cones and short harder rear springs being fitted should see further improvements.
1st February rescued and recreated using Netfusion 7.0
11th October Suspension page updated with corner weighting information.
16th June Suspension tuning page added.
24th May Site update
27th February 2003 - News from 2002/3.
September 2002 saw the first real outing for Moose Motorsport in the form of the Brighton Speed Trials.
A class win was disappointing as the terminal speed was only 96 mph and the 1/4 mile time was a tardy 14.91 seconds.
It was time to re-evaluate the mapping done by Nick and get some professional help (that’s for the car not the driver!)
On recommendation by Allan at DTA, we booked in with Steve Greenald at Track and Road in Thurrock. After burning some midnight oil (Steve does not work 9-5), an excellent result was achieved with an increase of 11% over the previous best giving a peak figure of 155 bhp at the wheels which is probably equivalent to 183 bhp at the flywheel. (A mini gearbox loses approx 28-30 bhp).Also that week a visit to Riverside Motors (01206 728272) for a suspension set up improved matters no end. A quick test at Castle Combe revealed much improved performance and handling.The next competitive event was Lydden on the 26th October but a no-show by several other competitors left nothing to gauge our performance against. However, a damp day in October equalled our best time set on a hot day in Summer.
Couple this with an 18 month absence from Lydden and a failing 3rd gear syncro and we should be looking at some good times in 2003.
This year the winter rebuild has included: an overhaul of the 5 speed S/C JKD gearbox, a change to version 29.0 DTA software and firmware for improved data logging, overhaul of front suspension and driveshafts, fitting quick release Minispares poly engine mountings, and improved lower engine steadies fabricated by Moose.
If you are after some big brakes for your track day or competition car, why not check out the new range available from KAD.
19th August - Front page updated and link to Mini Mag added. We have just returned from MITP (Mini in the Park). Apart from catching up with many old friends, it was a scorching hot days especially in my overalls. Yes you did hear right, I donned my race suit for the first time this year. After all the traumas of mapping the engine, finally finishing it off - up and down the road on Thursday night, it was time to see if all the hard work had paid off.
At MITP they had what was billed as a 1/4 mile sprint test. What infact it was, was a proper sprint. I brought the wrong tyres but took a gamble by fitting the stickies on the front and the wets on the rear. After finding a good set up and a having a very sideways moment in the middle sector, Scruffy took FTD. The sprint was very good value with each run costing a fiver. Scruffy did 3 runs, which were very enjoyable, he proved he was working and the driver had fun. We spent the rest of the day chillin’ out and looking around the show.
4th/5th August 2002 Les Ager page added. After finishing decorating the house, obtaining planning permission and building a workshop, I have at last devoted some more time to the website. The engine is currently out of the car sitting on KAD’s dyno so it can be re -mapped as I have changed over to a DTA P8 PRO engine management system with launch and eventually traction control. Links updated.
22nd January Sevenoaks District Motor Club link updated.
12th January 2002 Alex’s Crash test page updated with photos scanned in better quality.
8th January 2002 Pictures changed, Mininuts link and Other cars page added.
3rd January 2002 Alex’s Crash test page added.
27th December Contact Us section updated with photos.
26th December Friends of Moose Motorsport added.
3rd June Rolling Road Power Plot and link to Gerald Dale’s website added
23rd March site created.
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