I woke up Saturday with the intentions of getting my EVO VIII ready for the new buyer :( Needless to say I'm not looking forward to getting rid of that car. I went outside and it was so nice out...it seemed like a perfect day for a few spirited turns. So Nick (Locked) and I went for a little cruise. I can't wait for auto-x season to start so we can get back into pushing cars 10/10ths :D
We took a little cruise down SR 39 towards Monrovia then decided there was too much traffic. So we headed back into Danville to a pretty treacherous road made of many 90 degree switchbacks with lots of road hazards. They are all 2nd gear turns and the straights between them vary in length...some allowing short bursts to 60...some allowing up to 115mph between them (of course we did nothing over the speed limit :D...this is only what "could" be done) It is something where we always remind each other that 8/10ths is pushing it and 10/10ths could get you killed. We always take cars through there to deem them worthy, and brakes become the limiting component by the end of the road.
I led, and I was being very careful, but I also found it extremely easy to go fast and be in control. The AYC is great, and the brakes are nothing short of outstanding. Every other car I have driven on this stretch this hard loses some pedal, but these showed no fatigue whatsoever. Nick was able to keep up no problem and at times he could have run over me, but the 2 cars appear to behave in a different manner when being pushed through the corners. His car would slide towards the outside of the corner...no understeer, but it behaved the way an EVO does...a controlled and even slide through the corner....enter hard...brake late, and full power midway through the corner...tires screaming for mercy. I could enter too fast and leave under power and the car rotated nicely. Understeer is not even an option for you in this car. It rotates perfectly and then the AYC keeps the rear from going anywhere, but still allows a controlled slide. You can't feel the AYC interfere, but having taken this road many times in my VIII, I can tell it is more controlled.
Acceleration of the 2 cars was nearly identical, with the X having maybe a slight power spike upon spoolup and the VIII having a little more above 6000rpm. In reality, we could probably hold hands through 4 gears...ha ha.