Sorry it took me a whole to get around to this, I have been travelling for the past few weeks non-stop for a new project. Couldn't get enough time to be on the forums either.
Trip to Atlanta:
Day 1 Friday (2-Nov-18): My plane landed in ATL at around 1345, I immediately went to Enterprise to pick up my rental and I drove straight to TSM. I wanted to get to them before they closed at 5pm and it was Friday, so I didn't even stop to check in and leave my luggage.
I got to TSM with the Friday traffic around 1530, another GTR guy was picking up his TSM Elite Plus car so I had to wait for him first. They had my car parked and ready at the parking lot and I had to say I was ecstatic to see it run for the first time after 20 months of wait! Nathan and Taylor talked to me about the car, what to expect, what to look for and gave me general guidelines, then Taylor took me on a short drive, and boy was the car beastly! Too loud due to the straight pipe, otherwise it was scarey powerful, on low setting lol! The car was tuned on E85 and Taylor had it set so that Map 1 stated at around 800WHP and max power was around 1400WHP on map 8, until the car is fully broken in I get to have a proper seat time to control the power.
The team at TSM told me it would be nice if I was able to put about 100-200 miles on it over the weekend which I was planning to spend in Atlanta but not to kill myself over it. Little I knew that I was going to put almost 600 miles over two days! I went to the hotel that evening early because I had little sleep over the week and I was planning to take the car to the Atlanta Dragway. I didn't mind being kicked as I wasn't planning to return anytime soon to that track, however, it had unfortunately rained and they canceled the event on Saturday, so I really was clueless as where to test the car. Nathan was kind enough to invite me to a Saturday cruise to parts of Chattahooche National Forest.
Driving back to the hotel, I had the car on Map 1 800WHP, I was just getting the feeling on how the car drives in a stop and go traffic, and then on the highway for the first time. I then got to a highway stretch with no traffic whatsoever, so I decided to punch it. The first pull I had to let go at 2nd Red Line as it really scared the shit out of me. It was hooking really well on the R888R 315 square setup, however, I could feel the wheel spin from all the power and cold pavement, I really shouted HOLY SHIT out loud. I then attempted a second pull from 3d gear and around 80mph, man it was pulling so hard I let go immediately to comprehend the power, I finally got my shit together to the third pull which I started from 50mph on second gear all the way to 160ish on 5th gear and that run made that day and I said enough as the car still needed some of the body panels to be secured properly (Side Skirts, Hood and Fender Fins), and honestly I was just still scared of how hard it pulls, I could only imagine how fast everything happens in the low 7s and 6s cars! Kudos to the guys driving them!
I noticed that the Fuel Gauge wasn't working, so until TSM addresses that and for the purpose of driving the car over the weekend, I had to ODO my trips to estimate fuel usage and I was refueling every 135 miles. On E85 that was 15 gallons, on Pump I was refueling every 150miles for about 15 gallons too.
Day 2 Saturday (3-Nov-18): I met with Nathan and his crew at 0800 at a gas station close to TSM, I got to meet some guys that are also on the forum such as Javid who also has a Pro1700. The drive to the National Forest was around 50miles and the car was driving like a stock GTR, except for the exhaust crazy drone across all speeds which is something I guess I'll have to live with until I find the time to address it with a different exhaust setup that can accommodate my rear diff cooler.
But man that drive was extremely scenic and nice, I got to stretch the legs of my GTR, see how suspension works, brakes and partial/full throttle in 2nd/3ed and partial 4th gear. It really worked beautifully and exceeded my expectations for a fresh build without having the street tune dialed in and still needing few tweaks here and there to get the car where it should be. The total trip was shy of 200 miles from the hotel round trip. I went back to my room to refresh and stopped at the nearby mall for lunch.
The 991 TSM drove was also beautiful and fast, it really is the kind of car you would want for a DD, low profile and extremely well and comfortable interior. I was honestly blown away!
I went out at night to drive around Atlant, I got pulled by Atlanta PD patrol as soon I left the hotel. He said I must have the temporary tag at the licence plate location, however, they were kind enough to simply tell me to be careful as other patrols can pull me for the same reason, otherwise they were really interested in checking the car out! Once I got done with that ane had my dinner I went out for a few highways pulls for the second time on the far away empty highways. The car did pull strong all the way to 5th, I did get Draggy but for some reason it didn't record my runs. I did around 6 highway pulls. Some shifts were harsher at redline that I would like it to be which Taylor will be looking at, however, all in all, I really was impressed and scared from how the car pulls, I did the second set of pulls on Map 3 or around 1000WHP setting. Man, that was a blast!
Day 3 Sunday (4-Nov-18): Coincidentally, that Sunday happened to be the first Sunday of the month when Atlanta's Caffeine and Octane monthly car show is held, so I decided to go and check it out. I got there at around 0830. When I got there they asked me to park my car in the exotics section which was nice. I got to meet friendly people who had many questions about my car as well as got to see some interesting cars.
I liked the cruise that Nathan took us to, that I decided to drive up there again on the second day on Pump 93 fuel after Caffeine and Octane. I went on the northern part this time, which was less technical and more relaxed, I got to see some nice smaller cities and had an amazing lunch, and some scenic views. Total trip was about 250 miles.
Day 4 Monday (5-Nov-18): I simply had to go over my observations from the weekend of driving the car with the team at TSM before taking the flight back home. When I told Nathan how the car didn't drive as great on Pump 93 as it did on day 1-2 on E85, he laughed and said he was impressed it drove properly as they haven't street tuned it on Pump 93 yet! That explained many of the observations, and they will be addressing other minor issues over the course of the next few weeks. The team at TSM were impressed that I have put over 600 miles over the course of the weekend. I honestly was so happy and excited that I couldn't resist the temptation and was looking for every excuse to go the long way!
I must admit that the Umbrella kit made it a breeze to drive around town and over bumps, it makes the car looks like an SUV with the ground clearance, it really is functional, moreover, once you drop it, the car is exactly where you want it to be and can be adjusted accordingly. I do have the DSC control unit with Tractive RT suspension, and on full soft, it is extremly spongy especially when the car is lifted it gived the suspension that extra travel distance. I still need to tweak the Race mode for firmer rating once I get the car back home.
I would like to thank and appreciate the efforts of Nathan and team at TSM in making that weekend an exciting and memorable one!
Attached are some pictures from that weekend. Please feel free to ask me any questions!
Edited by BAZ007, 01 December 2018 - 02:18 PM.