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post #1 of 3 Old 05-10-2014, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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348 Handling?

Hi All
I know there are various threads about alleged 348 high speed stability and or snap oversteer but just want some thoughts from owners?

I have just got a '93 TS (with the battery in front wing) which has Toyo Proxes T1-R tyres with good and similar tread all round. The car is low miles and feels taught when driving. To date I've only done a few runs out totalling less than 350 miles, so its early days. However, I do get the sensation that I've got a lot of weight behind me and don't feel confident in taking much speed into bends, adopting the 'brake heavily in a straight line' principle before and twisty bits. I feel otherwise the back end is going to disappear into the scenery!
As a little background I've done track days in Catherhams and also own a Lotus Elise. I know the Elise is a totally different animal but the confidence that car gives you and its cornering speed is immense. I don't feel I could commit with the 348 to 70% or less of the speed I could corner in the Elise.
Is this the normal 'feel' in a 348 or does it sound unusual? What are the best mods to improve the handling and feel?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-10-2014, 02:41 PM
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I have a 94 Spider. It has Hill Engineering 25mm spacers at the rear and I am told that makes a huge difference.

I am no track hero, but I have a massive amount of confidence driving my 348 and had a great time chasing an F40 over the hills from Siena to San Marino last year.

I am also a former Lotus Elise owner and I did push the limits with that car.

I know what you mean by the "all the weight behind you" comment. It does feel like a go-kart, and I once had it give a little sideways twitch braking into a corner (212 Export will confirm!)....but I think you get your head around that quite quickly.

I have P Zero rubber, but inherited those when I bought the car so have yet to make a rubber decision myself.

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-14-2014, 10:30 AM
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Put a 50 pound bag of sand in the front trunk and then take it for a run.
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