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  1. Thanks Rebecca. It a real fun car. My mad days are behind me, but I was with an old mate who drove GR, reminding me of our younger days in souped up Fiats rolling thru hedges, on thge very same roads (Torcross) where we were now dialling in serious speeds in a Toyota. I am looking fwd to getting tyres, brakes all bedded n scrubbed, and engine ready for revs, then exploit Track Mode with the LSDs etc. But gently goes. It’s a dream to wash. Being smaller and with thge CF roof, there is so less paint to deal with. The gloss black plastic is as VW. Like butter to mark. But the wheels are so well finished and so much easier (apart from deep into front barrels) to clean that the Prets. Yes the garage. Good mate of mine. He wants the Yaris! I am warming him to idea of letting use the space for detailing - with his on the house of course. It’s a lovely space to work in. Will keep you posted. Thanks for the interest. I sorta cant believe I drive a Toyota......
  2. Yes, it’s a nice set up. I have access to all the keys... For tuning the GR, I suspect that, a bit like the GTR, there is a way to go with this platform and powertrain. But until someone cracks the ECU, its TBs only, and that’s not for me. What’ needed for the GR is a Rick-Unicorn type expert who can rerallly get under the hood. Piggy back boxes don't do it for me. Apparently cooling for track work can place engine under stress. So and IC would be first step, then remap, then downpipe etc. Car does not feel lacking low and mid range. Quite the opposite, I think it actually flatters to deceive, but pick up and throttle response is erring on ‘urgent’. But like with the R, I am happy to let others trailblaze. I would imagine tha ta balanced and smooth tune around a reliable 300-320hp would be the sweet spot. In fact I am more interested in following your route with the R and going to semi stage 2 with IC etc for mine. Also the rear ARB and Prosport LCAs and bushings, possibly BBK too. The GR does sit quite high on the road, but it suits it. -stance is good. Unencumbered by DCC, I think a well sorted coil over kit with a sensible drop, would work for the car. A sort of tarmac spec. But as far as i am concerned at this times, there are too many tuners rushing at this one, and not many who have really put in the development miles to fine tune damper rates etc. So I’ll wait for now. GR Seating poistion getting unilateral slating for being too high. It’s ok - actually very snug and wrapped around you whne driving. But I could be tempted by a pair of these, with lower mountings:
  3. Done a few miles over past few days. Motorway, town and B roads. It’s all running and bedding in, so only a couple of red line excursions. Compared to the R, it is a very much more alert and eager car. Speed pick up, direction changes. Manual gears are great. The IMT. Rev matching is quite clever. All out, it is not as fast as the R, but it feels quicker if that makes sense. The R is far more civilised cruiser and rides better on motorway. The 7.5 tech, stereo, controls all superior. But the GR is one of those cars that shrinks around you and is egging you on to go faster. It doesn’t really do laid back cruiser. But it does back road bruiser and dials itself into the road far more intuitively. Steering is excellent. No configurable dampers, steering weight, engine response etc. It’s ever ready to play. Feels lighter than 1200kg, and the R feels more inert and aware of its weight. Been playing with Track 50:50 and sport 30:70 modes, but not really upped the ante enough to dig deep. slight criticism? It has huge 4 pot brakes, but the initial bite seems a bit lacking. No doubting anchors power - it sheds speeds without any dive or tram lining, and brake feel for modulation and coming off them, is right up there. I wonder if the pads and discs will bed and then bite better, or maybe experiment with some different pads. A daily? Don’t think so. R far more versatile and practical. A mate drove it and declared it a 205 gti on steroids. looking fwd to giving it a proper detail. Loosening it up more, then going out on Exmoor and letting rip. I do believe the hype that few cars are gonna stay with a GR (or lose one) on a give and take bumpy B road. Will a coat of polish angel and c2, it washed quickly and dried quicker. Put away now for a week or so, whilst I attend other stuff, including the R. No, they are not all mine 👍
  4. The non haptic steering wheel controls, and other digi analogue controls mix is very good blend. I like it.
  5. My trusty California mini duster picks up dust and is great for dash top, door caps n trims .All dry surfaces etc It lives in the car, as does a clean and dry 1” paint brush for crevice-dusting. i use a clean MF lightly misted with some diluted ONR spray to clean and remove greasy finger prints etc. from the plastic surfaces. For gloss and piano black trims try Gtechniq G6 Perfect Glass, which also doubles for dials and screens. I never use any dressings on interior. Tried a few - none is preferable to me as I like the natural matte look. I did buy Gtechniq Matte Dash and used it once. It was OK but it somewhat pointless imo. What I have learned it that too much wiping with MF clothes etc, actually creates static charge on surfaces, which in turn attracts yet more dust. A bit of a vicious circle IME. The CCD duster and use of dampened ONR (which flashes off) cuts this cycle.
  6. I can’t remember getting in a car and it all feeling so ‘right’ so soon. it’s a hoot. Just wants to go, go, go. Running in so bit of caution, but have made a couple of ventures to 6k rpm. ..initial impressions is that it is no way faster than a stage 1 R, once going and and the speeds rise. But it picks up and feels quicker, more alert and keen to go at it. The in-cabin engine noise is a step above the anadoyne ea888 Muzak pumped in. Gear change is snikedity snik rifle bolt action. Lever just to hand urging you to change up/down. Imt Rev matching function clever, which is just as well as pedals not best spaced for heel n toe. The large 4 pot brakes do so lack a bit of initial bit compared to the R, but that is less over servoed. They dial out speed very well and feel confident once you are on them. The cars low relative mass is obvious the way it changes direction in flowing bends. It does roll but settles, plants and then transitions back to other side in a way that the R can only dream of. It’s an awful lot more deft and light on its Michelin’s. Not perfect for cruising and motorway work, but that’s not its brief in life. first impressions is that the hype was justified. Other folk on road seem to like it too.
  7. Picked up the GR. They had cleaned it off but not dressed it. snow foamed. Rinsed Sprayed Koch Chem Green stuff to strip surface. rinsed W6 iron and fall out. surprising amount of iron rinse 2bm with gwash n ONR DI rinse dryed with new Big Boi dryer One quick coat Polish Angel High Glass, C2 on roof n wheels. buff n go. Colour and paint quality on BBS rims is exceptional. Best on any car I have had. Some swirly marks on the gloss black roof and tailgate spoiler. Will polish out. No discernible marks or swirls on the paint work. A first for me. I will single stage it when time permits. but Dartmouth calls now
  8. They are good. Was going to post exact same. basically they are melamine 3000 grade fine abrasive. Designed to work wet, soak them in some apc/ detergent and work over wheel, drying with mf as you go. I have taken to using Dr Leather wipes for my leather and these are perfect to condition rim after magic wiper.
  9. Home. Quick tarts Bath. Blow dry and spritz of polish. it’s an eager scamp. Quick throttle response, responsive pointy front end and steering. feels small around you and very snug coupe like. Interior ok. Pearl Colour and finish is very good. just of to Devon now via Dartmoor. Get some miles on.
  10. Try one of these: Cheap, not super strong, but can be tied on and make a bit of noise in the breeze that will deter cats n birds. I keep one in car - for when I am at my mums which is shitehawk central, and then another at home for occasion if I have been coating and need car to stay dry as it cures, or debris-free if I am part way thru a job. Very light car contact, plus added bonus that the plastic flaps a bit in wind, and this does seem to work. Needs weight done or tucking under wheels, and is strictly a temporary affair. But cheap. £10 each it’s a no brainer. Neighbours will think you are a bits nuts, but mine do anyway. Or a Carcoon: £500 - can get outdoor bubble But it does sorta remind of the infamous Mike Strutter Bubble....\ which I am surprised has not caught on more curing CV19 times
  11. Not exactly apples n apples, but hi praise.
  12. See You Next Tuesday. Popped into Toyota Bristol for a gander at my car. Already posted on Detailing thread. Car looks great. Good chunky stance, the lower rear roof line is cartoonish in the flesh. BBS forged rims lovely. Proper Michelins. Fit, finish and paint quality is very good - easily a match for VW. Interior very snug, OK design and relatively good materials usage. Collecting Tues/Weds then straight down to Devon - will divert across Dartmoor. Getting quite excited. Still haven’t told wife about the new car. 😗 lol.
  13. I carry some detailing kit in boot of R, just in case of bird strike etc. Was in a dealer car park today and saw this: It was grey and raining, Was looking dusty and bit forlorn, like it needed someTLC and a good home so. New, but it had obvs been standing out for a few weeks. So,... “Just one panel”, I told myself, “Just one panel and then I’ll quit. I am NOT an addict, just couldn’t help myself. Then the sun came out and everything lit up.... I like it very much. Paint is in far better condition than I expected. Wrappings etc removed at PDI centre for on line sales. Very much looking fwd to getting to grips with a proper detail on one...Dealer staff though i was a bit odd armed with spray bottle and 2 MFs. But it is my car after all....
  14. Report back when done. With pics. Be interesting to hear what coatings they use. Especially top coat. I have waiting in the wings, both High Gloss and and Cosmic Spritz. Cosmic Spritz has more SiO2 for protection, beading etc. High Gloss has more titanium oxide for for shine and a warmer hue (allegedly) I hope you will be pleased with results.
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