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      07-16-2020, 11:06 AM   #1
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128/Exocet dilemma

Dilemma time. I have a 128 sport thatís been well modified and has been a great driver but has also been my track car for about 2-3 days a year. Iím 6í4 and put a fixed seat in for the last track day and loved it even more.
I also have an Race framed Exocet Miata project that was supposed to be my track car full time. This was supposed to be the more fun of the two cars.
My 128 has now popped bondo on the outside of the right rear fender and needs to be fixed. Damage was never reported on car fax and Iím pissed off. I like the safety of a full car but the Exocet expenses/ consumable will be cheaper. I havenít finished the Exocet yet but am contemplating selling it before my build choices(colors and options) make it too personalized.
The question is do I stay with the Exocet and finish it or broom it to the curb. If I broom it the 128 will get an lsd and 17í with dedicated r compounds( faster than the 260 treadwears)
Hive thoughts? I want to do more days and up it to 4-5 a year. Not racing, been there done that with motorcycles.
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      07-17-2020, 03:12 PM   #2
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I think you are going to get people who stick with the 1 on a 1 series forum. The Miata would be fun however depending on how much you risk it at the track, safety is somewhat of a concern depending on how well the exo was developed.

200 t/w tires now a days are really good compared to full fledge r-comps; and might be a good compromise.

I think it just depends on your budget. I do know that LSD hurdle is an expensive one and you might be better off with track time.

But I hear you on the dilemma... you can see there are only a few of us left doing dedicated track or AutoX...
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      07-17-2020, 05:02 PM   #3
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Drove some hot laps in an older Spec Miata (not an Exocet, I know) on the Musselman Honda track in Tucson last December.....it was fine, but felt entirely momentum based (anemic)....although the 1er is no monster either, it does feel much more engaging to me. I've also done the race motorcycle program, so similar frame of reference.

The crux as I see it is whether you'll be able to accept the undisclosed damage/repair of the 1 without it driving you bonkers!

Kinda wish I had your dilemma 😋
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      07-18-2020, 01:06 PM   #4
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Exocet, 100%.
But depending on what powerplant you're going with may matter. The miata 1.6/1.8 aren't real fun in the speed sense.
But when you throw 5 times the power at it, it gets real fun.
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      07-18-2020, 09:15 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. The Exocet is slated to get powder coated next week. Itís a tough situation cause I love the 128 and am still wondering about the potential of the exo.
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Exocet. I’m a 128i fanboy through and through, but I think there is nothing better to go out and have fun with than a Miata that’s even cheaper to run, and has no weight. I talked with a guy who has one, and he’s been on the same set of 200TW tires for four years, and the same brake pads since it was a Miata.

The 128i is entirely a slave to it’s excessive weight. As stupidly light as the engine itself is, the body is made of thick German steel, the interior is stuffed with noise insulation, and the suspension is crammed full of cheap rubber bushings and crappy stamped steel arms in the rear. It eats through brake pads and tires like it’s at a buffet, and isn’t too great on fuel either. An Exocet does none of that.
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Perhaps I can be the lone dissenting voice. There is no argument that the Exocet is going to be faster and cheaper to run BUT the idea of having a garage spot, insurance, more wheels/tires, and generally another car to deal with for a few track days a year is very expensive and kind of a pain. I'd personally be more inclined to just track my DD if I truly had no intention to race and just wanted to do a few fun days a year.

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Perhaps I can be the lone dissenting voice. There is no argument that the Exocet is going to be faster and cheaper to run BUT the idea of having a garage spot, insurance, more wheels/tires, and generally another car to deal with for a few track days a year is very expensive and kind of a pain. I'd personally be more inclined to just track my DD if I truly had no intention to race and just wanted to do a few fun days a year.

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      07-24-2020, 02:43 PM   #10
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Are you looking to have an apple or an orange? One is a totally impractical, fair weather, awesomely ridiculous street/track toy. The other is a practical, all-weather, moderately sporty street car.

Alternatively, 128i powered Exocet?
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