Living the Legend
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Real-world owner reports from our specially selected global collective
For a while now
I have not been happy with the way my car feels when pressing on. Turn-in is often delayed, requiring additional inputs, and balance mid-corner can feel precarious. Accelerating hard it was akin to wrestling a bear. I wanted a second opinion, so I called Centre Gravity in the Midlands to book a consultation. Widely regarded as the best of the best, they were recommended by some of the fussiest people I know.
My consultation started with a quick inspection by Chris Franklin who spotted a missing bolt from one of my coil packs, which he duly replaced, followed by a shock absorber test on the Beissbarth system, all before heading out for the road test.
Moving forwards at a steady state Chris found my car all too eager to pull to the left, following the camber of the road. This was exaggerated when accelerating hard, requiring constant corrections to the steering. The car maintained a straight-ahead direction when the camber fell away to the right.
I’ve always felt that my Turbo was slow to turn in, and when it did it was slow to settle. Chris diagnosed this as a two-stage turn-in within seconds. I’d not described this ‘feature’ to him, but he spotted it instantly. He is good.
In the simplest terms I had too much camber, making the ride hard and reducing the size of my tyre contact patch in all but the fastest and hardest of corners. I had uneven toe, too, my car fighting to pull in different directions.
The former was good for track days but horrible for the road, and the latter was just horrible. Snaking roads were a constant battle to balance the car, with each new input forcing constant corrections which unsettled the car further. Again, I didn’t know this was a problem; I just thought the Turbo was heavy and hard to drive.
With issues identified and a debrief completed to impart his considerable knowledge, we settled on a plan to make the car stable, balanced and agile on B-roads with white lines down the middle. My favourite driving territory.
Negative camber was reduced to minimum Porsche spec and a smidge of positive toe was applied for straight-line stability.
When my set-up was complete Chris took me out to test the car. He ran through the same tests and quickly declared his satisfaction that the car was now lighter, more agile and better balanced. We then swapped seats and he acted as my navigator while I pushed the car to feel the new behaviours.
The difference was stark. Bumps were soaked up easily, direction changes were light and immediate and the car instantly settled after each new input. No more constant corrections. I had a new car. I soon turned off the motorway on my drive home and threaded the needle of Leicestershire’s B-roads with a smile as wide as the county.