This past weekend, the Forged Performance Motorsports Team attended the NASA HPDE Event at Road Atlanta. We transported Catesby’s FP800 GT-R to our home track and continued to improve the setup in preparation for future events, such as OLOA 2013!
The FP800 GT-R rolled off the trailer in true street car trim with full interior, AC, and no weight reduction shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which have a manufacturer tread wear rating of 300! We made several key changes to the suspension setup since the 2012 One Lap of America and NASA’s Time Trial sessions were the perfect place to test our improvements. We spent most of Saturday fine tuning the car and managed to grab a couple of hot laps during the morning HPDE 4 sessions while pitting between laps to make compression and tire pressure changes. Sharif exited the car with a massive grin on his face and mentioned how insanely fast the car felt and the level of grip was greatly improved. We were all very confident that Sharif could lay down some very impressive lap times and he was in the ultimate street car to prove it. Late Saturday, the decision was made to enter the NASA Time Trials Event for the sole reason of getting some wide open hot laps in. After a few warm up laps, Sharif took off like a mad man tossing the GT-R into every corner wheeling it around the ragged edges and back. When the, dust settled the official lap time was a blistering 1:29.9! All three laps were within half a tenth of a second of each other, which is an impressive level of consistency on a street tire! That lap time is also an unofficial street tire track record at Road Atlanta! Sharif has gone faster in a GT-R, but that was on full racing slicks and he feels that a slick laden Catesby/Forged FP800 GT-R would lap in the 1:25 to 1:26 range in the car’s current configuration, keeping in mind, that Sharif ran a 1:28.1 nearly three years ago in his stock turbo GT-R with slicks, wing, and suspension work.
Stay tuned for additional news as Catesby gets his hands on the FP800 power beast as we shoot for a 1:28 on the same street tires! THAT guy is out of his mind! Make sure to like our Facebook Fan Page for frequent videos, updates, and happens at Forged Performance.