With the kangoo rs currently out of action and the Paris/Nurburgring trip on the cards i needed a vehicle capable of the trip.
Was tempted to take my clio trophy but its had its fun on the welsh weekender and the clutch is awful and id like it to be mapped for full power. The Blue meg 225 and the orange clio dci have been to the nurburgring before and the blue diesel is the daily, doing daily things so the natural choice was the Extra van.
With a kind of f***it attitude "if it breaks it breaks will sort it en route" and a bit of confidence in being able to build a reilable setup, i give it a quick once over, topped up the oil, changed the back worn out old r888 for a set of part worn 2020 date stamped r888r. New wipers as looked like it was going to curse word down and sent it.
Thurs 29th set off from Redcar to Folkestone. curse word down as expected on route new wipers were a good shout.
Eurotunnel ready to board with Moggy_rs and Rog
Hotel in calais for the night to get ready for the next leg of the journey to Paris.
Friday 30th, one of many fuel stops in France. 98 octane only was a pisser as its mapped pretty close to the edge on the ign so low boost only.
Carrefour, Elf on a Shelf whilst picking up your weekly groceries.
Made it to Paris no issues apart from the Crit Air low emissions zones Mon-Fri which it does not qualify for which is a pain and can land a fine.
The route to avoid that took us through all the tunnels, making some noise with the side exit exhaust. Bit of adaptronic hard cut limiter.
I cant speak a word of French but got a few nods and shouts of Express Turbo which was cool.
What an epic show. Its bi annually and 50years of the r5 was the agenda. Its all Renault and over 700 cars were on show/ 3500 visitors.
Such a good vibe, one of the best car shows ive been to. Parade laps on the banked circuit was awesome.
Extra got so much attention could not believe it. I think its due to the modifications as engine swaps are not legal in France and the Extra/Express van is almost extinct over there, so people will remember using them as work vans etc.
Great mixture of retro and more modern renaultsport on show.
Reims then Nurburgring. curse word down and R888R not the best combo! Was alright steady away though.
Autobahns in the wet. Put my foot down and Extra was misfiring a little on boost i can only think it was the curse word 98octane fuel.
Monday 3rd October.
Woke up to a nice dry yet fresh morning in Adenau.
Filled up with bp ultimate 102octane which cured all issues at the local Aral garage, €2.15 a ltr lol. Noticed an instant improvement in performance and lower egts from this.
Done the usual stuff, down to Devils diner in the morning. Was super busy as i believe it was the german equivalent of a bank hol. Went to Brunnchen to view a bit.
Had the Apex m3 ring Taxi booked so went down at Mid day.
What an experience! 4 up in a stock engine m3, cage, nitrons and PS4S road tyres overtaking everyone on a busy TF/Green hell day. Met Misha the owner and he was cool, he wanted to take the Extra out for a lap for hia Youtube channel. I was worried the high boost map would end up in tears as its more aimed for sprint use than hard sustained use so had to decline. Next time when its detuned or the Kangoo once its done.
Onto the complex for a look round.
Then onto the Nurburgring for a sightseer lap on low boost. Super busy which worries me after my crash years ago but still enjoyed it at 5/10ths pace.
Track was mega busy i had a bm in my blind spot coming into the carussel so didnt drop in as couldnt judge his position. Took the top route which is smooth and i got the power in absolutely seeing him off and exiting before him.
No issues really apart from pulling in the carpark after the lap and opening the bonnet to notice my coolant bottle rising to the top with the engine turned off. Was not too worried as coolant temps fine when running, feeling the coolant hoses to see if hard noted there was no pressure at all, so once cooled i took header tank cap off to discover the seal had popped out of the side when topping up the coolant prior to setting off.
Popped back in place and fixed. Engine temp no different interestingly still runs super cool.
Had a pax lap in my mates bm 340i and seen a merc on fire. Felt gutted for the owner, i guess it was too late once he had seen the flames.
Onto PK for beers and steak on the stone in the evening. Ive been to PK loads of times but this time the food was great but the service was s**t, bit dissapointing but nevermind.
Signed the roof above the bar under previous Jonguard.
Tuesday 4th. Photo outside the complex before setting off home.
Topped up tank with 102 octane, Running late for train so hammer down 120mph+ on the autobahns. Endurance driving so quick couple of stops and home by 10:30ish pm.
Only used the Extra once since the France/Germany trip and that was to pick up a set of cup2's for the Kangoo, mid October iirc. Check out the size difference between the 13" gtt spare and the 18's!
Its currently sat sorned in the garage until the weather picks up.
Mrs got me a stack 5 stage sequential shift light for xmas that plugs into the stack dash.
Nice bit of kit, very easy to fit as its a simple plug and play to the dash and is fully programmable for each light via the dash. Ive set the 1st light at 6500 and the final light at 7300rpm for now, which is 300rpm off the 7600rpm hardcut limiter.
Fitted on the cowling in front of the dash.
Vid of it in programming mode.
Its dimmed in this setting. Daytime mode burns your retina's off. Cant wait to test it out though.
Not moved since last October. With Retro Rides Gathering looming i thought i best get it out and Mot'd. All done and its running great as usual, started up like it had never been stood. I dare say a quick clean and drive is all thats required!
Its old. Its rusty. Loud and rattly. Still love it every time i get in it😁
RRG done and dusted. Had a great day and enjoyed the sprint sessions.
No issues at all. A few weeks later i had a trackday booked at Anglesey for another vehicle of mine and another spot came up so decided to take the Extra aswell. No time to prep so checked fluids and filled with fuel. Massive drive from North East to wales.
Anglesey was fantastic and had a great day again no issues. Was out for loads of sessions.
A few pics with my Kangoo compact which is megane rs powered. Shows how fat modert vans are in comparison!
Cleaned up and its sat in the garage until next year.
Could do with a couple of new front tyres, oil change and brake fluid flush. Also fuel sender is playing up with lack of use which is not ideal. But overall small snag list considering not laid a spanner on the engine since it was mapped.