I was having a little break from doing anything more to the 106 but then a roll cage come up for sale and it was too good to pass up on. It's a 6 point cage, in red, fits around the sunroof and doesn't penetrate the dash. Every box ticked! Made by Geronimo Cages (Hartlepool) but I don't think they're in business anymore. The seller was just up the road and said he'd help fit it. Got it in within a couple of hours and I finished it off this weekend.
Not great pictures, thanks mostly to the daylight fading and using my iPhone. Excuse how unclean the bodywork is too. That's a job for next weekend.
Also replaced the fuel line that runs from the fuel filter, inside the car, through the bulkhead and to the fuel rail. Had a slight accident last weekend with a knife when initially fitting the cage.
What's next? I'd like the overhaul the brakes. There's too much going to the rear callipers which makes the car "squirm" under heavy breaking. So the plan is to run fully braided lines, have them run inside the car and fit a bias lever so that I can adjust the rear brake bias. On a dry track day the lever would be all the way forward so that the rears aren't doing anything. The problem comes about because the car is stripped out at the back and there's no load compensator on the rear callipers.
This year I'm hoping to get to Castle Combe and Silverstone. There's also talk of a trip to the Nürburgring...
Here's a short video from my last track day of 2011 at Mallory Park. First time out with the 196bhp race engine.
All in all it was a good day without any mishaps and the engine performed brilliantly! Can't wait to get back in track this year.
I've owned this 106 for quite a few years now. It stated life off as a humble 1.4 8v, standard gearbox, standard suspension. Standard everything. It's now a 196bhp naturally aspirated track toy but it's still usable as my daily driver.
At this stage I've got to say a massive thank you to Pug1Off who have done all of the major work, such as original engine conversion to a 1.6 16v and the current purpose built race engine. And credit to Northampton Motorsport who mapped the race engine.
Engine (built by Pug1Off) - 196.3bhp @ 8000rpm, 135.7lb/ft
- 1.6 16v C2 (TU5JP4)
- Re-bore and flowed head
- Oversized pistons
- One piece valves
- Catcams 737's
- Race bearings
- AT Power throttle bodies
- Emerald K6 ECU
- 4-2-1 manifold
- Mocal 13 row oil cooler
- Lightened and balanced flywheel
- Aluminium crank pulley
- VTR gearbox
- Quaife ATB differential
- Helix Organic clutch
- -45mm Eibach springs
- GrpN Bilstein shocks
- B8 Bilstein dampers
- GrpN upper and lower engine mounts
- Powerflex gearbox mount
- OMP upper brace
- OMP lower brace
- Disc rear beam with 24mm rear ARB
- 266mm callipers
- Ferodo DS3000 pads
- Tarox JapanSport discs
- Braided lines
- Motol RBF660 fluid