14 July, 06:15 AM by Nicolas Lim
Here at Couture Auto, we are very concerned about the level of service that our customers get. We like them to get value for money yet at the same time we want to make sure that no corners are cut.
As a doctor, I know how difficult it is to get the car serviced when I was working the long hours. It is however something that has to be done regularly else safety does become an issue.
Here is our latest flyer that advertises our services. We offer a full one stop service, oil, brakes, diagnostics, tires, timing belts, clutches and inspection services on any make of car.
From our website, you probably see that we work on many performance cars. Performance cars take things to another level in terms of maintenance and skill required. We like to pass this experience on to customers who have regular cars.
We can arrange FREE pickup and drop off from St Vincent’s Hospital, St James Hospital, in and around the Seamount Avenue area, UCD, Maynooth, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Summerhill, Clonee, Leixlip, Kilcock and surrounding areas.
14 July, 05:58 AM by Nicolas Lim
So many questions needing so many answers…
Will the gearbox hold up? Will we break more Mitsubishi OE parts?
Gearbox was silky smooth after a couple of modifications back in the workshop by James – more like extreme modifications of the Mitsubishi selector mechanism, cables and mount points.
Will the car overheat or withstand the longer track?
It was answered fairly quickly with Joe Foley doing eight laps back to back in the practice session – water temps staying at a comfortable 90-95 degrees celsius, oil temps in the 80 degree range. The Redline range of oils and fluids certainly do what they say on the tin. An oil with no compromise.
The car held up well with a little scare in qualifying round 2 when the cam sensor nearly fell out of the car and the car ground to a halt and had to be brought back into the paddocks by the Mondello Tow / Recovery truck (Thanks guys). A quick fix with a number 10 socket saw the car back on the track in less than a minute.
In the finals, having to clip the chicanes on the S bends, the exhaust got bumped off the rough surface and cracked the exhaust manifold. No boost, no lap record – Oh well…
However, Joe still managed to top the class, setting a time 4 seconds faster than the next place. This was in a field which saw cars falling out from engine trouble and bits falling off them. The international track is not easy on cars.
Cheers… to another 1st place finish and the car arriving home safe and sound. :-D
14 July, 05:32 AM by Nicolas Lim
After breaking the selector shaft in the gearbox and putting an end to the round 2 campaign, we came back and put the car back on the track for Round 3.
Some problems with the Mitsubishi gear selector cables tips bending meant that we could not get 1, 3rd or 5th. Fortunately, we were able to come up with a fix in the field to get the car to 1st place on the podium. Joe will Fix it.
Extremely hot track temperatures (so hot that you could feel it through your footwear) brought laptimes down quite considerably.
We will hope to break the lap record the next time round the National circuit.
Joe Foley put in a good effort to bring the car home safe and another 1st place podium finish.
14 July, 05:31 AM by Nicolas Lim
The Couture Auto EVO 6 set a new best time of 59.350 secs around Mondello Park National Circuit. Round 1 of the Irish Time Attack series saw our car storm to first place with a blistering time, setting the pace for other teams to match.
Joe Foley, whose Subaru we do some work on, took the car out for the first round to stretch it’s legs. It is an extremely good time especially for his first race in the car. There is still much improvement in terms of suspension work, choice of tires and driver familiarity. Our aim will be to break the 59 sec mark in Mondello on road legal E Mark tires.
All work on the car has been done in house from the Engine build, suspension geometry setup, mapping and drivetrain.
We are proud to be able to showcase a car that look good, drives good and takes out the opposition with many parts that are available off the shelf.
Thanks very much to our sponsors Apexi, 5Zigen, Cosworth, ATS Carbonetics, VARIS Racing Concepts, without whom this would not have been possible.
7 September, 09:50 PM by Nicolas Lim
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