With winter in full swing at its Toronto home base, C360R (Compass360 Racing) has continued development of their new Audi S3 in sunny Florida over the past few months. Most recently, the team took advantage of a CHIN Motorsports day at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
This test was spent continuing development on engine tuning and chassis setup.
“We’re getting closer to where we need to be,” said technical director Ray Lee. “Electronically the car is very complex, and we’re making headway. I’m quite happy with where we’re at, especially in the handling department.”
The team feels they are on schedule to debut the cars — as originally planned — at the second round of IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Sebring International Raceway on Friday, March 20, where they’ll contest the Street Tuner (ST) class, replacing the team’s long-standing Honda Civic Sis.
“We’ve enjoyed working with the Audi guys, especially on the marketing side,” remarked team principal Karl Thomson.
“They had one of our S3s on display at Daytona outside their Audi Motorsports Experience pavilion on the Boardwalk, and we spoke to their guests about our new program. We are expecting to be involved with that Experience again at Sebring.”
Kyle Gimple, who co-drives the No.74 AERO / Spyder car with Paul Holton, said, “The test went really well. We made really big gains and we feel there is still more we can get out of it.
“There wasn’t anything unexpected which was good,” he continued. “This is a fun car. It’s a comfortable car to drive, very forgiving and easy to control.”
The team has additional development and testing in the South before the cars take to the track at Sebring.
The second round of IMSA’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge takes place on March 20th.