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Old 27th September 2010, 09:49   #1
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Hello All,

Been lurking on this forum for many months now, came to know of this community & its vast knowledge base through a few friends of mine(how are also lurkers ) & through the World Wide Web. Glad to be a part of it.

Little about me: Raghu Patibandla, born & brought in the beautiful city of Visakhapatnam(Vizag, AP) nestled between Easter Ghats & the vast Bay of Bengal. I miss that city so much, Currently living in Austin, TX, working as a Software engineer.

Have been passionate & crazy about cars since I was a kid. Knowing my craziness my dad never thought me how to drive a car .Couldn't resist after setting foot in land of freedom & decided to get myself some wheels & from then on, have been cruising along(within the speed limit of course).

Have been into road racing big time for the last 1yr & have been with many clubs(Drivers Edge, NASA) here in TX.

Once again, I am very glad to part of this community & would love to be an active part of it.

Did I mention, how I amazed I was after looking the detailed reviews & owner ship reports on this forum, keep up the great work team. Cruise ON
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Hello vette8991,

So, you sign up to an auto-forum, post a fairly lengthy intro, give us a bit about where you're from etc etc.

But you neglect to mention that you own a corvette

Welcome aboard & pictures please!

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Thanks for the welcome..

How did I miss that?

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BTW, here is some info on the car:

08 Corvette Z51 LS3- 436HP 6.2L V8
Fully Loaded
NPP Exhaust
Adjustable PFADT Coilovers
B&M shifter
Cobra Suzuka racing seat mounted on Hardbar seat rails -goes in only for track days
HardBar Harness Bar
SCHROTH 6-point racing harness- goes in only during track days
Stoptech SS Brake Lines
Carbotech XP10,XP8 brake pads - only for track days
Carbotech Bobcats - Daily Driving
CCW C140 wheels mounted on shaved Toyo R888's -track day only
Nitto Invo's mounted on stock chrome wheels - DD
160 thermostat
GoPro HD Cam for recording during track days

I love the car, its a beauty & a beast.

Most important part, even with all this going, I still manage to get good FE
30's on highway's & 22-26 intercity travel(depending on traffic) - especially for a V8
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MAN...the picture of that fatty front tyre has got me drooling!

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... mounted on shaved Toyo R888's ...
What does that mean?

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... GoPro HD Cam for recording during track days
Sweet. I've got one as well! Brilliant cam.
They just released the updated firmware. Nothing too great though.

Here's another member from Texas who currently has a E92 m3 and hits the track too : http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intl-m...deo-added.html (Track day(s) in the new M3. EDIT: Cayman S & new video added)

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Thats one wicked looking Vette. Red colour and black alloy combo is fantastic. And thats quite a spec list you have there. May I suggest you start a new thread on your Vette?

Welcome aboard. Take a stop by the Rules section to understand the working of the forum.

Drive safe.
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MAN...the picture of that fatty front tyre has got me drooling!
Here is a pic of the rear tire after some good amount of track days, race wheels are 18" where as the stock wheels are 18/19 staggered fitments.

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... mounted on shaved Toyo R888's ...

What does that mean?

Tires I have are high performance tires meant for road use as well, hence they have some good amount of thread design, more the thread design, there is less amount of contact path between tire & road, thus decreasing grip. Hence tires are heat cycled professionally to eliminate tire designs, this process is called shaving:

Here is more info Tire Tech Information - Shaving Tires for Competition

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Sweet. I've got one as well! Brilliant cam.
They just released the updated firmware. Nothing too great though.
Finally they did release it, been waiting for a long time, it has the new auto inversion(Upside Down Mode (UPd)), with this mode camera can be mounted up side down(mounted to windshield inside car) & there is no need to rotate files later when watching.

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Here's another member from Texas who currently has a E92 m3 and hits the track too : http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intl-m...deo-added.html (Track day(s) in the new M3. EDIT: Cayman S & new video added)
Thanks for the link, good to see fellow Austinites..
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Thats one wicked looking Vette. Red colour and black alloy combo is fantastic. And thats quite a spec list you have there. May I suggest you start a new thread on your Vette?

Welcome aboard. Take a stop by the Rules section to understand the working of the forum.

Drive safe.
Thanks for the compliments Dippy!

Which section would be appropriate for a new thread?
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Thanks for the compliments Dippy!

Which section would be appropriate for a new thread?
You could start a new thread in the 'Test Drives & Initial Report' section under the Team BHP Reviews forum.

A full ownership review with pictures and regular updates would be awesome
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Hi Vette,

Your Corvette is surely drool stuff. Nice to know you are having good fun with the Corvette. Welcome Onboard!!

Waiting for your ownership review.
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Welcome to the forums.
I hope that more and more guys bring in circuit racing experience back to India and slowly we get a community ( and tracks) building up here as well.
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Hi Vette,

Your Corvette is surely drool stuff. Nice to know you are having good fun with the Corvette. Welcome Onboard!!

Waiting for your ownership review.
Thanks anshuman,

Ownership Report can be found here: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intern...ip-report.html (Red hot lady - 08 Z51 Corvette LS3 3LT Ownership Report)

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Welcome to the forums.
I hope that more and more guys bring in circuit racing experience back to India and slowly we get a community ( and tracks) building up here as well.
Sure, would love to see this happening in India, it might not be too far away, as the number of cars & enthusiasts is tremendously growing. I would definitely love to get into a business like that..
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Sure, would love to see this happening in India, it might not be too far away, as the number of cars & enthusiasts is tremendously growing. I would definitely love to get into a business like that..
If you ever think about moving back to india and want to do something in this space do let me know. I am moving back in next few months and will be spending my free time trying to create something in this space
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If you ever think about moving back to india and want to do something in this space do let me know. I am moving back in next few months and will be spending my free time trying to create something in this space
That should be a great feeling to move back for good. I am planning on moving back after I get some financial stability, too young for my age now, but thanks for the offer & will keep it in mind, as soon as I have some continuous M flowing in, I am planning on stepping into that space..
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