With the opening of High Plains Raceway within 90 minutes of home, I have renewed interest in spending too much money on the Cayman. I recently outfitted it with some R compound tires and some track wheels to up the performance a little. I also recently bought a HeroCam to take some video of the fun.
The HeroCam is a small lightweight digital video camera about the size of a pack of gum that come with all kinds of crazy mounts for about $200. The best mount is the suction cup mount that allows the camera to be attached to about any part of the outside of the car. I experimented with several placements and found that the top of car gave the best perspective of what was going and the most accurate interpretation of actual speed. I shot this video of 4 laps at HPR attached to the roof right behind the windshield.
Down the long straight you're generally hitting about 125mph before you need to start to get on the brake, and the video "looks" like you're doing about 125mph to me in this video.
I shot the last session of the day from inside the car with the camera attached to the windshield. I got a little aggressive in turn 10, entering the turn faster than I thought.
Realizing that I was going to overrun the exit I committed the ultimate sin of lifting off the gas. As you can see it creates a rather graceful, ballet like four wheel slide about 30 yards down the track and into the dirt. I'm still trying to clean all the dirt out of the car, thankfully no harm done.
One bummer about the HeroCam is that there really isn't any good way to capture the audio. The camera has a low and a high audio setting that both don't really work. What the thing needs is a jack that allows you to use an external mic mounted somewhere other than in the wind.
All in all the camera works pretty well, especially for the money. I may try to capture audio on another device (or my iphone) and then syncing it up later.