A cold and dry day gave me a chance to test out the capabilities of a new Go Pro Hero 3 camera, all in the name of science of course and well ok just a bit of fun too. Rather than a write up you get some video this time too.
Sunday Launch? Turn up to Full HD for the best quality picture.
Go Pro Hero 3
I know many of you are Go Pro users and I've been using them for years on track and they've worked well to capture the antics but these latest high definition versions finally have the quality to go with the usability. The new wifi controls from inside the car, with on screen preview also work superbly well, no longer do you have to guess what shot you might get. Go Pro finally seem to have cracked the built in microphone and sound issues too, they used to click, click away but the sound is pretty good given the level of wind noise today. I think the low down mounting position (at number plate height) has helped capture the ability of the RS3 well here, it always seems more difficult to capture the true sensations, such as the ferocity of that launch, on film. I've tried all sorts of video setups and the Go Pro's are now perfect for me.
Michelin Pilot Super Sports
The roads were cold, -0.5 on the DIS, and covered in road salt so grip was limited in places. The Michelin Pilot Super Sports are superb in these conditions, full 4.2 second (GPS verified) launch with no hint of loss of traction. With the ESP system off these tyres really add to the balance of the RS3, you get a lot more feedback through the wheel and your seat - at the loss of some comfort (v the Conti 5P's) it has to be said. I was surprised how early the ESP wants to interfere when it is left on and as proven with it off there is no reason for it's chattering, the RS3 just grips and goes, utterly confidence inspiring.
We're lucky to have some great and mostly deserted mountain roads so I also included a couple of minutes of the best sections. If we are getting together for an RS3 meet these roads and those a little further North might be a good choice. If so how about one of evo magazines favourite haunts the Groes Inn Groes Inn Accommodation B&B Conwy Snowdonia North Wales as a stopover venue and make a day or 2 of it?