There has been silence in my garage for almost a year. The NX GTi-R, when you last saw it, had rod knock and was parked until I had the time to work on it. Life intervened and many things have caused this project to get pushed to the background. Then Mike Kojima and I met in the paddock at Buttonwillow. It was not that I was stalking him (well, maybe I was sort of stalking him) but a chance to meet the man after years of online chatting and emails was something I knew had to happen. After very few pleasantries the conversation moved to cars and then Mike asked about the NX. With his suggestions and input, my future build took a change of direction with my intended stock build moving to a built engine. Believe me, it did not take very much persuading to make this move. Eagle Rods, CP - Carillo Pistons, JWT cams, Calico Bearings, and a Precision Turbo. There is a plan for the NX GTi-R. I have not put this much money into the car since I bought it! The end result, however, should be spectacular. Version 1 - GA16DE with almost all bolt-on options. Version 2 - SR20DET with boost controller. And now for Version 3 - with a built engine, larger turbo, and eventually a stand-alone ECU.
In Part 1 of Project STurdteen we discussed some of the future plans of the car as a purpose-built entry-level drift car that can be used for competitive purposes in ProAm. One of the big issues I experienced previously had to do primarily with heating and cooling issues. We decided to go with a complete Koyorad cooling system, which incudes a radiator and oil cooler. We also included a power steering cooler to address steering pumping up issues \i had experienced in the past once the car would get hot, which is a common complaint in many drift cars.
We have been watching Matt Field for the last few years. Matt originally was a hero of the "keeping it real" stretched tire scene but has evolved from the time we first noticed him in 2010 to become a fierce competitor whose time has come. Matt has always fielded (bad pun) really nice looking cars and his latest ride not only looks damn good but is packed with some of the latest state of the art drift technology.
KW Suspensions' 2016 VW Sale!
The KW Suspensions VW sale is going on May 16 - June 17. Don't miss the reduced retail price on their V1, V2, and V3’s for selected VW applications. Come take a look at their application sheet where you will find your promotional price. This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts.
After pouring over forums and websites the only company I kept seeing the words 'you won’t regret it' was with Fast Intentions. While there are others in this market that make a great product, it seems with exhausts you need to make the choice of compromising comfort in terms of interior noise for that last bit of horsepower.
Every year since 1978, Road Atlanta has been host to what has come to be known as the Classic Motorsports Mitty, a 3-day event that promises to “resurrect the past glories of sports car racing for a modern audience”.
In Part 3, we finally get this sucker running! So far in our SAE saga, we've showed you the design process that went into this car, as well as the work that it took to turn a pile of tubes into a rolling chassis. Today, we go from a rolling chassis to a running and driving racecar.
When the weather looks like this it's time to take your bike training indoors. Indoor bike training is an element of cycling that isn't always fun but can be instrumental to maintaining and even building off season fitness. Whether you use that fitness to further your two wheeled cycling pursuits or to enhance your performance when it comes to automotive contests of speed the process itself can be an interesting one. Read on to learn what's involved in indoor bicycle training.
As eager as we are to do big upgrades to Project DC2, a good amount of basic maintenance was required. Since our goal was to drive the car regularly on the street, we wanted the confidence of knowing we wouldn't be left stranded because of an avoidable failure. Some of the items on the list of such upgrades were the brakes and wheel bearings. The pads and rotors on the car were not necessarily in poor shape, but they were of unknown origin and brand. There were no familiar markings present on the brake pads and the previous owner had no idea either. We decided to start fresh with brake related parts, since it's the most important safety item on any car. The left rear wheel bearing was making a very audible humming noise so we knew it was on its way out. Erring on the side of caution, we will be replacing all four wheel bearings with new Centric Parts bearings.
The Ford GT was in our opinion America's first true exotic supercar. Inspired by Ford's GT40 race cars from the 60's, the Ford GT's performance as a street car easily eclipsed the race cars of yore. Produced from 2005 to 2006, only 4038 of the cars were ever built making the Ford GT a desirable collectors car that fetches several hundred thousand dollars on the used car market, up from the original asking price of $139,000.
I get this question about once a week these days, “Are the Skylines really going to be legal when they are 25 years old?” It’s a loaded question. The answer is actually yes, and no, as it all depends where you live. In North America, Canada is an exception, but even in the United States the rules have some variance. Since I live in California, the answer is actually yes, but no. Yes, because the 1989 Nissan Skyline will be federally legal to import once it’s 25 years old in 2014, but no because vehicles 1975 or newer are subject to direct import laws in California. These direct import laws make it very expensive to bring a car into California compliance. However, for the purposes of this article, I won’t get too far into the downside of the upside of 25 year old vehicle import.
We knew it was coming. The first sign was the Porsche Macan with its twin-turbo V6s. The European emission requirements of reduced CO2 output made it happen. That and Porsche’s European counterparts at BMW, Audi, and Mercedes all had extensive use of turbos in their performance vehicles. Whether you like it or not, the new 911 Carreras and Boxster/Cayman twins are coming with smaller displacement turbo engines in place of the old larger naturally aspirated engines.
Vince, our FNG, drives a Honda S2000 that serves as his daily driver. The S2K takes him to work and school day in and day out. However the Honda also serves as a track day vehicle seeing duty at Willow Springs, Buttonwillow and Cal Speedway. After serving reliably for 80,000 miles the clutch suddenly went out on Vince on his way to work.
We’re doing it people. The impossible is becoming possible. We’re taking a car that I don’t own or insure and slowly turning it into a track vehicle that is someone else’s day-to-day responsibility. That being said, in order to keep up this ruse, I can’t screw up its daily manners too much or the girlfriend might catch on to my plan. This was a big concern for me when I was planning one of the most important systems for the track, the brakes!