Sunday, with some quick reflexes and creativity with the electrical system, Rob ran a lap in the #881 Civic that tied the fastest lap of the day, however, we were down so many laps that, apart from us, I am not sure anyone noticed. Then the next gremlin hit. Fourth gear became more and more of a challenge to find until it simply disappeared.
“Wait… it’s not a 911!” was my first thought after getting the front quarter-view of the car. Looking at the car strictly from the front, it’s easy to confuse a Cayman with a 911. Personally, from a purely technical standpoint, I prefer the Cayman with its mid-engine layout over the 911’s rear-engine layout. 911s are very common in racing series across the world, so to see a Cayman got my interest. Reset-MD go my interest too, more on them later.
Why? My wife has asked me. So have my co-workers. Even some of my lapping buddies and fellow Time Attack competitors. Why ChumpCar? So I have asked some of my fellow ChumpCar competitors that very question. Why?
The Small Block Chevy is a dead outdated hunk of iron that is best left to old guys puttering around restoring muscle cars in their garages, or is it?
The venerable Small Block Chevy was first introduced to the motoring public in 1954 and was installed on the assembly line until 2003 and is still in production as a replacement motor. This means that the good old small block has been around for 60 years, making it one of the longest lived and most produced engines of all time with over 100,000,000 being built to date.
I got a glimpse inside a garage that’s normally closed up tight along my route to work today. What first grabbed my eye was a new looking four-post lift stuffed on one side of a two-car garage. An early fifties Ford was parked next to the lift, the flat-black paint and contrasting white and red pinstripes indicated that while the owner wasn’t on my sports-car loving team, they certainly played the same game.
We eliminate Project Grey Mustang 5.0's rowdy and too-loud exhaust with an aggressive yet drone-free setup for Corsa Performance and find out a little bit about just how Corsa makes an exhaust that is both awesome-sounding and quiet at cruise.
For me, it probably started around middle school. Up to that point, I wanted to be a fighter pilot after having watched Top Gun. Then my vision went blurry around 5th grade being Asian and all. So then my interests transitioned to cars. I had that poster with the garage containing a Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Porsche on the wall. Since that time, it has been a dream to take a super car and drive the absolute piss out of it on a track with the engine screaming and tires squealing. Dream no longer as all you have to do is visit Exotics Racing in Las Vegas or Los Angeles. (Video from Khiem & Martin's track session on page 5!)
Braking late, hitting apexes, and powering out of corners: The goal of driving a car quickly requires keeping the tires at their limit at all times. Having good car control is a crucial skill in the development of a driver to not only drive a car fast, but also to have the ability to get up to speed quickly in a new car and on new tracks. However, without self control and discipline, having good car control can actually work against you.
by GT Channel
Super GT is an event that worships speed and precision, two things that when combined perfectly appear to look almost effortless. We have taken time and slowed it down for just a little, just enough for you to witness the speed in motion. Only when time stands still can you take a step back and truly appreciate everything that's going on.
Until now our FR-S had been running on Nameless Performance's very first prototype header, in fact, this was the very first attempt at a header that they had made. This header worked pretty decently and we have been rocking it for the last 10000 or so miles. However, since that time Nameless has been busy at work continually testing and improving their header design and recently released their final production version. The new header is radically different than the prototype we had been running and best of all it is now available for sale.
If you are looking at your computer screen then it means that you cannot be out on the track. So here are some pictures of some beautiful cars that, while they may not win prizes at a Show and Shine, are outstanding on a race track. First we will visit the corners of my favourite track, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (historically known as Mosport), and then you can enjoy some of the vehicles that have joined me at my lapping days over the last couple of years.
Last Year Project 370Z received some much needed cooling modifications thanks to CSF race radiators. Their single pass/higher capacity radiator and AC condenser combo made for improved water cooling and retained the factory AC performance. But as the year went on into the hotter months during summer, water temperatures started to again fall victim to over heating. The 370Z front end design only has one opening for radiator air flow. So from the get go the top half of the radiator's surface area does not get fresh air. On top of that, I have an external oil cooler taking up the left half of that single opening. So even though the CSF radiator is a large improvement over the OE unit, there is still alot of factors working against it. Top it off with 90 to 100+ degree summer track weather in SoCal, an engine known for high heat production and decently quick pace on track with a significant amount of time spent at wide open throttle, you have a recipe for overwhelming the cooling system. There were a few things we tried before the CSF triple pass unit was implemented though.
If you have been following the progress of Project 350Z as of late we have been testing and running the gamut of your typical bolt on performance parts to see what kind of gains could be expected for a well tuned but lightly modded VQ35DE. With an intake, exhaust, headers, intake manifold, cams and valve springs in place, it was time to get into the ECU and tune for our specific combination of parts.
To perform the final touches on Project 350Z we headed to Church Automotive Testing, a licensed UpRev Tuner to have our car dialed in.
Before there were car dealers, there were horse traders. Find a horse, brush it down, put new shoes on its feet and send it on the way to a new owner. Repeat as often as necessary to make ends meet. Of course, there are a lot of shades of grey between horse thief and glue salesman.