When deciding the best way to power Daren McNamara's Formula D S14, Team Falken decided to plow into new territory with not just a turbo, but a turbo V8. Not your typical Chevy LS V8 either, but a blast from the past old school Small Block Chevy. In our last edition of building the ultimate Small Bock Chevy, we looked into the developments that had been made to the venerable 60 year old design to update it to modern standards, particularly the bottom end. In short, the improvements were mostly moving the cam upward to allow for more stroke and to shorten the pushrods for less flex, and a general beefing up of the lower end architecture to support today's power levels.
Where would man be without machines? In this episode of Controlled Chaos, we take a look at the Subaru BRZ, Nissan S14 and Ford Mustang that have propelled Falken Tire's drift team to the next level.
Autocross is rather unique in the motorsports world, in that you can have different drivers competing in the same exact car at the same event. It’s a great test of how good of a driver you are against a real, live benchmark. Competitors can also share cars to save money, warm tires or just have fun. Co-driving an unfamiliar can teach you a lot about the sport and how to learn a new course quickly, but it also can be a great way to take a car for a test drive before you commit your cash to a project. Learn from the experts on how to make the most of your co-drive and learn a new car quickly!
by M-P Spierer
SpeedSource Race Engineering and Mazda were always a dynamic duo with their rotary powered RX-7 and RX-8 GT cars over the past 20 years, but what they have done for the new Tudor USCC series is on an entirely different level of awesome. A compound turbocharged, SKYACTIV diesel powered prototype racecar? Yes, please.
If you’re one of the 6 people in the world who isn’t familiar with this car, step back, go HERE, and read every word of the drama (or comedy, or tragedy, we won’t really know until the end) that is Project Miatabusa. For the rest of you who have been waiting to hear what we did about the sackfull of hammers trying to beat their way through the bottom of our car, wait no more:
Step 1: Redesign everything...
Today we bring you a very special Flashback Friday to Part 1 of Project Miatabusa. Why would we do this you ask? It must be because Part 17 is just around the corner! So for those who aren't familiar with the project here's a chance to start at the beginning. For those who are already familiar here's a chance to stroll down memory lane and get excited for the next installment.
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!)