Introducing the latest addition to our stable - Project Civic Si Coupe. For this first installment, we upgrade power transfer matters with a Spec Stage 2+ clutch with a single Kevlar disc and lightened aluminum flywheel. Follow along as we look into exactly how the Spec Stage 2+ is a vast improvement over our factory Honda unit.
With good handling and unbelievable brakes, our FR-S is really hurting for power. In one of our last stories we added an Innovate Motorsports supercharger and got a healthy boost of power across a really wide powerband, we gained power literally everywhere from idle all the way up to the redline. We still wanted more so the next logical step was to add an Intercooler and run a little more boost all with parts from Innovate Motorsports.
As a bit of great news we were informed that the Innovate Supercharger has earned a CARB EO so in addition to making nice power, the Supercharger is now 100% smog legal!
Since our initial build article, we’ve had the opportunity to lightly test the truck’s capabilities. The ICON Vehicle Dynamics Suspension system is a radical departure from the stock suspension. The on-road performance is amazingly comfortable yet inspires a definite increase in speed through the city corners. The off-road performance is as prescribed by IVD: brilliant; and we’ve not even put her to the test. In early November, we captured this moment in crossing terrain rarely touched since the late 1800s in Slagel Hollow, KT and managed to win the #IVD17K photo contest!
In Part I, we had a look at engines, turbos, electric motors and stuff. Here in Part 2, we’re going to look at a few of the cars those engines and things drop into. On top of that, we’re going to show you a little bit of what goes on during media days at the LA Auto Show that does not happen during the general public days.
Just like every day during practice week, we woke up ungodly early on the first practice day to get into position in time. I left the rest of the team at the start line to help prep the car while I headed up the stage to get some photos of all the cars. Generally you should be in place about a half hour before sunrise, which is usually around 4:30AM.
There have been a few details circulating about this year’s running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Lovefab Enviate, but the full story hasn’t been told until now.
Let's travel back to early June in Michigan, where a certain group of Lovefabbers were putting in the final push on the build for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Prior to this year I had never met Cody or any of the Lovefab crew in person before, so instead of being a bunch of awkward strangers when we met up in Colorado I made the eight hour drive to the shop for a ‘meet and greet’ while they worked on the car.
by Khiem Dinh
Times are a changin’ and they be changin’ quick. Fuel economy is the name of the game and the OEMs are releasing new powertrain configurations as quickly as they can release new vehicles. Part of that equation involves turbos which should make every gearhead happy. The other part of the equation is electrification. The fastest road course race cars on Earth are hybrids, so electrification should be embraced. Enough rambling, on with the engine show!
We are continuing to work on Project FR-S, refining it bit by bit in our efforts to build a car with real track weekend warrior performance without rendering it unstreetable. In previous installments we've made major changes to the car's various systems but this time we take care of a lot of the smaller bits we have added which have produced a surprisingly big change to how the car drives.
by Justin Banner
Redline Time Attack has completed its first year since it last ran in 2011 and it ends at one of the fastest courses in their series: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This would be the second Redline at Fontana for 2013 and it is a track that typically favors horsepower over finesse. The track layout was similar to the 3rd round of the MPTCC, so it will be interesting to contrast and compare lap times to our own series as well. Follow along as we witness the rebirth of Redline Time Attack!
Let’s face it, autocross is hugely popular. There is a statistic floating around that the SCCA Solo II Nationals is the largest motorsport event in North America. While I have not audited that fact, I can tell you that a LOT of people love the sport. In fact, my very first interest in automotive performance was an autocross event that I attended and competed in after being encouraged by a friend to give it a try. After that event out came the stereo and in went suspension modifications. That car was Project 200SX and the year was 1999. I have always had a penchant for the sport but after spending more time at the road course, life sideswiped me and my participation in AutoX events waned; that is, until recently.
We each have a different view concerning what we found interesting, exciting or cool at this year's SEMA show. Similarly, there are things at the show each year that are not so good. Seen here are some of my selections for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I'll leave it up to you the reader to judge which are which.
by M-P Spierer
Fuel systems upgrades vary drastically and sometimes only a simple pump or injector change will suffice. Other times, like in this project, it seems like every component in the entire system needs to be changed. Recently, in Part 2 of Project RX-7, we covered the engine side of the fuel system, where the injectors, rail, and pressure regulator were upgraded. Now it's time to discuss the remaining fuel system upgrades that we are so eloquently dubbing the "chassis side."
Paint used to be the preferred and just about the only method of refinishing a race car. Paint looks nice but it takes a long time to apply and costs a lot to do. In the sometimes rough and tumble world of Motorsports cars end up having to be refinished frequently.
A lot of guys don't care about how their track car looks and just bang her out so the wheels clear fenders when things get bent. However, sanctioning bodies like NASA and SCCA have appearance rules and if you are sponsored, sponsors expect your car to be presentable so the beat ass race car look wont fly.
Since painting can be a significant expense, any means available to reduce the time and money spent keeping a car looking good is a godsend. One of the ways to keep your car looking its best relatively inexpensively is through a wrap. Wraps used to be pretty hard to apply with mixed results but with new technology, they're becoming easier and easier.
Check out how we wrapped the Dog Car giving it a fresh look with the help of 3M and Skyprint media.