The final rounds of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul brings the gang back to Buttonwillow Raceway Park, but this time running the popular time attack configuration Clockwise #13. With the track setup in such a manner, there's ample amounts of data and video on what it takes to be quick for such a configuration. The interesting thing for me was despite my many years of time attack and HPDE driving experience on the CW #13 config, I have 0% experience on it during a wheel to wheel race situation. So I was extremely excited to get a new perspective on a course I had so much seat time on. Another exciting factor was that the year end championship points winner would be decided also. With myself and Justin Taylor neck and neck in points, whoever finished higher both days wins the final championship. But if somehow both of us DNS or DNF, Martin Gonzales is close enough in points to win as well. With many possible outcomes, the race weekend's was to be an interesting one.
When TEIN released the EDFC controller nearly 14 years ago, the suspension tuning world hit a new level of technology. Now with its more current EDFC ACTIVE version, TEIN has stepped up its game again, and we got to install it on our 800 WHP Project MKIV Supra!
Our STI has been driving around as a daily for two years now with all of the typical bolt ons. It has been reliable at 318 whp with good driveability and fuel economy on regular pump gas, in other words a hassle free car that is very easy to live with. Of course if good was enough, more is better and we could not leave good enough alone.
I’ll start off with a little bit of background for those that don’t know me. I occasionally drive the Professional Awesome Evo, and in 2013, the first version of the car was wrecked at Road Atlanta. Wise decision or not, I still had a loan on the Evo and there was a significant balance still remaining at the time of the accident. The monthly payment was nothing to scoff at and therefore, I like to consider those years I spent paying off that loan as my time in the "Valley of the Poor." It left me a changed man. I went in a naive money waster, I came out a tightwad.
Mission: cover SEMA in only five hours on the ground. Go.
This year, I only had five hours to make it through the show, so I had to make haste like the road runner to try to see as much as possible. That ‘as much as possible’ turned out to only be one hall. At least it turned out to be a good one.
When you talk about prototype racing, images come to mind of the exotic, fast and unaffordable P class cars that race in IMSA,the P1 and P2 cars at Le Mans or the Daytona Protoypes of Grand Am. A lot of us have dreamed of racing one of these cars. However, Prototype racing is one of the most expensive racing classes and is usually reserved for corporations and OEM manufacturers that pump millions into racing programs as either part of a huge marketing campaign or as an extension of an R&D program.
This is all about to change with the introduction of the NASA/Elan NP01.
In Part 1 of our improvements to the Project V8 RX-7's oiling system last week we got an oil cooler, Ano-Tuff fittings and Pro-Lite 350 hose from Earl's and an oil thermostat from Improved Racing. In Part 2 we'll finish it off by walking you through how we put it all together.
Project: Fried Turkey
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Well, the holiday season is upon us and we decided we were going to cook something MotoIQ style which means it has to be technical and dangerous. What better thing to cook than a fried turkey? Frying a turkey gets the job done in only 45 minutes and leaves you with a succulent and tasty bird with very little hassle and an easy clean up.
What, I said, your brother in law wants to sell his Civic Si for $500? I was speaking to one of my friends who thought I might be interested in this deal. What's wrong with it? Does it run? Has it been wrecked? Is it stolen? No, my friend said, it's in great shape and runs fine with about 100k miles on it. Everything works, he just doesn't want it anymore. What's the catch? I asked. I dunno said my friend, it's a 2003 Si.
If you follow Global Time Attack, you will likely recognize this car and driver. Boersma Racing is no newcomer to GTA or the SLB. In 2013 he was at Buttonwillow and won street FWD class - even though it was his first time on the course. Chris won street class at Road Atlanta in the spring of 2015. Dominating the class with a fastest overall time of 1:35.8 and breaking the previous Street FWD record by over nine seconds. His time was the fastest Street time - period. Better than both RWD and AWD. Any question of his intentions were made completely evident when, during the first timed session at Buttonwillow on Wednesday morning, before the track was really even warmed up, he broke Ken Suen's long standing Street FWD record of 1 minute 55.6 seconds with a time of 1:53.962. And, then, almost every time he went back out onto the track he further obliterated the former record.
It’s no secret the LS family of engines can have oil starvation issues particularly on the racetrack. In high-g turns oil is forced to once side of the pan leaving the oil pickup dry and thus starving the oil pump and the engine's components of oil. Catastrophic damage can result in as little as a few seconds depending on engine speed. We already installed an Improved Racing oil pan baffle, today we'll go one step further to protect our E-Rod LS3!
There’s an interesting thing I’ve learned when it comes to safety in racing. It’s never a priority until you’ve had you first experience with a concrete barrier. Concrete puts a new perspective on life. One starts to plan and prepare to reduce chances of injuries if a second experience were to occur. An accident will also have you reevaluating the quality of equipment you use. Gone are the days when a borrowed motorcycle helmet with a missing visor and paint chips seem like a wise tool to protect your noggin.
A few months ago, we shared the first part of the tale of how a small SAE team in Delaware began building their car for the 2014 season. We left off with a few CAD renderings and teaser shots of mills and saws doing mill and saw stuff. Well now it’s time to get into the meat and bones of this build, which is of course the build itself! We pick up in October 2013, when the design process was still ongoing, but finalized enough to begin turning tube to car.
SEMA is an absolutely insane whirlwind of auto nocturnal emission that leaves most enthusiasts gobsmacked and run down. Of course we wouldn't want you all to miss the action! Live vicariously through our SEMA-ntics and check out all the action without any of the sleep deprivation.