Entries for June 2008

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NASCAR Dyno Horsepower


Have you ever wondered how much power a NASCAR engine makes on the chassis dyno? It's pretty relative to our street cars too since the official dyno of NASCAR is the Dynojet 248. Reading the May 08 RET, an article posted Dynojet horsepower figures from one car per engine manufacturer after the 150 mile qualifyier at Daytona earlier this year. They are not necessarily the strongest engines from each manufacturer, but just samples from the top qualifiers. This is with 31/32" restrictor plates that the cars have to run at super speedways like Daytona and Talladega.

Toyota = 461whp peak, 448whp @ 8700rpm
Dodge =...

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27

Thirty Fucking Five


11 days ago I turned 35 years old. I think the physical decline started around 26 which I'm sure was expedited by the uh...partying, alcohol, girls, working long and late hours, carbon monoxide from the dyno rooms, etc. Exercise was non existent and still really isn't present in my life. I think I should start soon or else my health will take a shit. These days, if I strain myself physically it takes days for me to recover. If I party too hard it takes days to recover. If I work on a car too late into the night and stretch muscles I no longer stretch regularly it takes days to recover. Damn, I used to bounce back overnight. Talking to the older guys at Cosworth, they all say "You ain't...

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26

Race Engine Technology


At the moment, my favorite magazine is Race Engine Technology. It's published in the UK and you basically need to be rich to afford it since it's $20 per issue. Lucky for me we get it at Cosworth and I take it home sometimes after Ken reads it. I still enjoy the industry rags like Super Street, D-Sport, Import Tuner, etc. because they are fun to read and have plenty of ass to check out. That's almost the best part of working in the automotive industry since there are no females unless you work in a corporate office. Even then the selection is limited. If you have a normal job, no doubt you can pick from the bundle in the office. Just remember not to shit where you sleep.

Anyhow, R...

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23

EJ257B on the Dyno


We have the EJ257B 2008 STi engine on the dyno at the moment for dry sump oil system testing. The engine looks pretty cool all wired up with sensors all over it. I have to say coming from the street car world with chassis dynos, an engine dyno is an absolute DREAM to work with although I'm not actually the one wrenching this time. The dyno guys are running a series of tests to determine which components to include in the dry sump system. We've already completed a slew of tests on a prototype intake manifold. Yes, that's right: an intake manifold that actually works and looks good for the EJ25 is coming soon.


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22

Ipod Battery Change


Last week my iPod took a shit and all it displayed on the screen was an cartoonish image of an iPod with a sad face. Nothing told me it was the battery taking a dump though. After several unsuccessful attempts at connecting with my PC via USB cable, I read somewhere on the Apple site that said that the battery might be gone if the symptoms I was having were happening. I was thinking that I should just buy a new iPod because my 4th gen click wheel iPod just looks so old school, but the Chinese side of me said, "no way man, this thing works perfectly." So I found the ipodjuice.com website an...

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20

EVO X 4B11T Cylinder Head Development


After our guys in the head shop did some flow testing and measurements, they found that the EVO X head is pretty good for a stock head. There's no doubt we will improve its efficiency even more since Lyon will develop the ports, Steve will develop the bad ass seat profiles, and we'll be using oversize valves. We have a formula here at Cosworth that Lyon developed to calculate a cylinder head's efficiency and the factory EVO X head is the highest efficiency head that we have measured out of a production engine. The factory Nissan VQ35 takes 2nd place. We've never measured a Honda K20, but I have a feeling it would be king. I don't have too much K20 experience myself, but the little exper...

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18

This is When You Know She's Pissed


Psycho girlfriends: we've all had them to varying degrees. Sometimes they're a bit too much and sometimes you know what you did to make them psycho. Most of the time it's the vindictive bitches that get carried away. Luckily I've never suffered the wrath of the vindictive evil bitch to this degree, but these guys have. It sucks when a woman messes with a man's car. Jeremy in track support sent me an email with these images. Enjoy or be afraid:

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15

R35 GT-R = BIG


I was cruising Freshalloy and found this thread on why the R35 GT-R is so damn heavy. Yes believe it or not, I am active on a couple of Skyline GT-R forums only because I'm an enthusiast at heart. Otherwise, fuck forums. GT-R forums are small and cozy usually without child like behavior or low intelligence found on other forums. Anyhow, I guess it's quite obvious why the R35 is so fat and heavy after you look at these pics:

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My blog server is having issues and I cannot upload images. In the meantime, here's something I thought this was pretty funny even though it's a bit old. First check this out:

Whistle Tip Mufflers


My blog server is having issues and I cannot upload images. In the meantime, here's something I thought this was pretty funny even though it's a bit old.

First check this out:


Then, check this out:
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10

Dry Sumps


If you've never heard of it then chances are you don't need one. Dry sump oil systems are god's gift to man. ALL race engines use some form of it, but even your production based engine can benefit from a dry sump system if your car's factory oil system cannot keep up with your car's capabilities. Some platforms that have crappy factory wet sump systems are the Nissan Skyline GT-R, Subaru Impreza WRX/STi, Toyota Supra and the Mitsubishi EVO 1-50. Sure, custom pickups, baffles, trap doors, and Accusumps are great for a track day/club racing car, but most all out serious effort cars will require a dry sump. I made the mistake of thinking a wet sump oil system with all the aforementioned bel...

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09

New WRC Impreza


My boss Ken sent this to me. It's not far from the car's actual shape either:

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08

350Z & G35 Traction Control


A couple months ago Dan from Advanced Motorsport & Engineering in the UK sent out an email with a press release of a plug and play 350z traction control system. It looks pretty interesting and would be a great addition to the severely traction limited 350z/G35 platform with its wack rear suspension geometry. Short of running a Motec, Pectel, or EFI ECU, this is your cheapest way of integrating traction control. Who is Dan? Dan is a professional tuner in located in Milton Keynes, England and knows what he is doing. He worked at Cosworth UK back in the F1 days with something having to do with track support...

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06

The video speaks for itself. My buddy John is part of the production team and these guys crank out excellent video. My buddy Brett tells me that he can't see anything on his Mac. Mac people: GET A PC. A Mac is like using an ECU you cannot tune - it's no damn good.

R35 GT-R vs. Ford GT


The video speaks for itself. My buddy John is part of the production team and these guys crank out excellent video. My buddy Brett tells me that he can't see anything on his Mac. Mac people: GET A PC. A Mac is like using an ECU you cannot tune - it's no damn good.

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03

SCC Mag Top 10 Quarter Mile Times Part 2


Some corrections:

Sean sent me an email earlier today and mentioned that Sport Compact Car magazine actually left out a car they tested that belongs on the top 10 1/4 mile times list. It was the Motorex Blackbird BNR34 GT-R that turned a 12.3@112. Jensen and I built the Blackbird back in 2001 when we worked at Apexi. Right after tuning it at 4:30am, I took it home on the 55 South cruising at about 295km/h (180mph) with one hand on the steering wheel and the other hand on the shifter. The car was so quiet an...

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02

SCC Mag Top 10 Quarter Mile Times


I was flipping through some some car mags a couple months ago and I ran across this in the back of Sport Compact Car Magazine. I noticed that I worked on and tuned the cars in positions 1, 2, and 4 when I was at XS. While the acceleration times aren't anything special by today's standards, what is noteworthy is that these cars were all street cars and it was 4 or more years ago when the EVO was new and there was a lot less knowledge of the GT-Rs. The Motorex R33 GT-R was dubbed Big Bird. You might recognize the car from Fast & the Furious 1 and alth...

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01

Hyundai G35 Genesis


My boss sent me some camera pics from the Cars and Coffee meet down in Irvine a couple weeks ago. I guess somebody from Hyundai rolled down the new Genesis coupe with the 4B11T engine in it. Ken called it a 7/8 scaled G35. I said just about the same thing in my November 07 post about the car when I first saw it at the LA Auto Show. In concept, the Genesis sounds good. HOWEVER, I hear the car will have a 3500 lb. curb weight so even though it is rear wheel drive and has a turbo engine in it, it is a far cry from what the car should be. The car should be a copy of the 1991 Nissan 180SX with a updated face lift. That's w...

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