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  Project Sipster

 Part 4: California or Bust

by Dave Coleman 

Project Sipster looks sad
 
Part 4 of Project Sipster marked the first time I ever actually saw the car, and what a sight it was. In the picture above, notice a few things about the front of the car. See how the ends of the front bumper are beveled, so the top of the bumper is slightly shorter than the bottom? That's how you know the bumper is on upside-down. Notice how the driver's side headlight looks lower than the passenger's side? That's no illusion. The car is seriously bent. Look at the radically different angles of the front lower control arms, just visible under the car's powder blue chin. Yikes!
 
Project Sipster made a bizzare and inexplicable stop at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a very simple reason. The weekend Jared finally hit California was the same weekend I was at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca enjoying one of the fruits of employment with one of the most fun-loving car companies on the planet: The annual Mazda employee track day. This fact, you'll notice, was conveniently glossed over in the original story.
 
 
Desperate to know how far we were from our 7-second objective, we sweet talked the corner workers into letting us onto the track during the lunch break to do 0-60 tests on the front straight, and then to drive up and down the corkscrew for video footage. That's right, UP the corkscrew!
 
Strangely, I can't find a single picture of that weekend, and even the video we shot seems to be MIA at the moment. I'll post it if I can find it, but meanwhile, here's the story:
  
Project Sipster part 4 California or Bust
 
Sipster Day 10
Not quite to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
 
"You ain't crazy, are you?"
 
Can't really fault the guy for asking. Project Sipster is full to its bare metal roof with luggage, disorganized boxes of Rabbit parts and a full Cabriolet body kit; fender flares, side skirts, front bumper and all. To the untrained eye, it looks like a homeless camp. Our Editor isn't helping with the image problem. In the 30 minutes he's been stranded, hoping somebody, anybody will drive past this desolate stretch of Canadian nothingness, Jared has put on two pairs of pants, three sweatshirts and a sleeping bag. He hasn't slept for days and his hair… actually, his hair always looks like that.
 
After a short explanation, something along the lines of "I'm cold and I'm gonna die soon if you don't help me find some Diesel," Jared's savior swings open the passenger's door of his F150 and then pauses.
 
"You ain't broke, are you?"
 
40 minutes later, Jared is very happy to have passed this little entry exam. If you're going to run out of Diesel, Frank is the kind of guy you want to come along. A local farmer with 40 head of Angus, not only is he willing to backtrack 5 miles to the nearest gas station, but his gas-powered truck actually has an on-board storage tank for Diesel fuel--for the tractors, don'cha know. 
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Steve
Stevelink
Monday, November 29, 2010 3:34 AM
Wow. I don't remember the car being that seriously twisted. You'd think ahem, *someone* would have noticed that when they went to pick it up! ;)
Steve
Stevelink
Monday, November 29, 2010 3:39 AM
Learn something new every day. Dad used to say don't run the Dasher Diesel dry, growing up on a farm he'd know, and I should have known. But now at least I know why - purging the air, ugh.
yo vanilla
yo vanillalink
Monday, November 29, 2010 5:09 AM
Still my favorite series and I love that you smoked a Prius!
Dusty Duster
Dusty Dusterlink
Monday, November 29, 2010 3:28 PM
...and this is why hybrid technology is lame.
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 8:05 AM
Dave, I think it's time you add a diesel to the Motoiq stable but intsead of project Sipster like goals, how about pure race/enjoyment goals. I'd bet, an unspecified amount at this point, that you could push a 1.9tdi to 300-400hp, 500 lb-ft of torque and still return 30mpg at least highway driving!

Call me crazy, and you will, but you were the one preaching diesel capability back in the SCC days! Keep us dreaming outside the box and I'm still looking forward to more Miatabusa crazy (especially a youtube video of how it sounds)!
8695Beaters
8695Beaterslink
Thursday, December 02, 2010 6:34 AM
Looks like the car got bent at CWS, I'm guessing when they replaced the floor. It was pretty straight in the first 3 parts...
Steve
Stevelink
Thursday, December 02, 2010 12:47 PM
Nah, check here in Part 2 - this car was messed up before I think it ever saw CWS, assuming this photo appears in the right place in the order of the article - bumper was on right but it's twisted. Somewhere along the line someone flipped the bumper, that was off the car in the CWS Pics. Pretty sure this one is supposed to be pre-TDI, pre-CWS. Same with the second pic.
http://photos.motoiq.com/MotoIQ/Project-Vehicles/Sipster/Project-Sipster-8/1031969711_apMsH-M.jpg
http://photos.motoiq.com/MotoIQ/Project-Vehicles/Sipster/Sipster-part-2-lead-art/1083877905_rKXnp-O.png

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