Colin Holte posted on Sunday, August 10, 2014 12:39 PM
I’m greeted by the sounds of classical music as I walk into the garage of Specialty Cars Fabrication which is nestled in a corner next to the Fullerton airport. A bright light strikes out from the torch of a tig welder and illuminates the front of a welding mask. The man underneath the mask is John Kuchta, owner and proprietor of Specialty Cars Fabrication. Calling John just a fabricator though, would be an understatement and a borderline insult in my opinion. Put simply, he’s in artist and metal is his canvas.
Joe Lu posted on Sunday, August 03, 2014 1:06 AM
The countdown to Speed Week is well underway, which means that pretty much everything becomes secondary to getting the car put back together. One of the most important additions to Project 240SX LSR this year is the new wire harness, the sole informational network responsible for making sure that the car is able to operate to its full potential, and also do it reliably. As covered in a previous update, the old wire harness which was completed as the car was literally being loaded on the trailer accomplished the goal of getting the car to the salt. However, we knew that it would need to be upgraded in the interest of reliability for future seasons. Well, the future is now, and the new wire harness is built to perform.
Chuck Johnson posted on Monday, July 07, 2014 9:45 PM
by Chuck Johnson
When last we left off, Project 240SX LSR was under the knife again, in the midst of an entire electrical system and engine management revamp. In this update, we'll continue to follow 5523 Motorsports, Specialty Car, and the rag tag Team MotoIQ as they continue the build with parts from AEM, Fastbrakes, and Earl's Performance Products.
Chuck Johnson posted on Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:53 PM
Chuck Johnson posted on Sunday, April 06, 2014 10:21 PM
After removing more than one cylinders' worth of displacement from an SR20DET, the need to improve the volumetric efficiency of our engine through forced induction became absolutely critical. In other words, if we were going to have any chance at breaking land speed records, we'd need a badass turbo system and there was simply no room for scrimpin' here. So, we stocked our turbo system with the best components we could find: A Borg Warner EFR turbo, dual Turbo Smart Hyper Gates, and a stainless steel Full Race Motorsports turbo manifold. Then, we made all the right connections with Earl's Performance Products.
Chuck Johnson posted on Sunday, January 05, 2014 10:13 PM
by Chuck Johnson
In this installment of Project 240SX LSR, we'll follow Nick Hunter of 5523 Motorsports as he completes the build of our record breaking engine dubbed the SR15VET 20V. Read on for more on our de-stroked SR15VET, the VVL head swap, and the completion of our engine.
Chuck Johnson posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:16 PM
by Chuck Johnson
In our last story, we covered the basic design of our land speed record breaking engine we've dubbed the SR15VET 20V. This time around, we'll take a deep look inside the engine and detail its build with none other than our resident Nissan guru, Nick Hunter of 5523 Motorsports.
Chuck Johnson posted on Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:04 PM
by Chuck Johnson
In the last three years, it seems that I've said it over a thousand times. When it comes to land speed racing, take most everything you know about racing and throw it away. There are so many generally accepted practices in motorsports and preconceived notions about racing that just don't apply when it comes to land speed racing. In fact, much of the time these common practices are the polar opposite of the practices standard to that of building a car for Bonneville. Where most racers would consider changes in displacement only in one direction (larger), the land speed racer will do whatever it takes to set a land speed record even if it means decreasing an engine's displacement. Why did we choose this route? Read on to find out!
Joe Lu posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 11:44 PM
by Joe Lu and Chuck Johnson
So here we are on the flip side of Speed Week 2013, epic road trips to Utah and record runs down the Bonneville salt flats were had, but let's rewind a week and pretend that we're just a few days out from Bonneville. In fact, we're sitting in a swelteringly hot garage at 5523 Motorsports in Escondido, California wondering if we'll make it to Speed Week at all.
Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, August 25, 2013 2:40 AM
Every once in a while we do a behind the scenes story about some of our Motorsports adventures and stuff we do on the road. Although this might look like we're living the life according to what a lot of our readers think, when you try to perform on a high level, it actually takes a lot of blood, sweat, hard work, and passion to do what we do. We are often too busy making things happen in the Motorsports world to document our adventures but this time we decided to focus on one of our main projects for this year: Editor Chuck Johnson breaking the H/PS world land speed record at Bonneville Speed Week 2013.