The Team America crew has been busy and the car has really come together in the past couple of weeks. The goal is to be able to have the car dyno tuned and track session tested before it has to go into a shipping container and hopefully end up in Australia this time (if you have been following our story, two years ago, instead of going to WTAC, the car ended up in China for a few months due to the freight forwarder making a huge mistake).
Eric Hsu and Gary Castillo have been working around the clock to get the car done with everyone else on the team pitching in on the weekends. The major fabrication is nearly complete and the engine has been started and run. What's left is to finish up the top secret Andrew Brilliant designed aero package, do the final installation of the wire harness and to clean up and work on the cosmetics of the car like the Team America inspired wrap.
Team MotoIQ in conjunction with 5523 Motorsports and Specialty Cars Fabrication set a new H/PS land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the recent USFRA World of Speed event. Their experience on the salt however was not entirely drama free.
The NSX’s stock 155lph fuel pump reportedly maxes out around 400whp which will not suffice for our turbocharged 500whp+ goal. We upgrade the factory pump with the new Walbro 416 E85 compatible fuel pump and visit our friends at Brown and Miller Racing Solutions for motorsport-grade alcohol approved fuel lines, fittings, and electrical wiring. We finish the build by taking our hanger to be PTFE coated by Calico coatings.
If you follow us on our Instagram or Facebook page (and if you don’t why the F not? seriously, click up there on the top right of the page and connect!) you know we received one of the first batch of FD RX-7 Rocket Bunny kits to come into the states! If this seems out of character for us, it is—never in our history have we put a bodykit on one of our project cars—and for good reason, most of them look terrible, are molded poorly and are difficult to install.
Each year before Speed Week, it seems like we face some serious obstacles in our speed week preparations. But each year, the team pulls together and manages to cheat Murphy’s Law of its satisfaction. This year has been no different.
Everyone who has experienced trying to design parts to get more power of the S2000 naturally aspirated can attest to Honda not having left much on the table. Honda was of course limited by pesky general consumer things related to NVH. If you throw those concerns off the table, is there anything to be gained?
In parts 1 and 2 of the Blacktrax Performance S2000 Motorsport Makeover coverage, Irene, the Blacktrax Performance S2000 was stripped down to the bare shell, was seam welded to increase rigidity, had the doors and hardtop roof gutted for weight reduction, and received a full multi-series legal racing cage from the front suspension to the rear suspension at CT Engineering in Rancho Cordova, CA. Then, the car was rolled away to be put back together between Blacktrax Performance in Milpitas, CA. and 5Fifteen Autobody in Burlingame, CA.
Although the Fiesta ST has fairly decent stock shift feel, which is quite positive for a cable shifter FWD car, we still thought that the longish throws could be shortened for a more performance oriented shift feel. Traditionally we have never been fans of short shifters that the aftermarket is full off. Your typical short shifter shortens the throws too much destroying shift feel as well as sometimes overstressing syncros, to the point of damaging them.
With this in mind we were somewhat reluctant to install mountune's short shifter developed for the Fiesta ST. If you haven't heard of the name mountune, it's because in this country tuning of Ford's FWD offerings has not been the popular thing to do. Not so in Europe where compact Fords have been a mainstay of the enthusiast market for 3 generations. In Europe the name mountune is closely associated with Ford Performance and with the new Fiesta and Focus ST mountune will become a mainstay for Ford performance in North America.
Project IS-F is a real daily driver, driven every day by a little old Asian lady back and forth to work. On weekends the car also hauls the family along, fast. The car gets a lot of miles on it and day in and out wear and tear.
In this week's update for the ARK Design Team America BNR32 Time Attack car, we address air management issues around the front of the car with a unique intercooler arrangement and some hopefully clever ducting.