Mike Kojima posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 12:56 AM
In looking for more low hanging horsepower fruit for Project 350Z, we decided to try an intake manifold plenum spacer from MotorDyne Engineering. The 350Z's VQ35DE engine has a very thin intake manifold plenum that slopes toward the front of the engine to clear the low hood line. Although this is good for styling, the engine would prefer more plenum volume and the flow to the front most cylinders is somewhat choked off due to the low overhanging plenum wall.
Colin Holte posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 11:57 AM
Toyo has been a staple in the R-compound world ever since it introduced the RA1. Until now, they didn’t offer a true DOT dry weather track tire. With the Proxes RR, Toyo makes a run at this hotly contested field. We tested a set to find out if they succeeded.
Colin Holte posted on Sunday, February 09, 2014 1:48 AM
It only takes a short glance at any car I’ve ever owned (or any house, or my closet…) to realize I’m the wrong person for this third step on Project Silvia’s Girlfriend. Nevertheless, Sarah wanted a car that was up to her borderline obsessive standards of cleanliness and perfection, so I had to do my best to at least look like I was trying to achieve that. I’ve seen lots of pretty cars before, and I have a reasonable theoretical grasp on how they got that way, so I considered myself up to the task… at least at the beginning.
Mike Kojima posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:12 AM
In the past installments of Project 350Z, we took a look at getting the car's suspension and brakes up to snuff. With the car handling and stopping well, we turned our focus to freeing up some more power. Since the car is mostly a budget track day beater, we decided against forced induction options for now because making a high power forced induction motor reliable under continual hot lapping conditions is a somewhat expensive proposition.
To keep a decent budget balance, we decided to focus on some good bolt on's to see what we could get from our 350Z. For our first step we decided to free up the exhaust side of things with headers and an exhaust from DC Sports and free flow cats from Berk Technology.
Dave Coleman posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 12:55 AM
Seems like this would be a re-hash of Project Silvia's suspension, doesn't it? Turns out turning a tight budget into a civilized daily driver that can play track warrior without a single setup adjustment requires a whole different setup.
Dave Coleman posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 1:10 AM
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.