Chuck Johnson posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 8:45 PM
Project Land Speed Racer 240SX: Chassis Prep and Roll Cage Fabrication
By Chuck Johnson
Remember when Project Land Speed Racer 240SX first came into the hands of Chuck Johnson? In this Flashback Friday see where the record breaking first got started... The beginning of any good sedan type racecar build almost always starts with ruining a perfectly decent streetcar. In the case of Project Land Speed Racer 240SX though, I'm not sure if we are really ruining a perfectly good streetcar. Honestly, from the looks of things, it must have been owned by a series of wannabe dorifto hacks before falling into my hands.
Chuck Johnson posted on Monday, November 03, 2014 10:17 PM
When it comes to building cars, I've always tried to maintain a "keep it simple, stupid" approach. At the center of my dead reliable formula was my factory re-flashed ECU. When I decided to get serious about land speed racing, along with that came an exponentially growing need for more capability. I reluctantly dug my heels in denial, touting my "keep it simple stupid" argument. Ironically, that very argument was what would convince me to finally make the change to a standalone ECU. It comes down to this one question. Is a race car running a re-flashed ECU in tandem with a plethora of standalone systems for boost control, wide band sensors, variable valve lift, and data logging really simple? No. Enter the AEM Infinity 8 EMS.
clint boisdeau posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 8:21 PM
So Project 370Z has not seen a power part upgrade since the first installment of the series which included the AEM “E.T.I.” cold air intake nearly 3 years ago. Despite the Fairlady’s solid power to weight ratio as it stands, a bit more power, sound, and weight reduction from an aftermarket cat back exhaust system was desired. With the help of ARK Design USA, the exhaust side of Project 370Z was going to see its first step in unlocking some power and performance oriented notes.
Chuck Johnson posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014 8:55 PM
The 2014 season has been a tough one for land speed racers in general, with high winds cancelling events at El Mirage and thunderstorms flooding the Bonneville Salt Flats. On the home front, Team MotoIQ has had its own series of struggles to overcome with Murphy’s Law wreaking havoc every step of the way. Nevertheless, we managed to overcome the odds and set a new H/PS land speed record at Bonneville. Recounted through data logs, videos, photos and of course text, here’s our World of Speed story.
Colin Holte posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:47 AM
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.
Colin Holte posted on Sunday, September 07, 2014 2:21 AM
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.
Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014 2:07 AM
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.
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.
Mike Kojima posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 1:09 AM
An update has been a long time in coming but it is true, the ARK Team America BNR32 has not gone away or died, it's just that all of the principals have been busy with our other motorsports and industry jobs ranging from ALMS to Formula D. With all of us so busy working the car kept getting pushed off but lately Eric Hsu has been rallying the troops and work has been progressing on the car all summer.
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.