In previous installments of Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S, we've worked on improving the suspension, braking and improved the grip with a new set of wheels and tires. Now we will start focusing on getting more power out of the engine. We will begin with simple modifications and start to ramp things up in our quest for power.
Our first step is perhaps the most basic, adding a lightweight Unorthodox Racing front pulley. The Unorthodox pulley is not an underdrive pulley but a lightweight pulley that takes several pounds off the engine's reciprocating mass. Spinning up extra mass takes power and a lightweight pulley can free up some of that power to reach the rear wheels.
For everyone that says that the hardest part about any project is the first step, I counter with this: starting something is easy—it’s finishing the job that takes the most out of you. Automotive restoration can be thought of as a metaphor for life. There are lessons learned, problems solved—and layers of complexity that are often overlooked as we go from day to day, or task to task.
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.
In our last installment of build a SEMA car in two weeks, we went over our suspension refresh with parts from Whiteline and KW Suspension. Now we are turning our attention towards stopping power using brake components from Wilwood.
No matter how careful you are, you will do it eventually. We have done it plenty of times. Modern high performance cars now almost always come with low airdams which make a big difference aerodynamically. This means that you have probably hit them on the ground and damaged them on speed bumps, driveways and parking lots no matter how anal you are.
If you've ever had the yellow EML light come on, it usually has to do with the drive-by-wire system. In Project E46 M3's case, every time it came on, it would stall the car and render it useless unless you knew what to do to reset it. Check out what we did to get the car running tip-top again.
by Jeff Naeyaert
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annoying sharp eyes on our last update a few weeks ago revealed that we had some KW suspension bits on our RX-7, so we've been forced to get off our lazy butts and write about them, some SuperPro bushings and a bunch of Improved Racing suspension goodies we put on as well in our attempt to make Project V8 RX-7 not only corner as well as it goes straight, but also remain tolerable and civil for daily driving.
The US-spec E36 M3 not only falls short in the powertrain department to its 321hp European counterpart, but also in terms of its headlight output, looks, and quality. We replace the old, low output US-spec factory headlights with a set of European style Depot Euro Ellipsoid projector headlights from European Auto Source and add HID ballasts to give our E36 a 21st century output and looks.
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.
MotoIQ is teaming up with the good folks at The GTChannel to produce a Scion FR-S for the SEMA Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge. The Challenge will be between Speedhunters, Superstreet and GTChannel/MotoIQ to see which media group can build the best FR-S with the car to be displayed at the SEMA Show in the Scion Booth.
We figure that our competitors at Speedhunters and Superstreet will be putting out cars with a heavy emphasis on cosmetics, most likely with special bodywork done by Kei Mura of TRA-Kyoto fame or something like that. We also figure that Superstreet will probably outsource their build and will have a much bigger corporate fired budget than us. Speedhunters seems to be working on their build by themselves so hats off to them!