Archive | August, 2011

Meanwhile on the East End

20 Aug

The weather was beautiful today so I took the Z out to stretch her legs. She’s been sitting inside for 4 weeks now and she wanted to play. Looks like I wasn’t the only one! Some of the scenery:

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I also saw a very cool pearl white 599 but didn’t get a chance to snap a picture. Saw a bunch of Elise’s, a bunch of 911′s of all types. From the looks of it, the town gives away black Range Rover Sports and grey S classes because they are like bellybuttons out there!

Anatomy of a Race Car

20 Aug

An interesting article from 1980 about the Electramotive 280ZX Turbo. Click each picture for expanded view.

Pebble Beach 2011 – The Quail

20 Aug

Every year in August, the who’s who and what’s what in the collector car scene converge in Pebble Beach, CA. The mission for man and machine is simple – to see and be seen. I’ve never been lucky enough to go, but hope to one of these years. In the meantime, here is further reminder that even though the world economy is still in a tailspin, the upper class still know how to show off in all the right ways. It’s amazing to me how 40-50 years on, some of the cars look so beautiful. Timeless design never goes out of style. Makes me wonder 2 things. First, what must it have been like for a young gearhead in their teens to see their first 250GT, or 911, or SL? And second, what cars of today will retain that iconic class 50-60 years from now? Modern classics are harder to define in many ways, as they are built in far greater numbers than some of the cars shown here.

You Know You’re Getting Old When….

19 Aug

….cars you remember racing in your youth, are now sitting in museaums, and being collected by enthusasists with deep pockets

I remember being absolutely infatuated with the aero on the Paul Newman piloted 300ZX IMSA cars. Adam Carolla owns the #33 car, built by Bob Sharp up in Connecticut. Lots of pedigree to it, pretty slick machine

Under the Knife

19 Aug

 

Here we are at Richmond Auto Body in Amityville NY.

I have some photos of the initial damage-inspection and repair of our once flawless Mazdaspeed 3. Hopefully, it is resurrected to the same quality…

In the end, the hood and roof were replaced with Mazda OEM pieces. Paintless dent removal will be used to repair the dings in the fenders, doors and hatch.  Unfortunately, Bondo is required for one ding on the driver’s rear quarter panel and a few dings in the panel between the roof and the top of the door.

I’m skeptical of most shops, but this place was very, very clean (the mark of any good shop) and the people were friendly. The insurance company guarantees the work for as long as I own the car, so that puts me at ease!

Featured 350Z

19 Aug

One of our good customers and friends out on the west coast just had his car featured on night-import.com

One pipe, one pump and a magic box!

18 Aug

While our Mazdapeed 3 was in the bodyshop to repair the hail damage, we were in severe turbo-withdrawal. In preparation for it’s return, we thought it was a good time for another round of simple, yet effective mods.

Like it’s predecessor, the 2010+ Mazdaspeed 3 responds well to mods. Early Speed3′s were able to run most bolt-on’s without incident. However, Mazda made some serious changes in the Gen2 ECU in the interest of safety…changes that further tax the OEM direct-injection fuel pump.  In fact, anything more than an intake on a 2010+ Speed can be downright dangerous(especially in cold weather where the ECU calls for even more fuel).

The solution is to upgrade the DI pump with new internals that have the capacity to sustain pressure commanded by the ECU. Autotech’s upgraded internals have a good reputation with the VW/Audi crowd. Thankfully, VW/Audi direct-injection motors use the same DI pump Mazda does (made by Hitachi). The installation is straightforward and takes about an hour.

Confident that our fuel demands can be me, we also got our hands on a Corksport racepipe.  This pipe replaces the OEM secondary cat and significantly increases the MZR motors volumetric efficiency. This racepipe is also a nice compliment to the Cobb SF intake system we installed a few months back.

Our motor is now breathing better thanks these simple intake/exhaust mods and the upgraded DI pump can keep up with the additional airflow.

The final piece in this round of mods brings it all together. Cobb’s Accessport makes it easy to reflash the ECU over 100 pre-set maps to match a variety of mods. The new Accessport can datalog at even faster sampling rates so we can monitor performance and even create a custom tune with their Access-Tuner-Race software.

Results to follow!

Hail to the Speed…

18 Aug

Long Island, NY…home to super-celebs like Billy Joel, Howard Stern and Alec Baldwin. We’re famous for our laughable accents, our over-priced real estate and our moderate weather. However, my 2011 Liquid Silver Mazdaspeed 3 would argue with the latter.

“Speedy” is rambunctious and always itching for a fight. Unfortunately, it couldn’t outrun the recent hailstorm that hit Nassau county earlier this month.

The storm generated golf-ball sized hail that has many local auto body shops booked solid until late October.

With only around 5500 miles on the odometer, we made haste before shops became overwhelmed with work. The morning after the storm, Speedy was in good hands ready to be mended.

Pics of the damage below.  So what do we do to make ourselves feel better?  Buy mods of course!  Stay tuned as we have a new round of mods ready to go!

Get Stiff Stuff!

18 Aug

GT Spec now has a bevy of suspension braces for the 2008+ WRX/STi. Everything from lower chassis braces, to adjustable control arms, trailing arms. Everything you need to keep the tires on the ground and the car pointing forward. Contact us for full details! All can be viewed on our site: http://z1auto.com/submodel.asp?model=wrx&cat=handling

Right in the Nuts!!

17 Aug

When you’re done playing around and want the real deal!!

We have these available in 12×1.25 (Nissan/Infiniti/Subaru) and 12×1.5 (Mitsubishi, Mazda, Honda, Toyota)

Gradient Finish – $413 shipped in the 48 states for 20 lugs

Silver (12×1.25 only) – blue (12×1.5 only) and purple (currently sold out, sorry) – $219 shipped for the set of 20;

To order just give us a call!

New Plug and Play AEM ECU For your STi

14 Aug

AEM’s Series 2 Plug and Play Engine Management System (EMS) is a full user-programmable standalone engine control module, allowing a you to unlock the full potential of your Subaru while unlocking features previously only available professional tuners. Installing an AEM Series 2 EMS is simple, it plugs directly into the stock wiring harness in place of your factory ECU module. The AEM Series 2 AEMTuner Windows-based software makes tuning, injector scaling, and sensor calibration a simple process. User-Defined templates make tuning the AEM Series 2 even simpler, as you can establish quick keys to speed up the tuning process. While professional tuning is highly recommended, the Series 2 EMS does include a variety of base maps to get you running and ready to tune in no time. The Series 2 EMS for the 04-06 Subaru STI allows you to control every aspect of your EJ25 from cam control to rev limit, timing, bigger injectors, boost control, nitrous injection, and even individual cylinder fuel and timing trims. There is even an anti-lag tuning capability built in specifically for drag racers. Professional tuners will appreciate the ease of use and security features on AEMTuner, the interface software for all Series 2 EMS systems. When combined with the AEM UEGO wideband (sold separately), the AEM EMS also features the unique capability to auto-tune fuel curves. The AEM Series 2 EMS combines the features and options that you can only get with full stand alone engine management designed for enthusiasts that demand professional results.

NEW EMS Series 2 Features:
Direct replacement for factory ECU-No additional wiring or hardware necessary, installs in minutes and uses all the factory sensors
1MB Internal Data Logging
CAN bus/Drive by Wire Equipped
Anti-Lag/Flat Foot Shifting Enabled
8 Injector Ouputs
6 Coil Outputs
Start-up calibration (base map) included
Individual Cylinder Ignition & Fuel Trims
All channels/maps/tuning options unlocked
Optional Sensors (sold below) available for additional real time logging/tuning
FITMENT:
Subaru STI 2004-2006 – special deal on the 2005-2006 version!

Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com or (631)863-3820 for best pricing!

Cosworth VQ35 Clearance Sale!!!

14 Aug

While supplies last, and at these prices, it won’t be long!

Cosworth Forged Pistons:

11:1 compression, your choice of stock bore, .025 or .050 overbore – $750 SHIPPED for the set!!

8.8:1 compression, .050 overbore – $500 SHIPPED for the set!!

Forged Stroker Crank -
87.4mm stroke (yields 3.8 liters displacement with standard bore pistons) – $4360.00 SHIPPED

Forged Piston Set for Stroker Crank (11.6:1 compression, standard bore) – $1870.00 SHIPPED

CNC Ported Cylinder Head Set – $2850 SHIPPED for the pair

ZK1 Camshaft Set for REVUP Engine Only!!! $980 SHIPPED for the set of 4 cams

Fuel Rail Kit – $420 SHIPPED

All first come, first served only, and final sale!

To order, just give us a shout!

Cometic Complete Engine Gasket Kit for your Subaru!

14 Aug

Cometic has been in the important performance gasket business since sport compacts first came on the scene. Their newest offering are complete engine gasket kits for the Subaru Impreza, RS, Legacy, Forester, WRX and STi.

Gasket Street Pro gasket kits bring race-proven MLS technology to the budget-minded enthusiast. The outer layers are coated with a rubber-based material to create a superior, heat-resistant seal that can withstand extreme cylinder pressures. These Cometic gaskets are ideal for everything from aluminum heads to cast iron or aluminum blocks. Street Pro gaskets offer top end quality that you can afford. If you are building a motor or just want to always have spare gaskets laying around this is the economical way to do it. These kits come complete with every possible gasket for the EJ motors.

Contact us at (631)863-3820, or z1sales@z1auto.com to order yours!

Invidia 4-2-1 Header for Civic Si

14 Aug

Excellent fit and finish, great power, and, it’s under $600 clams delivered to your door!

To order, contact us at (631)863-3820, comment here, or via email to z1sales@z1auto.com

H&R Now Available

13 Aug

The H&R philosophy is simple and effective: To manufacture the best suspension products, using only the highest grade materials, and then back all of our products with unparalleled customer service. This philosophy has made H&R what it is today – the industry leader in high performance, quality suspension components. Be it on the street or on the track, H&R has become synonymous with consistent, proven suspension performance.

In the late 1970’s, Mr. H and Mr. R saw the need for improved suspension on the street. Each having years of professional and personal automotive experience, they came together with the shared belief that with improved suspension vehicles would have more control and better handling. Werner Heine and Heinz Remmen combined their years of driving experience and suspension expertise to design, manufacture, and produce high quality springs—creating a whole new look in the automotive world with a ‘correct’ vehicle stance. Their commitment to doing it right and producing a quality product allowed them to obtain TÜV certification and the European performance spring market was born. Their commitment to doing it right continues today. From the beginning, Mr. Heine and Mr. Remmen have been leaders and innovators with great influence on the aftermarket suspension industry.

Over the years, H&R has developed a diverse line of products and suspension applications for the street. H&R now produces four different spring product lines, six different coil over product lines, two different Cup Kit product lines, a sway bar program, the largest wheel spacer and adapter program in the industry, along with camber adjustment bolts, our lightweight line of I.D. Race Springs, and the ever popular Quick-Safe Wheel Bolt Stud conversions. Every suspension application is designed to be vehicle specific and all of our products are manufactured and produced to enhance handling potential, personal style, and retain vehicle ride comfort.

All H&R products are 100% made in Germany and exceed ISO quality assurance standards. H&R has an established heritage of industry respect and customer confidence due to the quality of our products, the definitive edge we give our customers’ vehicles, and the additional benefit of knowing H&R works right out of the box.

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