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Speaking of Martini Livery

10 Jan

Martini’s Racing Site

Some amazing content. Love the little details. Like the airgun noise when you click on things 🙂



10 Jan

A 917K with the famous Martini Livery. Modern race cars seem to have given up the whole livery thing, with a few examples. Such a shame. Teams need to bring some old school back!

Racing in the Past: Nissan R85/R86V

10 Jan

In the 80’s, Nissan took a more global approach to their racing efforts. They established NISMO in 1984, to focus their R&D efforts on building brand awareness through motorsports. By 1986, they were already travelling to LeMans, with a March chassis and VG30 twin turbo powerplant and chasing down Porsche. A very steep climb in very short order!

The R85V was the first car NISMO brought to the world competition stage. The car featured a chassis developed by March. However, the original versions of the car (raced in ’83 and ’84) actually featured a turbocharged 4 cylinder. In typical motorsport marketing fashion, Nissan ran these under the “Silvia” nameplate, to help bring attention to their newly redesigned sporty coupe.

The powerplant in the R85/R86 versions put down over 1000hp. These engines were developed by Electramotive in California, and were similar in spec to those used in the GTP program here in the states. While the primary R86 chassis car failed to finish LeMans, the R85 car did, coming in 16th. LeMans is challenging enough even for a seasoned team. For a new setup to come out, and not only finish, but finish 16th was a major accomplishment – and the world took notice.

NISMO continued to develop the car, using a variety of powerplants. For the ’88 LeMans event, the engine was a twin turbo V8. While power was down compared to the previous V6’s, they were able to keep the revs lower, and run much lower boost, which improved reliability. While this powerplant failed to finish their debut event the previous year, in 1988, NISMO finished 14th overall. This same spec car was raced at various long distance events, including Suzuka and Fuji. By 1989, NISMO began using a 3.5 liter V6 version, which finished 4th overall at Suzuka

Nissan Race Cars of Days Gone By: Prologue

10 Jan

Since this blog began, I’ve done alot of posting about Porsche and their racing cars and history. I’ve never owned a Porsche, but I am a big fan, and certain 911’s are among the short list of ‘must haves’ as time and budget allow.

However, I’ve always been a Datsun/Nissan guy. I’ve had a Z car in one form or another since 1993. While Datsun/Nissan doesn’t have quite the history of Porsche, it has had some noteworthy cars of it’s own. So, I thought it would be cool to do a bit of an ongoing series for a few weeks exploring some of these cars in greater detail. It won’t be done in any particular order, so if anyone has any good info, pictures, video, your participation is strongly welcomed!

Wireless Air Fuel Monitering!

10 Jan


AEM is pleased to introduce its X-WiFi Module, which allows wireless monitoring of real time air fuel ratio and egt info from virtually any WiFi enabled device.

The AEM X-WiFi is the complete exhaust gas monitoring and tuning tool, combining the legendary AEM wideband UEGO and up to two EGT sensors in one compact, easy to install module. On top of that, the X-WiFi displays accurate, real-time, AFR and EGT data in a user-friendly layout via the standard web browser on virtually any WiFi enabled electronics device such as the iPhone™, Droid™, and Storm2™. The AEM X-WiFi also offers a 0-5v analog output for use with data loggers and virtually any engine management system, such as the AEM EMS or FIC. Data stream output is included for PC viewing of AFR and EGTs via USB cable.

Easy to conceal, yet simple to connect to wirelessly, the AEM X-WiFi system features a Bosch sensor with an accuracy of .1 AFR, making it among the fastest and most accurate widebands available. When used with the two K-Type EGT sensors, the X-WiFi gives fast and accurate reference to real-time exhaust gas conditions, for easy power tuning. With clean and easy installation and simple data viewing, the X-WiFi lets you monitor your Air/Fuel Ratio and EGT from a wide range of wireless devices and can be configured for either direct (adhoc) or network (infrastructure) WiFi communication. Bottom line, the X-WiFi is a must have for tuners and enthusiasts alike.

-Ideal AFR and EGT monitoring tool for EFI and carbureted applications, and engine dynamometers
-Does not oscillate AFR reading like narrow band sensors
-No laptop required for monitoring
-Bosch sensor included
-Accurate to 0.1 AFR
-EGT sensors sold separately
-0-5v analog outputs (AFR, EGT1, EGT2) for use w/ data loggers and virtually any EMS
-Data stream output included for PC viewing of AFR, and EGTs via USB cable
-Detects AFR sensor problems and outputs error values which can be used to deactivate feedback
-Reads EGTs from 0-1800F
-Reads Gasoline AFR values from 8.5 to 18:1 AFR
-Reads E85 AFR from values 5.7 to 12:1 AFR
-Reads Ethanol AFR values from 5.2 to 11:1 AFR
-Reads Methanol AFR values from 3.7 to 7.8:1
-Reads Lambda AFR values from .58 to 1.22

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Eibach Pro Kit – Lancer Ralliart and Sportback

10 Jan

Eibach Prokit Lancer Ralliart/Sportback

If you’re looking to lower your Ralliart by a sensible amount, without breaking the bank, and without compromising ride quality, then look no further. Eibach’s Pro Kit lowers the car 1.2 inches front and rear. Spring rates are progressivr, at 142-262 lbs/in up front and 114-211 lbs/in out back.

Order yours by clicking here