Archive | January, 2010

964 RS Clubsport putting in that Work…

12 Jan

Meisters making an old school look better than a lot of these young whippersnappers out here.

Wyclef says it all in this classic hit. Listen to the Chorus…

J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

12 Jan

Charger fans can suck it!

Improving my Elastokinematics…

12 Jan

…I finally got the rest of my Whiteline Polyurethane Bushings in. Win! 🙂

Late nights ahead...

The Ultimate JDM GT

11 Jan

It does not get any better than this

There was a dealership here on LI that had a white 2000GT in their showroom for the longest time into the 90’s. I am sure it must have belonged to the owner of the business. An amazingly rare car, and still stunning today.

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 🙂

Classic

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

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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.

WHAT IT DOES
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.

WHY YOU WANT ONE
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.

KEY FEATURES
-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

Click here to order yours!

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

Putting the Power Down

9 Jan

350Z’s are blessed with the ability to put down copious amounts of power. The chassis is a terrific blend of comfort and strength, the engines can be built to near bulletproof levels, and the transmissions have proven themselves able to deal with tons of horsepower and torque. However, one area that is often overlooked are the factory bushings. Particularly at the rear of the car. Under acceleration, you will notice than a factory Z has a fair level of squat. While some weight transfer is good, when it all comes to powering out of a hole, from a dig, or at the dragstrip, that tilting is all wasted energy.

Whiteline has come up with a series of urethane bushing solutions to help deal with this. The latest addition is the Differential Positive Power Kit. This new kit from Whiteline is a 4 piece urethane bushing kit which is designed to serve as a supplemental form of support for the rear pumpkin. Unlike the competition, these bushings do not require you to remove the stock units. Instead, they slip right on top and bottom of them, and form a tough urethane barrier between the front pumpkin mounts and subframe. This gives you the compliance and silence of the stock bushings, with the superior strength of urethane, all in one! Coupled with the SPL Rear Solid Differential Bushing this will give a great setup that reduces the slop, gets more power transferred to the ground efficiently, without unwanted noise or vibration.

These are available for purchase now, and ready to go. Just click here to order yours!

Enkei PF01

6 Jan

2010 is here and Enkei’s newest wheel is coming soon

PART NO.
OFFSET
BOLT PATTERN
BORE
DIAMETER (5=15, 6=16 and so on)
WEIGHT(lbs.) – approximate at time of engineering
All are finished in Silver
460-570-4935SP 35 4×100 N.A.
460-570-4941SP 41 4×100 12.0*
460-580-4935SP 8 35 4×100 N.A.
460-670-4943SP 16 7 43 4×100 75 13.9*
460-770-4938SP 38 4×100
460-770-4945SP 45 4×100
460-770-6548SP 48 5×114.3
460-775-6538SP 38 5×114.3
460-775-6545SP 45 5×114.3
460-775-8038SP 38 5×100
460-775-8045SP 45 5×100 N.A.
460-780-4435SP 35 5×112
460-780-4450SP 50 5×112
460-780-6545SP 45 5×114.3
460-780-8035SP 35 5×100
460-780-8045SP 45 5×100
460-785-1240SP 40 5×120
460-785-6540SP 40 5×114.3
460-875-6538SP 38 5×114.3 N.A.
460-875-6545SP 45 5×114.3 17.2*
460-875-8038SP 38 5×100 N.A.
460-875-8045SP 45 5×100 N.A.
460-880-1235SP 35 5×120
460-880-1242SP 42 5×120
460-880-4435SP 35 5×112
460-880-4445SP 45 5×112 N.A.
460-880-5140SP 40 5X110
460-880-6540SP 40 5×114.3
460-880-6545SP 45 5×114.3
460-885-6530SP 30 5×114.3 N.A.
460-885-6535SP 35 5×114.3 N.A.
460-885-6548SP 48 5×114.3 18.0*
460-890-4435SP 35 5×112
460-890-6535SP 35 5×114.3
460-890-6545SP 45 5×114.3
460-895-6515SP 15 5×114.3 N.A.
460-895-6535SP 35 5×114.3
460-895-6545SP 45 5×114.3
460-8105-6515SP 15 5×114.3
460-8105-6538SP 38 5×114.3

American Honda’s Secret Automobile Stash…

5 Jan

Hmm... What do I feel like driving down to the deli today? 😉

I was catching up on my reading and I came across this interesting article in this past Sunday’s edition of  The New York Times about American Honda’s secret warehouse full of “sampling[s] of models important to the company’s United States history.” I for one knew nothing about this and I think it’s cool as hell that the Times did an article on it.

Here is the direct link to the article:
Honda’s Cache, Private for Now

AMERICAN HONDA does not have a corporate museum in the United States — not officially, anyway.

But there is a carefully considered collection of Hondas tucked away in a warehouse a few blocks from the company’s headquarters here.

The trove came to light several years ago when officials from the Rose Parade — Honda is a longtime sponsor of the New Year’s Day tradition in Pasadena — were invited to view a few of the more interesting models in the warehouse. A Honda executive from Japan wound up joining the tour of the collection.

Its cover was blown.

The collection was started by a former executive of American Honda, Tom Elliott, who had put aside a sampling of models important to the company’s United States history, said John Mendel.

“The problem was, we kept turning up more and more significant models that we couldn’t let go of,” said Mr. Mendel, who succeeded Mr. Elliott as American Honda’s executive vice president for sales. “We just kept parking them in this warehouse. We kept expanding the warehouse. Pretty soon, we just ran out of room.”

The collection has grown to several dozen vehicles, including Honda racecars from the IndyCar series, a selection of motorcycles and, more recently, early examples of a Honda-made generator and an outboard motor. At least that’s what Honda will admit to, although many more vehicles could be seen in storage farther back in the building when an informal lunch for journalists was held there.

While the collection is not open to the public — there is not even a sign on the building — the space is used for company meetings and events. The dream of someday being able to showcase these vehicles is at least a year or two away from becoming reality. One of the questions that American Honda officials will face at that point is which vehicles to display.

Certainly they’ll reserve a place of honor for the Honda 50, or Super Cub, a spindly motorcycle powered by a 50 cc engine. That was the first vehicle Honda marketed in the United States, soon after it incorporated in 1959 and established American headquarters on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. (A replica of that storefront has been created in the collection’s warehouse space.)

The Super Cub is still being produced; Honda says that 60 million Cubs have been produced, making it the best-selling vehicle of all time.

The Cub was followed by bikes like the dual-purpose 250 Scrambler, famous for tackling the Baja California peninsula of Mexico. And of course there would be a spot for the original 4-cylinder CB750, which helped establish Japan’s credibility as a maker of modern superbikes.

“A lot of people don’t remember that Honda was first a motorcycle company,” Mr. Mendel said. “Cars didn’t come along until sometime later.”

The collection includes an N600, the first Honda car sold in the United States, arriving in Hawaii in 1969 and on the mainland a year later. Americans didn’t warm to the tiny dimensions and wimpy 599 cc engine of the N600, but the car has still earned a place in the company’s holdings.

“The N600 started it all,” Mr. Mendel said. “It was full of innovative ideas that were applied to later models.”

It wasn’t until 1973 that Honda car sales took off, when the first Civic was introduced. Since then there have been many best-sellers, as Honda has grown to become one of the world’s premier automobile manufacturers.

“It will be easy to know which of the early models to include,” Mr. Mendel said. “But there will be a lot of discussion about which of the later models should be in there.

“Everybody has a favorite,” he added. “Unfortunately, there won’t be room for all of them.”

Love the Beast

3 Jan

I know this isn’t exactly hot off the presses but it’s cool anyway! I am watching this for the 2nd time now on Speed HD. Really well done documentary about actor Eric Bana, and his love for cars and motorsport in general.

Check it out if you haven’t already, it’s very enjoyable. Good to know that even at the top, there are guys just like the rest of us. Good friends, working on their cars late at night. The roads alone are simply awe inspiring.

Start Your Engines!

3 Jan

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The winter nap seemed a bit brief this year, but for us motorsport junkies, that’s just fine! 2010 is here, and already we can look forward to new events! The first one I am interested in starts in a couple of weeks – the 24Hours of Dubai. Teams from all over Europe, Asia and the Mid East converge on the small country to duke it out.

The 997 GT3 Cup seems to be the car of choice this year, but the field is pretty diverse. Everything from a Holden Commodore, to Ginetta G50, FR500 Mustang, Civic Type R, Evo X, Lotus Exige, Z4’s, Renault Clio’s and more! Pretty neat. Unfortunately not a single Nissan is running 😦 Team Rush from Japan is even competing with an old school 964 Porsche Turbo.

While the event is not televised in the US, you can stay up to date on the events website 24 Hours of Dubai Website – Click Here

There is also a dedicated You Tube Channel to the event. Not sure what sort of content they will have, but you can check it out 24H Dubai Youtube Channel – Click Here