Archive | May, 2012

Simple and Clean

23 May

Doesn’t take more than a drop and some BBS’

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Bumper Car on Steroids

22 May

Meet Mitsubishi’s Pikes Peak entry: the I-MiEV Evolution.

3 electric motors, 320 hp. Will be interesting to see how it fares

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King of the Road

20 May

A 3 hour documentary on the legendary late Carroll Shelby airs tonight at 8 PM EST on Velocity Network. Enjoy!

Meet @ The Beach

20 May

For as long as I can remember, enthusiasts from all over Long Island have met Sunday mornings at Oak Beach. Always an eclectic mix of rare, unique and weird vehicles with varying numbers of tires show up. It’s free to come, relax and take in some neat vehicles.

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#N24 in Pictures

19 May

Some random pics from various sources

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Thunder in the Woods – And a Contest

19 May

In a few short hours the woods will be alive with the sounds and smells of motorsport.

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This years participants includes many of the usual suspects. The Aston crew, the Manthey Porsche group. But new to the field include an LFA and FT86 from Toyota.

For follow-anywhere coverage, your best bet is radiolemans.com. Great live coverage and knowledgeable commentators.

Nissan is live streaming as well. Follow them at http://www.ustream.jp/channel/nissan-motorsports

The official live stream can be found here: http://www.24h-rennen.de/Live.94.0.html?&L=1

Subaru has a live stream too for the inaugural event for their BRZ: http://www.subaru-msm.com/ustream/index.html (embedded below

Predict the winner correctly, get a $20 coupon for your next order!

In Nature

17 May

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Exotica

6 May

The day started off grey, but by the time I got to Old Westbury Gardens, the sun was out and a warm breeze spun through the trees.

Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate home once owned by John Schaffer Phips. It was built in 1906 on 160 acres and is a magnificent example of period architecture and landscape design. It was eventually deemed a historic landmark and is now a county owned property. The house is open for tours and the grounds are meticulously maintained, with paths winding throughout. It’s a great place to spend a nice afternoon and just walk around and take in the scenery.

Today it was home to the 3rd Annual Exotics Expose event.

I remember growing up as a kid on the north shore of Long Island, it was quite a treat to see an exotic car. Perhaps it’s because I’m older now, but it seems cars of this class have lost some of their luster and mystique. So many more people now own such cars. I was hoping to see more older models, but it was not to be. As I’ve gotten older, and have now owned an “old” car for 20 years, I am better able to appreciate what goes into owning, maintaining and keeping them in great shape. It’s a lot of work, and I admire others dedication to do so. Newer exotics are, in many ways, easier, because new cars are simply made so much better than their counterparts of 20 or 30 + years ago. Instead a group of I’d say around 200 R8’s, F430’s, 458 Italia’s, GT40’s were there as a charity event. Nevertheless, there were some stars present that really stood out. I took pics of what I found cool.

My favorite color for the 430 Scuderia

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Rare beast – they sound so amazing live. Exhaust note envy ensues

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Another limited run Modern Ferrari

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How many if these were made?

The father of the F40. Speaking of which there was an immaculate one there but I didn’t get a pic of it.

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This car was beautiful. I love the Dino’s lines.

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Front shot of the GTO.

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GT3 trying to capture some of the 4.0’s flavor. Not quite the same but a GT3 is a terrific car in its own right.

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Gathering of GT40’s. I love the I industrial look of the guts, once the clamshell is lifted. Looks like the result of a really fancy Erector Set.

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Pair of ’04 NSX’s. Very rare, and still a head turner to me.

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Favorite Porsche Color – Arena Red

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Chad? R8’s look very unique on the road but sort of fade into the scenery when around their Italian counterparts.

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The first one I’ve ever seen in person. Super expensive but so beautifully proportioned

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Another rare car you certainly don’t see everyday. This is more my idea of a modern exotic.

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One of my favorites when I was a kid. Not really an exotic in my eyes now, but they still look the business.

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More my taste for a modern exotic

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Not exotic but still a very cool car. LM’s look so amazing on them

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This is where modern cars shine – amazing interior

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I don’t know much about the Cobra but fairly sure this is a real ’65. 427 engine is a work of art.

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The best example of a modern exotic there was this Aventador

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It’s only original once

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Decisions, Decisions

2 May

Chris, you’re a lucky man to have such an awesome job!

ATE Brake Fluid

2 May

Brake fluid isn’t a sexy topic, but it’s vital for your cars performance and safety. Whether you’re driving to and from work, doing auto-x, track days, etc., brake fluid is an integral part of your car. Most people overlook it and ignore it – the whole out of site, out of mind thing. But did you know that running around on that old, tired brake fluid your car came with can cost significant limitations in brake system performance? Brake fluid is ‘hygroscopic’, a fancy word for something that aborbs moisture. Moisture is all around us, everyday. While your brake system is referred to as a closed system, it still absorbs moisture from the atmosphere it exists in. Good, fresh brake oof the shelf fluid boils at around 400F when it’s brand new. However, as moiture is aborbed, that threashold plummets – often by 50% or more. Because water has a much lower boiling temperature (100F). When your brake fluid is fresh, the pedal feels nice and firm, and you can repeat those high speed stops over and over without the pedal getting mushy. You can nail those braking zones at the track without wondering if your foot is going to go all Flintsone on you and go through the floor.

So what makes the ATE stuff so special? A couple key things

First, it’s blue. Smurf-tastic. This means it’s a cinch to know when the system has all the old crud out, and is filled with new, fresh fluid.

Second, it’s got great performance figures:
Boiling point minimum: 536 degrees F
Wet boiling point minimum: 388 degrees F
Viscosity at -104 degrees F: max 1,400 mm 2/5

Third, it’s a great value. It comes in 1 liter bottles – most performance fluids (like Motul RBF600, which has nearly identical specs and is a very popular seller) only come in .5 liter bottles. So ATE is more for your money. It’s also very affordable. Motul is ~$19 per half liter, ATE is around $15 for a full liter. Sort of a no brainer.

Now, what do you do when you run Super Blue, and need to bleed it? How will you know the old fluid is out and you’re system is filled with new, fresh fluid? Simple – contact us for the ATE Type 200. Same formulation as Super Blue, but it’s amber in color.

We sell ATE Super Blue by the bottle, by the case (10 bottles), by the truck load – whatever you need! Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com to order yours

Gotta Keep Them Separated

2 May

….oil and air that is, if performance is anywhere remotely on your radar screen with your car. From the factory excess crankcase vapors, residual oil and moisture are vented back into the intake manifold and intercooler which compromises performance and durability. Removing the excess crankcase vapors, residual oil and moisture are accomplished by having two tanks; one tank collects from the intake manifold tract and the second tank collects from each cylinder head. If both were plumbed into the same tank then the crankcase ventilation system could not operate the way it was designed to, the Moroso kit is the only Subaru air separator that accomplishes this. Removing this oil mist before it reenters the engine; reduces detonation, deposits on the intake track including the valves themselves and from lowering the efficiency of the intercooler itself.

We have these kits from Moroso available for a variety of cars, including the Subaru WRX/STi, Mitsubishi Evo, Mazda Miata, and more. Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com for details

Custom Mounting Solutions

1 May

Surely the owner is an engineer of some sort

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Race Car vs Street Car

1 May

GT3 Cup Car Wallpaper

1 May

These aren’t knew persay, but thought some of you guys might want them as screen savers…or images to meditate to and draw inspiration from.

Real Race Cars don’t run Cross Drilled Rotors

1 May


How many times have you heard that load of BS online, or at a meet? Apparantly that internet wisdom hasn’t made it to the engineers at Porsche. Here are the brakes they use on their 911 GT3 Cup Car

This is the interior and exterior of it, for those that haven’t seen it, or doubt that it’s “really a race car”

Now, this is not to suggest that all cross drilled rotors are great for the track. Nor is it to suggest that anything else is inferior, or superior. The fact of the matter is 2 main things determine what the right setup is. The quality of the rotor, and the pad being mated to it. I don’t know what foundry Porsche sources their iron from for these disks, nor do I know what pads they use. Will try to do some research, unless on of our readers knows? But I’d bet dollars to donuts that the combo was researched heavily before being decided upon. This is not a car built around a strict budget, so their ability to choose is fairly free. The more aggressive your pad, the better the iron needs to be in your rotor (assuming you’re running iron disks). Choose wisely!