Archive | October, 2012

In Tow

29 Oct

Got a track day car, looking for an affordable way to install a required tow hook? Check out this awesome universal Racetech Tow Loop. Made from plyable 5000kg webbing. Approx 350mm long and 50mm wide. Available in red with embroidered Racetech logo.

Priced at $42.50 shipped in the 48 states. Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com to order.

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Solve the Aligment on your BRZ/FRS

29 Oct

When lowering the BRZ/FRS you will quickly find both camber and toe woefully out of spec. While a modest bump in negative camber does pay big dividends on these cars, toe absolutely kills the handling, and will render even brand new tires useless in as little as a few thousand miles. Furthermore, when you lower these cars, often times the spec on the right and left end up slightly different due to cross weight differences in the car.

The solution is simple – you need a way to adjust front and rear camber and toe. If you’re on coilovers, many come with adjustable front camber plates. However, if you’re only using lowering springs, you’ve got a few options.

FRONT:
1. SPC Front Camber Bolt – this will give you a modest adjustment range (about +/- 1.5 degrees). Toe is adjustable via the tie rod end up front so no other parts needed
2. Whiteline/Vorschlag front camber plate – gives you adjustment of camber, and some will allow caster as well (a rather advanced adjustment best left to track cars or cars that are so so drastically, that the front is now out of factory specs)

REAR:
1. Cusco or GT Spec rear camber and toe arms. While an expensive solution, these provide the widest range of adjustment.
2. SPC Rear Alignment Kit A – includes a lower cost replacement camber arm, and a new toe bolt with a wider offset range vs. stock. Best suited for those who are lowering up to about -1.5 inches vs. stock. This method requires you to slot the existing rear mounting hole for the toe bolt, so it can properly adjust. Easily doable with a dremel (a template is included) and a very common practice on many other factory and aftermarket setups.
3. SPC Rear Alignment Kit B – includes the same replacement camber arm but also includes a new rear toe arm as well. This will provide an equal range of adjustment for camber and toe. Good for guys who are lowering beyond -1.5 inches, or, those who would rather not enlarge the existing hole, or, those who track the car with R Compounds (or better), who are concerned about the toe bolt “walking”.

Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.comto custom tailor a package for you with any of the above, meeting your performance and budget needs.

Bark and Bite for your 350Z – 5Zigen Spec VES Exhaust

28 Oct

A brand new exhaust design from 5Zigen Japan for the 2003-2008 350Z. The Spec VES stands for Variable Exhaust System. This system uses a wastegate-like valve that is electronically and vacuum activated to alter the sound and flow of the exhaust. The valve is actuated via a supplied wireless remote. It was originally announced end of 2011, and production is now starting.

First Video is the exhaust with valve closed

Next, valve opened

Another with the valve opened

These can be shipped to any part of the world direct from 5Zigen’s factory, as they are made to order.

No pricing has been set as of yet, but contact z1sales@z1auto.com to join the notification list, or, check the blog, and we will update as soon as these details are released.

Splash

28 Oct

For those readers not in the Northeast, you may not be aware of the hurricane currently en route to our area. Public transportation is closed as of this evening all throughout NY, and many areas are now under mandatory evacuation. We had a bad storm here last year too that knocked power out for several days; hopefully that won’t repeat itself this time around.

In the sprit of anticipating this awful storm we’re about to receive, my thoughts went immediately to rally cars, and the wide range of terrain they are asked to cover in a given event. They certainly are no stranger to water crossings!

If you’ve got any cool or interesting water crossing pics, send them along!

Power Results

27 Oct


The tuning continued on the Exige we featured , and the net results are in: 347 whp, 225 ft.lbs of torque. In a car that weighs ~2000 lbs. Bone stock Toyota engine with just the supercharger kit installed, tuned on E85. License plate should read “WEEEEEEE”

Toyota Tundra Heads to Space

23 Oct

Pretty neat

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?sns=tw&v=mJGcnMApXt4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DmJGcnMApXt4%26sns%3Dtw

Track Toy + Daily Driver

21 Oct

Pic submitted by one of our customers down south. Shown at Barber Motorsports Park at a recent track day, this car is also his daily driver

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Blank Canvas

19 Oct

Nothing cooler than a race car before it’s got all it’s livery on

I know, lot’s of Porsche content lately…we’ll bring it back to the Japanese stuff. Just so happens the backlog of stuff we have to post is very Germanic đŸ™‚

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Too Much Booty in the Pants

19 Oct

Urban Outlaw – Full Version

18 Oct

http://www.reelhouse.org/mos/urbanoutlaw/urbanoutlaw

Even if you aren’t a car guy/girl, this is totally worth watching. One man, living the dream he created

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Pedal2Plastic

18 Oct

For you video game nuts out there who’ve got C16 pumping through your veins, found a cool site last night called Pedal to the Plastic

Pretty neat!

Everything Old is New Again

17 Oct

An old customer of ours recently sent over pics of his latest project. Gotta love old school stuff like this. They are just such a clean, classic design. Will try our best to update as she undergoes upgrades

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320whp and Counting

17 Oct

Vision Functions Lotus undergoing E85 tuning. Where will it end up power wise?

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None More Black

17 Oct

Friend spotted this and sent the pic. Certainly is an amazing machine

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Urban Outlaw

16 Oct

Good friend emailed over the link to this trailer. As a car guy at heart, how can you not immediately recognize the passion this dude’s got. Just goes to show that no matter what your platform of choice, no matter if you are Hella Flush or Hella Functional, Drift or Road Race, Rally or Drag, at the core, we’re all the same.