Tag Archives: SCCA

Get Outside (Area Races) Part 2

19 Jan

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April 18, 19 & 20: SCCA US Majors at V.I.R.

May 30 – 31, 2014: STPR Pro Rally. If you’ve never attended a rally event, this is a must see. Gorgeous part of the country, wide range of courses, and some of the friendliest crowds out there. All centered around the quaint town of Wellsboro, PA.

June 26th – 29th, 2014: Mt. Washington Climb to the Clouds. A world famous event returns after a hiatus. One of the most challenging hillclimb courses there is, and a huge range of diverse vehicles attend and participate.

June 27-29: IMSA Tudor Sports Car 6 Hours at the Glen (Watkins Glen, NY)., Continental Sports Car and Porsche GT3 Cup events. An awesome weekend trip!

July 18: V.I.R. Grassroots Motorsports Ultimate Track Car Challenge

July 18 – 19, 2014: New England Forest Rally, Newry, ME

Track Days

1 Jun

Recently a good client and customer attended an event at the games Road Atlanta. While the car is used for frequent track days, he does still daily drive it as well. Showing you can have your cake and eat it to with some careful planning.

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Take it to the Track

2 Mar

There was a recent article on Speedhuntersreporting on a local group of Honda owners in Japan who often do “fun runs” on their area roads.

To start, yes, we all know street racing is insanely stupid. Those of us who have done it, and lived to tell about it, know its dumb. Those who have lost loved ones know its dumb. Anyone who drives knows its dumb. Yet people still engage on it everyday, in every corner of the globe. It’s an unfortunate, but intrinsic component of car culture. It has been this way since the first teenager got a car.

With that said, the concept of track days is more popular than ever. The groups that organize such events are well staffed, and take safety very seriously. So why haven’t we ever seen a truly converted effort by groups such as SCCA, NASA, and others to work with their regional DMV’s, high school Drivers Ed programs, and area Auto-X and Road Race groups to promote safe racing? If such programs exist, and I am sure they do somewhere, they certainly are not well publicized. Which is truly a shame. This would be a great chance for these groups to raise their own membership ranks, educate the public, foster more enthusiasm for this awesome hobby/sport, and help their local communities.

Does anyone know of any such direct, in place programs in the US?

Braid Competition Wheels – When Good Enough isn’t Good Enough

4 Jan

For 2012 we are now offering the full range of Braid Competition wheels. Many of you familiar with the rally scene have probably heard of Braid. For those that haven’t, here is a brief introduction.

Braid was formed in Spain in 1978, with the sole purpose of making competition level wheels primarily for rally use. Their wheels have been used by amateurs and professionals alike. Because all the design, R&D and production is done in house, they have an amazing level of customization available. Wheels can be produced in a very wide range of offsets, bolt patterns, and colors, something you are hard pressed to find almost at any price point. Because they are designed primarily for competition use, this is a firm that embraces the ‘small stuff’, such as 15 and 16 inch sizes. Sure, they offer larger wheels, for touring car, etc. but the roots are in rally racing, and that remains their bread and butter. Since it’s original introduction, the factory has expanded numerous times and today produces wheels ranging from gravel and tarmac spec cast wheels, to mulipiece, even forged and magnesium wheels.

To reiterate, these are not some fly-by-night knock off brand churning wheels out of some random factory in the middle of the pacific rim. These are legit motorsport level wheels. The same wheels the various teams through Europe use on their car, are the exact same wheels you can purchase for your car. These aren’t wheels that will fall apart in a few years, or lose a tremendous amount of value, or fall ‘out of style’. Good stuff never does!

Now, onto the good stuff! While we have access to the full range, and custom orders are easily accomplished, the following represents wheels that are available straight away

Click the picture of each for additional information and specs

Winrace T Acropolis: This is a heavy duty, pure strength oriented gravel spec wheel. Offered in 15×6.5, +45 (21.2 lbs), hubcentric, dual drilled so it fits both 5-100 and 5-114 cars, and finished in your choice of white or gold. Also available in 15×7 (22.2lbs) in gold. Both clear Subaru 4 pots

15×6.5 – $980 shipped in the 48 states per set
15×7 – $1020 shipped in the 48 states per set

Winrace TA: This is a lighter weight version of the Acropolis, making it suitable for tarmac or gravel use.

Currently in stock in 15×6.5 (18 lbs), white, +45 offset, dual drilled 5-114 and 5-100, clears factory 4 pot calipers. Priced at $960 shipped for the set in the 48 states

Winrace A: One of the most popular choices, this wheel can often be found on tarmac stages throughout Europe.

Currently in stock:

17×8 +45 (20.7 lbs) in white, dual drilled for 5-100 and 5-114 cars (clears Brembo and 4 pots). $1280 shipped in the 48 states

18×8 +49 (21.6 lbs) in gold in your choice of 5-100 or 5-114.3. Clears Brembo and 4 pots. $1376 shipped for the set in the 48 states.

Also have a limited 17×7, 5-100 +45 Winrace A in Black on special as well. Contact us for details

We will be adding the full range to our site in the coming days, so check z1auto.com often. Any specific questions you have, just ask.

Remember, while the above represents wheels that are good to go now, if you can dream it, it probably can be built! If you’ve got an event coming up that you NEED a set of wheels for, and waiting isn’t an option, we can generally have a custom set, made just for you, on your doorstep in just a few weeks time. If your car has specific needs, such as unique suspension or brake requirements, or even just a custom color, we’ll work with you to develop the right size, so it fits correctly, the first time

Thanks and Happy 2012!

Stay Cool (parts content inside)

1 Oct

Our buddy Rich, from NoHotWire Racing shared this info last night, that NISMO has released a real brake duct kit for the 350Z. They had a brake duct kit previously, but it was lackluster at best, so we never bothered to offer it. This kit sets a new bar, with carbon splindle ducts, full bracketry and hoses, for an all in kit. To get on the list, give us a call at (631)863-3820, or email to z1sales@z1auto.com

Are You Well Adjusted?

24 Sep

By now many 350Z/G35 owners know how poor the stock endlinks deal with stiffer than stock swaybars.  We’ve even seen customer cars where the stock endlinks have bent, and/or the bushings have worn when using only stock sways.  When you start hearing creaking over small bumps, popping noises, etc, that’s usually a surefire sign that the endlinks are shot.   I was among the first to report this issue on my own Z, and  started development work on our own links in 2007.  In doing the research, I acquired all the known aftermarket endlinks that I could find from Whiteline, SPL, as well as few units made by independant suspensions shops on their own.  While each design was certainly beefier than stock, it was clear that they all were going to eventually wear and make noise due to the type of design they were using.  We had used similarly designed links on other cars before, and knew there had to be a better way.  One of the links we acquired as part of our research came out of a small company in Michigan called Powergrid.  The owner had a long standing reputation in suspension engineering for such prominent firms as Roush Racing, and had come up with a design that combined OEM reliability, with full adjustability.  They were nothing short of amazing.  I used these on my own car for about 6 months before deciding to offer them to our client base.  Now we’re the exclusive dealer for the Z/G application.

Powergrid Endlinks 350Z/G35 - Click for More Info!

Powergrid Endlinks 350Z/G35 - Click for More Info!

These links use a genuine THK ball link end joing. Each THK Ball Link is composed of a high-precision ball bearing, a die-cast holder, and a shank connected to the ball by a special welding method. Through a unique production process, the mirror surface of the ball bearing is copied onto the inner mounting surface for perfect contact between them, achieving outstanding wear resistance, exceedingly smooth motion, and high strength.

Unlike the other, more common heim joint style units, these are fully sealed, never require greasing, and are completely water tight and dust tight. In addition, you never have to worry about these links developing noise issues down the road due to the design of their ball joint ends. The dual lock nuts on either end of the link means that the length of the link will not change over time, which can happen on other style endlinks which only use 1 lock nut. In addition, the other style links on the market are not sealed units, so dust, grime, sand, and moisture is ever present, and leads to increased NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) and limited articulation.

Since introducing these to the 350Z/G35 market, they have fast become the endlink to have for street and track use.  However, it doesn’t stop there.  Powergrids Porsche endlinks are now widely used throughout the PCA, as well as SCCA.  GM’s Chevy Cobalt SS Teams have dominated the ST2 class using these links, and they have been prominently used throughout NASA, and other series. 

Any questions, drop us a line at z1sales@z1auto.com, or on AIM (z1auto, kwamez1auto) and we’ll be happy to assist you!  We can offer a wide range of links from Audi to Volkswagon, and we’re always interested in developing more applications!