July 14, 2016

Some additional photos from Imola.

Look at that body-roll! Needs to be addressed.

I love seeing these sorts of cars at tracks, as for me the mid to late 90s Super 2000 touring cars are some of the best looking and coolest race cars that have been produced to this day. This ex-touring car is now living the time attack life and I’m sure it’s a fantastic platform for a street based time attack machine. Luckily it was parked up and had most of its body panels removed giving me a chance to have a peek at some of the details.

The front has been nicely simplified and its all function! Scoops and ducts for the intake, radiator and brakes, and then a few attachment points for the front splitter. The radiator has been relocated to be right at the front of the car and actually looks a little smaller than the stock one.

The engine bay really is spectacular. The engine is incredibly low and rearward in the engine bay and it’s great to see how tidy they are. No unnecessary crap, just pure performance.
Because the engines were NA and the competition was incredibly fierce between manufactures, a lot of development is put into intake and exhaust design, resulting in an overwhelmingly big intake and plenum.

Due to the extensive lowering and 19″ wheels a lot of changes have been made to the chassis too, which you can see by all the welds present. Larger tubs, reinforced strut mounts and engine mounts and seam welds in lots of places.
I also like the removable and lightened front brace; this is something I would like to do on the Nissan.

Beautiful 2-piece discs and AP Racing calipers. Single lug nut for maximum awesomeness.

On to the interior and it’s all business. The driver sits very far back in the vehicle, almost behind the B-pillar with an extended steering wheel and dash. Floor mounted pedal box and of course, a sequential gearbox.

GD V2 – Part 23

May 18, 2016

It’s almost over, just a couple of things to finish up. Finally took the car out for a drive today after 6 months of working on it, and it was great to be back in this hard, uncomfortable and ridiculously loud car. The exhaust note has changed drastically from before; I’m not sure if it’s the cams or the tubular manifold or a bit of both but it’s high pitch and raspy, oh and so much louder. It’s almost embarrassingly loud when above 3000 rpm.

The splitter is on, but needs some additional mounting and refinement. I’ve already scraped it, and I haven’t got my scrape plates on it yet.

GD V2 – Part 18

April 23, 2016

A bit overdue due to lack of time and I’ll keep it brief. Suspension system went back in after I remade some new brake lines; was then able to put the engine and transmission back in and begin remounting everything.

Rolled it out for the first time in about 5 months! You can also see my ‘new’ old Lexus GS300 as the BMW (feeling sorry for itself in the back) broke. Will fix that once the Great Danton is finished.

Plumbed the new oil system in with the remote filter mount and hooked up the oil cooler. Will be running a oil temp sensor in the filter block.

Looking so much better now!

SPEC Polaris Slingshot

April 19, 2016

The Polaris Slingshot is a fun “car” right out of the box, but as with anything it can always be improved. I’ve always been curious as to what a proper track prepped Slingshot would look like, so I decided to have a look!

February 19, 2016

Some Suter Racing goodness!

GD V2 – Part 9

February 7, 2016

Progress finally continues after a few busy weeks moving house. I’d taken the cylinder head and crank to work at Christmas so I could continue the engine work in Switzerland, and utilise their specialist tools to complete the job.

The head is now completely disassembled. It was great to learn how to dismantle a head and a lot easier that I had believed to be honest. It is now packed up, together with the block and front chain cover to be sent to be cleaned; the cylinders will then get their walls honed.

As the engine will now be out of my hands I’ve been carrying on with the chassis. The front suspension and brakes are coming off to access the strut towers for some repair. It will also allow me to replace the steering track rod and toe ends.