Unfortunately we don’t get out to the track as much as we would like due to all the customer jobs we have going on and the need to service our customers first. We catch a lot of crap from people because our car is not always as fast as a lot of the other shops, but it’s only due to the fact that we put our customers first and our own cars last and we simply don’t have nearly the track time that some of these other guys do.
That being said, we have had a chance to take some trips to the track these past few weeks only to be disappointed in the cars overall performance. As it has always been, our first major issue this year was spinning off the line causing our 60ft times to be more than acceptable for the level of competition we are trying to achieve. After switching to the wider 10″ slicks, pinning the tires and adjusting some suspension components, we solved this issue and our 60ft times have dropped dramatically the past several times we have gone to the track!
Our second major issue this year has been the dual stage boost controller we have been running and its inconsistency and finally failure last week. Last week at Shadyside Dragway during a test and tune session the boost levels were all over the place and after further investigation we discovered we had a defective boost controller which was causing super inconsistency through all RPM ranges including our usually better half of the track, the top end. Friday we installed a new boost controller and we are hoping to see some more constancy in boost levels.
The final piece to the puzzle so far this year has been the 1600cc injectors that we have been running and the lack of consistency in fuel supply. We have been running the 1600cc injectors for some time, but after some recent research we are temporarily switching to 1000cc injectors to get a more promising power band, our permanent switch this year will be a set of 8 Injector Dynamic 1000cc injectors coming very soon.
With all the repairs made to the car this week we strapped it to the dyno early Sat morning for a tuning session in hopes to make it to the SICC race in Fayetteville Saturday afternoon. After several hours of early morning testing, the tread on the drivers side tire blew off on a pull at over 160mph!!! Luckily no one was near the car and there was only minimal damage done to the car. The tread on the tire was not worn or dry rotted, we believe the tire was just heated and over stressed due to the long period of time of the dyno resulting in the separation of the main tire and the tread. When the tread came off it caused tire shards to be thrown over 30 yards out into the parking lot and the corner light instantly disintegrated into thousands of little pieces!!! This is why there is strict rules around here about being in the shop and around the dyno when there is a car being tested! Here are several pictures of the damage. We are hoping to have some time this week to get the car back on the dyno and prepare for some low 6 passes this year!