So time for an update!!! Since the last update the white car has gone through a huge makeover, courtesy of Derrick Rogers. I had been doing most of the work on the white car myself, and I am just slow and not nearly as competent at working on cars as Derrick, so the car went into hyperdrive when I handed it off!
Why did I hand it off? Well, the motor was very slightly hurt at the memorial event weekend where we spread Tyler's ashes, and the motor lost a bit of compression on one cylinder. We decided to pull everything apart and put new pistons and bearings in the motor and clean it up. The motor was still running great, but I didn't want to trash it on accident so I ran it down to Derrick.
To revisit the highlights of this portion of the buildup of the white car....
11 to 1 Wiseco pistons E85 fuel ACL bearings Cometic head gasket Rebuilt but stock head 8000 RPM Enthalpy tune put a smaller hotside on the 2860RS discopotato turbo, T28RS Painted the car as an impulse Cage Larger Walbro pump
Now for some pictures for fun!
I got to buy E85 finally! I picked up a bunch driving through Waco on my way to Derrick's place. It smells sweet and sugary.
I put it in my normal race jugs, but I have been meaning to put a barrel of it in my trailer. Now that I am thinking about it though, I might just do a bunch of race jugs as they are easier to move around.
Slightly milled head, and rebuilt stock stuff. We meant to have the head milled a bunch for even more compression, but I guess the machine shop forgot, so we didn't end up with our goal of 11.5 to 1, but a bit lower. Maybe around 11.1 or something. Not sure. Purple makes the stock head look racecar though. I always turn my redline up to 8000 on all my SR20s, even the completely stock ones. I have never thrown a rocker arm, not sure why that happens to some people, but I have thousands of laps in SR20 cars and have never done it.
Here the car is looking extra high in the front with no engine in it. Looks kind of silly. Really not that far off the ride height though!
These fancy little pistons! They bring a lot of life to the party though! Between the E85 and the pistons this little SR20 is rowdy. I need to go dyno it for fun, but I actually turned the boost down at the event to conserve tires a bit. I started at 18 psi which was probably 360-380 whp it felt like and dropped it down to 15 psi to keep the tires alive.
Sweet hone machine that Derrick used on the block. Derrick is the man with engines. All the drift engines he has built are indestructible monsters. I can't believe everyone doesn't break his door down trying to get him to build their motors. He is way too cheap and way too awesome. However, I think he tells most people no lol.
My other Derrick motor, (I had another couple SR20 by him too), my LS1. The SR is in the background. I have never blown up a Derrick motor, although the first time he built my LS it was a bit of a learning experience lol. Derrick built a motor for Tyler Cox once, and it was in his car for a couple seasons at 9000 rpm being thrashed on by the worlds most abusive driver, who did the least amount of maintenance you have ever seen. People would change Tyler's oil for him out of pity for the car when he wasn't looking! That motor Derrick built in Tyler's red car made somewhere around 480 whp and lived longer than any of Tyler's other motors. Eventually I think Tyler killed it from running it without oil.
Here is the super sweet cage in the car now. Super simple cage, nothing overkill. Super easy to get into, passes whatever rule books, sweet stuff.
Fancy timing wheel. Derrick takes great care and has lots of fancy tools for putting together motors. This isn't backyard bubba swapping bearings into the motor by pulling the subframe! Those are adjustable cam gears getting timed in. I'm not sure exactly what he changed on them but everything is working awesome.
And like magic the motor is back in the car! The 850 cc injectors are plugged into the rail, a new catch can is settled into the engine bay, the rad mid mount intercooler setup is in place, and everything is working!
I randomly got an impulse to paint the car for some reason. I probably shouldn't have, but for some reason I was compelled too. I tossed on a new front bumper, a hood, and a door and took it down to a paint place right down the street from Autocomp. The did a pretty good job but oversprayed the crap out of everything, and fixing the overspray took a day.
Valve cover looks rad! I really wanted to paint the whole car this color, but I don't think the body could pull it off, so I just painted the valve cover. I love the color.
I tossed on some sweet tail lights, remounted stuff, and got help from Chris and Luis removing overspray and changing out some parts.
The night before the event I found an oil leak. Sigh. It was the turbo oil feed line. Double Sigh. I fiddled with it for an hour, and True and Kevin came over to help and spent another hour on it. We failed to make it stop leaking. Just put it back together and said screw it. On the bright side lots of other things on the car stopped leaking.
So we thought we could get away with a Walbro 255 hp, and I suppose we did. I was rice-ing the car up and down the street in front of Autocomp like a boss, but I started to get a bit uncomfortable with the situation since we raised the fuel pressure to fine tune the Enthalpy tune a bit. Turns out fuel pumps suck when you raise the pressure on a turbo car, and after some time with tech support, even though the car was running great, I decided to get a Walbro 485. I was really worried it wouldn't swap right in, but it did. Swapped right in : ) Oh, except we then wired the thing straight to the battery with a fuse and relay. That part took the longest. We used the original fuel pump wire coming from the front as the new signal wire for the relay, and just went straight to the battery. Why? Because we were only seeing 11 volts at the pump and wanted to see a bit more.
Just in case anyone wanted to see how the Walbro 485 fit.
Car looking all pretty. Tyler wouldn't even recognize it. At this point I realized the car isn't really a missile anymore, except it is still driven like one.
Drift cars are the cheap part, the tires are the expensive part! Tyler always ran DZ101, and destroyed them so fast it wasn't even funny. These are Kendas and they last about 4 times as long as a DZ101, plus this car doesn't make almost 500 whp like his other car. The car only killed 2 tires at the Game of Cones event! Also, it rained halfway through the day lol.
I decided to leverage some parts Kevin and True wanted into a wet sand and polish for the car. Thanks guys!
The game of cones trophy, and stabbing device!
A final picture of what the car looked like, with the wheel fitment dialed in, ride height, etc. I still have some head light covers to add, and the grill, and some details, but the car looks rad in my opinion. So different than typical 240s. No bell bottom kit, just durable battle ready body parts. The car hit around 4 people this weekend, and is no worse for the wear. The other cars are, but the Tyler Missile car came out pretty much unscathed!
And a fun little picture from the event. : )
AND FINALLY, SOME RAD HELMET CAM FOOTAGE! Tyler would have wanted me to hit more people in the car, but I was trying to be nice to everyone and not hit them unnecessarily. That meant keeping a bit of distance. The only person I really stuck it to was Matt Bengston, because he loves it. I put a dent in the side of his car by pushing my front tire into his car a tiny bit too hard, but it didn't mess up our runs and he loved it so oh well! Hopefully someone got video or pictures of it because my go pro missed it!!!!
I am unbelievably proud to bring you an amazing 2 day drift Bonanza. I don't even know where to start really. Basically we are having 2 full days of driving with a special D1GP guest driver, Yokoi from MCR Factory.
What is it: This is a two day drift event, and a Formula D Proam event. Our drivers are competing for the chance to drive in the Formula Drift 2014 season.
Where: Mineral Wells Airport, TX. Google map the location, we are almost right under the water tower if you get confused when you get there : )
When: July 27-28, 2013. This is a two day event. Each day starts at 8 am for the drivers, and for the spectators at 10 am. Driving stops around 6:30 or when I say it is over. RAIN OR SHINE.
a. July 27 is THE MEXICAN STANDOFF Formula Drift Proam competition. Practice will be all morning until around 3 pm, then we will get right to it. The reason the competition is on Saturday is so the drivers don't have to save their cars for an entire day until the competition, they will be able to drive harder on our pure play day with Yokoi without the fear of breaking before the comp. Yokoi will be driving with us both days.
b. July 28 is a play day with Yokoi and all our amazing local drivers. With the attraction of having Yokoi at the event, we will be bringing in some amazing out of state drivers as well. George Marstanovic, Mike Pollard, and lots of other awesome drivers have expressed their intent to make it to this event, along with some awesome media dudes like Justin Shreeve.
Cost: Drivers are XXX and Spectators are XX. TBA.
Registration: Please pay pal your registration money as a driver to erinshill at gmail.com with your full name, contact info, and car info. Your registration is required the Tuesday before the event happens or there will be a $50 late fee. Please don't make me charge you the late fee, please register on time!!!!
Who is Yokoi?!?! Masashi Yokoi is an amazing D1GP and D1SL driver from Japan. If you watch awesome JDM drifting videos, I am positive you have seen him tearing it up in his DMAX S Chassis with Nakamura and friends. You don't get the chance to drive with such amazingly awesome and well known Japanese drivers like Yokoi, in fact, he has never been to the USA, so this will be a first. PLUS, he will be coming to TEXAS JUST TO DRIVE WITH US! That is the whole trip other than some sight seeing we plan to take him on!
Who will be allowed to tandem with Yokoi? Well we will have a group of drivers who will be allowed to tandem with the man. How will be decide? Basically you either need to be a well known driver that can hold his own in tandem, in the top 16 of our local drift series, or have special permission to do so. If you are not qualified, that doesn't mean you cannot drive all day long, it just means you can't total whatever car he is driving and ruin the weekend for the rest of us : )
you more of a man then i am keeping a build list with prices....I had to stop looking after a while lol
Fielding and I were driving back from Vegas I think last year and played the price sheet game. You pick a random persons car, such as mine, Stew's, Tyler's, etc. You then add up all known parts the car ever had, and all setups. You try an calculate out how much the total spent on the car, without trying to add in how much parts are sold for or traded for. You are just trying to arrive at a total cost for fun. Then we tried to add in tires and fuel for fun. It makes this build look quaint after you factor in running costs! Then it made us cry.
Some go pro off the Tyler Cox missile car. I had so much fun drifting at this demo we did! I got 105 laps out of 4 new tires and two dead ones! Thanks Kenda : )
The car was great in tandem with it's tiny T28RS turbo and big 265 tires. Fast and fun. You can hear me have to clutch kick it a ton as I rotate ebrake grabs and clutch kicks trying to hold the car back so I can match the other car's speed. This car is a little rocket ship in tandem : )
I think the fuel pump will be maxed out around 450 whp on e85, but I am only planning to run around 350 whp right now. I won't bump the power up past that until I solve the tranny issue, if I even do. The car has plenty of power for local events at 300 whp, and doesn't have a problem keeping up with anyone around here so far.
The motor lost 40% compression on one cylinder at the Tyler Cox memorial event after the fuel pump seized up on a run. It was still running great and I finished the event driving it a TON after I hurt it. Since I needed one single stock piston to put everything back together, in Tyler/Aaron fashion I decided to have Derrick build me a motor.
Now, I didn't want to go crazy, since I still want to keep this motor a tiny T2 flanged T28RS turbo. BUT, I have had tons of SR20s and wanted something a bit different. Derrick and I chat a lot, and are always dreaming up stupid stuff to do. Since we needed a piston, we figured why not just do all the pistons at once, and why not do fancy ones. And if we are doing fancy ones, lets do something silly. So I attempted to order 12 to 1 Wiseco pistons for the SR20, then to my dismay, found out although they have part numbers and are all over the internet, they don't actually really make them. In doubt of what the reseller told me, I called up Wiseco and found out they really don't make them, and then a day later found that the part number was pulled off their sales sheets online lol. DOH! So we settled on 11 to 1 pistons and are going to mill the head to get another .5 compression.
I have been running a T28RS with a .86 exhaust housing, which means I effectively have a T28 that makes full boost at 4k rpm. In the quest of changing things, I ordered a .64 housing while I wait for my GTX turbo to get here some time in the distant future. When I chat with different people they all tell me to use the different housings for one reason or another, and I haven't 100% made up my mind what I am doing yet on this, but I expect to put the .64 housing in there and drop spool by a good bit, especially with the other things that are going on with the build!
Since we are running higher compression, the motor is going to immediately blow up with a turbo on it. To stop that, we are going to run E85. To run the stuff, we are changing over some fuel lines, putting a new pump in the car, and adding 850cc injectors. The tune will be courtesy of Enthalpy : ) Yes, a mail in tune for a high compression E85 SR20DET drift car that gets beat like an unwanted step child constantly. The last tune worked so well I am excited to try this one! Redline will once again be stuck at 8k rpm with 100% stock head ( rebuilt only for the hell of it, it was perfect when we took it apart. Not changing springs or anything )
There is a bunch of little stuff going on to, like new ACL bearings and a head gasket, but nothing overly fancy. Stock rods still, stock cams, stock head but rebuilt.
So the parts list is pretty simple. New stuff is:
ACL bearings .64 hotside for the turbo 11.5 to 1 total compression E85 enthalpy tune fuel pump 850cc injectors some little parts
So hopefully the car goes from a 4-8k rpm powerband to a 3.5-8k rpm powerband. Hopefully I don't have to worry about anything happening with the AFR or anything since E85 shouldn't let the motor detonate. Power should be limited to around 330-360whp by boost. The car will probably want to make more than that so I will limit the boost to whatever is needed to hopefully keep the transmission alive. Figuring the bump in compression might make from 0-4% more power per point, I am guessing the motor might make 0-12% more power from the compression alone. The car might make as much as 35 hp more than a stock compression motor at the boost I was running before, 18 psi. Couple that with the fact we are adding E85 and people claim a 20-40 hp jump with E85 instead of pump fuel at the same boost level, and I would figure the motor should make more power at the same boost level as before. How much, who knows. I don't understand ricer math and adding up guesses. I would figure 18 psi would make 350 whp at the minimum now with the disco potato, and 20 or more psi should be close to 400 whp. Maybe that is on the low side, who knows. Anyways I figure 400 whp and a stock tranny will spell trouble, so I am going to probably not run that much. Also, I have been lowering my boost at events, sometimes as low as 7 psi so I get retardedly good tire wear. 300 whp is more than enough to drift with on 265s, I just wanted to try E85. Hopefully it goes well!
Blue car progress.
I got a Dmax type 3 kit for the car.
I got a stock fuel tank for the car.
I got most of the glass put in the car, doors on, hood on, and some other stuff.
Round 3 of our Lone Star Drift Series will be taking place at Gulf Greyhound Park, and will be known as the Game of Cones from here on out.
When: June 9, 2013. Drivers arrive at 8 am sharp! Driving will start extra early at 9:15 am. Spectators arrive anytime from 10am and later. The competition should start around 2:30 pm, make sure you arrive by then. There will be a car meet taking place at the same time and at the same location as our drift event, put on by WFSU.net and Southrnfresh.
Where: Gulf Greyhound Park in Houston, TX. Google Maps will find it no problem.
What is it: This will be Round 3 of our Formula Drift Proam points series. The best drifters in Texas will battle it out for their 2014 Formula Drift licenses, as well as sponsorship packages for the 2014 season. There will be open drift practice for our local drivers from 9:15 until 2:30, at which point the competition will start. There will be a carmeet as well. I will post up info on that soon.
Registration: Drifting Registration must be done online by the Wed before the drift event. Registration is $75 for competition drivers and open practice drivers. You must register by sending your payment by paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your contact info, the event you are registering for, and your car info. Late registration comes with a $25 penalty, please do not register late!
Driver Prizes: The winner of our series will receive:
BC Racing sponsorship package. This will include custom valved and sprung coilovers for the 2014 season, as well as suspension engineering assistance.
Garrett Turbo sponsorship package. This will include turbos for the 2014 season for whatever application you need, as well as engineering support. Plan on running a 350Z? How about TWIN GTX2871R turbos!?!?!?!?!?!
SEMA sponsorship adventure. The winner will receive a fully paid for SEMA sponsorship adventure, which will include air fair, shared hotel accommodations, and a meal plan. Introductions will be made to many potential sponsors, including a tire sponsor, clutch sponsor, your new suspension sponsor, and your new turbo sponsor.
KENDA TIRES most aggressive tandem lap. During each event, when I witness a crazy aggressive following run by a driver, I can give out a brand new 265/35/18 Kenda Tire to that badass driver, encouraging awesome acts of heroics. The lap MUST NOT END IN AN ACCIDENT TO COUNT. I can give away as many of these tires per event as I please, but I am going to aim for 4 aggressive tandem awards per event. There are additional prizes waiting to be announced.
Kenda Tires Spec Clutches BC Racing Garrett Turbos Enjuku Racing Autocomp Racecars Non Stop Tuning CMS Performance
Here is a picture where I am teaching Tyler's dad about car control. I didn't really realize how low I sit in cars versus my height. I think my seat configuration made it difficult for him to feel comfortable in the car!