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  • Let's see your road racing car in action (pix/video)!! *NO PICS, NO POST!*

    Thought it'd be fun to share pictures of our track cars in action. What better way to promote motorsports?? I'll start...

    I went to Streets of Willow (SOW) May 29, 09. The event was held by an MR2 club. They need further sign ups to cover track costs. I have 4 sessions with 30 minutes per session. I didn't push it too hard as I was trying different lines to take around the track. It was an awesome day to say the least. I haven't been to SOW in a few years, so I was weary of how the car might feel. Luckily my effort to tune suspension paid off. My car felt nice 'n stable and very predictable.





    Here's a video of the driving event captured in a few minutes. Film was done by a friend of mine.

    http://vimeo.com/4976014
    Last edited by mmdb; 06-04-2009, 12:05 AM.

  • FlatBlack
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    HPDE + RallyX + RallyX

    xcuseme by Mat B, on Flickr

    S13running by Mat B, on Flickr

    RearQuarterS13fixt by Mat B, on Flickr

    MonsterS13fixt by Mat B, on Flickr

    22104641_10108117736812385_1431982649015962283_o by Mat B, on Flickr

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  • gills
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    Originally posted by knate View Post
    Cost of the VQ30DE swap? Approximately $3100 total for what we did. We got a little lucky, but here's a breakdown:

    2001 Maxima (beat up, but running) - $100 (yes, really!)
    Low mileage VQ30DE from junkyard - $450
    Low mileage 350Z trans - $675
    350Z Oil pan - $100
    350Z starter - $50
    Aluminum driveshaft - $400
    1995 G20 radiator - $84
    Pathfinder rear coolant pipe - $67
    Poly trans mount - $23
    Sway bar spacers - $65
    350Z exhaust flanges - $44
    350Z exhaust manifolds - $40
    Maxima clutch - $330
    350Z Throwout bearing - $48
    Ebay LS1 motor mount kit (modified of course) - $60
    Gaskets/fluids/hoses/bolts/odds and ends - $550

    We were doing the VQ30DE to try fit in ChumpCar's new power to weight engine swap rules, but ChumpCar has basically pulled out of the West Coast now. So if I were to do it all over again, it would be a VQ35DE. Starting with the 350Z engine makes everything a lot simpler, as there would be no messing with starter positioning, throwout bearing spacing, crank sensor mounting, intake manifold modifications, etc.

    Here's a video overview of the VQ30DE swap:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8KuxTykoxI
    Cool, Nate. Interesting how Chump isn't as popular on the coasts as it is elsewhere. ***edit*** Northeast and Northwest, more accurately

    I'd suspect that you wouldn't have much fun if you did put a VQ35DE in as you'd probably not have much competition based on watching that video. It's a bit more thirsty also. You running a fuel cell?

    We can manage 1.5 hour stints running at full boil with the OEM S14 fuel tank, which is ~17 gallons. Luckily, in AER, there's a mandatory number of pit stops driven by the time length of the race. They are typically almost always 9 hour races so that equates to 5 required stops in a race = 1.5 hour stints. So we're racing at the very limit of time and we can't strategize at all with pit stops.
    Last edited by gills; 08-15-2017, 01:23 PM.

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  • knate
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    Originally posted by Matt93SE View Post
    Just curious.. do you have an estimate of overall cost of the swap? I'm still trying to sell my S14, but might be able to convince wife to let me keep it for WRL and track days. and I want more power..
    Cost of the VQ30DE swap? Approximately $3100 total for what we did. We got a little lucky, but here's a breakdown:

    2001 Maxima (beat up, but running) - $100 (yes, really!)
    Low mileage VQ30DE from junkyard - $450
    Low mileage 350Z trans - $675
    350Z Oil pan - $100
    350Z starter - $50
    Aluminum driveshaft - $400
    1995 G20 radiator - $84
    Pathfinder rear coolant pipe - $67
    Poly trans mount - $23
    Sway bar spacers - $65
    350Z exhaust flanges - $44
    350Z exhaust manifolds - $40
    Maxima clutch - $330
    350Z Throwout bearing - $48
    Ebay LS1 motor mount kit (modified of course) - $60
    Gaskets/fluids/hoses/bolts/odds and ends - $550

    We were doing the VQ30DE to try fit in ChumpCar's new power to weight engine swap rules, but ChumpCar has basically pulled out of the West Coast now. So if I were to do it all over again, it would be a VQ35DE. Starting with the 350Z engine makes everything a lot simpler, as there would be no messing with starter positioning, throwout bearing spacing, crank sensor mounting, intake manifold modifications, etc.

    Here's a video overview of the VQ30DE swap:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8KuxTykoxI

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  • Matt93SE
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    Just curious.. do you have an estimate of overall cost of the swap? I'm still trying to sell my S14, but might be able to convince wife to let me keep it for WRL and track days. and I want more power..

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  • knate
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    Video from our last two endurance races. This was our first outing after putting in the VQ30DE into our 240SX, and we managed to get first overall both days.

    Blue Bayou Portland LDRL Race July 22, 2017


    Blue Bayou Portland LDRL Race July 23, 2017

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  • gills
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    1:35.066 @ New Jersey Thunderbolt with Chicane.
    First time on MCS setup.
    Falken RT615K+ tires.
    No Aero.

    Video compares initial MCS settings with final for the day. I tried to spice up the video so hopefully it's more enjoyable...

    https://youtu.be/vw3EJLwz_6c
    Last edited by gills; 08-09-2017, 08:58 PM.

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  • gills
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    American Endurance Racing, New Jersey Motorsports Park event, 5/2017. 2nd in class, 3rd overall in Saturday's 9 hour race, 3rd overall in class for the weekend. 4th fastest lap time of the weekend. Was a great weekend in a 57 car field.

    Starting P2 for Sunday's 9 hour race after Saturday result.








    Ugly mugs on the podium:


    Some video of 4th driver on Sunday:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQVwbcpIsik&t=397s

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  • gills
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    Up the Esses at Watkins Glen. Love this pic:

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  • gills
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    American Endurance Racing Watkins Glen Saturday race 1st stint. Close call with a Cayman that wrecked seconds after green flag drop. Then some good battles and chasing down an LS swapped 350z. Fast lap came with an E46 M3 pushing behind me.

    https://youtu.be/si_yyScV4Vk

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  • gills
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    Originally posted by Matt93SE View Post
    Around here, it's dominated by a single Miata (who is current natl champ), followed by Catherhams, a couple rx7s, bmw, and smattering of other things mid pack.
    (I don't run my 240 in EP. It's an STU car.)

    A well prepped 240 could be competitive, but it's hard for the DE to make enough power. It's choked by the factory intake manifold which can't be changed.
    What about cheatin?? Cheatin is racin, right?!??

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  • Matt93SE
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    Around here, it's dominated by a single Miata (who is current natl champ), followed by Catherhams, a couple rx7s, bmw, and smattering of other things mid pack.
    (I don't run my 240 in EP. It's an STU car.)

    A well prepped 240 could be competitive, but it's hard for the DE to make enough power. It's choked by the factory intake manifold which can't be changed.

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  • gills
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    Originally posted by Matt93SE View Post
    Lista de, you have to run lower compression and a little more weight. However, the de spins faster and is more reliable at high RPM.
    Is the 240 competitive in E production or do RX7's dominate?

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  • Matt93SE
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    Lista de, you have to run lower compression and a little more weight. However, the de spins faster and is more reliable at high RPM.

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  • drbmw2002
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    For me it's the weight. I think we get a 150 to 200lb weight reduction for the ka24e. Plus with the truck motor I don't need to spin it as fast as often and we got the line rule of adding a dry sump. At some point with probably check into the DE.

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