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Old 12-01-2005, 06:36 PM
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They were able to set the engine back so that the car has almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution with driver.

Also, the driver can change brake bias and overall brake force independently.
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Old 12-01-2005, 06:39 PM
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They were able to set the engine back so that the car has almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution with driver.

Also, the driver can change brake bias and overall brake force independently.
Damn, that's tasty. Interesting that they can change overall brake force, though. Seems like you would want your brakes on the strong side at all times, no?
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Old 12-01-2005, 09:01 PM
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Not in the rain/snow/ice. More modulation.
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Ahhhh, that's true. Didn't consider that!
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Well, they've had a few issues during practice and qualifying today. A control arm broke and they went off-track, damaging several parts in the process. I'm not entirely sure what happened or the extent of the damage.

They have spare everything (extra engine, extra gearbox, etc.), so they should be able to put it all back together in time for tomorrow. I'll keep you guys updated.
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oh man. good luck!
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Apparently, the car is running and out on the track again, but they are fighting brake gremlins now. I'll keep you guys updated.
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Old 12-05-2005, 05:26 AM
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It seems that things didn't go so well. About 2 hours into the race, the differential decided to go out. It was sold to them as a World Challenge quality diff, but turned out to be not so good. They were able to find another diff and get the car back out on the track within about 3 hours.

They started climbing positions again, and my brother went out on the track at about 5:30. The only problem with the diff was that the gearing was different (much shorter). They ran out of revs in 5th about 1/2 way down the straightaway. His stint went really well despite that, and was running better times than the other drivers. He came in after about an hour and a half and they put in ten gallons and switched drivers.

About 7-8 laps into the next driver, he reported that the car 'was acting funny' and came into the pits. He said it could be anything from a sticking brake caliper to the diff going out again. They pulled it around into the paddock to check things out and noticed a tapping from under the hood.

Turns out that one or more valves was bent and the piston was damaged as well. He says he didn't over-rev the car, but someone did as the engine electronics showed an 8,100 rpm max at some point. The engine had a rev limiter at 7,100, so someone had to have done it on a downshift. They didn't bring extra pistons, and were far enough out of the race as it was, so they didn't try to fix it.

It was a bummer, but I had a fun time anyway. Brett was really glad he got some seat time before the whole thing went dead. Now they need to decide who's going to pay for the engine!

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The car when I arrived.
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The diff when I arrived.
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Out on the track.
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Spoon RL.
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And Spoon's other (JDM car).
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The Honda Civic Si (one of two teams).
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The SPT STi.
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A night shot.
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The rest can be found at http://www.stromracing.com/25hours/index.html
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Old 12-05-2005, 04:48 PM
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oh man, sorry to hear about the car.

It looks like a great race to take part in. Did you stay or take off after the engine situation? Great photos also.
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Wow, that really sucks. When it rains, it pours, I guess.

BTW, are those center-lug Superleggeras? I think I need to excuse myself for a moment.
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Old 12-05-2005, 05:25 PM
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We took off around 11pm, about 4 hours after the engine died. No sense in staying all night - it was about 30 degrees...

They aren't center-lug Superleggeras - 5-lug, I think. That would be sweet, though.

Apparently, the car was VERY fast, and would have been first in class if it had stayed on the track. In fact, they were at risk of being put into the next higher class as they were running pretty competitively with those cars.
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