Powertrain Rejuvenation: The Rules are the Limit (STX)

Powertrain Rejuvenation: The Rules are the Limit (STX)

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If I'm going to pull the engine for a refresh, there's no reason I couldn't replace my flywheel with the stock version and bump down to a more appropriate class for my budget. As such, I wanted to investigate how far I could go with my engine in Street Touring X. Here's what I compiled from the 1/30/2017 release of the SCCA Solo STX Rules, which can be found here. Oil Pan/Lubrication Any oil pan is acceptable Any oil pickup is acceptable NO addition of, or modification to, windage trays or crank scrapers Thermal Control Radiator can be replaced, BUT must be same as stock (or greater in magnitude) in the following areas: Dry weight Coolant capacity Core dimensions Mounting locations Any water expansion tank is allowed Silicone replacement coolant…
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2017 CCR-SCCA Preliminary Schedule

2017 CCR-SCCA Preliminary Schedule

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The 2017 Central Carolinas Region SCCA schedule is all but finalized. The preliminary schedule shown below is said to be solid barring any mishaps or unforeseen conflicts with booking the venues. New for 2017 is the addition of the Donaldson airfield in Greenville, SC. The facility is a former air force base that's now a component of the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center. I had the opportunity to drive there several times with the Clemson Formula SAE team. The repave of the facility in 2014 revived the track surface, and now it's a great place for an autocross. zMax Dragway is returning in 2017 for approximately 3/4 of the season, and the Black Lake at the Michelin Proving Grounds will not return. Although racing at zMax is incredibly convenient,…
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Race Report: CCR AutoX #8

Race Report: CCR AutoX #8

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Race Date: 8/20/2016 Class: Rookie - A Street Prepared Results: – Class: 6th/7 - Overall: 95/151 – My FTD: 72.318 (PAX:62.555) – Class FTD: 70.772 (PAX: 59.165) 2015 Scion FRS - Class Win: 71.505 (PAX: 57.061) 2015 Ford Fiesta ST – The FTD: 61.575 - 1987 Nissan 300ZX Today's autocross was held on another classic Carolina summer day. The morning was muggy and the afternoon was broiling, but fortunately it wasn't as hot as the USCA race at the end of July. Some cloud cover kept the morning and early afternoon at a bearable temperature. The afternoon was a scorcher, but luckily I was driving with the last run group so the heat was easy to ignore. This event was also my first entry in the CCR Rookie class, which…
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Race Report: CCR AutoX #3

Race Report: CCR AutoX #3

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Race Date: 4/30/2016 Class: Novice Results: – Class: 4th/15 – My FTD: 70.673 sec. – Class FTD: 69.065 sec. (2014 BMW 335i) – The FTD: 53.961 (2009 Top Kart Speedy TM K9b) Round 3 of the 2016 CCR AutoX season was another cool, overcast day at zMax Dragway with a large and varied field that included fifteen novice drivers. I was placed in the 4th run group. By the end of the day I logged five runs of decreasing lap time, clipped two cones, and learned a little extra about pre-race preparation. Out of the fifteen in my class, I came away with the 4th fastest run of the day in a field that included two S2000's, a 2016 Porsche Cayman S, and myriad Bimmers. (more…)
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Race Report: CCR AutoX For Polar Bears

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Race Date: 2/27/2016 Class: Novice Results: – Class: 4th / 33 – Overall: 109th / 209 - My FTD: 68.392 sec. - Class FTD: 65.67 sec. (1991 BMW 318) - The FTD: 53.820 (2009 Top Kart Speedy TM K9b) Although I intended on beginning my SCCA campaign in the STX class, I decided to start off as a Novice. Over 200 cars attended the event this past Saturday, and I did not want to interrupt a possibly large, competitive class with my rookie issues. The bonus of being a novice: an extra run during my session. I'll take it. That run would pay off as it was my fastest time of the day at 68.392 seconds, which earned me 2nd in my novice group and 4th out of all 33 novices. I…
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