Been a while since we updated this customer’s build thread. A lot has happened since that last update, and this series of post in the Project Build Thread get you caught up with work done in 2018 – including undertray, rear diffuser, and rear wing.
There are dozens and dozens of detailed pictures showing various steps of the build in this Project Build Thread. Lots of little detail shots for welding, fabrication, and design.
You might not be building a tube framed track car but there might be some tips and tricks within that fit your build – like this Motorsports style heater/defroster (shown below). Nothing worse than driving blind, but for only a 7 pound sacrifice, you can put this simple, compact defroster into your race car.
It has been a couple of months since our last post in our S550 Mustang Forum Build Thread – but there’s a new triple sized post starting here. This is the thread where we chronicle new product development, testing, and competition events using our 2018 Mustang and other customers’ “S550” generation cars.
This time we cover a number of new parts we have made or tested using our car, including additional power from an American Racing Headers long tube header system, new cold air intake, and a custom dyno tune using an SCT “X4” programmer. The before/after dyno results were a bit surprising – and forced a last minute class change from NASA’s TT3 to TT2 class. We explain the classing process in detail, plus our plans to move back into the more appropriate (for this car’s weight & power) TT3 class.
We cover some brake duct testing and development, did an analysis of brake pad wear from this car – over the three completely different front brake systems tested to date – and then turned towards suspension.
A big part of this update covered some changes to our MCS RR2 coilovers, which went back on the car with new lengths, plus an all-new S550 2 height “Raised” rear shock mount design that features a spherical bearing, of course. We mounted the MCS remote reservoirs, added a Ford Racing strut tower brace, and more.
There are two new MOMO wheel sets, and two new tires sets, for the car for the 2019 season. We also review a new Sparco carbon helmet in this post. We have much more in store already written for the next update, but this one turned into a 9000 word post, so we had to stop. The update can be found starting here. Thanks for reading!
After Ohlins announced the Focus RS addition to the Road and Track line we ordered and received the first kit in late 2018. Since then there have been a number of these sold and they are starting to ship with the complete system in January 2019. We have them listed here.
This Focus RS R&T kit includes everything needed to upgrade from the soft springs and OEM twin tube dampers from the 2016-18 Focus RS to proper monotube, inverted, adjustable coilovers. This kit has 4 corner ride height control and includes a matched set of springs made for the RS. There is an optional EDC cancellation kit also.
We have an optional Vorshlag camber-caster plate for the front, to make a good system even better. Track drivers, Time Trials, autocrossers – this is an option you want! The inverted Ohlins design makes for a short strut stem that can slide under the strut tower bulge for big camber and caster changes without any cutting the opening, too. But if you want to go further…
If you own a Focus RS, call Vorshlag for all of your Focus RS suspension, wheel, and brake needs. We have worked with this chassis since the month it arrived in North America and have extensive track testing on multiple suspension setups for this chassis.
After two years of development on many other aspects of our shop 2013 FR-S – testing of coilover kits, big brake kit, giant wheels, flares, camber plates, battery relocation, and more – the V8 swap finally began in December 2018.
The latest 3-part Forum Build Thread update covers the last few months of work on this car, including some random things like a wheel bearing replacement, flare fab work clean-up, carbon front nose options, and other things.
But the V8 swap is what matters most! The FA20 2.0L came out, then we stitch welded a stock crossmember, modified the tunnel to accept the giant Tremec T56 Magnum XL, and got the mock-up LS and T56 installed.
We took a “starting weight” of the 86 chassis, which already has a BBK, coilovers, 18×11″ wheels, 315mm tires, giant Optima battery, and more. Then we weigh damn near everything we removed, and do some weight analysis. Lots to see in this 3-part update!
We have a massive 5-part forum build thread update on our S550 Mustang linked here. This was written in mid-December 2018, but we wanted to follow-up with this blog post now that the blog is back in January 2019.
In this update we cover 3 different track events (NASA TT, SCCA TT, Test day), test Hoosier A7 vs RE-71R back to back, install Öhlins USA R&T coilovers.
This series of posts also covers the install of a Mishimoto Automotive oil cooler + 3 external gauges (oil/diff/trans), show production S550 tow hooks and brake cooling solutions, and a trick for gaining inboard wheel room on this chassis.
Thanks for checking in – its a good read with lots of pictures and video!
When you are used to competing in one series, it can be overwhelming to try a new series or group of classes – especially when the main aspect of your road course car (the tire) is fundamentally different. We have made an updated 2019 beginner’s guide to NASA Time Trial series rules, which you can read about here.
After a couple of months of bot attacks that brought down our blog and forum, we have won that battle and everything is operational and armored against future attacks.
Since our last blog post in October 2018 we have had a number of new product additions and three big Forum Build Thread Updates. This time we are linking to our C4 Corvette project that sold in December 2018, Project #DangerZone.
In the latest update to the C4’s Forum Build Thread we discuss some updates done to the car, a successful Bring-a-Trailer auction, and more work commissioned by the new owner to make this car legal for his Vintage road racing series. You can read about that starting here.
Then the car went to Heritage Collision for a fresh paint job, and we got to work cleaning the car up, inside and out. Due to some unexpected TT4 class rules changes, we put the car was for sale in early 2018. It was gone in a day.
Sad to see that car go, but we have since added several additional E46 chassis to our fleet of cars waiting to be built.
Did you Aussies, South Africans, Brits, and other RHD Bimmer owners think we had forgotten about your LS V8 cravings? We have good news: after one full year of development and testing, the Vorshlag RIGHT HAND DRIVE BMW E36 “Stage 0” LS V8 swap kit is available for purchase!
The RHD E36 chassis required unique motor mounts, transmission crossmember, driveshaft length, and of course unique long tube headers. The exhaust headers are bigger at 1-7/8″ diameter, 100% stainless, TIG welded, and made in the USA off of our E36 RHD prototypes. And we have a large batch in stock and ready to ship. We show more details of the development and production of these parts in this forum development thread.
We just finished a batch of motor and transmission mounts, which are shown here in raw steel because they are hot off the fab table! These are going to the powder coater tomorrow and will be delivered in metallic silver finish with poly bushings and all the hardware.
The production motor mounts and transmission crossmembers are made 100% in house, using parts from our new CNC plasma table, and are fully TIG welded on our production fixtures.
If you live in a country that has RHD BMWs, and you crave the easy power of an LS V8, please take a minute You can read the latest entry in the RHD E36 LS swap forum development thread, which was based of of our tester Jack’s RHD E36 chassis he has had with us for this work.
And if your friends tell you that V8 swaps are crazy, maybe you need new friends? #LSswapThePlanet
We had a very busy September and managed to squeeze in a little development work and parts installation onto our 2018 Mustang GT test mule, which we cover in great detail in our S550 Forum Build Thread.
The changes we made in the week before the 2018 NASA National Championship event at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) were huge, and it helped us make a leap forward in on-track performance.
We added a new 4-point roll bar we built, a seat bracket kit we designed, a Sparco Circuit II seat, and Scroth harnesses for safety.
MCS RR2 remote reservoir double adjustable monotube coilovers + more spring rate cut down on the roll/dive/squat. Hoosier A7 tires in 315/30/19 added a lot of mechanical grip.
A massive 380x34mm 6-piston Powerbrake kit added a lot of stopping power – with 1.5g stops recorded on data, lap after lap.
We took all of these changes to NASA Nationals and then chronicle the Time Trial competition in great detail. Check out the massive Forum Build Thread update to read more!