The latest series of posts in our S197 Mustang Project Build Thread covers the last NASA Texas competition event of the year, where we had some struggles with the car as well as some serious on-track traffic issues. The details are in the post, with lots of pictures and video.
Even with all of the challenges we saw on that Nov 1-3rd race weekend, we managed to pull out two more TT3 wins (winning at 13 of 14 NASA Texas events) and two 3rd place finishes in the same car that weekend, plus set the 8th TT3 track record this year, securing all track configurations run on the NASA Texas calendar in 2013. We didn’t miss a single race on the schedule and had an excellent year overall.
Now we’re gearing up for 2014 and have both our near stock Black 2013 Mustang GT and our TT3 winning 2011 Mustang GT for sale. The prices on both cars were lowered today, so check them out and spread the word. You can start reading this big 3-part build thread entry here.
We have some updates to the build thread that we started in September 2013 for our BMW E36 LS1 project. This car is being built for NASA ST2 and TT2 classes, so it will have a full cage, fire system, FIA seats, and all of the wheel to wheel safety gear.
In hits, our 2nd update to this build thread, we cover the work from the past two months. This includes stripping and selling an hail damaged, engine-less E36 M3 4-door “donor chassis” that gave up all of its delicious M3 bits.
Once the M3 subframes were removed we had them bead blasted, then welded in several reinforcement kits and had them powder coated. The ST2 chassis also got a lot of attention including seam welding and additional reinforcement kits installed.
Last up we start talking about the cage that is going into this car, which has the main tubes already bent. This update has a lot of pictures showing what goes into a typical BMW race car build. You can begin reading the latest forum updates here. Enjoy!
The day has arrived: eBay auctions are live for both our TT3 prepped 2011 Mustang GT and our 2013 GT.
The eBay auction for the Vorshlag TT3 Mustang is now underway. This is one of the fastest street legal S197 Mustangs on track in the country. Please click the image above so get to the auction. You can come see this car in action this weekend at Eagles Canyon Raceway, Friday-Sunday, where Amy and I will be racing with NASA for the last time. Auction duration is 7 days and ends on Nov 6th.
If our TT3 prepped 2011 GT is too racey for you, Vorshlag is also selling our super clean and mostly stock 2013 GT in another eBay auction. This black on black 6-spd car has under 6K miles, is lowered on 5300-P springs, has a few Whiteline parts, and comes with the 14″ Brembo front brakes and 19×9″ OEM wheels. Take a look at the eBay auction which also began Oct 30th and also ends Nov 6th.
We have been going to a number of autocross and track events in our 2011 Mustang GT this summer and it continues into the Fall. Our NASA TT3 prepped car did fairly well at these two events, which are detailed in this 2-part S197 Build Thread Update
This was a “double-header” event weekend, with one event run on Saturday (above) and another on Sunday (below). The above event was one we co-sponsored and ran, the Camaro vs Mustang Battle autocross held at Texas Motorplex.
The second event held the next day was the Goodguys All American Sunday autocross, held at Texas Motor Speedway, where we had to run the same car on a 200 treadwear tire. Tough course, with very low grip, but you will have to read the two part post to see how it all turned out.
We have finished writing several new S197 Build Thread Updates that need to be linked. If you have been following along for the past 3 years, these last 4 series of posts cover a lot of updates and improvements, as well as our event coverage at the first NASA National Championships we have attended. We took our TT3 Mustang, did pretty well, and here’s the coverage:
+ Pre-Nationals Quick Update, Sept 2nd (1 post): Link
+ Final Pre-Nationals Car Updates + the 25 hour Tow, Sept 17th (1 post): Link
+ Prep Work During NASA Nationals, Sept 18th (2 posts): Link
+ NASA Nationals Racing Coverage + Results, Sept 23rd (4 posts): Link
Whew, that’s a lot of reading! 8 posts and almost every one hit the 20K character limit. Tons of pictures (click them for higher rez versions), behind the scenes looks at the last of the prep work, blow-by-blow coverage of the racing at NASA Nationals, in-car video, and more. Enjoy!
A lot of ground is covered in this 4-part update in the Vorshlag >S197 Project Thread, which starts here. First up was an autocross where we brought two STU prepped Mustangs and an STX prepped BRZ.
Next we cover the aero re-work on our TT3 Mustang in close detail. Follow along as we fabricate, cut and bend the parts into the shape we want for more front downforce. We also show a new part we sell that we tested on track, the all-aluminum S197 Mishimoto radiator.
In the last part of the post we cover the track test, where the changes seemed to improve our lap times greatly.
In the end we show the upcoming race events we will be at or are sponsoring. Check it out – maybe something you want to do yourself.
We finally took the plunge and became a dealer for COBRA racing seats. You can read more about this at this press release post.
Vorshlag stocks many of the COBRA seat models and we can provide custom mounting solutions as well. This buy-in gave us the ability to also buy Sparco, OMP and Momo seats and racing products. Look for more to be added to our new Racing Seats section of our website soon.
We haven’t had a post in the 2013 Subaru BRZ thread in 8 months, but we’ve made up for it with some significant suspension developments. The latest project build thread update is fairly large.
The biggest upgrade done to this Vorshlag built BRZ yet was the addition of custom built MCS TT1 coilovers. These were spec’d by Vorshlag and result in a 2″ lower ride height, triple the OEM spring rate, yet still have ample suspension travel and great ride quality.
We had more updates than we could fit in even a 2-part update, so we will have another reply in the coming week(s). In the next update we talk about the addition of Enkei 17×9 RPF-1 wheels, 255mm BFG Rivals, an autocross event we entered (and won 2 classes) with this car, Whiteline swaybar installs, MCS RR2 double adjustable shocks going on another BRZ this week at Vorshlag, and more.
We have another update in our S197 Mustang Project Build Thread, and today it is a big 3-parter. In this update we go into the various SCCA autocross classes that the S197 Mustang fits into with our opinions of how these cars fare in each. We explore the new re-classing of the Mustang V8s into STU class within the Street Touring category and give first hand impressions of a test running a 2012 GT in STU recently at a Texas Region SCCA event. Lots of in-car video and pictures are inside, of course.
This class looks like a better fit for these cars than STX, simply from the extra 20mm of tire allowed. It still needs some help if it ever has a chance against the normal STU cars, or the proposed addition of C5 Corvettes to this class (facepalm). Read the thread update to learn more, starting here.
In the update we also cover some of the extensive fabrication work underway at Vorshlag this week on our 2011 Mustang GT. This is the car we are campaigning in NASA TT3 class this year, so far with very good results. To hopefully keep up with the top TT3 drivers at the NASA Nationals next month we have embarked on a major front aero upgrade, which is shown extensively in the update.
Lastly we talk about some new shocks we have built for the Subaru BRZ and NB Miata above, as well as our 2013 Mustang GT – which is still for sale. Gotta move this car to help fund more development work, so please spread the word. Thanks!
Several new Project Build Thread forum updates were added to a couple of Vorshlag builds today. First, we had two posts in our S197 build thread showing development work and track testing done with our 2013 GT, which is now for sale. The two latest posts for the S197 projects start here.
We’ve also developed some new items while upgrading and repairing our 1999 GMC “shop truck”, which is one of the millions of GMT800 GM 1/2 ton trucks sold in the previous decade. You can read more on our GMT800 shop truck starting here.
There are new products in both forum thread updates, so make sure to click on the S197 or GMT800 threads to see more.