Mitsubishi EVO and Eclipse Parts and Performance

Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering
Road /// Race Engineering

Latest

Carl Rydquist – RRE LS 350Z at the Formula D Opener in Long Beach

Road Race Engineering’s 2014 Formula D Season debut happened in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 20,000 drift fanatics in Long Beach California last weekend. Our practice session ran trouble free and our driver Carl Rydquist qualified the Road Race Engineering Berk Technology 350Z into 24th spot among 64 professional drivers. This was Carl’s best result since his Formula D comeback (best previous FD qualifying position to date: 7th, 2009).

YouTube Preview Image

 

autograph

During the Top 32 tandem practice sessions it was clear that the car was significantly quicker now than last season. The tight turns and close walls of the Long Beach Grand Prix circuit isnt necessarily known as one of the higher speed drift events. But it was obvious that Carl was able to chase down several other big power cars.

right-02

In the battle for a spot in the Top 16 bracket, Carl was able to pull out a gap in his lead run thanks to the Garrett GTX4088R turbo powered LS2 V8 and our sticky Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires, however being fast also turned out to be a challenge in the follow run behind opponent Forrest Wang.

tandem-follow

Carl comes from a road racing back ground and said: “I am used to being in front and racing hard to leave the competition behind so that part went as planned. While I was following Forrest, I started out too close too soon and simply bogged down behind him and he was able to maintain great angle and line at a relatively low speed.

eyes

The Road Race Engineering Berk Technology 350Z, (Carl names the car “Animal”) ran flawlessly the 830hp motor didn’t miss a beat all weekend, so this one’s totally on me. It was frankly one of my worst tandem follow runs I can remember. Nothing that I can do about it now, but something to draw experience from. The good news is that the car is quick and controllable, I can charge close and battle for tandem wins this year.”

carl-animal

Thanks to the qualifying result Carl and the team are moving onto Round 2 at Road Atlanta in 19th place, tied in points with among other drivers former champions Daigo Saito (2012) and Daijiro Yoshihara (2011).

crew

Rossy Welch  our Team Manager said: “I could see that Carl didn’t want to damage the car at this event, which is good, but you also have to go for it 100% to win. We’ll focus and push harder at Atlanta next month. But this is a really good start for us, we made important points and we met so many fans that love the car that this awesome team has built and we feel very blessed and happy for the support from all of our sponsors. This is already becoming a really exciting year!“

See you at Road Atlanta on May 9-10 or on the FD Livestream!

 

Motegi Calendar Photoshoot at RRE

Gary from Motegi Racing asked us to use the shop after hours to shoot some pics for their upcoming calendar and FD Posters. Ummm…. sure! Dont have to ask us twice! :-) Olivia Korte (Rockstar Energy Drink girls) was in front of the camera with makeup and hair by Elfie Simon. Watching Aaron Okayama with the setup, shooting and lighting was a treat. Oh yeah, there was a car, almost forgot. Looking back at the video I guess it was blue or something.

 

 

Carl Rydquist Formula D 350Z Test Day

We have the rebuilt refreshed respiffyfied repowered 350Z up and running after the off season rebuild and overhaul. Time to go testing at Willow Springs Raceway.

YouTube Preview Image

Last season Carl’s 350Z ate it’s VQ turbo motor half way through the season. He made the decision to simplify things and go LS2 V8 power. With some higher flowing cylinder heads and a little Nawz it was running high ~400 whp to the wheels. Enough to drift on but not enough to make mad smoke on demand and put the car sideways at will.

So in the off season Art (S Empire) and Sam added a Garrett GTX 4088R turbo to the mix. With Sam’s tune using the AEM EMS Seris 2 ECU we now had all the power we needed and then some. Time to make some smoke and dial in the suspension for the new power.

Carl Says:

This thing’s getting quicker now. First time out with the Road Race Engineering (official) 350Z with this mad S-Empire turbo V8 setup. Turned out to run solidly so far in the SoCal sunshine (knock on wood!), so I started to play around with it. Small but crucial chassis setup adjustments by Berk Technology ended up giving me a really good car. Great feeling in the car, very solid feeling and completely different sound with turbo and straight cut gears. Love it. Going to have a lot of fun taking this to the Streets of Long Beach.

 

EVO X – Custom 3.5″ MAF And Intake

AEM and AMS both make an EVO X  intake with larger than stock 3″ cross section MAF housings. The larger MAF housing can mess up the fuel trims and when tuned need some fine tuning of the MAF Scaling tables.  But they can help get the last couple HP out of the stock turbo and are a necessity for upgraded turbos. But take the 3″ intake up to 3.5″ and the upgraded turbo really comes alive. We are talking another 20-25 whp up top.

Here are some pics of a custom made 3.5″ MAF housing and cold air intake for an EVO X. ETS makes a nice ready made kit that we’ll often use. But sometimes the best stuff is custom made.  We used a 3.5″ aluminum U-Bend to build the intake pipe and MAF housing and welded on a billet machined AMF sensor mounting plate.

An AEM Dryflow filter with a built in velocity stack 6″ diameter by 9″ long is as large as can be fitted. We also made a full heat shield that incorporated the stock fresh air ducting.

 

 

Road Race Engineering Gift Certificates


Does a lack of last minute gift ideas have you down?  Here is your solution for the EVO or Eclipse junkie in your life! A RRE Gift Certificate. Make that special someone in your life the happiest person on earth Christmas morning! Granted you are already a little miffed that they spend all their spare money and time here. Just try not to be jealous and be an enabler with their Mitsubishi addiction for once :-) 

You can pay by credit card, money order or by PayPal or in person with small unmarked bills. Please e-mail or call for payment options. We prefer a little personal interaction with these to be sure they go to the correct address and person so as to not spoil any surprises.

We can send them to you by regular mail, however at this date a printable version by e-mail works wonders for your sanity.

sales@roadraceengineering.com

 

Heated Seats = Tuning Discount!

It is that time of year again! It looked like we’d have summer weather through December here for a while there :-P

Got heated leather seats in your EVO? That is good for $25 off a dyno tune @ Road Race Engineering from now through the end of February! In the summer we cant run the air conditioning to stay cool while tuning on the dyno but in the winter we can turn up the heat to stay warm :-) A toasty warm tuner makes for a happy tune!

 

Coco – Live Fast Video

We’ve been helping out Chilean BMX racer/freestylist and X Games star Coco Zurita for a couple years now since we found him with some melted brake pads at California Speedway with his EVO X. He and his car have been steadily getting faster and faster over the last couple years since them. Coco’s good friend JC Pieri shot some cool video blending his two passions. His EVO and his bike riding into a movie short. This was shot over two days here at RRE, Downtown LA and at Woodward West where Coco mentors and trains. Enjoy!

 

Matt Dennison – Track Shakedown

Little recap from this past Saturday at Willow Springs Big Track during Global Time Attack

This event was mainly to showcase all the new parts installed and gain beneficial data for this up coming Super Lab Battle. Times weren’t nearly as important compared to how the motor, aero, suspension and other testing parts performed.

The weather was perfect and the attendance of cars impressed. For this event GTA teamed up with Shift-S3ctor which is known for there airstrip racing and the high dollar cars they bring in… With a few notables as a gnarly Porsche Cup car and a track prepped Benz C63, a corvette ZR1 and several decently modded GT-R’s… and then of course all the rag tag GTA track cars we have all come to love…

If you haven’t been to a GTA event, then you you’ve been missing out. As the camaraderie and the friendships you gain are unforgettable. Let alone some of the cars that come out are the fastest in the business of time attack.

As for me, it was an eventful day. This was the first outing with the new Jacks Transmission 2.3 motor and trans, the newly added aero, Robi’s suspension bits, testing unreleased brake components and a slew of other newly added parts. With all I knew I was going into the day with problems sure to come up…

The first problem to arise was the catch can setup, as the current setup as a simple one which proved inoperable. As oil spewed all over the the left side of the engine bay and flowed underneath the chassis. I did over fill the crankcase slightly, so that could have been a leading cause. But once I rigged up (2) separate catches it resolved the excessive blow by.

The second problem was with the undertray not having enough support in the center of it. That resulted in a gaping rub-hole in the center of the undertray.

The next was suspension needs a little more fine tuning, as the RobiSpec hard bearing kit proved to work as designed or I just need to man up and steer the car right…

All in the the car stayed cool all day long with both the water and oil staying below 220 degrees.

The RRE Scot Gray tune performed flawlessly, with no hint of knock or missing a beat.

The test brakes never boiled fluid as I tried my hardest to.

The Jacks Transmission 2.3 motor and trans showed there track worthiness…

To end, I know what needs to be done and hope to complete it all in time for November

God Bless,
-Matt

 

 

Road Race Engineering Collaboration Announced for 2014 Formula Drift Racing Season

After a solid performance in their debut Formula Drift season Berk Technology and Rydquist Racing announces their partnership with industry veteran Road Race Engineering in Santa Fe Springs CA.  Road Race Engineering brings over 20 years of experience from a variety of motorsport disciplines including Pro Rally, time attack, drifting, hill climb and drag racing.  The partnership will help further deepen the field of talent in the up and coming Rydquist Racing Formula Drift Program.

Originally hailing from Gothenburg Sweden, driver Carl Rydquist built his career in European GT car racing and has made appearances and wins in some of the world’s most famous racing events including the 24hrs of Nurburgring, 25hrs of Thunderhill, and the Zandvoort 500.  Rydquist has his sights set on making a big impact on US soil going sideways with Formula Drift.

“Our Top 32 finish at Irwindale was due on large part to the support we have with Road Race Engineering.  Their decades of experience really shines through on and off the track and we couldn’t have asked for a better match.”  Carl Rydquist – Driver/Team Owner – Rydquist Racing.

“Road Race Engineering is excited to represent our partners in 2014 on the Formula Drift circuit and show the world what our capabilities are on the race track.  This also gives us the opportunity to show our clientele how deep our experience is with different engine packages ranging from small displacement import motors to big displacement domestic V8’s.”  Rossy Welch – Marketing Director, Road Race Engineering.

Rossy Welch looks to further establish their organization as one of the premier Southern California facilities that produces some of the best professional level race cars as well as well rounded street driven performance vehicles.

Road Race Engineering’s president Mike Welch looks to apply his 25 years of motorsports experience to the Rydquist Racing and Berk Technology effort.   Welch is very enthusiastic about the newly forged partnership as the team evolves into an ever family of long time partners in the performance industry.

“It’s a perfect match up with Carl Rydquist and Bryan Berk as they already work closely with some of Road Race Engineering’s already long standing partners.  For over a decade we’ve been very close to their partners ACT Clutch, AEM, Hankook Tire, Turbo by Garrett, and KW Suspension.  Not only do we get to work together on projects using our in house Dynapak dyno, we are now able to get behind this joint effort in Formula Drift.”  Mike Welch – President, Road Race Engineering.

 

The partnership between Berk Technology and Rydquist spans three years and has proven to be a potent combination.  The pair looks to continue their formula for success in Formula Drift in 2014.

“We’re very fortunate to team up with such a solid organization.  Road Race Engineering brings a lot of energy and talent to the program and after the Irwindale finals I can say that we are already off to a fantastic start.  We are a sophomore team and we can only move straight up the ladder from here.  2014 already looks like it’s going to be a fantastic year for Berk Technology and our partners.”  Bryan Min – President, Berk Technology

 

 

 

Joon Maeng Formula D – Round 6 – San Antonio, Texas

We are just back from the 6th round of the 2013 Formula D championship in Texas. We were supporting Joon Maeng in his Lucas Oil – MAV TV RRE LS-13. Joon’s car just went through a round of serious weight reduction by Nate. He tried centralizing the weight in the rear a little more and well as a second round of weight reduction on the front end.

YouTube Preview Image

The light weight and revised suspension that Nate built made the car incredible. Joon said that the car is a serious championship contender as it sits now after dialing it in throughout the year.

This is the first year of  running at Texas World Speedway for the Formula D series. Everyone was a little off, quite a few upsets in qualifying had everyone surprised. \Yet it was cool seeing several smaller privateers get into the top 32. Joon qualified decent at 26th place with a 79 point run, but luck put him up against this year’s points leader Michael Essa. Tough first round for sure and Joon didn’t get to move on to the top 16.

We were also helping out with the Rydquist Racing – Berk Technologies LS-1 powered 350Z. Carl gave qualifying his best shot but didn’t make it into the top 32. It was his first run with the LS-1 engine. For Round 7 in Irwindale Carl is going to add some NAWZ for a little more power to finish up the season. It will be Turbo LS-1 for 2014!

 

More pics and story Read the rest of this page »