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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


#CZGTR77 SEMA Crunch and Debut

Three short weeks ago, Coco Zurita’s GTR made an appearance at RRE to get ready for SEMA.  Since then, the car has been totally redone!  Since it made the debut Tuesday at the SEMA Show, we’re excited to finally release all the details.

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First, we started working on installing the Rocket Bunny widebody kit in the middle of October.  Don’t mind us, we’re just taking a sawzall to a $100,000 car here.  We test fit the brand new intake manifold, and thanks to another great Greddy product, had no issues.

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We continued to massage the body kit install for the next couple of days, before we were able to take a look at the fitment on the new rear wing and diffuser.  Looking good so far, but the timeline was SHORT!  At this point, we only had about two weeks until it was time to hit the road and get to the show.


The next day, we got to install the brand new Project Mu brake pads and rotors – if you’re at the SEMA show this week, be sure to look at all the details on this build.  Great sponsors really made this little details awesome.  The Greddy titanium exhaust went on.  It looks great, performs well, basically weighs nothing, and really sounds killer.

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We were waiting on more parts to show up, but in the meantime, Coco’s sponsor Red Bull came through to keep us caffeinated.  Long nights of SEMA prep start to take a serious toll.


Next, we got the Volk TE37s delivered in, and mounted a fresh set of Nitto NT01s .  Not much room to spare when all was said and done – just how we like it!_1210209

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Considering the timeline on this project, things were moving along great, but about this point in the build, we had to pick up the pace.  With just a few days to go until it was time to leave for SEMA we found out that a vinyl wrap just wasn’t going to happen.  Plan B: time to paint. If any of you have painted a car (even a nice, reasonably new one), you know how much prep work is required.  It was all hands on deck at this point.


We also got the new KW V3’s installed, and the car was seriously sitting pretty.

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The interior went back in…

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Detailing got done, stickers went on, and it the CZGTR77 started to look like a real car again.

The car went back together with barely enough time to get to Vegas for show setup.  We made it out the door Monday morning, and got to the show with seconds to spare.


It was a rough three weeks of show prep, but there’s no doubt it was worth.  If you’re at the SEMA Show this week, be sure to swing by the Zeitronix booth in Central Hall (24223) to check out the final product—she’s beautiful and thanks to the help of Zeitronix, she runs great.  We’re proud to have gotten the opportunity to have to many sleepless nights of work on this build.


Mitsubishi Owners Day 2015

Last weekend, we had the opportunity to check out the annual Mitsubishi Owners’ Day at the Mitsubishi Motors headquarters.

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RRE Team Driver Canaan O’Connell and models Erika Ocampo and Olivia Korte talked to fans and signed all day, and we got to hear the Jem FX/Jet Black Racing car, and it’s crazy anti-lag.


The show stayed packed all day, and the dyno stayed busy.



Check the gallery for more photos!

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JemFX-RRE EVO 7 Feature Video by Electric Federal

This video was shot earlier this year for the /DRIVE+ Channel on Youtube as a subscription only feature. It hasbeen released now to the public at large on the Electric Fedral Youtube Channel and here it is:

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From Electric Federal:

Published on Jul 13, 2015

After ten iterations, the Evo is about to kick the bucket with no real successor in sight. We decided to pay homage to a modern tuner icon.

In our latest EF release, which first aired back in March on /Drive+, we profile two significant players in the Mitsu Evo realm: Mike Welch, the West Coast’s premier Mitsu tuner, and Canaan O’Connell, an up-and-coming star in the racing world. RRE and JemFX Motorsports make for a fun, mildly chaotic combination.
We had so much fun that we decided to profile their race at Pikes Peak in 4K.

No, we don’t just mean GoPro 4K. We mean all sorts of footage in 4K. We’ll update you on that soon.

Special Thanks to:

+ Mike Welch and Road Race Engineering:
+ Elia Popov and JemFX Motorsports:
+ Canaan’s parents for making Canaan (and therefore a cool subject)
+ Mitsubishi Motors for building (and then sadly killing) the Evo:

Credits to:
- Matt Genesis as Director/Editor
- Rony Karkar (a.k.a. “Ronky”) as Colorist
- Ian Norum on Camera
- Chris Belizzi as Grip
- Andrew Montiveo as Producer





Pike’s Peak Testing

We were able to get to Pikes Peak for some serious testing last week, and now we’re more ready than ever.  Canaan had a good few runs on the mountain, and we’re confident in his abilities as a driver.  He’s building a great driving record, and we’re happy to have him on the team.


Two very early mornings of testing is all that we get, so we made the most out of last Saturday and Sunday.  We tweaked and made and adjustments as we went, and got the car as dialed in as it can be for the unique racing environment that is the high altitude mountain course.


Roy Narvaez wasn’t on the course this weekend, though he’s been making his final adjustments for Pike’s Peak as well.

With just 10 days to go, we’re looking forward to supporting the RRE team at Pike’s Peak.  Keep on eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for up to the minute updates starting June 26.


Hankook Tire to Sponsor Team Road Race Engineering

We are excited to be partnering with Hankook Tire for our four team cars covering four different racing series this year.  With the right team and sponsors now in place, we’re looking for major successes across the board.

Hankook has graciously agreed to sponsor the following cars as part of our team lineup:

Canaan O’Connell pilots the Road Race Engineering Mitsubishi Evo 7 as an active part of the Road Race Engineering/Jet Black/JEM FX Motorsports Racing team.  The car is currently running NASA, and will be at Global Time Attack events, as well as Pikes Peak this year.  The left hand drive Evo 7 is running on Hankook F200 280/650/R18 tires, which will keep him planted on the track.


The Road Race Engineering Mitsubishi Evo 6, driven by Dr. Alex Marmureanu will run on Hankook F200 280/650/R18.  Dr. Alex’s Evo 6 has been built and tuned Road Race Engineering, has been a part of the RRE race team for years, and has been featured at the SEMA Show as part of the team. Dr Alex runs with the Porsche Club of America and the Porsche Owner’s Club in both the Time Trial events and also wheel to wheel road racing.


The Road Race Engineering Mitsubishi Evo 8 is run by Roy Narvaez and will be competing at Pikes Peak this year.  The Narvaez Racing Evo was built and tuned by RRE. This ex James Singer car is running a proven setup of an RRE 2.3 and Garrett GT3582R turbo with an AEM Infinity ECU, and will undoubtedly do well this year on the mountain. After running Pikes Peak, Roy is looking towards getting his road racing license with NASA and running wheel to wheel road race events. Updated livery is currently in the works.



Professional BMX Rider Francisco “Coco” Zurita owns and drives the Road Race Engineering GT-R.  The Nissan GT-R will be a part of the Gumball 3000 rally, Global Time Attack, and SEMA Show marketing efforts.  Tire specs are undecided, but with consultation from the Hankook team, will be an improvement for the team’s racing efforts.




RRE and driver Carl Rydquist first partnered with Hankook for the 2013 Formula Drift season, and the successful partnership led to the continued relationship between the two companies.  Road Race Engineering is grateful for Hankook’s continued support, and is looking forward to representing the tire brand this season.

For more information on Hankook, visit their website.


Bryce at Willow Springs Kart Track

“Dad, when do I get to go to the track to race?” OK, your turn buddy.



Bryce went to the actual Willow Springs Kart Track for the first time this weekend. Over the last year he has done lots of, well “free form” driving in parking lots, the shop cul de sac, playing on the ovals at Willow Springs and up on the Balcony when we’d go testing with the various drift cars. But this is the first time he’s been on a real defined Go Kart track with left and right turns.

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I picked up a full size kart with a 100cc Rotax motor to chase him around and show him some lines. We both figured out pretty quick that you can’t turn and brake at the same time on a kart :-P He drove and drove until he ran out of gas. He pushed it to the pits, filled up and just kept going until at 4:00 we could hardly stand up in the Willow Springs afternoon wind.


Jet Black Racing – RRE – JemFX EVO 7 Fast Laps with Canaan O’Connell at Willow Springs

Here is some pure in car video of the Jet Black Racing RRE EVO 7 running with NASA at Willow Springs on the Big Track. Canaan worked through the weekend to get the lap times down to 1:25. That was good for First Place in the Open Class Time Trial class.

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Video shot and edited by Electric Federal


Jet Black – JemFX – RRE EVO 7 at Buttonwillow GTA Time Attack

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Here is some video from the first round of GTA at Buttonwillow #13 CW. The event was pretty much blown out with rain but we ended up with a 3rd place trophy in the AWD Unlimited class.

We are working with Jet Black Racing and JemFX Motorsports to run this old EVO 7 ex rally car at Pikes Peak in 2015. It started out as a Rhys Millen rally car. Rhys retired it to fast movie car status and had it rigged to support a remote mounted roof top camera crane gizmo and provisions for a camera operator to ride in the back seat area. JemFX is a stunt car and epic fireballs shop and Elia there ended up with it through some horse trading with Rhys. Elia ran the EVO 7 at the Silver State Challenge a few times, getting the fastest 4 cylinder car trap speeds.

Now the car has been fully rebuilt from the ground up with a new cage, track oriented Muellerized Ohlins suspension, a new motor and drivetrain and ever developing aero mods. The goal is running Pikes Peak this year in July with Canaan O’Connell driving. We’ll be running the car at various NASA and GTA events from now through June to further develop the car, the team and the driver.


Carl Rydquist 2014 Formula D Season Wrap Up






Mean Machine. Pre-Season testing with the new Garrett GTX 4088R installed as well as the new C&R Racing NASCAR dogbox, at Willow Springs Oval.



Giving tribute to my friend Paul Walker by supporting his charity organization Reach Out World Wide, I ran the ROWW crest on the hood all season, and #ROWW on the quarter panels of my 350Z V8 Turbo.





Long Beach was one of the best times of the season. Full of fans and friends, and I was excited that the car had become really quick compared to 2013. We also gave a lot of interviews and created a great video from the event.


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Mitsubishi Owner’s Day 2014

Road Race was excited to get involved with Mitsubishi Owner’s Day once again.

We hosted the dyno contest for the day, and were running cars on and off the dyno the whole time.


RRE Family driver Coco Zurita was in the booth, signing autographs and talking to fans all day, alongside RRE model Erica Ocampo.  There was a little something for everybody, and we stayed busy all day.



Thanks again to our sponsors Turbo by Garrett and Turbosmart for helping us out with awesome raffle prizes!