We’d like to congratulate last week’s NASCAR Winners, Jimmie Johnson in Nextel Cup and Kyle Busch in the Nationwide series. Both deserve their success, and we are thrilled to be a small part of that success.
Finally, after 6 years, the car moved under its own power. Rather than wax poetic about rounding bends and journeys coming to a close, I will sum it up by saying that it’s pretty bloomin’ awesome to have made it to this point.
I’m pretty stoked. As you can probably tell from the sound in the video, that’s a set of open headers you’re listening to. Not nearly as loud as I had thought it would be, but not quiet either. After I took this video as proof, I fired it up and put it in first gear to make sure that the car moved. It does, with no issues. The clutch feels perfect and I can’t wait for the roads to be washed this spring so I can take the car out for some real driving. Alas, I am getting ahead of myself.
All 4 lights working
I should document the fix for the oil leak. It turns out the only 3 people that ever had this problem were the people that bought this product from HMS Motorsport. We used to have a guy working here who sent these items out to a machine shop and had them tapped to a US Pipe Thread size. No big deal, but if you’re trying to figure out what hydraulic fitting to order, why would you think that a part from Germany is anything but metric thread? A few sets of fittings later, I arrived at a set of 3/8NPT to AN-10 adapters that work beautifully. Live and learn.
So once i got the oil system buttoned up and the garage full of exhaust fumes, I decided to tackle all the other little naggling problems. The high beams didn’t work, and for once in my life it was the simple fix – the fuses had blown. After realizing this and getting the right fuses in for the H1/H4 upgrade – all is well with the lighting.
I then modified the plastic engine covers to fit with each other. I had to grind down and/or cut a little bit off the fuel rail cover to make it fit with the 318/M3 cowl covers. This was quite easy with a nice straight cut hobby saw and a dremel. With fresh plastics, the engine is really starting to look good.
Fresh and Clean
No shield yet.
Tie Rod Boots
A friend of mine helped out and threw together a heat shield for the intake out of cardboard. It looks really great – and allows for complete thermal separation from the rest of the engine bay. It does this while still allowing for the ABS Unit and cruise control. Definitely a good thing. You can see my “hot air” intake here, which is the largest air filter I could fit. The shield is not in the picture as it’s still in cardboard. I plan on measuring everything and picking up some metal while the car is out at VSR for exhaust work. I also finally closed up the tie rod boots, locking the plates onto the inner tie rods.
There are still little things to be taken care of. I buttoned up the toe/alignment and camber setup, but ran into a very lame problem. I installed the Ireland Engineering Adjustable Rear Camber/Toe brackets. This is pretty cool, except there is little to no room to tighten the final nut on the outboard side. I purchased a cheap 18mm wrench to “massage” so that I could get it on the nut and turn it. I managed to tighten the passenger side with no issues. When I got to the driver’s side, the wrench opened up into a 19mm since I had to take so much material off the wrench. I will probably just go buy another cheap wrench and hope that it holds together long enough to tighten the last nut.
I have to finish mounting the rear M-Technic bumper cover – I was missing some hardware to button that up until this past week. Then it’s time to run speaker wire for the stereo, and wait for the snow to melt.
We’d like to Congratulate the SpeedSource team on their win, and are proud to have supplied them with their SCHROTH racing harnesses.
The past weekend marked the start of the 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series with the 48th running of the iconic Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. The ‘twice-around-the-clock’ race pushes drivers, crew and car to the extreme edge of endurance. For the SpeedSource team, the start of the season brought a refreshing change of scenery after having spent the offseason building a fleet of Mazda racecars for Grand-Am competition. A solid performance from the entire crew and strong running for the #70 Castrol Syntec SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 brought home Mazda’s 23rd class win at the historic race as well as SpeedSource’s 2nd win in three years.
It was business as usual for the entire SpeedSource crew when the #70 RX-8 rolled off the trailer ready to race. Minor adjustments were made to improve driver comfort and vehicle handling during the early practice sessions. This proved to be time well spent as team owner/driver Sylvain Tremblay qualified the car in the 3rd spot.
A rain soaked start to the race led to a change in race strategy: the team decided it was best to be safe and run conservative lap times to keep the car safe and damage free. The decision proved to be effective as the car was running with the class leaders during the opening hours of the race. All things changed, however, when heavy contact inflicted by a Daytona Prototype car sent the #70 Castrol Syntec SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 into the garage during the night. The crew quickly diagnosed and repaired the damage and sent the car back onto the racetrack having fallen behind the GT-Class leader by 6 laps. From then on the innate Mazda underdog determination and the ‘will to never give up’ took flight. Slowly and methodically, the team plucked away at the class leaders until eventually taking over the class lead in the 20th hour of the race.
The SpeedSource team never looked back and continued to extend their lead to almost 4 laps to take the GT-Class win.
“I am so proud of the effort from the entire crew, the drivers, and our friends at Mazda for this win,” recalled Sylvain Tremblay. “This win is really dedicated to all of our Mazda dealers and the over 9,000 club racers who continue to support and maintain the thrill of owning and driving a Mazda car.”