The Struggle 2015 Vol. 4

Some of you keen observers may have noticed that the hood new hood was already on the car… Well ya that happened as well. Thankfully in the background of all the cutting and chopping and wiring and welding Wasp composites was working on our new and much lighter carbon fiber hood. Along with the hood Singular Motorsports and Rami were working on the hood louder design in an effort to ensure that we have the best available airflow and move the most amount of heat out of the engine bay.

   
These were designed after we did extensive testing on the body to know exactly where we would get the most amount of heat extraction. Some might thing that oh they are just louvers that could not have taken that long… Well let’s just say that we like to ensure that our designs are going to be successful. That is why Rami was the head of this task, he has constantly proven himself in these situations proving to be the best organized as well as the greatest level of detail covering all the angles.

  I was lucky enough to have Richard help with the most fun part of the project… Cutting the carbon fiber to fit in the new louvers.
Richard also stuck around to start the next task which was tryin for a 3rd time to add the fender flares. A side note, I attempted to get another set of flares from a dealer online which I asked numerous times about fitment and low and behold they were complete crap. Even better was after I received them and reported back about the poor fitment he then sold them for half price indicating poor fitment but wouldn’t help me out… So screw that guy. This time I finally got we a company that cared about their products fitment and looks. Juggaurnaut Aero Designs came out with a very good looking set of fender flares that are tailored to fit my year (as well as basically any other year or model of Subaru).

Check out those Snap On tools in action!

  
Occasionally we all start to lose our minds…. The build process is starting to really get to everyone as we are all dying to get back to the track and get on the part where we go fast. Although things are about to take a very interesting turn and then we have to get ready for Subiefest in a hurry!!!

   

Alex and Oscar on the other hand were just prepping for the new power plant and working on their Fast and the Furious faces.

 When the new Full Race Manifold and BorgWarner turbo shows up and people get a little excited!
   

One thing to note, everyone on this team has a full time day job which means everyone is working on this project voluntarily and without any compensation. Every drop of our free time goes into this and when I say that around May we started to work on the project every Saturday and Sunday every week for 10-14 hours a day. Some are planning, some are building, some are just beating our heads against the wall. But without a doubt each member of the team is giving it their all. I cannot thank them enough or show enough gratitude to them for the amount of energy that they put into this team. 
Thank you to all my sponsors and supporters!

<a href=”http://www.yimisport.com”>Yimi Sport Tuning</a>

<a href=”http://www.lostartliquids.com”>Lost Art Liquids</a>

<a href=”http://www.full-race.com”>Full-Race Motorsports</a>

Borg Warner 

<a href=”http://www.scatcrankshafts.com”>Scat Crankshafts</a>

<a href=”http://www.jepistons.com”>JE Pistons</a> 

<a href=”http://www.supertechperformance.com”>Supertech Performance</a> 

<a href=”http://www.killerbmotorsport.com”>Killer B Motorsport</a>

<a href=”http://www.advancedclutchtechnology.com”>Advanced Clutch Technology</a> 

<a href=”http://waspcomposites.com/blog”>Wasp Composites</a>

<a href=”http://www.swiftsprings.net”>Swift Springs</a>

<a href=”http://www.aclraceseries.com”>ACL Race Bearings</a>

<a href=”http://www.mil-spec.org”>Mil Spec</a>

<a href=”http://www.aprperformance.com”>APR Performance</a>

<a href=”http://www.mackin-ind.com”>Rays</a&gt;

<a href=”http://www.mackin-ind.com”>Project Mu</a>

AP Racing

<a href=”http://www.gtspec.com”>GTSPEC</a&gt;

<a href=”http://www.whiteline.com.au”>Whiteline</a&gt;

<a href=”http://fuelinjectorclinic.com”>Fuel Injector Clinic</a>

<a href=”http://www.outfrontmotorsports.com”>Outfront Motorsports</a>

<a href=”http://socalporting.com”>SoCal Porting</a>

<a href=”http://aeromotiveinc.com”>Aeromotive</a>&nbsp;

<a href=”http://www.power-division.com/home.php”>GSC Power Division</a> 

<a href=”http://www.koherentworkz.com”>Koherent Chassis Workz</a>

 

The Struggle 2015 Vol. 1

Super Lap Battle is the largest Time Attack event in North America and the preparation is just as large. For instance you could easily say that it took from SLB 2014 til SLB 2015 for my STI to be prepped for this event… Or you could say that we made so many changes and ran into about every obstacle possible going through the build we thought would be completed in just a few short months and it turn into a year. This volume of articles will cover the struggle that was our build out from the 2015 season or event as it turned out. 

   

We also were prepping to bring the car back to Pierce Motorsports and have him add on to our cage as Mod/Limited then allows for more additions that will help with ridgity. 

  

The motor needed to come out as well for a check up. It was a very good thing that we did this being what we found… All four of our rods had been bent and the cylinder bores had been damaged. If we did not break 5th gear during super lap battle and tried to run Redline Time Attack ACS Roval the likelyhood of a catastrophic failure was very high.
  
We started with great optimism and tons of pizza working on changing our dominant street class car into a dominant Mod/Limited class car. This process involved cutting weight on the car as much as possible, adding larger and more aero components, and why not add more power! Now when I saw that doesn’t it sound like a weekend or so worth of work? HAHA boy when you start to really write out this list of items to be accomplished it really begins to take on a new meaning.   

  

We had to tube the front of the ar being how much rubbing that kept occurring throughout the last 2 years, although we were going to be pushing the wheels and tires out wider with a different offset and flares we decided at this time it would be better safe than sorry.

 

We began with the items that would cost the least, which is busting out the sawzall, grinder and drill and taking off anything and everything that we didn’t need. This is where things can get a little tricky, you are making decisions that could easily cost you more work later on if you are wrong so keep in mind we always thought about it quite a bit before cutting. Although I must admit this is the part that I particularly excel at especially the part where you get to cut and hammer. Along with cutting weight with metal reduction Gil and Oscar also went to town working on the wiring harness cutting out any unused wires and connectors. 

   

Most people would run very very far from this task but Gil and Oscar jumped on it and worked through the entire harness cutting off what we did not need.
 
The next item on our list was to install our new Fortune Auto Dreadnought Pro coil overs and then try to figure out how to fit our new Yokahama Advan RGIII wheels and more importantly 295 wide tires! As anyone with a GD Subaru knows fitting 255 or 265s are difficult so going wider than that is down right a pain in the ass. So I looking around and found some overfenders but being the company that made them were crap and wouldn’t back up their product. So I then had to buy another set but that was only after we made the attempt to make our own which really did not go very well.

 

 We chose a set of Yokahama Advans wrapped in Hankook TDs.
 Everyone got into the mix as cutting and hacking is a great stress reliever.

Next up we actually put something on the car!!!

Thank you to all my sponsors and supporters!

<a href=”http://www.yimisport.com”>Yimi Sport Tuning</a>

<a href=”http://www.lostartliquids.com”>Lost Art Liquids</a>

<a href=”http://www.full-race.com”>Full-Race Motorsports</a>

Borg Warner 

<a href=”http://www.scatcrankshafts.com”>Scat Crankshafts</a>

<a href=”http://www.jepistons.com”>JE Pistons</a> 

<a href=”http://www.supertechperformance.com”>Supertech Performance</a> 

<a href=”http://www.killerbmotorsport.com”>Killer B Motorsport</a>

<a href=”http://www.advancedclutchtechnology.com”>Advanced Clutch Technology</a> 

<a href=”http://waspcomposites.com/blog”>Wasp Composites</a>

<a href=”http://www.swiftsprings.net”>Swift Springs</a>

<a href=”http://www.aclraceseries.com”>ACL Race Bearings</a>

<a href=”http://www.mil-spec.org”>Mil Spec</a>

<a href=”http://www.aprperformance.com”>APR Performance</a>

<a href=”http://www.mackin-ind.com”>Rays</a&gt;

<a href=”http://www.mackin-ind.com”>Project Mu</a>

AP Racing

<a href=”http://www.gtspec.com”>GTSPEC</a&gt;

<a href=”http://www.whiteline.com.au”>Whiteline</a&gt;

<a href=”http://fuelinjectorclinic.com”>Fuel Injector Clinic</a>

<a href=”http://www.outfrontmotorsports.com”>Outfront Motorsports</a>

<a href=”http://socalporting.com”>SoCal Porting</a>

<a href=”http://aeromotiveinc.com”>Aeromotive</a>&nbsp;

<a href=”http://www.power-division.com/home.php”>GSC Power Division</a> 

<a href=”http://www.koherentworkz.com”>Koherent Chassis Workz</a>

  

Remembering Ivo

  
Many people know Ivo for his astounding Subaru 22B build; it is a build that people will stop and take a picture of no matter if they are on the freeway or a sidestreet. It has also brought up more conversations between car guys than you can imagine, it is that iconic.

    

 One of the most amazing and impressive features of the car was that it is still registered on the street and Ivo would drive it on the constant. He would take it on canyon runs or just cruise to pick up some food. Even with all the accolades that he received for the car he was incredibly humble and always asked other people about their builds and was genuinely interested.

The first time I came into contact with Ivo was when he was working with their massively impressive BMW racecar. It’s attention to detail left you instantly impressed and asking questions of all sorts.  

Although most knew Ivo for the cars he built the lucky ones were able to take the time and get to know him for the man he was. Through our time at the track and the times off I was able to be one of the lucky ones that were able to call him my friend and got to enjoy the time spent with him. He was able to touch many people through cars and motorsports.

  
Our trip to Road Atlanta for a Global Time Attack event was definitely an experience I will not forget and I am sure everyone on the 2 teams won’t either.

   
   
Ivo of Renner Motorsports was a man that will be remembered by everyone he came into contact with as a man that would do anything for anyone. He went out of his way to make your life better, whether it was to congratulate you on an excellent lap or help you fix the problem that everyone said was unfixable. He was well loved by everyone as the outpouring from the entire community showed the level of admiration that people have for him.

 
I know that I will always remember Ivo and I can only hope to be as good a man as he was.   

Thank you for everything Ivo, I am proud to have been able to call you friend and will miss you greatly.

 Photo credit: Import Tuner

This campaign was created for those friends of Ivo and Renner Motorsport who want to help in some way. He is survived by his two 9 year old twin boys, and his wife. The funds will go to his two boys college fund and future endeavors. I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. The amount of support from the community is overwhelming.

https://www.paypal.me/mrbrando&nbsp;

(no fee if friends and family)

or

https://www.gofundme.com/renner

Race In Paradise Ivo

12-7-69 to 12-6-15

  

New Season, New Class, Big Upgrades

After the amazing 2014 season the build for the 2015 season started instantly at Yimi Sport Tuning although first we had to fix what we broke at Super Lap Battle which was the transmission as it tends to be, although this time it was 5th gear instead of the usual 4th. 

 

With the transmission pulled the decision then came to pull the motor and send it to Outfront Motorsports to evaluate the condition. An interesting piece of usual Forum talk is about the use of GSC cams and there wear on different items in the head. Lets just say that it appears to be just another form of some of the usual garbage that you find on the forums from guys that improperly installed or broke the new parts in.  Now GSC Power Division is producing Billet cams for the EJ series motors as well as many more. My JE Pistons, Scat Crankshaft and JE Pro Seal head gaskets all looked perfect. 

 

Now one of the largest upgrades the car will see is a larger set of wheels and tire and being that I wanted to use a set of wheels that will be able to withstand the abuse from berms and dropping tires which is why I called up Mackin Industries and got a set of 18×10.5 +25 Yokohama Advan RGIII’s. Besides the fact that they are astonishing to lay your eyes upon they are some of the strongest wheels available. They are going to allow for the use of tires ranging from 275-295.  

 

The next big item to allow for more grip to be added was a set of the Fortune Auto Dreadnought Pro 2 way adjustable coilovers. We were lucky enough to team up with them and with their amazing product support, customer service and overall product we have high hopes for what these will give back to us. As well as new coilovers we installed a few other of the few Whiteline suspension products such as the rear anti-sway bar mount seen below.

 Now before we could add anything we needed to take out some items to allow Pierce Motorsports to go through and add to our cage that they had done for us last year. One of the items was going ahead and doing the dash bar and connecting to the front suspension mounts. Now besides the cage we pulled the wiring harness out and did some custom cutting and pulled what we could off of it in efforts to get rid of some weight and complexity.  Thinking oh just cutting some wires is easy right… yaaaa  With all the wiring being cut we called up AEM Electronics for their AQ-1 Data logger and a slew of gauges which will help our understanding of what is going on in the motor as well as what our aero package is doing. We are just about finished with the installation with much more information coming on this.  These AEM Electronics digital gauges are amazing and with the ability to be changed to whatever gauge you want (within reason such as oil temp to water temp) or switching the gauge faces from black to white. I would also imagine creating your own custom faces would be a very easy task.  The wiring continues, and with everything tested out a permanent connector would then be applied.

 

Much more to come… So stay tuned!