22nd Nov2018

CAMcast 146: The Millennium Draft!

by Michael Chandler

Happy Thanksgiving!  We’re thankful you’re spending some time listening us.  We won’t start some dumb argument with you, or spring a secret family on you.  We won’t embarrass you… like that anyway.

First we shoutout Alex and Trenton for organizing our GT Sport challenges.  Want to get in on those?  Support us on Patreon for the low, low price of $5 a month, and you’ll get access to that, our secret Facebook group, and exclusive content!

Then we get into a Track/Daily/Crush submission from Brandon McConkey, which pits modern Dave against neo-classic and true classic Dave.

Then we get into the topic of the week: we fantasy draft cars fro the turn of the millennium!  Cars that were either debuted, or had a new generation introduced between 1997 and 2003.  It gets messy, but it’s good.  Let us know who you thought won, and what your choices are by shooting us an email!

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19th Nov2018

Cut It Up!: The PowerNeedy S2000

by Michael Chandler

You guys remember Rhett, right?  Had that really cool Integra GSR, ran time trial in NASA Utah with it.  Ringing a bell?  If so: good!  If not: click that link, read it, then get back here.  Anyway, he”s back with a new car!  He sold, or traded, the Integra and now he’s traipsing around in the best Miata ever: an S2000!

Of course it’s making crazy power.  It wouldn’t be his car if it wasn’t.  Hanging off the DocRace manifold is a Turbo by Garrett Gen 2 GTX 3582R (just like what Hert has on the Twerkstallion).  Attached to that is a PowerNeedy downpipe, and oval stainless steel exhaust, that exits right out the center of the rear bumper.  A 45mm Turbosmart Hyper-Gate wastegate and electronic boost solenoid regulate boost, and a set of Injector Dynamics ID2000cc injectors make sure there’s enough fuel for all that air being crammed into the engine.  He then hit it with the Science of Speed catalog.  SoS is represented by a catch can, V Mount intercooler and twin pass radiator, surge tank system, axle spacers, billet twin disc carbon clutch, and flywheel.  Most people would be cool with that, but not Rhett.  Oh no…

NOPE! He also hit the suspension with the SoS catalog a few times! Spherical suspension joints, extended ball joints, and bump steer joints join billet aluminum reservoir clamps and non-compliance toe joints.  Somehow the camber ball joints are from SPC and not SoS, but you can’t win em all.  There’s a Gendron Motorsports sway bar up front, and on all four corners are RZ RS dampers with Eibach springs on them.  Those Eibachs are 1100lb/in in the front, and 1000lb/in in the rear.  Why?  BECAUSE THIS IS NOT A GAME!!!

You may notice that this body work is familiar.  If you’re weeb trash like myself, you’ll know that this is the J’s Racing Type GT widebody in all carbon.  It provides all the street cred one could need, and is actually functional!  I asked him why he went with an off the shelf kit, as opposed to getting buck in the garage.  Here’s what he told me

Make no mistake I really enjoy cutting stuff up and making parts, as I have changed many things on the wide body kit to make it better. Seriously though if something is already manufactured that has been wind tunnel tested and proven why start from scratch? Just because you can make it doesn’t always mean its the best or most cost effective approach. We do this as an after hours shop so making time to work on cars can be very limited. On some things like the J’s Type-GT wide body kit that puts you leaps and bounds ahead of the curve even though we have made many changes to improve its functionality.

And about adding stuff to make it better.  He made and installed hood and fender vents.  There’s that big ass APR GT-1000 swan neck wing that’s attached to the chassis for maximum effect.  That hood vent necessitated the cutting of the Seibon hood, carbon fiber of course.  And the Seibon carbon trunk kind kits around the wing. Oh, and there’s MORE SCIENCE OF SPEED STUFF HERE TOO!  Just some tow hooks, but still.  And the hard top isn’t some super rare, carbon-kevlar piece of magic.  It’s just the OEM one.

The interior is just as much business as the outside is.  Which is to say: nothing but.  Race TechnologyDASH2 Pro dash, CAN and GoPro interfaces, and data logging capture and relate all the information Rhett needs to improve lap times.  He maneuvers the roided up roadster with a 350mm Sparco wheel.  He has another Cobra Evolution seat in this Honda, and a full on fire suppression system.  This si the last of the SoS stuff: a NSX Type S shift knob, AND AN ENTIRE ROLL CAGE.

Because the car is serious business, it runs on serious tires.  Hoosier A7’s to be exact.  He’s got 18×11 and 18×12 Forgestar wheels, and behind those massive rollers are StopTech brakes.  Up front he has the C43 system, and in the rear is the ST22.  Despite the different kits in the front and rear, he’s running one pad compound: the StopTech race compound.

I like the S2000, I really do.  BUT I was curious as to why Rhett went with one, instead of another front wheel drive chassis, or even an NSX. 

The S2000 still to this day has massive amount of aftermarket support, and parts availability. The aftermarket availability for aero, turbo kits, suspension, etc.. is still plentiful and being developed despite the fact the last S2000 was discontinued almost 10 years ago. I will always have a passion for the NSX and the majority of the FWD Hondas. The issue with the NSX are parts are very expensive, as they made very few of them, and the aftermarket availability is very limited. We were pioneers for going fast in a turbo FWD Honda and helped shape some of the current big names direction to get where they are now. I really enjoy problem solving, designing, and creating to overcome a problem, but when we started to make the integra really fast and competitive the parts that were available through manufactures began to fail far to frequently, and being a privateer, it became too expensive to keep the integra on the track.

Fair enough.  This car is amazing, and as is evident in his performance at Super Lap Battle the S2000 is one of the chassis to beat for the RWD classes.  I’m just glad this thing gets on the track, as opposed to be a garage queen/hard parker.

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08th Jun2018

Garage Kyusha Spring Matsuri 2018

by Michael Chandler

It was that magical time of year, the time where all the classic J Tin you know and love came out to Veteran’s Memorial Park in Taylorsville.  Everything from Skylines to Corollas made it out, hell even a Mitsubishi Delica showed up!

See?  Now cuddle up with a kitten and a frosty cold Bepis, and enjoy this giant gallery

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22nd Sep2017

Behind The Scenes with the NSX

by Michael Chandler

It wasn’t all video with Omar’s NSX.  We also grabbed some photos!  Let’s talk about a few of them really quick.

On the drive up Omar hit some “debris” in the road, which necessitated a quick cleaning of the TE37s.

Gavin, Omar, and myself were joined by Zoe Kuball (@zoekphotographs on Instagram) and her modified Evo 8.  She snapped some awesome photos as well, and you should go check her stuff out.

These kids were excited about the NSX.  They also offered a penny for it.  Damn kids…  Anyway, here’s a gallery!

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21st Sep2017

CAMcast: Do We Like The New Camry?

by Dave Rawley

Hello and welcome to this episode of the CAMcast!  I have a question for you: What happens when one host is in France and the other has been missing for months?  You get Dave and Mike running through the agenda!  And they go off on weird tangents…  But they do talk about some stuff:

  • The Singapore Gran Prix was interesting for a few minutes
  • McLaren and Honda’s break up is weird, and bigger than them
  • We could see French things aside from Gavin!
  • Will we see a 300C Hellcat?
  • Adventures in midsized sedans

And of course your emails, social media comments and questions, and we even get a text!  Thank you for listening!  If you haven’t yet, subscribe, rate, and comment on this podcast on wherever you get this thing.  Check out the site for more awesome content, follow us on social media, and buy a shirt or seven!  We’ll be back next week with more audiological shenanigans!

Music, as always, by Mathusaworm.  Check them out!

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18th Sep2017

The Driving Experience: Omar’s NSX

by Gavin Pouquette

The new NSX is a marvel of modern technology: hybrid power, advanced manufacturing techniques, an ECU that’s smarter than you.  But what about the old one?  On this episode of The Driving Experience, Mike and I hop in Omar Vargas’s NSX and see what a world changing super car was like in 1991.

Music by Mathusaworm

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07th Sep2017

CAMcast: NSX’s and No Coast

by Michael Chandler

Hey everybody!  Welcome to this episode of the CAMcast!  Mike, Dave, and Gavin talk about what they did over the holiday weekend, and they also talk some news and read some mail.  News such as:

  • The BMW 8 Series will be getting a Gran Coupe variant
  • Ken Block hoons a CanAm side by side
  • LMP1 rules are changing… again…
  • Could Porsche get back into F1?
  • We try to give advice about a ridiculous engine swap

Thank you for joining us again, and we appreciate it.  We’re still raising funds for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, so head to the shop and grab the shirt!  Spread the word about that, the podcast, and all the other stuff we do!  We’ll be back with Nick Stucky next week to talk more No Coast Bash.

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24th Aug2017

CAMcast 50

by Michael Chandler

Hello everybody!  And welcome to the 50th episode of the CAMcast!  Yeah, we’ve done 50 of these.  To mark this special occasion we decided to have a very cathartic episode, and talk about our driving pet peeves!  Yes, the things that bother us the most are what this episode is about!  We also talk some news

  • Chinese manufacturer Great Wall might buy FCA?
  • The BMW Z4 is real and gorgeous
  • F1 doesn’t like Honda
  • Ferrari re-signs one driver
  • Ariel is building a ridiculous new car

Thank you for listening to us go on for all of these episodes! We sit in this basement and ramble for us, but we keep posting it because you guys and gals dig it.  Please subscribe to us wherever you find us (iTunes, Google Play, your favorite podcast app, or just via RSS), and leave us comments and a rating of some sort.  It helps us get seen, which helps us grow, which will allow us to do more crazy stuff.  We’ll be back next week with episode 51!

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17th Aug2017

CAMcast: SUPER DOUBLE BONUS EPISODES

by Michael Chandler

Hello everyone, and welcome to this special SUPER BONUS DOUBLE EPISODE!  We have two great interviews for you today, and the first one is with up and coming Global Time Attack driver Jamie Moreno!  She sat down with Mike and Dave, got on the tangent train, but still managed to talk about how she got into GTA, climbing up the HPDE ladder in NASA Utah, sponsors, and being a lady in the modern world of racing.  She also talks news, and agrees to be the hot shoe in our Panther platform racer.

SPEAKING OF THAT, we’ve got a contest for you!  You can win yourself a The Racing Chica hat and shirt if you come up with a name for our new team!  We’re driving a Crown Vic, and it’s Mike, Dave, and Jamie.  Use that information, or freestyle it.  Best name gets the gear!

Follow Jamie on her social media, check out her blog, and buy some gear and help her out!

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The Racing Chica Blog

The Racing Chica Merch!

Part two of our Super Double Bonus Episode features someone who has climbed the mountain, and is making a living turning wheels.  When you think of a racing driver, you probably think of the robots in F1, or the NASCAR drivers who thank every sponsor when they get asked any question.  Well, Ryan is a driver unlike those guys.  He’s just like any of us, except he happens to get paid to drive one of the RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3s in Pirelli World Challenge.  He sat with me for an hour, which I didn’t expect, and we talked about his podcast (Dinner With Racers), the Bad Boy of Sportscar PR, kei vans, friendship, and how Spencer Pumpelly maybe killed a guy.  

We also talked about his charitable efforts, most notably him raising money for Neurofibromitosis research and awareness.  He does the Cupid’s Undie Run to raise money for it, and you should kick him a few bucks.  He’s a great follow on social media, which is also a great place to see when and where you can donate!

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And buy an Acura!

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13th Jul2017

CAMcast: Dad Gets Us Up To Date On F1

by Michael Chandler

Hey hey hey everybody!  Welcome to this episode of the CAMcast!  Dad (yea, he’s back!), Mike and Dave congregate in the basement and go over some rumors, late breaking news, and some of your correspondence, including a late question from CAM co-founder Trent.  On this episode’s agenda we have:

  • A massive Formula 1 update from Pizza Dad
  • Lamborghini being courted as an IndyCar engine supplier
  • And them maybe getting into GTE-Pro and/or DPi
  • The Penske-Honda DPi is real, and is the Acura ARX-05 DPi
  • Volvo isn’t going full electric just yet

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