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Friday
Jan142011

Finally…….. An affordable GPS data logging lap timer

Imagine being able to analyse every section of your lap and being able to make small changes to your setup and then reanalyse whether these changes you have made are actually making a difference simply by hooking your lap timer into a laptop and downloading the data. Data acquisition has long been the highest priority of professional racers worldwide but it is only the recent advances in technology that allow companies like QStarz to make a professional quality product at an extremely affordable price. The BT-Q 1000eX lap timer records data at a high speed  rate of 5 hz giving incredibly accurate information. And the best part about it is there is no intricate installation or clumsy lap beacons to leave behind at the race track. You simply Velcro this to the dash turn it on, wait 15 seconds for the sattelite to engage and away you go!

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Sunday
Jan092011

T & E Car Make, Vertex Japan

 Today we are going to take you through the workshop of one of the stalwarts of Japanese D1 competition. Takahiro Ueno and his T & E car Make really are a Japanese success story and it certainly does show how determination, whilst doing something you love doing, can actually pay off. What started as a little business in 1996 to fund his car habit has turned into an extremely profitable venture with branches in the USA, Thailand, Europe and several outlets in Japan.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Mazda RX8SP ready for Targa assault!

With the lessons learnt from Targa High Country, Mazda Motorsport has regrouped and now looks set for an extremely strong showing in the second round of the Australian tarmac rally championship, Targa Wrest Point heading out of Hobart on the 29th January before shooting for outright victory against some extremely strong competition in one of the most prestigious tarmac rallies in the world, the Targa Tasmania in April.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Selecting the best connnecting rods for your engine 

One of the most important and most stressed components in any high performance engine would have to be the connecting rods. These are the link between the crankshaft and the piston and if this particular component fails, the results are often catastrophic! (And expensive!)

Today I will explain what the differences are in the designs and different materials and what causes connecting rod failures. Firstly I will talk about the different designs and I will also add that there is absolutely no “right or wrong” in this game and certain engine builders will always favour a particular design and not always agree with what myself or anyone else writes about design for that matter, so I will go so far as to say what I am writing is merely based upon my own experiences.

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Monday
Dec202010

Tsukuba Time Attack. Up close and personal!

We have already had a look at the cars at Tsukuba this year; I thought it may be interesting to meet some of the people that make the event what it is. Every year the Japanese tuning community converges on Tsukuba circuit in early December with their latest “demo” car to see how it fares against the rest. Two notable differences with the Australian Superlap are firstly the lack of spectators as this is really a closed event with only competitors and their crew really invited, but I did see some other Australians at the event and they said they just walked in and no one said anything but it is certainly not promoted as a spectator event. Secondly an owner/driver is extremely rare as most of the cars are driven by Pro drivers thereby giving the absolute best possible result for the team and meaning most of the drivers are driving multiple cars. We thought you might like to meet some of these guys

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