March 27-28th 2010
Redline Time Attack recently hosted their season opener at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, and LIC Motorsports was there to debut the Takata Time Attack Impreza. Adam, Noah, and the rest of the LIC Motorsports crew were proud to debut the car as the 2 months preceding the event were consumed with long hours to prepare the car. The last week was a carefully orchestrated plan including a trip to Cobb Tuning Surgeline for dyno tuning, graphics application by Creatis Group, and little sleep for Adam and Noah.
"Because of our tight schedule, James did not have an opportunity to test the car prior to the event" said LIC Motorsports manager Noah Levy. "We were impressed by how quickly James adapted to the car and was running fast laps.
In Saturday's testing James steadily improved in times with each session as adjustments were made. Modifed AWD was shaping up to be one of the most competitive classes at the event with talented competitors such as Brian Lock, JC Meynet, Nils Leufvens, and 2009 Season Champion Ryan Gates. Unfortunately Meynet and Gates did not make the starting line on Sunday as their cars suffered failures prior to the Time Attack. In Sunday's Time Attack James managed the sneak past Nils in the final session to capture 2nd place by mere tenths of a second, while Brian Lock in the Cobb Tuning GTR took the win.
The event had a spectacular conclusion for Takata Time Attack in the Super Session as the fastest cars at the event lined up for a 5 lap wheel-to-wheel sprint race. With the Super Modified cars opting not to compete, the front line consisted of Brian Lock and James Elterman in row 1, with 6 cars behind them. As the green flag dropped, Brian's Cobb GTR leaped to secure first. On lap two, Brian went too deep into turn 1 allowing James to sneak past on the inside. James was not able to pull away from the GTR and Brian once again reclaimed the lead on the front straight on the start of lap 3. Brian began to pull away from James and had a good lead until a mechanical failure forced him to retire on lap 4. James reclaimed the 1st position and retained it to the checked flag! This marks the first Super Session win for Takata Time Attack and James Elterman. The bonus points accrued in the Super Session put Takata Time Attack on top of the Modified AWD class after Event 1.
"I am very grateful for the hard work the LIC Motorsports crew put into preparing the car" said driver James Elterman. "Their efforts clearly paid off as we had one of the most reliable cars at the track. I have never experienced the shakedown of a new car that went so well. We have some minor hurdles to overcome, but I am confident that we soon will and I expect us to be a front runner all year. Thanks to all of the friends of Takata Time Attack and LIC Motorsports who came out to the event to support us"
Thanks to our sponsors:
Takata / LIC Motorsports / Nitto / COBB / Wheeldude / Seibon / JE Pistons
LIC Time Attack STi Specs
Model: 2004 STi
Weight: 2800 lbs. (Dry), 3050 (Loaded w/ fuel and driver)
Motor: LIC Motorsports 2.5L Longblock
Turbo Kit: GT35R Turbo w/ LIC Motorsports Custom IC Piping, Perrin FMIC
Fuel Supply: Fuel Safe 12 Gallon Cell, Turbo XS Surge Tank, Dual Bosch 044 Pumps, Aeromotive Fuel Rails
Tuning: Cobb Accessport
Injectors: Injector Dynamics 2,000cc
Drivetrain: ACT Clutch, Cusco LSD's (Front/Rear)
Suspension: Triple Adjustable JRZ (Custom), M1 Knuckles/Control Arms (Custom)
Brakes: Front Brembo 6 Piston 355mm BBK, Rear Brembo (stock)
Exterior: APR GT300 Wing, LIC Fender Flares/Splitter/Canards (Custom)
Wheels: Wheeldude.com Rota DPT 18x10 e35 (5x100/5x114.3)
Tires: Nitto NT-01 275/35ZR18
Customer David Levey came to us with a vision and his dream of a project build for his 2004 Subaru STI but he didn't know where to start. Over the course of conversing for the better part of 6 months while he finished out his 2009 NASA TTB race season we developed a plan; an angle of attack if you will.
The plans were quite simple...really no different than anyone else who comes to LIC Motorsports for their needs. It was envision the end point; where he saw himself and this car in 6 months/1 year/3 years time from now, as this would give a foundation and one we could expand on in future.
The immediate plan to move into NASA TTA class was underway. We started with a solid platform which is centered on the Cosworth 2.5L short block. Added to the core of it all were the LIC Time Attack heads, utilizing a 70lbs valvetrain kit, inconel valves, and porting/polishing to perfection on the intake/exhaust chambers. To keep within rules we utilized the 09 STi turbo (VF48) as the older 2004 STi turbo's (VF39) all develop a severe crack which often times results in a compromised power output and inconsistencies, in addition we did TGV deletes while we were in the area. Next we looked towards the folks at COBB Motorsports to build a custom roll cage for this car and lots would need to be taken into consideration as our customer is 6'4" 250lbs. Upon receiving the car back from them we sent it out to paint (no rattle can paint job would do for our customer). Upon getting the car back from paint, we moved towards assembly and install of the new Sparco racing seat and 6 point competition harness was followed by a new set of DBA 5000 rotors and Hawk HP+ brake pads. In order to get this car planted we added on a set of Ohlin Flag Series coilovers accompanied by 10kg/8kg Swift springs. We then added on some cusco swaybars and whiteline spherical endlinks (these are a must to corner weight/balance a car). Coming to the little things it was onto a window net that is mandatory for wheel-to-wheel racing and dumping 20lbs off the front left nose of the car with a braille lightweight battery.
Project 2004 STi had come to an end....only 45 days from time of receiving it and 30 days of that build time was downtime at cage builder and paint.
Some pics of the process and end product:
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