As LIC Motorsports heads into the home stretch of completing the race car, lots has happened over the course of the last few weeks/months. One of the major changes and hurdles has been to finally add power to the setup. In the past we were one of the lower horsepower Subaru’s competiting in the field, which can be seen when another car with big power stretches its legs at a track like Willow Springs. So we felt the need to at least get on par with others in our field.
The final event is being held at Infineon Raceway, which is not a horsepower track (yes HP plays a role but it’s not as big as say WSIR, Buttonwillow, LVMS, etc...), this track is going to be about a well rounded setup and driver confidence. For those who don't know or have never run there....THERE ARE WALLS, it’s as real as it gets and one mistake can/will put an end to your vehicle. There has never been a day that we have been at Infineon for an event that we haven't seen a totaled vehicle, it’s one of those things that comes with the territory. The track will find the weakest part of the setup and capitalize on it.
Some of the major changes we have done is to put in a fresh motor case (still using our rods/crank from last season), new pistons, and of course new bearings/seals. The other items we upgraded were the header to an equal length, a custom up-pipe to work with our new GTX35R turbo, and new extra capacity oil pan. For those that hear all the chitter chatter on these turbo's, it’s all true. This turbo is pretty darn amazing and we truly believe it will become the norm for everyone involved in racing using a Garrett turbocharger. Making these adjustments to the setup has netted in excess of 150+ whp over our setup from our 2010 season.
In the process of us finding new limits we have also found limitations of specific components. Currently we are swapping out components for others that can handle new pressures we are seeking and demanding on the system. I wish we could say it’s been an easy going process but it seems we hit every road block, shipping errors, and parts arriving incorrect (even today is an example of this, as of this moment we have to wait until tomorrow to finish our short block, more incorrect parts were received today). At the end of the day this all falls on our shoulders and we will do everything in our power to make it all happen, as we always have.
In better news we have brought in a seasoned veteran driver for this event. Driver Gary Sheehan of COBB Tuning will be at the helm of the LIC Motorsports STi, back in 2010 we utilized Gary for driver feedback, setup, and adjustments. We at LIC Motorsports are honored to receive the continued support of COBB Tuning and feel we are putting both feet forward with this joint venture at this final event of 2011.
We would like to say "see you there" but as of this moment, we need to finish off a build. So to say it accurately, we "hope to see you there"!
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