Import Face-Off Event
Las Vegas, Nevada - March 19th, 2017
The second event of the 2017 racing season for the SpeedFactory Racing Team was the Import Face-Off event in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 19th. The weather was nice, not very windy but on the hot side in the high 80's with air density hovering in the 4400-4800' DA range.
We had a pretty good event with all 3 cars posting #1 qualifying positions which is always exciting!
Cole Marmon in the Vibrant Performance sponsored SFWD Civic cracked off a solid email@example.comMPH pass lifting early in qualifying, which was good for #1 qualifier in the FIP class. Cole made it to final round of eliminations but sadly was unable to make it to the line due to engine damage and finished Runner Up in FIP.
Joel Sipes in the BLOX Racing sponsored SFWD Civic posted a strong firstname.lastname@example.orgMPH, qualifying #1 in the FWD class. Unfortunately in round 2 of eliminations he suffered a mis-shift into 3rd and it cost him the round win, ending his day early.
This was the second outing for James in the Competition Clutch Outlaw Class Civic trying the new wider 26" x 12" tire combination and we tried making some major changes to the setup and tune hoping to figure it out.
James had to abort the run in qualifying when the car once again went into violent tire shake in 2nd gear and split the water tank on the A2W intercooler open which put water on the tire and caused it to make a hard move to the center line, coasting to a slow email@example.comMPH.
We were able to make an emergency weld repair to the water tank and decided to swap back to the old 26" x 10" tire setup and tune. With the changes and repairs made, James was able to post a firstname.lastname@example.orgMPH pass to the delight of the fans and take the win in the Outlaw class.
Although we weren't successful in getting the new tires to work, we did gain more valuable data and will continue to keep on trying to get it dialed in.
We will be spending the next few weeks preparing for our next event, HondaFestNW taking place at our home track, Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA on April 9th.
Thank you all for your continued support; let's break some records!
The SpeedFactory Team
IFO Woodburn August 2016
IFO Woodburn August 2016
Update JUNE 2016
IFO Las Vegas, NV - May 1st, 2016
IFO Woodburn, OR - May 29th, 2016
IFO Kent, WA - June 5th, 2016 Cole Marmon in the Vibrant Performance Civic has strung together 3 event wins in a row with a lethal combination of reaction times, reliability, and speed. Consistent .0xx reaction times combined with solid mid 8 second passes at 180+mph in almost any conditions and unfaltering vehicle performance have made Cole a consistent winner.
The Competition Clutch Outlaw Civic underwent some major changes right after the Las Vegas race. We made the decision to finally make the move to methanol fuel and a larger Precision 8685 turbo, which required switching to a Weldon mechanical fuel pump and larger injectors.
Things went well with our low boost dyno testing, and on the 1st outing with the new setup in Woodburn, we were able to lower the stock chassis FWD record once again (from our 7.88 pass set a month prior) with a blazing 7.80 @ 190mph pass that was far from perfect as water pushed into the clutch housing causing massive clutch slip from the 1/8th on. As we continue to gather data and dial in the new setup further, you can expect to see 7.7's at 200+mph soon and likely beyond that by years end!
The BWR Civic has laid down strong 8.4 second passes at over 180mph regularly this year and has made semi final and final round appearances in the last 3 races. With the car consistently running at these speeds we have upgraded the roll cage to SFI 25.5 spec to keep Joel safe in the cockpit.
Whenever the Vibrant and BWR cars line up, you never know which car will lay down the faster pass. We have had a few rounds lost due to a weak point in the K-series shift mechanism rod that bends every couple of passes causing a missed shift, and are in the process of testing some ideas to rectify the issue.
It has been a great couple of races with solid progress being made with all the cars. Reliability has been fantastic this year and we are excited to spend some more time further dialing in the Outlaw car with all the recent changes.
After last years successful exhibition at the NHRA National Event, we have been invited back once again this year, including an after hours Pit Party on Friday evening that will be hosted in the SpeedFactory pits right after the last round of Top Fuel qualifying!
4-16-16 @ West Coast Shootout
Woodburn Dragstrip, OR
The Competition Clutch Outlaw Civic resets the stock chassis FWD record with a 7.88 @ 190 mph pass!
becomes the first stock chassis non-wheelie bar'd FWD car to run in the 7.8xx's!
IFO Bakersfield, CA - Feb 28, 2016
We started off our season with a trip to sunny California. Conditions at Auto Club Famoso Raceway were mild and pleasant, with temps in 65-70* range and sunny with density altitude readings of 1600-1900* during the day.
Chris Jewell, owner of Competition Clutch blessed us with his presence, hanging out with us and bringing a few models to support the Competition Clutch display and clutch specials offered at this race only. The response was amazing and we are really happy with the outcome.
We have a few new additions to the team to announce:
We warmly welcome Torco USA to our race program as a sponsor! Torco offers a huge lineup of advanced lubricants that work great in our cars and we are happy to have them on board. You can find them online here http://www.torcousa.com/
We would also like to welcome Kingpin Machine to the program! They specialize in small quantity, precision machined, uncompromising suspension components for road race & drag cars. We look forward to seeing improved consistency and better 60' times from all of our cars with their exceptional quality products on board. Visit their website at http://kingpinmachine.com/
And last but definitely not least, Ford Performance has come on board with support for the new Mustang EcoBoost project! No introduction is needed here, they will be providing parts and technical support as we embark on our quest to build the world's fastest EcoBoost Mustang. Keep up to date on all things Ford Performance at http://fordperformance.com/
The event went decent overall. The Competition Clutch Outlaw car qualified #1 in the FIP class with an 8.07 @ 192 and 8.01 @ 189 lifting through the traps. Round 1 netted an 8.07 @ 186 lifting 100' before the stripe. The car then ran an 8.02 @ 195 in round 2 before falling to a broken final drive due to tire shake in the semi-finals.
The Vibrant Performance civic qualified #1 in the FWD class with an 8.55 @ 181. We decided to sit out Q2, and unfortunately in round 1 second gear didn't want to co-operate.
The BWR civic struggled with shifting issues related to a bent shift mechanism during qualifying, and then in round 1 the engine tossed a rod at the top of second gear which ended our day in the FWD class. That powerplant was the original engine since the car was first built over a year ago, it has served us well but it's time was up!
We decided to bring our new EcoBoost 2.3L 4-cylinder Mustang project car along for the trip. It is currently running a stock engine and turbo with bolt-on parts and tuning from Turbosmart, Ford Performance, Driveshaft Shop, Cobb, SpeedFactory, and a set of M&H 275/50-17 drag radials.
We made the 2000 mile round trip without a hiccup averaging an impressive 32mpg along the way, and clicked off a string of easy 12.0-12.1 second passes at 115-116mph. The car was run at full weight and with a mid-level safe tune (around 380whp) just to gather some data. We are very happy with that for the first time out on a new platform as there is plenty of improvement left to be made. We can't wait to spend some more time with the car once our home track opens in the upcoming weeks!
Even though we didn't take home any wins, we were happy with the event overall - attendance was great and fan support was overwhelming. We were testing a few changes to our engine program to improve reliability and the data so far looks very promising. 2016 is shaping up to be another great year and we thank you for your support!