We went to Gingerman again, same car but different motor.
Recap of Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL last April:
We blew $hit up. That $ is not a typo or an attempt to hide a naughty word. It was expensive.
LeMons events put all the cars out on track under full-course yellow. Once everyone that's ready to go has gone, they throw the green flag. Our driver did the parade laps and then unleashed all 170 HP and 180 lb.ft of torque (out of the stock, 160k mile 1.5L D15 motor) as soon as the green flag went out. He didn't even get it to the first corner before it went *BANG* and started billowing smoke. Being directly in front of the spectator stands, it was well-received.
We even made the leading story in the wrap-up video:
A postmortem on the engine revealed that the # 3 cylinder had filed for divorce from its conrod and wedged itself at a funny angle at the top of the cylinder. The conrod, being newly divorced and wanting to enjoy its freedom while sowing its oats, spun freely, destroying everything in its path.
This time, we went with a 2.0 L B20 motor from a JDM Honda CRV. Coupled with an Integra LS ECU (designed for a B18, but whatevs), it put down 150 whp on a dyno. This is what we raced last weekend.
We had a rip-roaring good first day. We started the second day 7th in class and 16th (out of 70+) overall. First driver had the car out for over an hour. I hopped in after a quick (okay, slow) fill-up and got about 3 laps before shit broke.
I was passing a Gremlin, trying (and utterly failing) to chase down the # 36(dd) "Save The TaTas" bustleback
Cadillac Coupe Seville Camaro with Corvette parts and Coupe Seville body
going into turn 10 at Gingerman. Powering out at corner exit when suddenly the tach jumped from 4500 to rev-limit-fuel-cut-7500 RPM. I figured the clutch had gone. I had just enough momentum and could put just enough power down to limp the car down the back straight and up the
pit lane to our paddock spot.
I climbed out and the team went to work on the car. It was quickly noticed that the axle nut on the front-left corner was missing. As was the end of the axle it attaches to. When they lifted the car to pull the wheel off, it just fell off with the brake rotor and hub still bolted to it. The only thing keeping the wheel on and me out of the Armco barrier was the brake caliper. In a ~1G turn.
Siri, remind me to purchase a few lottery tickets.