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Performance VW X Eurokracy X Scraped.Crusaders.

Performance VW has enlisted our help to cover Eurokracy 2013.   The article was published in the April issue.  The Scraped.Crusaders. provided the words and images, while the Eurokracy crew provided the one of best car shows in Canada.  The issue also happens to feature UNIX Performance’s amazing grean MK1, and a bagged Audi 80.  We suggest you take a gander.

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Volvo’s New Weapon

If championships were based on beauty, the 2014 V8 Supercars trophy would be handed to Volvo already.  Volvo’s new S60 V8 Supercar is now my favourite touring car for the 2014 season. Since all of the V8s are based on shared architecture, the learning curve should be less significant than of years past (prior to 2013).  As with most of Volvo’s previous racing programs, the engine and prep will be undertaken by Polestar. The first test at Sydney on February 27th will have FIVE (Ford, Holden, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo) factory efforts in the V8 series. Touring car is on the rise on a global scale.

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Doing the Splits

I’ve decided to run a front splitter on the B34TER.  And I managed to convince Mauncho to do the same on his E36.  It was easy, it took one text.   Now that that decision is made, we need to figure out how to actually building them.

We’ve chosen to go with the popular grassroots option of plywood.   Before you consider that to be ghetto fab or doing it wrong.  I assure you, any track day or time attack event will have a multitude of amateur and semi-professionally prepared vehicles sporting plywood splitters.

This Evo for example sports a great wood splitter.  DIY thread link.

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Birch wood provides the right combination of flexibility, rigidity, and strength.  It is also very cost effective as it can be purchased at any Home Depot or Lowe’s.  If money is no object, you have the options to use carbon fiber, alumilite or Tegris (NASCAR splitters).  Slightly cheaper options include ABS plastic. For our purpose, of providing mostly aesthetics and the possibility of some track time, the use of plywood made sense.  Moreover, the addition of a splitter could improve your mileage.  Hence I’ve dumped the idea of canards attached to the bumper.  Instead I will have canards/winglets on the splitter near the sides to direct the air around the car. Repeated layers of urethane and sanding and a couple of coats of paint, will yield a finish on the plywood that will be very close if not identical to painted plastic.  Considering the cheap cost of plywood and urethane, I was slightly surprised by the cost of splitter supports.  The shock type supports seem to have extremely huge markups on ebay.  $60-80 a pair? No thanks.  I think a look through a McMaster-Carr catalogue will yield alternative solutions. I’ve also seen the use of steel cable and fittings used. We might have to resort to this if cheaper supports are not found. Since the e36 and e34 have relatively square bumpers.  I’m fairly certain both cars will have identically shaped splitters. Supports and bolt location will undoubtedly change however the templete used to cut out the splitter will hopefully be applied to both.  Allowing us to easily build a replacement splitter once they wear down.  And wear down, they undoubtedly will. Amir’s red E36 posted by Stanceworks has a great splitter design.  And it is one we will lend cues from.  It does not appear to be made of plywood but I digress.

Stanceworks Source.

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Continental Tire Series

There are very few racing series left that harken back to true production based machines.  Even WTCC and V8 supercars used highly modified vehicles.  Trick motors, trannys, diffs and tons of body work.  The US based Continental Tire series however,  is one of the few true production based series left.  The GS class consisting of sportscars with large displacement 6 or 8 cylinder engines, or boosted 4 cylinders.  Including the  Chevlrolet Camaro, Porsche 911s, Subaru Impreza WRX STIs, Ford Mustangs, BMW M3s, and Aston Martin Vantages.  The ST class supports smaller displacement 4 or 6 cylinder coupes, sedans and roadsters.  This includes Honda Civics, Mazda Miatas, Hyundai GenesisPorsche Boxsters, Mazda RX-8s, BMW 330is, VW Golfs, Mazda Mazdaspeed3s, Kia Forte Koups, and BMW 128is, I’d love to see the FIA fund and promote a true worldwide showroom stock series. Imagine adding Audi S5s and S3s, Mercedes-Benz C63s and A-Classes, Mitsubishi EVOs, Lexus RC-Fs and ISs, Renault Meganes, Lotus Evoras, Jaguar F-Types.  An abundance of full works teams battling it out on big name tracks?   It would bring back the win on Sunday sell on Monday sales pitches.