Competitive driving has been a long time coming for me, I just needed to get the right car... Stepping away from the garage queen and getting something that looks better dirty. The car has been logbooked since 1998, and will meet atleast a grandfathering for the cage. It was built WELL beyond the rules at the time, featuring main hoop gussets to the shell, a diagonal roof bar, mainhoop supports, and .120 thickness mild steel. Unfortunately the tubing for the main-hoop is 1.5" OD, but I would not be afraid to roll in this vehicle.
Let's start out with some pictures from the cars 1998-1999 debut;
The car was built well enough to last this long, and has been through a whole lot of stage rallies. I bought the car to compete in the Colorado Hill Climbs.
The car was rolled by the previous owner, the majority of the damage wasn't from the roll-over, but from the front impact that caused the car to slowly roll and slide on its roof.
The front Subframe was replaced and the front of the vehicle seam-welded. (Guess they forgot the front motor mount though, more on that later)
The day I picked her up;
A few pictures of the cage (sorry they're not great)
And a picture of the fuses, & rally computer.
I have done a single Rally-X with the car, and didn't do particularly well, second to last in a pretty competitive Modified AWD class. I would have been up two spots had I not lost 10 seconds on each of my first runs in either direction...
Suspension was set at full soft, which was probably a big mistake as the course was extremely slow and relatively flat. Also ran over 30PSI in all 4 tires.
Either way, it was a GREAT learning experience!
The following week, I took the car out to a "Sprint" course in the same area with a group of people, some new, some very experienced. Most notably Dave Kern Kern Racing ? Rally Racing Team
who spent about 3 hours switching from driver to passenger with me. He's very used to AWD Turbos, racing a 600+hp Evo up Pikes Peak and getting on the podium is no small task. We played with the suspension, and found a good middle-ground.
We experienced a loss of power after a while, car still built boost (~16psi) but it felt like hitting a wall when boost got about 8psi, so I turned the boost to 7-8psi. Still had a little hesitation when the boost hit at 3500ish.
Mr. Kern took a few video clips, wish we had got footage while she had good power.