18 Apr 2011

Race Management. That’s what we do. Bring us a car, we make it go faster, turn harder, spool quicker and stop on a dime all the while lookin’ good.
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RTC is a term that is common around here; Ready To Compete. Meaning, we’ve built, modified, tested and delivered a vehicle ready to compete. Sometimes the cars come in running, sometimes broken, sometimes in pieces, and sometimes…nothing to do but verify and send em back out.
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Mats and the Canada Synthetics / Gold in the Net DMCC Drift car came in a few weeks ago as most of you remember. We pulled it out of the trailer, pushed it onto the lift and got to work. Installed the cooling system, finished up the turbo, ran some wires, tightened a few bolts, got it on the dyno and sent it on it’s way. Well, maybe a lil more to it than that, but you catch the drift. (No pun intended…ok maybe a bit).
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Mats hit the track in Jersey 2 weeks ago and the Clubloose event, it was cold, the car had a new setup and we weren’t sure. It was a non-competition day, more of a friendly season opener that we use for testing. It ran wicked numbers on the dyno and stayed cool so things looked good. Turns out, the goFast at WoodsRacing touch paid off. The car assaulted the frigid asphalt, made it cry for mercy and raised a few eyebrows. I myself was stuck back in Montreal, but Mats recorded the data and sent it off to me pronto. I was a little concerned with the temps, and Mats wanted a lil more forward bite so we made a couple changes and we we’re on our way.
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Here’s a couple vids an pics from that event at EnglishTown
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Clubloose Season Opener April 2nd, 2011 from Chris Szczypala on Vimeo.
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The car came back running well and there really was nothing to do maintenance wise. A little more testing and we’ll be all set. Air pressure seems to be a big factor so we looked at that as well as damper in the rear shocks. Nothing was needed for the turbo, engine or fluids. Last year, Mats was having a lil trouble shifting so I switched em to the Amsoil’s MTG 75w90 and he hasn’t stopped telling me how good it felt since. Which hey, I won’t complain!
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So with those changes..back in the trailer and off to NY it went last weekend. The changes proved to be correct and when I tell you this car was by far the best on the track…it’s not a biased opinion. The smoke this frickin’ Toyota is makin is nothing but awesome. It’s responding well, keeping power and holding up to the abuse Mats puts it through. And really though, he drives it like a boss. No breaks for us back at the shop!
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After one week of testing, it’s like, you can breathe a little better, but still on edge. I mean, here you are, all the work, all the time, all the planning, coming down to this. After the 2nd week, the car is still running strong, your changes we’re positive and mood is set. You can sit back a bit, but really…that’s as close as you get until the season has ended. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is what we live for, race for and work for.
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Seriously, look at this thing rip…
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Work isn’t done though. 2 successful weeks off testing doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. There’s still plenty of work to be done. Realization and reward during testing simply means you’re doing it right, so keep going. So This is what we’re going to do.
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Our goal is to go fast, we don’t settle with what we got, we don’t compromise and we don’t give up. When the race is on, the bets are off…the Drift-Zilla, is Ready To Compete.
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Apr 18th by Bannon



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  1. [...] the “Hold the Line” competition. We ran well there in Monticello a couple weeks back, (see Drift-zilla – RTC) Mats was comfortable with the speed, smoke and in between then and this past weekend we made the [...]


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