Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Z Con 2011 at Savannah, GA

    The week of ZCon 2011 in Savannah, GA was the hottest week the eastern seaboard of the US has seen in a very long time, so as any racing enthusiast it was only right to take the car we just finished building and put it through its paces by taking a little road trip. After packing the G's trunk full Christina and I embarked on the 4 hour 130+ degree non AC race car from Charlotte to beautiful Savannah, and no surprise to us it was hot as humanly possible but the car didnt even have a single problem whatsoever. After enjoying the downtown Savannah scenery and the Z car shows that seemed to be upset we brought a gun (G35) to a knife fight (350Z), with all of the car show and everything else out of the way it was time to race and I was excited to try out the new tune. Once again it was an autox and hot as can be but the car handle perfectly and with a sway bar adjustment in the second session I pulled away with the fastest time. The week in Savannah was a true test of endurance for the freshly built G and it passed with flying colors... Now enough of this autox stuff its time to go road racing!!!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Carolina Motorsports Park SCCA AutoX 1st Shakedown

   The day finally came! After months and months of blood, sweat, tears, grease and money the SOHO Motorsports Time Attack G35 got to see its first track session at the SCCA Central / South Carolina Region AutoX at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC. This was an autox setup on the second half of the CMP course and lik most autocrosses we didnt get out of second gear in the course but we still got plenty of seat time and I got to feel the car and how it handles for the first time. After running through a few glitches here and there and the car being really tight we came into the pits and reflashed the ECU and loosened up the rear sway bar and the car responded beautifully giving us a pretty darn fast time our first time out. Here are some pics from our maiden voyage. Next up is an endurance test I like to call ZCon so be on the lookout.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

ISO/SWD Drift & Car Show... and Dyno Day!

Now that the car is finally assembled with all of the body work done its nice to be able to drive it around and show it off to everyone who's been following the build locally.  After last weekend's show was at CMS this weekend was at ZMax Dragstrip. Insane Stance & Offset and StreetWise Drift put on a dual drift and car show that was easily one of the best meets of the year with some of the best and most bad ass drift cars on the east coast and some of the cleanest show cars on earth. Everywhere the eye could see were beautiful cars, NOS Energy drinks and V8 swapped cars destroying tires and sending smoke signals on the drift course. This was the first time the SOHO 350Z and the G35 were out together and the second we pulled in a crowd formed around the car. The response was great and we met a lot of great fans who have supported me and the shop through this whole process, and met great guys from local shops like Phantasm and Driven. We probably wont get out to too many shows in the future but after the warm reception we got from everyone we may have to find some time and come out to more. Here are some pics of the car show but it doesnt end there, after the show we went to the dyno...

After having a great showing at the ISO/SWD event, Nik and I along with the guys from Driven grabbed a late lunch and headed to the dyno at CES Motorsport to start putting a final tune on the Time Attack G. After a few hours and lots of mad scientist number crunching by Nik the car was putting down a pretty high number for the moderate tune on 8psi. Now before you ask, which most of you already have.... no numbers till final numbers ;) you all got spoiled being able to see every step of this awesome build process, a little suspense wont hurt ya haha. In the meantime here are some pictures of the dyno night.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011