Recently we stopped by Atlanta Custom Coatings to get a few parts for our current Subaru build powder coated. They have a large array of Powder Coat colors and virtually limitless Hydrographic choices to suit anyone’s taste and they can cover just about any type of material with these processes. For affordable and durable coatings visit their site at www.atlpowdercoating.com
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Here at Batlground we care about going fast, but more importantly, we care about being safe when doing so. Now we are an authorized NASA annual tech inspection station. High performance Driving can put additional stresses on a street vehicle. That is why you need to have a professional thoroughly check your vehicles sub-systems to make sure that your weekend of driving is fun.
What is NASA you ask? The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 to deliver high quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. NASA has created programs that allow owners of both race cars and high-performance street-driven vehicles to enjoy the full performance capabilities of their cars in a safe and controlled environment. NASA offers many different programs that will allow you to enjoy motorsports on a number of different levels, including our High Performance Driving Events (HPDE), Rally Sport, Time Trial, NASA-X and Competition Racing programs.
HPDE or TT, which one are you? High Performance Driver’s Education (HPDE) is where many of our drivers start and where you can help them. The safety equipment is less strict since you will be learning how to drive faster. TT stands for time trials, and the safety standards are higher since the cars are being pushed to both driver and machine limitations. That increases the chances for disaster. Fortunately, there are a lot of safety systems in full on race cars that are designed to protect the driver.
How does annual tech inspection help? It allows for the vehicle, driver and all their safety equipment to be verified and eligible for up to 12 months of racing. If you race once a month, doing the inspection annually saves 11 trips to the tech inspection station. Also when running time trials, the vehicle class is based off of power to weight. We can tech your car, and test to see how much horsepower your car makes in one simple stop. Make an appointment today to have your car inspected before the next race.
Lowering a vehicle can create many undesirable problems. The suspension for passenger cars is originally designed for a specific ride height and travel range. Getting out of that range can ruin the ride quality and handling characteristics. Now let’s talk about a couple of things you could do to stay in check.
Camber is easily knocked out of spec. Correcting your camber angle could be achieved with a small “Camber kit”. This would move the top of the wheel back out compensating for the new height. A better option is a full control arm replacement. We have made these for the IS300, they will take the place of the rear lower control arms. On vehicle adjustments make our arms stand out giving you faster alignments and allowing you to dial in your camber quickly.
Toe is often forgotten but will destroy tires faster than bad camber settings. Toe in will increase high speed stability at the cost of slower steering response. Toe out increases the high speed sketchiness that will keep you awake for hours on a long road trip or shoot you across several lanes with the slightest steering wheel movement. Having a fully adjustable toe arm setup like these(made for the IS300 as well) will allow toe calibration for any driving style or track condition.
We are currently producing these units in-house. Drop off your stock suspension IS300 arms and trade them out for our quick adjust versions. We are currently developing other IS300 adjustable pieces and don’t forget we can modify most vehicle front spindles for more angle. Stock spindle drop off required. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
After all of the fabrication work was completed on our IS300/LQ9 headers we decided to try a little something different. We gave our friends at NitroPlate a call so we could try out their “NitroPlate Bright” Aluminum Ceramic Coating.
NitroPlate Bright is a highly polished aluminum ceramic coating capable of withstanding 1300 degrees. It has excellent thermal properties. This cuts down on under hood heat, increases horsepower and helps in scavenging of the exhaust. Nitroplate Bright can also be used in areas such as intakes, rear end housings, control arms, and wheelie bars and steel wheels.
We got the headers back from NitroPlate in no time with the new coating applied. Now it’s time to install them and finish up our IS300 so we can test the new coating under some high heat conditions.
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There are 3 main types of roll cages: Bolt in/show, Roll bar/Drag, and Full cage/Time trials/Drift. There are other types, but these are the 3 most common that you will see. All of them have pro’s and con’s but they are all designed to keep the driver and passengers safe in the sad event of a roll over or a heavy accident. Depending on what materials are used, and how in-depth the cage is designed/built, the cage can add significant amount of weight to a vehicle. With the added weight, comes added Safety, and chassis stiffness.
First the bolt in/show cage. These cages are the least safe, most racing bodies do not allow these cages. That is because they offer little roll-over support. They can help a little, but are mainly frowned upon. Many people have the bolt-in cage painted or powder-coated before installation. They are nice since most bolt-in cages work around OEM interior, also they can be removed if necessary.
Second, is a roll bar/drag cage. These typically consist of a main hoop, rear bars and door bars, all welded directly to the chassis. The door bars can swing-out with approved kits. If you go much faster, a more in-depth cage is needed. These offer good roll-over protection, but no side impact protection. Roll bars can typically be made so that all the OEM interior will still fit. These are typically the easiest to get into and out of the vehicle.
Third, is a Full weld in cage. Commonly used in Time Attack, Drifting and most all-out race cars. These can go from a very basic 6 point design, to a more complex 10 point Design. Each sanctioning body has a little variance on the rules of what is allowed, and what is not allowed, So download the rulebook for the series that you plan on competing in before designing the cage. They offer good roll-over protection, side impact protection, and stiffen the chassis a good deal as well. A removable steering wheel is recommended to make entry and exit of the vehicle easy.
Roll cages are designed to keep you safe, but they can hurt you if you are not prepared. OEM Seat belts allow for too much give, so aftermarket harnesses are a must. Some cages are designed so that a helmet is recommended at all times. It all comes down to the position of the driver’s head in relation to any steel Bars. Hope this helps you decide what form of rollover protection is right for your vehicle. More questions? Email us at email@example.com
We are often asked, what is required for an E85 fuel conversion? First off, around 30% more is required than normal pump gas so the injector size goes up as well as the needed fuel pump output. For example if you started with 550cc injectors you would need 720cc or larger. Larger fuel lines are needed as well in higher horsepower applications. Complete the package with a Dyno Tuning session and your ready to go. Benefits of running E85 include but are not limited to more power, price(cheaper than race gas by $10 a gallon) and it burns cooler producing less overall stress on your engine.
Higher cc injectors
Larger fuel pump or additional pump
Fuel lines when adding additional pumps
Dyno tuning (Engine Management Required)
On vehicles with straight axles adjusting the ride height involves adjusting the track bar. For this application a custom bar had to be created. We hit up our circle track racing friends for raw materials for the job. After the welding, paint and assembly was complete we installed it and had the blue Easter egg aligned. The rear axle is now able to be positioned correctly with the new lower stance.
We would like to thank Weir performance for sending us a Maxgrip LSD Stage Kit for one of our IS300 projects. This kit in conjunction with a factory MKIII Supra LSD unit will provide performance comparable to the thousand dollar+ off the shelf LSD units currently available. Install was a breeze as well making this kit an all around exceptional choice. Check out their WEBSITE.
Todd’s MKIV Supra is completed after a full build. The motor was rebuilt using CP Pistons, Eagle Rods and GSC Cams. A Precision Turbo 6765 turbo was installed along with a brand new Toyota V161 trans. Tuned on 93 octane pump gas.
A good quality shock and spring combo is an often overlooked suspension option. While coilovers can offer ride height and dampening adjust-ability, they are not always the best choice for the application. This customer has chosen the Bilstein shocks and Swift springs based off a recommendation from one of his fellow track day enthusiasts. The Whiteline sway bars should complement this setup nicely, reducing body roll and making the vehicle feel more balanced. Overall these choices should make an excellent setup for a car that is on the track slightly less than the street.