วันอาทิตย์ที่ 27 พฤษภาคม พ.ศ. 2555

Cage design

 from http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=943715&page=2

Ok, so we've been talking/mulling over the cage design for what seems like months and since the car is going to McMahan on Thursday, time to put the plan to paper.

Key details:
  1. International style door bars with gusset
  2. Full X in main hoop
  3. Top of a-pillar to front hoop base plate
  4. Harness bar to front hoop bar
  5. Rear Subframe pickup
  6. Rear shock tower for rear pickup (rear coilovers)
  7. Rear subframe/diff pickup
  8. Roof diamond
  9. Windshield "diamond"
  10. Trans tunnel support
  11. Jackpoint

I'm still deciding on the tubing specs--1.5x0.095 vs 1.75 x 0.095 for the required tubes. The supplemental tubes will be of 0.063 thickness. Given that my expected weight will be under 2200lbs dry I can run 1.5 x 0.095" and be legal in CCA, but it might be close. The limit for that spec tubing is 2500lb and 2699lb in NASA (recently changed) and SCCA respectively, so I'm fine there. I'm going to submit a rule change to match NASA since CCA cage rules are lifted straight from NASA. I just don't want to build the cage with the 1.5 and either come in overweight or be limited in putting in a heavier engine later--the S30B32 is 83lbs heavier and the S54B32 is 44lbs heavier...

Pics are below, but it's sometimes hard to make out the lines when you have a 3D model in a 2D picture. The model was done quickly in SketchUp! and are not to scale, perfectly aligned, etc. I wanted to get the basic layout done so I could better visualize it and communicate that to the cage builder. In the Pics, required tubes are red, "lwt" tubes are black. Let the discussion commence, contructive comments welcome ;-)



Front Quarter

Rear Quarter


วันเสาร์ที่ 12 พฤษภาคม พ.ศ. 2555


1 17มาแล้ว!!!รับปากนูไว้ว่จะเอารูปการผ่าล้อมาให้ดูครับ

1. ล้อเดิมๆขนาด 15 นิ้ว กว้างน่าจะ 6 นิ้วนะครับ เอาตรงกลางออกเรียบร้อย

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2. ล้อด้านขวาง

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3. ผ่าเอาเฉพาะด้านหน้าเพื่อเอามาต่อกับชิ้นที่ตัดตรงกลางออกเพื่อให้เพิ่มความกว้าง

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4. เชื่อมประสานกับล้อที่กว้าง

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5. ทำการต่อล้อที่เตรียมไว้กับ2ชิ้นเพื่อให้กว้างอย่างที่ต้องการ

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6. ภาพด้านหน้าความลึกของล้อ

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7. รูปล้อที่เสร็จแล้วดูความกว้างเปลี่ยนไปเลยครับแต่ต้องเก็งานแล้วเอาไปทำสีก่อนครับ

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8. เจ้าของร้านฝากโชว์ครับ ล้อ15 นิ้ว กว้าง 12 นิ้ว ผ่าเองกับมืออ่าครับเจ้าของว่าอย่างนั้น

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สรุปแล้วการจะผ่าล้อ ต้องมีล้อขนาดเดียวกัน 8 วงครับ
ครับผม 2 ล้อจะได้ออกมา 1 ล้อครับ เขาคิดค่าแรงผ่าล้อเหล็กล้อละ1,000บาท ไม่รวมของ แต่อัลลูไม่รู้คิดไงเพราะยังไม่มีใครเอาไปให้ผ่าครับเลยผ่าของตัวเองก่อง ร้านลุงแดงหลัง               ม.พายัพฯ เจียงใหม่เจ้า 30 

โรงรถ แจ่มมาก

 from http://www.speedhunters.com/2012/05/where-drift-cars-are-born/



to me about a special RTR related project for the new 2013 mustang.

Based on the prep that has gone into this chasis I bet Vaughn has cooked up something really good.

There were shelves lining the walls that contained parts for the racecars. Everything from front grills to exhaust pieces.

I don’t know what a water laser is, but it sounded cool.

I wonder what lucky car gets to have these nice-looking bash-bars?

Just across the driveway is ASD’s personal bodyshop and paint booth. This is where they paint all the racecars, as well as customers’ vehicles.

There were remnants of past Mustangs littered around the shop.

With a big shop like ASD you would think they are not concerned with being wasteful, but in fact they try hard not to be. When parts can be repaired ASD make sure they restore them to as-new condition again.

It’s the same with bumpers and body parts. If they have little damage they will refinish them and put them back into use.

ASD brings that extra level of professionalism to the sport of drifting which should be adopted by every one of the teams. It is very rare to see any of their cars running without a front or rear bumper. In fact I only remember seeing an ASD car on the starting line without a bumper just once, when Vaughn Gittin Jr was going against Fredric Aasbo back in 2010.

There was just one more room left that my camera was allowed to see. Ian Stewart is the crew chief for the entire team; he is also the owner of ASD.

This was Tyler McQuarrie’s old convertible 350z. The Nissan has been rebuilt from the ground up and it is 100% owned by ASD.

From the looks of it I think we will be seeing this back in competition form in one way or another.

Next to the 350z was a brand-new body-in-white Ford Mustang.

According to Ian, all Mustangs come from the factory in brown, so all of their body-in-white cars are just resprayed after all the chassis prep work is done.

There one was in the process of becoming a race car. These chassis have over 1,000-1,200 hours of work put into them, depending on customer requirements, which includes the installation of a Formula Drift-spec roll-cage. I let the guys get back to their hard work, and left ASD with the promise that I’d return the week before Formula Drift Atlanta.

I thought it would be fun to hang out with the guys again and follow them on their relatively short trip from their shop in Charlotte, NC, to Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA. I arrived in the morning to find Dean Steele washing Chopper the friendly dog.

Even though Chopper struggled during his bath, he was happy in the end.

Everytime Formula Drift goes to Atlanta the boys at ASD rent a van to drive down to the venue. They also use it as a support vehicle. Dave Gibson, the general manager at the shop, is seen here branding the van properly.

Eric Ross, also known as Ewok, was assembling hydraulic E-brake systems right up until it was time to leave. You don’t want your loyal customers to go through E-brake withdrawals.

We went to fuel-up and get the necessary snacks to last us for the 205-mile trip across three states. Rick Lamber, car chief for Justin Pawlak, was at the helm.

Before we left, I decided to add a few more free ponies to my rental car. I needed it to keep up with those ASD guys. They drive with the pedal to the metal.

Before we knew it we were in South Carolina. I am not very used to passing through states so quickly after growing up in California. It took me 12 hours to drive to Oregon from Los Angeles.

Once we entered South Carolina it started to rain cats and dogs.

So we decided to grab some local delicacies.

Dean, Rick and Ewok are originally from Southern California like me, so they have a tradition of stopping for tacos.

But it was just my luck that the taco joint we were going to was permanently closed, so we had to take another option.

After sampling the local cuisine we decided to finish the last 100-mile stretch into Gerorgia. Here was Rick waving goodbye as he hit the nitrous button.

At last we made it to one of the best road courses in the world.

I’ve never seen it soaked like this, so I just paused for a moment to enjoy the beautiful sight.

The Falken rig was already waiting at the track ready to be unloaded, as the 350z still needed its technical inspection.

I checked inside to confirm that it was just as clean and organized as the ASD shop.

Considering the limited space I think they fared pretty well.

Tomorrow is practice day and the day after is the start of Round 2 of the Formula Drift Pro Championship series at Road Atlanta. Stay tuned for more updates on this long-awaited event.
Larry Chen