We recently have seen a spike in the amount of new BR-Z and FR-S owners inquiring about anything from simple suspension modifications to full chassis builds. Recently, a client came in to request a few tasteful but simple modifications to be done on her daily driven Subaru BR-Z.
One of our clients is an avid autocross driver and competes in his Mini Cooper S. For the past several seasons, he has been running a modified supercharged setup. This past year, John Reed installed and tuned a ViPEC V88.
A client recently brought in his 2011 Corvette Grand Sport to be lowered on a new set of wheels.
The Corvette was lowered with an Eibach Pro-Kit.
The client chose a set of OZ Racing Ultraleggera's, which we had powder coated gloss black. The Ultraleggera's were wrapped in a set of Nitto Invo tires, 275/30 ZR19 in the front and 345/25 ZR20 in the rear.
On The Dyno, we have a custom Bronco Rock Crawler. It was recently here for a tune by Jason Oefelein before being taken to the King of the Hill competition. This custom tube chassis crawler features a front headlight cluster from an old Bronco and a Ford power plant.
Above: This Bronco rock crawler is powered by a 351 Ford V8 stroked to 408.
This setup produced 262 whp and 310 ft-lbs of torque (numbers are skewed because of 5.13 rear gears).
Here is the video:
When modifying your daily driver, some concessions need to be made. There are luxuries that one comes to expect from a modern car. The Lexus IS250 has those comforts, which makes it the choice for one of our clients.
Above: This is how the IS250 sits. It has been lowered and sits on a set of 19" SSR Vienna wheels.
This pearl IS250 came in to us in stock form. The client had a vision in mind for his car and we helped make that happen. Being his daily, he focused on a clean look.
We installed a set of BC coil overs, which lowered the car and got rid of the large wheel gaps. The coil overs offer better handling and make the car look good.
Rolling around on stock wheels just would not look right, so we installed a set of 19" SSR Vienna wheels with Falken FK452 tires.
A GReddy exhaust with Titanium tips was installed.
Above: GReddy exhaust system.
Above: Titantium tip on the GReddy exhaust.
Here are a few more shots for you.
These modifications come together and give this Lexus IS250 AWD a clean look that is perfect for a daily driver.
The Subaru WRX has been a popular platform for modifications over the generations and the new third generation is no different. A client recently brought in his WRX for a few performance upgrades, including a Cobb Accessport.
Most of the modifications focused on reducing airflow restrictions on the Boxer engine. A Perrin intake and front mount intercooler (FMIC) allow better air flow and lower intake temperatures.
A Perrin catless downpipe and turbo back exhaust were also installed. A Cobb AccessPort was used to reflash the ECU to get the full benefits on these performance upgrades.
Here is a video of the dyno run:
This new setup produces 309 whp to the wheels.
The WRX also received some upgrades in the suspension department. The stock components were replaced with Tanabe Sustec Pro Five coil overs. These give the WRX the lowered stance and increased handling performance the owner was looking for.
The Tanabe Electronic Active Suspension (TEAS) system was also installed to adjust the dampening of the coil overs to further improve handling.
Evergreen Drift Round 5, the last round for the season, is going on this Sunday at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. The ProAm drivers are competing for their Formula D license.
Andrew Coomes' Rocket Bunny LS240 was on the rack this past Friday in preparation for the event. Andrew runs Falken Azenis tires, which is one of his sponsors.
Coomes and his crew loaded up the trailer this afternoon for the long drive to Monroe. If you are in the area tomorrow, come out and support Andrew and the rest of the ProAm and Grassroots drivers. We will be there.
A client brought in his Toyota MR2 to have it retuned after it had been sitting for awhile. Before the car was sitting in the garage, the owner took it to Portland International Raceway (PIR).
So we strapped it to the dyno for Jason Oefelein to tune it.
MR2 on the dyno.
This MR2 is powered by a 3SGTE with a GT30R.
The client has been fixing a few things and wanted to make sure it had a good tune on it.
The 3SGTE is controlled by an AEM EMS. After being tuned, the MR2 made 320whp and 277 ft-lbs of torque.
Here is a video,
This past weekend there were two drift events, one a professional Forumla D event and another a ProAm event. We were fortunate to be represented by two great drivers at both events.
At the professional level, Kyle Pollard qualified 21st in his Tomei SR powered S13 but was knocked out by Darren McNamara, who went on to finish second, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This was a good showing for Kyle in his new livery with a PSI theme. Kyle recently got the car finished for the Seattle Formula D event but was sidelined with driveline issues. Before the Vegas event, Jason Oefelein retuned the SR after a few upgrades and it made 542whp.
Kyle Pollard's S13 on the dyno before the new livery.
Kyle drifting with Darren McNamara.
After the long drive back from Las Vegas, NV, Kyle dropped his car off here. Here are a few better shots of the new livery. We first saw the new livery as Kyle was headed to Las Vegas. Ryan Davis, of Year Productions designed the livery and Fred Roman installed it.
On a local level, a Formula D ProAm event was being held at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA that same weekend. At this event, Andrew Coomes was representing PSI with his LS2 powered Rocket Bunny S13.
Here is an old shot of his car when it was first built by PSI.
The car above was wrecked at the previous ProAm event and needed to be rebuilt. A new chassis was sourced and the work was begun. We worked many long nights to get the new car ready for this past weekends event. We managed to get the car up and running by 3am on Sunday morning. Andrew and his crew made the long journey up and Jason Oefelein and Zach would be following later that morning to support Andrew in the pits.
After a few shakedown passes, the car and Andrew were ready for competition.
Andrew qualified first with his eyes set on a podium finish. A podium finish was sidelined due to transmission failure during the opening ceremony.
Another shot of Andrew's top qualifying run.
We want to congratulate both Kyle Pollard and Andrew Coomes for their hard work this weekend and want to thank them for representing PSI. We look forward to continuing our support throughout the end of the season and beyond. Good luck Kyle Pollard in Irwindale at Formula D Round 7 and Andrew Coomes at Evergreen Drift Round 5.
Kyle Pollard qualifies 21st at Formula D Vegas 2011 in his Tomei 2.2L SR powered Nissan Silvia. Kyle built the car himself and had it tuned by Jason Oefelein from PSI. The car makes 542whp and 426 ft-lbs of torque.
New for FD Vegas, Kyle's car now sports a new PSI livery.
If you can't make it to Vegas catch him on drift stream.
Here is a video of his top qualifying run,
After the paint had dried, it was time to put the car back together.
The hatch has been put on and all glass is in. The fuel cell is and mounted.
The heart of the Rocket Bunny LS240 is in. The 6.6L LS2 is in but still needs to be plumbed and wired.
Fabrication still continues on the front of the car.
Work will be continuing late into the night as the deadline approaches quickly.
This 2005 Acura NSX is owned by one of our clients. In the photo above, it sits in stock form. The NSX's design and styling set it apart.
Powered by a all-aluminum V6, this mid-engined sports car produces 276 whp and 220 ft-lbs of torque. The power, weight, and mid-engine design make this a very fun car to drive.
However, our client wanted to take it to the next level. He wanted a little more power, so a turbo solution was devised.
A custom PSI turbo kit was created starting with a LoveFab turbo manifold and a Precision T4 turbo. A Tial waste gate and boost controller were added to the mix.
The custom intake we had made previously for this car was replaced by a charge pipe with a Tial waste gate.
The mid mounted V6 makes turbo placement tricky. The turbo sits under the car near the rear bumper.
Some custom fabrication was needed for this solution. A PSI custom spec throttle body was used for this application. A special adapter was fabricated to utilize this throttle body.
Alex Laventure designed and fabricated an adapter.
The custom adapter and Lamborghini throttle body installed.
A ViPEC V88 was added to control the entire package.
The ViPEC sits conveniently behind the passenger seat.
John Reed setup the base map for this setup.
The NSX was strapped down to our dyno and the tuning continued.
This setup puts down 385 whp and 279 ft-lbs of torque at 6 lbs of boost. Update: The car has come back in for a retune and now produces 404 whp and 300 ft-lbs of torque. (the video is from the original run and does not reflect the new tune)
Here is a video on the dyno:
The NSX now sits on a set of custom chromed SSR Professor MS1's.
Here is a quick picture.
It has been several long nights and many more to get Andrew Coomes' Rocket Bunny LS240 (LS2 powered S13) ready for Evergreen ProAm this coming Sunday.
So far, the work has been focused on getting the new chassis ready.
The rear fenders needed to be cut and rolled to fit the larger Falken Azenis tires.
After cutting the fenders, the outer fender was rolled up over the inner fender. This allowed for the fenders to be rolled after for additional clearance.
The front was also modified in preparation for larger tires and increased steering angle.
The trunk floor was cut out to make room for the fuel cell and other fuel system components.
Alex welded in new trunk floor.
The entire car was stripped and prepped for paint.
Once painted, it will be a few long days and nights to get the LS2 back in and running. There is a lot of work to do but it will be all worth it when Andrew Coomes is drifting the LS240 along the bank at Evergreen.
Recently, we teamed up with John Reed Racing for a Ignition solution for a client's Mark III Toyota Supra powered by a 7M.
A M&W Ignition CDI was chosen for the added benefits it provides for the ignition system.
A custom mounting plate was needed for the M&W CDI.
Alex making a template for the mounting plate.
Mounting plate for the M&W CDI.
John Reed built a custom wiring harness for this application.
The custom harness and M&W Ignitions CDI installed in the Supra.
After the installation, it was time to tune the car. The Supra ended up making 690 whp.
Check back here for more JRR and PSI collaborations.
Kyle Pollard's drift S13 is back on our dyno again. He recently had to get a new driveshaft made after his broke at Formula D Seattle.
While at our shop, Kyle wanted to address the fuel system. A Radium Engineering fuel surge tank with dual Bosch 044's was added to the system help reliably move the fuel.
This new fuel setup feeds a turbocharged Tomei stroked SR.
With this new setup, the car needed to be retuned. So it was strapped down to our Dynojet dyno.
Jason Oefelein tunes the Tomei SR.
This time around, the car put down 543 whp and 440 ft-lbs of torque at 26psi.
Here is a video,
Kyle will be taking it to PARC this weekend and then it is off to Vegas next week for Round 6 of Formula D.
No matter if you race at a professional level or a weekend racer, having control over the engine is key.
One of our clients races the Mini above in autocross events.
The client recently had the motor built and a supercharger added. Along with those upgrades, this little box was added.
A ViPEC ecu was added to give the tuner the ability to better control the engine and take full advantage of the upgrades. The ViPEC offers features that the previous tuning solution did not.
The Mini on the dyno for tuning.
John Reed tuning the supercharged Mini with ViPEC.
The client recently took the Mini to a local autocross event and was very impressed with the new setup. He said it was hard to keep the tires from spinning with all the power.
This blog post will be updated shortly with a dyno video so check back soon.
At Evergreen ProAm Round 3, incidents occurred that resulted in Andrew Coomes needing a new shell. Currently ranked first, Coomes needs to have a new car built and ready to go for the next round. With only a month to the next ProAm event, a new shell was sourced and the swap began.
Another 240 hatch was sourced to allow for an easier transfer of all components.
Peter Taylor, a Evergreen Grassroots drifter, came down to help his friend with stripping down the new shell.
The KA24DE was removed to make way for the 6.6L LS2 V8.
While the new shell was being stripped down, the LS2 needed to be removed from the old shell. The Rocket Bunny kit was removed and the car was gutted.
The old shell stripped down.
Erick Sackhoff and Alex cutting out part of the floor.
The top of the old shell was removed to cut the roll cage out.
All the parts from the old shell were removed to be transferred to the new shell.
Work is continuing at a feverish pace to get the new car built and tested before Evergreen ProAm round 4.
Justin Pawlak was in town for the Evergreen Drift Exhibition last weekend and stayed to help Andrew Coomes prepare for Round 3.
Justin Pawlak coming off the bank in AJC's PSI built LS2 powered S13 at Extreme Night.
Pawlak was there to help Coomes step his game up to the next level. Pawlak is currently ranked first in Formula Drift and has a lot of incite to share with Coomes.
Pawlak talking to Coomes about his last run. Coomes kept improving throughout the day.
Pawlak watched Coomes drift the track and provided feedback between each run.
Pawlak and Jason Oefelein watching Coomes drift the bank.
With each run, Coomes continued to improve.
Come out and support Coomes and the other ProAm drifters at Round 3 this weekend, which is also Formula D Round 5.
We would like to thank Brad from Samuel Hubinette Racing helping by changing some tires for Coomes. We shared the track with Samuel Hubinette Racing's Dodge Viper and Challenger.
Dean Kearny drifting SHR's Dodge Viper.
Also, while we were at the track, Ryan Davis, of Yaer Productions, put together this skit for Coomes and his preparation for Round 3.
Once again, Formula Drift's return to Seattle for Throwdown is fast approaching. Kyle Pollard, a Formula D licensed drifter, has been working hard to get his RHD Nissan 240 ready for Throwdown. He has been working late nights building his S13.
A Tomei 2.2L SR powers Pollard's S13.
Pollard brought his car to PSI to get tuned on our Dynojet dyno by Jason Oefelein.
Pollard's RHD S13 on the dyno.
Jason Oefelein tuning Pollard's S13.
Jason stayed late and got it tuned. The SR makes 481 whp and 373 ft-lbs of torque.
Check out this video of the run,
Don't miss out on seeing Kyle Pollard drifting his S13 this weekend at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA and also the rest of the Formula D and Evergreen ProAm drivers.
This past Saturday, Justin Pawlak was at Evergreen Speedway for Extreme Night. He was there with a few other Formula D and Pro Am drifters for a Drift Exhibition to hype up Formula Drift Round 5 the following weekend.
Before any of the racing or drifting, all the cars were lined up for the spectators to get a closer look at the cars and talk to the drivers.
Andrew Coomes talking to a competitor in the Stinger 8 Series.
Justin Pawlak was signing autographs for fans.
The Falken Tire Mustang Justin normally drives was still on its way to Evergreen Speedway, so Andrew Coomes let me drift his LS240. We built the LS240, which is a S13 240SX with a 6.6L LS2 V8.
Drift cars for the drift exhibition.
Justin Pawlak and Roland Gallagher drifting off the bank.
There was also a rollover contest.
Don't forget next weekend is Formula Drift at Evergreen Speedway. Check out Justin Pawlak drifting his Falken Tire Mustang and Andrew Coomes drifting his LS2 powered 240.
Between each event, we have been working to improve Andrew Coomes' Rocket Bunny drift car.
This time our attention was focused under the hood. The 6.6L LS2 V8 has been tuned and tested, so we focused on keeping the body rigid.
A custom strut tower brace and more supports were added. With the removal of the wheel wells, 1" square tubing was used to increase the strength of the front. The tubing is triangulated between the tower mounts and the front.
The main addition is this custom strut tower brace. It helps to control body roll and keeps the body rigid. The brace triangulates between the towers and the firewall.
These are just some of the many custom components to help Andrew as competitive as he can as he works toward his goal of a Formula Drift License in the Evergreen ProAm Series. Check back here for more updates on Andrew Coomes and his LS2 powered S13.
At Forum Fest 2011, one of our clients made it into the 9.90's in his Evo 8.
This Evo was tuned by Jason Oefelein and makes 865 whp. A few months before, the client took the Evo to Import Face Off for some shakedown runs.
Jason pulling the logs after a pass.
After a few warm up runs, the client made it down the track in 9.947 secs at 147.67 mph. There was a little wheel spin out of the hole but still managed a 1.55 60ft.
Congrats on getting into the 9's, we expect to see some faster times as our client gets more time behind the wheel.
We now have a different car in our showroom. We have gone away from the large displacement V8's and V10's and now a 4 cylinder sits in the lobby. However, what this car lacks in displacement, it makes up for in heritage and styling.
A 1958 Porsche Special 2500.
This Porsche is powered by a 2500cc Polo4.
We recently had this Porsche on our dyno.
Come down to PSI to check out this rare and very beautiful classic Porsche and the other cars that we are working on. At the time of this post, there is a supercharged methanol-fueled beast on the dyno. More on this in the future.
One of our clients is a Porsche enthusiast and has many Porsche including this 997 GT3 RS,
He often drives this one or his 911 GT2 to the shop, however this time he brought down his 1958 Porsche Special.
A beautifully restored Porsche Special in front of PSI.
The client wanted to see how the car was running so we strapped it down to the dyno for a couple of pulls.
Porsche Special ready to run, on the dyno.
This Porsche is powered by a 4 cylinder Polo engine from Dean Polopolus.
This is a rare and beautifully restored '58 Porsche Special. This shows you never know what kind of cars will be at PSI, so feel free to stop by.
Recently, a client brought down his 2007 Honda Civic Si to be tuned.
This Civic has a cold air intake and aftermarket headers. The client wanted to get the most out of these upgrades on his daily driver, so he opted for tuning with Hondata FlashPro.
Jason Oefelein tuning the Civic.
After tuning, this Civic makes 208 whp and 152 ft-lbs of torque. The Hondata FlashPro is a good tuning solution for many late model Honda's. Another application is the Honda S2000. Jason Oefelein tuned a turbo S2000 with DBW with a Hondata unit. Call or come down for more information about Hondata FlashPro and other tuning solutions offered by PSI.