This upcoming Saturday will be Round 1 of the Evergreen Drift ProAm Series at Evergreen Speedway.
The Evergreen Drift is the Northwest's only sanctioned Formula Drift Pro-Am licensing series. Evergreen Drift was the starting series for ten Formula Drift licensed drivers. Five of those ten drivers had their cars tuned at PSI.
On The Dyno, we have a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. A stock ZR-1 is a pretty impressive car with its supercharged LS9. However, this is no ordinary ZR-1 but has had a few custom upgrades.
Above: The ZR-1 on the dyno.
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 2003 Honda S2000 in for a Full-Race turbo kit install and tune with an AEM Series 2.
Above: Full-Race turbo kit with AEM EMS.
The Formula Drift season is starting very soon. The first event at Long Beach is on April 6. Here at PSI, we have been staying very busy with several Formula Drift cars. We have been working on a few of the Northwest competitors' Formula Drift cars to get them ready for the season opener.
Above: Photo from Evergreen Speedway a few years ago.
Radium Engineering often comes down to use our Dynojet dyno for their baselines and tunes. We work closely with them so it is always a pleasant visit when they stop by. The purpose of this visit was to tune a Lotus Elise that they recently installed their turbo kit on.
Above: Radium Engineering Turbo Lotus Elise on the dyno.
A client brought down his 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra to have us install a NOS kit and a retune with SCT.
Mike Phillips Racing made the drive down to PSI. Mike Phillips has joined the small group of Northwest drifters that we sponsor and support in their drifting careers.
Above: Mike Phillips' LS1 240 on the dyno.
People often wonder if we can tune their car or what ems' do we tune. So, this short blog post will go over some of your options.
The tuning solutions for you will depend on what is available for your platform and what are your goals for your car. No matter which
The top option we recommend for some of our clients is a standalone engine management system. Some standalone ems' that we tune are MoTeC, AEM, Pectel, ViPEC, and Haltech.
Above: MoTeC M800 in a supercharged Ford Mustang.
On the dyno, we have a 2007 Mazdaspeed3. It has a turbocharged 2.3L inline 4 under the hood. The client brought his car down to get a tune using a Cobb AccessPort. Before the tune, the Mazda was putting down 263whp and 289 ft-lbs of torque. After the tune, the car made 279 whp and 307 ft-lbs of torque.
On their first visit to PSI, Garage Autohero brought down a few cars to be tuned. One such car was this SR20 powered Nissan S13 240SX.
Recently a client brought in a 2010 Nissan 370Z convertible for an Invidia cat-back exhaust installation and tune. After the exhaust was installed the car was strapped down on the dyno for Jason Oefelein to tune it using the UpRev Osiris tuning solution. After the tune, the 370Z put down 303 whp and 251 ft-lbs of torque.
Here is the video of the run:
Here is a link to the dyno archive record for this car.
Ray and the guys from Garage Autohero came down last Saturday for a tuning session at PSI. They brought down a couple of cars that they recently finished up. A Nissan S13 powered by an SR20 and a Nissan 300ZX also powered by an SR20.
Above: Jason Oefelein and Rob Primo checking out the engine bay of the 300ZX.
On the dyno, we had a 1UZ powered Toyota Corona.
This Lexus V8 is not stock in this car but was swapped in from a more modern Lexus sedan.
AEM’s EMS-4 Universal Standalone Programmable Engine Management System is a standalone Engine Management System for modified Powersports and four-cylinder race car applications. The EMS-4 was created using AEM's powerful Series 2 hardware and includes all of its advanced features without the unneeded ancillary components.
The EMS-4 is designed for four-cylinder applications that need more control than the stock ECU's ability. This is also an alternative to an AEM Series 2 Plug-n-Play EMS for applications that do not require as many advanced features.
Here are some key features:
We are no strangers to AEM EMS', here is Jason Oefelein tuning a turbocharged Mazda Miata with an AEM EMS.
If you are interested in an AEM EMS-4 or any other engine management solution for your car, feel free to contact us and we would be glad to help you.
We have recently become a dealer and tuner for UpRev engine management solutions. Using UpRev's Osiris Tuner, we will tune your car to get the most out of your setup. Osiris Tuner supports both naturally aspirated and forced induction setups. This is a great alternative to stand-alone or piggyback solutions.
The Osiris Tuner supports the following parameters:
Above: Nissan 350Z, one of the cars supported by the Osiris Tuner.
We are not only able to get the most out of your car but trucks, like the Titan and Armada, too.
Here is a list of some vehicles that can be tuned: 350z, G35, 370Z, G37, Titan, Altima, Armada, Cube, Frontier, FX35, FX37, FX45, FX50, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, QX56, Rogue, Sentra, Versa, Xterra, M35, M37, M45, M56, EX35, EX37, and more. Give us a call if you are interested and want more information. We would be glad to assist you with this tuning solution along and others.
Above: RB25 powered S14 on the dyno.
The owner of this S14 brought his car in to take advantage of our winter tuning special.
Jason tuned this setup and the car now puts down 315 whp and 267 ft-lbs of torque.
Above: RB25 S14 next to a KA-T powered S14.
On the dyno we had this turbocharged S2000.
This particular S2000 has a custom ERL 2.2L block. A Garrett 3076R sits on top of PFab turbo manifold. This new setup was installed because the previous GReddy setup needed to be replaced. The previous turbo had an internal waste gate but the 3076R does not. A Tial 38mm waste gate was added along with new custom down pipe, dump tube, and intercooler piping.
This setup was tuned by Jason Oefelein with an AEM EMS. It produces 350 whp and 237 ft-lbs of torque.