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by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Aug 31st, 2011 | On The Dyno

Yesterday, Radium Engineering brought down their Turbo Lotus Elise to prepare it for the Lotus Track Day this Friday at Portland International Raceway.

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Check out their blog at http://radiumauto.com/blog.php for more on the prep day and track day this Friday. Here at PSI, we offer the full line of Radium Engineering parts. We have used a many of their universal products on our client's cars.

One particular product that we use is their Fuel Surge Tank, with either Bosch 044's or Walbro fuel pumps.

Here is one installed in Kyle Pollard's Formula Drift Nissan S13.

Radium Engineering's Fuel Surge Tank in a drift S13.jpg

Another one on Andrew Coomes' Rocket Bunny LS240, a LS2 powered Nissan 240SX.

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The fuel surge tank is a great addition to a drift car because it helps ensure fuel delivery even when traveling sideways at high speeds.

Come down and check out some of their products.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Aug 29th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Motorsports

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.

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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.

Kyle Pollard's S13 back at PSI after Formula D Vegas 2011.jpg

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.

Andrew Coomes' White Rabbit 1

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.

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Andrew qualified first with his eyes set on a podium finish. A podium finish was sidelined due to transmission failure during the opening ceremony.

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Another shot of Andrew's top qualifying run.

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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.

by Kyle Tomita on Sat, Aug 27th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Events and Shows, Motorsports

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,

Watch live video from driftstream on Justin.tv

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Aug 26th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Motorsports

After the paint had dried, it was time to put the car back together.

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The hatch has been put on and all glass is in. The fuel cell is and mounted.

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The heart of the Rocket Bunny LS240 is in. The 6.6L LS2 is in but still needs to be plumbed and wired.

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Fabrication still continues on the front of the car.

Work will be continuing late into the night as the deadline approaches quickly.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Aug 25th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, John Reed Racing, Tuning

Acura NSX after a detail

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.

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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.

Precision Turbo on an NSX.jpg

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.

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Alex Laventure designed and fabricated an adapter.

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The custom adapter and Lamborghini throttle body installed.

A ViPEC V88 was added to control the entire package.

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The ViPEC sits conveniently behind the passenger seat.

John Reed tuning a turbo NSX with ViPEC.jpg

John Reed setup the base map for this setup.

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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:

2005 Turbo Acura NSX on the dyno at PSI from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

The NSX now sits on a set of custom chromed SSR Professor MS1's.

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Here is a quick picture.

Turbo NSX.jpg

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Aug 24th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Motorsports

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.

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So far, the work has been focused on getting the new chassis ready.

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The rear fenders needed to be cut and rolled to fit the larger Falken Azenis tires.

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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.

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Alex welded in new trunk floor.

The entire car was stripped and prepped for paint.

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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.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Aug 23rd, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, John Reed Racing

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.

M&W Ignition CDI in MKIII Supra.jpg

A custom mounting plate was needed for the M&W CDI.

Alex making a template for a M&W Ignition mount.jpg

Alex making a template for the mounting plate.

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Mounting plate for the M&W CDI.

John Reed built a custom wiring harness for this application.

John Reed Racing M&W Ignition Harness

Custom harness.

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The custom harness and M&W Ignitions CDI installed in the Supra.

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After the installation, it was time to tune the car.  The Supra ended up making 690 whp.  

MKIII 7M Supra on dyno at PSI.jpg

Check back here for more JRR and PSI collaborations.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Aug 19th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, On The Dyno, Tuning

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.

Radium Engineering's Fuel Surge Tank in a drift S13.jpg

This new fuel setup feeds a turbocharged Tomei stroked SR.

Tomei 2.2L SR in RHD S13.JPG

With this new setup, the car needed to be retuned. So it was strapped down to our Dynojet dyno.

Kyle Pollard's S13 on the dyno again at PSI.jpg

Jason Oefelein tunes the Tomei SR.

Jason Oefelein tuning Kyle Pollard's S13.jpg

This time around, the car put down 543 whp and 440 ft-lbs of torque at 26psi.

Here is a video,

Kyle Pollard's Drift S13 on the dyno at PSI after FST from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

Kyle will be taking it to PARC this weekend and then it is off to Vegas next week for Round 6 of Formula D.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Aug 11th, 2011 | In The Lobby

The car in our lobby has changed once again.  The 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle was taken out to make room for another American car.  This time it is a Ford from 1933, a coupe named "Whiplash".

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This is a multi-award winning car.  Here is another shot of Whiplash.

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Come down and check it out in our lobby. We don't know how long it will be staying.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Aug 10th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, John Reed Racing, On The Dyno, Tuning

No matter if you race at a professional level or a weekend racer, having control over the engine is key.

Mini Track Car and Blown Camaro at PSI.JPG

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.

ViPEC controlled Mini.jpg

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.

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The Mini on the dyno for tuning.

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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.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Aug 9th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Motorsports

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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.

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Another 240 hatch was sourced to allow for an easier transfer of all components.

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Peter Taylor, a Evergreen Grassroots drifter, came down to help his friend with stripping down the new shell.

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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.

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The old shell stripped down.

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Erick Sackhoff and Alex cutting out part of the floor.

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The top of the old shell was removed to cut the roll cage out.

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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.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Aug 1st, 2011 | Events and Shows

This past Saturday was our second annual Summer Cruise-In.  The sun was out on this July day and so were the cars.

2011 Portland Speed Industries Summer Cruise-In

Several Nissan GT-R's showed up.

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Custom VW Bug

2011 Portland Speed Industries Summer Cruise-In

One of the attendees brought down his Ariel Atom.

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Two bagged Lincoln Continentals and a Supercharged Shelby GT500.

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Radium Engineering was out showing off their turbocharged Lotus Elise and some of their universal products.

Radium Engineering at PSI's Summer Cruise-In.JPG

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They also brought down a Lotus Evora, which is the new platform they are developing components for.  Check back here or at http://radiumauto.com for more details.

Inside the shop, PSI was showcasing some of the projects that they are working on.

2011 Portland Speed Industries Summer Cruise-In

Sitting in the lobby is a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle powered by a LS1. This was a frame off restoration and modification preformed at PSI.

2011 Portland Speed Industries Summer Cruise-In

Toyota Supra running on a MoTeC M84.

2011 Portland Speed Industries Summer Cruise-In

A Turbo Honda NSX.

Also inside, two artists were demonstrating a little of what they do.

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Todd Johnston of Todd Design doing a rendering on site.

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We had Brad pinstripe our new PSI van, a Chevy Stepvan. He will be continuing this project with a few PSI logos.

We were fortunate to have Trevor Stevens of Celerity Photography come down and cover our event for us. Several of the photos in this were taken by him. Here are a few more by Trevor.

2011 Portland Speed Industries Summer Cruise-In

Custom Nova

2011 Portland Speed Industries Summer Cruise-In

'57 Belair SS

2011 Portland Speed Industries Summer Cruise-In

13B powered Datsun 510

Thanks again Trevor for the event coverage.

Thanks everyone who came down. Even if we just had our event this year, we already can't wait for our next Cruise-In.

We leave you with this photo of several Toyota Supra's leaving at the end of the day. Two of them made the drive down all the way from Canada.

Supra's Leaving PSI's Summer Cruise-In.JPG

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