Bias adjustable, dual master cylinder brake setup

Friday, 10 December 2010 06:15

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We just got this system installed on a unique application. It's a RWD, S2000 powered Honda CRX that our friend Aaron Weir is building up.

The adjustable bias will allow for the fine tuning needed to accommodate the new weight distribution of the S2000 driveline. Replacing the brake booster with appropriately sized master cylinders also makes for a rock-hard, and confidence inspiring pedal feel.

This is the same setup we built prototypes for our twincharged Civic and also a '06 Civic Si.

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The crash

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 00:57

We had a near season ending crash while we were completing a Redline Time Attack at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club last July. You'll find this video to be quite the interesting perspective.

Details and more pics of the aftermath:

The car was fixed and we were able to set a few more records around Ontario tracks before the end of the season.


Glowing on the dyno

Thursday, 28 October 2010 21:31

This is from the start of the year but it never gets old watching the manifold glow red during this dyno pull. Enjoy!



Race report - Solosprint final event

Thursday, 28 October 2010 00:41

The final rounds of the Ontario Solosprint Time Trial series were held at Shannonville on September 11th and 12th. The track was available on Friday night for practice of the fast Fabi course, and the Civic was there to shake down an alternate intercooling setup. After inconsistent IATs at Mosport, it was found that the ice water circuit was being compromised by excessive slosh in the reservoir. This was allowing too much air into the pump and reducing the flow rate. So out came the icebox, and in went a stock Honda rad and fan mounted where the back seats used to be. We were able to fill and seal the system and consistently feed our intercooler with ambient temperature water. This ensured we’d have no detonation on our timed runs, which were especially hard on the full track, where laps would take nearly 2 minutes! Unfortunately the system wasn’t filled and primed on Friday night, and near the end of practice, the steam from the hot intercooler ruptured a water line. A quick run to the store, and a late repair by flashlight got us back in shape for competition.

Saturday weather was warm and sunny, and Will started the day off with a quick pace on Z214s. Jon was up next and was ready to answer back, but at turn 3 of the first hot lap the car couldn’t stop and slid off the track. Turned out that in our rush to check oil and get the car out for the 2nd driver, the safety wire on the dipstick was not fastened. During the first full throttle acceleration, the dipstick popped out and engine oil sprayed the front left corner. With a tire sprayed with oil, there was no traction to brake the car, and that ended the run. Additionally, feedback from both drivers indicated that the tires were not gripping so well, and they were becoming difficult to modulate. Realizing they were finished from too many heat cycles, the street tires went back on and Jon completed a clean session. The Hankook RS-3s were quick, but not enough to best Will’s time on Z214s.

After lunch, an inspection of the car found that the collector of the exhaust manifold had developed a crack almost all the way around the tube! This problem was going to take a bit more time, and with both drivers on the scoreboard, the civic was retired for the day. Off came the manifold and the search begun. Luckily a skilled TIG welder was found nearby, and the manifold was repaired good as new. The manifold was back on the car even before the BBQ dinner hosted by the HADA club!

Sunday was wet, and stayed that way for most of the day. The Civic struggled to put all 300 hp down, but found the chassis balanced enough to slide gracefully on the slick track. The rain slowed and times started to drop, until a Subaru oiled the track and stopped competition. Marshalls and organizers wielded every broom on the property and swept bags upon bags of speedy dry on the track, until the conditions were declared safe. At about the same time, the rain stopped, and it was a mad scramble for everyone to get a dry time in. Jon had the first chance on a semi-dry surface, which provided lots of grip for the RS-3 tires. But then Will went out after on a dry and arguably warmer track, and claimed FTD for the day, beating all other competitors! Although not our first, it was rewarding to place the civic at the top even on street tires.

And that concludes the Ontario Solosprint time trial championship. Enmo claimed 1st place in IMPROVED class and 3rd overall, behind 2 previous Solosprint champions. But even more impressive, it set 2 FTDs out of 8 events, and consistently was in the top 5 fastest cars of the event. Enmo showed that ‘less’ can be ‘more’, by outperforming cars with double the cylinders, one camshaft, and only 2 drive wheels!


CSCS final event coverage

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 01:26

The Canadian Sport Compact Series, known as CSCS, is growing in popularity since its inception in 2003. The event combines the most popular aspects of sport compact culture, offering time attack, drag racing, drifting, car show, models and music. Enmo entered both Civic and S2000 in the time attack event.
The rules are simple and mirror the US Redline Time Attack rule set. There are three main classes: street, super street, and unlimited; and each is further split between drivetrains. The enmo S2000 falls under street RWD, and the enmo Civic enters in super street FWD – at least that what we thought. As we rolled through tech inspection, we were forced into unlimited FWD based on the engine modifications, even though we would compete on street tires.
The morning practice sessions were a struggle as the track was very cold, and previous days rain had washed away any rubber laid down. Jonathan Weir struggled to get the S2000 to hook up on the green track, and looked like he should have entered in the drift competition instead. Will also worked against the odds with a lack of grip from his street tires in unlimited class. But the sun briefly broke through the clouds and as the track warmed up, grip could be found, and times began to fall.
After practice was over, the overall times showed the Civic near the top and the S2000 not far behind. A full 75 competitors were registered, so the competition would take a long time. Grid order was based on overall lap time, the slowest first, and the fastest last. Jon was in run group 11, amongst four other super street competitors. Will was group 15, the 2nd fastest group. Having such a late start after a long break meant that tires were dead cold, and would take time to heat up in competition. Only one warm-up lap is given, followed by three timed laps, but the tires would need more than the one lap to heat up. When the S2000 went out, it was obvious from the sliding that the tires were cold. The S2000’s back end was stepping out in every corner, and unsuccessfully getting power down to the pavement. The first and second timed laps were not on pace, but finally on the third lap, the tires stuck. Will pushed the Civic hard to heat the tires, and managed to get up to speed quicker even though the car was unusually loose. On the third lap the rear end let go in turn one, the fastest on the track. The Civic spun once, and slid off the track. With another car coming around behind, Will got the car restarted and managed to finish the lap without holding up the event.
With the Civic scored in unlimited FWD, Will placed 3rd, a mere 3 tenths behind the winner. Jon captured 1st in street RWD with the S2000, ahead of a more powerful BMW 135i. Two podiums for enmo at their final event of the season. Enmo wishes to thank all their sponsors for the support provided in the 2010 season, and as we begin preparing for 2011, we hope that everyone can remain a part of this successful team.


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