Super Street posted this walk-around video clip of ASM Car No.1 when they visited in January to shoot an article for the May issue of Super Street Magazine
Here’s another web commercial from Prodrive Japan which features some clips of ASM Car No.1 at 2009 Tsukuba Time Attack.
We have the Prodrive GC-07J wheels featured on the ASM car in stock at the moment.
Most of us weekend track racers will never enjoy the benefits of a team preparing our cars for the track. We spend countless hours under the hood with blood, sweat, and tears to get our cars ready for some casual racing. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button got a little taste of what it’s like to not be a professional driver and have to work on the car you drive.
The JDM Bug bit hard in 2002 with the discovery of the glory of all things JDM. The mod list started growing out of control but the big ones came in the form of a Gears Front Lip, Mugen Exhaust, Mugen Header, Mugen Intake, and a couple of other things. Back when car audio was still in fashion, I had built a removable amp/crossover rack with most of the audio components mounted to it so it could be taken out when I went to the track.
With over 10 track days under my belt and my first trip to Laguna Seca, I quickly outgrew many “mild” aftermarket parts on the car and had some tough lessons.
Lesson 1: When the S2000 fuel gauge says 1/4 on track, it really means, you ain’t gonna make it to the gas station 10 miles away. (The picture is of me waiting on the side of the road for someone to get me some fuel.)
Lesson 2: “Performance” pads are only means they’re only good for your first track day where you haven’t learned to properly brake yet. On my 2nd track event, I learned the art of threshold braking only to discover that the “performance” pads I was using couldn’t keep up with that. They ended up crumbling and falling apart leaving me braking with the backing plate only.
Lesson 3: The dirt on the outside of turn 8b at Laguna Seca is surprisingly soft.
Yes, this is what you think it is. No, it’s not mine. Got this for a friend’s birthday, but it is cool isn’t it?
While doing a valve adjustment on our S2000 #2 demo car we found a cracked intake valve retainer on cylinder 4. These AP1 retainers should’ve been changed to AP2 retainers as a preventative measure but not we have to go fishing for the piece that fell off. Now to swap out for another spare engine and tear this one down. Word of advice for AP1 S2000 owners, CHANGE YOUR RETAINERS! They’re probably already cracked of will crack soon.
This just give us excuses to buy more tools. Hopefully Mr. Snap-On tools tells us the valves aren’t bent.
A fairly uneventful race in Istanbul, Turkey this past weekend.
Well, except for dumbass #5 and #6 teammates crashing into each other. Everyone knows rule #1 within the team is “don’t crash into your teammate”. Regardless of whoever fault it was, there was obviously a lack of communication in the team which was indicated by the team’s reaction on the pit wall. Seb probably saw an opportunity to pass and tried to take advantage of it but MW probably didn’t get any notice he was coming so the two morons lost a lot of valuable points and dropped themselves out of leading the constructor’s championship. Lewis Hamilton then inherited first and went on to win the race.
In the closing laps there was some good wheel-to-wheel action between the McLaren teammates and we saw Lewis Hamilton’s girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger over-reacting in the garage like she knew what was going on; sit down lady, this is racing.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an updated on the Tricolore build but things are coming together nicely. With the bodywork still off the under-bodywork frame sliders were installed.
The left side needed to be slightly modified to fit around the Ducati Performance Coolant Hoses but it’s hardly noticeable once installed.
The first piece of dry carbon bodywork also went on.