It’s been a while since I posted a recap of the past F1 race but I couldn’t pass up commenting on my favorite F1 track of all, Spa Francochamps in Belgium. This track is surrounded by history on and off the track. Nestled within the Ardennes forest where some of the most historic WWII battles occured, Spa was one of the original Formula 1 tracks on the calendar in 1950, just a few years after the war. This is also one of a few tracks that actually still resembles it’s original layout and looking like a proper road course winding through natural terrain of the land.
Now on to the events of last weekend. Another feature of Spa is it’s unpredictable weather that always calls for an eventful race. Last weekend was no exception with wet/dry conditions causing crashes and strategy calls to keep us all entertained.
Again, Red Bull was on pole with Webber but a poor start and dropped him a couple spots before the first corner. Red Bull has the pace but it’s always something that prevents them from converting good qualifying into race wins.
In the middle of the race, Vettel’s inexperience showed again when he lost control trying to overtake Button and speared straight into the side of him taking Button out of the race. Vettel was able continue but ended up with a drive-through penalty, which is fair because it was a pseudo racing incident, something unintentional but caused by some poor judgement.
In the end, Lewis took the checkers driving a clean race and keeping out of trouble while Webber reaped the benefits of Vettel and Button’s mishaps to place second. It seems like it’ll be Reb Bull – McLaren battle going into the last rounds of this season with Lewis and Webber fighting for the championship. Ferrari has just been messing around in the top ten and can’t seem to get it together and run a clean tidy race weekend.
Due to countless track events and flex from the OEM calipers, strong pads can often leave uneven surface deposits and high and low spots on rotors causing vibrations and reduced braking efficiency. The rotors needed a good re-surface and turning them off the car is highly not recommended because the off-car lathe will likely not match the hub of the car. Luckily we have just the tool to fix all those issues and prolong rotor life. Our Pro-Cut computer calibrated on-car brake lathe complete eliminates lateral run-out for smoother and more efficient braking.
The ASM Siren Circuit exhaust we installed and tested last week was sitting a little off-center due to the fitment on an 06+ USDM S2000 so we had to make a few minor adjustments. A few tweaks and it now sits perfectly center and flush with the edge of the bumper. We can’t get enough of how amazing this exhaust looks and sounds so here are some more picture to share.
Even a year after production ended on the S2000, it’s nice to see people still running brand new authentic JDM parts on their car. These days you could almost buy a used S2000 for the cost of a Mugen Carbon Hardtop. I’m sure Mugen is just as happy to produce another Dry Carbon Hardtop for our customer. Hardtops are a pain to transport so what better way to take it home than installed on the car!
After selling a couple ASM I.S. Design Siren Circuit Exhausts in the US, we finally managed to get a chance to perform our own dyno test of it using a 100% stock engine 2006 AP2 S2000. We visited Church Automotive Testing in Wilmington, CA (Long Beach) as usual to get the most sensitive reading possible on a Dynapack. People say these read high but it doesn’t really matter what the number are, all we’re looking for is the delta so the load based hub reading the dynapack produces will give us the most accurate reading in this sense.
The ASM Siren Circuit Exhaust is a completely new design approach than the S-Special series. It utilizes 5 individually hand made silencers and articulation forks to eliminate harmonic overtones in the 200~300Hz frequency band and specific rpm ranges for a truely pure sound. Designed to achieved a unique siren sound and comply with Japanese road regulations of 93db astonishingly without the use of glass wool mufflers. The absence glass wool packed mufflers and resonators dramatically increases the lifespan of the exhaust and prevents increase in volume and tone over time. The exhaust has a complete straight through design with no restrictive perforated core mufflers for smooth air flow. This incredibly complicated exhaust is completely hand made down to the internal structure of the silencers. The exhaust is designed to have a near stock volume at low rpms and partial throttle and gently open up as you increase revs at wide open throttle. The 60mm piping isn’t designed for maximum power gains but rather better throttle response and a long lasting finely tuned sound.
Following the preview of the upcoming Recaro SR-7 ASM Limited II, ASM has released a preview for the RS-G bucket seat in the new ASM Limited pattern. The seat will feature the standard kamui fabric with a strip of perforated alcantara and shining silver mesh down the middle. The new ASM Limited seats will also feature a silver stitched ASM logo in the middle and the standard red double stitching along the edges.
The Recaro RS-G ASM Limited II seat will be formally launched in December with a tentative USA MSRP of $2349.99
Here is the first provisional design of the Recaro SR-7 ASM Limited II which features ASM’s new design scheme for their line of ASM Limited Recaro seats. The seat will feature Kamui fabric on the outsides and seatback with a strip of perforated alcantara between the traditional shining silver mesh in the middle. The seat will also feature red double stitching as always and now include a stitched ASM logo. Seat prices are TBA and will be available for order after September. Other seat models in the same pattern will follow.
I got a care package from anonymous “Mr. Thumb” today. It’s nice to someone actively promoting authentic products that we all love and proudly sell. Our industry has shrunk due to the economy and it’s becoming more difficult for manufacturers to afford to make innovative new parts especially when it’ll just get knocked off and sold for half. For those that can’t afford high end parts, there’s nothing wrong with buying lower quality parts that are more affordable, as long as they’re ORIGINAL designs. Replica manufacturers should see the light and use the resources they have to produce original products they can call their own, even getting influences from an existing design is acceptable for those looking for similar styles. But to use the original part and make an exact replica is just plain shameful.
For the European car owners that still care about performance and can resist getting custom 3-piece wheels, lightweight forged 1-piece wheels are the way to go. Volk Racing wheels have been getting more popular with BMW and Porsche owners after they released fitments for M3 and 997 applications. Rays has even targeted this market by supplying the Rahal Letterman M3 GT ALMS with some VR.G2 Forged 1-piece (Magnesium) wheels to further promote the BMW market.