A GUIDE TO IMPROVING YOUR CAR’S AERODYNAMIC DOWNFORCE PERFORMANCE EFFICIENTLY, WITHOUT WIND TUNNEL TESTING OR CFD ANALYSIS.
One of the Improving downforce can seem like a big challenge when you don’t have the tools to measure increases in performance. How do we know if the wing we put on our car or the air dam we spent a weekend making help at all? The tools of the aerodynamic trade can be out of reach for mere mortals. Renting a wind tunnel is cost prohibitive for many large scale race teams, let alone a few friends looking to have fun at the track. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD for short) is a great tool that brings aerodynamic testing right to your desktop computer, but takes a decent budget to purchase the software and a lot of training and experience to be able to get useful information out of it. Well, I’m here to tell you that dipping your toe into dramatically improving the downforce and aerodynamic efficiency of your race vehicle is much more accessible than you think. Certainly, a wind tunnel and CFD can take you to the next level, but right now, a lot speed is being left on the table due to misinformation, misunderstanding and a fear of making your vehicle perform worse!
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There seems to be an endless amount of options when it comes to brakes. This guy says this pad is the best, the internet says this one is the best. How do you differentiate fact from fiction, brand loyalty from first hand experience? That's what I'm going to try and shed some light on today. Why I run the brakes I run and how you can make an educated chose as well.
I'm going to assume that you know what brake pads do, they stop your car by applying friction to your rotors or drums. One of the biggest things you must realize when selecting brake pads is their operating temperature. The lower their operating temperature the faster you will reach their effective operating temperature but you also risk over heating them if you go past that for a sustained amount of time. For example a street pad like the G-loc GS1 compared to a G-Loc R16. Don't forget on a road course your rotor will also be much hotter then Auto-cross,also your rotors will be hotter Auto-crossing then street driving. Like they say their is a right tool for every job, that applies to brake pads and rotors as well. Wait this may all still be to confusing so lets talk about balance.
"So what about rear vs front brake pad compounds." " Do I stagger or run the same." I know it's a tough thing to grasp your head around with out just spending a bunch of money, or at least that's how I felt. Well I got lucky and heard about companies like G-Loc and OG Racing. Not only did they help with this. They knew my chassis off the top of their head. Not to mention they walked me through the process of making a educated decision based on what I'll be doing with the vehicle.
Remember when I said how can you differentiate between the fact or fiction? One of the ways is ask racers, ask the racers on the pointy end of the grid. For time attack ask people like Mike Lewin. What ever Motorsport you are doing, typically the leaders are willing to share that much. Don't ask just one guy though, ask about 5. Then compare what you are told. At least this is what I was told and it ultimately led me to one brand in particular.
That brand would be G-Loc, the customer service has been amazing since day one and I honestly couldn't be happier. Some of the guys that I currently race with share the same enthusiasm for them. Brand loyalty can be misleading, on one end you have someone that could be pushing that brand because they never tried something else. On the other hand you could have someone that really believes that they are amazing. Ultimately its up to you to make that decision which one they are. If you ask the experts, ask your competitors that are winning, and do your own research on each compound I think you will be okay.
I'm going to start posting honest opinions on why I choose the products that I do. There is a misinterpretation that I run products just because I am sponsored by that brand. In all those cases I reached out to these companies because I believed in their products. Canton Racing has always been my go to company for oil control. I have used their oil coolers, Accusump, oil pans, and oil filter adapters. I will go into details on those on a later date. Today we will take a look at a key item for the K24A2 that is going into the S2000.
I used Canton Racing's oil pan in my S2000 before. I used their F series oil pan when I first put a turbo on the car. So lets talk about the K series oil pan. One of the benefits of the Canton oil pans is the added oil capacity. This pan gives you an extra 1 Quart of oil!
Their pan also replaces your factory windage tray. This helps control the airflow in the crankcase and the drag that it can cause on the crank. Canton has done an amazing job at educating the masses on what windage is and how it effects performance here.
One of the most important thing about aspects of controlling your oil flow is to make sure that oil stays around the pick up. These trap doors do just that. When you are on the brakes the back of the pan tilts up (since your engine is leaning forward when you apply the brakes) and the front doors shut while the rear doors. Vice versa when you are accelerating. They are shaped in a Diamond to make sure that there is always a steady supply of oil to the pick up.
The Final reason i choose this pan is due to the fact that it has all the fittings I need on the oil pan already. I'm still going to be turbo with the K series so I will need a place for the oil drain to go. This is the best and a perfect option for that, rather then welding a fitting on the timing cover. It actually has two fitting on it which gives me another source for an oil temp sensor.
Okay I lied, that was not the final reason. This is, I have been a loyal customer of Canton Racing for a long time now. Their customer service is top notch and their products speak for them self when it comes to performance and quality. I will be running more of their components in the future, that is for sure!