The Speed Ventures Honda Challenge had their second event of the season at Chuckwalla race way in California last Saturday. I wanted to test out the oil cooler setup I had fabricated over the winter break, and see where I matched up against my competition.
The Track only has one configuration, and did not have a lot of elevation, non the less it was a great track. There where some late apexes that I had trouble with, and one large sweeper that took a few tries to get right.
The one problem I had with the event was traffic, there were so many cars in each heat that is was tough to get a clean lap. Speed Ventures scheduled a lot of other challenge series racing today, and it seems it could have better spaced out to make for a more fulfilling day. There where certainly a lot of Honda challenge cars in each of the three classes ready to race.
The Cadillac challenge was another class that was racing today, along with the S2000, BMW, and the frs/brz challenge. Plus they where running a time trials class. so you see what I mean by too many classes on one track. The pits where so full it was tough to drive to the staging area.
This was one of the S2000’s at the event. The owner had come up with some cool ideas to make the car go faster on a budget.
The owner had this defuser added to help with drag. He said he was inspired by the Spoon hard tops used in N1 racing in Japan, and wanted the same effect on a cheaper budget. He stated that the idea is to move the air over the car where it would normally stall over the trunk. it was removable and cost significantly less that a Spoon hardtop.
Here is an Arial Atom. What surprised me was that it had a Honda K20 motor from the RSX. I thought that only the European models got that, and the American models got the Chevrolet Cobalt motor. This one was either an import or they have changed their supplier.
This Supercharged M3 had about 600hp, and was competing in the Bimmer Challenge modified class. Thankfully it was not in the same session as me,because it would have passed me more time than I care to count.
I love 964 chassis 911’s this one was in full race trim with plexi glass windows and a cup suspension. Having your own trailer does allow you to go to the limit of your budget, and not what you can drive on the road with. I don’t think I will be going that way any time soon.
The racing was pretty hard each session. The different cars and driver talent levels made for interesting passes and driving.
People know when you bring a Dodge Viper ACR you mean business. This one was mean.
The Acura performed great once again. I had no problems on the almost 4 hour drive to and from the track. The new oil cooler worked perfect, in October at the Spring mountain track I saw oil temps over 270 degrees, this time not once did the temp go over 225. The cool down laps at the end of each session help the oil to cool faster too, I was able to get the temps almost below 200 by the time i got to pit road. I was still the slowest in my class, I believe with some more practice I could have closed the gap, but not enough to move a step ahead. I will be looking into ways to make the car go faster before the next event I still have 2 points of room before I would have to move up to the next class So I plan to use all of those points.