The latest stop on the Speed Ventures Honda Challenge was at the Spring Mountain Motorsports track in Phrump, NV. The track is located right outside Las Vegas, only 45 mins from my home. Since the Motor Speedway in Las Vegas doesn’t like locals I consider this my home track, even though I don’t get to race on it that much.
The Track is home to the Ron Fellows Corvette driving school, and they just got in a large order of brand new C7 2014 corvettes. What color do you like?
The new Corvette looks great, I love the new look and the interior looked very European.
The track has many different configurations, the biggest one is the 3.4 miles we raced on Saturday. It is the longest track on the west coast, and with 17 turns, a tough one to learn. Lucky for me I have been here 2 times before and raced the 3.1 miles track last year.
I wanted to test out the new clutch and Limited Slip differential that I installed over the summer. The new LSD will allow the car to put down all it’s power, especially out of the corners. It was definitely felt in the long sweeping turn 2, and in the tight radius of turn 9 where I drop the car down to 2nd gear and power out.
The Cadillac challenge was also running this weekend
The Bimmer challenge was also making an appearance
The Cadillacs all looked heavily modified, most were not street cars anymore with full race suspensions and aftermarket brakes.
This cars’ owner was not satisfied with the 550hp the car made stock, and added a Whipple supercharger, power is close to 700hp now. It was loud and fast on the track. The long straights fit it perfect.
This G35 was another full blown racecar at the track day. The car was equipped with a full cage, and extensive twin turbo setup. The vehicle was once a demo car for the filter brand K& N, and was in their SEMA booth some years ago with a different livery.
The car had full custom built turbo system including the intake plenum and the intercooler piping. I couldn’t find the owner to find the specs, I will have to keep an eye open to see if this car is at SEMA again this year.
This is a right hand drive civic with a K20a swap, and a full JRZ suspension. Not sure if it’s a replica or a real deal JDM car, if it’s real i would love to find out if it’s registered and how he slipped that by the DMV.
The K20 swap in the Civic looked very clean and the car was very fast. A lot of money was well spent to get the car to this level.
This old school Camaro looked and sounded great. It got hurt at the race at Chuckwalla early in the year so it was good to see it back up and terrorizing the track again
One unlucky WRX caught fire early in the day. The owner said it was just in for service, and wasn’t sure what happened or what came loose. The Track workers were on the scene quickly and no major damage was visible when it came back into the pits.
Overall it was a good track day, the car worked flawlessly. The new differential was felt, but because the track wasn’t the same as last time I couldn’t get at definitive time difference. The 3.1 mile track is shorter but the turns make it slower so my 3:12 time has no bearing on the 3:10 of this event. Thanks to the Trackmaster app. I could see that the car had a higher top speed at the end of the long straights thanks to the differential digging the car out of the corners. There was also less under steer in almost all the corners, so i was able to keep the line and get on the power sooner. I will have to wait til I visit one of the other courses I race this year to see a direct time difference.