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Old 08-05-2009, 06:51 PM   #1
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Very little is known about LIC Motorsports in the Time Attack world, only competing in 3 events over the last 15 months. LIC Motorsports is a maintenance/performance shop located in Novato, CA. In addition to our general day to day operations LIC Motorsports also runs a race program for various events like NASA, Redline Time Attack, and the upcoming Super Lap Battle.

3 months ago the judgment call was made to redesign the shops 2004 STi (from its previous configuration as seen at last year’s Modified Magazine Tuner Shootout). When approaching this daunting task we sought the expertise of Crawford Performance in Oceanside, CA. Crawford was a good choice for LIC Motorsports as the working relationship goes back 5+ years, being a dealer, running the product previously, and the countless happy customers with their products. Besides, what better way to support the product you sell than by running them for oneself.

After careful detail was given as to what events we anticipated attending we came up with a calculated plan to get ourselves on the path to qualify for the prestigious Super Lap Battle (known as the super bowl of Time Attack). In order to qualify for Super Lap Battle you must place in top 3 at a NASA TT (Time Trial) event. With advice and path laid out, we went on our way to making the NASA TT event at Cal Speedway in Fontana, CA; which was the last chance to qualify (before needing to go out of state). The event was to be 07-31-09 to 08-02-09 and this was our chance to qualify. Knowing we would be up against a lot of great teams we sat down and calculated out what it would take to place top 3 and attempt to break the “Modified AWD Class” record, which was 1:47.60 from the previous year. How great would it be for a little company/team to come from nowhere and pull that off? This is what we aimed for and kept motivation to charge forward.

The first step we took was to fit larger tires under the car; this meant we needed fender flares and address the clearance issues that come with it. The largest tire that could fit last year was a 255 Toyo R888, knowing that we couldn’t compete on a racing level with that small of a tire, we sought the advice of LIC Motorsports fabricator; whom is an affiliate shop located in Northern California. Handing him a set of Rota DPT 18x9.5 e35 he had his work cut out for him. But not just any fender flares would be allowed, never would some rubber mounted slammed on hokey looking part be okay and acceptable; we wanted a show quality functional piece that would be easily fixed if damaged and would still be light weight. Its one thing to only think of function but it’s another to spend the time, money, and energy to build/design a show quality piece of functional art work. This was the task handed to the Fabricator and a daunting one at minimum.










In addition to the fender flares we wanted a switch panel for push button start and auxiliary fuel pump, lights, etc… On top of that list, a mounting solution was needed for the newly purchased APR widebody wing (the mounting brackets provided were not as efficient as wanted, as we wanted the energy to be forced onto the chassis of the vehicle not on the trunk as the brackets provided would do). If that list wasn’t large enough, we also needed a solution to front/rear and underbody Aerodynamics. After hussling to make an insane deadline, the car was given back to LIC Motorsports with 3 weeks before the NASA event.












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Old 08-05-2009, 06:52 PM   #2
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Upon getting the car back to LIC Motorsports, it was now time for Motor build/assembly and mock up of additional components with some special attention to detail being added in. When we decided on doing our motor build we had the option of a complete stroked race motor (as seen in most the competition we would be up against) or more of a street orientated/everyday package; one that more of our customers would/could afford. With customer service and product placement always in our mind, we choose to go with a Crawford S3L-I short block and factory STi heads w/ supertech valvetrain (and utilizing the factory STi cams). In addition to this platform the decision was on the power proven Gymkhana 1 GT35R setup. This would sustain the abuse and is capable of the 500whp mark for consistently as well as for longetivity purposes would be a good fit for the goal of the car. Seeing the need for some more show quality and functional items, we decided on the Crawford Surge/Air Oil Separator tank setup (as seen in Gymkhana 1 and 2). Knowing we were going the e85 route for fuel, we needed more fuel delivery than before, so we called upon the good guys over at Deatschwerks Injectors. These guys are a true professionals and top notch, they made us a custom set of injectors and had them overnighted and in our hands within 48 hrs from request.









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With the car coming along it was lots of tireless nights and many choice conversations from the wives of LIC Motorsports. To make matters more complicated Adam (the owner of LIC Motorsports) had a baby that was due any day. Knowing he had an unbelievable task at hand Noah and Adam pushed on relentlessly to get the car done and on its way to SoCal for the much needed custom tune from Crawford Performance.

With Adams baby due on the Saturday prior to the race car leaving that following Wednesday, it was an amazing thrash session and sleepless nights to get everything dialed in and fully functional once it was to arrive at Crawford’s facility, meanwhile still running an everyday day-to-day operations. The week closed out on Tuesday evening (which was really Wednesday at 3:30am) only to be up and on the road by 12pm that day. Needless to say the plan to leave early was combated with delirium and downright being burnt out and not being able to function clearly. The car was finally on the road at 5pm to start the long trek down to Oceanside, CA.



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The car arrived at 3:30am on Thursday; it needed to be on the dyno by 9am for setup and tuning. Unfortunately being so burnt out and tired the plans for a hotel never happened or were even a thought; it was the comfy ole trucks front seats and parking lot outside Crawford for the crew, not the most comfortable after being up for literally 3 weeks. Upon arrival of Bill (Tuner) from Crawford the car immediately went on the dyno (DynaPak). After 13 hrs on the dyno (Apprx 8 of those hours were running/adjusting/calibrating the other time was trying to find a sneaky boost leak and sitting back and thinking about what was going on). It was finally time to bail out of the shop and get some much needed sleep, only problem was it was now 2:30am Friday morning. And the hotel reservations I had were cancelled due to a no show for check in, and now the hotel was booked. On the hunt for another place, after an hour of driving around and darn near 30+ hotels saying they are booked, a place was finally found at 3:30am, off to bed it was for an early start at the track only a few short hours later. Adam betting on borrowed time decided to buy a plane ticket and crossed his fingers that the baby would continue to be a tad bit late and hoping he could make it out to see the car and lend support.





Prior to leaving for the airport to pick up Adam, I received a text at 7:15am that his wife's water had broke and they were on the way to the hospital and he was now not coming to SoCal. Arriving at the track a little late and missing the first 2 sessions and sitting out the 3rd, we set the car up to run the 4th session of the day (Friday was just a test/tune day, not a TT event). I was also informed that I was now an uncle and Adam and wife had a little baby girl named hayden, what an amazing start for the day.





First lap out the car makes a pass across start/finish looking really strong, the driver whom had been suggested to us and we agreed for shakedown was Dr. Russ Warr; a local favorite and a very accomplished driver and a resume to back it all up. Russ was no rookie, taking it easy to get a feel for the car, being that he does this often he completely understood and was very much appreciative to be given the opportunity in the LIC Motorsports STi. After making through the warm up lap Russ pulled in for a vibration that he felt/heard. Upon careful inspection the assumption was the new aero on the back of the car was catching air and banging around a bit, with that conclusion Russ was let back on track making a decent pass across start/finish again when he heard/felt the noise/vibration again; at this point Russ was flat out in 5th gear at 7000 RPMS when he lifted off throttle and BAM the aluminum driveshaft snapped in half.






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Old 08-05-2009, 06:53 PM   #3
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After being towed in the damage was accessed...immediately the work began to source a OEM driveshaft (and ironically it was off Russ’s personal STi). Gathering the parts late at night and getting back to a much needed hotel room we turned in for the night and for once it was only around midnight. No rest for the weary, 6am it was time to roll and get back to the track as the gates opened at 6:30am and I had a driveshaft to install before the 8:40am 1st session rolled out.





With driveshaft installed and gear fluid changed it was time to hit the track for some actual testing; bummer is all of Friday was lost and now these sessions were being timed. Not being discouraged the team rallied on in hopes for a brighter day. First session, Russ was able to turn 3 laps and turning out a best time of 1:52.213, apprx 6.5 secs off the fastest car of the group and capturing 4th place for the session. Session 2 a turbo hose blew and the session was lost due to time constraints. Session 3, with fixed turbo hose Russ was able to knock out a 1:48.457, shaving darn near 4 secs off his fastest lap thus far. Session 4 some adjustments were made to the camber and toe, and incorrect they were, a 1:50.071 was turned and the car had developed one heck of a push (understeer) leaving the LIC Motorsports car in second place for class. Now onto Sunday, this would be final day of the event.

Sunday was set for high hopes, seeing that the ability to go even faster and possibly break the previous track record for class was on the fingertips of the team, the guys aimed high and set standards at nothing less than capturing the record (Record to beat again was 1:47.60). Prior to the first session out a series of adjustments to the camber, toe, ride height, and doing everything to ensure the hose did not pop off again under pressure was dealt with. Session one for final day had begun. 3rd lap out Russ turns an amazing 1:46.110 and breaking the track record set by him the year before….the team was elated and felt there was even more to be done but Russ still had a complaint of a terminal push with the front end as he was pushing harder and hotter into the turns. More adjustments were made to the suspension to soften it up and get some more weight on the front to keep it planted.





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Session two had begun and with an impressive line up; Crawford Performance’s 08 orange STi was gridded 1st, LIC Motorsports was gridded 2nd, and driver for Harman Motive JC Meynet was gridded 3rd…3 subarus all going for it.



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Coming around the track on lap two Crawford Performance lays down a 1:39.15 (time was not official due to Crawford just testing the car for time purpose and not running tires that were allowed under Super Lap Battle rules but were under NASA rules), LIC Motorsports lays down a 1:45.699 @ 158.4 mph (yet breaking the record again), and JC Meynet laying down an impressive 1:44.641…what an impressive finish as 123 were all Subaru’s and none of the cars lost position but JC was able to make up a second on the LIC car on the oval, only after the session was over did we learn of JC wining the 2nd place spot (1st in Modified/Limited AWD Class) and new lap record for classification.



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What an amazing moment and a great feeling for the day. Subaru’s are in so many of us folks blood that it was a memorable moment none the less. Session 3 had arrived upon us and the LIC Motorsports car had lost some ground as the ambient temperature had raised 6 degrees to a sweltering 96 and the track tarmac was at 126 degrees, the best the LIC Motorsports car could pull off in the heat soak of mid afternoon was a 1:47.001, still fairly impressive for conditions. With session 4 arriving upon us, Noah of LIC Motorsports called it the day and didn’t want to push the car anymore as the goal of earning the way to Super Lap Battle 2009 had been obtained. With motor running strong and feeling good about what had been accomplished; the crew packed it up and headed back to good ole NorCal for some much needed R&R


LIC Motorsports would like to thank its sponsors for being instrumental in getting the car up and running and sticking behind the team over the last year.

SPONSORS:
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Deatschwerks
Wheeldude.com
RallySportDirect.com
Hectors Chop Shop



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Old 08-05-2009, 07:47 PM   #4
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Looks great guys. Good result! Can't believe that shaft!

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Old 08-05-2009, 07:48 PM   #5
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yeah no doubt and pretty scary at those speeds...any speed really, lol

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Old 08-06-2009, 02:13 AM   #6
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yea, amazing story about your shaft.. ...& the rest of the car is pretty sick too
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:20 AM   #7
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Car looks great, any closeups of where the wing mounts to the chassis?
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:03 AM   #8
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car looks amazing.. great times..
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:40 AM   #9
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boost junkie- here is a closer look




and another common theme for me over the weekend...trying to keep the darn turbo hose pipe on I'm so tired of T-Bolts not cutting it, lol. time for wiggins? eeeek




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Old 08-06-2009, 11:43 AM   #10
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^wow.. alcons.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:48 AM   #11
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ironically those are the only 6 piston/340mm that was ever produced for the STi. The car was actually the mock up test kitty for Stassis Engineering...apparently the need for 6 pistons was not necessary, as the 4 piston they felt was sufficient and didn't put these into production.

everyone who has driven the car says they work great and it actually has a bit too much braking <-- is that really possible, lol.


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Old 08-06-2009, 11:55 AM   #12
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the build is just great.. i remember when you guys ran this in street class at button.. from then, you cant even recognize it as the same car.

its modified class now?
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:58 AM   #13
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thank you very much for the nice comments.

and yeah its changed a bit from street class last year @ BW.

we felt it was time to enter it in Modified, shoot last year in street was a bit of a stretch IMHO.

I guess it's time to attempt to play with the big dogs....eeeek!


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Old 08-06-2009, 12:18 PM   #14
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Those flares look great. Nice job to your fabricator and great times on the track! A little surprised by the use of Rotas. For the money they're a great wheel but for a car like this I expected a forged wheel from the likes of Advan or Volk for weight purposes.
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:24 PM   #15
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we ran Volk CE28N last year and the year before and the year before, wait ALWAYS, lol..............they are much lighter. But currently we are still on 5x100, Volk does not make a wheel large enough for our crowd.

And at times you got to support your vendors as they have supported us. The www.wheeldude.com crew has been very helpful in our cause. And our car is not 100% dialed in, I'm sure as we look for every ounce, we will be forced to go a lightweight route again AND 5x114.3 <-- in the works

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Great job guys and thanks for making a great post to read! You should be impressed with a new car keeping up with JC! His suby is the benchmark for that class, for sure.
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Great job guys and thanks for making a great post to read! You should be impressed with a new car keeping up with JC! His suby is the benchmark for that class, for sure.
Hopefully my post is not too horrible to read, yes I make spelling and grammer errors here and their BUT hey I'm a guy who wrenches on cars and answers phones <-- for sure not a school teacher

JC is FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAST, and I'm sure he didn't lay it all out there, so that means we only have more work to do but knowing that we didn't get to give 100%; I'm confident we can close the gap or at min keep up with the distance...only more seat time will tell. The great thing is JC has 3+ years on his car to improve/tweak on. We have literally redone this whole car and its basically like starting over with nothing being able to use for reference as none of the old stuff applies (not making excuse b/c shame on us for not getting it proper the first few times we did it, lol).

thanks again for the encouraging remarks...we hope to have a decent showing again. Replicating and/or doing better is what makes it worthy of being out there...so we'll see how the next one goes


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the car looks great and congrats on the early success.

a little off topic, but any chance those fender flares will make it to market? easily the best looking fender flares i've seen for the 04/05 body!
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the car looks great and congrats on the early success.

a little off topic, but any chance those fender flares will make it to market? easily the best looking fender flares i've seen for the 04/05 body!
one of the major reasonings for going this route was to be able to produce them again if interest is there, which seems there is a ton of interest thus far.

we are toying with the idea of different materials to keep cost down, cut to fit, and fully finished ones as well. *those materials being, abs, Carbon fiber, and foam/fiberglass*

in addition RS ones are potentially in the works as well but that would be on a group buy basis.

so to answer the question....YES

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I'm in for RS flares. LMK. Thanks.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:12 PM   #21
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we are looking into it...

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Old 08-07-2009, 02:58 AM   #22
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Congrats Noah and Adam! Good to see that beast back on the track as opposed to on a lift haha...

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Good Stuff Noah and congrats. Car looks amazing. Hope the 1200cc injectors are working well for you guys!

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Old 08-07-2009, 10:31 AM   #24
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Thanks guys; the car is running/working well, we have ZERO fueling issues and so far so good. And honestly we had no motor problems, literally NONE, it was everything else, lol.

more pics to come, the Vinyl goes on today...errr in like 25 mins, damn I need to clean out the shop to make room.....bbl with some pics

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Old 08-07-2009, 10:39 AM   #25
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here is our new switch panel...we really saw a need for a second OBDII port and one that would be much easier to access, as the OEM one is being used for the AIM unit. In addition some new toggle switches that are user friendly and some good ole comedy for labels. LOL




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