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Old 06-01-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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Redline Time Attack @ Autoclub Speedway (05/29-30/2010)

Entering the third Redline Time Attack west series event the Takata Time Attack/LIC Motorsports team had a small lead over the competition. In hopes of maintaining that lead the LIC Motorsports crew prepared the Takata Impreza for the unique challenge that Auto Club Speedway offers. The 2.8 mile "roval" includes a technical infield section with slow corners and fast transitions, as well as a high speed banked section were speeds exceed 160mph for the fastest cars One of the most significant changes LIC made to the car in preparation for the event was a new Brembo brake kit. The kit was developed in conjunction with Race Technologies who was kind enough to be on hand to lend support to the Takata/LIC Motorsports team.

"The new Brembo braking system is incredible" said driver James Elterman. "I have the confidence to go deep into the corner every time whether it is the first lap or my last. The car was very reliable all weekend. Instead of troubleshooting problems like so many teams, we were focused on making suspension and aero adjustments to improve our times."

The first Time Attack session was conducted with a new format in which all the Modified cars shared the track. James finally found clean track late in the session but unfortunately the Nitto NT01 tires were past their prime considering that they are typically best early in the session. The lap time positioned the team in 3rd behind the Cobb Tuning Nissan GTR and Fontana Nissan - Nissan GTR respectively. The second and final Time Attack session offered James an opportunity to move up.

"When James went out for the second Time Attack we were just 0.2 seconds out of 2nd so we had a close eye on our stopwatch" says Noah Levy of LIC Motorsports. "When he crossed the stripe we knew James had just done what it takes to secure 2nd position but we held our breath's as we waited for the "official" announcement. When the call came that we just moved ahead of the Fontana Nissan GTR into 2nd place, we were ecstatic."

The time stuck and James earned 2nd in Modified AWD. Shortly thereafter James faced off against the Cobb Nissan GTR again in the wheel-to-wheel 5 lap Super Session. In the second lap of the race, James was keeping pace with the GTR but looking to gain ground when he accelerated too early coming off a corner and spun. Fortunately James made a very quick recovery and put on a show as he raced back to the front of the field, where he raced the Unlimited class Evo of Road Race Engineering down to the wire. The result was a 2nd place finish in Modified, giving Takata Time Attack enough points to retain the lead in Modified AWD over the Cobb Nissan GTR by 7 points.


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************************************************** ** LIC Time Attack STi Specs ************************************************** *
Model: 2004 STi
Weight: 2850 lbs. (Dry), 3050 (Loaded w/ fuel and driver)
WHP: 550
Torque: 450
Fuel: e85
Motor: LIC Motorsports 2.5L Longblock
Turbo Kit: GT35R Turbo w/ LIC Motorsports Custom IC Piping, Perrin FMIC
Fuel Supply: Fuel Safe 12 Gallon Cell, Turbo XS Surge Tank, Dual Bosch 044 Pumps, Aeromotive Fuel Rails
Tuning: Cobb Accessport
Injectors: Injector Dynamics 2,000cc
Drivetrain: ACT Clutch, Cusco LSD's (Front/Rear)
Suspension: Triple Adjustable JRZ (Custom), M1 Knuckles/Control Arms (Custom)
Brakes: Front Brembo 6 Piston 350x34mm BBK, Rear Brembo (stock)
Exterior: Aeromotions Wing, LIC Fender Flares/Splitter (Custom)
Wheels: Wheeldude.com Rota DPT 18x10 e35 (5x100/5x114.3)
Tires: Nitto NT01 275/35ZR18
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more images here: RTA rd. 4 ACS


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Old 06-01-2010, 10:56 PM   #2
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Very nice guys. That is one loose car

You running your radiator/oil cooler at this event?
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:58 PM   #3
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yes agreed we have plenty of time to make up with suspension (ironically last years driver said the car understeered like a pig, at least we have that issue gone, just need to fine tune it now)...only more positives to come from this car and we have sooooo much time left in it at current power levels.

we needed to adjust an item on our rad/oil cooler combo and the company couldn't get it done in time (well they could of at the tune of $400 in shipping, which I wasn't interested in doing at the time), so we tossed in our similar/old setup from last year...just had to locate some pieces I sold off, lol.

-Noah
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I'm impressed by the radiator being smaller than stock but with improved efficiency. The lower coolant capacity keeps weight lower as opposed to the currently offered aluminum replacement rad's. I want one of these for my car eventually.

In regards to the pic of the CF hood, I've wondered why the vent is placed in the stock hood scoop location and not more forward to just aft of the radiator where you want to suck that air out as much as possible once it comes through the radiator. Seems less efficient to place it over the motor. Also, it seems it wouldn't need the little shroud at the front of the vent. Just thinking out loud.
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:03 PM   #5
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the side vents are designed to pull the air out of the engine bay, and where the OEM scoop goes is a low pressure area, this helps the front vents work effectively/efficiently...or so they say

in front like you mention would be more ideal, but being this is an off the shelf part its designed to work with OEM hood components and work on 99.99% of factory vehicles.

-Noah
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