Where do I even begin? The sleepless nights leading up to the last minute hustle to get everything done and out the door? The stress that comes with going above and beyond your normal way and means to make something happen? The financial strain professional drifting has on your average rookie? All of these things were my team and I's (along with many others) life leading up to the event this past weekend in Long Beach, CA. This is going to be a long one, since I didn't have time to post up before we left.
These are the trials and tribulations of a Formula D Rookie!
Also Jesse Wood made us a pre edit for FD :) Peep it for some behind the scenes action.
Wednesday, March 26th
First off, this build could not have been finished in time without the help from Keith Slight of Factory Edge, Jim Guthrie, Luigi Truden, Joshua Cain and Foxy from Car Crafters and Josh Resner of 2one3 Graphics. Thank you all so much!!!!!
Also my sponsors, without whom none of this would have happened. Factory Edge Clothing, 2one3 Graphics, Hankook USA, Raw Brokerage, Status Racing, Radium Engineering, Turbo by Garrett, Motiva, Turbosmart USA, SPEC Clutch, LuigiFAB, Car Crafters, Metal Mulisha, Melin and Whiskey Garage. Pumped to be a part of your teams!!!!
Lot's of parts for the stroker motor have not arrived from different sources, and we make the decision to run the stock RB25det from my 2013 pro am car for LB. We took it out and stabbed it that very day thanks to Josh Cain. While we did that, Foxy finished the firewalls for the rear mount setup.
|Foxy finishing the firewall|
|He killed it on the piping covers too|
|Insert plate to cover the rest of the hoses here.|
The (wrong) motor is in, the car has its Car Crafters wiring harness all plugged in and ready to try firing. Goal is to test the car tomorrow, Saturday. It's almost midnight when we try to fire it the first time. Smoke starts pouring out from in between the valve covers with that unmistakable smell of a coil pack destroying itself. No way we are going to find a new coil pack before the event in Albuquerque.
So now the car still doesn't run, and many many things need to happen to pass the looming tech date of the 2nd. Luigi and I have spent 14 -16 hour days all week prepping the little things that go into an FD chassis. Pouring over the rulebook and minimizing the inevitable failings we will get when we actually go through tech. Disheartened and frustrated, this is how the car sat leaving the shop that night.
|So much left to do!|
Friday, March 28th
Since we had already chapped a few bits off the black cars harness, and there was no way we could find an RB25 coilpack in time, we hacked off the ls1 coilpack harness and spent a part of the day wiring that in. We also put the finishing touches on the dash wiring and gauges, and threw it in the car. Now that we had painted the wheels, and mounted tires the car could be a roller for the first time! #smallvictories Luigi and Foxy made a pretty sweet cover for the plugs that the LS coilpacks mounted too as well. Really cleaned up the bay. We put the mesh on the trunk and riveted the rings in place, I love the way it turned out. Once the small stuff was buttoned and we fired the motor for the first time, we tossed on the body panels and wheels to see what it looked like. Luigi put her up on to the alignment rack and got her rolling right. We then ran it over to Motiva to have my tuner Scotty put it on the rollers. It was late and cops were called (sorry guys!!!) But it made decent power and gave us something to test with. 520hp, 490tq.
|Turbosmart e-Boost 2|
|Reliable coilpacks mounted!|
|Roller for the first time!|
|It even looked good grey, and you can see the uber sexy Status Racing seat|
Saturday, March 29th
The long hours and stress had gotten the best of us and we decided to take a small break after working during the morning with intentions to test the car on Sunday. 2one3 Graphics came in full throttle with Josh Resner, Keith Slight, Kory Slight, Aoki Chan, and Jesse Wood who all came to the shop around 9 to start the all night wrap the car party. I bought a 50 pack of nuggets and off we went wrapping. Again, cannot thank them enough, especially since we didn't finish until 6am.
Sunday, March 30th
With the car wrapped and running, we slapped on a few sets of Hankook Ventus RS-3's and we headed to the track for a very small amount of test time since the track was doing some sort of nascar drive experience thing.
Monday, March 31st
We took the car back to the dyno to fix some last minute issues (which would end up haunting us), put the glass in it, buttoned her all together for the first time, snapped a few pics and rolled her into the trailer that Jim was kind enough to let us use for the first event... Thank you Jim!!
Tuesday, May 1st
We packed her up and headed to LBC for Formula Drift Round 1! My first ever pro event. What a run up, but super proud of all we have accomplished. Stay tuned for the FDLBC post soon!!