Assignment 6: Trackday

Ever wished you could use all the power your car got? Ever wondered where you could pedal to the metal without cops busting your balls? Ever thought why you forked the money out for a performance car and yet drive like the rest of the norm (hint* beige Corollas with an Asian lady)?  Ever wondered if your car modifications are well worth it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you must read on and find out where to unleash your beast.

WHY THE STANCE? BECAUSE RACECAR!

Cars nowadays are made faster and contain more potential than ever before.  Technology enabled us drivers to drive faster but safer due to modern suspensions, tires, engines and all the other gadgets cars come with today. The sad side with all these perks is…sigh*. Speed limits and laws have not changed to comply with this advance, rather, the law has become tighter on motorists so the government can be rich.  What can car enthusiasts and people who love driving fast do?

 TRACKDAY!!!!!!!!!!

Track days are made for people who love driving fast.  Days like these provide speed demons the environment to take their car to the limit without hurting anyone.  Most important of all, cops can’t do shit.  Suck on that Pigs!!  So… lets find out who track days are for…

People who…

– wants to accelerate as quickly as possible

– wants to feel some G-Forces

– wants to take a hard right corner at 90kmph rather than 30kmph

– wants to see the capability of their cars and what their cars could do

– DON’T want to get tickets and fuck up their insurance rates

– wants to find a place and drive like idiots

– wants a place to enjoy their cars

– wants to test out their mods

– wants to polish up their driving skills

Most important of all, what’s the point on buying a car that is able to do 0-100km/h under 5 seconds and not being able to use it? I am sure some dads would like to have some fun with the girlfriend” when they are off the wife’s radar.

I’m sure you don’t want to be this guy next time you are on the roads.

WHERE TO GO?

There are three track courses near the GTA but they do take some time going from Toronto Region.

-Cayuga- Toronto Motorsports Park-

This track is located in Cayuga, South of Hamilton.  From downtown Toronto, it takes around two hours to get there.  This track is suitable for both novice and advanced drivers who can take advantage of two long runways where you could test the car’s acceleration and as well as a number of fast and slow corners.  Many group organizers like Kplayground and Touge both offer track days during spring, summer and fall.  The price to enter this track would range around $90 to $120 dollars, depending on whether it is a half day or full day event.  I personally love this track a lot due to the balance of corners and straights.  The beating that the car takes on this track is considerably less due to the corners are not as tight as some other tracks.  The brakes also don’t need to be used much except the two long straights, so the risk on boiling the brakes and wear on them would be less.  Do remember to keep this track as a top choice!

-Canadian Tire Motorsports Park-

This motorsport park consists of two tracks located in Bowmanville, just east of the GTA.  This track is somewhat closer than Cayuga and Shannonville.  The two tracks in this park are called Mosport GP and Mosport DDT.  Mosport GP is for highly experienced drivers who I recommend should have previous tracking experiences. Due to the high speeds and side barriers, I have seen cars ending up badly.  This track is one of the national raceways in Canada and many worldwide events are held here each year.  On the long straightaway, cars, depending on the balls of the driver, can achieve speeds of 180+km/h.  With Mosport GP being a big track, the corners are like sweepers, meaning the average speed in the longer corner would be around 120km/h.  If that is scary for you then Mosport DDT could be the alternate choice for you and beginners.  This is a smaller track next to MosportGP.   DDT is a smaller track paved with mainly tight corners, perfect place to test out the suspension setup, handling and tire capability.  After all, some drivers do want to test whether or not it was worth it to pay extra for their summer tires.  But do note, since this track is mainly cornering, the tires and brakes will take a hard exercise since the corners are very close to each other, meaning you will have to accelerate and brake very soon.  What is good about this track is many higher horsepower cars would not be benefited but a lighter, better handling car is.  The cost of this track is the most expensive, ranging from $350-$500CAD for a whole day event, from 11am-6pm.

-Shannonville Motorsports Park-

This track again is located in Shannonville, another hour away further from Bowmanville.  Like Cayuga, this track is very suitable for beginners to novice drivers.   There are two long straightaways where speeds of 170+km/h could be achieved.  Many sharp and wide turns are there for motorists to tackle, with a lot of run off space incase fly-outs occur.  I personally like this track a lot too, due to the mix of straightaways and corners, where I could test out the capability of my car.  The only downside is the distance from the GTA to this park takes around a 3 hour drive.  Finally the cost of this track is the cheapest, ranging from $75-$110.

WHAT TO PREPARE FOR?

You don’t need a super car or a car you’ve dropped 10 grand on to go on the track.  All you need to have is a healthy car in good condition with all the maintenance up to date and you are set to go.  Just make sure you have enough brake pads and tires for the day so you don’t end up hurt like this one…

WHAT I WOULD SUGGEST

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, take it slow during the beginning.  You need to learn the corners of the track and remember, you are not in a race.  You want to find the perfect balance between speed and safety.  You do not win anything and nobody is setting a lap timer.  Also, more expensive cars do not mean they will be quick, yes they may be quick on the straightaway but I have seen Civics running circles around sports cars like AMGS, Ms, and so forth.

Remember, there is no pressure on you or anything.  If you see a car fast approaching you, signal to the right and let the car pass, get off your high horse and enjoy your day!

Don’t End Your Day Like This Poor Guy Scratching His Head!

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Assignment 5: Modifying E90-E93 BMW 335i With N54 Engine

Dear 335i drivers,

So, you see an M3 stopped beside you at a red light. Ahead of you is the perfect quarter mile. Next set of light shines green, traffic is clear. Your instincts tell you the M3 beside is ready to race and give you a run. What do you tell yourself? “Should I do it, or should I not?” Are you going to humiliate yourself from the extra 120hp under the M3’s hood? That’s the question.

After reading this post, your instincts will tell you M3s ain’t got shit on you. If you follow my recommendation, your 335i would be power on tap, yielding 400+ horsepower.  Think Corvettes or Lambos are fast? Well, think again after reading this blog.  

Don’t believe me? How about I give you a taste of it?

LECTURE 101: HOW TO MOD THE 335i TO RUN AGAINST SUPERCARS

Full Bolt Ons

First things first, you will need all the necessary parts to help the car breath and dump exhaust faster and smoother.

  • Intake

Your car obviously comes with an intake, but stock intakes are usually very restrictive in terms of airflow and will decrease the potential power that your 335i can unleash.  The two reputable brands AFE and INJEN both make an intake for your engine.  Both designs consist of dual cone inserts, meaning they will have two filters, rather than one which comes stock.  This design yields 98% more airflow compared to the OEM one as claimed by AFE.  Pricing of both these intakes very similar and is up to personal preference and brand loyalty.  As a loyal fan of AFE, I choose the AFE intake due to its design in blue, setting off a contrast with the black engine bay.

  • Downpipe

The downpipe follows after the turbo component. Exhaust gas is dumped out from the turbo into this pipe.  As the downpipe gets more free flowing and wider, exhaust gases leave the system quicker, enabling the turbo to spin faster.  What do you get from a turbo that spins faster? POOWWAHHH!!  The the infamous turbo lag can be eliminated with a wider downpipe installation. On the market, there are many brands that make downpipes.  Again, brand loyalty and cost comes into play.  Reputable brands like Active Autowerks (which specializes in BMWs), Riss Racing, CP-E and AR Design all produce downpipes.  Out of these brands, Active and AR design have the most users through my observation on e90post.  If money is nothing to you, then Active would be my pick, mainly for it’s branding.  But if it weren’t the case, AR design sells a good quality stainless steel downpipe in both catted and catless form.  The difference between the two is catted would be more restrictive than Catless. But going catless might affect passing the SMOG test.  The choice is upon yourself, POOWWAAHH or SMOG test.

-Keep in mind the SMOG test is only required after 7 years old of the car in Ontario. (hint hint)

  • Exhaust

How can we forget an exhaust system?  Exhaust systems are mainly for sound aesthetics. Some cars gain quite a few more horsepower with a more free flowing exhaust but the exhaust that comes stock on the 335i has a good flow already.  The only downside to the stock exhaust is being too mute for my taste.  Again, cost, brand loyalty, fitment all comes to play with modding cars and in this situation, there is no exception.  Some people like to stick to the BMW Performance Exhaust made by BMW which retains factory warranty.  This exhaust provides a civilized tone that I like as a daily vehicle but can also growl when you step on it.  But please keep in mind; if you are going to go full bolt on, you should keep your worries for the warranty last because most of these mods would void your warranty.

Here are a couple of exhausts which like and won’t attract too much attention from cops.

-BMW PERFORMANCE EXHAUST

-AE PERFORMANCE EXHAUST

-BORLA 335i

  • Computer/ ECU Tuning

This is where the car gets interesting.  With all the prior mods above, the car will not change drastically until you modify the ECU.  A broad description of the ECU is that it functions like the human brain.  This ECU controls almost every part of the car.  An example would be the ECU telling how much air the engine will need to breath and how much fuel should be mixed with the air.  With turbo cars in this case, the ECU will also control how fast the turbo should spin at each rev range.

I will not get too in depth with this matter because it is a very complicated, just like the human brain.  What I will explain is how the computer will make your car faster. After all, this IS the whole purpose.  After you install this computer chip, the electronics will alter the air fuel ratio to allow the turbo to spin faster and create more boost.  This boost is what gets the car running fast.  Lets quickly get to the facts; there are three main competitors in this segment.

These tuning companies all have the pros and cons and it is up to you to decide.

COBB TUNING

-Cheaper than Procede

-No wiring needed in the engine bay.

-Directly plugs into the port under the steering wheel for changing of the maps

-Different maps for different turbo boost pressure

-Small unit just like an Ipod to switch maps and clear engine fault codes

VISHNU PROCEDE TUNING   

-Most expensive out of these three

-Need to do some wiring in the engine bay

-Auto Tune feature that the computer is smart enough to adapt to your car’s mods for maximum horsepower/torque

-Valet mode, allows the car to shut off the turbos so you can not only save gas but prevent valet parkers from destroying your racecar

-Launch Control

-Different maps for different turbo boost pressure

-Require a computer plugged into the car to clear codes

BURGER TUNING JUICEBOX 4

-Different maps for different turbo boost pressure

-Require a computer plugged into the car to clear codes

-Some complain about power surge in higher rpms

-Higher horsepower gains than COBB

-Need to do some wiring in the engine bay

So these are a few pros and cons of these computer flash which you can find more detailed information at:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=58

Well, after all these mods, you should be in the 400+horsepower territory and is enough to take onto the M3.  Not only will you be hanging onto them side by side, you should be able to pull on them.

(Notice this is a 335xi meaning all wheel drive which will be slower due to weight differences)

FINAL STEP TO RUN CORVETTES OR LAMBOS

After Full Bolt Ons~

TURBO UPGRADE

335is’ have been on the market for quite some time.  Performance companies are pushing out turbo upgrades for some that need new turbos due to wear. Turbo upgrade would yield the highest amount of horsepower which is sufficient to give supercars a run for their money.

This company resided in the United States specializes in using the best materials to build bigger, stronger turbos for enthusiasts that want higher boost.  Although this turbo upgrade might cost a pretty penny, some say it is money well spent. This is mainly because many have already gotten used to the speed from the full bolt ons and in search for something quicker.

Here is an example of 335i vs Lamborghini Gallardo

AFTER ALL WHY ALL THIS FUSS?

“Ask any racer, any real racer. It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile; winning’s winning” 

Think so? What do you think of these mods? Give me a reply right below!