Build Your Own Cold Air Intake

One of the quickest and cheapest ways to gain some performance for your racecar is by ensuring the engine gets as much cold, clean air as possible. A quick search on eBay or Amazon will net you hundreds of products for almost every car that claim horsepower gains from simple intake tubing. Admittedly, some of those stated horsepower gains from these products are a bit optimistic. However, from considerable chassis dyno sessions, our team has found success with different air intake pieces. Did we find 20 horsepower? No, but we did go in the correct direction toward finding power.
AEM makes a bolt-in piece for a 90-93 Acura Integra, but it is designed to miss things in the engine bay that we don’t have in our racecar anymore. We wanted to build our own system with fewer bends in the tubing and with some larger diameter tubing.
We have tried the high-end


Training Your Eyes

What’s the most effective way to achieve faster lap times?
There is no silver bullet to bring big gains in performance. One driver benefits from being smoother while another gains with quicker inputs. Practicing alternate lines also can yield faster laps. Of course, data analysis is fundamental to pick up speed and time. Nonetheless, the most common limiting factor is how a driver uses his eyes.
You can’t get around the track without your eyes. You look for references on the track, for traffic, for passing opportunities, etc. Yet do you pay attention to where you direct your eyes? Ask yourself how far ahead do you look? How long do you focus on one reference before moving to the next? Generally, drivers don’t look far enough ahead.
This has consequences in speed and safety. A driver not looking through the corner may be surprised by debris or a spun car. A driver caught


Competition License

Q: Why is it that even after I complete my provisional competition license, I still have to run four more races to remove the rookie marks and orange plate?
A: According to the Club Codes and Regulations you are required to display and orange plate and “R” decals for the first eight races. This let’s more experienced drivers know that you are a rookie. The faster driver may take that into account when deciding where to pass the rookie driver. A rookie, by definition, will have a provisional license. Once a rookie finishes four clean races and gets the four races signed off by the race director, they still have display the rookie decals and plate for four more races, even though they have received a hard-card license. Having a provisional license to give to the race director during the first four races, allows the race director a means to watch


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