There is something on the horizon. A feeling that can’t quite be put into words. Its like anticipation and humble gratefulness have been rolled into one.
With the postponement of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year, we have more time to mentally prepare for this years race. It wasn’t easy trying to swap setups between rally, and tarmac. Its even more difficult when its just two people in a tiny apartment garage. It’s been a hot summer, and the nights after work were filled with sweat, pain, and a plenty of “why won’t you just work?”.
We changed our entire inlet system. Garrett GTX3076R with 0.63 hotside, coupled with a Perrin FMIC, TiAL external wastegate, bigger injectors, rotated turbo setup (new uppipe and downpipe). We setup a new spray system to make cooling a priority this year. Sentrab Oil Cooler, Grimmspeed Thermostat, and we have forged internals and a great engine. We left the AST Rally suspension on but changed the springs, lowered the car, and now we are ready for the tarmac. We had to change out the entire backend to handle the power, going from a WRX R160 rear diff to an STI setup meant we had to swap the entire hub assembly to fit the larger axles and diff. We are testing out Orange Stuff pads from EBC brakes, along with their rotors, to see if they can stand up to the heat demands we are about to throw at them.
Living in the center of the United States brings its own series of challenges. There are no performance shops in Omaha, Nebraska fitted with an AWD dyno. Getting the car properly tuned means driving at least a day away to either Colorado, Texas, or Chicago. For us, we chose to go to Plano, TX to COBB Tuning, after they did a fantastic job with the car for the Rally America setup. Then, when we get closer to the event, we are going to work with Revolutions Performance to perfect this tune for elevation. I remember being asked by a reporter last year at Pikes Peak, if I could change anything, what would it be? I said “I would have a car with more horsepower. I wouldn’t bring a knife to a gun fight again.” With the help of Garrett Turbochargers, COBB Tuning, Perrin Performance & EBC Brakes, and all of our supporters, we have a car that literally gives me the giggle fits when I get into boost and will be more competitive in this race.
I never thought that I would be here. That I would have this level of support and I am so very grateful to have the help of my crew and my sponsors. Without them, I would not have a 380+ AWHP beast ready to take on Pikes Peak, a car that now has 2x as much power as it did last year. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.