The 2010 race season has come and gone and we’re beginning preparations for the 2011 season. 2010 was filled with ups and downs for our race team. Before the 2010 race season began, we were hard at work finding more power out of our 2.0L Mitsubishi power plant. With the help from Borg Warner and Machined Concepts/DVDT Fab, we were able to find significantly more power that proved itself throughout the season. With this increased power we ran into some growing pains in terms of reliability however, that caught us off guard on occasion. We were able to attend 5 out of the 6 NHRA Division 1 Lucas Oil Series races during the season and make a respectable showing at them. At the Cecil County race event we were able to make some significant progress with assistance by the crew at AEM and clicked off two back to back 7.18 passes with nearly 15 PSI less than we ran last year! At the next event, just a few weeks later we upped the ante again running 7.24, 7.19 and 7.14 at 185 for our quickest and fastest pass to date, still at significantly less boost out of the Borg Warner turbo system than we were running in 2009.
In this off season we are once again working on making improvements to our racing program to not only continue to push the envelope but with a key focus on reliability. We have recently made the switch to the all new AEM series 2 EMS. We were able to do some preliminary testing at the end of 2010 and the results look great. Unfortunately with the weather in the North East, the tracks were not up to handling all of our power so we do not have any numbers to report. At the end of the season, we were also fortunate enough to receive two new Borg Warner turbos that should have no trouble making even more power for us in 2011 while still fitting in our classes 76mm turbo limit. We are working on several other areas for improved reliability of our power plant as well.
In only 2 short years, our father-son race team has come a long way and we wouldn’t be where we are without the help of some great companies. AEM has provided a great EMS system and support and we can’t wait to put the series 2 unit and its new features through the rigors. Borg Warner turbo systems have proved to make more power than the other leading turbo companies while not giving up any area under the curve. The new Machined Concepts/DVDT Fab intake manifold on the car was a key player in making more power at less boost than the previous year. We are fortunate enough to have Extreme PSI just a few miles from us, they are the best source for all Mitsubishi and turbo related components out there and are an invaluable resource for us. Fuel Injector Clinic has provided us with great injectors and even better customer service. Kiggly Racing is an invaluable wealth of knowledge and has great niche parts. And last but not least, SparkTech has provided us with an awesome ignition system to light off our high compression, high boost charge.
We want to take this opportunity to thank our friends, fans and critics. You are the people that keep us going on this project and encourage us to continue to push the envelope.
Bob and Tony Niemczyk