Category Archives: Engines

Be Careful What You Wish For…

You may remember an oft told tale of a genie that immerged from a magic lamp and would grant three wishes to a mortal human.  You may also remember how, in the story, that the human struggled to deal with … Continue reading

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Formula One–Please un-confuse me

I have been a long-time fan of Formula 1.  I lived through the sixties with the no-seatbelt and drivers surrounded by fuel tank era.  I lived through the seventies with the wobbly wings attached directly to the suspension and the … Continue reading

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2014 Indianapolis 500–the series evolves

Yesterday Ed Carpenter grabbed the pole for the second year in a row.  He is the only driver owner team and lives in Indianapolis to boot.  He is a master of the ovals and has put together a top team. In 2012 … Continue reading

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Pulling the Plug on an Icon

It looks like if you wish to own a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution you had better start looking for one as Automotive News reports that it is the end of a long line of Evolutions.  It began in 1992 and was … Continue reading

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P71–a Tune Up

This morning I took a trip over to Piedmont Custom Motorsports so that I could get the P71 on a dyno and have it tuned.  The modifications that I’ve done were not a lot, but they were substantial in terms … Continue reading

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A Visit with Ford–Dearborn, MI

The P71 purred its way north to Dearborn.  I was looking forward to this opportunity to meet with an engineer or two at the Ford Product Development Center.  I have been to that neighborhood as an Autoweek Fantasy Camp member … Continue reading

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Hey, What’s that stuff in my oil?

It was a nice clear Indiana morning as I drove toward Fort Wayne. The sun was working its way up in the east and the road was clear ahead. There was a crop duster plane doing its thing in the … Continue reading

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The P71 visits ADTR!

We were on our way out of Los Angeles and it was the one chance we would have for the P71 to meet ADTR – the source of many of its magical parts. Chris has been very helpful with all … Continue reading

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Building a Track Car – Thoughts on the Miata

As I wait for more parts to arrive I am continually reviewing what needs to be done to the car to make it track worthy. There will no longer be a need for Air conditioning so I will remove all … Continue reading

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Oh Boy, Turbo Power Back in F1!

      Yes, dear friends, turbochargers will be back in Formula One after a quarter century of absence.   Has it really been that long? In 2013 1.6 liter turbos are the mandated power plants that will replace the 2.4 liter … Continue reading

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