06-27-2009, 09:59 PM
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1.8 race engine build
I am looking for some good advice in heading down a different path in racing.
After 10 years of club racing miatas in SM, ITA, ITS, and PT. I have really come down with "boost sickness". I have decided to jump off a cliff and convert my ITA miata to an ITE Turbo miata. My suspension is developed pretty well and I think with a good Turbo setup I can have a fun & fast racecar.
I have a lightly used FMII kit coming from a close friend who is not able to use it in CA. I already use a MSPNP for ITA and Jerry at DIY has offered to help me with the tune. The other aspect that has me (a non mechanical, close to clueless about engines) confident in going this route is that a good friend in the area has already done a great deal of development with 1.8 Turbo racecars. Keith Verges has been running and building them for a few years and has learned several things that make them more reliable under race conditions. Front end body work, special fasteners with safety wire, etc. He is going to be my consultant and help me convert to the darkside.
Even with Keith's guidance, I am interested in other opinions on how I should go forward. Especially on the engine build.
Keith has used basically stock motors with milage that has varied from engine to engine. Although he has been through a few as he developed the car(s), I think everything he has figured out makes the engines last longer.
I figured to go with a build instead of stock for a couple of reasons: 1. I have a good engine builder who helps me out as I send him some good business from racers, and I just have to think a good build will hold up longer at harder use. I am not looking for huge dragstrip type HP/TQ, and I am not going to go crazy spending huge dollars on a racecar part that may blow on me. I think if I can build to lay down some good HP/TQ but have it last a decent amount of time that I will be happy.
So what would you guys suggest for a car that will be doing 45 minute sprint road races. ( I have done the search and have a little better knowledge than before I searched but other opinions will be appreciated.
Thanks for any comments.