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Well I hope all you will follow our blog as we share all that is happening with the Noluck Racing team throughout the race season. Why start a blog now? There's so much happening behind the scenes with us that were more than just that team that races at the events and that you see at the line or the pits. It takes a lot to prepare for that race day and it couldn't happen without our whole team pitching in and the support of all our sponsors. So we'd like to share all of the after event update and pre-race planning with you.
We all go thru the same humps and hurdles as all our fellow racers do. From having to save up for the next part to scratching our heads on why the car isn't acting the way we think it should be. We hope you enjoy us opening up our world to share with you. Read up on the updates of our race events as well as other news regarding the Noluck
IDRC Season Finals, Fontana, CA Oct 18-19
So were settling down looking back at the IDRC race in Fontana this past weekend. We knew our car had maxed out on fuel and we were giving it all we can coming into this race. It was only boosting at 38psi and we couldn't push past that. From all the clues and the data, we assumed we were maxing out the injectors and possibly the fuel pumps. Knowing we needed to push more fuel, we assumed the old dual Bosch 044 pumps seemed to be at their peak performance based on what was happening. Its an outdated setup that most in our class have probably moved up from. This whole year, we had been wanting to replace those anyway, so it has been on the back of our mind.
A couple weeks before, we had contacted Weldon to help us out with a new fuel system to get us out of this dilemma. The pump, regulator and filters came in just days before IDRC but we chose not to switch everything over yet. We will just get through the event with what we have and hope we can still compete. But regardless, the team is excited to have Weldon join our list of sponsors that help out our team and were thankful that they chose to help us in getting our car into the next level. We plan to install the new setup in a few weeks.
Race day comes and qualifying day gets us a couple 9.50s at 154mph and were ok with that knowing we are only boosting 38psi. As the day progresses, the following runs seem to drop in boost at top end, hence the low mph all throughout the weekend. We usually trap at about 160 with a mid 9sec pass, but boost seems to drop off on 4th gear all the way down to 30psi after it peaks, resulting in only 152-153mph.
We qualified #2 and thought ok, were at a good spot. We just have to hang on and make it through the rounds. After one of the qualifying passes on Sunday, we checked over the spark plugs and found out that a small piece of the porcelain cracked and fell into the block. Compression check was done and it didn't look too good. Compression was down just a bit but it was still ok so we got it ready to do the last qualifying pass. The run was decent, just like the other passes of the weekend. Same thing happened, another 9.5 with boost dropping off at 4th gear with a 153mph. We checked over that cylinder and unfortunately the compression was down to 50psi. That just shut us down for the day and put us out of the competition.
With nothing else planned for the rest of the day, the crew took everything apart to inspect the damage. There were some pits on the cylinder head chamber and scarring on the block. Nothing else we can do but pull out the motor after the event and drop in another motor we have already put together for the next event.
The rest of the cylinders are still good and the way that Darton Sleeves are installed, we can just replace that one cylinder sleeve and bore and hone to match the existing size. So that's off to the machine shop this coming week to be prepped as our next motor.
To add to all the semi carnage to the motor, we noticed that the intercooler had a nice crack on it. Ahhh. That must have been why the boost wasn't holding at some point. So that is another quick fix we have to work on as well.
So check over your intercooler for cracks and if you have silicone hoses, for rips and tears every so often. Its another important thing to add in overall checklist of the car during the race season.
So after all that has happened, we still had that fuel issue lingering in our minds. A couple days after the event, we sent the injectors to be tested and cleaned. We figured its been awhile and its something all of us should be doing after so many events. So off they went to RC Injectors and after a couple days, we received them back with some unnerving results. The flow on all of them was so off from the 2200cc they are originally rated at. They varied from only flowing 40% to 60% of what they were suppose to be. So lesson learned there and if you haven't had yours checked, make sure you send them to get cleaned. Many of us overlook this task and its something that should be done as part of the car maintenance. We recommend RC Engineering in Torrance, CA to check them over. Now they're fresh and clean and ready to race again.
We hope the fix on the intercooler and the cleaned injectors fixes all the issues we have with the car. We should be able to turn up the boost now and that it holds up top. If it does, then we hope to see some better times than what we've been doing the last few races.
That's it for now for the first entry of the Noluck Racing blog. Keep an eye out for our next update.