Chump Car event

May 30, 2011

 

As a way to get in a little more racing, four RX-7 enthusiasts got together and built a car for the Calgary Chump car race.

We managed a second place in the first race, despite long fueling times and we cut an oil cooler line in the Sunday race, pushing us down the standings. We also were assigned a 30 minute penalty when our fastest driver ran over some cones on the pit out, pushing us out of the top 5.

The event was a blast and the car we built worked extremely well, with good power on the straights and excellent handling in the corners. It also helped that three of our four drivers had a good amount of lap time at the track previously. Over the two days we each bettered the other drivers best lap times in our session, with the car running a second or so faster than any other car on the track. As a whole, a great event.

 

The bandit car was a 1989 RX-7 with about 3″ chopped out of the stock springs and some holes drilled in the stock sway bar to increase the leverage.

We also built some lower control arm extenders from some 3/8″ steel for more front camber.

These three simple mods paid huge handling dividends as the car was fast, composed and confidence-inspiring all weekend.

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