2018 is upon us, and with a new year comes new opportunities for partnerships and experiences. Our timeline for this new year will be similar to last year, find a co-driver and attend all possible racing events. We already have a new co-driver lined up and we are very excited to have Patrick join us in the fun, he has plenty of racing experience to help us push the Yaris to new heights. We also plan to hit the ProSolo in Fontana, CA and 2 new racetracks this year; Auto Club Speedway and Streets of Willow.
As you may already know, we recently completed our C60 6 speed swap into the 2zrVios. The close-ratio nature of this transmission coupled with a 2000lb car provides quite the adrenaline rush, and we can't wait to start the testing. Aside from lots of racing, the only other plans I have for the car this year are:
1) Shave off more weight.
-The car is a ton of fun to drive as is, but we could all use a bit more speed right? I'm not interested in forced induction so I'll try to make the car lighter by removing more metal, sound deadening, and finally toss the passenger seat.
2) Fit some proper aero to the underside on the car.
-After all of the cones I've hit along the way, you can imagine the condition of my front bumper. Zip-ties and screws hold it together, and there is a large opening under the front of the car where air dams were ripped away.
3) A little more power.
-I want to finally buy a cold air intake and the light-weight crank pulley then go back to the dyno and see what the gains are. At this time my 2zrfe has only a performance exhaust header, otherwise its stock.
4) Prepare to go to a stand-alone EMS.
-I'm still running the car on and ECM from an automatic Scion xD and all of the original wiring is still in the car for the airbag system and creature comforts. I want to pull all of this extra wiring out and run only the essentials like an EMS, lights, and wipers.
I'm excited to get another year of racing in this car, and so glad all of you have stuck around to see how far we've come. I really do feel blessed to have this opportunity and team of amazing people supporting us. What I said to Matt Farah years ago during the one-take is still true to this day "its a work in progress".
For anyone interested, I'll link all of the event schedules below:
San Diego SCCA Solo
Optima Street Car