“To add speed, add lightness.”

This saying is often attributed to Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars and racing Team Lotus. In essence, it is the passionate pursuit of speed and performance through economy of materials, creative design and ingenuity. Adding lightness is a captivating paradox, the seemingly contradictory ability to add something by taking away. What drives you?

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2016 Volvo XC90

2016 Volvo XC90

2010 Volvo XC70

2010 Volvo XC70

1991 Mazda Miata

1991 Mazda Miata

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2000 Aprilia RS50

2000 Aprilia RS50

1972 Honda CB350

1972 Honda CB350

1969 Honda CB350

1969 Honda CB350

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Project Miata Update

Trying to troubleshoot random sync loss errors. In this video you can hear the engine stumble momentarily due to a sync loss error at 1:34 and again at 2:44. Data logs show the sync loss for reason #2 (missing tooth at wrong time). This only seems to happen when the CAN module is plugged in. When unplugged, I don’t get the random sync loss errors. I also ran the high speed Composite Logger and the cam and crank signals patterns appear to be normal during the sync loss events. Disappointingly, Reverant has not responded to my last two email inquiries […]

Project Miata Update

So let’s start with the good news. I insulated my coolant return hard pipe and it appears to have done the trick. While I haven’t tested it under load, I did a cold start and let it idle until engine was warm. CLT went from 66F to 180F and MAT went from 62F to 66F. Much better than before! The bad news is I still haven’t figured out the cause of my random sync loss errors. I captured a data log of the warm up cycle and it showed 3 sync losses for reason #2 (missing tooth at wrong time). […]

Project Miata Update

I installed Heatshield Products Fire Shield Sleeve p/n 210048 (1.25″ ID x 3′) on the aluminum coolant return hard pipe. So while it’s meant primarily to protect fuel lines and such, insulation works in both directions (think of your cooler or thermos), so I’m hoping this insulation helps keep my intake air temps down when coolant temps go up. If not, I’ll have to ditch the open element air filter and go to a custom carbon fiber cold air box sooner rather than later. I secured the insulation to the hard pipe with the supplied heat shrink at the forward […]

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