“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

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1991 Mazda Miata

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2000 Aprilia RS50

2000 Aprilia RS50

1972 Honda CB350

1972 Honda CB350

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1969 Honda CB350

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Dashboard Pipe Holder

I stumbled across this charming 1925 Morris Oxford Long Wheelbase “Bullnose” Tourer auctioned by H and H at the Chateau Impney sale in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, England back in 2014. In the auction catalog I spotted this picture showing the most charming dashboard pipe holder and ash tray. I can see it now, a gentleman motoring down a narrow country lane, wearing a tweed jacket and cap, pipe clenched between his teeth. How very 1920s British! 

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Tuning Tasks

Check original base tune setting for CLT thermistor setting. I messed around with this when my CLT sensor was stuck at the failsafe value of 180F. Turns out I had a broken wire in a butt splice underneath some heat shrink that I repaired. So which is it, Mazda or RX-7 S4&S5? Figure out why MS3 is not reading NB cam sensor. Could be bad sensor or bad wiring between sensor and CAS harness. According to Reverant, the MS Labs MS3 needs no adjustment to fix this. Maybe it has a circuit that automatically adjusts sensor input sensitivity or gain? Regardless, I’m unsure whether there is a […]

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Mazda MX-5 Miata Brake Bias Calculator

“Brakes just slow you down.” Check out this nifty Miata Brake Bias Calculator from Black Art Graphics. I have no idea how accurate the calculations are but it’s something neat to play around with. Now I just need to figure out what combination of brake master cylinder, vacuum booster, caliper, rotor and pad gets me the desired pedal feel, effort, feedback, clamping force and thermal capacity while fitting under most all 15 inch wheels. I’ve never been super happy with the way my 1.8 brakes felt and I’m hoping a quality big brake kit (BBK) will go a long way […]

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