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July 25, 2017 by Polyvance
The Polyvance racing team made the 12 hour drive from Rainsville, Alabama to Joiliet, Illinois to participate in the 24 Hours of LeMons race at the Autobahn Country Club race track. In case you are wondering what this race is about, you can find out more about it at website.
This was our 4th time participating in the Lemons series, and each time we get better. In the last race (in Birmingham, Alabama), we had transplanted a 2.0 liter engine from an SE-R to replace the original 1.6 liter engine. That helped a lot, but we still weren't competitive. Our handling was great. Our brakes and tires are great. In fact, We can brake later than the competition and beat them into the corners. But, once we got out of the corners, the competitors had more power than us and quickly pulled away. Any gains acomplished with our late braking ability were more than offset by their power. We still needed more power.
We found a place that imports low-milage, JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) engines. The engine we selected uses the same block as the SE-R engine, but this one has a bigger throttle body, and more importantly, it has the VVL (Variable Valve Lift). With this engine, we could now compete. No longer were we needing to move over to allow people to pass. In fact, many times, we were doing the passing.
We finished a respectible 30th out of 66. We finished 12th in our class out of 31.
We weren't without our setbacks, though.
Video of Hood Flying Open
Here we are going into turn 1 getting ready to overtake a Porsche 944.
Each time we race, we get better. Our next Lemons race will be December 9th and 10th at Road Atlanta.