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post #1 of 97 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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I know this may sound silly, but we've all dreamed once, and I've been stuck on this one for awhile, I want to be a race car driver. When I tell other people, I'm usually greeted with the standard reply, something along the lines of that being stupid, etc., and being told that my Pontiac is by no means a race car. While I agree, racing is not the sanest thing one can do, I just can't let go of people bad mouthing my car. For that reason, I want to build her up and push her to her absolute limit, where the car cannot give an extra inch. I will not be satisfied until she's parked on the side of a track in the grass, in flames. Only then will I say she served me well, pat her on the roof, and move on. But in order to get to that point, I will need help. My father flat out refused to help me build a car, so I'm reaching out to you guys (and girls)

First of all, for the sake of reliability, I want to keep it N/A. No fancy FI tricks for me. I want it to be street legal, so I can drive it to meets without the need of a flatbed truck. I want it to conform to regulations, like having a roll cage, racing seat/harness etc. I want it simple, so that I can take it to any independent garage to get it worked on, so no exotic parts. And of course, I want her to go fast.

My mods so far are simple enough:
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So if you have anything you'd like to share, or add, or even question, don't hesitate to leave a comment, or PM me if you wish. Also, I wasn't sure which forum to post this in so I apologize if it's not in the appropriate one. Thank you for your time and insight, I really hope we can make something great. Cheers.

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Hate to say it but you will not push the car to the limit by sticking n/a. Youll get 170whp MAX and would soon be disappointed with even that

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I know the limitations, I know she's no Ferrari killer, but that's ok with me. I'd be happy to sacrifice 1 or 2 seconds a lap to have a car that will hold together for the duration of the race, and the drive home after it. Reliability (and fuel efficiency) is seriously underrated in the world of racing IMO.

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A solid turbo build will be just as reliable and get you way better fuel efficency than n/a. There will also be no point to a roll cage if you stay n/a.

If you are stuck on staying n/a your best bet is to fully bolt, upgrade cams, get a limited slip diff and a stage 2 clutch. Maybe boring and polishing the head and strengthening the internals. Thats about all you can do as n/a.


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You wouldn't even need to throw rods and pistons in. Balance shaft delete and lightweight flywheel would help a little. Port and polish head, not bore Tom lol

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I'm trying to think of things that could be done and boring out cylinders to increase dsplacement is a possibility.


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A simple stock pulley'd M62 setup, full exhaust, solid wideband tuned car would easily make 250~ WHP and be VERY reliable and not push the limit of the bottom end at all.

N/A, even with cams and a ported head, bumped compression, yada yada...you'll be hard pressed to get close to 200WHP.

Screw that N/A building business.

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A simple stock pulley'd M62 setup, full exhaust, solid wideband tuned car would easily make 250~ WHP and be VERY reliable and not push the limit of the bottom end at all.

N/A, even with cams and a ported head, bumped compression, yada yada...you'll be hard pressed to get close to 200WHP.

Screw that N/A building business.
Stock pulley will get nowhere near 250whp

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A simple stock pulley'd M62 setup, full exhaust, solid wideband tuned car would easily make 250~ WHP and be VERY reliable and not push the limit of the bottom end at all.

N/A, even with cams and a ported head, bumped compression, yada yada...you'll be hard pressed to get close to 200WHP.

Screw that N/A building business.
I thought 250 was the limit for the bottom end.

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Stock pulley will get nowhere near 250whp
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