The Kinetics-built Duratec V-6 has really been outstanding. Weve had no engine problems and lots of power.
Heres our air intake system. Weve put the air filter in the LF headlight opening. We seal off that area with a combination aluminum sheet/carbon fiber plate.
Heres the oil pan that was developed for the dyno. Note the window installed in the side of the pan that allows us to view whats happening to the oil while the motor is running.
This shot shows the inside of the developed racing oil pan. Note the shields on the sides to direct the drain-back oil to the bottom of the pan. Also note the extension of the windage tray to fully cover the lower part of the oil sump. What you cant easily see in this photo are the spots we extended the oil pan to give it more capacity.
This is the motor ready to go into the car, pre-mounted on the subframe. There are a couple things to note: 1) the solid aluminum bushings in the subframe -- replacing the stock rubber parts and 2) all the front suspension and steering is on, ready to go. Someday, well carry a spare motor and subframe like this ready to install in the car in case of a problem at the track.
The motor installed in the car. Note the solid aluminum motor mount bushings left and right. We originally worried about vibration with the engine solidly mounted to the chassis. We have found out though, that there is no vibration issue what-so-ever. Also in this shot, you can see the strut tower brace installed behind the motor.
This picture is taken from underneath and behind the motor. You can see here how the stainless steel headers exit from the subframe. In addition, you can see another aluminum motor mount bushing...again, soon to be replaced with a tube steel fabrication.
Here's Jim Bacon who helped us with the calibration of the engine control system. Jim has really been super supportive of this project.
What follows are some pictures of the head being developed. A lot of work has gone into these parts.
Heres a look at the first type of header were trying. More experimentation here.
The first generation rod and piston. Some experimentation here too.
Heres a picture of the head on the flow bench.
Heres the block disassembled.
|Transaxle, CV's and Axles|
Bluntly, the weakest area of the car so far has been the transaxle and axles. Weve broken several axles and transaxles. The majority of our problems have been in this area. The pictures below show some of the work weve done to get the reliability up.
This picture compares the stock shifter (on the left) with the B&M short throw shifter. We take the B&M shifter and modify it by welding an AN bolt in place of the lower linkage ball. This allows us to use spherical rode ends retained with nylock nuts in place of the snap lock stock system (which can -- and has -- fallen off during a race).
Here you can see the transmission end of the shift linkage. We modified the shifter mechanism at the transmission in the same manner...welding bolts on in place of the snap on fittings.
We had a problem with the teeth of the gears stripping. We're making good power and on hard acceleration, the weak link was the gear teeth. Here you see a stock gear stack on the right...compared with the custom gears were running shown on the left. If you look closely, youll see the teeth on many gears are a LOT thicker. BTW, this was a very expensive -- and difficult -- conversion.
Turning for a minute to the gearbox, heres a shot of the Quaife differentials mounted to a U.S. Spec (4.06) ring gear. These differentials are great and really reduce the torque steer the car has.
Heres Robert assembling the transaxle. We are using a Euro spec gear set with the US final drive ratio. This gives us a closer ratio transmission with better acceleration in the higher gears. When combined with the Quaife differential, this would be really trick on the street (but it is a pretty expensive proposition).
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