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Evening chaps,

the monster continues to breath and we're continuing to fettle, ran engine up to 7400rpm on Saturday and felt strong, need to get on rollers to get her up to 8400rpm. She'll then need a new cam profile and mods to get closer to 9000rpm. Runs really nice, claws into road and porsche box running well. Now running Pagid ceramic RS15 pads for non servo, better cold bite and flat operating range etc.. seem to work with Alcons well.

latest has been to vent front arches and then address lack of strength, safety in the front end so we extended the cage into the front section and down into the front suspension. That shoudl give my legs a fighting chance if I have big front shunt.

AS we had mods to do then we decided to paint the front yellow which means less paint if I have a front or rear shunt.

It also makes the car look much more menacing, perhaps more yank and certainly more race car than classic. If you look close the chequered stripe is continued into the yellow and also faded into the tears down the side. Actually leaves a lot of yellow but not sure what to fill it with (hopefully sponsor logos)...

Will run like this for a year or so then try another varition next year, already got my eyes on a classic t70, sunoco-eque combination..

Hope to have some on-track shots soon, also wanted to enter Targa Britannia but organisers said no. Plan next year is to go to B'ton speed trial, perhaps swing by Ace Cafe, perhaps a chance to do Goodwood and a Loti gathering.? Still not ruled out Time Attack either.

Few bits and bobs to bring her back up to date with blue book and some other finishing bits then I can enter her into the SMRC series as seen on Motors TV etc etc..

Best to all.

JB

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Cheers Danny, aim by end of this year is 600bhp @ 8000rpm+ and then try and stretch that out next year.. 670bhp @ 9000rpm has a really nice sound, ala full phat cup spec. But talk is cheap and power is expensive..!

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Good stuff. I'm split between sprinting/TA, track days (been there; done that) and actual circut racing.

TA is no cheaper than to run at my local circuit.

TA is an expensive game, to be at the front end you really need turbo power and probably 4wd but if the circuits become longer and faster than a real opening for big GTs to come back in.

We've designed the monster with a lot of aero and to take a lot of power/revs when the time is right.

Just ordered a new Spectre alloy intake plenum that's going to Zircotec to be ceramic coated and hopefully improve the ram air - then will go off to engine man in another month or so and get that engine sorted out.

Ultimate target I have in mind is 670bhp (or maybe 720bhp) but way at the high end, want linear revs rather than a tractor sledge and nto much more than 300-400 below 4000rpm..!

Way I figure it, if you spend £1000 40x times then it doesn't seem as bad as 40 grand once.. or maybe it does, err lol

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Hi guys, haven't posted many updates of late. Since last time the car has 2 new looms and now we're converting car to Omex/Jenvey prototype direct port fuel injection. Using a very renowned engine builder, prototype throttle body is a 100mm version if the 85mm one for LS3 engines. We are optimstic for good results tho headline power may have to wait a bit longer.

Stay tuned.

JB

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