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Hey guys, sorry for the lack of updates, had some trouble getting logged in and so wasn't getting to post my updates here. Time to get caught up!
 

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(My last post left off with us prepping for SLB USA.)

Originally posted Monday Feb 18, 2019:

Superlap Battle USA 2019. We brought the HyperMiata to a power track to battle against 600, 700, and 800 hp cars. Day 1 we got down to a 2:23.4 and surprised a lot of people that we could be so fast with just 300hp. I am pretty sure we had the lowest hp in out of all 19 cars in Limited. The fact that we got protested in this field of monsters is both comical and a compliment. We're doing things right. Competitors are taking the Miata seriously, even at COTA.

After the Saturday night data and vid review we found a lot of areas where we could make improvements. Day 2 we had the setup dialed and I had all the places to find time on the track hammered into my brain. Unfortunately the transmission had an issue that ended our day early, but we’re coming away from COTA with a solid 5th place out of 19 cars!! It was an awesome event, amazing track, and we can’t wait to return next year.

I will have more to post soon, trying to clean up our Airbnb and get on the road this morning. Lots of miles to cover back to CA.

The cars ahead of us had no less than 650hp, and word is a couple were over 800. I'm curious to find more info on them. We learned a ton. We had more in it. We'll have to wait until next year to find it.

There have been tons of people reaching out on social media, forums, etc. following our efforts and I want to thank everyone for all the well wishes and support. It's been a truly epic weekend. I also can't thank my crew enough; Moti of Blackbird Fabworx, and Greg and my awesome girlfriend Bri, both of Goodwin Racing. The four of us were in constant motion and full attack mode all weekend. No way could I have done this without them. Here are a couple more pics grabbed from various locations for now, will have more soon.

Miata Is Always The Answer!









Me being awkward, no idea what to do with my hands!





Texas BBQ!

 

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Originally posted Sunday Feb 24, 2019:

Trying to get caught up with stuff now that I'm back in town. More to come on SLB USA.

Interview in the pits!

 

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Originally posted on Thursday Mar 07, 2019:

We're using our experience and data gathered from COTA to guide the development plans this year, with the primary focus being a return to COTA in 2020 with significant updates. Astonishing how much drag plays a role at this track, we're hitting a major wall on the straights. In some ways, the ideal COTA setup and even overall car approach is massively different than other tracks we frequent more often. It's a new challenge that puts us outside of our comfort zone. I'm quite excited.

 

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Oiriginally posted Tuesday Jul 09, 2019:

Time to get cracking. Now with GTA Finals @ Buttonwillow in November followed by Superlap Battle at COTA in February, I'm*shifting to a winter-centric test/race schedule with a break in early summer. It's been refreshing, but it's time to get to work. Lots of stuff on the to-do list and time is going to start flying.

Before doing anything on the car itself, I had a side project to tackle. So far, removing the drivetrain required a lift;*drop the subframe onto a dolly and then lift the car up and off.*I wanted to be able to drop the assembly with the car sitting on jackstands, making it something I could do anywhere.*

Started with a Harbor Freight motorcycle lift. For stability I made four legs with casters on each end. The legs are removable so the lift can store easily. Then built a simple base on the lift that bolts to attachment points that I added to the V8R front subframe.*





Works like a dream. Can drop the assembly out of the chassis, roll it around the shop, lift it up to work on it easily, etc. It's stable even with the suspension and transmission attached.



 

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You have long since looked "professional race car" in the rear view mirror.

Simply amazing work.
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Still amazed that this car started as a pretty basic turbo'd car and has developed into what it is now.
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Such a spectacular car, Ryan, you should be very proud at how far you have brought Hyper. :icon_cheers:
 

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Thanks guys :)

Still amazed that this car started as a pretty basic turbo'd car and has developed into what it is now.
That's why I want to keep this thread alive. The ones on other forums were started when I started the LFX swap. This is the only one that goes back way beyond that.
 

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Hey, we're caught up now! Time for the latest updates :)

In Miata terms, we're making good power. But we're the underdog by a huge margin against the cars we compete with. No doubt, we make the most with what we have, but with the largest Time Attack event moving to Circuit of the Americas where horsepower reigns supreme, I knew we needed to turn the wick up. We'll always be down on power compared to the other guys, but that doesn't mean we can't give David a bigger rock against Goliath. However, save for some transmission hiccups, reliability has been one of our strengths and I did not want to sacrifice that. I had an idea.

This didn't happen overnight. I've been working on the solution all year in the background.

A year ago, I placed a Rotrex on a box beside my spare motor, and got started:



The first time I took this C38-92 out of the box I realized the challenge I had ahead. I'm used to the C30 units used on Miatas, and had that size in my mind when I was initially looking at the space in the engine bay, placement, etc. The C38 is a behemoth. It would turn out that packaging would be one of the largest challenges at just about every step in this project.

In July I posted this teaser, focusing on the new rolling engine lift. Only a few people noticed the blower hanging on the side of the motor :wink:



That was after months of work on the bracket, and the final is actually version 3 after scrapping two prior. That gets expensive when you're cutting 7000 series aluminum, but it has to be perfect. Clearances are mere millimeters everywhere, and rigidity of the bracket is critical to avoid having belt issues.

The frame rail had to be cut substantially and reshaped, with care taken to add new internal structure to ensure loads from the suspension are still transferred through the frame rail appropriately.



The subframe also had to be cut. :shock:

Did the math on pulley sizes and picked a few final candidates to test. We will not be spinning the blower to its redline, no running on the ragged edge here. Then ordered lots of belts and worked out a suitable belt for every pulley:



The packaging challenges continued with the coolers. I needed an intercooler and a cooler for the Rotrex fluid in addition to the engine oil cooler. I also wanted the shortest charge piping possible, made a bit more complicated with the throttle body at center top of the V6 rather than on the side of an I4. Off the shelf intercooler options weren't going to work, I was going to have to make it. I chose a Vibrant core with the right dimensions for what I had in mind:



To hang everything in place I had to toss the old radiator mounts and make an entirely new frame to hold everything tightly together:





I’ve never made intercooler endtanks before. This project was going to give me a lot of practice on the TIG welder. Drew up and cut pieces to make up the endtank:



The top tank took a while with a tube hand notched mid-bend to merge into the curved tank:



Finished intercooler after quite a bit of welding.



Welding the tanks to the core was a next-level learning experience; you’re welding a butt-joint with the core quadruple the thickness of the endtank, and the core by its nature is trying to suck all the heat out of the weld as you go. Rather proud of how it turned out.


New coolers in new locations meant making all new lines:





On to the intake, and more packaging challenges. I did the math on filter size for expected flow. The filter I had was big for a Miata. The new filter is massive:



The intake tube for the C38-92 is 3.5” and that does not want to fit… anywhere.



More fun welding:



continued in next post...
 

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In terms of sensor and component locations, there was some debate about what locations would work best. I made a couple different configurations for charge piping to try the options:



Using a TiAL QRJ blowoff valve, configurable for either recirculating or vent to atmo. Which MAF sensor location we found worked best would determine which config we wanted, so I did both VTA and recirc setups:



The recirculating config uses a hard line that was fun to bend:





The Rotrex points the air inlet straight back, directly at the downpipe. So inevitably, the silicone bend is riiiiight by the exhaust. To give the coupler the best darn shot at nice long life possible, both coupler and downpipe are wrapped, and then separated by a titanium shield with a reflective layer on the hot side:



Crankcase ventilation becomes critical when adding boost. A direct injection engine really benefits from catch cans even naturally aspirated, so it had been on my to-do list for a while. Since this is a race car only I simplified things a bit. Eliminated the PCV, drilled out and tapped both valve covers, and ran lines to a pair of catch cans that vent to atmosphere. With so little space in the engine bay, I ended up placing the cans in the hole that the HVAC system pulls air from on a street car:



The fuel side is tricky. Direct injection can’t be easily upgraded with aftermarket parts the way a traditional fuel injection setup can be. Expecting that we might find we need more fuel than we could flow on the stock system, I preemptively bought a high pressure pump from the Cadillac ATS-V (which runs the twin turbo LF4 engine), to see if the pump would swap in on the LFX:



It is almost identical. The only difference is that the plunger is ~0.100” shorter.



After some measuring we felt pretty sure that the lowest point on the cam lobe that drives the high pressure pump was tall enough to maintain contact with the LF4 pump so we swapped it in on the motor in the car. That is not a fun job. Think coolant reroute but with the engine even closer to the firewall and more stuff in the way.

Colder spark plugs were in order:



It’s all a big paper weight without tuning. That is outside my wheelhouse, and I wanted someone who really knew their field and would give the car the time and attention it needed. For this I teamed up with UMS Tuning. I consulted with Tony through the final stages of the build to ensure everything was configured the way he felt would get us the best run at all things working smoothly. With everything done he made some tweaks to the calibrations of a few sensors on the old tune for startup. It fired first try and idled pretty well.



Pulled it out of the shop, first time sun hit the car since February!



Then loaded up for the 350 miles tow to Arizona to get tuned.

More to come...
 

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Off to AZ to take the car to UMS Tuning. They weren't the closest option for me, but that wasn't my priority. I wanted to put the car in the hands of someone who I knew understood what I needed and would do the job right. Tony knows we aren't looking for a number to brag about or just a full-throttle tune to get me down a drag strip. It needs to drive smooth, be predictable at partial throttle and in transitions, and be reliable.

I had already been consulting with Tony on configuration details, tapping into his experience with tuning modern GMs so that the ECU would be happy with everything and give us the best shot at all my hard work translating into positive results. So I towed the car 300+ miles through 110° F Arizona summer to get Hyper in the right hands. With swamp coolers, temps in the shop were a humid ~90° F which is about worst case scenario for what we'd see on track.



Hyper was on the dyno all day. Like, 9:30 AM to 9 PM. Lots of time spent on details, playing with cam timing, swapping things back and forth to see what worked best, different pulley sizes, etc.



Now I know EVERYONE wants numbers, but that is going to remain confidential. I'm extremely happy with the results so far. I'm considering where we're at now 'stage 1', with two pulley sizes available dubbed "extra conservative" and "conservative". We're up against a fuel flow limitation on the current hardware with E85, so cannot run any more boost until we sort that further. Once we do, we can throw a tad more boost at it for a 'stage 2'.

I will say that I had been expecting a rather peaky setup with the Rotrex, going by what I am familiar with on BPs, but the setup has exceeded my expectations there - it retains a very flat torque curve similar to naturally aspirated, just with much more torque than before. Horsepower grows linearly with rpms with the largest gains up top, just like expected with the Rotrex. This is exactly what I was aiming for: all the good stuff about the engine package we have, just turned up a notch or two.

To avoid the pitchforks and riots I'll give this away:*we're currently putting better power and torque to the wheels than a Ferrari F430 on similar dyno.*

Since we have Miata Reunion @ Laguna Seca coming up where I'll need to run the big muffler, I have the alternate down-the-center rear exhaust on the car. One of the few times I get to hear it sounding more like a traditional V6:


Can't wait to get in the driver's seat and start shaking it down. First up is a local autocross this coming weekend where I can make sure nothing major is falling off the car and things are operating as expected, then I'll be scheduling some track testing time in the next few weeks.
 

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I must speculate. 400-450 WHP?

That would mean...7-10 psi?

Sounds very conservative. I'll be excited if you decide you want more, get a fuel system that can support it, and a party pulley!

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So I did some autocrossy stuff just to shake things down and see what wants to fall off. The answer turned out to be absolutely nothing, ran flawlessly. It was pretty goofy trying to tip toe this thing around cones in a bumpy lot with it set up for the completely opposite end of the spectrum. Only a few short spots I could really use throttle but for those brief moments, oh man, it's moving.

Track testing this weekend. Much excite.



 

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Oh yeah, almost forgot. Two years ago at Laguna Seca I was having trouble passing the 104db sound limits with the side exhaust. So last year I put together a Laguna Seca specific exhaust; entirely different config with downpipes going down the center tunnel and merging just behind the transmission, then 3" all the way out back, small resonator in the tunnel and then*the largest Magnaflow muffler I could find under the trunk space. I didn't end up going to Laguna Seca last year so I never got a chance to use it.







Always improving:



Local autocross is a strict 91 db limit, and with Miata Reunion right around the corner it was a good opportunity to make sure this exhaust was doing the job. No issues during the autocross. I daresay I could probably even run this car on a normal 92db sound limit day up there!

This config is obviously much heavier than the usual side exits, so those will be back for GTA Finals at Buttonwillow.
 
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