Tucked down low on a tubular manifold is a Garrett GTX3576R Gen2 helping make around 650whp. The previous turbo was a GTX3076R. Jenson much prefers the GTX3576R. In the corner of the engine bay looks to be a custom fabbed oil catch can.
Seeing the LRC, Laivins Race Cars sticker explains why the car is so clean. The old school Nissan SE-R crowd will remember Andris Laivins and his talents. CJ Wilson Racing hired in Laivins because he kicks ass, but for 2019 Lavins branched out on his own with Gradient Racing. Looking in the cockpit, the switch layout is super clean and it looks like it might have a sequential shifter.
I love this build! Just simple and clean. Even the wheels are basic and effective Enkei RPF1s wrapped in Hoosiers. The rear wing mounts are attached to the fenders providing a much stronger base than a trunk mounted wing. I would be very interested to see what the car could do with more aggressive aero. I mean, the side mirrors are stock for goodness sake!
Ulrik Szirka brought out his Miata and placed 9th in Limited with a 2:27.825. I love this car too for the low-buck approach and creativity. You can learn about the car from watching the Hoonigan Build Biology episode on it on Youtube.
Ryan Passey’s Miata lapped a 2:23.503 for 5th in Limited. It has some new aero compared to when we last saw it on MotoIQ. I think they lost the transmission, hence the legs sticking out from under the car. Don’t worry, we weren’t in Kansas, so they weren’t witches.