|Matt is a hands on guy and does a great deal of work on the car himself. Last year Matt was driver, transporter and crew, a one man show which is incomprehensible to us. This year with a real crew, Matt should be able to really focus on driving.|
|Matt is serious and hungry, he forgoes the expense of having an apartment and sleeps in his garage next to his car. That is dedicated and hard core!|
The most compelling thing about the dry sump is that it allows a very low profile oil pan to be used. Matt is using this to its full advantage mounting the engine as low and as far back as possible. In fact his engine is about 1” lower and 4” further back than Dai Yoshihara’s all dominating Factory Falken S13 which is probably about the world’s most developed S chassis. This rearward placement will give the car about a 53/47 weight distribution for good handling. The oil coolers and radiator will also be able to be moved rearward to reduce the chances of damage and also improve weight distribution.
|The Quartermaster clutch is so low inertia that it doesn’t have a flywheel! The starter ring gear bolts to the clutch basket. This should give very fast throttle response.|
|The stock gas tank is replaced with a fuel cell for safety.|
The engine will use a FAST LSX intake manifold with a large 105mm throttle body. A Katech off road spec camshaft by Comp Cams with the attendant valvetrain parts will give a wide powerband and lots of torque, essential in drifting. A Fluidamper active harmonic balancer will ensure good bearing life. A super trick Quartermaster dual disc flywheelless clutch will hold up to the stress of drifting while giving an ultra low moment of inertia for lighting fast throttle response. Other than these simple mods, the engine will stay mostly stock. Matt is targeting about 560 whp over a wide range and razor sharp lagless throttle response with these mods.
|KW Clubsports just like the ones you can buy are the suspension of choice. 8 kg front and 6 Kg rear spring rates are used. The compression and rebound damping is adjustable independently on Clubsports, which is very useful for chassis setup. KW is rapidly becoming the suspension of choice in Formula D.|
|Ground Control camber caster plates allow adjustment of camber and caster independently, very important for drifting.|
The engine transfers power to a dog shifted G-Force GSR 4-speed transmission and a Winters quick change rear end with a spool differential. A special bellhousing allows for a Tilton compact starter being mounted very close to the ring teeth on the small diameter clutch. A custom aluminum driveshaft with heavy duty Spicer U joints is also part of the low inertia drivetrain. Driveshaft Shop heavy duty axles round out the bulletproof powertrain.
|Parts Shop Max adjustable links are used with spherical bearings to get rid of rubber bushings. The Drift Works rear knuckle moves the axle up to lower the car while maintaining the proper roll center and camber curve. Driveshaft Shop heavy duty axles are also seen here.|
|Drift Works knuckles are pretty innovative parts. They lower the car about an inch while keeping the suspension geometry correct. The front knuckles also allow for much more steering angle as well, critical in drifting.|
|Look how far back the engine is placed with the new mounts. This is going to provide really good weight distribution.|