Project S2000 Part 7 – Cold Weather Fun
By Khiem Dinh
Khiem Dinh is an engineer for Honeywell Turbo Technologies at the time of this writing. All statements and opinions expressed by Khiem Dinh are solely those of Khiem Dinh and not reflective of Honeywell Turbo Technologies.
Our previous track day was in the middle of the freakin desert during the heat of summer to see how the cars’ various systems handled the almost 100F temps. The upgrades of the Koyo radiator and StopTech brakes took the heat thrown at them and didn’t even break a sweat, but the stock oil system wasn’t up to the task and probably wished it could have sweated to get rid of some heat. Before the end of last year, I hit up Streets of Willow with Speed Ventures to test out the car’s systems in cold weather along with the new chassis bracing. More recently, I did the Speed Ventures brand of auto-x with a dozen co-workers for a friendly intra-work competition, but more on that later. The great thing about cold weather is it helps with durability and reliability. Heat is the enemy of track cars and causes problems such as over heating coolant, oil, tranny fluid, diff fluid, brake fluid, brake pads… you get the idea.
Do you know how I know the foam strip was doing its job of blocking air? I had to add some tape to keep it in place because it had gotten blown out.