Project One

Why "Sneaky"?

Project Two

'02 ACR Preperation - Competition

Projects 3 and 4

'03-'06 Miata Development

RX-8 Resources

2009 "cisco Sticks" RX-8

Liquid Sun Rubber Ducky

MS MX-5 Resources

Liquid Sunshine
Oakland Coliseum, CA - February 22, 2009 - Over 150 competitor brave a rain storm to participate in a contest of driving skill in what some are calling "River Fest".  It's not often you see large air dams and splitters working against autocross competitors but these appendages and wide tires were displacing enough water to knock over cones, generating penalties in the quake.  AWD set in the top four positions with an RX-8 separating the next three FWD competitors with two Miatas rounding out the top ten. Taking nothing from these top talent drivers (they're all quite competent and earned their spots), but weather conditions fluctuated enough during the day, and even during the large run groups, that the "playing field" varied quite a bit; even between runs, which were occasionally delayed.
Rubber Duckies
Rubber Duckies, a term of endearment for the utilitarian traffic pylon; an object used to mark the path of an autocross course. Maybe that's our problem, referring to a physical object in a loving vernacular when it should be disapproved, not embracing it as an object of affection; fact is that cones should be avoided at nearly all costs or suffering ensues; a two second penalty for each encounter.

Of the six competition runs this year we've assessed cone counts on five, moving us from what would of been a first and second in class finish. While we've got some tuning to do on the car we're seriously looking for a "program" to help with cone avoidance.
RX-8 configured for STX with Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec 255/40 on 17x9 Enkei RP-F1s. - 4d-SPORT.com
RX-8 configured for STX with Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec 255/40 on 17x9 RPF1.
Top Finishing RX-8 (RWD)

2009 SFR Round 2 - All three runs from BryanH on Vimeo.
Bryan Heitkotter pilots the highest placing rear wheel drive car (5 of 157) to a first place finish in class.  As National Champion and Rookie of the year he's well worth watching and learning from.  We've been fortunate to have him behind the wheel of our 2008 Championship MX-5 and have improved our performance as a result.
Motorsports Hydration :)
As espoused by the greatest sports nutrition and performance minds in the field, hydration is a key contributor to performance (in motorsports it tends to slow you down, some more than others). 

SFR SCCA PDX
It's NOT a RACE! :)
Looks like we're all alone.
Then a pesky Cobra shows up...
... he's got a better line...
Chuck Koehler photo of #178 STX RX-8 @ PDX adorns front cover of "the Wheel", Volume 50 - April 2009 - 4d-SPORT.com
... where'd he go???

Thunder '09 PDX Photo credit - Chuck Koehler Photography


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Otherwise stock RX-8 on 245/40 RE-01R on 18x9.5 RPF1 - 4d-SPORT.com
Otherwise stock RX-8 on 245/40 RE-01R on 18x9.5 RPF1
Prep 4 Fall 2011
LEFT:265/35x18x10.5 wheel | RIGHT 285/30x 18x9.5 wheels - 4d-SPORT.com
LEFT:265/35x18x10.5 wheel | RIGHT 285/30x 18x9.5 wheels
Rolling on stickers... - 4d-SPORT.com
Rolling on stickers...
... representing Rimz & Ribz. - 4d-SPORT.com
... representing Rimz & Ribz.
Working on a look worthy of the venue!  4d-SPORT.con
Working on a look worthy of the venue!
Adding Project Shepherd's Gate to the livery, we're out for the exposure. - 4d-SPORT.com
Adding Project Shepherd's Gate to the livery, we're out for the exposure.
Under full compression these rimz make for a tight fit. - 4d-SPORT.com
Under full compression these rimz make for a tight fit.
Pilot Super Sports provide surprising grip on the otherwise stock RX-8 in the rain! - 4d-SPORT.com
Pilot Super Sports provide surprising grip on the otherwise stock RX-8!
Props to ORACLE too!
Pilot Super Sports provide surprising grip on the otherwise stock RX-8 in the rain! - 4d-SPORT.com
Running in the rain in STU class, Russ beats a fully prepared STI.