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Larry, the guy with the "weird white hat" is Mr. KRB, Kai Roger Bakken himself. Now you know. :)
1 month, 1 week ago on Drifting On Planet Hoth
@kamenkachev@SWR@DemonFD Yup, highest octane gas we have in Norway is Shell V-power Nitro 98 RON at $3 per liter.. used to have 99 V-Power but the idiots discontinued it.
2 months, 1 week ago on Too Much Is Never Enough: A 1,294whp Supra
In 2 hours someone has bought it and brings it to Gatebil in turbo form with 1000 bhp.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Carbon Not Dated: The Secret Zakspeed Calibra
That would be the most worthwhile detour you guys have ever done... go for it. :)
7 months ago on Car Culture On The Other Side Of The World
£25 in a supermarket? Managing director, then? £15-17 is more normal... then you have about 40% tax pulled off that before you get a penny and then you have to pay 25% sales tax on EVERYTHING and 70% tax on pump gas (and race gas, which get silly expensive in nanoseconds)... so wages are high, what you're left with is not so much. But we do ok.. :) And I bet you'd have more fun at Gatebil than in Mongolia. It's because of the lack of yaks.
@RodChong @VaughnGittinJr @FredricAasbo
People have started entering the grounds on tuesday nowadays.. soon Gatebil July will be starting on sunday and last a week, then you all get your dose of overkill.. :p
7 months, 1 week ago on Because Vaughn Gittin Jr: Hitting Up Gatebil
@VaughnGittinJr @maxproof Vaughn, considering how many - literally dozens - who said they'd hunt you down on track to tandem drift with you when they heard you were coming over, your statement is spot on. Cool to have a chat with you and glad you liked the event, regards from Aasbø's engine guy. :)
The President of TOYOTA Norway..... not of Norway. :) We have a King, he did not show up.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Thru My Lens: The Speedhunters Dream Team
@Larry Chen @FredricAasbo Freddy's not drunk. Jet lag city. :p
You seen photos of it and your immense skill at judging a car's quality and workmanship tells you the entire thing is just junk and will break anytime because the welds are not perfect, etc? Yet it wins most every serious competition it enters while STILL being a work in progress, i.e not yet even sorted out? Yeah. Right. Cobbled up junk beats kitted up Porsche 911GT2RS's, Ferrari 360's in race spec, etc all day long... guess that happens everywhere.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Reinventing An Icon: Krb’s 829whp Lotus Lives
The question is the other way around: why don't you want to go there if you're even remotely interested in cars? Then again, your choice and your loss. But you can happily talk smack about others cars being shit because they don't have 0.0001" panel gaps and a $ 100.000 paintjob? Have you ever seen a USED racecar? Hint: they lack show and shine and you seldom find them in the bling department at the SEMA.. :)
It's a piece of shit that laps faster than most anything. If in doubt, please bring your machine to Gatebil 2014 and show us how it's done. :)
Nah, the E85 is just about $6 a gallon. Close to half the cost of premium unleaded 98 RON (aka US 93) octane.. I guess he has that for ease of starting and toddling about on cold mornings..
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Too Much Is Never Enough: A 1,294whp Supra
Having 4WD in a customer car - Mitsu 3KGT VR4 - I can say that you can easily have a package like this and handle 800 whp fairly easily... more than that and you're into going "shopping cart" when it pulls sideways on all fours...
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Too Much Is Never Enough: A 1,294whp Supra
I can tell that I have already been asked to build cylinderheads for 3 different diesel driftcars from Norway alone.. they ARE coming..
8 months, 3 weeks ago on How We Do Gatebil
Freddy is slightly schizo in a way.. on track he is a monster - just look at his eyes on game day, they say all, he's just not driving, he's driven - and off track he's the nicest person you'll ever meet. Trust me, if you ever say hello to him in person you'll be met with a big smile. That's just how he is. :)
Sean, you never seen an Koenigsegg in person before this..?? There were 2 of them at Gatebil when you guys were over here...
11 months, 1 week ago on A Method To The Madness: Inside Koenigsegg
@chris7opher "That was well said and in line with what I have been told and read from various experienced engine tuner and designers."
Thank you, I hope so or else I would have to quit this engine building business and get a new day job.. :D I'm a fan of two opposites, I like small turbocharged ones like my GSX-R1342 Turbo or turbocharged ones in general really, and old aircraft engines, Merlins, Allisons, Griffons, you name it. But now we're MILES away from topic of this thread, so maybe we should shut up before they bring the Ban Hammer down on us? :)
1 year, 1 month ago on Speed Challenger: The Bensopra 380sx
I talk about most any 2-valve head, really. You can only stuff "that big" of a valve in there for a given bore size before the bore itself - or the fact you need an exhaust valve to share the room with it - becomes the masking of the flow curtain. 53.5-54% of the bore area is what we work with these days. Any more and you're on the path of diminishing results as the achitecture itself becomes the limiing factor.
And the lifts you need to make that valve really flow some when you can't stuff a bigger valve in there is easily outpaced in cfm's by a moderate sized 4-valve head (using maybe just 50% of the bore area) with a much gentler peak lift value. Most ALL single-intake engines are valve limited flow-wise, that's the stick in the spokes that holds the design back. Not dissing the Cup guys in any way, they do an awesome job with what they got.
Sure, you CAN make a maxed out 2-valve flow the same as a 4-valve one if you spend enough hours and cubic dollars at it, but the latter has an easier time by far. As for the engine, it just knows what flow it's getting at that point in the cycle, it has no idea if it has 1, 2, 3 or 4 intake valves and you can open up a considerably bigger window sooner with twin intakes. Neither does the engine know the valve angles, the port shape, or anything. All that comes down to how much flow is available to fill the "piston demand" when the cylinder asks for it and a 4-valve can deliver that a lot easier.
Then again, BIG flow is not the most needed (any idiot can make a big hole that flows like a drain pipe IF he can physically fit the valve, which is the REAL showstopper, not the port) at all, screw up the port areas, shape and velocity and you can have all the flow on the bench you want, it will be a dog until you're far up in midrange, then it will just rocket off (if it ever gets on song before it hits the limiter). The tricky thing about porting not making the cfm, but making the most efficient shape to manage the velocity (priority 1!) and then make it flow enough through that shape. :)
As for the stroke being a limitation to the rpm you make power at, it isn't as long as long as it's strong enough to hold together. A Pro Stock engine has about 95mm stroke and make NA power at about 10500 rpm these days. Boost it or drop 4-valve heads on it and it would go further. It's all about airflow capability, a 2-valve head within the PS rules just can't breathe to much more. I have seen 100+mm (that's 4" stroke) rev 14 000 rpm in a 4-valve turbo import drag application and no, they did not tear it down after every run, so it did have decent life for such an extreme application, 25 passes or so. :)