May, 2015: Track Testing at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Thunderbolt Raceway

In May, we continued to push our Lexus IS-F to the limit testing new products and designs. Our new oil cooler reduced oil temperatures and allowed us to stay on the track longer, but also resulted in us reaching too high a transmission temperature. This is a minor issue we plan to address for our next track session. Our new suspension, lower control arm bushings, air/oil separator performed flawlessly, and we will continue to push the limits developing new products and proving the design at the track.

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Track Testing at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Lightening Raceway

Another great opportunity to push our new products to the limit. This time we took our Lexus IS-F back to the track equiped with our “top secret” RR-Racing double adjustable coilovers, new redesigned lower control arm bushing, and redesigned Air/Oil Seperator. The new coilovers and lower control arm bushings were amazing as the ride to the track was more compliant than stock, but once we hit the track and dialed up the damping, the improvement in turn-in response and at the limit behavior of the car was significant. We conducted all our initial testing with the traction/stability control turned off. This ensured that we were tuning the suspension to achieve an inherent balanced behavior, without interference from the on-board electronic aids. Achieving balance and predictability without traction/stability engages ensures that once the electronic aids are turned on, their interference is minimal – and less interference equals better lap times!

Winterfest Test Session at Virginia International Raceway

Throughout the fall of 2014 through winter of this year we have been busy designing and testing numerous new products for our Lexus and BRZ/FR-S lineup. It is part of our design approach that nothing we make leaves our shop before it has been thoroughly track tested. So with a mid-winter break in the weather, we were able to schedule track testing at VIR… in February! Our trek down to Virginia began with a stop over at Element Tuning’s shop in Maryland in order to install our brand new BRZ/FR-S Competition Kit on the Element Tuning Time Attack FRS. We heard about Phil’s braking issues throughout the 2014 season and were pleased to team up with Element Tuning and produced a special Competition “Stage IV” brake package that will complement the massive grip of 325 section Hoosier slicks and 1000lbs of rear down-force!
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