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Armed with a team of barbeque and
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purchased for $400, Team Carbeque is a
unique racing team determined complete the 24 hours
of LeMons... all while making barbeque under the hood.
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Posted by Adam Goral, Captain on July 28, 2012, 3:56 pm CST
Every time we bring up our new aero ideas, everyone tells us the same thing. "Forget the aero, add more power". If we just went for the usual solution, we wouldn't be who we are. This series, afterall has, Mercury Bobcats dicing with Volvo stationwagons/ schoolbusses, normal IS abnormal. So, instead of going with the mundane backyard engineered turbo setup or tiresome mid-engined 302 conversion, we are investing in our aero (and reliability with a special secret transmission fluid recipe from the Rally-Ho SAAB guys, and a cheap-ass $35 oil cooler, pray for us). So far some diveplanes were cut out of the spare van metal scraps in the garage and eyeballed into place, and the rear panels were added to round out the shape. The test revealed our hood louvers don't really work (we have an idea), and in order for the dive planes to adequately generate vortices over the front wheels the bumper will have to be modified. Saying we didn't get any looks doing this test is like saying George Foreman doesn't appreciate a lean chicken breast.
Also learned: the rear hatch is surprisingly aerodynamic, with minimal boundry layer separation (Adrian Newey is my uncle....not really). If there's time, a longtail might be fabricated to cut down drag even further, increasing stability and straightline speed. It'll be the "Road America" aero package.
Meanwhile, Dan the barbe-guru is finishing up the V3 manifold enclosure and we're gonna get testing asap! We've got less than 20 days to finish the Q, then its race time!