It seems like some sort of cruel joke that prime racing season takes place in the peak of the summer’s heat. Heat is the inherent byproduct of the engine’s power source, but too much of it can keep you sidelined for the day. Yet, dozens of teams descended on New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ this past weekend to set their flying laps for Global Time Attack.
Blistering lap times is the name of the game for Global Time Attack. In the sweltering South Jersey August heat, it tends to be the coolant and oil that ends up blistering. Where Mishimoto is no stranger to keeping your modified daily driver or drift rocket from overheating, we took a day at the track to see how we helped these drivers across all the classes push the limits around NJMP’s Lightning Circuit.
United Speed Racing
If you’ve been following any of our Civic Type R development, you should be no stranger to United Speed Racing. If you aren’t familiar, the short story is that the tag team efforts of Chinchi Chaing and veteran racing pilot Jason Owens were integral with the development of our intercooler kit, oil cooler kit, and secondary race radiator by putting each component through the ringer during the 2018 race season.
The Civic Type R was plagued with overheating since it was released in mid-2017, and the USR team wasn’t able to keep the car running at full tilt for more than a handful of laps before the coolant temps were too much. However, with the full suite of Mishi gear, Chaing and Owens have kept their big-turbo’d FK8 on the track for full sessions.
This time around, however, it wasn’t overheating that kept the USR CTR in the paddock for the second day at NJMP. A snapped waste gate actuator would be the culprit. Without the proper means to mend the actuator bracket, it wasn’t possible to keep the car out of limp mode. The good news is that their 1:13.104 time still landed them with a 3rd place podium spot in the street class.
Nick Stentiford is the definition of dedication when it comes to the Time Attack community. Not only did he show up at the Lightning circuit ready to put down flying laps for two days, but he ditched the trailer in Colorado to trek all the way to New Jersey in his track-prepped Honda S2000.
Stentiford equipped his S2000 with the Mishimoto performance radiator and direct fit oil cooler in order to keep his fluid temperatures in check. When asked about the performance gained from the Mishi gear, he candidly remarked that his Honda “never got hot.” That’s exactly what we’re after. Between mingling and helping out his fellow drivers in the paddock, Stentiford was able to put down a 1:14.892, taking the 5th place spot in the street class before returning to the Rocky Mountains.
Peeking through the hood vent on his S-197 Ford Mustang, Shilun Wu’s choice in cooling was on display. With the help of the direct fit aluminum radiator, and low temperature thermostat, Wu was able to keep his DIY EcoBoost Mustang on the track longer in order to clinch the top podium spot in the Street class with a 1:10.951.
Main Line Motorsports
We found our cooling products up in the Unlimited class under the hood of Eric Magnussen’s E46 M3. Magnussen chose to focus on power-to-weight with his Bimmer, meaning that the S54 under the hood doesn’t have the help of any super- or turbochargers. This way Magnussen can focus on the car’s handling rather than tinkering with the aspiration. Even still, the BMW still needed some help in the cooling department, which came from a Mishimoto radiator and fan shroud. Even without the help of scrolls or compressors, Magnussen put down a 1:08.174. Shows what some dieting can really do.
Hailing from upstate New York, Windshadow consists of a few driver’s favorites, specifically Luis Millan’s turbocharged NA Miata and Amy Dilks’ blob-eye STI. Millan was grateful for the solution to his overheating issues dealt with the use of our fans, stating that he “could actually keep driving.” Before the extra fan power, Millan had to cut his sessions short due to climbing coolant temperatures but could keep the Miata running for the full length of each session with the helping hand.
Amy Dilks opted for the X-line radiator in her STI, along with a three-port catch can in order to ward off carbon buildup on the EJ25’s intake valves. With the extra thick core, the “purple tire eater” didn’t even need an additional oil cooler anymore since the extra cooling gave the factory cooler a boost.
Global Time Attack is more than just a race event, it’s a family event. Just walking through the Paddock at New Jersey Motorsports Park, it’s like we’re at a reunion. Every driver is catching up since their last time at the track together, pitching in to help work out kinks or repairs on cars all in the spirit of the common passion for speed. While not every team is part of the Mishimoto family, we’re grateful for the spot at the GTA table to cross paths with other automotive enthusiasts.
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