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  • Moto IQ got up close with the car at Buttonwillow and a full article is on the way. I'm told it should be up within 24 hours. I'll put up a link as soon as I have it.

    Ryan Passey
    Singulär Motorsports | Goodwin Racing

    #13 1990 Miata
    "The sport dedicating to the spirits of time attacking motoring" -Emilio

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    • Ryan Passey's Amazing Mazda Hyper Miata

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      • Great read. Love this little car!
        SuperMiata S2 Class #33

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        • Thanks guys!

          Moto IQ: Goodwin Racing Hyper Miata



          Ryan Passey
          Singulär Motorsports | Goodwin Racing

          #13 1990 Miata
          "The sport dedicating to the spirits of time attacking motoring" -Emilio

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          • Great write up. You did an amazing job!

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            • Nice write-up, Ryan. Ever think about extending the roll cage?

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              • So if this is "Limited" ... what's "Unlimited"? Anti-Grav? Warp Drive? A herd of 'roid-enraged hamsters?

                Seriously, this thing is so awesome and i love the use of this engine and E85.

                Steve

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                • Originally posted by SteveLevin View Post
                  So if this is "Limited" ... what's "Unlimited"? Anti-Grav? Warp Drive? A herd of 'roid-enraged hamsters?
                  Actually there are some massive differences between what you're allowed to do in "Limited" and what you're allowed to do in "Unlimited".
                  Massive amount of modifications to the chassis, completely redone bodywork, active aero, chop tops, engine relocation etc.. the list is long.
                  Ryan's car is a work of art built to make the most out of the Limited class rules and does so very successfully.
                  Moti

                  Blackbird Fabworx - Quality Performance Fabrication

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                  • Originally posted by SteveLevin View Post
                    So if this is "Limited" ... what's "Unlimited"? Anti-Grav? Warp Drive? A herd of 'roid-enraged hamsters?

                    Seriously, this thing is so awesome and i love the use of this engine and E85.

                    Steve
                    Without having looked at the rules, I'd guess Ryan's car is a rolling example of the Limited class rules. If he changed it, it's allowed. If it's still Miata, it's not allowed.

                    Moti, are you looking for anymore apprentices?
                    99 Mazda Miata SuperMiata #515 - AKA Sparky SOLD
                    '91 Mariner Blue Miata project AKA Napoleon

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                    • Originally posted by Blackbird View Post
                      Actually there are some massive differences between what you're allowed to do in "Limited" and what you're allowed to do in "Unlimited".
                      I figured, but I had come up with the hamster line earlier in the day and the failed comic in me had to find a way to use it.

                      Steve

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                      • Originally posted by SteveLevin View Post
                        So if this is "Limited" ... what's "Unlimited"? Anti-Grav? Warp Drive? A herd of 'roid-enraged hamsters?

                        Seriously, this thing is so awesome and i love the use of this engine and E85.

                        Steve
                        Unlimited allows some ludicrous stuff. That's not to say that all Unlimited cars are taking full advantage of what's allowed, but you can really go off the reservation in Unlimited if you want to.



                        Originally posted by Blackbird View Post
                        Actually there are some massive differences between what you're allowed to do in "Limited" and what you're allowed to do in "Unlimited".
                        Massive amount of modifications to the chassis, completely redone bodywork, active aero, chop tops, engine relocation etc.. the list is long.
                        Ryan's car is a work of art built to make the most out of the Limited class rules and does so very successfully.
                        Don't forget perhaps the most important one - I have to run street tires
                        Last edited by thepass; 05-02-2018, 10:57 AM.
                        Ryan Passey
                        Singulär Motorsports | Goodwin Racing

                        #13 1990 Miata
                        "The sport dedicating to the spirits of time attacking motoring" -Emilio

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                        • ^ I call BS, you're allowed TDs (semi inside joke)!
                          Moti

                          Blackbird Fabworx - Quality Performance Fabrication

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                          • Ryan Passey
                            Singulär Motorsports | Goodwin Racing

                            #13 1990 Miata
                            "The sport dedicating to the spirits of time attacking motoring" -Emilio

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                            • Whew! It’s been a crazy few weeks. Some of you guys have probably already seen posts about the event elsewhere but I want to be sure to keep the build thread up to date.

                              The final couple weeks prepping for UTCC were full of a lot of long days. Moti of Blackbird Fabworx and I had just finished up the new front aero config and it would be debuting at UTCC. For the new splitter I had to make all new mountings, ducting and airdam. I also moved to a new GT1000 wing at the rear to balance. Just a couple days before the car needed to be loaded up for the journey I got out to Willow Springs International Raceway for a shakedown.



                              First impressions were great. Mega grip, doing 1:27's while just cruising and doing systems check on used RC1 tires. Front aero was doing a lot of scraping, ride height was a little too low. Lost a CV joint boot on the right axle which ended the day, but I had found the weak points that needed correction so it was job done.

                              Sat/Sun were long days. Built struts to support the rear endplates (GT1000 is an animal, serious suction under that wing, Emilio and I were both bending the endplates through T8 and down the front straight). Resized the front endplates, made new titanium wear strips for the front endplates with rounded edges to reduce the shock when they scrape, added an additional mounting point in the splitter with corresponding mount in the frame (good problem to have, tons of downforce), pulled the axle and replaced the boot, raised the car a half inch front and rear to improve clearance. Got it buttoned up and then loaded with the 949 guys. Sonny and Manny began the tow across the country. I had 3 days to catch up on sleep.

                              The weather forecast wasn’t looking good for UTCC on Friday, but guys from that area said it can change rapidly. We made sure we had a rain tire strategy and packed jackets and rain-X. Well, everyone but John, who only wears shorts and T shirts...

                              Thursday came, CA to VA.



                              Prepping Friday morning, very wet.



                              Morning conditions were abysmal, needed to pack snorkels. Went out anyways on the rain tires and did some easy laps. Some epic pics were the up-side:





                              The weather was shifting constantly. We would watch the weather till the last minute, pick tires, go out and then the weather would change as soon as you hit the track. Rain tires can’t be run on a dry line because you’ll literally burn them to nothing in less than a lap, and slicks simply don’t work in the rain. UTCC drivers were split into an A and B group, with both Emilio in the Supermiata and myself in group B. During group A’s first timed session, the track dried up and there was a nearly completely dry line all the way around the track. That session got delayed a couple times due to cars going off, etc. and went super long which pushed our group B session later and later. Not knowing what the conditions were on-track, we both went out on rain tires.



                              On the out-lap we discovered what group A had been enjoying: a perfectly dry line. We both quickly worked our way around the track careful to not overheat the rain tires and then pulled right back in to the pits to swap to slicks. The team swapped Emilio’s wheels first, he went back out, and then they jumped to my car. As the jack released and let me back on to the ground, the first rain drops began to fall again. By the time I got to the track entry, it was pouring. I went out, determined to try to get a lap in just to have something in the books. It was standing water everywhere and the slicks felt like there was nothing connected to the steering wheel. I had an off in T4, and on wet grass the only thing to stop you is the tire wall.



                              I was OK, but this was a really low moment for me, sitting in the car unable to see how badly it was damaged and knowing there was no way for any of that new aero to have survived. So many hours in the car, so much work from everyone to get it all the way across the country, and I get a couple soaking wet laps and the weekend is over. The tow truck brought me back to the pits, damaging the hood during the tow just to help rub things in.

                              Back in the pits it was as I feared: the splitter was destroyed along with damage to the ducting, hood, fender, door, barge board, the rear wing and the steering. The 949 guys shared their condolences but immediately sprang into “how can we get this thing back on the track?” mode. I was still reeling from the anger and frustration of so many hours lost and so many more suddenly piled up ahead of me to repair it, but Emilio had some sage words of advice: “When you’re home and you look back on today a month from now, you’ll wish you had tried to repair it if you don’t.” I sat down for a little while to think things through, and anger turned to determination. This is not how this weekend was going to end.

                              We came up with a game plan to graft 949’s small backup splitter on to the car, build new splitter mounts, hammer the fender into rough shape, leave the rest of the body damage as it was and tape up the rest, and just run what was left of the wing (which was just the primary element). Everyone jumped in and helped. At some point, someone dropped by our pits to make sure I was OK for those following along on MiataTurbo.net which I really appreciated and snapped this pic. Not sure why I was smiling, likely just delusional:



                              She wasn’t pretty, but it would do:



                              Sonny did an on-the-fly toe fix to get the wheels pointed roughly straight. Then we discovered the power steering rack had cracked and lost fluid. That required some more Macgyvering; with no way to seal the rack, we scavenged a couple lines from the steering cooler to create a loop from the pump outlet back to the reservoir so the pump could run and cycle its fluid and not burn itself up. We left the steering rack just open-air depowered with tape over the open ports. It might not feel great, but I could steer.

                              ​​​​​​​To be sure we had enough work to do, Bullet went into the wall the session after me. Emilio somehow got it back to the pits without a tow, so about the time we got Hyper patched up it was time to jump on Bullet as get that one back into shape.

                              Sonny made this montage from me going back out for the final session of the day. It felt as big as any win to just be driving the car back out onto the track.



                              I was just happy to be moving:



                              The conditions were even worse than the morning. They black flagged the session and shut the track down for the day due to the rain flooding a portion of the track. Back in the pits though, it was high fives all around.

                              With such terrible conditions ruining most of the day and only half the UTCC field getting a chance at a decent lap, GRM pulled some strings to give everyone a single session on Saturday. We crossed our fingers with the hopes of getting a shot at a dry track, but the rain gods weren’t going to let that fly. When the session came on Saturday, a massive cloud rolled in and dumped on the track just 15 minutes before the session, and left about 30 minutes after the session ended. No chance.

                              Unfortunately, this means the UTCC results for this year are pretty much meaningless; the top half of the results are group A who got nearly dry conditions for one session, group B never got a shot.

                              With Saturday’s UTCC session pointless, we all turned our attention to supporting Bullet which was being driven by Sonny in STU and TTU against a bunch of exotic hardware.



                              The forecast for Sunday looked clear and I realized I might be able to get a chance at some dry laps. Sunday morning I spoke with the NASA staff and lucked into getting a spot in HPDE3. YES I was going to finally get to drive VIR a bit.

                              First session was full of traffic and got cut short by the splitter scraping on the ground. We got to work reinforcing and adding mounts. More Macguyvering, and a couple endplates gave their lives to further support the damaged splitter.

                              Second session out, the splitter was holding and I was just loving the chance to begin to feel the rhythm of VIR’s complexes at some speed. There was zero aero grip compared to what the car usually has and the steering was a little wonky, but the car still felt decently quick and I was going to enjoy this. Still had traffic on every lap but began to get the feel of things and find a little speed. Here are a 2:03 and 2:04 among traffic:



                              Third session, finally a bit of clear track ahead of me. 1:58.9
                              Second fastest Miata to ever lap VIR, behind only Bullet which Sonny did a 1:57.x in on Saturday.
                              I’ll take that. Bruised and battered, but still fighting:



                              In the craze of the weekend I had forgotten to charge the GoPro so I didn’t get that lap on video. C’est la vie.

                              The team after three days of busting our butts in the rain. Low on sleep, a little loopy, and thoroughly satisfied:



                              Looking at TT results for Sunday:
                              https://racehero.io/events/nasa-ma-v...c-2018/results
                              If I had ran NASA TT my 1:58.9 would have taken 3rd overall for the entire day, behind only two TTU cars (Dan Raver in the LS7 Superlight and Sonny in Bullet). Faster than every entry in TT1, TT2, etc.

                              It wasn’t the way any of us envisioned the weekend going, but I was still all smiles just to have had a dry day at VIR and a respectable lap time to hang my hat on until we have a chance to return.
                              Ryan Passey
                              Singulär Motorsports | Goodwin Racing

                              #13 1990 Miata
                              "The sport dedicating to the spirits of time attacking motoring" -Emilio

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                              • The car had to make the week-long trip back across the country, and it was still held together by duct tape. By the end of Sunday, I didn’t want to even think about all the work that lay ahead to repair the car. Before we left for VIR I had signed up for Global Time Attack’s ProAm round 2 on June 3. There’s no way I was going to make that event.

                                I flew home and had a few days to myself before the car returned to think things over. One day in, I had already decided I was going to run at GTA. When the car returned I had four days with it before I needed to be on the road to Willow Springs International Raceway. I did a full inspection on the car, separated the list of repairs by priority and focused on just what it absolutely needed. The 2017 front and rear aero package came out of the office and went back on, and I rebuilt a few items that were needed to make that possible.

                                It was a hectic few days, but by Friday it was ready to rock.



                                Willow Springs International Raceway, GTA ProAm Round 2. Just days from arriving back in CA with a broken car.



                                Session 1 was already hot out in the desert. I took an early lead with a 1:26.8. With most of the Unlimited class cars on the East coast for the recent Pro event we realized that I was in the race for the top time of the day, with a Limited AWD GTR nipping at my heels a few thousands behind, and the rest of the Limited class a bit further behind.



                                By mid-day it was 104°F ambient / 138°F surface temps. Way too hot for the tires, they were greasy even on the out lap, which made for a wild ride at full pace. It’s been a while since I’ve driven WSIR so despite the heat I found a few more tenths with a 1:26.5. The GTR went slower, and I took the overall top time of day in addition to my class win.

                                Full results are here: | RD2 GTA Pro Am Willow Springs RESULTS

                                [youtube]https://youtu.be/Sh4nIPUZSek[/youtube]



                                Last edited by thepass; 06-12-2018, 02:42 AM.
                                Ryan Passey
                                Singulär Motorsports | Goodwin Racing

                                #13 1990 Miata
                                "The sport dedicating to the spirits of time attacking motoring" -Emilio

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