Friday, September 23, 2016

BlackTrax Test & Tune 9 Track Day Registration




BlackTrax will be hosting Test & Tune 9 as well as a Honda S2000 Mega Meet, Wednesday, November 23rd at Thunderhill Raceway 3-Mile Bypass configuration.

This will be a self tech'd, laid back test and tune day. Car numbers, DOT approved helmets and one tow hook is MANDATORY. Rain or Shine.


  • 7am Gates Open
  • 8am Mandatory Driver Meeting (Safety, Flags, Passing Rules & S2000 Photoshoot Details)
  • 9am Track is HOT!
  • 12-1pm Lunch Break (Honda S2000 Parade Lap and Photo Opp)
  • 1pm Track is HOT!
  • Track Closes 5pm

4 Run Groups Rotating at 15 Min. Each Throughout the Day
  • GROUP 1 - Advanced/Open Group, SCCA or NASA racers
  • GROUP 2 - Intermediate 11-20 track days
  • GROUP 3 - Low Intermediate 4-10 track days
  • GROUP 4 - Beginner 0-3 track days. Instructors available upon request
*Early Bird Registration*

Registration Options:
T-Shirt Size
Requested Run Group
Name
Car Make Model / Car #

Photos from Past Events:
Thunderhill 2014
Thunderhill 2013
Thunderhill 2012
Buttonwillow 2011
Thunderhill 2010



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

QUEST TO BE THE BEST



Countdown to Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle
Back in April, we showed you a picture of 2Buck with no engine. "S2BuckChuck" is what we named this car because the sum of it parts are used and donated by members of the S2KI.com community, our racing friends and our valued customers. Last year at Super Lap Battle, we surprised ourselves when Graham Downey and 2Buck put down a respectable lap time of 1:48.118 at Buttonwillow Raceway Configuration Clockwise 13. Well we're back and we're looking to beat the fastest Honda S2000 record of 1:46.893 set by driver, Tyler McQuarrie in the C-West/BC S2000 in 2008. We asked for you to send comments and suggestions for rebuild and surprisingly we received more than we anticipated. So this means some of you are actually reading this! OK, people want to know, what are we bringing to the gun fight this year? We thought we tell you all before the event rather than after, so here are our setup changes for 2015!

Driver: Graham Downey
Racing Class: Unlimited RWD
Chassis: AP1 S2000 aka  "S2BuckChuck
"Engine: F22C Supercharged
EMS: Hondata K-Pro Engine Management
Weight: 2707 Lbs wet with driver
Power: 397 Max Horsepower
  • 2.0 Liter F20C engine has been replaced with an OEM rebuild 2.2L F22c, Stock cylinder head with Supertech Performance valve, springs and retainers
  • Modified larger volume OEM intake plenum 
  • We lightened and tubed up the radiator support location to accept a v-mount 
  • Sheet metal work was added to help duct air and aid downforce
  • We checked and re-qualified the complete Kingpin Machine spherical suspension 
  • Stoptech ST40 Calipers, Carbotech Pads were installed (yeah, we were on OEM calipers when we ran the 1:48.118!!)
  • AEM Electronics Water/Meth Injection Kit to keep the charge temps down
  • Accusump oiling system
  • 18x10.5" Jongbloed Series 700 wheels wrapped in 275 Hankook C91's
  • Extended front fenders and rear overfenders
  • Cut the rear bumper and made a new diffuser
  • Re-route exhaust from rear center exit to rear side exit
  • More "Go Fast" stickers



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Irene Your Too Damn Clean!

# IreneV1?   # IreneV2?   # IreneWe'veLostCount!

Year 2015 has not been hiccup free for Irene. With a new stroker 2.5L, driver Tom Tang was able to beat his personal best at Thunderhill Raceway and by taking advantage of his AiM Sports MXL2 data, driver Graham Downey was able to set a benchmark lap times at 1:53's for Tom to work at. By the end of the day Tom and shaved over another second off his lap time. With as much power and as much fun the 2.5L was, it didn't last long as we sustained rod failure and sent the #1 piston flying out of the block. 


With 3.5 weeks left before Global Time Attack's Super Lap Battle, Tom Tang and his team devised the most feasible plan to get him back on track and on time. Stock engine + Boost! Big thanks to CT Engineering for coming through for us on a compressor and brackets. We fabbed up our own piping and air to air intercooler, tuned Irene back up on the dyno all with one week to spare! Not only will tomorrow be Tom's first shakedown since the upgrade, it will also be his first time racing Super Lap Battle in a supercharged form! With our assistance, we're confident Tom Tang will do well and we'll make sure Irene get's dirty while we're at it!

Driver: Tom Tang
Racing Class: Unlimited RWD
Chassis: AP2 S2000 aka  "Irene"
Engine: F22C Supercharged
EMS: Hondata K-Pro Engine Management
Weight: 2770 Lbs wet with driver
Power: 370 Max Horsepower
  • AiM Sports MXL2 DAQ
  • 2.5 Liter engine has been replaced with an OEM 2.2L F22c, Stock cylinder head with Supertech Performance valve, springs and retainers
  • CT-Engineering Supercharger
  • JRZ 1231 3-way Shocks on Eibach Springs
  • Evasive EVS high capacity differential cover. Diff oil pump and cooler assembly. 
  • Stoptech Trophy Kit replaces Stoptech ST40 Calipers
  • K1 Laboratory Spoiler
  • 275 Hankook C51's to C91's
  • BlackTrax custom front mount intercooler
  • Custom carbon front splitter by Dauntless Racing for more downforce
  • Re-route exhaust from stock location to rear side exit
  • More "Go Fast" stickers

If you'd like to follow our progress tomorrow and Thursday, please stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages. Also visit http://racecast.me/45-masonry/196-2015-nov-gta-slb for the latest schedule and perhaps some live in car feeds as well. Wish us luck and wishing you all the best!

Best Regards,
The BlackTrax Family



Monday, September 29, 2014

BlackTrax Performance Exclusive Partnership with Kingpin Machine on S2000 Spherical Suspension

BlackTrax Performance is happy to announce our exclusive partnership with Kingpin Machined Honda S2000 spherical suspension bearings used for competition level racing as well as those looking to get the most out of their suspension system. A two-year product development process provides you with the highest level of U.S. designed and manufactured spherical suspension components. BlackTrax Performance is now the exclusive install and service specialist for the S2000.


History

Some may recognize Kingpin Machines products and branding on some of the nation’s fastest pro level Honda drag cars as well as a handful of road race cars. In 2008, BlackTrax sponsored Honda Challenge driver Graham Downey needed to source replacement sphericals on his stock K24 swapped EK Civic (utilizing EG front subframe). After careful research he found Chris Brinson of Kingpin Machine, Chris’s meticulous (almost OCD like) attention to detail separates his product from the rest. Downey and his Kingpin sphericals laid down the law in 2008, 2009 & 2010 as the three-peat N.A.S.A Honda Challenge H1 National Champion. Now 6 years later, we’re still running on the exact same set of spherical bearings with no play in ANY of the bearings. This chassis has since logged over thousands of racing hours, HPDE’s and time attack events. None of the spherical bearings come with dust boots. That said, Kingpin’s design and tightly held manufacturing tolerances prove that dust boots are not necessary to control the wear on high quality sphericals manufactured by companies who build aircraft and milspec grade bearings such as Aurora and New Hampshire Ball Bearings. And for this reason, BlackTrax commissioned Kingpin Machine to develop the first custom S2000 set in late 2012.

Quality
Each and every sleeve is blueprinted to their specific control arm bore since the OEM specified tolerance for the bores are too wide for proper bearing operation. This level of quality and craftsmanship requires state of the art equipment an a one off manufacturing approach. Consequently, these are highly cumbersome and costly to build. In order to maintain the superior level of quality control, We (Kingpin and BlackTrax) are collectively sharing blueprint and machining specifications in order for BlackTrax to carry out consistent results giving you the benefits of longer lasting durable bearings that will significantly improve stability, additional grip, driver confidence and faster lap times and/or quarter mile times.

Anyone interested in upgrading to Pro Comp sphericals can ship their control arms to BlackTrax Performance to get the best quality sphericals on the market to date and will receive the following services:

  •     Disassemble, Shot Peen & Cleaning-Bores are Machined/Honed to Spec.
  •     Press & Weld Precision Machined 4140HT Steel Bearing Sleeves
  •     Control Arms Coated with Black Suspension Paint (Zinc coating available at an additional cost)
  •     U.S. Manufactured, Aurora and/or New Hampshire Ball Bearing Bearings are Pressed in, then Secured by Loctite 609 and a C-clip-Re-pack/Grease Ball Joints
  •     Quality Test & Return Shipping

Words From Kingpin Machine: 
It is true that manufacturing quality products from properly graded, US sourced metal and utilizing the best available US produced bearings is more expensive. But it is not only the right thing to do, it ensures that you are running the safest and best performing parts available on the market.

-Only Aurora Performance Racing Series and/or the New Hampshire Ball Bearing Racing Series lines of bearings are used.

-Our no compromise approach extends to material choice as well. We machine our bearing sleeves from 4140 HT (Heat Treated) steel and the vast majority of our spacers from 7075 Aluminum. These materials are more expensive than the standard mild steel and 6061 AL but the superior surface finish, additional strength and hardness are well worth the added expense.

Installing control arms equipped with our spherical bearings provides a number of benefits:

  •   Lack of deflection allows reduced static camber requirements, thus minimizing uneven tire wear and increasing traction.
  •  Improved steering feel and precision as steering input is directly translated into wheel movement.
  • Reduction/elimination of dynamic toe change, which along with handling benefits can also provide stability under braking.
  • Elimination of high breakaway torque requirement increases traction; allowing the tire to stay in closer contact with the track surface.

All of our parts are designed, machined and tested right here in the United States.





Testing 
We have 6 years of testing on various Honda applications using the same bearing and sleeve construction now being applied and currently used on the S2000 chassis. The S2000 Pro Comp Sphericals are being tested on five S2000's.

MY’07
Street &Track Duty
Various HDPE’s, 2nd year in testing

MY’07
Street & Track Duty
Various HPDE’s, 1st year in testing



MY’04
Track Duty
Various HPDE, Time Attack and Super Lap Battle, 1st year in testing



MY’02
Track Duty
Various HPDE, Time Attack and Super Lap Battle, 1st year in testing



MY’04 MotoIQ.com’s Project S2000
Street & Track Duty
Various HDPE and MotoIQ testing, 1st year in testing




More from Kingpin machine:
Stock control arms and suspension housings simply are not produced with the same level of precision as our products. There is no reason for auto makers to hold to exacting tolerances when using stock compliant rubber bushings. We produce our bearing sleeves in a range of outside diameters and the proper sleeve is chosen to produce just the right amount of interference when pressed into the control arm.

Pressing bushings out of control arms is generally a dangerous process that requires specialized equipment. We have already created fixtures and dies to hold suspension components in place while applying the immense pressure needed to press out stock bushings. We have the proper assembly tools such as a hydraulic-electric press, an arbor press, welding tools, retaining tools and products etc. and just as importantly the experience to do the job right.


BlackTrax Performance is committed to maintaining continuous improvement of Kingpin Machine sphericals. We will continue to capture data from each control arm you send to us for precision installation and services.

Monday, July 21, 2014

BlackTrax Test & Tune #7 @Thunderhill - Registration




BlackTrax will be hosting Test & Tune #7, a two-day track day experience on Saturday & Sunday, September 20th-21st at the new Thunderhill Raceway WEST.

**Registration Closed**

This will be a self tech'd, laid back test and tune day. Car numbers, DOT approved helmets and one tow hook is MANDATORY. Rain or Shine.


  • 7am Gates Open
  • 8am Mandatory Driver Meeting
  • 9am Track is HOT!
  • 12-1pm Lunch Break
  • Track Closes 5pm

3 Run Groups Rotating at 20 Min. Each Throughout the Day


SATURDAY

  • GROUP 1 - for advanced, SCCA or NASA racers
  • GROUP 2 - for intermediate 5+ track days
  • GROUP 3 - for novice 2+ track days
SUNDAY

  • GROUP 1 - for advanced, SCCA or NASA racers
  • GROUP 2 - for intermediate 5+ track days
  • GROUP 3 DRIFT - open to all drifters (updated 9-3-14)

Photos from Past Events:
Thunderhill 2013
Thunderhill 2012
Buttonwillow 2011
Thunderhill 2010

**Registration Closed**

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BlackTrax Test & Tune #6 @ Thunderhill




BlackTrax will be hosting Test & Tune #6, a grip track day experience on Sunday, November 17th at Thunderhill Raceway, Bypass Configuration. Limited sign-up for maximum track time so sign-up ASAP. REGISTRATION IS FULL

This will be a self tech'd, laid back test and tune day. Car numbers, DOT approved helmets and one tow hook is MANDATORY. Rain or Shine.


  • 7am Gates Open
  • 8am Mandatory Driver Meeting
  • 9am Track is HOT!
  • 12-1pm Lunch Break
  • Track Closes 5pm

3 Run Groups Rotating at 20 Min. Each Throughout the Day


  • GROUP 1 - for advanced, SCCA or NASA racersCLOSED
  • GROUP 2 - for intermediate 5+ track days CLOSED
  • GROUP 3 - for novice 2+ track daysCLOSED

Photos of Past Events:
Thunderhill 2012
Buttonwillow 2011
Thunderhill 2010

Monday, May 20, 2013

The 2013 Racing Season Has Begun for BlackTrax!



2013 starts off with heavy momentum. For us, it seems the economy is picking up. As a result, we're seeing more people are out racing this season compared the last 5 years. BlackTrax Performance is proud to be partnering with the following 4 drivers and teams for the 2013:





SCCA Autocross and  Hoopa Hillclimb 

You won't find a lot of bloggers and photographers at local cone shaving events as you would with Formula Drift or Time Attack however, Radix Motorsports owner Jaime Mendoza has had many successes that include National Tour and Regional titles with SCCA and other venues. Over the years, we've tuned his Integra Type R and multiple CRX's that we've lost count. This year Jaime brings out a new CRX chassis running a 2.0L B-series and the widest slicks we've ever seen on a CRX.  The 2.0L is tuned on Performance Electronics 3 ECU by BlackTrax.


NCRC Chrono Series, Speed Ventures S2K Challenge, Redline Time Attack, Super Lap Battle and Global Time Attack

Debuted in 2012, and recently featured in Dsport Magazine (May 2013 Issue #128), this mean green machine named 'Irene' started off with a collaborative partnership between Tunerplayground and Prima Racing. The team focused its inaugural year on chassis setup and captured the sought after sub-two minute lap times on street tires at Buttonwillow and Thunderhill. This year, Tunerplayground's own Tom Tang will be piloting this car and racing in all the organizations he can get his car accepted into. 2013 will be Tom's rookie year and we feel confident he will do well.  This F22C engine is tuned on Hondata Kpro by BlackTrax.
NASA Honda Challenge and  SCCA World Challenge

Team Prima Racing head, Andrie Hartanto brings well over a decade of wheel to wheel racing experience in Honda Challenge, World Challenge and U.S. Touring Car Championship. He's been hard at work over the winter on his Honda Challenge spec S2000 build. After piloting 'Irene', he decided to turn his perfectly nice daily driver into a fully caged racecar. Although the NorCal Honda Challenge scene has pretty much dried up, Andrie plans to race with the Southern California organization, attend Nationals as well as World Challenge at Sonoma Raceway. This F22C engine is also tuned on Hondata Kpro by BlackTrax.
 

Formula Drift

BlackTrax has invested into Matt Field Racing since before his professional career in Formula Drift. There's something about his skill, drive and tenacity that we don't see often in auto sports. Matt Field has gone from drifting the local mountains in a beater to competing against the best professional drifters in less than 4 years. The new S14 setup has already shown favorable results in Round 1 Long Beach and Round 2 Atlanta this season. With how he performed last year at Irwindale, many including us are eager to see how well he stacks up this year. This Supercharged LS3 engine is tuned on AEM EMS by BlackTrax.


We're proud to be partnered with such wonderful teams and welcome them to the BlackTrax Fam! Good luck gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

BlackTrax Test & Tune #5 @ Thunderhill - Sign-up Here


BlackTrax will be hosting Test and Tune #5, a grip track day experience on Sunday, November 18th at Thunderhill Raceway, Bypass Configuration. Limited sign-up for maximum track time so sign-up ASAP.

This will be a self tech'd, laid back test and tune day. Car numbers, DOT approved helmets and one tow hook is MANDATORY. Rain or Shine.


  • 7am Gates Open
  • 8am Mandatory Driver Meeting
  • 9am Track is HOT!
  • 12-1pm Lunch Break
  • Track Closes 5pm

3 Run Groups Rotating at 20 Min. Each Throughout the Day


  • GROUP 1 - for advanced, SCCA or NASA racers CLOSED
  • GROUP 2 - for intermediate 5+ track days CLOSED
  • GROUP 3 - for novice 2+ track days CLOSED

Photos of Past Events:
Thunderhill 2012
Buttonwillow 2011
Thunderhill 2010


Additional inquires or photographers please contact blacktrax@blacktrax.net for details.