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RTA Round 2 at Firebird Raceway: Another Victory! Another Track Record!

Results:

  • Street Class RWD Win: 1:07:364 sec. 
  • Overall Street Class Win!
  • New Firebird Raceway record for Street Class Overall and RWD!  Broke the old record by almost 6 seconds!

Round 2 of the Redline Pro Time Attack had us going on a road trip to Phoenix, Arizona.  The 7 hour drive to Phoenix was quite uneventful except for an incident with an SUV at 1:00am.  We were speeding down interstate 10 at 85mph (we were late like always) in the service truck with the Time Attack 135i in tow.  We were tired as hell from the long drive and falling asleep.  All of a sudden flashes go off and kept going off.  Everyone woke up as we though we were getting pulled over by the highway patrol.  Finally realized the flashes were from a SUV pacing right next to us, with all occupants sticking their heads out the window, taking pictures.  That felt great!  Thanks for the compliments whoever you guys were in the SUV and thanks for waking our sleepy driver!

Saturday morning saw rain.  Lots of it, cold and misearble.  Enough to postpone the entire event.  7 hour drive to get rained out.  Great!   Everyone huddled into the service truck and slept.  Finally in the late afternoon the sky cleared and the rain stopped.  First and only practice session was called.  This was not good for us.  First of all RWD and rain don't mix.  Second, our driver  Dieterhas never driven this track and was unfamiliar with the layout.  Third, this being his second time in the car, he was still learning how to control her.  While most of the field opted to stay off the wet track to play it safe, we pull our 135i out on the track.  First hot lap, 1:10.8xx.  The crew stood in the hot pits in disbelief.  We broke the old class track record (1:12:9xx) by 2 seconds on the first lap on a wet track with a driver who's never driven the track!  Next lap 1:09:5xx.  Wow he's getting faster!  The seconds kept clicking down.  By the end of the practice session, we had pulled a 1:07:535, beating the old record by 5.4 seconds!

Rain in Phoenix.  Lots of it, cold and miserable.

 

Sunday saw clear skies.  The track for the most part had dried up with small wet spots in certain areas.  No problem.  Due to the rain the previous day, we were offered 1 more practice session before the actual competition begins.  Again, we go out and run consistent 1:07s.  Competition starts.  Fresh, new Hankook RS3s go on.  We clock a 1:07:364, easily securing a Street RWD Class victory as well as a Street Overall Victory.  We now have a streak of three 1st place Street RWD and Street Overall victories!  Our Time Attack 135i now officially hold 2 track records, Willow Springs and Firebird Raceway!

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MotoIQ Pacific Touring Car Championship

The MotoIQ Pacific Touring Car Championship (PTCC) is a new door to door racing series started this year that run in conjunction with our Redline Pro Time Attack series.  Unfortunately, due to possibly the location (Phoenix), only 2 MotoIQ PTCC competitors showed up.  Since the field was so small, Redline organizers asked the Time Attack class winners to join the MotoIQ PTCC as an exhibition only entry (we would not score points or make the podium regardless where we finished in this race).  We were given strict instructions not to interfere with the 2 MotoIQ PTCC cars (Berk Technology 135i and Road Race Engineering Eclipse) that were actually fighting for points. Also, we were not allowed to pass in corners. That pretty much left us only the front straight to make a pass. We were to start at the back of the grid as well. Per MotoIQ PTCC rules, tires were open, meaning you could run any tire, including slicks.  Berk Technology's 135i was running Hankook C51 slicks.  Road Race Engineering's Eclipse was running on R compound tires.  Unfortunately, since we did not anticipate running the MotoIQ PTCC and was there to run the Redline Time Attack Street Tire Class, we only had our Hankook RS3's street tires. Safe to say we were pretty handicapped for the race.  However, since our friendly arch rival, Berk Technology's 135i was running, why not!  Let's race!

The race went as well as expected. We pulled into 3rd place from the start behind Berk's 135i and the RRE Eclipse on the front straight but going into turn 1, we had to yield to the Eclipse as the race was still close and we could not interfere with the actual competitors (Berk and RRE). Also, we weren't allowed to pass in a turn.  Therefore, we got stuck behind the slower Eclipse for the first 2 laps. We finally was able to pass the Eclipse on the front straight (the driver waved us by) but by then Berk had gained a 12 second lead. In a 1 minute track with 8 laps to go, it wasn't going to happen. No way to catch them.  We managed to get the lead down to 6 seconds but a slight off track mishap due to our brakes fading dropped us back to 8 seconds.

Congratulations to Berk Technology for the win! We'll get you next time! (with slicks and a non exhibition run for us).  Our fastest lap in the MotoIQ PTCC race was 1:07:041, which was the fastest out of all the competitors including Berk's 135i and RRE's Eclipse.  This was with street tires!  It was even faster than our Time Attack official run but unfortunately does not count as an official record.

1st Lap

Stuck behind the RRE Eclipse! =(

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Dominating Victory at Redline Time Attack Season Opener!!!

RTA season opener at Willow Springs Raceway: Another Victory for the ER Team!

Results:

  • Street Class RWD Win: 1:30.548 sec.  5 secs faster than the next closest competitor!
  • Overall Street Class Win!
  • Beat out the entire Modified RWD Class (higher class)!
  • 3rd fastest car at event, including the Unlimited and Modified Classes!

Racing season is back and it started for us at the Redline Pro Time Attack Round 1 at Willow Springs Raceway!  This is the same track last season where we had taken 1st place in Street RWD Class as well as 1st place overall in Street Class.  Piloted by VJ Mirzayan, we set a new track lap record for Street Class RWD with a 1:29:331.

Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts with VJ, he was not able to pilot our 135i this year at Willow Springs.  Enter Dieter Heinz Kijora!  Dieter, a veteran of Redline Time Attack, agreed to pilot our 135i for the season opener on short notice.  Saturday's pratice session was to be his first time in the car.  Normally driving high powered Evos in competition, Dieter took little time to get accustomed to our 135i.  Starting the day around the 1:35 mark,we made a few adjustments on our KW Clubsport Suspension and changed our Swift Springs to a different spring rate.  With these changes, Dieter was able to dropped the time down to 1:33 by days end, putting us ahead at P1. 

Sunday brought high winds and bad conditions. This made the high speed corners in turn 8 and 9 quite harrowing.  Yet, during the morning practice session, Dieter managed to improve and dropped his time down to 1:32 range. 

Competition session.  Go big or go home time.  Brand new set of Hankook RS3s go on the car.  Dieter goes all out and we clock a 1:30:548.  This was enough to easily win our class (Street RWD) as the next closest competitor was over 5 seconds behind (1:36 range).  This was also enough to take the overall victory in Street Class.  Amazingly, this was also faster than any other Modified Class RWD car, a class higher than us running R compound tires (we're running Hankook RS3 street tires).  We had the 3rd fastest time in the entire field (Unlimited, Modified and Street Class).  We now have a streak of 1st place finishes (in class and overall) at Willow Springs Raceway.

Unfortunately, we could not beat our best time and track lap record at Willow Springs but we're confident we will next time.  At least the track lap record stays ours for another year!

Big thanks to our sponsors for the continued support for 2011! 

Hankook Tires / KW Suspension / Brembo Race Technologies / Motul Fluids / Forgeline Wheels / GIAC Tuning / Hawk Performance / APR Performance / Swift Springs / Wavetrac Differentials / Injen / iCarbon Design / Snow Performance / Road Race Engineering / RobiSpec / Velocity Motors / HP Autowerks / GenX Graphics

Team Evolution with the beautiful Redline Time Attack Girls!

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End of the Year Garage Sale!!!

It's that time of the year that we do a major cleanup of the shop. We accumulate a bunch of stuff throughout the year that serves us no purpose anymore except take up precious space.  Take a look at our garage sale.  Might find something useful you can use for cheap.  Keep checking back.  We keep finding stuff to put up.

Triple Victory at Redline Time Attack!!!

4th of July Weekend at Willow Springs Raceway: Sweet Success for the ER Team!

Results:

  • Street Class RWD Win: 1:29.331sec
  • Overall Street Class Win: 1:29.331sec
  • New Lap Record for Street Class RWD: 1:29.326sec
  • Circuit Battle Win: Over 2sec lead

We've had months of careful preparation and continuous development on our BMW 135i project car, not to mention the blood, sweat, and tears (literally!)... and we've finally reaped the rewards our dedicated crew deserves!

With our awesome driver, VJ Mirzayan at the wheel, and new sponsorship from Hankook Tires and Velocity Motor Cars, our twin-turbo BMW set a scintillating time of 1:29.326 during the Circuit Battle on Saturday night and smashed the previous track record for Street Class RWD by more than 3 seconds! We now own this track record.

VJ also laid down a smoking time of 1:29.331 during the Competition session on Sunday, which ensured us Street Class RWD victory. VJ's time also made us the fastest Street Class car of the day - beating even the AWD competitors.

Among a number of changes to aerodynamics and suspension, the 135i was using new Hankook Ventus RS-3 tires for the first time. The RS-3 is Hankook's Extreme Performance Summer DOT-legal tire... and VJ loved them! Velocity Motor Cars provided us with all the rear suspension arms which helped the 135i's stability and helped give us a competitive edge.

During Saturday's Circuit Battle, ER went head-to-head with Berk Technology's 135i. These two cars have similar engine and chassis modifications and are even using the same tires. However, the ER 135i was unstoppable this weekend, beating the Berk Technology 135i by almost 1 second, with an advantage of more than 2 seconds for the two combined hot laps.

After making more adjustments on Sunday morning, the car continued to run strong in the Competition Rounds. We set our fastest lap of the day at 2 pm, despite the high temps.

A big round of applause for the ER team, our driver, VJ Mirzayan, and our sponsors! Thank you!!!

            


Follow us on Twitter!!!

Follow us on Twitter now!!!  See what craziness we're working on today!

Here's a sample from just today!

Working into the late hours of the night on old Dilby (our Time Attack BMW 135i).

C-Spec Tuning Time Attack Evo VIII getting some custom work done.

Time Attack Evo X in the welding room getting the roll cage welded.

Introducing the newest member of our family!  Our Time Attack EP3 Civic Si.

Subaru GC8 Rally Car (left).  One of the EP3 Civic Triplets we have here (right).

 

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Grand Opening: Our Custom Fabrication & Servicing Center!

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENTS NOW!

Evolution Racewerks has just moved into new, bigger facilities. We're still centrally located in Baldwin Park, CA (Los Angeles) and have a brand new custom fabrication and servicing center. We've even hired a new Servicing Manager, Alan, to help you take care of all your needs!

With our experience and knowledge, whether you need race prep, custom fabrication work, installation or regular servicing maintenance work done, we can help you. With all the space on our new servicing side, work that we've scheduled exclusively for magazines and race teams, is now open to everyone.

Alan's just itching for work, so we have some special labor costs being offered right now, just $80/hr. His first week of working with us consisted of accepting our trophy at the Redline Time Attack event in Fontana, CA... and we all know, that really isn't much hard work!

Please inquire by sending us an email at service@evolutionracewerks.com or by giving us a call at (626) 814-3403.


LIMITED TIME ONLY!!! WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!! PROMOTIONAL GIVEAWAY WITH PURCHASE!

We wanted to thank our customers for their loyal support in helping the growth of our company.  What better way than giving stuff away for free? 

FREE Evolution Racewerks Key Lanyard with any purchase!

FREE Evolution Racewerks "N54" t-shirt AND Evolution Racewerks Key Lanyard with any purchase of $200 or more!

T-Shirts available in Medium, Large and Extra Large. 

We have limited number of sizes.  While supplies last. Get them quick!


Another Podium Finish!

Redline Time Attack Series Round 4 @ Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA saw us take another podium finish!  We were delighted to hold the fastest times through Saturday practice as well as Sunday's qualifying.  This was our first outing running a new tire, the Toyo R1R which performed exceptionally well through the weekend.  However, the softer compound caught us off guard and by Sunday's competition timed sessions, we were desperately in need of new rubber.  Undoubtly, this would have maintained our competitive edge especially with our new aero upgrades (rear wing and rear diffuser) tailored specifically for the high speeds at Auto Club Speedways oval.  We finished 3rd with a time of 1:52:463.

On that note, we are proud to announce our newest sponsored car, the Berk Technology BMW 135i.  Fitted with our charge pipe, came in 2nd place with a time of 1:51:373.  Congratulations to Mike Bonanni and the Berk Technology crew for the awesome finish!


Bimmerfest Show!!! May 22, 2010 @ Pasadena Rose Bowl!

Come out this Saturday, May 22, 2010, to the Pasadena Rose Bowl for the Bimmerfest Show 2010!!!  Come by our booth and meet us!  We want to show you what we got for your BMW!!!  Talk to our staff and check out our products in person.  Talk cars and see our Time Attack 135i in person!

Podium Finish!!!

The race season is back and we started it off strong with a podium finish! 

March 26-28th was the season opener for the Redline Time Attack Series @ Buttonwillow Raceway.  With the long break of the offseason, this usually means that major changes and upgrades are done during this time.  First races of the season are tough as this is usually the first time we put these changes and upgrades to the test.  This offseason, we decided that it's time to work on the aeros.  Front splitter and big rear wing.  Can't avoid it any longer.  We must do it, it works. 

Our goal going into the event was to beat our best time @ Buttonwillow Raceway (2:00:994) that we put down at the last race during the Super Lap Battle as well as try to break the 2:00 barrier.  Unfortunately however, for this event, we only had 1 set of tires.  The same set we used at Super Lap Battle Finals 2009!  Being many months old and now being on it's 3rd event, it had long past it's prime.  We rotated the tires to try to extend the life of the tires and it worked.  During our first pratice session, we did it!  We put down 1:59:738, our best time yet and under 2:00 minutes!  By the time the actual competition portion started, the tires were done.  With each lap during practice, our times got slower and slower.  We pulled in early to try to save what was left of the tires for competition.  With the great VJ Mirzayan behind the wheel, we gave it one last push during competition.  With 2:00:520 clocked during competition, we podiumed with a 2nd place finish in Street Class RWD!

Mounting the APR Performance carbon fiber wing.  Yes, we did it at the track.  Yes, we did not sleep the night before.

Making rear toe adjustments to control the "beast"!

 

Coming back from the wheel shop after getting tires rotated

Uh oh, problems.  Power steering reservoir blew up.

 

With the success of our first event, we going for the championship!  Next up: Redline Time Attack Round 3 @ Las Vegas Speedway.  We'd like to thank our gracious sponsors for continuing their support for our 2010 racing campaign!  Many thanks goes out to Yokohama Advan Tires, Brembo, KW Suspension, Forgeline Wheels, Hawk Performance Brakes, GIAC, RobiSpec, Wavetrac Differentials, Injen, Snow Performance Methanol Injection, Road Race Engineering, The Wheel Supply and GenX Graphics!  Special thanks goes out to our new sponsorship partner, APR Performance for their GTC-300 adjustable carbon fiber wing!  Another special thanks goes out to our tech friends from South Bay BMW.  They came out to watch the show and we put them to work hehe!  But always, thanks to our incredible driver, VJ Mirzayan for making our hard work look good!


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