When I started building the Civic Type R engine swap in January 2017, all I had was a K20C1 engine, a Civic Si white body, a lot of spare parts, and hope that I would finish it before that year's race season ended. By summer the car was driving--and the rest is history. It's now coming to the close of 2019--looking forward to another year (and perhaps another look) with the race car.
The SCCA National Championship Runoffs is coming up, so I decided to install fresh Carbotech brake pads. This time, I also added thermocouples to all the outside pads so I can better understand the temperature range while on the race track. This will help make sure the load compounds I've chosen are correct.
In the gallery above, see the new brake pads before and after installation on the Civic Type R Swap race car. The additional images give more background on the thermocouples themselves:
Two-piece brake rotors are great for racing for several reasons. Watch the slide show to learn about the benefits of using them.
I like to tune the engine on track versus using a dyno. It allows me to better control temperatures so I can recreate the conditions I see when racing the car. This improves the robustness of the tune and still allows me to maximize power. Plus, it allows me to collect more accurate data and look for any potential issues before I head to a race.
Creating a lightweight headlight for your race car is very easy. Here's how to move out of phase one and into phase two of prepping the new replacement light, using my Type R Swapped Civic Coupe race car's headlight as the example.
STEP 7: Place the first coat of paint on the back side of the lens. This is so the paint doesn't chip from flying rocks or any other moving debris you may encounter while on the race track.
Tips, tricks, wins, and learnings. Go behind-the-scenes at the race shop and track-side with me.