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You want to go fast. We want to go fast. How do you do it? For that matter, where and how much and how competitive?! So many questions but we answer them here. There are lot’s of different way to get out and drive as FAST as possible. Check this episode of the podcast out to get an idea of what works best for you or how to get to the next level!

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  1. Tires

It’s that time again and everyone is getting excited to flash their rollers. Warm weather here we go! BUT WAIT how about that temperature though? It’s recommended that summer tires go on when the average temperature is over 7 degrees celsius, so as anxious as you might be, it would be worth waiting for safety and performance sake. Then there is the salt, which inevitably need a few good spring showers before it gets washed away. Not that it’s a big deal, but worth consideration when it comes to the finish and corrosion of your hoops!

Tires also need to be checked before storage. Make sure that if you are storing your winter tires don’t put them directly on concrete or stack them directly on top of each other. Neither is good for the side wall. While this is debated and there are all sorts of ‘preventive’ things such as increasing tire pressure, the most common practices are foam mats, old yoga mats or dedicated flat spot preventing storage blocks under all 4 tires.

  1. Oil and Fluids

 New season, new fluids. Some cars may not have seen the light of day over the past few months and others may not have seen a dry garage or shop! Consider that all lubricants and fluids have a life span that depends on time as well as wear. Brake fluid absorbs moisture, and oils have reduced lubrication properties. Oil breaks down two ways. By using it and making it dirty or through time by breaking down is lubrication and detergent properties. Maybe a post it note in the cup holder wouldn’t be a bad idea.  Maximize your efficiency, performance and longevity of your car by checking and replacing fluids where necessary.

  1. Filters and Blades

 The winter is NASTY and even if you stored your car, you should take the time to check the breathability of your ride. Check air filters and cabin filters for debris along with dirt. It could be time for a change. That goes two-fold for your poor windshield wipers. Dealing with ice and grime, sticky bumpy windshields or just drying up while they sat there unused. Have a look and see if they’re good to go for that first rain storm.

  1. The Inspection

If you couldn’t tell it’s now the time to make sure that your car is running optimally for the warmer weather. Maximize the performance and efficiency!!! Beyond the items listed previously, do a visual inspection of the car. Lights, brakes, belts, seals and everything else we’ve already mentioned. Be prepared to drive your car. Taking an interest in it now will go a long way down the road. If you need help, make the time to bring it in to 11Tenths. Prepare yourself to minimize surprises and make your summer more enjoyable.

 

-David

@milk4coffee

How much is too much? Well that really depends on your environment and how you’re applying it. We go through and share our experiences and opinions on the subject and where that ideal number is for street, track and autocross. There’s more than a few different ways to look at this aspect of a car.

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Well, perhaps the term adults should be loosely applied when talking about this group. In body? Sure, but in maturity? Questionable at times. But I think that’s the point. We all need something that lets us forget normal adult life and be kid for a few hours. With the lockdowns of 2020, some of the outlets we had came to a halt. Pick-up basketball, soccer leagues, restaurants, traveling or even the trip to the gym were no longer options. Enter the world of online racing.

 

As soon as they announced measures in spring 2020, I knew I needed something to keep me busy at home. My usual routine of track days and car meets on the weekends didn’t look promising as the summer approached. Similarly, my Thursday basketball pick-up games weren’t likely to return anytime soon. A race simulator chair was on the top of my list, and with an unnamed website with repeating syllables and starts with a ‘k’; I secured a pair of great race seats to build my simulator setup. A few online orders for the wheel and pedals and I was ready to race. Surprisingly, racing the computer wasn’t filling that void and Forza 7 for xbox was surprisingly difficult with the assists off. Wasn’t as easy as it first looked. Slowly I got better in the next few weeks with nothing to do, but it wasn’t very social and beating the computer got old fast. Of course there are many arguably better simulators such as Asetto Corsa or iRacing, let’s focus on the ease and low cost of entry for most gamers that Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo allows.

 

Through some common friends in the BMW community here in the Toronto area, I was extended an invitation to play Forza 7 online with a group organized by “@Milk4coffee” eventually evolving to the self titled Milk4Coffee Championship. I showed up my first week thinking I’d do great, afterall, I could easily beat the computer on the “highly skilled” setting. I had no idea what I was stepping into. A few last place finishes humbled me properly my first night. Clearly I was the newb in the room. Soon I find many people are race instructors or do time attack events, so this wasn’t a group that wouldn’t be easy to win against. I was out of my league when I joined for sure. I could figure the basic racing line of when to brake and an approximate apex, and I thought I knew about the setup of the car, but I didn’t realize the learning curve.

 

The format for the championship worked perfectly for me to learn. We got several days notice for all the car divisions and tracks for the week, so we could setup and practice in advance. Each week featured a main race taking approximately 40 minutes and with a qualifying session. We even had scheduled break times, as the night runs about 2 and a half hours long for all the races. It was exhausting testing again and again in the days leading up to the race to fine tune tire pressures and damping rates. The  challenge and focus I missed playing basketball every week I found online through difficult circumstances through an xbox of all places. Along the way the group has turned into a social circle, and we’ve grown to 25 drivers. We talk most days online, and in a world where a lot of us now work remotely, I can’t think of a better time to be involved in something like this, where I’m sure most of us are borderline postal on a good day. We need these connections with others where we don’t talk about work or parenting. Perhaps even avoid politics for a few hours too. Testing has stretched to 5 days sometimes, with us holding small practice sessions online to learn each others’ lines and try new cars or settings. We post our times so that everyone knows the approximate pace to catch. This really helped me to feel the car better and to have more dynamic solutions to car setup. Sometimes it’s just the littlest change. Who knew that softening the suspension to let the car roll a little makes it corner better sometimes?! Sure, xbox can’t perfectly simulate driving a real car, but Forza 7 is as close as I’d need.I understand cars better when it’s time to step back into my car. Consistent testing allowed me to understand all the suspension settings that I knew in theory, but was still working towards building a car to behave more neutrally. With damage, fuel and tire wear to manage during the course of the endurance race, I also learned a lot about how to be consistent without overworking the car or taking unnecessary risks. I can’t think of anything I need more on a real track day.. I’m much faster now than I was last spring; finally competing closer to the front, although still a fair way off the leaders. But isn’t that the point? Don’t we all need challenges? I also found a great substitute for some of those other things I haven’t been able to do this year. I don’t know what I would have done without it.

 

So is it a video game for adults? I hope not; adult life usually isn’t this entertaining. Instead I’ll embrace being a kid a few days a week and give myself something to work towards… I’m all the way up to 8th these days…

 

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Shawn Powell

Enthusiast

Behind the wheel or behind the desk Randy Sparre is the face of 11Tenths Racecraft. There’s a reason he’s an oracle of speed and automobile knowledge. In this episode we dive into Randy’s history to get a picture of his upbringing, car’s he’s owned and all the experience and knowledge that he brings to the table.

 

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Whether you appreciate track-focused builds with purpose-driven go-fast bits, or instead prefer the look of perfectly stanced-out street cars, chances are you are a car enthusiast. And as a true enthusiast, you may have at one point or another thought about modifying your own car, or even to pick up a dedicated project car to serve as a base platform upon which you would build your own ‘masterpiece’.

Believe it or not, this type of conversation happens quite frequently at 11Tenths between our team and current/prospective clients. And it is during these countless discussions, that we’ve come up with some things for people to consider as they plan out and execute their own projects.

Goals. This is a really important starting point that many people lose focus of as they continue their build, or worse, don’t even take the time to think about it to begin with. What are your goals for the car? Is it going to be a daily driver during the week, and track weapon on the weekend? Do you plan on keeping it street legal? Is it going to be a trailer queen that will be transported from one event to the next? Do you plan on driving it year-round? Or will it be stored during the winter season only to be pulled out on warm sunny days? These are all important questions to think about as they will guide your overall build and dictate your parts selection. This will save you from mistakenly buying parts that don’t align with our overall objectives for the build.

Budget. Before you lower your inhibitions and loosen your wallet for the first few purchases, you should have a budget in mind. Far too often, people will impulsively start purchasing parts for their car before having a good grasp of their overall budgeted spend. Setting up a concrete budget up front will allow you to look at the entire build and start allocating monies to specific portions of it. It will also enable you to prioritize specific areas of the build, should you have conflicting purchases that put you outside of your budget. Finally, if used properly, a budget should be able to prevent you from ending up in the worst possible spot – having a partially complete car only to realize you have maxed out your budget.

Reliability. While this applies to a number of scenarios, here are just 2 to think about. If you daily drive the car, you want to ensure that you are not adding modifications to the detriment of reliability. Otherwise not only will you get frustrated with car fairly quickly, you’ll be using your CAA card (or worse spend money) getting it towed every time it breaks down. If you are building a car doing a lot of track time, you need to factor in the added stresses being placed on the car lap after lap. This includes having all the supporting mods in place. For example, if you have a turbo-ed car, or are turning up the boost or adding bigger turbos on a factory turbo-ed model, you will need to have adequate cooling in place; which means a bigger intercooler and possibly an oil cooler. Otherwise heat soak will set in very quickly and you’ll find that a few hot laps weren’t worth loosing the entire session for.

Sacrifices. Oftentimes improving many traits (speed, uniqueness/looks, handling) of a vehicle results in sacrificing things previously taken for granted.  That stanced-out show car looks hella-sweet when parked, but how stressful was it driving to the “meet” with 1″ ground clearance, fenders rubbing & catless fart-burbles fearing an MTO/Police impoundment while cruising below the speed limit?  Doing that V12 swap earns Nationwide recognition, but sitting in traffic on a scorching-hot August afternoon really makes your reconsider the A/C delete.  Tearing out the entire wiring harness of the new track toy saved you 90lbs in wiring, but now there is no ABS or DSC and the VANOS doesn’t work correctly. While the sacrifices will be different and specific to your build, you should take note of them to ensure they are worth the ‘anticipated’ smiles the end product will give you.

Recurring costs. While this will typically fall outside of your project budget, so to speak, it should be something you pay close attention to as it will affect the ongoing operating costs you will have to cover. That new black paint job looks amazing, but going to a detailer for a 2-stage polish before every big car-show gets expensive. Those TrofeoR tires get the best lap times, but buying a set every month requires a bank robbery. 800whp on the E85-Ethenol on an N54 is impressive, but sourcing that fuel locally proves impossible and it breaks down on a weekly basis, plus you can count on 1 hand how many drives it didn’t go into limp mode. While recurring costs might not be something on your radar yet, it is something you should take a look at during your build phase to ensure you don’t end up with a car too costly to run.

Resale. Are you “investing” into a platform that will garner you some sort of return, or at least hold its principal reasonably well (such as a vintage 911, MK4 Supra, E30 M3, FD-RX7, etc.), or are you prepared to kiss that mod-money goodbye when it come time for resale? While this is a hard question to ask yourself, its an important one – its easy to get excited to spend money on a project you are excited about in that moment. As time goes by, and the excitement dwindles, it could start to become a bitter pill to swallow (if you have not prepared yourself for it)

There you have it, a quick list of things that you should think about when you’re pondering your next build. In fact, it might even be something to consider on your current build if you feel you have lost focus. If there are any other lingering questions you have that aren’t covered on this list, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and concerns.

 

Written by: Kaizer

Sometimes the lesser car is almost the same as the greater. This means with a little bit of tuning you can have a better car for the money. But that really depends on perspective and the usage of the car. There are multiple examples from BMW to Hyundai and Porsche to Honda where sometimes there isn’t much of a change and other times it is drastic. Have a listen. We also chat about our Tech’s projects which are awe inspiring in their own right!

 

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Driving or storing your car in Winter – here is what our experts had to say:

1. Tires

Driving
It’s been said before, and will be for a LONG TIME. Tires are the most important factor on your car. Literally “where the rubber meets to road”. Contact patches the size of your hand are what do all the stop, go and turning!So with that said if you’re driving in the winter make sure to dress accordingly! Summer tires are useless under 7 degrees celsius and all seasons aren’t far off. Winter tires are the best bet (even cheaper ones) than no winter tires at all. The rubber is formulated for the cooler temperatures and generally have special tread designs specific to snow and ice. Don’t neglect the tire pressures either for safety or your wallet’s sake. Under-inflated or overinflated tires come with their own driving and wear characteristics. Just do what the manual says and inflate them as required.

Storing
Tires also need to be checked before storage. Make sure that if you’re storing your summer tires don’t put them directly on concrete or stack them directly on top of each other. Neither is good for the side wall.Keep in mind that storing your car and also lead to flat spots. While this is debated and there are all sorts of ‘preventive’ things such as increasing tire pressure, the most common practices are; foam mats, old yoga mats or dedicated flat spot preventing storage blocks under all 4 tires. Some people prefer to jack the car up off the ground for the winter but it’s contested that this isn’t great for your suspension.

 

2. Oil

Driving
Do you really want to worry about doing an oil change on a bad weather day? Have you thought about the range of temperatures that your car has to sit in? Cold to warm to cold. How about all the idling in the coffee shop drive through? If you’re close to an oil change, get it out of the way now before later, plus your mechanic will appreciate a dry and salt free undercarriage!

Storing
While changing your oil isn’t really necessary since your car will sit most of the winter, just keep in mind in the spring it should be top priority. Tell your phone or personal robot to have an oil change as a priority in the spring. Oil breaks down two ways. By using it and making it dirty or through time by breaking down is lubrication and detergent properties. Maybe a post it note in the cup holder wouldn’t be a bad idea.Most importantly don’t do that mid-winter I miss you start-up and idle. You car was not meant to sit for months and then idle for 10 minutes and then be shut off. Also wasn’t meant to be revved cold!!! The nature of how an engine is supposed to operate is with driving. Heat doesn’t properly get into all the parts for their operating tolerances. Oil and coolant doesn’t circulate as it would in regular driving and warm up situations. You can argue that it’s not that bad, but it’s tough to argue that it’s good.

 

3. Wiper Blades

Driving
Similar to the oil, do you want to inspect or change them in the freezing cold? More over, do you want to find out when they are not work while driving down the highway in a winter storm? Check your blades, at minimum wipe them clean with a rag. Replace if necessary.

Storing
Give em a wipe, less to do in the spring.

 

4. Battery

Driving
You might have caught on to the trend here. Don’t be stuck not checking. A battery sees the harshest conditions in the winter. Cold start ups are hard and the colder it is that more energy and ‘crank energy’ is required.  A lot of cars these days come with a starter for the winter so you can get that car toasty before you get into it. Don’t sacrifice the feature, your battery should operate at 12.6 volts or above and should be 13.7-14.7 when the engine is running. If you don’t know how to check your instruments or the battery itself, get your mechanic to check it.

Storing
Tender the battery. Either in the car or out of it. A battery will still discharge, so for its health putting it on a tender that is ‘smart’ and changes the delivery of charge is great for ensuring longer life and a battery ready for the spring start up. Keep in mind a dry area is also preferable.

 

5. The Inspection

Driving and Storage
Do a visual inspection of the car. Lights, brakes, belts, seals and everything else we’ve already mentioned. Be prepared to drive or store your car. Taking an interest in it now will go a long way down the road. If you need help make the time to bring it in. Prepare for surprises and make your winter more enjoyable.

 

Written By: @milk4coffee

 

When 24 Hours of Le Mans isn’t enough you just get back on the highway and go to then next track…or two.

 

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Many a car person’s bucket lists include a trip to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. 11Tenths went there in 2019 and it was an experience! Racing, traffic jams, crepes and dare I say some track side Schnitzel (oh wait, that’s part 2)

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