It’s interesting to note the fascinating variety of cars and their owners who autocross. As they say, it takes all kinds. Although there were “only” 38 particiapants at last Sunday’s SASCA Autocross, there was still an interesting mix.
First off was this mid-engined flat black car, called the Thompson Special Kairos. Somebody said it looked sort of like a Ford GT40 – ish . . . hmmm. I didn’t get a chance to talk to Derek, the owner/driver, nor his son. The centerpiece of this vehicle was a Ford SHO (Super High Output) motor.
I overheard the following about this car:
it was built from scratch
it may have some VW chassis underpinnings
the driving position feautured one’s knees at about the same level as your shoulders (that didn’t look very comfortable)
If anyone knows more about this car, please let me know in the comments – thanks!
Next was the D.I.R.T. entry, from the “Dough Italian Racing Team”. This was Tom’s modified 1991 Toyota MR2. He said his boss, who runs a pizza place, is a major sponsor…
In the trunk was located this big intercooler, driven by a giant fan to pull through cooling air.
The engine seemed stock, enough – it wasn’t. Besides the addition of a turbo, the engine block had been swapped. Tom explained that this was a 2nd generation JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) block, like that which is used in the Canadian version of this model.
Apparently there were fewer emissions controls, and with these lack of restrictions it puts out more power. Tom thinks he’s conservatively putting out 215HP.
Last, but not least – age knows no limits in autocrossing. These 2 guys were going back & forth, enjoying this fun Lotus Elise, alternating runs and having a great time. Truely this is something to aspire to in life!!!
I, too, am young at heart. Nuturing Racing Ready is inspiring me to purse a formerly thought to be lost dream from my youth. I hope it doing the same for you, dear reader!