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Midwest Tour

So I’ve been travelling the Midwest the past few days to visit some of our manufacturers.  First, I went to see our suspension parts being made.  They have a large facility with a lot of CNC 3 and 5 axis machines, lathes, mills, benders, water jet, and welding stations.  This is only about 1/3 of the whole shop floor.

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IMG_8242They can do just about anything you can think of

IMG_8239Being able to do MIL-spec work, they are certified in just about every material, which shows in the stock they have

IMG_8243I have been discussing with them the idea of building our radiators and oil coolers.  They showed me the Denso core we would end up using for the FR-S/BRZ/GT86.

IMG_8245Then I went to visit our in autoclave composite manufacturer.  The tool for our SEW V2

IMG_8317Their large autoclave is 10’x20′, and is one of the largest in the country.

IMG_8312They work with teams at the highest levels of racing in the US as can be seen here

IMG_8326Since they had a bunch of defense projects laying around, I wasn’t able to take more pictures due to security reasons.  Then, I got to catch up with some of my old college friends and was told they were going to a 7 post rig test at ARC, so I watched that as well.

20130516_144147ARC also has a wind tunnel testing facility, but the team I was visiting didn’t have any wind tunnel time booked, so I didn’t get to see that.  Because the body panels were off the car and the guts were exposed, I couldn’t get any pictures of the car on the rig.  Sorry.  It’s been a very enlightening last few days, but I can’t wait to get back home tomorrow.

New Partnerships

We believe computer simulation is only one side of the coin, real world testing is the other.  We are just as careful of selecting our testers as we are in designing our product.  We choose people that will really push our products to the limit and put them in the conditions they were designed for.

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Robert Fuller, owner of Robispec, most well known for suspension setup, tuning and component development for Evos and STis, will aid us with development.  He actively competes in time attack and NASA time trials and has one of the fastest FR-Ses on the west coast.  He will be testing the full gamut of our suspension components customized to his specifications and providing us with feedback for further improvements.  To stay updated with Robi’s FR-S, please check his build thread here.

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For those without race cars and that want to see its road-worthiness, Edmunds.com will be testing our control arm on their long-term test car.  Their goal is to create a pure dual-purpose car that is just as comfortable and livable as OEM, but outperforms it at autocrosses and track days.  They are very selective of their modifications and will be making small changes at a time to see how each modification affects the vehicle.  To stay updated with their long-term test car, you can check out their website here.

LCA Test Fitting

I was able to test fit our simplified prototype (this does not reflect the final design) yesterday and spot check everything. While I wasn’t able to translate it to degrees (which depends on ride height anyways), you can shorten or elongate the arm about 20mm from stock.

Since we opted to use a linkage adjuster, adjustment was a breeze. With other thin adjustment bolts, you’re going to have to get creative to turn it when it’s in the subframe.