Open Wheel Cars by Patrick Callahan

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I love open wheel cars. While they may not look very similar to the cars you and I drive every day, they are remarkable in the singular purpose of their design: to race. While we replace parts and even systems of parts, every nut, washer and fastener on an open wheel car has already been optimized for speed.

I have two things to share on this topic. The first is the current crop of F1 cars. These are on many levels the baddest machines in all of racing, requiring hundreds of millions of dollars to build and run each season. The level of design complexity in the cars this year is astounding. Just look at some of the front wings! You can find pictures of all the latest models here including some exciting new teams and the return of Lotus F1.

To bring this post back around to being relevant to this blog, it’s worth higlighting how many aftermarket companies have had involvement in some form of open wheel racing. Some companies like Cosworth got their start in open wheel racing and have more recently brought their know-how to parts available to the public. Other companies like HKS with their F1 project are interested in showing off their technical abilities and building brand image.

For TODA, involvement in F3 has been an integral part of how the company is run for decades. F3 is a tightly governed and highly competitive international racing series with high-level national championships in many countries including Japan. If you can be competitive in F3, you can certainly make parts that will meet the needs of enthusiasts. To highlight one small example of the demands of F3, engines are fully stressed components and stock blocks are integrated into the chassis using gorgeous valve covers and oil pans that bolt to the carbon tub.

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Toda Racing Ferrari F355 Stroker Kit: 491hp, 8500rpm

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I was talking with fellow blog reader Jay Hundred about the variety of JDM tuning recently. Jay brought to my attention a curious new release by Toda Japan. I call it curious because I really wonder how many people are buying a 2,355,000 JPY stroker kit (26,500 USD before wire losses, shipping, etc)  for their aging Ferrari F355. On one hand I’m not surprised because for as long as I can remember Toda has had a hand in F355 tuning, but I’m just surprised that by now they didnt release a stroker kit for a F360 or F430. I just dont see many people racing and modifying F355s. Most that have this kind of coin to drop on a pricey stroker kit seem to have moved on to F360s and newer. Although I’m guessing Toda can and will prove me wrong since they just released this comprehensive kit.

Regardless, the Ferrari F355 must really move nicely with nearly 500 horses and a redline near 9000rpm coming out of this 3.9L V8.

Thanks Jay Hundred for the lead on this.

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Customer Car – Tom’s S2000

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Tom’s S2000

I consulted with Tom and supplied him the parts to build his dream S2000 about two years ago. This project from the beginning I knew would be special because Tom is someone who like myself is a real lover of high end JDM quality. No shortcuts were made, this car was prepared with simply the best of everything from the frame up.

There are too many quality modifications to list, but here are some of my favorites:

Tracy Sports GT widebody

Spoon Hardtop

ASM Dry Carbon Doors, dry carbon hood and dry carbon trunk

Top Secret 19″ TE37 wheels

J’s Racing big brake kit

ASM Limited Edition Recaro RS-G Seats

ASM Multi-meter

ASM Titanium Exhaust

Mugen Race Roll Cage

Toda Individual Throttle Body Kit

Tracy Sports Header

The car was stripped to the bare frame and repainted in the beautiful blue hue you see. The car is very light weight and with a highly responsive NA tuned engine, it really is a great example of an ultimate NA street legal S2000.

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