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High Performance Academy Presents: Tuned In. A podcast interviewing influential people from around the world at the top of their respected fields. Covering topics such as Tuning, Performance Engine Building, Automotive/Motorsport Wiring, Data Analysis, Driver coaching/Training, Motorsport Fabrication and Car Setup.

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Field Report: 1400HP, 70PSI of BOOST — Quickest AWD Honda In The World.
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What makes a 7.56 second at 187MPH world record holding AWD Honda Civic tick?

Pushing out approx 1300-1400HP at 70PSI of boost on ethanol fuel, Norris Prayoonto gives Andre Simon the rundown on what went into the worlds quickest AWD Honda build and how some aspects compare to the FWD setups they are also very successful with.

The MoTeC-controlled Honda Civic runs a K-Series-based engine with Prayoonto Racing in house 2.2L long block, camshafts and cylinder head, Brian Crower crank, JE pistons and all the other goodies from their FWD engine program. Class rules limit the team to a 76mm Garrett GTX50 but with extra weight added to the car, they would be permitted to run a bigger 80mm turbo, however that is not on the radar just yet.

Unlike a lot of other AWD drag cars, such as the GTR, the Prayoonto team treat the car more like a FWD than RWD and as such the split is 70/30 which is producing consistent 60-foot times in the 1.1s range and compared to the team's 1.4 second times with FWD only that is a substantial improvement. Lastly, i-VTEC and its usage are also discussed along with cam profiles, traction control and in passing a nod for a billet block in the team's future.

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Aug 09, 2022
051: The Hoonipigasus — What Went Wrong?
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Sander Marques of Obsidian Motorsport Group is our first-ever return guest, and for very good reason. 

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Sander first jumped on the Tuned In podcast in its early days, way back in Episode 008, and while we managed to gain a tonne of insight during that conversation, we still had so many questions left to ask the tuner and MoTeC M1 Build savant.

With Sander’s heavy involvement in the recent high-profile Hoonipigasus Porsche hillclimb build driven by Ken Block, now seemed like the perfect time to catch up and see what kind of knowledge we could dig out of him this time around. 

Sander and podcast host Andre Simon first discuss the initial planning stages of the Hoonipigasus build as the team dealt with a quickly dwindling time frame. Sander was in charge of designing and planning out all the electrical systems in the car, and he had to do it all without it actually existing yet.

Lots of time is spent in this conversation running through the incredibly complex control systems, which includes the use of twin MoTeC M142 ECUs, geo-fenced hydraulic ride height adjustment, Sander’s own bespoke INS (inertial navigation system), and much more.

Unless you’ve been off-world for the last few months, you’re probably already aware that the Hoonipigasus sadly never made it past practice at this year’s 100th running of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. While Hoonigan’s excellent documentary covers a lot of what went into the build, we knew that Sander would be able to provide some seriously in-depth insight that’s better suited to this podcast and its more technically-minded listeners.

The Hoonipigasus went from concept to completed machine in a ridiculously short time frame, and this episode provides a fantastic behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create such an impressive machine in such a small amount of time. 

Follow Sander here:
IG: @lambdaofone
FB: @obsidianmotorsport
WWW: obsidianeng.com

Sander's first appearance on Tuned In: https://hpcdmy.co/sander1
Hoonigan's Hoonipigisus documentary: https://youtu.be/j34S2Me8xRE

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Aug 04, 2022
Field Report: A90 Toyota Supra Camshafts with Kelford Cams.
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What goes into designing and manufacturing a cam for a brand new engine design that’s just hit the market? Kiel Rasmussen of Kelford Cams explains.

It was a no-brainer for Kelford Cams to dive into producing an aftermarket camshaft option for the BMW B58 engine that powers the MK5 A90 Toyota Supra, and at the Performance Racing Industry Trade show Kiel explains how things go from reverse-engineering the valve lift curve through to producing a final product.

The limitations in valve lift on the intake due to the B58s rocker arm system are explained as well as how the exhaust side is much easier to deal with at this stage giving a solid 50HP increase throughout the power range with an exhaust cam swap alone before you start to see some tradeoffs in power delivery. Note for now while the rest of the aftermarket is catching up the cams are set to match the stock internals, so there is still plenty in the tank for the future.

Also discussed is heat treatment and how the camshafts must be straightened afterwards where necessary depending on the metal used, and a little bit of what goes into the PAC Racing Kelford spec'd valve springs and retainers with setups like this.

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Aug 02, 2022
050: Developing and Tuning Engines for 400+MPH.
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What’s the key to building and tuning a turbocharged engine for sustained top-speed runs? How do you catch a potential problem before it results in a blown motor? And what’s the secret to acquiring and maintaining a good reputation in the industry?

All these questions are answered in this, the 50th episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast with the legendary Jay Meagher of Real Street Performance. 

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As far as reputations in the aftermarket performance industry go, Jay and his company, Real Street Performance, has one of the best. Podcast host Andre Simon gets Jay to break down his approach to tuning, engine building, parts supply, and customer relations to find out how this has been achieved.

Jay has been developing and tuning high-powered domestic and import engines for a good few years now, and has a lot of experience and advice to drop in this conversation when it comes to keeping big power setups reliable. Spoiler; there’s a lot to be said for building it right the first time, leaving a little power on the table when tuning, and being able to spot a problem before it causes a catastrophic failure.

Jay has spent much of his motorsport career at the dragstrip. In more recent years, though, has been starting to push the top speed limits at the famous Bonneville salt flats. This isn’t a topic we’ve ever discussed on Tuned In before, and there’s a lot of interesting insight in this episode when it comes to building motors that are built to run at sustained power and RPM levels for long periods of time. 

Finishing off with a great discussion around the pros and cons of different dyno types and the pitfalls of jumping between them, this conversation is jammed with useful and interesting information in equal measure. 

Follow Jay and Real Street Performance here:
IG: @realstreetperformance
FB: @real.street
YT: Realstreetperformance
WWW: realstreetperformance.com


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Jul 28, 2022
Field Report: 6-Second Rotary — Building A Reliable 13B-Powered Mazda 6.
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Using the Blueprint Racing 6.53 @ 213mph Mazda 6 for some examples we dive a little into how to build a rotary engine for drag racing.

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Getting 1500HP out of a rotary engine isn't hard these days with the knowledge in the industry, but doing it with a window of safety and repeat reliability is still a struggle as Jon of Jon Blanch Racing explains. Naturally, some comparisons are made between the rotary and piston world in respects to aftermarket part support which has been growing in recent years but still lacks in many areas no matter how big your budget is, but most interestingly from what is out there the OEM Mazda rotors with some modification are still the go-to choice for performance builds.

An area where the aftermarket has made massive improvements, however, is when it comes to the plates with billet options not necessarily helping engine builders and tuners make more power but instead giving a little more reliability and tolerance to the small windows you have to work within when it comes to getting power out of your rotary.

Porting is also discussed and Jon shares why a semi-peripheral port (semi-pp) is preferred along with why the perfect port placement depends on more than just a single perfect physical location.

Jul 26, 2022
049: Turning a Wiring Side Hustle Into Big Business.
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Long-time friend of HPA Ryan Basseri of Rywire joins us for this episode of the Tuned In podcast to discuss all things Honda, motorsport wiring, and the aftermarket automotive business.

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If you’ve been in the game for any decent amount of time, you’ve probably heard of Rywire, a company based out of California that focuses on wiring solutions for a wide range of enthusiast applications. 

Ryan is most often associated with the Honda tuning world, and there’s a very good reason for that. Having grown up in a Honda family, the love of CR-Xs, Civics, and Preludes rubbed off on Ryan, pushing him towards his first B16A swap not too long after he got his driver’s license. 

Tuned In host Andre Simon and Ryan discuss the craziness of those early days, focusing first on Ryan’s affinity with all things Honda, and then on Ryan’s savvy identification of a lack of quality specialist harnesses and his first foray into building and selling them as a hobbyist side hustle. 

Things only grew organically from there, and Rywire is now a leader in the wiring world. Andre and Ryan dissect this journey and identify the wins and the mistakes that led to this success — there’s a whole lot of business wisdom dropped in this episode that could provide anyone starting out — or struggling — in the industry, just the kick-in-the-ass they need. 

Ryan also spends time discussing motorsport wiring at large, laying out some great rules to follow and mistakes that he sees people making time and time again — mistakes that you'll now be able to avoid. 

Follow Ryan here:
IG: @rywire_motorsport_electronics
YT: Rywire
WWW: rywire.com

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Jul 21, 2022
Field Report: Formula 1 TURBO Era — 800HP Toleman-Hart TG183B.
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Ayrton Senna's first Formula 1 car and F1 turbo era engine technology and modernization with Geoff Page Racing.

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With some engines reaching an alleged 1500HP in qualifying trim, the turbo era of F1 was one of excitement, innovation, and tragedy. Geoff Page is no stranger to some of the cars of this moment in Formula 1 history, and during Goodwood Festival of Speed trip earlier this year we were lucky enough to visit his workshop that is brimming with cars, chassis, and engines with huge historical significance including the first F1 car Ayrton Senna ever competed and scored points in back in 1984, the Toleman TG183B powered by a turbocharged Hart 415T.

Geoff gives us a rundown on the 800HP 415T plus how Brian Hart and the team decided to look at some older pre-existing monoblock technology at the time to combat head cylinder sealing issues, and how coolant flow was actually one of the biggest issues for them to overcome via a ‘dummy’ head gasket that was cast into the block in order to better control flow and pressure, and therefore temperatures. The evolution of head gasket technology from there on is discussed along with what output Geoff thinks the 415T could produce today with the addition of some modern technology such as an ECU, sensors, and turbo upgrades.

Also discussed is the block casting technology of the time, Nikasil coating and how Geoff has worked to reproduce the 415T with some modern upgrades to ensure cars like this do not just sit collecting dust and can instead be fired up and driven as they were intended to do. Interestingly with a Life Racing ECU developed specifically for the 415T which runs 4 injectors per cylinder, the engine start time has been reduced by a whopping 2 hours compared to the old mechanical injection setup. 

This is a huge interview with so much more discussed and we’ll definitely be back to catch up with Geoff again in the future.

Jul 19, 2022
048: Is The 2JZ Actually Any Good?
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Long-time Supra racer and 2JZ fiend Cody Phillips of Cody Phillips Racing joins us for this week’s episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast.

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Although Tuned In host Andre Simon and Cody delve into a wide range of topics in this conversation — from the struggles of tuning in the early days, to the joys of Hondas in the late nineties, to exactly what makes drag racing so addictive — undoubtedly the main focus of this podcast is Cody’s 6.81-second JZA80 Toyota Supra.

This was Cody’s dream car as a teenager, and he was able to finally pick one up in the early 2000s. When the original owner asked him what he planned to do with it, Cody told him he was probably going to make it one of the fastest Supras in the world. 

Two decades later, Cody still has that same car, and that’s exactly what he’s done — it now is one of the fastest IRS JZA80s in the world. With full glass, the car weighs well over 3000lbs, and Cody talks us through the challenges of making such a heavy car with an independent rear end go so quickly. That means launch and wheelie control secrets, the use of nitrous, and much more.

Obviously, a lot of it comes down to the power delivery, and this is where we get to the real meat and potatoes of the conversation — Toyota’s 2JZ-GTE. Suffice it to say, if there’s something Cody doesn’t know about this motor, it probably isn’t worth knowing. 

Andre and Cody dive super deep into the 2J, discussing its pros and cons, as well as ways around many of those downsides. There are some great nuggets of wisdom to be found in this episode when it comes to topics like head gasket sealing, boost control strategies, and cast vs billet in the 2JZ world.

As mentioned, John Reed and Sander Marques episodes can be found here:
John Reed: https://hpcdmy.co/johnreed
Sander Marques: https://hpcdmy.co/sander

Follow Cody here:
IG: @codyphillipsracing
FB: Cody Phillips Racing
WWW: codyphillipsracing.com

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Jul 14, 2022
Field Report: 50HP To 5000HP — Choosing Your Head Gasket.
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If you’re running 3000HP at 150PSI of boost or 30HP at 0PSI it doesn’t matter, you’re going to need to seal that combustion pressure inside the cylinder, however, the way you do this is going to be very different depending on those big, or small power levels.

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Ryan Hunter of SCE Gaskets runs us through all of the essential pros and cons when it comes to the advantages of composite, Multi-Layer Steel (MLS), Vulcan Cut Ring and Copper O-ring head cylinder sealing gaskets covering all engine outputs from high output Top Fuel drag cars to your low output economy class street vehicles.

Also discussed is the potential ability to reuse MLS gaskets and what you need to pay careful attention to in order to do this safely, the way Viton coating is currently being used and the research around improving that and why a composite gasket will not cope with a high output, high compression engine and also interestingly why the head gasket for this task will not be reliable when it comes to coolant and oil sealing in a low output application.

Jul 12, 2022
047: 650hp, 2 tons of downforce, and ZERO visibility.
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This week's episode of the HPA Tuned In podcast is a fascinating one as we dig into the finer details of building and driving one of the fastest hill climb cars on earth with Robin Shute of the Sendy Club.

Recorded just a few days after Robin's recent third consecutive overall win at the 100th running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, this ace driver and automotive engineer is coming off a brutal week full of engine fires, sleep deprivation, and appalling weather conditions — and he has a whole lot to say about the experience.

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Sure, someone wins Pikes Peak every year, but the difference with Robin and The Sendy Club team is that they aren't backed by a big manufacturer opening up the chequebook in search of glory — it's a bunch of (admittedly very smart and talented) enthusiasts who've come together to dominate at the world's greatest hill climb event.

As an automotive engineer and top-level driver, Robin is an absolute goldmine of information when it comes to not just driving exceptionally fast cars, but the finer, nerdier details of building them too. A lot of time is spent in this podcast pouring through the details of the Sendy Club's incredible Honda K-powered Wolf hill climb car. Turbo sizing, altitude considerations, aerodynamics, braking performance, and everything in between gets covered here.

There's also a great discussion had around the art of driving itself — both in terms of how to be fast, proper preparation, and carving out a successful career in motorsport.

This episode is absolutely jammed with useful and inspirational information that'll have you itching to get back into the workshop and on the tools.

Watch SuperfastMatt's excellent coverage of this year's Sendy Club campaign:
https://youtu.be/quzcLY6UflE

Follow Robin and the Sendy Club here:
IG: @robin.shute, @thesendyclub
YT: The Sendy Club

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Jul 07, 2022
Field Report: 1FZ-FE Swapped Toyota 86 — 240HP to 2500HP.
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A 2JZ swap is a popular choice for the Toyota GT86 chassis, but you won't find one under the hood here.

The turbocharged 2500HP Landcruiser 1FZ-FE powered Boosted86 Racing was the first 6sec Radial Import, and at the time of filming held the record as the worlds fastest with a 6.558 @ 215.82mph pass. At Sydney Jamboree 2020 owner and driver, Nikki Coy, gave us some insight into the build.

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Interestingly due to a shortage of inputs, the car runs TWO Link Xtreme ECUs in order to both control and engine and log data from around the car along with a MoTeC C125 dash. The 1FZ-FE runs staged injection via 18 x Siemens 2400cc units and a 98mm Garrett turbo with Elmer Racing collector. Nikki plans to go to the G57 series for more power in the near future. Tuning and chassis setup is handled via Santhuff's Suspension Specialties and AFCO Racing shocks with JW Automotive and 6boost on the tools etc. 

The 1FZ runs dry and has been destroked down from 4.5L to 3.9L leaving many of the internals to be custom made along with head work and parts coating done by Performance Wholesale to match. On the surface destroking the engine might seem like an unnecessary complication, however it allows the teams to run in more than just one class as to get more seat time and chances at record-setting passes.


Jul 05, 2022
046: Gunning For The World's Fastest Import With 100+ PSI.
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Ever wondered if tech support staff at ECU manufacturers just get asked the same handful of questions and help fix the same few tuning problems over and over again?  Wonder no more, because Haltech's Mitch Smith — a guy who spends his day helping customers all over the world with some pretty in-depth tuning and setup questions — predictably has all the answers.

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Based in Sydney, Australia, Mitch left the IT profession to jump into the deep end of the tuning industry in order to do something he loves. Host Andre Simon and Mitch talk about taking that leap of faith and why making a big career move like this can often be a hugely positive life-changing event.

Mitch is self-taught and is an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things tuning — as you'd need to be if you spent your 9-5 helping other pros figure out some occasionally very challenging problems.  Andre and Mitch focus their discussion on the ins and outs of setting up and tuning standalone systems like Haltech's Nexus series of ECU, and talk about the most common mistakes that customers make, as well as Mitch's solutions to those mistakes.

Being a Nissan RB lover, Mitch is also heavily involved in the Maatouks Racing team — one of the biggest names in the Aussie import scene. Mitch talks about working with Anthony Maatouk and discusses the team's latest weapon in detail — an RB-powered Pro-Mod chassis that's gunning for the overall import world record. After running a 5.8 on only its third pass, it seems like the team could be in with a good shot in the coming season.

This episode provides a great mix of inspiration for those just starting out, as well as some seriously in-depth discussions that seasoned listeners are going to love sinking their teeth into.

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Check out Haltech's channels here:

IG: @Haltechecu
FB: @Haltech
WWW: Haltech.com

Jun 30, 2022
Field Report: 2000HP+ 5 Speed 2JZ | Titan Motorsports X275 Copper Supra
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The world's quickest and fastest Supra, quickest factory transmission, NHRA Pro Street tyre champion, and quickest IRS car — these are some titles that the Titan Motorsports 2000HP+ Copper Supra has held over its impressive career so far.

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The car runs a FuelTech FT600 controlled 2jz with in-house camshafts, CP Carrillo pistons, Ferrea Valve Train components, ARP head studs, Hypertune components, an aftermarket billet block and a production cast cylinder head with an 88mm Precision turbo bolted on to make around 2000HP+ at 2800lbs of weight for the X275 drag racing class rules.

Nero Deliwala runs Andre through some of the current specifications of the car including the reasons and advantages behind the usage of a Liberty air-shifted 5-speed box over the 2-speed auto most other cars in the class use. Also discussed is the head sealing progression in relation to power output, the flexibility around changes to the car to fit other class rules and also how exciting it has been to run a turbocharged car over the last 15 years and witness first-hand the progression in turbo design and technology.



Jun 28, 2022
045: Can You Actually Tune An EV For MORE Power?
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No matter how you feel about electric vehicles, there's no denying the incredible performance that can be achieved with these impressive driveline systems.  With more and more rapid EVs hitting the streets every day, inevitably, enthusiasts are now beginning to ask just what can be gained when working with them.

This week's HPA Tuned In podcast guest is Sasha Anis of Mountain Pass Performance, someone who has dived deeper than most into the world of high-performance EVs.

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Sasha is an accomplished driver and tuner who has, in recent years, refocused his efforts into the EV world, and his insight into this fairly new and constantly changing field of hyper-performance is invaluable.

In this episode, Sasha first breaks down the basics of how an EV system works, and spends time clearing up a few misconceptions around what is and isn't possible, the constant compromises that need to be made, and the future of EV tuning. MoTeC's M1 Build platform and how Sasha uses it in his EV builds is also discussed.

More of this new breed of vehicle on the roads equals more people crashing them, and that means some seriously enticing drivelines have begun popping up at the local wreckers. Sasha was an early adopter of EV swap exercises, and takes us through the process of swapping these monster drivelines into conventional ICE vehicles, and details what needs to be considered, eliminated, and purchased before the first spanner is turned. Mountain Pass Performance's Blue Lightning — a Tesla-swapped Lotus Evora package — is also picked apart.

Sasha also spends time discussing the braking and handling upgrade options he provides for Teslas, as well as a deep look at his well-known Nissan 350Z time attack car that uses a monster NA VQ engine working in tandem with a custom hybrid KERS system that Sasha has spent years developing and improving himself.

It doesn't matter how you feel about electric vehicles, this conversation with Sasha Anis of Mountain Pass Performance is genuinely fascinating and well worth the listen.

Follow Sasha here:
IG: @sashaanis14, @mountainpassperformance
WWW: mountainpassperformance.com

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Jun 23, 2022
Field Report: No Billet, No Worries — 1200HP 2.2L Tilton EVO.
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After multiple lap records and back to back wins, owner, Pro-Am class driver and passionate time attack supporter Kosta Pohorukov and the infamous Tilton Interiors EVO IX V1 met an untimely end on track. While tragic, the incident that left the old chassis a write off enabled Trent Murphy of TM Automotive and others involved to use the winning formula on a new chassis and add all that extra knowledge they had learnt along the way to do it better.

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The result was a keen focus on weight reduction, slight aero improvements care of Voltex Racing and after the chassis was completed by Riverside Racing, an incredible 3 month build time in order to make it to the World Time Attack Challenge before heading to Tsukuba in Japan, the home of time attack. With the car producing upwards of 3000kg of downforce, it is no surprise keeping the class spec tyres intact is an issue and an RF tyre delamination saw the team finishing the event early due to damage, but still walking away with 3rd place in the Pro Class with Garth Walden at the wheel, and 1st in Pro-Am via Kosta himself.

The EVO 9's 4G63 retains its cast block as at around 1200HP it doesn’t give them any issues producing 1200HP from a 2.2L capacity. The Emtron ECU and MoTeC PDM and dash display/logger control the engine and a myriad of sensors which ensure engine reliability as well as helping dial in aero and suspension setups to get the most out of the car. A Hollinger 6 speed sequential helps get the power to the ground and while Trent didn’t give any specific numbers, the torque split has been adjusted to ensure the car turns into corners easily, as well as maintaining traction when the noise pedal is used on the exit.

Also discussed is the new BorgWarner EFR 9280 turbo which hits a max boost of around 42PSI and 116,000RPM and its advantages over the old EFR 9180, the importance of packers, bump rubber and getting your spring rates right, using Nitrous and why the MIVEC system is retained. Also touched on is the difficulty of reducing weight when so much strength is needed to handle downforce with the tradeoff being the weight is placed as low as possible to improve handling.

Jun 21, 2022
044: The Unreliable Rotary — Fact or Fiction?
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You've seen him roasting tyres on Netflix, swinging wrenches on Donut Media's HiLow series, and smashing out laps in Formula D competition, and now Aaron Parker is here and ready to talk rotary engines, motorsport wiring, and a whole lot more on this week's episode of the HPA Tuned In podcast.

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Aaron Parker will be a name and face known to many listeners thanks to his high-profile gigs in the industry — he's more than just a media personality though. Aaron has a wealth of experience and a whole lot of knowledge in the automotive space, particularly when it comes to Mazda's rotary engine and professional motorsport wiring.

Aaron and Tuned In host Andre Simon jump straight into Aaron's rise through the industry, beginning with his danger-soaked early obsession with street bikes and eventual progression onto four wheels — the rotary-powered Mazda FD3S RX-7 in particular.

Everything rotary then takes over the conversation, covering why these unique motors have such a shaky reputation for reliability, how you can build one properly and have it last for years' worth of hard driving, why rotary tuning and turbo selection needs to be approached differently, and plenty more.

When he's not building cars on the internet, competing in drift competitions in his RX-7, or stunt driving in Hollywood productions, Aaron spends his time running Wolf Motorsport Wire, providing high-end motorsport wiring solutions for some of the fastest cars on the planet.

Aaron and Andre get deep into the ins and outs of the motorsport wiring world, discussing future proofing, providing a service that keeps customers happy, and what makes a good wiring job in motorsport.

There's a lot to chew on in this episode — it's well worth a listen, especially if you think rotaries are garbage.

You can follow Aaron here:
IG: @aaparker.300, @wolfmotorsportswire
YT: Aaron Parker

As mentioned in the podcast, the Stephan Papadakis episode can be found here: https://hpcdmy.co/papadakis

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Jun 16, 2022
Field Report: 18,400 RPM, 900HP 3L Mercedes V-10...NA!
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18,400 RPM and 900HP from a 3L V10 engine ...and not a turbo in sight on this McLaren MP4/15.

At today's mainstream levels of technology, 900HP V-10 NA is not a cakewalk from an engine with a 3L capacity, and then when you throw 18,400 RPM into the mix but still demand drivability it becomes even more difficult yet this is exactly what Mercedes were doing with their Formula 1 technology way back in the year 2000.

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As a former long-time Formula One engineer for David Coulthard, Tim White of Garage 59 knows a thing or two about F1 technology, and at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb Andre was lucky enough to spend a bit of time with Tim and the McLaren MP4/15 which finished 3rd in the 2000 season snagging victory at Monaco along the way for the former Mercedes-McLaren team.

Topics discussed include the double paddle operated clutch and how that helped the drivers of this era launch off the line with a small margin of error compensatable, the pneumatically controlled valve springs which adjust pressure based on RPM and the reason for such a system instead of the more convention steel spring setup. Many of the cars other systems are hydraulically controlled rather than electronically due to weight and technology restrictions at the time as well as the rule book which stated everything must be activated by the driver's input in some way.

Also covered are the active trumpets on the intake which can adjust in and out to match the RPM and thus fill in what would otherwise be flat spots in the rev range, and with a potential 18.400 RPM on tap for some of these engines it certainly made a difference in drivability when it came to tracks that had an aggressive mix of both high and low-speed sections seeing the car go from 3000 RPM and around 40kph to 15,000 RPM and over 300kph on the same lap.

Jun 14, 2022
043: Building a TRIPLE Turbo, PDK-equipped, VW Diesel Weapon.
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When most people outside of Europe think of diesel performance, Cummins, Chev, or Ford probably come to mind. As this week's Tuned In podcast guest tells us, however, there's a lot more to the performance diesel world than the big 6BTs and 6.0 Powerstrokes.

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Originally hailing from France and now based in Nashville, Tennesse, Grégoire Blachon has built his business, Boxeer, off the back of Volkswagen Audi Group's impressive family of TDi four-cylinder diesel engines.

Boxeer's journey began with TDi conversion packages for VW's Vanagon overland vehicles, and having always had an interest in motorsport, Grégoire always felt the urge to start pushing these stout engines in a motorsport environment — specifically hill climbing.

Podcast host Andre Simon and Grégoire get stuck into exactly what makes these little TDis so good, and how he gets the absolute most out of them utilising obscure standalone ECUs, triple compound turbo induction, in-cylinder combustion pressure monitoring, and more.

Grégoire goes on to break down the TDi-powered build he's best known for — his tube-frame Beetle hillclimber — which he's used in the last few years to come tantalisingly close to clinching the diesel win at Pikes Peak.

After breaking the Bug down, Grégoire talks Andre through his new build, which he hopes will absolutely smash the diesel record at this month's 100th running of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Based on a Radical chassis, the new car runs the same triple turbo TDi setup (with some extra added spice) and the same Porsche PDK gearbox, but with a considerable drop in weight and aerodynamic drag, as well as far superior handling and braking.

The European diesel world isn't one that we've discussed much — if at all — on this podcast, so this conversation with Grégoire is a really interesting look at what makes these platforms tick, and how builders like Boxeer are getting serious performance out of them.

As mentioned in this episode, you can find Skynam, the ECU Grégoire uses here: www.skynam.com

And if you want to follow Grégoire's progress, check out the Boxeer social channels below:
IG: @Boxeer_
FB: Boxeer - Diesel Motorsports and Overlanding
YT: Gregoire S. Blachon
WWW: boxeer.com

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Jun 09, 2022
Field Report: Engine Block Design — Cast vs Billet.
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What considerations go into taking a 150HP engine and making it produce 600HP with huge cylinder pressures, reliably?

When you want to double, triple or even octuple an engines output, at some stage you’re going to find the limitations of your factory block and head castings either in dramatic fashion or via constant repairs and rebuilds for ‘minor’ issues. In professional motorsport, either outcome is unacceptable.

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David Mountain of MounTune runs Andre though some of the block failures they have seen during their engine development programs where very high cylinder pressures are seen to produce large amounts of low-end torque for World RX competition engines where they are running 4 times the power the engine would produce in factory trim.

Discussed are the bore size, block weight, cylinder bore centers and other design parameters they must work within depending on class regulations, how they get away with the pressures a diesel engine would run in a steel block using aluminium instead, and some of the coatings they use on bore liners and piston rings to make it all work.

David also gives some great insight into cast vs billet block production including some of the advantages when it comes to casting. We also learn how 4 week to 3-month production lead times for modern 3D computer-aided design (CAD) production via software like SolidWorks compares to the 5-6 month days of 2D drawings. Interestingly, even with the use of finite element analysis (FEA) a lot of real-world experience is drawn on to ensure a balance is found between the many, many considerations and tradeoffs that every design tweak carries.

Lastly, we learn how MounTune avoids any issues with cylinder sleeves dropping, why the factory design for head studs is not optimal once you start running higher pressures, Nikasil coating use and how before any tools have been lifted the CAD process can be used to ensure those regulation weight targets are hit along with avoiding any major design flaws. While some of this technology seems like magic that does the work for you, in reality without that real-world experience and knowledge bank to draw on it’s useless. Just like any quality tool, the person in charge needs to know what they’re doing to get the desired results.

Jun 07, 2022
042: Designing and Fabricating (Nearly) Indestructible Parts.
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With CAD software becoming more and more accessible to the general public, a whole new world of possibilities is quickly opening up to the home enthusiast. This week's podcast guest, Kibbetech's Matthew Bernasconi, has spent his entire life immersed in CAD and mechanical engineering and knows this industry better than most.

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In this episode, Matt and podcast host Andre Simon discuss the automotive design and engineering realm at length, starting with Matt's early introduction to, and obsession with, CAD as a teenager. With a mix of formal training and learning on the job, Matt tracks his career from lowly grunt at a speed shop, to designing for the aerospace industry, to now creating some seriously cool offroad race equipment with Kibbetech.

Matt also goes deep into explaining how high-end 5-axis CNC mills operate, and what's required to get them producing perfect parts without destroying themselves — which, as we find out, is disturbingly easy to do. Popular CAD software options are also broken down, and Matt weighs in on the pros and cons of each.

Form vs function, high strength vs low weight‚ mild steel vs stainless vs alloy — this episode is crammed full of great engineering knowledge and just the right amount of advice when it comes to both designing your own parts at home or embarking on a career path in the industry.

Follow Matt and his incredible work here:
IG: @matt_eight26
FB: Kibbetech
WWW: kibbetech.com

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Jun 02, 2022
Field Report: Transmission Tuning 101 With MoTeC.
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Automatic transmission tuning is becoming more necessary as the modern crop of vehicles move further and further away from manual options.

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Nick Baggett of MoTeC USA runs us through some of the advantages a standalone transmission controller like the Ford 6R80 TCM and others that MoTeC has developed which allow tuners to take complete control of the transmission regardless of what brand standalone ECU is used for engine management.

Also discussed is the reason why you can't just ignore the transmission after upgrading the engine to produce more power and how some safeties are included in order to help prevent damage to the transmission from poor user implemented torque management strategies.

May 31, 2022
041: Hunting for HUGE, Reliable Power — is Billet the Answer?
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Darren Palumbo of South Australia's Bullet Race Engineering joins us for this episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast.

Specialising in billet blocks and heads, Bullet Race Engineering is a leader in near-indestructible engine components, and Darren takes us on a deep dive into his world of Solidworks and CNC mills.

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Designing and creating an engine block out of a solid chunk of alloy is absolutely as complicated as you think. There's a huge amount of time and money that goes into just getting one product to market — Darren breaks it all down for us and also makes a good case for why going billet sooner rather than later can often be the best move for anyone looking to go seriously fast.

With ultra-desirable engines like the RB26, 2JZ, or even SR20 becoming rarer and more expensive by the day, is there going to come a point where it makes more sense in the long run to just go billet instead of building from a factory motor?

There's also a very interesting breakdown of why simply swapping to a billet block will result in a substantial bump in power, with no changes to any other components.

Andre and Darren lastly talk about the interesting path he's taken to get where he is today with his business, and that includes the big mistakes that he's made along the way. As Darren explains, finding a gap in the market, dropping the big bucks on equipment, and having the right amount of knowledge is only part of what goes into making a business like Bullet Race Engineering successful.

Check out Bullet Race Engineering here:
IG: @bulletraceengineering
FB: Bullet Race Engineering
WWW: bulletraceengineering.com.au

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May 26, 2022
Field Report: 1200HP vs R34 GT-R's Active Diff Control.
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This 1200HP RB26 powered R34 GT-R Skyline is always one of our favourites at the World Time Attack Challenge.

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It’s easy to talk about the likes of this 1200HP RB26 power plant and just assume it’s going to be quick, but in reality, there is so much more to putting in a fast lap time than a few high power dyno runs and Mark McCoy of MoTeC is here to help explain where some drivability and pace is recovered using the R34’s 4WD system.

With the factory Nissan Attesa controller removed a MoTeC dash takes over control of the setup allowing to start dialling in the basics via throttle position and speed through to enabling the team to dial in the system for every corner on the track according to lap distance.

The advantages of lap distance vs GPS/GeoFence technology is discussed along with what data is used to help tune the setup along with how it all operates in the first place.

May 24, 2022
040: Building a Reliable 1000hp 4-Cylinder for Formula D.
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From the very infancy of import drag racing through to the current high-stakes, big-dollar world of professional Formula D competition, this week's Tuned In podcast guest has been at the forefront of it all.

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Stephan Papadakis joins us from Los Angeles for a great, in-depth conversation on a wide range of interesting topics, starting with his origin story that begins with a gig sweeping floors at an engine building shop.

Stephan then goes on to discuss the very early days of import racing  — a time that saw his fledgling business, Papadakis Racing, go from complete unknown to household name within the burgeoning scene. Predictably, that means talking about fast Hondas.

After a few years spent setting and resetting records on the quartermile, Stephan and his team saw an opportunity to jump into something entirely different when the US drift scene began to explode. The Papadakis Racing team was at the very crest of the wave, pushing just what was possible further and further, and Stephan talks us through that progression from glorified street car to the current crop of 1000hp+ grip monster FD machines.

Host Andre Simon hones in one particular topic of interest — the development of Toyota's humble 2.5-litre 4-cylinder 2AR engine and its use in pro-level drifting. This turns into a pretty deep dive into the long process of taking an everyday motor and turning it into not just a competitive FD engine, but a championship-winning one too. How did he make the power, and more importantly, how did he make it reliable?

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Finally, the discussion then turns to the BMW B58 straight-six, as found in the Papadakis Racing Toyota GR Supra piloted by Fredric Aasbø. Stephan was one of the first guys in the aftermarket to get his hands on — and tear down — one of these motors and he has a lot to say about the B58's general design and construction, as well as how to extract big power from it.

This episode is an excellent dive into the world of Papadakis Racing, and there's a whole lot of in-depth knowledge to be found for anyone who's interested in making cars go fast, reliably.

If you haven't already, check out our episode with Stephan's driver Fredric Aasbø here: https://hpcdmy.co/aasbo

Follow Stephan here:
IG: @stephpapadakis
YT: PapadakisRacing
WWW: papadakisracing.com  

May 19, 2022
Field Report: 1970's Supercar Killing Sleeper.
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Is this the greatest 8 second 1970’s sleeper ever? At the latest World Time Attack Challenge Christian Goleby of Golebys Parts gave us a rundown on his daily driven 800HP KE36 Toyota Corolla which is one of the coolest sleepers we’ve ever seen, complete with steel rims!

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Powered by a 1jz due to experience and strict Australian road legalities, discussed are some of the advantages and challenges of the VVTi setup Christian is using along with why they are using a 4 speed automatic that you don’t often see pulling 8 second passes.

Interestingly the setup is only limited by the injectors which are at 98% duty cycle by 810WHP, which is a self-imposed restriction to just to ensure things don’t get any further out of hand. With Christian experimenting with increasing the Nitrous/NOS dose at launch until he could scrape the bumper, just the once for fun, we can completely understand the self-control pressure he is under with this monster 

May 17, 2022
039: Reflashing Modern Euros for BIG Gains.
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Have you always avoided messing with late-model European vehicles? Does the idea of strapping a modern Audi, Merc, or BMW to the dyno sound like a bad one? Does the mere mention of WinOLS make you turn the other way?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, bFlash's Aurélien Turban is here to help clear some things up.

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Based in Paris, Aurélien joins us for an interesting and in-depth conversation about the European side of the tuning market — admittedly not something that there's a lot of information out there about, nor something we get the opportunity to discuss very often on this podcast.

Aurélien works as the Technical Director at late-model Euro reflashing specialist bFlash, he's spent years working with the incredibly complex factory engine management systems found in modern European vehicles, and dives into what's involved in gaining access in order to reflash them as security gets better and better.

Aurélien works as the Technical Director at late-model Euro reflashing specialist bFlash, he's spent years working with the incredibly complex factory engine management systems found in modern European vehicles, and dives into what's involved in gaining access in order to reflash them as security gets better and better.

Naturally, the conversation turns towards the increasing difficulty of using an aftermarket standalone ECU in these cars and the many advantages that reflashing the stock unit offers instead. Most of these OEM ECUs now use torque-based systems, and the guys spend some time discussing the ins and outs of working with this kind of setup.

This episode is an interesting look behind the curtain of the late-model Euro reflashing world, and there are a lot of technical discussions around WinOLS, overcoming OEM security measures,  how the bFlash interface works, and much more.

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IG: @bflash.eu
FB: @bFlash.eu
WWW: bflash.eu

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May 12, 2022
Field Report: Can You Have A 960HP, 42 PSI Work Whip?
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An F20 powered 960HP Honda S2000 work whip/drag car. This man is living the dream.

At the latest TX2K we caught up with Stuart Leiby of T1 Race to talk about his excellently presented, Nyan Cat approved F20 Powered Honda S2000 drag car, that he also drives to work a few days a week.

The car runs a ‘beefed up’ Honda F20 that had a casual 120,000 miles on the block before modification. The block has Golden Eagle Mfg sleeves to ensure it survives the 960HP output at 42 PSI of boost from the Precision 64-66 turbocharger along with Pauter Rods, CP Carrillo pistons, Brian Crower cam, Ferrea valve train components with copper valve seats and head work done by Watshop? A factory Honda crank and head gasket are used, but Inline Pro 12mm head studs are used to help it all stay together.

A MoTeC M130 and C127 dash take care of the engine management and monitoring while a Quaife 6 speed sequential box helps get power to the ground along with the RPS carbon clutch, Magnus Motorsports flow control valve, RSS 5.9 axles, carbon driveshaft and Nissan R200 rear end. Ignite red, an E90 ethanol fuel blend is fed to the F20 via a set of Injector Dynamics ID1000 primary injectors and ID1700 secondaries via a brushless fuel pump.

Stuart talks to Andre about how he can double the boost pressure on a prepared surface like that at Texas 2K compared to what can be run on the street, and traction control is also discussed along with his clutch slipper system. Also touched on is how the Honda 6 speed was stubbornly held onto until 600HP before switching to the Quaife box in order to maintain some reliability. Solid effort!

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May 10, 2022
038: Unlocking BIG Power From the New Breed of Performance Engines.
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Drivetrain systems are getting more and more complex, and that makes modifying them increasingly difficult. Thankfully, there are people out there like this week's Tuned In podcast guest, Jake Hershorin of Motiv Motorsport, poking and prodding in order to gain control and unleash all that potential power hidden within motors like BMW's B58, as used in the A90 Toyota Supra.

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Jake, along with his partners Ty Sayman and Chris Kontos at Motiv Motorsport, is leading the charge when it comes to working with (and sometimes around) the complex control systems found in modern performance cars, and is currently producing a popular 'Reflex' standalone controller that allows for the addition of port injection to the direct-injected BMW B58.

In this podcast, Jake and Andre get deep into how the controller works, as well as why you'd even need to add port injection to a capable motor like the B58 in the first place.

Jake also details how — even though it wasn't the original plan — the tuning bug bit and he got into the business, as well as how that business has changed over the years, and his eventual migration from Japanese vehicles towards BMW platforms like the always-popular N54/55 turbo straight sixes.

The pros and cons of 'e-tuning', AKA remote tuning, are also discussed — as are the finer details of direct injection, FlexRay, and the A90 GR Supra.

If you're wanting to stay ahead of the curve as the automotive scene continues to grow more advanced every year, this discussion is one that'll be well worth listening to.

Follow Motiv Motorsport here:
IG: @motiv_motorsport
FB: @motivmotorsport
WWW: motivmotorsport.com

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May 05, 2022
Field Report: Tuning A 3214HP Diesel Engine
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With a power range of up to 3500HP and the possibility of 200PSI of boost, this Cummins based diesel engine is producing more power than anyone can yet get to the ground efficiently.

At PRI, Drew Pumphrey of D&J Precision Machine gave us some insight into what goes into tuning a high performance diesel engine using this 410 cubic inch Cummins based billet application as an example. Drew and the team around him have so far produced 3214 hp and 3351 lb/ft of torque with plenty left in the tank since this interview.

Drew gives some tips on safe EGT temps for drag racing and towing rigs, along with an explanation on what starts to fail first when you start to push temperatures too far. The use of 1000HP+ of nitrous to get the most out of the 98mm turbo used in this application, and why you see tractor pullers using compound setups instead of nitrous is covered too 🤘

Also discussed is how some racing setups prefer to keep things cool with more fuel, similar to a gasoline application, with AFRs around 12:1 to 14:1 however this carries more risk and as a by-product produces more smoke. For drag racing examples it is easier to use airflow to help reduce temperatures and keep things on the learner around 19:1 to 20:1 which gives a better safety margin and more control along with the ability to run nitrous setups from the likes of Nitrous Express.

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May 03, 2022
037: Pushing 60 PSI Through a Subaru Boxer.
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Do you like power? Subarus? Going fast on dirt, gravel, snow, and tarmac? Detailed tech discussions? If so, we've got the perfect tech-heavy gem for you this week!

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Our host Andre Simon is joined by Dan Farley of Vermont SportsCar for this week's episode of the HPA Tuned In podcast. VSC is a long-time partner of Subaru Motorsports USA and Dan manages the powertrain department at the Vermont-based company's incredible facility.

This means he's an absolute goldmine of knowledge when it comes to building boxers capable of handling the gruelling conditions seen in rally, rallycross, and gymkhana — and yes, that includes Travis Pastrana's monster gymkhana builds.

Dan kicks off by discussing how he used education to work his way into the privileged position he finds himself in today, building some of the most impressive Subaru drivelines that the world has ever seen.

Dan's work with the Subaru boxer engine is undoubtedly the main focus of this podcast, and there's a lot of fascinating information to be gleaned around how a high-end outfit like VSC goes about building a Subaru that can make big power, take a hammering all day long, and still make that same power on the dyno at the end of a gruelling season with zero complaints.

This episode also features some great discussions around headgasket solutions when you're running 4 bar of boost and massive cylinder pressures, dealing with the restrictors that many rally and rallycross competitions mandate, billet vs cast Subaru blocks, as well as a great look into anti-lag strategies. 

Find out more about Vermont SportsCar here:
FB: VermontSportsCar
IG: @vermont.sportscar
YT: Subaru Launch Control
www: vtcar.com

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Apr 28, 2022
Field Report: How To MODERNIZE A Formula 1 Car?
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How do you dyno tune an F1 car and how hard is it to replace their specialist electronics in order to keep the cars running?

Originally touted as a 740bhp at 17,000 RPM 3L V10 engine, Milan of PerSysTec gives us a rundown on the 650HP, 16,000 RPM 1997 Williams FW19 car that helped earn both the constructors title plus first and second places in the driver's championship for Jacques Villeneuve and Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Discussed are how the electronics on what is now a classic F1 car can be modernized, the level of integration that involves along with some of the reasons this was required.

Despite the car still being an impressive piece of kit and well ahead of the technology trend that we see filtering down to our own personal cars, unsurprisingly, there is not much on the Williams FW19 that was ever mass-produced to supply the car with spares 20+ years into the future. Combine this with the fact that computer technology from the time now has legacy status and many of the talented people who worked on tuning the original Magneti Marelli ECU have long since changed careers or retired, it’s only natural a modern Cosworth ECU that is used at professional levels of motorsport today such as LMP1 and LMP2 is instead utilized.

The original Williams VCM that controls the cars remaining hydraulic systems (clutch, gearbox) has been retained due to the fact parts and support are still available from the team. Interestingly, the latest version of CAN Bus was published in 1991 (CAN 2.0B) and utilized in F1 shortly after so it is surprisingly easy to integrate this into the modern Cosworth ECU right back to the 1992 FW14B. While capable of a lot more, in this application the Cosworth ECU is in some cases left in the backseat simply as a failsafe to shut down the engine if any other systems run into trouble.

While all of this electronic work is essentially irreversible, it does mean that with some RPM limits and ignition cut safeties in place the car can still be driven by a professional driver at events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Hearing the V10 Renault RS9 run is certainly something we enjoy a lot more than staring at a static display piece personally.

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Apr 26, 2022
036: Making Nissan's RB Motor SING.
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This week's HPA Tuned In podcast guest, Anthony Daher of Dahtone Racing, is an expert on all things Nissan RB and Skyline GT-R. 

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Based in Sydney Australia, Anthony is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Nissan's legendary R32-34 GT-R platform and its enduring RB26 powerplant. Over a couple of decades worth of experience building and racing countless Skylines, he's learnt everything there is to know about these imperfect pieces of 90s engineering and is more than happy to drop some of that knowledge during his conversation with our host, Andre Simon.

This episode is a real deep dive into the RB world as Anthony and Andre look into Nissan's legendary straight-six to discuss its strengths and its weaknesses, how to overcome the engineering shortfalls, as well as how to get the absolute most out of it.

Anthony also takes the time to discuss the business side of the equation, talking us through how he started his Dahtone Racing shop, the lessons he's learnt, and what he thinks is key to running a successful company in the aftermarket performance industry. There's plenty of good advice here for anyone wanting to sharpen up their performance business or looking to start something new.

Before wrapping up, Anthony also discusses the ins and outs of the two-time WTAC-winning Hammerhead Nissan S13 Silvia, which his shop is now looking after since it changed hands last year.

Even if RBs and GT-Rs aren't your thing, this episode makes for a great listen for anyone with an interest in engine building, motorsport, or business success in the industry.

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FB: Dahtone Racing
IG: @dahtone_racing

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Apr 21, 2022
Field Report: Why Forged Pistons Are BETTER Than Cast
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Forged pistons are better than cast in the aftermarket performance world, but why?

Using JE Ultra Series pistons for the example with Jeremy at The Sema Show we dive into how forged pistons hold up better to knock/detonation, can handle more boost pressure/load and heat as well as having greater tensile strength. When it comes to the JE Ultra Series line these forged pistons also have a ceramic coating that helps keep the heat where you want it in the combustion chamber and away from the bottom end of your engine.

JE''s 'perfect skirt coating is also discussed along with how a window is left in the coating which allows machinists to still make accurate measurements when preparing the block. Also discussed is how JE forged pistons also have an aligned grain structure due to their production technique which allows JE to have the grain optimised in high-stress areas of the piston for extra strength (up to 20% but it will depend on the specific piston design).

Not discussed directly but an important aspect of the likes of JE's perfect skirt application is how it not only reduces friction as you would assume but in the case of forged pistons also helps eliminate the piston slap they usually have from cold start as well as false knock.

Lateral and vertical gas ports which allow your piston to seal against the bore are also explained along with the reason pistons have an accumulator groove and of course how the JE Ultra Series pistons come with their Alloy Steel 9310 wrist pins which offer superior tensile strength.

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Apr 19, 2022
035: Simple Engine Building Mistakes That Could Cost You THOUSANDS.
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A whole lot of knowledge is dropped and plenty of myths get busted on this week's episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast. 

Our guest, Tyler Hassing of Force Engineering, is a multi-talented performance engine builder and machinist, tuner, and fabricator with a passion for building things right and going as fast as possible.

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In this tech-focused episode, Andre and Tyler get into the weeds on a wide range of topics, starting with the nightmare that is early Ford EFI tuning, before moving on to some serious Mitsubishi 4G63 nerdery, and a discussion on the pros and cons of different engine prep blasting methods.

A lot of Tyler's work is in the performance engine building and machining world, and this gives Andre an opportunity to discuss building for big power, as well as the common mistakes that Tyler sees time and time again when people build their own performance motors.

This also leads to a very in-depth discussion around cylinder head porting, in which Tyler clears up a lot of mystery surrounding what can sometimes be thought of as a bit of a black art.

Tyler also currently claims the world record for a stock-block Gen-1 Ford Coyote with an 8.59 @ 155mph in his S197 Mustang, and has learnt plenty of lessons along the way. The interestingly minimalistic build is discussed in detail, delving into the reflash vs aftermarket ECU debate, finding the limit of a stock Coyote V8, turbo sizing, and much more.

This episode contains a tonne of interesting and useful info for anyone interested in going fast reliably, and you'll probably end up at least three percent smarter if you listen to it.

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YouTube: Force Engineering
Facebook: Force Engineering

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Apr 14, 2022
Field Report: Mid-Engined 550HP AWD Twin-Turbo J35 Acura TLX GT
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Starting life as a 2015 Acura TLX GT, this RealTime Racing monster is now a twin turbo, 500HP mid-engined Pikes Peak 2018 Open class winner.

Mike gives us a rundown on the car which has been extensively modified with the dry sumped V6 J35 engine, prepared by Honda Performance Development, being mid-mounted to allow for an AWD setup to be installed with a 60:40 split on the Xtrac transmission and front and rear differentials. The engine is controlled by a McLaren ECU with the paddle shift system being managed by a MEGA-line pneumatic shifting package.

Also discussed are some of the cooling considerations for Pikes Peak, how useful the data from testing (which is not a full run) is and also some of the work that went into getting the engine to fit in this configuration.

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Apr 12, 2022
034: Why K-Swapping a Ferrari Makes Perfect Sense.
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What's the best way to tackle a big build project and actually follow through to its completion? Just how useful is learning how to design in CAD? Is stance dead? And just how the hell did Ferrari manage to build such an overweight and underpowered car?

These questions and many more interesting head-scratchers are all answered on this week's episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast with our guest, Mike Burroughs of StanceWorks.

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From humble beginnings, Mike became one of a few key figures that helped to push the automotive landscape in a whole new direction during the 2010s. This week's conversation kicks off by exploring Mike's emergence onto the international car scene through his founding of StanceWorks and his internet-breaking builds, before discussing the 'stance' scene's meteoric rise, unavoidable peak, and inevitable decline.

 Mike was able to translate that early success into a full-time career, and now runs a successful YouTube channel alongside the ever-popular StanceWorks site. Andre digs into this transition and how it's actually financially viable, before discussing Mike's biggest selling point — his insane builds.

Mike has zero relevant qualifications and has simply learnt everything as he goes, documenting it all for the world to see. This means he's picked up plenty of lessons along the way, and talks Andre through the most important things he's learnt when it comes to tackling big builds — and that means learning how to fabricate, weld, CAD design, and everything else in between.

Then there's the bright yellow elephant in the room — Mike's Honda-powered Ferrari 308 project. Although the purists might turn their noses up at this build, Mike dives deep into explaining exactly why he took a pristine classic Ferrari and tore it to pieces in order to create a 1000hp, K24-powered, street-legal time attack weapon.

If you love the buzz that comes with getting another job done on your build, or you're just about to pull the trigger on a new project car, or maybe you just love a little controversy — this is going to be a great listen for you.

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Apr 07, 2022
Field Report: 700WHP Hybrid 350Z & Electric Lotus
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It’s not long ago that trying to get 200HP more from an engine at its limit without forced induction or nitrous would have left you scratching your head with 0 results.

Sasha Anis of MoTeC Canada and Mountain Pass Performance runs us through their Lotus Evora (Blue Lightning) EV conversion project and 700HP Nissan 350Z Hybrid setup which all use a mixture of OEM Tesla, Chevrolet and BMW motor and battery components

Sasha discusses how the goal for the Blue Lightning project was to have a complete OE feel including stability and traction control built-in using a MoTeC M150EV control unit rather than all the manual switches you often find in a race car. The limitations including software, range, heat and voltage management are touched on along with cost being one of the biggest barriers to entry for motorsport level setups at the moment. Luckily there are some options that MoTeC offer and some other simpler controllers out there already getting the ball rolling with plug and play solutions in the pipeline for the industry also.

On the Hybrid 350Z front we learn about the 500HP All Motor VQ35 and its KERS system that sees up to 200HP extra on tap once more than 80% throttle has been requested. This setup gives the flexibility of going all out for a Time Attack application or having smaller amounts of power on tap for an entire race depending on driver and track demands. A MoTeC GPRP is used for engine and sequential gearbox control with a lot of the custom Blue Lightning firmware handling the electric motor side of the car.

Lastly, we dive into the charging limitations for a KERS system. As the BMW i8 battery has some unknown parameters and is expensive, Sasha explains that it’s a constant balance of managing voltage and heat to ensure batteries are not overcharged when they’re close to full but have as much charge as they can safely when depleted to maximise performance, meaning the scale of charge is always shifting.

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Apr 05, 2022
033: Splitting a Block in Half With Boost!
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From fighting the government, to the final word on which Honda motor is best, to cleaving a block into two pieces on the start line — this week's episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast with PFI Speed's Brent Leivestad is a wild ride.

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Brent joins us from snowy Colorado for an interesting and in-depth conversation that covers a wide range of topics. Andre and Brent kick off by discussing PFI Speed and its metamorphosis from a used parts sourcing company into the well-known fixture of the import scene that it is today. The conversation then — inevitably — turns towards all things Honda, of which Brent is very well versed. The big topic that comes up here is the pros and cons of each Honda engine series, and which is definitively the best.

The guys then dive deep into a recent incident at Sick week, which saw one of the PFI Speed cars split a B18C block completely in half. Brent discusses the ongoing diagnosis journey, as well as the steps that can be taken to ensure this sort of catastrophic failure doesn't happen again.

The convo then pivots in a completely different direction, focusing on Brent's recent battle with the US Government, in which he was handed massive fines for selling aftermarket ECUs. This is a really important topic that concerns most of us in the industry as the world's emissions and environmental protection measures ramp up. Why was Brent singled out amongst the hundreds of resellers in the US? How did they come up with the dollar amount in fines? What does this mean for the tuning industry in the coming years and what can we do about it?

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Mar 31, 2022
Field Report: What Goes Into A Bespoke V12 Build?
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V12 LS, that’s probably not an engine code and configuration you see around very often, if at all.

Matt Corish of V12LS.com runs us through what it takes to take a V8 platform and transform it into a V12, bank angles, what parts are still interchangeable and also some specific areas and where the team improved on the existing LS design while they had the chance to ensure reliability up to around 2000HP which with the likes of Haltech and their quad setup of Garrett turbos and Josh Robinson's twin Magnuson supercharger build, it’s not that far off.

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A large focus of the design was to ensure as many aftermarket performance parts were available for engine builders to make things more affordable (as far as V12 builds go!) and easier. The fact that companies like JE Pistons, K1 Technologies and Wiseco among many others have already put a lot of time and research into components for the LS platform add plenty of merit to this focus.

Matt also discusses some balancing and firing aspects of a V12 compared to a V8 and inline 6, along with advantages beyond parts in sticking with a 90-degree bank angle. Production processes are also discussed including 3D printing into sand in order to get the cooling system perfect, and Ford Barra fans can share the love too with the same sized crank journals being utilized.

As a side note, Matt and his team actually managed to cut and shut two junkyard LS engines together to make a test platform before production, not just to the point it ran, but to the point it produced 700HP. Now that's a sign of talent and a solid effort.

Mar 29, 2022
032: Start WINNING Races With Aerodynamics.
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This week's episode of the HPA Tuned In podcast features one of the biggest names in the motorsport aerodynamics world — Andrew Brilliant of AMB Aero.

This conversation is an absolute gold mine of information for anyone who's interested in the aero world — whether you're considering adding a package to your car, wondering why your times have got slower after fitting your new splitters and wings, or even if a career in the field sounds like something you might want to look into.

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Based in Sapporo, Japan, Andrew has spent his career designing and testing aero for some of the fastest track cars in the world — including the hyper-secretive world of Formula 1. He is, of course, probably best known for his involvement in the time attack realm, in which he's had a hand in pushing the absolute limits of what's possible through the most dominant vehicles in the game. The best of the best — Scorch Racing's S15, Lyfe Motorsport's GT-R, Gobstopper 3, Black Mamba, and many more — all use AMB Aero's advanced design work to crush the competition and lap records alike.

Over an hour and a half, Andre gets Andrew to break down and explain many of the key principles of aerodynamics, as well as discuss how someone even becomes an aerodynamicist, what makes time attack cars so fun to design for, and just how many seconds racers are leaving on the table by not optimising their aero packages. 

What might be the most helpful, though, is Andrew taking the time to detail the big mistakes that people make when designing and fitting an aero package to their car, and how the vast majority of these mistakes and their consequences could have been easily avoided. 

This episode is a real deep dive into the fascinating world of aerodynamics, and it's essential listening for anyone interested in going faster on track.

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Mar 24, 2022
Field Report: Getting 650hp on Stock Honda Internals
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We love a good Starlet, and they don’t come much better than a turbocharged KP61 with some severe aero.

Originally a drift school car back in Japan, Angel of Horsepower Techs KP61 Toyota Starlet has had more than a few changes over the years. After running the supercharged 4agze at 180HP Angel wanted more power so turned to a turbocharged Honda F20C engine he already had kicking around. The new F20C setup makes 650HP thanks to the Garrett 3582 Turbo strapped to it and One Ethanol fuel, but with stock internals, there are some more modifications planned to ensure reliability on track during Grid Life’s Time Attack season next year.

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While the car already had a TRD widebody kit, it was nothing compared to the APR Performance and custom rear diffuser now fitted which will be dialled in over the winter. This will be done with the help of Angels AEM Electronics package via more than a few hours spent comparing data and making logical adjustments based on it to ensure there is traction where and when it’s needed on track.

ECU wise the car retains the AEM Series 2 ECU that came with the F20C transplant from another project, and it is complemented by an AEM 3 port boost controller, CD-7 dash and IMU. The fuel system sports a solid Radium Engineering kit, Injector Dynamics ID2000’s and a Horsepower Techs in house fuel rail. Needless to say, we’re excited to see what Angel and this setup can do once dialled in and if he utilises parts mentioned like Turbosmarts new electronic wastegate and AEMs Infinity series ECUs.

Mar 22, 2022
031: How to ACTUALLY Make Money in the Tuning Industry.
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The saying "do what you love and you'll never work another day in your life" is an accurate one, but there are a whole lot of cold, hard truths that need to be carefully considered before turning your passion into a career.

To shed some much-needed light on the subject, this week we invited Reid Lunde of Kaizen Speed to sit down with Andre and talk shop — both in the literal and figurative senses.

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Reid has been in the tuning and performance aftermarket business a long time, and has learnt plenty of lessons the hard way over the years when it comes to customers, staff, projects,  services, and much more.

In this episode, Reid and Andre spend some time discussing these lessons and talk about the strategies and systems that can be used to avoid the many pitfalls that people so often find themselves walking right into when starting out.

You might be working on friends of friends' cars in your garage, or you might be walking into a two-year lease on a brand new shop space with a big bank loan in your pocket — either way, listening to what veterans like Reid and Andre have to say might just make the difference between boom or bust. 

The guys also get nerdy discussing dyno system pros and cons, standalone vs reflashing, direct injection vs port injection, and why no tuner needs to blow up an engine — let alone ten engines – to become proficient. The conversation lastly makes its way over to the hows, whys, whats, and whens of Reid's award-winning product, the Kaizen Relay.

That all means that this episode is an excellent reality check for anyone that's interested in taking their passion to the next level and diving into the automotive performance industry.

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Mar 17, 2022
Field Report: Choosing A 900-1100HP E92 Drift Car
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At the Goodwood Festival of Speed James Deane gives us a rundown on some of the grip aspects of drifting which see 900HP to 1100HP hit the ground in the race to the first corner before getting sideways.

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James also talks about his switch from the Nissan S-Chassis to his BMW E92, and why it is Toyota 2jz powered along with some of the challenges the 6 cylinder has compared to some of the other competing V8 setups.

The nitrous fed 2jz is running Hypertune manifolds, Zrp Racing Parts rods, CP-Carrillo pistons, Supertech valves, BC Brian Crower cams with a BorgWarner Performance Aftermarket EFR 9180 which is run at around 1.6 Bar for a balance of power and traction. Injector Dynamics1750cc injectors keep the 2jz running with a constant supply of ethanol-based fuel with Ecumaster handling the engine management and PMU side of things.

Mar 15, 2022
030: Building The Perfect 7-SECOND Street Car.
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On this week's episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast, Andre is joined by an absolute legend of the import scene.

John Shepherd has been around since the very early days of import drag racing. Through campaigning his AWD Eagle Talon, John lead the first charge and pushed the boundaries of just what was possible with a Japanese performance car.

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John talks about his early days and the many workarounds and bodges that were necessary during the sport's infancy. The Ohio-based racer and car builder was squeezing record-setting high-ten-second quarter miles out of his 4G63-powered Talon, and as the game progressed, so did the car. Andre and John track the development of the Eagle through to its retirement, at which point it was running 7.7-second quarters — all still in a time well before billet blocks, proper race transmissions, and modern turbo technology.

John has since moved on to Nissan GT-Rs and Audi R8s, and lays down his recipe for what he considers to be the "perfect" street car when working with these platforms. Easy to live with, perfectly fine to take on long road trips,... and capable of mid-seven-second quartermiles.

Finally, the guys dive into the world of dual clutch transmissions. These DCTs have become ShepTrans' bread and butter in recent years, and John goes into detail on how the clever gearboxes work and how we can make them far stronger in order to put up with the massive torque figures modern performance engines provide.

There's plenty of nostalgia to be found in this episode, and if acronyms like DCT and TCM have always left you scratching your head, you definitely don't want to miss this one.

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Mar 10, 2022
Field Report: A 6 second, 2500hp Supra!
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With a 6.921s at 200mph run at Texas 2K19, this alleged 2500HP 2JZ-powered 1995 Supra easily caught our attention.

Jay Meagher of Real Street Performance gives Andre Simon the goods on this build, including the fact that although data etc has indicated the car is pushing 2500HP, he believes it is closer to 2200 or 2300HP. No matter that number, the car is a performer and with owner Geo Castillo peddling the team took out the 2JZ elimination class at TX2K.

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The MoTeC M150 controlled 3.2L 2jz has had ‘a bit of a tune up’ and is running a Brian Crower crank, RNR aluminium connecting rods, CP-Carrillo pistons, King Racing bearings all within a billet block. Up the top is a Mazworx CNC cylinder head, Supertech valve train, GSC Power Division R1 cam, and a 2 stage NOS system that helps the Precision Pro Mod 88 XPR turbocharger hit the desired boost level for launch, and depending on the track conditions can give some extra power. Fuelling is taken care of by 12 x Injector Dynamics ID1700x injectors and a Weldon pump.

Jay talks about some of the changes the car has undergone in order to shoot for 6 second passes instead of 7’s, and how even just shaving a few 10ths of a second off a run can require some massive engine and setup work behind the scenes. He also tells us why the car runs a M&M built TH400 auto with ProTorque converter instead of a manual transmission.

Mar 08, 2022
029: Setting Your Drift Car Up to DOMINATE With Fredric Aasbø.
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This week's High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast guest comes to us all the way from Oslo, Norway.

Fredric Aasbø is the winningest driver in Formula D history, with a bunch of championships under his belt and the chiselled jawline to match. Fredric recently took some time out of his busy winter ice drifting schedule to sit down with Andre and discuss all things drift — the driving, the cars, the setups, the business — all of it.

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The conversation begins with a look back into Fredric's past, from the early days of his grandmother teaching him how to use the E-brake to control a sliding car on ice,  to his experiences in karting and drifting as teenager,  through to the stark realisation that getting into the pro-level motorsport game — let alone to the very top — means making big sacrifices and pouring everything you have into your dream. Fredric confirms that, as we suspected, there are no free rides in motorsport for the vast majority of us.

Andre and Fredric then get into the finer details of drifting at the highest levels, from studying and understanding the judging system, to driving techniques, sponsorship pressures, and even the need to fine-tune your "bullsh*t detector".

Fredric also dives into the heavy-duty technical side of the sport and its vehicles, discussing how these pro drift monsters actually work, and how he was able to dominate with a little four-cylinder in an economy car body... Over and over again.

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There are plenty of interesting tidbits to dig into here when it comes to how Fredric and his team set up his cars for each track with asymmetric alignments, turbo sizes, gear ratios, tyre pressures, and a whole lot more. 

Like to skid cars? This is the episode for you.

Mar 03, 2022
Field Report: Talking with Rob Dahm about his 1000HP+ Quad rotor build.
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If you haven’t heard of Rob Dahm and his Mazda FD RX7 build, you have now. This has been many years in the making so far with lots of ups and downs as well as plan changes along the way — we caught up with Rob a couple of years ago at SEMA and took a good look at this incredible build.

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Brotherly rivalry led Rob to consider an AWD/4WD build and with support and encouragement from Ian Steward of ASD Motorsports who built Ken Block's Gymkhana 7 ‘Hoonicorn’ AWD Mustang. A lot of the details of the Hoonicorn build were shared with Rob, but in the end, it wasn’t compatible with this application particularly when it came to fitting a passenger seat.

Due to concerns with cast components, Rob sourced a billet 4 rotor from Carl Thompson which was the spare for a build of his we have featured previously (linked below). It has some unique features which we’re excited to learn more about as time goes on and A-B testing is planned in relation to tuning and exhaust components in the near future too.

The car runs an R32 GTR transfer box off the back of a Holinger RD6, Winters Quick Change rear differential, Adaptronic M6000 ECU, Garrett 106mm turbo, Clearview oil filtration system along with Ti Automotive a dual brushless pump setup.

Also discussed are the reasons for the tube frame in relation to requirement, or just preference, cast vs billet 4 rotor setups and what the plan is from here.


Mar 01, 2022
028: Engine Swap Mistakes to AVOID.
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Is modifying a rare and desirable vehicle a really stupid idea? What's the secret to building a great street car? What makes a good engine swap? Can you actually make a career as an automotive 'YouTuber'? On this week's episode of the High Performance Academy 'Tuned In' podcast, Andre is joined by Dave Pratte and Peter Tarach from Speed Academy to help answer all these questions and many more.

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Dave and Peter have been in the automotive game for many years, starting off in with a long run in the print media world working at car magazines before eventually transitioning into the online space — specifically YouTube. Through their channel Speed Academy, they've successfully built a career online, and now spend their time taking on interesting builds for the world to see.

All those hours spent either in front or behind a camera, pedalling fast cars, or swinging off the end of a half-inch driver, has given the guys a really interesting perspective on what it is we do as enthusiasts.

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Andre first digs into what it actually takes to make money as an automotive 'YouTuber', before discussing the potential monetary pitfalls of modifying something like Speed Academy's R34 GT-R and JZA80 Supra projects — vehicles that are quickly becoming more of an investment opportunity than driveable cars.   

Peter and Dave then dive into the world of engine swaps — when it's a good idea, when it's a bad idea, how to do it well, and the mistakes that so many people make on their first time around. While still on the subject of swaps, Peter makes the case for DCT (dual clutch transmission) swaps being the new manual gearbox swaps, now that the industry is catching up and providing aftermarket support for CANbus integration.

With discussions on what makes a great street car (hint — horsepower chasers aren't going to love the answer) and much more, this is an entertaining conversation with two experienced veterans of the modified import scene. These guys have seen it all, from the pre-Fast and Furious days, all the way through the growing pains of the last two decades to the current YouTube-dominated scene we find ourselves in today — for better or for worse.

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Feb 24, 2022
Field Report: Why Not Billet? | 4G63 Evo IX Time Attack Upgrades
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Even when budget is not a limiting factor, why might a team choose to use a factory block over an aftermarket billet one in a Time Attack build?

With a 2.2L stroker 4G63 MIVEC build featuring a custom billet crank, rod and pistons, Benjamin Perry of Benchmark Solutions explains why a billet block was not a consideration for this build along with covering some of the upgrades the Global Aircraft Services Mitsubishi Evo 9 has seen in order to remain competitive in the ever-popular Open Class as the World Time Attack Challenge.

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Feb 22, 2022
027: Why the R35 GTR is NOT a Great Time Attack Car.
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On this week's episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast, Andre is joined by Time Attack and Pikes Peak veteran Cole Powelson of Lyfe Motorsport.

Cole has a lot of experience when it comes to making all sorts of vehicles go as fast as possible through chassis, suspension, engine, and aerodynamic development and as such, has plenty to say on what makes a quick car and how to achieve it.

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The guys start by talking about Cole's unlikely come up through the motorsport world, and how it was always about figuring out how he could engineer his life around getting behind the wheel of a race car – if that meant crewing for teams, training as a tech, using other people's money, or starting his own business, he was all about it. With that in mind, Cole discusses the prohibitive costs of motorsport and the ways that this limiting factor can be minimized.

Cole also talks about his two companies, Lyfe Motorsport and Sierra Cars. Lyfe facilitates the complete build of bespoke race cars – that means fabrication, engineering, and development – and can take one to two years with everything done in house, while Sierra Cars produces incredibly trick open wheel cross-kart style weapons that utilise screaming Hayabusa drivetrains and plenty of trick engineering. Many lessons have been learnt along the way in both of these businesses, and Cole is happy to share them.

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There is, of course, plenty of discussion to be had around time attack and hill climbing, as well as Cole's thoughts on the R35 GTR platform – with which he holds numerous time attack records and is currently in the midst of building a new project that is powered by a 6-litre Ford Powerstroke – as well as the huge importance and benefits of properly-designed aero. 

Cole is a wealth of knowledge and we enjoyed his frank and open take on all things speed – there's plenty of golden nuggets in this episode for anyone who's interested in going fast!

Feb 17, 2022
Field Report: How Do You Tame 3000hp With Torque Management?
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2000-3000HP GT-Rs are not uncommon in today's performance car world, and Tony Palo of T1 Race Development runs us through some of the nuances that go into tuning these highly strung, modern beasts and ensuring that power goes to the ground.

Discussed is how the MoTeC M150 ECU controls the torque via a variety of parameters such as speed, boost, knock throttle etc. Also discussed is how the gear shifting is done to ensure the torque output does not exceed the gearboxes threshold when the driver requests a change, and also touched on is how the ECU actually calculates the torque and the need to be accurate in your tune to ensure this information is also accurate and safe.

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Feb 15, 2022
026: Building a Tube Frame 1100hp Time Attack Weapon.
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Is there something in the water? Is it a cultural thing? Maybe it's the 9 months of cold and dark per year that forces enthusiasts into their garages and workshops that results in some of the world's most extreme race car builds. 

Whatever the answer, there's no denying that Scandinavia is rich with incredible DIY engineers, fabricators, and engine builders, and Sweden's Karel Silha is one of the best.

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The brains behind Karel S. Motorsport, Karel recently sat down with Tuned In's host Andre Simon talk all things race car design and fabrication, building big-power BMW M motors, aerodynamics, and much more.

In this episode, Karel and Andre dive deep into his latest build – an insane tubeframe time attack weapon based off a BMW M4 DTM and running a 1100hp twin-turbo BMW S65 V8 from an E90 M3.

Absolutely everything on this machine is custom, designed and fabricated from the ground up, and Karel goes into plenty of detail about the process – including the initial body design, which began as a 3D scan of a detailed 1:18 scale model of the actual DTM race car. The ups and downs of building high-powered yet reliable BMW motors are discussed, as are the insane aerodynamic aspects of the car and the suspension needed to work with it, along with the intense electronics and data acquisition capabilities that Karel has built in.

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Karel has a lot of experience when it comes to going all-in on a build, and that means that plenty of lessons have been learnt along the way – many of which he's more than happy to discuss with Andre in this insightful and sometimes inspiring episode of the podcast.

If you like building cool things, going fast, and maybe taking things just a little too far in the workshop, this is one episode you're not going to want to miss.

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Feb 10, 2022
Field Report: Are Piston Coatings Worth Having AND Can Coatings Save Your Engine?
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Are piston coatings going to save you from a bad tune, and if not, what’s the point? MAHLE Motorsports engineer Eric Grilliot answers these questions and more during a Performance Racing Industry Trade Show visit.

Discussed are how different coatings can look identical to the naked eye but will often have different purposes and intents between manufacturers and also locations on the piston. Top Fuel piston coating vs OEM vs racing and even street applications are touched on along with why different areas of the piston might be focused on, or in the case of Top Fuel Drag Racing why it is beneficial to simply coat the entire piston. 

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Feb 08, 2022
025: No Mods. Tune Only. 25% MORE POWER.
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How much power is hiding behind a factory diesel tune? What are the traps a gasoline tuner can fall into when dipping their toes into the diesel world? And what's a sure-fire way to create a nifty inspection hole in your diesel block on the dyno?

If you want the answers to any of these questions, as well as many more, check out this week's episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast with our guest, Nick Priegnitz of Duramaxtuner.com.

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It can be tricky to find good, solid information in the performance tuning industry when it comes to learning and improving our craft (that is, after all, why we originally founded High Performance Academy) and for whatever reason, it's even harder to find in the diesel world.

This is where Nick Priegnitz comes in – he's long been an open book when it comes to mastering and teaching aftermarket diesel tuning, and in this episode, Andre and Nick discuss the many ups and downs of the field, as well as the many differences seen when compared to gasoline performance tuning.

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This is going to be a great listen for anyone that's even remotely interested in the world of performance diesel tuning – even if it's not your thing, learning about just how differently these systems operate and how your approach to tuning them needs to be drastically modified is well worth your time.

Feb 03, 2022
Field Report: Swapping a Ferrari engine into a GT86
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Want your GT86 to rev out to 9,000 RPM? Here’s one way to do it.

The 570HP 4.5L Ferrari V8 powered ‘GT4586’ of Ryan Tuerck was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and we caught up with Brian Hartsock of Unicorn Garage to get a few more details of one of the more unusual GT86 engine swaps you’re ever likely to see. The engine hails from the F136 V8 family and originally was housed in a Ferrari 458. Other than some setup changes for fitment, it remains relatively stock and despite boasting 80% of its 540Nm of torque being on tap from 3,250 rpm, Nitrous Oxide is injected up until 6,000 rpm to prevent a lot of clutch work and increased maintenance to keep it sliding.

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Feb 01, 2022
024: Driving Fast And Keeping Secrets With The Stig, Ben Collins
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We've got an absolute banger for this week's episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast, as the legendary Ben Collins sits down for some quality chats with Andre about all things driving and, of course, being the Stig. You may not know the name, but you'll definitely recognise the white overalls and helmet.

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Andre first leans in on Ben's wealth of experience when it comes to professional motorsport and driver training to talk about honing your skills behind the wheel. Ben's insight into common mistakes to avoid, how to get the most out of your car, and things he wishes all drivers knew are valuable ones.

The pair then move on to the real meat and potatoes of the whole thing — how does someone even become the Stig? Ben charts his unexpected rise from an inexperienced driver who'd never even been in race car before 18, to becoming one of the most famous drivers in the world — if not by name. This is a man that has driven and raced almost every type of race and street car, from open-wheelers, to NASCAR, to V8 Supercars, to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and countless roadgoing exoticas — and that means there's just a huge amount of gold worth diving into.

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What was life like as the Stig? How did he keep his identity secret for so long? How much pressure was there for manufacturers to turn in a good lap? What was the best car he ever drove? Andre was bursting full of questions for Ben in this fascinating podcast — so if you want answers to any of the above and much, much more, this is going to be a great podcast for you.

Jan 27, 2022
Field Report: The World's Quickest Street Legal R32 GT-R
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Running 80 PSI of boost and in excess of 2500HP Croyden Racing Developments 'JUN II' is one of the quickest GT-R Skylines in the world with a 6.86 1/4 mile pass at 204mph at the time of recording, most impressively with a street-legal chassis and the weight that comes with that!

This interview with Con from CRD was filmed at Sydney Jamboree where unfortunately race day was rained off but we're excited to see what the car and bigger turbo setup can do in the future.

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Jan 25, 2022
023: Do We Still Need To Read Spark Plugs? The Finer Details With Mick's Motorsport.
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On this week's episode of High Performance Academy's Tuned In podcast, Andre is joined by a legend of the Australian tuning scene, Micks Motorsport's Michael Baghdadi.

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Mick has been a long time friend of Andre and of HPA, and comes into the conversation ready to lay down a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things engine building, dyno tuning, and drag racing. 

With a common shared interest in both Mitsubishi's 4G63 and Nissan's SR20 engine platforms, Andre and Mick go way off the deep end in this one. We couldn't quite tell if this conversation evolved into a 'who knows more about these engines' contest, or it was simply – to put it crassly – just a couple of very knowledgable pigs in sh*t, talking shop. Either way, it's a great listen for anyone who wants to get way into the finer details on what makes these two Japanese performance engine staples great, and not so great.

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Mick also drops a surprising amount of trade secrets into the mix over the hour-long conversation, and there are some great discussions on the differences between pump fuel, E85, race gas, and methanol – not just the price and the numbers, but what they all actually mean for a tuner sitting on a dyno.

Do you enjoy listening to two experts go full geek on their chosen field? If so, this is the episode for you.

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Jan 20, 2022
Field Report: Can You Put an Aftermarket ECU In ANY Vehicle?
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More and more late-model vehicles are using CAN bus to help control almost every function in a car from engine-related functions to touch-sensitive door handles. While on the surface this technology is great, when we want to start modifying a vehicle for track use it can cause complications.

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Jan 18, 2022
022: Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Power?
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In this week's episode of High Performance Academy's Tuned In podcast, Andre reaches out to Finland to talk billet, big horsepower, and engine building with Elmer Racing's Oskar Elmgren.

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Elmer Racing is best known for its incredible bespoke billet engines and its success with the PR Tech Racing Porsche 968 at World Time Attack Challenge. The 'RP968' runs one of Elmer Racing's monster four-litre, four-cylinder Thor engines. It holds the time attack record at Sydney's Eastern Creek circuit and is shockingly close to the outright record, held by Nico Hülkenberg in an A1GP car.

With Thor engines dominating out in the wild and a new five-litre 'Hell' engine based on the Nissan VR38 nearly ready to hit the market, we thought this would be the perfect time to sit Oskar down and talk about how someone even goes about building an exquisite piece of tech like this. Where do you start? Is it all trial and error? What are the limitations? Is a billet engine for anyone that can afford it?

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Thankfully, Oskar is a fairly open book, and his insights into the very pointy end of the industry is a fascinating one. This episode dives deep into the weeds of the performance engine building world, and there's plenty in here that'll surprise even the most seasoned performance enthusiast. 

Jan 13, 2022
Field Report: Getting 110 PSI At 80,000 RPM Turbo Speed?
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Jett Racing recently reset the world record with a 6.20 at 229 mph with their 2200HP, 110 PSI compound turbocharged 4g63 monster.

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Jan 11, 2022
021: Motorsport Wiring is Less Daunting Than You Think
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After a week off for the new year's break, we're back and starting off 2022 strong with an interesting and very informative chat with HPA's wiring and motorsport electronics tutor, Zac Perston. 

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Although Zac currently spends most of his time working for a prestigious university here in New Zealand, he's also the brains behind all our motorsport wiring courses, and any time not spent at the university is used up working on fresh HPA lessons and helping out our members in the forums.

Unlike many in the industry, Zac received a tertiary education before getting involved in motorsport, and his perspective on education and whether you need a degree to work at a high level is an interesting one. It's perhaps this qualification that also got him the tick when going to work for Rodin Cars, a fascinating high-end hypercar and racecar facility in the South Island of New Zealand. Zac discusses the ups and downs of working in such an intense and demanding environment.

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Andre and Zac also talk all things motorsport wiring — that means everything from PMUs,  to the dreaded 'MILspec' term that's so often thrown about these days,  and how much knowledge you actually need to start creating your own high-end, super reliable motorsport wiring systems. 

There's a lot here for anyone remotely interested in motorsport wiring here, and Zac, as always, is a fountain of knowledge and interesting insight in the field. 

Jan 06, 2022
Field Report: How do you get 500HP out of a 105kg engine?
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Ever wondered what it would take to build a 10,500RPM, 500HP V8 motorcycle-based engine? Wonder no more as the RPE RP-V8 is just that.

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Jan 04, 2022
Field Report: 590HP 4G63 Time Attack EVO 6
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The 2.3L 4G63 in this EVO 6 can produce up to 590HP, but why is that not necessarily a good thing?

Benjamin Perry of Benchmark Solutions runs us through the Evolution Racing Spares EVO 6 which took out first place honours in the Clubsprint Class at the last World Time Attack Challenge. Running up to 590HP from 37 PSI (440KW at 2.5 Bar) the team actually turned down the boost from the Garrett GTX3576R GEN II in order to make suspension and driver changes in order to get a PB out of both around Sydney Motorsports Park.

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Dec 28, 2021
020: The Realities of Building a Monster From Scratch With Cody Loveland
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On this week's episode of High Performance Academy's Tuned In podcast, Andre is joined by race car fabricator extraordinaire Cody Loveland. Cody's name is probably best known for its association with the famous Pikes Peak hill climb race, held annually in Colorado, where he has campaigned various extremely quick vehicles over the last decade.

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Cody and Andre spend some time talking about the race itself, as well as Cody's best known machine, the incredible Enviate Hypercar. This 1000kg, twin-turbo LS-powered monster is bristling with extreme carbon fibre aero and runs in the unlimited class at Pikes Peak. The single-seater weapon benefits from some seriously cool engineering and input from Formula 1 engineers and aerodynamicists out of Europe.   

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Cody talks us through the inevitable ups and downs that come with running such an extreme vehicle in one of the most demanding races on the planet, as well as how he got to where he is today and what it takes to stay there. While your own involvement in motorsport might be as grassroots as it gets, there are plenty of lessons to be learnt by listening to Cody discuss the challenges and downright disasters he's faced, and how he and his team eventually overcame them. 

If you like to build your racecars instead of buying them, this is going to be an unmissable episode for you.  




Dec 23, 2021
Field Report: Making 2000HP+ Reliable With Professional Motorsport Wiring
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Solder Vs Crimping, PDM feasibility, documentation, and Mil-Spec vs Autosport connectors, this interview has it all.

Cody Philips spared a bit of time for Andre and the team at TX2K to run through a large range of topics relating to his career, best practices when it comes to professional level motorsport wiring, materials and a few details on what he has done to his own 2000 odd horsepower, 7 second 2JZ powered JZA80 Supra.

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Dec 21, 2021
019: Tuning Ryan Tuerck's Screaming V10 With John Reed Racing
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On this week's episode of High Performance Academy's Tuned In podcast, we've managed to pin down John from John Reed Racing. John isn't big on attention and prefers to let his work do the talking, so we're very thankful he's taken the time to speak with us.

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These days, its getting harder and harder to simply replace your factory ECU with an aftermarket standalone unit due to the complexity of modern automotive systems, and this is where John comes in. John is one of Motec's biggest and best developers of custom firmware packages for different vehicles, for the M1 platform — if you don't know what that is, then listen on because we'll be diving deep into the subject.

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John is also known for his work in many high profile builds, including the Underground Racing Lamborghini and Audi projects, as well as Ryan Tuerck's incredible Judd V10-powered A90 Toyota Supra. He breaks down what's involved in these mega builds, and goes into detail on tuning the absolutely ear-shattering V10 Judd motor — truly a bucket list job for any tuner.


Dec 16, 2021
Field Report: How Do You Become an EFI Tuner?
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In this Field Report direct from the pits at Pike's Peak, Andre sits down with David Rowe from EPS, also known as Electronic Performance Systems, to discuss the path to become a professional aftermarket tuner.

Considering that there are currently no university qualifications or industry-recognised standards to follow, this is a very important subject for a lot of people. 

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Dec 14, 2021
018: Is ‘Milspec’ Overhyped? Wiring Truths with Joel Vincze
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On this week's episode of High Performance Academy's 'Tuned In' podcast, we chase down the ever-busy Joel Vincze of Race Spec in New York to talk all things motorsport wiring.

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Joel spends his days building wiring harnesses for some of the fastest vehicles in the world, and is a long-time friend of HPA. When it comes to high-performance automotive wiring, Race Spec is one of the most trusted names in the business. In this revealing chat with Andre, Joel talks us through his self-taught rise in the industry and discusses how things like Instagram, hashtags, and buzzwords have rapidly changed the game — for better and for worse.

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What exactly is 'milspec wiring'? Is concentric twisting a waste of time? Should you solder or crimp? Answers to these questions and many more can be found inside this week's episode of Tuned In featuring Race Spec's Joel Vincze. 

Dec 09, 2021
Field Report: 1170HP & 53 PSI+ of BOOST World's Fastest EVO X
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4G63 vs 4B11, best turbo back pressure ratio, and is the biggest turbo you can fit the best? Let's find out!

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Running 1170HP, 680 ft-lbs of torque and in excess of 53 PSI of boost, the English Racing Mitsubishi EVO X is pushing the boundaries and leading the pack to be the fastest Mitsubishi Evolution X in the world. Driver Myles Kerr discusses some of the challenges that come with pioneering a newer platform and where he sees the 4B11 being superior to the proven but now dated 4G63 power plant. Despite what a lot of people think, it does take more than just a healthy bank account to get this done 🤓

Dec 07, 2021
017: Garage Built, Mid Mounted, Twin Turbo Hayabusa V8 Hill Climb Car
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Although we like to think of ourselves as a fairly capable bunch, we're certainly not above fanboying over some of the incredible builds and the people behind them that can be found out there on the internet. One example is Josh Valman and his incredible Alfa Romeo unlimited hillclimb build, which can be found on Instagram at @motorsport_engineering.

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Josh and Andre sit down to talk about the absolutely insane Alfa build, which runs an 850hp twin-turbo Hayabusa V8 from Hartley Engines – the amount of actual Alfa parts can be counted on one hand, which gives you an idea for just how intense this car is.

Although Josh has no specific motorsport training – in fact, this is the first car he's ever built – he has an extensive engineering background that stretches back to his tween years when he was a contestant on the Battlebots TV show. This goes a long long way in explaining just why the Alfa build is so intensely built and well designed.

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Andre and Josh also discuss the pros and cons of CAD and FEA, the importance of failure in the learning process, and much more. This would have to be one of our favourite episodes yet, so if you're interested in engineering and automotive design, as well as motorsport electronics and data, then this is the perfect episode for you.

Dec 02, 2021
Field Report: 3200HP+ RB Block With A 2JZ Twist
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With teams now pushing 100PSI of boost to hit power levels of 3200HP and more from existing setups, we’re excited to see what Bullet Race Engineerings new RB hybrid block can do.

Darren Palumbo is no stranger to Nissan RB26’s, RB30’s or Toyota 2JZ engines with Bullet Race Engineering having produced billet blocks for each many times over the years and using this knowledge the team has gone one step further to try and remove some of the weaknesses holding the RB back, specifically the crankshaft.

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Nov 30, 2021
016: Reflash or Run a Standalone ECU With Mike McGinnis
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On this week's episode of High Performance Academy's Tuned In podcast, long-time friend of HPA, Mike McGinnis, settles in for an hour's worth of high-quality, knowledge-filled tuning banter with our resident nerd Andre Simon.

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Mike has been around the traps for a good few years now, and has become one of the world's top brains when it comes to both reflashing stock ECUs and aftermarket ECU tuning. Mike is currently occupied as chief calibration engineer for a top reflashing platform.

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Mike and Andre get deep into the weeds in this one, starting with Mike's development path and all its twists and turns, that got him to where he is today.  The pair also spend time trying to answer the often-asked question — should I reflash the stock ECU, or should I go standalone aftermarket? This is a big and complicated subject, and there's a whole lot of grey area, overlap, other factors to consider, but Mike and Andre do their best to clear it up. 

Along with a discussion about just how quickly the reflashing industry has progressed with what's possible now and much, much more, this episode is jam-packed with useful information for anyone interested in tuning.

Nov 25, 2021
015: Squeezing More Performance Out of Your Race Car With AWA Racing
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On this episode of High Performance Academy's Tuned In podcast, we sit down with AWA Racing's team owner and race engineer, Andrew Wojteczko.

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Andrew has been in the circuit racing scene for many years and more recently stepped out from the driver's seat to dedicate himself to running and engineering his own team. AWA Racing currently competes in the IMSA GT4 class running a McLaren 570S GT4.

Andrew talks us through the ins and outs of the sport, as well as the lengths he needs to go to in order to get the absolute most out of a factory-built and very restricted race car. There is, as Andrew says, a lot to be said for how these tight restrictions tend to push engineers to become much more creative in the pursuit of speed. The important and often misunderstood role of bump stops when it comes to suspension tuning is also discussed in detail.

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This podcast is perfect ear fodder for those listeners who want to know exactly how racing at this higher level works and is perhaps looking to something useful to take away and use in their own race programs. 

Nov 18, 2021
014: 4G63 and 4B11 Drag Racing Secrets with English Racing
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If you have even a passing interest in fast Mitsubishis, you've probably heard of English Racing – few names hold as much weight when it comes to getting the absolute most out of the 4G63 and 4B11 engine platforms. In this episode of High Performance Academy's 'Tuned In' podcast, Andre is very much in his element as he sits down for a satisfyingly-nerdy chat with English Racing's Lucas English.

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Lucas has a huge amount of experience in the tuning world, and you'll find some absolute gems sprinkled throughout this episode – covering everything from the usefulness of billet blocks in a fast Mitsubishi, to what it takes to run a seven-second Evo, and settling the age old rivalry between 4G63 and 4B11 engines.

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While you might already have a decent idea about what's involved in getting an all-wheel-drive drag car off the line quickly, Andre and Lucas dive deep into the subject, delving into some of the fascinating strategies around throttle, boost, and clutch management that are needed when you're running at the very pointy end of the sport. This, and much, much more can be found in today's episode of HPA's Tuned In.


Nov 11, 2021
013: V8 Honda K24 Design and Build with Neutron Engines
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Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about making your own bespoke engine — something completely new, that makes big power, and sounds like heaven. No? Maybe that's just us then. Either way, we were excited to sit down with this week's guest, as he's one of the few people out there that has taken the leap and turned his daydreams into reality.

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Craig Williams is the brains behind the much-hyped Neutron Engines, and on this episode of High Performance Academy's 'Tuned In' podcast, the mechanical engineer sits down with Andre to dive into his fascinating world. Craig takes us through all the whats, whys, hows, and whens of his bespoke engine design, which is essentially two Honda K24s mated together to create a 750hp, 10,000rpm, flat-plane crank, 4.8 litre V8 in naturally aspirated form — with upwards of 1500hp possible when adding forced induction into the mix.

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Craig also discusses how someone actually kicks off a major project like this,  starting with a blank piece of paper, through to designing in Fusion 360, to actually creating and prototyping every single part. There's plenty of technical nuggets to uncover here, so this episode is going to be perfect for any listeners with an interest in the internal workings of an engine, as well as how an engine is designed and the challenges that need to be overcome before being put into production.

Nov 04, 2021
012: Formula 1 On The Water — AC75 America's Cup Wiring With Peter Knight.
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In this fascinating episode of High Performance Academy's Tuned In podcast, we head off on a real tangent as America's Cup electrical engineer Peter Knight — a member of this year's winning Emirates Team New Zealand syndicate — drops by the studio to give us some insight into the high-stakes world of top-tier boat racing.

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While motorsport is more our speed, we were blown away by Peter's insight into this big-money racing arena. We take a look at the parallels between the two worlds when it comes to the wiring, data logging, and aerodynamics, as well as the big differences. How do you accurately measure velocity, for example, when the "track" you're racing on is moving and has a speed and direction of its own?

Peter also gives us a really interesting look into how these jaw-dropping hydrofoils actually work, and how the incredible speeds — up to three times the actual windspeed and magnitudes faster than the previous generation of Americas Cup's boats -—are achieved.

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To wrap up, Peter talks about how data can be used to improve the tactics and strategies when racing, as well as his own climb up through the ranks in the sailing world, dealing with sensitive electronics in some extremely challenging environments, and finally rebuilding and rewiring an entire boat overnight after a catastrophic near-sinking. 

All this and much more can be found inside this unique episode of High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast.


Oct 28, 2021
011: Do You Have to Break Things to Become a Good Tuner? Universal Tuning Truths With Scott Hilzinger
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Plenty of people in the industry think that blowing up engines and destroying parts is an essential and unavoidable aspect of the learning process when it comes to tuning, but is that really the case? In this episode of High Performance Academy's Tuned In podcast, Andre sits down with Haltech's Scott Hilzinger to answer that question, and much, much more.

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Sydney-based Hilzinger discusses his first DOS-based forays into tuning as a teenager, as well as leaving that stone age behind over the next 20 years through helping to build and develop Haltech ECUs into one of the best options out there in the market.

Scott and Andre also talk about life at the sharp end of the field when dealing with extremely high horsepower builds and the different strategies and considerations that need to be kept in mind once you start pushing 3000, 4000, and even 5000hp. At this level, it's not even so much about making the power, it's about managing that power to ensure the car makes it to the finish line in one piece.

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The pair also discuss the most common mistakes and questions that Scott always gets from his customers, as well as how you can avoid them with a little thought and commonsense.  Scott really knows his stuff – knowledge that's been hard-earned over 20 years spent tuning, developing, and building engine management technology with Haltech. 

Trial and error, wheels-up launches, and tuning in the stone age – all this and plenty more in this episode of High Performance Academy's Tuned In podcast with Australian tuning legend Scott Hilzinger. 

Oct 21, 2021
010: Billet Blocks, Six-Second Quarters, And Pushing Past 2500whp with Tony Palo.
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This week's High Performance Academy 'Tuned In' episode is all about big boost, big launches, and even bigger power figures as we sit down for an in-depth chat with T1 Race Development's Tony Palo.

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Self-taught and always learning by doing, T1 Race Development's Tony Palo is a long-time industry veteran that has spent years pushing the limits of just what's possible in the import drag racing scene. Over the last decade, Tony has narrowed his focus on the venerable Nissan R35 platform, and now runs some of the fastest GTRs in the world.  

In this episode, Tony talks to Andre about getting his start in the tuning world and his initial dealings with "fast" Hondas during a time when going quicker largely meant a process of trial and error. These days, things are a lot more precise, and the pair discuss the many advances that the industry has seen over the last decade that have allowed tuners like Tony to push the boundaries of just what's possible.

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When it comes to R35s, Tony really knows his stuff — something that's immediately obvious as this episode progresses. Massive turbos, billet VR blocks, pushing way past 2500hp, and the lessons that have been learnt along the way are all discussed in detail. 

This week's instalment of Tuned In is all about life on the bleeding edge, and it's a wild ride.

Oct 14, 2021
009: Inside the high-stakes world of IndyCar with Team Penske's Malcolm Finch.
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What does a team need to do to take a complete open-wheeler rookie and prepare them for one of the world's most competitive race series? How does anyone even get a job working in a top-tier race series like IndyCar, and do Chevrolet or Honda even actually let teams make any changes to the engine tune?  Listen to this week's 'HPA Tuned In' podcast for answers to these questions and much, much more.

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From humble beginnings at the bottom of the world, data engineer Malcolm Finch has quickly climbed up the ranks and now finds himself working as a data engineer for one of the world's premier motorsport outfits, Team Penske.

In this episode, Malcolm talks us through the world of IndyCar racing. We discuss the kind of testing and precision that's needed to win at famous circuits like Tallageda, Road Atlanta, and of course — the holy grail — Indianapolis. Malcolm explains how the three very different styles of track — oval, road course, and street — found in the IndyCar series are approached from a data engineer's perspective, as well as fuel strategies, what can and can't be changed on an IndyCar, and exactly how a big team like Team Penske operates throughout the season.

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Malcolm also talks us through his rise in the industry from a university graduate in New Zealand to running one of Team Penske's incredible cars in the States. Seven-post rigs, weight-jacking, and wickers — it's all covered and explained. This podcast is going to drastically expand your knowledge base when it comes to high-level motorsport, data analysis, aerodynamics, and much more.


Oct 04, 2021
008: Remote Road Tuning Hillclimb Monsters and Other Highlights With Sander Marques.
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Obsidian Motorsport's Sander Marques is one of the smartest people we've ever met in the motorsport industry. In this week's HPA Tuned In podcast, the long-time tuner and MoTec guru sits down with Andre to talk about how he got to where he is now, what's changed through the years, as well as some of the mistakes he's made along the way.   

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Sander provides some interesting insight into what you do and don't need to know to begin tuning from his perspective, and why having a good understanding of the mechanical side of a vehicle is so important if you want to become a good, well-rounded tuner. Sander also spends time discussing some of the cooler projects he's been involved with, in particular BBI Autosport's Pikes Peak class-winning twin-turbo Porsche 911 GT3  hill climb car, which was not only tuned remotely but also without a dyno.

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For the nerdier listeners, Sander and Andre also get deep into the ins and outs of MoTeC's powerful M1 Build software and discuss how properly understanding it can unlock huge potential for the switched-on tuner. VE tables, torque curves, and a whole lot of tuning geekery are the flavour of the day for this episode, so if that sounds like a bit of you, get settled in for a big healthy dump of knowledge from one of the best. 

Sep 24, 2021
007: There's More to Going Fast Than a Power Figure — Race Engineer Arne Peeters.
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What does it take to run multiple cars at some of the world's toughest endurance races? Is the life of a top-tier race engineer as glamorous as it all seems? And what's the difference between GT3 and GTE classes anyway? Listen to this week's 'HPA Tuned In' podcast to find out.

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Race Engineer Arne Peeters has spent the better part of the last decade working across Europe and North America for both OEMs and race teams alike, all in the never-ending hunt for more performance and better results. In this episode of HPA's 'Tuned In' we discuss how Arne set his career in motion, his time spent perfecting OEM vehicles for the mass market, and the many intricacies and challenges involved with running teams in endurance racing across the world.

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We also spend time talking about the big gap between amateur drivers and true professionals, and how important it is that a racecar's setup accurately reflect a driver's skill level — something that can be quite challenging when you have people of different abilities on the same team. The importance of understanding and making the most of aerodynamics is also delved into, as well as thoughts on achieving the perfect car balance, the compromises that need to be made to have a career in top-tier motorsport, and plenty more.

Sep 24, 2021
006: 'I Just Want Big Flames'. Handing Customer Expectations and Reality - Chris Wall.
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How should I learn how to tune? Do you need to be a mechanic to be the best EFI tuner? Let's find out.

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Chris Wall of Prestige Tuning and Motorsport is easily one of New Zealand's leading, and busiest, EFI Tuners. In this episode of HPA's 'Tuned In' we're going to talk about how he got started with tuning, his time working with Andre at STM (the tuning shop from which HPA was born) along with insight into how to get started, and more importantly how to be the best tuner you can.

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Some other topics also discussed in this in-depth episode focus around Chris's trackside support role he offers to some customers, how he guides customers to make the best choices they can for their ECU and tuning upgrades for their application, when reflash tuning is better than fitting an aftermarket ECU, the future of reflash tuning, what motorsport disciples are the hardest on gear and much much more than we can fit in a description, so have a listen.

Sep 09, 2021
005: Your BEST Performance Modifications - Grant Hosking | Honda Guru.
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What are some of the BEST 'bang for buck' modifications you can do to your car gain performance and improve your lap times?

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In this episode of  Tuned In, Andre & Tim are talking to Grant Hosking from Honed Developments about their the technical skills and desire to develop specialist components for various Honda vehicles with a focus on the 90s models.

Topics discussed are the reason why Honed was created and the philosophy behind what parts Honed decided to make. The biggest errors people make when modifying cars and what can actually prove to be the biggest gains with modifications.

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Another key point discussed is the approach of tuning car setups for the track vs the road and what the biggest compromises that need to be considered are.

Sep 03, 2021
004: Building An ECU From Scratch - Scott Kuhner.
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Finding the perfect ECU is hard, but not when you're Scott Kuhner who instead of settling for compromises decided to create & build the EMtron ECU platform himself instead.

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Andre and Tim dive into  a bit of history on EMtron, why Scott wanted to create his own ECU and what is the process to do so was, along with the experience/knowledge he had before starting plus what he's learnt along the way.

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Also talked about is what goes into developing an industry leading ECU, what functions EMtron is bringing to the aftermarket world such as 'Geo Fencing' and 'Throttle Mass Flow'. Scott also gives us insight into the future for EMtron, what sort of development path is the ECU brand heading towards and what potential new products are in the pipeline.

Aug 27, 2021
003: 1400whp World Record Setter | The 'Gringotegra' - Myles Kerr.
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Andre & Tim talk with Myles Kerr from English Racing, a performance workshop developing high performance and world record breaking custom builds who's work has previously featured on our YouTube channel.

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We will dive into what Myles' does is at English Racing to help make sure customers are realistic of the demands of a high performance build for the street and or track, and how he transitioned from a customer service role to building his own 1400WHP Honda Integra.

Myles' 'Gringotegra' is far from any normal Integra, with 1400WHP, a 4WD conversion and many other modifications. We talk reliability issues such a build presents and how he manages to overcome them in order to daily drive this insane Integra.

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Also touched on is tuning philosophies around half mile drag racing and how they manage torque management on a 2WD vs 4WD cars. Another point discussed is how much harder on the engine is a half mile drag race compared to a quarter mile drag race.

Aug 19, 2021
002: V8 Supercar Race Engineering Secrets - Sam Potter.
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We’re talking ‘taxi racing’, aka V8 Supercars, Australasia’s premier professional motorsport series in the first ever episode of the ‘Tuned In’ podcast.

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Tickford Racing engineer Sam Potter talks about what being a race engineer involves, how Formula SAE gave him the interest to become one and general topics on his experience in the V8 Supercars and motorsport in general.Data/math channels, vertical load variations, Formula SAE/Formula Student, 2020 V8 Supercar data rule changes, 3D printed parts and much much more are discussed in this comprehensive interview.

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Think we missed a great topic? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll cover it for you in the future.

Aug 12, 2021
001: EFI At 14,000ft | The Equivalent Of Tuning Halfway Up Mt Everest - Shane T.
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3000HP+ 4 cylinder drag cars, EKanoo's World Record breaking 5 second door slammer, LMP3-turned-Pikes Peak  hill climbers, 460mph++ land speeders, the list goes on and on, and this is only a portion of what Shane Tecklenburg, aka Shane T of '@TunedByShaneT' is and has been involved with throughout his career.

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Let's dive into some of this along with how his career really got rolling leading to his involvement in projects like this and so much more leading Shane to be one of the most passionate and pointed people we know in the industry.

Also discussed are some of the specific challenges of tuning a car to race at Pikes Peak international hill climb which see's competitors finishing at over 14,000ft. That's high enough for aircraft to require the use of oxygen in the cabin.

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NOTE: Some scientists claim swearing can be a sign of intelligence, and if they used Shane as a subject we'd say they're right, so be warned Shane has a 'diverse' vocabulary that may be unsuitable if you're still convinced that your children will never hear such words or use swear words themselves 😅

Aug 05, 2021