For a 5-person company designing and building cars completely from scratch and going against top-level international competition, I’m proud of our record. Especially considering that two of the five podium finishes were class wins. My previous post may have sounded a bit negative but that’s because I set my goals and the expectation of myself and the team very high. We shoot for the sun, so a walk on the moon feels like coming up short sometimes. But then I look at the big picture and see what it is we have done. We walk on the moon a lot. And then I see how much more I still want to do. More
All the work, preparation, testing, trials and tribulations come down to this. One run up the Mountain.
Today was pretty relaxed – we got to ‘sleep in’ (I actually still woke up at 2:30 am but was able to go back to sleep till about 6-ish). After an actual breakfast and loading things like rain tires into the trailer we headed up the Mountain. More
Today is the final test day and we’re on the upper section again, at 13,000 feet. Turned out to be a powerful reminder of how fast the conditions on the Mountain can change. It started with clear starry sky and spectacular sunrise. More
Yesterday we gathered some data which indicates we need to tweak the ECU map a bit. The cabin we’re staying at is rustic so we can’t do much mechanical work here, but electronics/software is fair game. After waiting out the hottest part of the day, and the subsequent hailstorm, we opened up the trailer and got the tweaks done. Didn’t take long and we were all set for today’s testing.
Based on the data gathered from testing (mostly AFR and boost levels) I tweaked the ECU map and programmed one of our two ECUs with it. We have two in case something goes wrong with programming, and also to be able to switch between two programs just by plugging in one or the other. Today is qualifying, on the lower section. More
This is our fourth year and still there are countless unknowns. The Mountain is famous for throwing challenges at competitors. On top of that, the D2TT is a brand new car and the D1PPS has some engine tuning changes that need to be verified and/or adjusted. So going up the Mountain at 4 am still entailed some anxiety.
The first official activities of the race are done – both cars have passed tech and are ready for testing tomorrow morning. More
Yes, we’re back at Pikes Peak this year. The effort has already been quite eventful and full of stress and drama, I just haven’t documented it yet.
The reason for the late start on the blog is that until recently (like two days ago) we weren’t fully certain we were going to be here. There are two of our cars running this year, which I’ll go into shortly, but one is a full customer effort with a brand-new twin turbo D2 and didn’t require our presence. The other, Rodney’s D1PPS from last year, was a last minute decision and I’ll go into that too. Then it was ‘GO’ and everything was last-minute rush and no time for posts.