It has been a few weeks since we modified the Stealth Bomber, so let’s get into what has been done in the past month. In the plate category, we switched to California’s 1960’s Retro Black Plate program with a personalized plate, matching the black paint quite nicely.
Internally we continued the blackout program with a refurbishment of the extra wide brake pedal using Rustoleum textured black paint and grip tape, the addition of a GT500 dead pedal with black grip tape, blackout sills using Plasti-Dip, blackout cup holders, and the return of the MOMO MOD-88 wheel, this time with working horn and turn signal cancellation!
Externally we took the “go big or go home” mantra to heart and stepped up to a set of 18×10.5 ET45 Rotiform (model unknown) wheels, wrapped in used Bridgestone RE-71R’s in 275/35/18 sizing. Somebody took our sign to heart! The grip is astounding and we can’t wait to see what the Stealth Bomber will do out on the track!
The San Diego region of the SCCA started it’s 2016 season early, with the first event kicking off on the 10th of January. We headed out with the Stealth Bomber to see what times we could put down. The week before had been quite wet, so we were planning for a slip n’ slide at Qualcomm Stadium. We ended up with a dry course for our afternoon run group. The Bomber was set up in street configuration, running -1* camber and zero toe on the Nankang Noble Sport NS-20 275/35/18 street tires mounted on our AVID.1 AV-06 18×9.5” wheels. The changes to the car since the December event were adding a little bit more anti-squat in the rear, utilising one bolt hole lower of our Steeda adjustable lower control arm brackets. Additionally, we swapped out the GT500 wheel for the MOMO MOD88 racing wheel.
Our competition in CAM-C consisted of a 2015 Camaro SS Vert, a 2013 Camaro SS 1LE, a 2005 Mustang GT, and a 2002 Mustang GT. The course was complex, with a few off-camber transitions and a Costco-sized Chicago box at the end. After a very intense battle between us, the Camaro Vert, and the 2005 Mustang, we managed to put in a third place time of 66.648 seconds. The 2005 Mustang secured first with a 64.698, and the Camaro Vert stole second from our grasp with a 65.032. The rest of the field was seconds behind with times in the 67’s. In comparison, the CAM-T group had winning times in the high 63’s running on 200tw Bridgestone RE-71R’s.
The podium finish was hard-fought, but demonstrates that more work is needed for the 2016 season. All three podium finishers were not on the 200tw minimum that is standard for a competitive CAM-C car, with both the Stealth Bomber and the 2005 Mustang running treadwear in the 300 range. We hope to have a new tire setup locked in by this weekend, to bring the heat to CAM-C, as well as give the CAM-T group night tremors.