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So I got hired by a racing team (not F1 lol) to build a track car
26th February 2011, 6:04 at 6:04 am #128964
It’s not an F1 team but I’m building a car for the Indian National Saloon Class category. This is India’s topmost championship and it’s awesome really :D
We’re called Tiger Racing (dedicated to the declining population of tigers in India) and this is our first year of participation. It is pretty surreal to be able to buy and use parts and machinery that you wouldn’t even dream of using in your own life. Perhaps one day, but definitely not at 23 years of age :)
We are building a Honda engine. Naturally aspirated 1.5l. Questions or anything else welcomed :)26th February 2011, 9:52 at 9:52 am #162212
Nice one! Congratulations :) When does the race/series start?26th February 2011, 13:08 at 1:08 pm #162213
Congratulations Cynaide! You must be delighted. How did this come about? Best of luck for the season and please let us know how you’re getting on from time to time :)26th February 2011, 13:27 at 1:27 pm #162214
best of luck, hope your team does well.26th February 2011, 15:47 at 3:47 pm #162215
wow this is really cool best of luck after all you have the best job in the world being a Racing driver it would be so cool love the oppotunity one day maby one day :)26th February 2011, 21:55 at 9:55 pm #162216
Sounds very nice, let me know if you need an intern in about a year!27th February 2011, 19:26 at 7:26 pm #162217
Thanks guys :)
The season starts in mid-June. However, the parts to build the engine should be ready by mid-March and then we start building the car and the engine, then tuning it on the dyno before putting it on the track and doing a lot of testing.
The target is to make around 220 bhp from an inline 1.5L (1493cc to be exact) motor. Doesn’t sound like a lot but trust me, it’s going to be bloody difficult extracting that much out of a production engine. The rules say that the engine block, head and tranny casing has to be of Indian make, so we cannot just import an engine and plonk it in. We are working with what’s available here.
@Revlimiter1: Not a driver lol, I’m the assistant technical head.
The chief is my mentor and I’ve been working with him for the past 1 year to bring some awesome stuff to Indian shores. He has engine building experience but not with Hondas while I have a huge amount of knowledge regarding Honda engines; so it kind of works out nicely.
@Steph: Kind of funny really. I was just browsing around on an international Honda forum and bumped into some guy from India. I’ve never really seen Indian guys there so I sort of helped him out with some basic stuff about engine identification, etc. Turned out to be one of India’s most famous bike tuners who was just getting into cars and had bought a Honda lol. We exchanged a lot of knowledge before he invited me to fly down to his place and help with his engine build. We built a kickass motor that was then demoed to the current team owner who contracted him.27th February 2011, 21:46 at 9:46 pm #162218
Best wishes!28th February 2011, 13:05 at 1:05 pm #162219
@cyanide oh right haha thats still a cool job but id rather be in the hot seat giving engineers feedback on how the car feels and stuff would be ausome lol :)28th February 2011, 13:40 at 1:40 pm #162220
Just about the coolest job next to doing F1, Cyanide. Great news, keep us informed and good luck with the building and the racing as well.
Like how you got in touch, shows that being nice can really pay off at least sometimes!28th February 2011, 19:23 at 7:23 pm #162222
Yea man, it makes me happy and justifies my giving away information for free. I’m in a very small minority in my country since most people who tune cars for money would rather keep everything a secret.
The plan is to do a couple of seasons in India and thrash the competition, then see what options I have available outside. We are one of 2 teams running a Honda chassis and Honda engine. If our calculations are right, we should be able to walk over the competition. But there is far too much politics here to encourage any growth and I’d rather move to a more welcoming place/country when I get the chance. Maybe Keith can get me in contact with Stefano Domenicali or Martin Whitmarsh one day hahaha.
@Revlimiter1: Lol, wouldn’t we all? :) I hope to make some money and run my own team in the next 2-4 years and drive the car. But it’s way too expensive. We even have to import race fuel from the US which costs a huge amount.
To share more info, me and my boss were talking on the phone yesterday. We are setting up the car in such a way that we will be able to remap the ECU while sitting in the pitlane during the race. So if we are running short on fuel, we can change the mapping from the pitlane and make the engine use less fuel. A few fast laps? Up the revlimit and change the mapping again. This is something that isn’t done in India by anyone yet, and we should be the first to do this. We’re probably going to run traction control too, but that system is just in the discussion stage and one of our electrical engineer friends might be consulted once we’re in advanced stages. All this using a 60 dollar ECU that we picked up from a used Honda Civic :) When the season ends, we will be marketing the same parts for the general public.1st March 2011, 0:13 at 12:13 am #162223
Wow, that’s super cool! Well, I hope for the best of luck this season, keep us updated!!!1st March 2011, 10:52 at 10:52 am #162224
@cyanide Yeah having your own team that would be epic, hey remember to give me a call if you need a driver ;), and I know what you mean me and my dad looked into the ginetta g50 cup that follows the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) and it was going to be like £150’000 with just a season not forgetting buying a team lorry, travel costs, if I crash that will cost, engineers Etc, it is expensive but I’ll do it one day might need you to help me out on the Engineering side :)maby even a promotion and u might get in the hot seat for driver 2 lol, its all a dream at the minute though but that doesnt mean its not possible.26th June 2011, 9:56 at 9:56 am #162225
Just an update! We missed the first race of the season due to missing some critical parts that were still on the way to India (flywheels, camshaft). The next race is on the 16th and 17th of July and we are set. Our times look promising and we are expected to line up in the first 2 rows on the grid. We’ve also scored high-octane gas and custom-built some amazing prototype parts that will be going on the car during our first race.
The 19th and 20th of November, the penultimate round of the championship will be held at the Buddha International track that’s going to hold the Indian GP :). Should be awesome.26th June 2011, 14:33 at 2:33 pm #162226
Shame but looks like you’ll be in there or thereabouts :)
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