After our last race in early 2014 , we have been absent from Sanddrag circuit due to SCSDA organization change in racing location and personal injury . We had some unfinished business in Soboba and will miss that race track !! During this time off, the car was evaluated !! After extreme theorizing, decided to re-engineered chassis and drive train and will start using the Pauter GEN-2 heads along with some new small components . We also been involved in the Dave Perkins VW Pro-Mod testing and development and look forward to racing in the asphalt . Here is a go-pro video from the 2015 Bugorama in Phoenix AZ,
**Looking forward to race at Victorville in Oct. 2-4 , and Nov.6-8
Introducing the sister of Pauter’s 4.250 modular cylinder platform: the 4.0 Modular AC-HSP with a stud pattern based on the AutoCraft / Scat, 4.000” cylinder x 112mm bore centers, specifically engineered for high cylinder pressure applications. The benefit of a modular platform is to stop the head from flexing over the normal spigot design under high cylinder pressures. The stainless O-rings sandwich the gasket into the receiving groove on top of the sleeve, which provides optimum seal. When torqued, the sleeves are clamped in place by the flange upper and lower surfaces. The heads will require modifications and installation of a stainless O-ring. The bottom base of the modular unit contains O-rings which eliminates the need for additional sealers. The one piece gasket is comprised of high grade copper.
Dome Valley Race Recap: Q1 – No run attempted due to late track arrival.
Q2 – 2.87 / 109.76, 1.139 @ 60′, car was set up soft and adjusted to atmospheric and track conditions. New components met or exceeded our expectations. After reviewing the data, clutch slip was more than preferred and was found to have aborted the pass slightly early. Track was bouncy at top end, but an overall good start for the weekend.
Q3 – 2.83 / 113.5, 1.143 @ 60′, we experimented and installed different set of Crower clutch levers and proved to have been good choice.
Q4 – 2.80 / 111.81, 1.110 @ 60′, stepped up nitro percentage 5% aborted and lifted at about 90/95 yards due to very odd bouncing and hopping, shortly after settling from a mid track wheelie.
E1,E2 – bye runs
Final round – Facing the top qualifier in class and had us covered by 7 hundredths. No changes to the car this time around, just focusing and hoping for good reaction along with full pass. 2.81/110.54 on 1.13 @ 60′ with .449 reaction time for the win over an outstanding 2.68 by Robert Skidmore who unfortunately red-lighted. Also, unfortunately for us, the car quit at approximately 2.5 seconds (25/30 yards) from finish due to a broken camshaft! Ooops…
Because the Pauter/Tavares team was short couple of crew members this race, responsibilities and tasks were shifted slightly. We learned a couple of things, barbecued carne assada with some clients and friends from Michigan, and had a great time. We’d like to thank all our sponsors and supporters: Pauter, Tavares Enterprises, TurboSmart, TurbosDirect, Financial Strategies Inc. “FSI”, Crower, and CompTurbo.
Dome Valley will be first race of the year for Pauter/Tavares race team. We’re always taking the Pauter Big Block program to next level in terms of performance and reliability, and learning something new every race is very important to our team. We have encountered some valve train issues as of late (retainer and keeper area) since using a 2 step rev. limiter (ignition cut) for launching, and more so as we dropped engine RPM from the original starting point of 7500 rpm to 6500 rpm. We use the MSD 44-AMP magneto with MSD Power Grid system and it’s been an excellent addition to our level of performance and consistency. Another new addition to our program is use of the Turbosmart Blow Off Valve.