Crossing the line at 195.7 mph in Oct 2009 was not good enough for Team Vivid. As their first time competing at the famous Texas Mile, the crew from Vivid Racing were happy, but not satisfied. With the next event scheduled for March 26, 2010, this is their story of how in 20 days they will prep their Porsche 997 car to break 200 mph.
Starting March 6th, they will chronicle their updates with pictures, video, and more including live coverage of the event. Make sure to follow them on Twitter @VividRacingCom for exclusive updates.
So the Story Starts...
With about 800hp to the crank, we were sure we could be 200mph and would be coming home superstars. We fell short of that mark by 4mph due to a couple of reasons that we will remedy shortly. The first major change will be aerodynamics. There is an obvious reason Porsche spends millions on designing their cars the way they do. Just cause it looks cool, does not mean it is functional. For most of us, that does not matter as we almost never get over 100mph or at most 150mph for fun. But when you are chugging down the strip trying to break records, aerodynamics means everything. Although the Vorsteiner carbon fiber front and rear bumpers are aesthetically pleasing, they are not doing the trick. The front bumper has large side radiator pockets that catch air slowing it down. When running these blocked off, improvements were seen, but cooling abilities lessen. As well, the rear bumper with the straight pipes acted like a parachute catching air. The rear bumper could be modified, but for the sake of our goals, we are going back to stock. The front bumper will have the Agency Power OEM like front lip spoiler on it and the rear bumper will get a complete custom aluminum rear diffuser from the plastic under tray back. This will help eliminate any air flow issues we might have had before. Like our previous attempts, we will remove the carbon wing blade and leave trunk lid with GT2 style inlets to help force air into the engine bay for cooling.
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