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    Default 'Twas the night before Christmas...

    'Twas the night before Christmas,
    and all through the house,
    not a creature was Hooning,
    not even a mouse...

    ... When all of a sudden, there arose such a clatter...

    Our second annual traditional Christmas Eve Caterham ride.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpLYOUd_v5g

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoHOJ2h0CDI

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    At least you kept it under the speed limit and avoided excessive wind Chill. Hope to see it out on track at NJMP with us next year. So DON"T blow up this engine!! Merry Christmas. Tom
    Mangia bene, Ridi spesso, Ama molto, Guidare veloce

    2000 Caterham Superlight #123
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    2009 Caterham SV
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    Geez you're slow John - its Christmas already for me!
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec

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    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
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    Sandy Hook??
    I didn't know anyone was in the area

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    I'll try not to blow this one up!
    See you guys at NJMP, or sooner if anyone's up for a local drive.
    Happy 2018!

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    Is this the John B that purchased my blue WCM S2K???
    2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe, turbocharged. 6 speed DCT, 2,440 lbs, 320 hp
    1982 Porsche 930 "Flachbau" with Kremer 935 "Le Mans" slopenose, built G50 trans, supercharged 964 motor, 2,500 lbs, 425 hp

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    2004 Ultralite S2K, Honda S2000 drivetrain, transverse & differential braces, twin-pump anti-surge fuel cell, Mugen baffled oil sump, Canton oil accumulator
    2007 Backdraft Racing Roadster, Roush 402, race suspension, big Wilwood brake kit
    2008 Lotus Exige S2, Proalloy Chargecooler, 346 hp
    1993 Caterham, 1.8 liter Cosworth
    1991 Caterham, 1.7 liter crossflow
    1995 Mazda RX-7
    1987 Dodge Shelby Charger, turbocharged,
    Yokohamas
    1976 Triumph TR-6, Paris blue
    1963 Mini-Cooper S 1071 cc
    1964 Jaguar XKE drophead coupe, BRG with sea green interior

    ". . . breakin' up is hard to do" Neil Sedaka


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce K View Post
    Is this the John B that purchased my blue WCM S2K???
    Not me, but I'd be curious how you got your Alfa 4C up to 320 hp. I really wanted to get one and went for a test drive and liked everything about it except the power.

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    Default 4C power upgrades and more

    ​My 4C has the Eurocomplusion Stage 2 full ECU (separate, adjustable ECU), plus Stage 2 intake, Magnasport Corsa exhaust (wider pipe, resonator delete, shorter paths) and Brisk plugs (hotter, longer spark). This configuration is good for 320 HP or more per Chris at Eurocompulsion, but my denim dyno tells me about 300. Dynomometering a 4C requires a custom 4-wheel design - sensors in the Alfa front wheels read the speed differential vis-a-vis the rears, and immediately shut the car down into a limp-home mode. Since Eurocompulsion is just now installing such a custom dyno, how do they know the actual output of their Stage 2 package? Good question. Was it computed? Not sure. But a big power increase is evident. In addition to power, the Stage2 ECU reduces the fuel pedal lag time (the throttle is drive-by-wire) and a multitude of other performance upgrades - you can visit the Eurocompulsion website for many additional details. A Stage 3 package will be introduced in the Spring. The Stage 3 package will have been tested on their new dyno, per Chris. Stage 3 will be more expensive and will probably deliver around 350 HP without diving inside the motor. Various sources estimate the safe power output of the 1.7 liter long block to be in the range of 350 to 400 HP. I intend to stay at the lower end of that range.

    I am now installing upgraded sway bars, substituting heims and links for the sway bar bushings, installing
    tighter urethane bushings into the rear lower a-arms, adding about 2" to the track with spacers, and adding blocks to the front end that permit much greater negative camber and toe-in. I'll let everybody know how it turns out. Alfa below is my color (Rosso Corso), but not my car - I thought the Euro stradale look was cool!
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    Last edited by Bruce K; 02-25-2018 at 10:12 PM.
    2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe, turbocharged. 6 speed DCT, 2,440 lbs, 320 hp
    1982 Porsche 930 "Flachbau" with Kremer 935 "Le Mans" slopenose, built G50 trans, supercharged 964 motor, 2,500 lbs, 425 hp

    EX:
    2004 Ultralite S2K, Honda S2000 drivetrain, transverse & differential braces, twin-pump anti-surge fuel cell, Mugen baffled oil sump, Canton oil accumulator
    2007 Backdraft Racing Roadster, Roush 402, race suspension, big Wilwood brake kit
    2008 Lotus Exige S2, Proalloy Chargecooler, 346 hp
    1993 Caterham, 1.8 liter Cosworth
    1991 Caterham, 1.7 liter crossflow
    1995 Mazda RX-7
    1987 Dodge Shelby Charger, turbocharged,
    Yokohamas
    1976 Triumph TR-6, Paris blue
    1963 Mini-Cooper S 1071 cc
    1964 Jaguar XKE drophead coupe, BRG with sea green interior

    ". . . breakin' up is hard to do" Neil Sedaka


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    Thanks Bruce, That's sweet!

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