Our President/CEO Scott Z travelled to Atlanta for the SCCA American Road Race Championship this past wekeend. Scott was there to support and perform Crew Chief duties for long-time King race customers Bob & Joe Moser.
Scott decided to keep everyone updated with pics and tweets from his Android smartphone. Here are his travelogue pics!
Trip off to a slow start - flight to Atlanta delayed in Milwaukee.
The laptop faithfully doling out ARRC info while waiting for the flight to board.
First stop on every Road Atlanta excursion.
Welcome to Road Atlanta.
Hurry up and wait...
Wet and cold @ Road Atlanta
All calm before the first session.
On the false grid. The Miatas are favored to win. We'll see about that...
Night falls at the track.
Joe does his post-race interview.
2010 ARRC ITA Podium Finishers.
A jubilant Joe Moser after his hard-fought win.
** We just got this note and review from John Hinrichs - Thanks John! **
This afternoon I was able to take my CR-Z out for its first fun drive since I picked it up from KMS. I've driven 30 minutes home, eaten dinner, made myself comfortable on my couch and there is still a big goofy grin on my face. As much as i love the car itself, I have to give credit for this persistent smile to the Mugen suspension and exhaust you installed.
The factory suspension on the CR-Z was skewed to the comfort side. Nice for running up and down the interstate, but when it came to corners the car would roll to the outside before it set into the turn. With the Mugen system the car just turns in.
Before I set off, I set all four shocks to 5 (full hard). On the way to my choice bit of road, an area of backroads just south of Friess Lake, I rode over miles of lumpy concrete highways, chewed up blacktop side roads, and more than a few potholes. The Mugen suspension let me know exactly what kind of surface I was on, but it was never harsh or abrupt.
The roads I set out to drive are not the newest. A patched, narrow, blacktop ring of roads that wind around and over the wooded hills of the area -- including a beautifully tight little switchback (which is a rare thing in southeastern Wisconsin). The car just devoured it, staying flat and collected throughout. Even in places where the corners were pieced together and uneven, the tires were held down tight, following the rough pavement without any hint of the skittishness that comes with a tire bouncing over the bumps I knew were there.
After driving the 7 mile loop once in each direction, I pulled over to set the shocks to full soft. Five minutes later I was driving the loop for a third time just to listen to my car. The stock exhaust note isn't non-existent, and the Mugen system isn't overly loud (I don't get complaints from the neighbors when I get called out to work at 2am like i do with my CRX), it just dials up the bass a couple notches. In the last few weeks of commuting it has never been intrusive or droning. I didn't even have to adjust the volume on the stereo. But on these roads, full throttle from 4k to 6k RPM, the sound echoing off the trees was incredible. It makes me want to find a tunnel just to listen.
Oh, and in regular highway driving I'm up 2 MPG since the new exhaust was installed. Win/win.
Thanks for everything,
Review and announcement by Scott Zellner, President & CEO of King Motorsports and SCCA Road Racing Champion:
In stock form, Honda's new CR-Z is both under-dampened and softly sprung. This combination really masks the sporting characteristics of the CR-Z.
The Mugen 5-Way Adjustable Suspension Kit was designed with both street and occasional track use in mind. The result is a more controlled ride with much less lean, dive and squat. Each damper adjustment changes both the compression and rebound calibrations so you can tailor the suspension for any driving environment.
The average ride height reduction is 1” front and rear for an aggressive stance, lower center of gravity, and better aerodynamics. This kit comes pre-assembled which makes installation quick and easy.
This kit is without a doubt the best handling upgrade you can make to your new CR-Z.
King Motorsports is proud to be the sole provider of these Mugen CR-Z suspension kits in North America. They will be in-house and ready to ship the first week of November.
Follow us on Twitter (@KingMotorsports) or Facebook to be the first to know!
In the meantime, be sure to download our exclusive Mugen/King CR-Z wallpapers.
Ride along as we take the yet-to-be-released Mugen CR-Z Exhaust System out on the open roads outside our shop!
This video compares the sound and performance of the OEM exhaust against the stainless Mugen system. You'll get a great look at the distinctive triangular-shaped exhaust tip that Mugen designed for this system.
> IN CAR OEM Exhaust: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gear / WOT
> IN CAR OEM Exhaust: 4th Gear Roll On / WOT / 40mph-70mph
> IN CAR Mugen Exhaust: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gear / WOT
> IN CAR Mugen Exhaust: 3rd Gear Roll On / Partial Throttle / 30mph-60mph
> BEHIND CAR Mugen Exhaust: Exterior Startup, Rev, Pullaway
> DRIVE BY Mugen Exhaust
Unleash the GRRR in your CR-Z -- shipping soon from King Motorsports!
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