Dell Equallogic GOTO:Racing GT-R Impresses at Super Lap Battle Against Steep Competition

November 12th, 2009

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If you guys have been keeping up with the GOTO:Racing time attack Nissan GT-R build over on NAGTROC you’d have heard about their recent testing and tuning successes.

Thanks to a new tune, the car is now making a mammoth 787hp at the wheels and 721 lb/ft of torque. The Super Lap Battle was the perfect opportunity to see how well the GT-R could make use of the new power.

The guys @ GOTO:Racing have written up their drama filled experiences so I’ll hand over to them, don’t forget to click through the jump to read the whole thing…

The GOTO:Racing crew had a busy mid week event overcoming some serious issues to bring home a very respectable lap time at Buttonwillow Raceway at the Super Lap Battle. The event started with with some semi serious technical problems, and progressed into a very serious technical problem. The first session out Brian Lock, lead driver for GOTO:Racing, reported major clutch slip, bad enough that the car could not be driven at speed. Upon the cars arrival in the pit lane fire was seen under the hood of the car as the heat shielding of a turbo line was smoldering. To make matter worse, Brian also reported that the car was getting serious rear brake lockup, and the car was way off pace.

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Source: NAGTROC
Images: GOTO:Racing Website

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The crew went to work. A quick run over to the AMS paddock was made and some more heat shielding was aquired. A big thanks to AMS for the track support of their amazing turbos! After some tricky work (the turbos are not the easiest thing to get to in a GT-R when the motor is in) the fire problem was fixed. Tim Bailey from COBB Surgline sent us some new maps to try on the car with manipulated load readings to try to get the clutches to engage harder.

The GT-R headed back out on track for its second session on the 22 psi map. Time to find out what the transmission would take on track and if the dyno tune would be good under harsh conditions. Everything worked perfectly, the power delivery was nothing short of flawless, and Brian was getting some hot laps. The fun would not last though as going through the sweaper the transmission cooler line split in two and pumped out about 6 quarts of Willall all over the car. It was a mess like you could not imagine, the entire inside of the car dripping with oil. Unfortunately for budget reason GOTO:Racing did not have enough spare Willall on hand to refill the transmission, and the rest of the day was lost.

After a drive to LA and a lot of hard dirty work by the crew, the car was cleaned up and filled with new fluid and ready for the competition for the next day. The crew did not sleep well though with the big question hanging in the air, is the transmission damaged? Brian also had a lot on his mind, could he actually get this pig of a car to handle the tight, bumpy, and technical Buttonwillow track? Thankfully one of GOTO:Racing’s amazing parts sponsors was on hand, Brian Hise from JRZ USA, and gave some input into the setup. Some drastic measures were taken which included sway bar adjustment, ride height change, and shock change. Everything would be known in the morning.

Race day and everyone was on pins and needles when the car went out for warm-up. “Transmission is perfect! Car is handling a lot better, I can acutally brake now,” reported Brian. The Dell Equallogic GT-R went on the set 3rd fastest time in the morning session, and set 4’th fastest time in class in the first timed session at a 1:49.3. This time was done on the 19 psi map. “I was on the ragged edge, I got everything I could out of the chassis this session,” Brian remarked after the first timed session, “we need to try to run the 22 psi map and hope we can put the power down.”

Unfortunately the chassis and brake development is a little behind the amazing power plant of the GT-R, and the fastest time would stand from the first session. Out of tires, and out of ideas other than take 1100 lbs out of the car to get down to our competitors weight, the decision was made to save the car for Redline Time Attack the coming weekend. “California Speedway will suit this car much better than Buttonwillow,” commented Steve Lock, crew chief for GOTO:Racing, “We get to use our Hoosier R100 full slick, which will put us back on par tire wise with the teams running C91’s, and the track is all about power, which we have plenty of.”

GOTO:Racing will be hard at work at HB Speed prepping the car for Fontana. With a solid result pulled out of a rough event, the crew looks forward to a podium finish in Southern California.

GOTO:Racing would like to thanks its Sponsors…

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  1. | #1

    By the photograph and the feeling of speed you can imagine a good start for the Southern California race. It looks quite hot and GOTO racing should be justifiably proud. Good luck and look out California Speedway!

  2. Ken Smallwood
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    I’m a fasttrack rider “knee dragger” and I work for Dell for EQL I never seen your car before! are you a Dell employee?

    Ken

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