Vegas Drift once again put on a great practice event at the LVM Speedway. Good times with some great people.
There was a team tandem mini-comp which Yao and Gray competed in. Team 4-Banger ended up coming out on top. Team members of Team 4-banger were Edwin Anguilar, Bobby Genson, and Mark Tecson.
Photo Cred: Dino Child
Was also a great event to shake down Yao’s RedVelvet13. Found some issues which are about to be taken care of, but here are some pics from the event. Big thanks to all the media that comes out and takes photos and videos.
Photo Cred: Dino Child, Teri Yach, Kristoff Lutchman
Vegas Drift ProAM Round 3 was another great event put on by Vegas Drift. Yao was competing, but due to some technical issues, was not able to participate in the competition. Here is a shot from the event with (from left to right) Rob Gray, Erik Elder, and Zach “Yao” Hitchcox.
The problems with Yao’s car are minimal and will be back up and running for the May 4th Vegas Drift practice event teamed up with Import Face Off.
Yao’s 1JZ GTE had some issues with the clutch recently. After closer inspection, we realized that the clutch needed to be taken out and reinstalled to verify integrity. So the WHOLE motor had to come out just to get to the tranny (tight fit!). JSFab came over to the house and busted his ass getting this motor in and out in one night. Clutch feels amazing now, and there shouldn’t be any problems with that.
While the motor was out, might as well do some upgrades! JSFab also hooked it up on a steering rack relocation to make sure there is no binding at high angles. Can’t wait to get this car out on the track. After the wiring problem is fixed, its dorifto time!
I haven’t put a update here on a while. This is the new progress of my 1JZ GTE build in my S13. Wiring is in progress right now and we are looking like a weekend start time if the stars align. Look for a start up video and hopefully a tune video in the near future.
Forest Wang (Get Nutz! Garage) – Full roll cage, chassis reinforcement with stitching, 1jz engine/tranny mounts angle kit, and engine bay tubs.
Jesse Hanna – The 1JZ assembly and build, full fuel cell system, AN line creation, bash bar (future), oil cooler setup, exhaust build, and intercooler pipping.
So it has been a while since Yao has put a update out on his build. This build has been going for a while now and is almost near completion! Here are the pictures for the update. All the new fabrication and installation was done by Las Vegas’ Jesse Hanna. This includes the rear bash setup, fuel cell system, motor, etc. The cage, stitch welding, tubs, and 1JZ mounts were done by Forest Wang @ Get Nutz Laboratories here in Las Vegas. The car is looking like it’s going to be a monster and hopefully will have this thing put together and tuned within the next month.
We really tried to make this car dynamic in terms of being reliable and easy to fix. We went Vband on pretty much everything and all of the hoses and turbo clamps will be held on with Vibrant connectors and tbolt clamps.
Just a few pictures of the engine bay as it sits. The chase Bays brake booster eliminator works very well, no mods to the intake mani!