New Power Commander 5 install video for 2012-13 ZX-14R models. Two more additional install videos should be finished and uploaded by the end of this week. (Quickshifter install and Ignition Module install.) Both installations will be on the 2012 ZX-14R. Stay tuned.
After a few months of preparation by the motorcycle tuning aces at Camarillo, California-based Jett Tuning, our Honda CBR600RR project racer was finally ready to hit the racetrack. We raced it last September with the WERA Motorcycle Racing club at Southern California’s Auto Club Speedway. Here are some concise notes regarding the performance aspects of the machine with an in-depth reviews coming soon:
ENGINE POWER / TUNEABILITY: While the CBR600RR has some serious mid-range ‘oomph for a 600cc Inline Four, it doesn’t generate an abundance of peak power. In an effort to get a little more juice, without breaking the piggy bank, we fitted a Yoshimura RS-5 Full Exhaust (stainless-steel header and mid-pipe, carbon fiber muffler). The fuel-injection and ignition timing maps were then modified via a Dynojet Power Commander V. We also poured in a few gallons of VP Racing Fuel’s new nostril burning MR12 race gas.
The difference compared to a stocker was considerable with the engine offering more pull at all rpm. Top-end power still wasn’t spectacular as it flattened out toward redline, however it generated power evenly with lots of over-rev—giving the rider some leeway. I was also amazed with the level engine tune-ability courtesy of the Power Commander. With it installed you can tune zero, two, five, 15, 20, 40, 60, and 100-degree throttle angle openings as well as every 250 rpm. Only problem is that you need a person capable of inputting the right numbers in the right tables on the computer screen and that’s where Jett Tuning comes in to play. It’s crazy how quickly, owner John Ethell, can modify the maps. Like I’m talking about less a couple minutes right at the track. I guess it’s no surprise as Ethell has wrenched for some of the greatest pro racers ever including Miguel Duhamel, Ben Bostrom, Jake Zemke and Nicky Hayden just to name a few.
We tested a lot of maps during practice and got the bike’s fueling and throttle response dialed-in to perfection come race time which was impressive considering we had some fuel overeating problems due to the 110-plus degree ambient temperature (more on that later).
Up North Sled TV Project Yamaha Nytro Part 2 testing results from adding a Dynojet PowerCommander V, K & N air filter, Barkers exhaust and Schmidt Brothers Racing clutch kit on a 2009 Yamaha Nytro.
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So here we are, October 2011 and Dynojet/F&L Racing still holds the record for the fastest Open wheel Motorcycle at 206mph. One of the first things I thought when we broke the record was “how long will it last? I sure hope a long time”. But on the other hand I was always hoping for someone to come up and challenge it. I have been asked over and over when are you going back and my normal reply is “Why? We have the record, why go out and tear up the equipment to better ourselves? “ Some guys that go to Bonneville feel a draw or need to return over and over again and personally I don’t have that. Maybe it is because technically the record came pretty easy for us. We broke records on our first outing and reached our ultimate goal of going over 200mph a year later. Some guys have been out there 10+ years trying to break a record. My drive comes from competition. There have been a few teams that have gone after our record the last couple years only to come up very short. During every event I would check the daily stats wondering if we needed to get the crew together but it never came. Until Speedweek of 2011. Paul Powell Performance with rider James Hight came awefully close! Actually they took one of our records set at 187mph. They upped the ante to 201mph in the MPS-BG class which is very close to our 206mph and got our wheels rolling. With World Finals in less than 2 weeks it is very likely that they may surpass us and unfortunately we can not make it this year. The bike is ready, the team is ready but logistics are keeping me away. Which leads me to why I am writing this blog.
Dynojet has decided to build another project bike. Actually this all started back in 2008 when our bike was stolen. At that time we had another CBR600RR 2007 model, that we started to transform into a LSR bike as we thought for sure we would never see our beloved 2003 model again. We didn’t get to far along in the project when the 2003 was recovered and if you read the earlier posts you know the rest of that story. But on to new challenges. With many of the parts lying around and 10 months until SpeedWeek now is the time to get going. A few calls to our loyal sponsors and some begging from some others and the engine is ready to go together.
Thanks to Orient Express for giving us the “good guy deal” on the Carillo Rods and CP Pistons. We had these built up custom instead of using off the shelf units like last time for increased longevity. Louie from L&L motorsports built up the custom exhaust header and will be doing more fabrication on this project once we get the engine back together. IHI turbo is on board again and sent us the same unit we used on the other bike. Actually we may go to a bigger unit. I am looking for 20+lbs of boost on this model which should get us in the 275hp range!
Did anyone make a knobbie tire yet that will go over 200mph!
Frank Wrathall ended his maiden season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on a high note at Silverstone today, confirmed as the championship’s top rookie and also as the BTCC fans’ favourite driver of 2011.
Not only that, but the Dynojet Racing Toyota driver put in the performance of the day to storm from 25th on the grid in the championship finale through to ninth place at the chequered flag in a virtuoso display on his way to claiming his second top-10 finish of the weekend.
Frank, 25, went into the last of the day’s three races buoyed by having received the BTCC.net Forum Fans Trophy in recognition of his stellar performances during his maiden season in the UK’s most popular race series.
Organised by members of the fan forum on the championship’s official website, the prize is richly coveted by all BTCC drivers, not least because each of the fans voting contributes towards the cost of the handsome trophy.
The award was handed to Frank during the Silverstone pit lane walkabout by one of the contest organisers, David Hughes.
“It was a bit of a shock when I first heard that I had won,” said Frank. “I am more than pleased to accept the award, which I see as being not just for me but for the whole team. It really shows that people appreciate what we have been through this year and what we have achieved. It’s been an incredible journey from start to finish.
“It’s great that the fans feel a part of what you are trying to achieve. The support we have had from day one, when we were struggling to finish races, has meant a lot not just to me but to everyone in Dynojet Racing. Even on your worst days the fans’ support seems to give you a little lift.”
A technical problem at the start of the first of today’s BTCC races left Frank and his Dynojet Racing Toyota Avensis with a mountain to climb. After a very slow green flag lap Wrathall took up ninth spot on the start grid with an overheating engine, and that hampered his pace when the lights flashed out.
“I had a problem at the start,” said Frank. “Basically I couldn’t get full power until Becketts Corner, and by that point I was down in 19th.”
There followed a gutsy drive back into contention, the Toyota man picking off rivals with every lap to move up to 14th by mid-distance. “I had to push really hard, made some good moves, and then I got caught up in a scrap with Paul O’Neill. Where my car was stronger he was holding me up but where he was stronger I wasn’t able to get past.”
The pressure told eventually on O’Neill, his Chevrolet expiring on the 17th lap, and Frank then profited from others’ misfortunes to claw his way up to 10th by the end. It was nearly ninth: Wrathall passed Andy Neate’s Ford on the final bend, only for the Focus man to power back ahead and cross the line ahead by two-hundredths of a second.
“I’m a bit disappointed,” added Frank, “but to bring it home in the top 10 is good damage limitation.”
A first-lap incident dashed Wrathall’s hopes of a top-10 finish in the second race of the Silverstone BTCC weekend. A clash between Wrathall’s Avensis and the Ford of Tom Chilton resulted in damage to the nearside door of the Avensis which required two pit stops to patch up, leaving Frank trailing the field.
Wrathall started 10th on the grid and had picked up several places when it all went wrong: “I made a good start, passed a couple of people around Becketts,” said Frank, “and I was right behind Andy Neate when he just lost it at the left-hander at Brooklands. I had to go on the grass to avoid him and when I came back on to the track I made contact with Tom Chilton. He had already committed to turning in and there was no avoiding it. It’s all very unfortunate because the car was good.”
His nearside door flapping in the breeze, Wrathall had no option but to pit for attention. Unfortunately his first stop failed to cure the problem and Frank had to call again for the application of yet more tank tape.
Just how well suited to the conditions was his Dynojet Avensis was evidenced by Wrathall setting the third-fastest lap of the race on his way to 25th place, two laps behind the winner, Gordon Shedden.
Frank went on to put in a brilliant performance in the final round, more than making up for the disappointments of race two.
It was a brilliant against-the-odds drive, one which underlines his and the Dynojet team’s superb second-half pace in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Frank made a great start, claiming five scalps on the opening lap to move into 20th place and making up a further six places on lap two. On the fifth lap he passed Rob Collard’s BMW for 12th and then got the better of a long battle with Oliver Jackson (Vauxhall).
A drive-through penalty for Vauxhall independent James Nash promoted Wrathall to 11th, and then Frank moved into 10th when Mat Jackson’s Ford pitted with bodywork damage. That put Wrathall on to the tail of the championship front-running Hondas of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal, and Frank managed to steal past Shedden at the final corner to snatch ninth from the Scotsman’s grasp.
“I’m smiling now,” said Frank. “I was so determined to end with a decent performance. It was always going to be hard to get into the top 10 from 25th on the grid, but I made a good start, the car was brilliant, getting stronger and stronger, and towards the end of the race it felt like I was one of the quickest people out there. To pass Shedden at the final corner was pretty sweet.
“We’ve had a tough day but we’ve definitely ended on a high with that performance. The whole team can be proud of that after fixing the car so quickly after the second race. To reflect on the job that they have done all year for me, I can’t fault them; they’ve been absolutely fantastic. The Toyota has been far better than I ever imagined, and that’s all thanks to the team.”
Frank ends the year 12th overall in the championship, the best-placed newcomer in the series, and 10th in the Independents Trophy. The highlights of Wrathall’s season came at the Knockhill and Rockingham circuits, at which he secured four podium finishes, with a best result of second.
The Dynojet Racing team enjoys the backing of Angel Springs, FUCHS Lubricants, Ginetta, K&N Filters, Arai Helmets and Graphix.