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If you like the technical side of Motorsports this is the place , possibly the only podcast and YouTube channel like it, keep up the good work Andre and HP academy
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Amazing wealth of knowledge
Amazing collection of podcasts for all aspects of the automotive and motor sports fields
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Podcast for Car People
There are few automotive centric podcasts and some have a hard time really catering for the guys looking to learn something or getting any value out of them, not HPA! this show interviews people with vast and prestigious backgrounds in automotive and motorsport, every episode i have listened to i had learned something that i can apply to my own build and work mindset. The episodes go into how and why builders/tuners/drivers do what they do and what they have learned along the way, they are also names you know or have heard of so definitely the wealth of information is something you wouldn’t want to miss regardless of your place in the car world ✌🏻
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If you tune cars, you need to subscribe!
Excellent podcast that’s always packed full of the best people in this industry. If you’re into tuning cars, this is packed full of enjoyable knowledge.
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Selling people bad information with crappy courses. When they get called out on something they are clearly wrong about, they attack and then try to block you from the platform as they did on Facebook.
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Hands down the best automotive podcast.
As a performance car enthusiast, I’ve been subscribed to High Performance Academy’s YouTube channel for years. It’s not only been incredibly entertaining, but also highly educational. When they released their podcast, I had the same experience: I loved it immediately. Their content gets right down into the nitty gritty technical details, and they don’t assume listeners have an advanced base knowledge, so they explain everything in a very easy to understand way. Top notch quality, presenters, format…etc. If you love learning what goes into making cars work and go fast, you’ll love this podcast.
5 out of 5 stars
This podcast is right up my alley, I really like it and look forward to every episode. I’m not really surprised as HP Academy already has made hundreds of hours of online courses and also YouTube videos of great quality. Cheers guys!
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What I’ve been looking for!
I’ve been looking for a really technical Motorsport podcast! A lot of podcasts talk with drivers and maybe the occasional engineer but don’t get down into it as much as this podcast; what head gasket do you use? How’s your launch control set up? It’s awesome and I love it!
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- 069: Making 500hp Per Cylinder Without Windowing Your Block.After an extended break over the new year period, The HPA Tuned In podcast is back with our first guest for 2023 — the talented Devin Schultz of Boostin Performance. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Devin and his shop Boostin Performance are best known for their absolute mastery of the DSM world thanks to their ‘Red Demon’ Talon/Eclipse, which is currently the world’s fastest Mitsubishi and world’s fastest 4WD four-cylinder, running as quick as a 6.97 @ 213mph. This 2000hp car is capable of a 1.4 second 0-60 sprint, and is in fact the first 4WD four-cylinder to break into the sixes, anywhere in the world. Now, if you’ve been following this podcast for a while, you’re probably already aware of host Andre Simon’s passion for all things Mitsubishi 4G63, so as you might guess, this conversation between two 4G fanatics dives very deep into the Mitsubishi weeds to discuss these iconic four-cylinder engines in detail. Time is spent talking through what’s involved in getting a 2000hp four-cylinder to run reliably and hold together pass after pass, as well as the pros and cons of billet blocks, big and small port heads, and solid-filling your block. Round that out with some discussion around turbo technology, slipper clutches, and nitrous strategy, and you’ve got plenty of tech-heavy info to dig into. Devin also discusses how he built his business, his branching out into GT-Rs and Supras, and just how important it is to have a solid level of mechanical understanding to back up your tuning career. It doesn’t really matter if you’re a Mitsubishi fan or not, this episode is full of interesting engine-building and tuning yarns that are well worth the listen. Follow Boostin Performance here: IG: @Boostin Performance FB: @Boostin Performance YT: Boostin Performance WWW: shop.boostinperformance.com Want to learn how to tune EFI? Start here instantly, and for free: https://hpcdmy.co/tuneb0 comments0
- Revisited: Your BEST Performance Modifications.**We're spending a couple of weeks away from the microphone over the Christmas and New Year period. This means that although we won’t be publishing any new guest appearances until mid-January, we’re going to be bringing back some of our favourite older episodes that deserve another listen.** What are some of the BEST 'bang for buck' modifications you can do to your car gain performance and improve your lap times? Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in In this episode of Tuned In, Andre & Tim are talking to Grant Hosking from Honed Developments about the technical skills and desire needed to develop specialist components for various Honda vehicles with a focus on the 90s models. Topics discussed are the reason why Honed was created and the philosophy behind what parts Honed decided to make. The biggest errors people make when modifying cars and what can actually prove to be the biggest gains with modifications. Want to learn how to EFI tune? Start with some free lessons right here: hpcdmy.co/efilesson Another key point discussed is the approach of tuning car setups for the track vs the road and what the biggest compromises that need to be considered are.0 comments0
- Revisted: Setting Your Drift Car Up to DOMINATE With Fredric Aasbø.**We're spending a couple of weeks away from the microphone over the Christmas and New Year period. This means that although we won’t be publishing any new guest appearances until mid-January, we’re going to be bringing back some of our favourite older episodes that deserve another listen.** This week's High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast guest comes to us all the way from Oslo, Norway. Fredric Aasbø is the winningest driver in Formula D history, with a bunch of championships under his belt and the chiselled jawline to match. Fredric recently took some time out of his busy winter ice drifting schedule to sit down with Andre and discuss all things drift — the driving, the cars, the setups, the business — all of it. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in The conversation begins with a look back into Fredric's past, from the early days of his grandmother teaching him how to use the E-brake to control a sliding car on ice, to his experiences in karting and drifting as teenager, through to the stark realisation that getting into the pro-level motorsport game — let alone to the very top — means making big sacrifices and pouring everything you have into your dream. Fredric confirms that, as we suspected, there are no free rides in motorsport for the vast majority of us. Andre and Fredric then get into the finer details of drifting at the highest levels, from studying and understanding the judging system, to driving techniques, sponsorship pressures, and even the need to fine-tune your "bullsh*t detector". Fredric also dives into the heavy-duty technical side of the sport and its vehicles, discussing how these pro drift monsters actually work, and how he was able to dominate with a little four-cylinder in an economy car body... Over and over again. Interested in learning how to do your own wheel alignment for the track or street? Start with a free alignment & suspension 101 lesson now: hpcdmy.co/alignmentf There are plenty of interesting tidbits to dig into here when it comes to how Fredric and his team set up his cars for each track with asymmetric alignments, turbo sizes, gear ratios, tyre pressures, and a whole lot more. Like to skid cars? This is the episode for you.0 comments0
- Revisted: The Unreliable Rotary — Fact or Fiction?**We're spending a couple of weeks away from the microphone over the Christmas and New Year period. This means that although we won’t be publishing any new guest appearances until mid-January, we’re going to be bringing back some of our favourite older episodes that deserve another listen.** You've seen him roasting tyres on Netflix, swinging wrenches on Donut Media's HiLow series, and smashing out laps in Formula D competition, and now Aaron Parker is here and ready to talk rotary engines, motorsport wiring, and a whole lot more on this week's episode of the HPA Tuned In podcast. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Aaron Parker will be a name and face known to many listeners thanks to his high-profile gigs in the industry — he's more than just a media personality though. Aaron has a wealth of experience and a whole lot of knowledge in the automotive space, particularly when it comes to Mazda's rotary engine and professional motorsport wiring. Aaron and Tuned In host Andre Simon jump straight into Aaron's rise through the industry, beginning with his danger-soaked early obsession with street bikes and eventual progression onto four wheels — the rotary-powered Mazda FD3S RX-7 in particular. Everything rotary then takes over the conversation, covering why these unique motors have such a shaky reputation for reliability, how you can build one properly and have it last for years' worth of hard driving, why rotary tuning and turbo selection needs to be approached differently, and plenty more. When he's not building cars on the internet, competing in drift competitions in his RX-7, or stunt driving in Hollywood productions, Aaron spends his time running Wolf Motorsport Wire, providing high-end motorsport wiring solutions for some of the fastest cars on the planet. Aaron and Andre get deep into the ins and outs of the motorsport wiring world, discussing future proofing, providing a service that keeps customers happy, and what makes a good wiring job in motorsport. There's a lot to chew on in this episode — it's well worth a listen, especially if you think rotaries are garbage. You can follow Aaron here: IG: @aaparker.300, @wolfmotorsportswire YT: Aaron Parker As mentioned in the podcast, the Stephan Papadakis episode can be found here: https://hpcdmy.co/papadakis Want to learn more about motorsport wiring? Claim your spot for the next FREE lesson: https://hpcdmy.co/wireb0 comments0
- Revisted: No Mods. Tune Only. 25% MORE POWER.**We're spending a couple of weeks away from the microphone over the Christmas and New Year period. This means that although we won’t be publishing any new guest appearances until mid-January, we’re going to be bringing back some of our favourite older episodes that deserve another listen.** How much power is hiding behind a factory diesel tune? What are the traps a gasoline tuner can fall into when dipping their toes into the diesel world? And what's a sure-fire way to create a nifty inspection hole in your diesel block on the dyno? If you want the answers to any of these questions, as well as many more, check out this week's episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast with our guest, Nick Priegnitz of Duramaxtuner.com. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in It can be tricky to find good, solid information in the performance tuning industry when it comes to learning and improving our craft (that is, after all, why we originally founded High Performance Academy) and for whatever reason, it's even harder to find in the diesel world. This is where Nick Priegnitz comes in – he's long been an open book when it comes to mastering and teaching aftermarket diesel tuning, and in this episode, Andre and Nick discuss the many ups and downs of the field, as well as the many differences seen when compared to gasoline performance tuning. Learn more about performance diesel engine tuning. Start instantly with 4 free lessons: hpcdmy.co/essential-diesel This is going to be a great listen for anyone that's even remotely interested in the world of performance diesel tuning – even if it's not your thing, learning about just how differently these systems operate and how your approach to tuning them needs to be drastically modified is well worth your time.0 comments0
- Field Report: Losing 27% Horsepower And Going 4.8 Seconds FASTER!Having 140hp less might not mean a lot if you're running a 2500hp drag car, but when you go from 590hp to 450hp, that is quite a difference (27% in fact!). Benjamin Perry of Benchmark Solutions runs us through the Team ERS @Evolution Racing Spares Official EVO 6 which took out first place honours in the Clubsprint Class at the last @World Time Attack Challenge Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in The 4g63 is an EVO 6 bottom end with an EVO 9 head giving it MIVEC (variable cam control) which is controlled by a @MoTeC Global M1 along with the ACD (Active Center Differential) system via a NA Autosport and Engineering firmware package. A @Bosch Australia Bosch Motorsports brake package has been fitted, the same used in GT3 class cars, and no doubt that ABS has helped with the seconds shaved off the lap time along with getting the suspension, chassis and driver up to speed before any fine tuning with the help of DNA Autosport. The car now runs a @Garrett Motion - Garrett Turbo G30 770 in place of the old Garrett GTX3576R GEN II it ran previously as well as a new, simpler ARTEC Performance cast manifold which is more than good enough for the job at hand and allows less points of failure and makes the car much quicker and easier to work on. With a previous turbo gasket failure giving the team a headache at a previous event, the clamp setup is naturally much preferred with that experience under the belt too. The aftermarket cam previously fitted as been replaced with one from GSC Power Division and while the engine does make around 100kw or 140hp less, it retains a similar midrange and lower end but with a flatter torque curve giving owner and driver Jamal 'Jimmy Evo' Assaad the ability to pedal the car smoother and faster. The team ended up setting a new class record and was almost 5 seconds faster than their 2019 winning time proving all the logical steps taken to be worth the effort. Want to learn how to tune EFI? Start here instantly, and for free: https://hpcdmy.co/tuneb0 comments0
- Revisited: Billet Blocks, Six-Second Quarters, And Pushing Past 2500whp.**We're spending a couple of weeks away from the microphone over the Christmas and New Year period. This means that although we won’t be publishing any new guest appearances until mid-January, we’re going to be bringing back some of our favourite older episodes that deserve another listen.** This week's High Performance Academy 'Tuned In' episode is all about big boost, big launches, and even bigger power figures as we sit down for an in-depth chat with T1 Race Development's Tony Palo. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Self-taught and always learning by doing, T1 Race Development's Tony Palo is a long-time industry veteran that has spent years pushing the limits of just what's possible in the import drag racing scene. Over the last decade, Tony has narrowed his focus on the venerable Nissan R35 platform, and now runs some of the fastest GTRs in the world. In this episode, Tony talks to Andre about getting his start in the tuning world and his initial dealings with "fast" Hondas during a time when going quicker largely meant a process of trial and error. These days, things are a lot more precise, and the pair discuss the many advances that the industry has seen over the last decade that have allowed tuners like Tony to push the boundaries of just what's possible. Learn more about Performance Engine Building by coming along to the next FREE lesson: hpcdmy.co/enginebuildingf When it comes to R35s, Tony really knows his stuff — something that's immediately obvious as this episode progresses. Massive turbos, billet VR blocks, pushing way past 2500hp, and the lessons that have been learnt along the way are all discussed in detail. This week's instalment of Tuned In is all about life on the bleeding edge, and it's a wild ride.0 comments0
- Field Report: This 20k 180SX Build Will Surprise You.Dry sump, sequential dog engagement gearbox, solid aero, and this Nissan 180SX could be mistaken for a larger budget build but all things considered it's surprisingly modest! Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Usually seen supporting the likes of Under Suzukis Scorch Racing team, this World Time Attack Andrew Handmer of SX Developments was invited to take his own Nissan 180SX to the track instead which saw him net a top 5 finish in the Pro-Am Class. Originally destined to be a more tame build based off an old daily driver, things quickly escalated to the aero equipped 480hp (360 kW) at around 26 psi 1.8 bar) build here. The 180SX is powered by a Nissan SR20 with Wiseco pistons, Eagle rods, upgraded cams and valve-train with a Kinugawa TD06 SL220G billet wheel fitted turbo delivering the boost. A dry sump setup has been pieced together with some consideration going into the pump rather than just sending it with the first budget option that came along. The transmission is a NASCAR Jerico Performance Products unit that has been converted to sequential shift with a relatively stock driveline putting power to the ground. Electronics wise a Haltech Elite 2500 is paired with a MoTeC ADL3 logger/dash and a solid CAN configuration options for both the Haltech and MoTeC units allow Andrew to simplify his wiring and controls where possible including some sensors to help him with his own driving development like steering angle, brake pressure, damper potentiometers (shock pots) and accelerometers. The car has been built with a budget in mind that is more relatable to many than of the builds we see on the track (not that there is anything wrong with that either!) and while we're sure there have also been many, many hours poured into this, a $20,000 odd dollar build for a car like this is a solid effort and a testament to Andrews hardwork and skills, including bargain hunting 🤘 FUTURE PLANS: Andrew's hoping to come back again with a pneumatic shifter to help avoid some of those miss shifts, a fix for the boost spike issue which isn't normally an issue at his local track but had a bit more impact here at Sydney. From there with a bit more practice on the circuit and based off the cars data and how that has worked for his local track, he thinks there is a 1:29.00 in the car and it's just up to him to extract it all going well! Want to learn how to tune EFI? Start here instantly, and for free: https://hpcdmy.co/tuneb0 comments0
- Revisited: 650hp, 2 tons of downforce, and ZERO visibility.**We're spending a couple of weeks away from the microphone over the Christmas and New Year period. This means that although we won’t be publishing any new guest appearances until mid-January, we’re going to be bringing back some of our favourite older episodes that deserve another listen.** This week's episode of the HPA Tuned In podcast is a fascinating one as we dig into the finer details of building and driving one of the fastest hill climb cars on earth with Robin Shute of the Sendy Club. Recorded just a few days after Robin's recent third consecutive overall win at the 100th running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, this ace driver and automotive engineer is coming off a brutal week full of engine fires, sleep deprivation, and appalling weather conditions — and he has a whole lot to say about the experience. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Sure, someone wins Pikes Peak every year, but the difference with Robin and The Sendy Club team is that they aren't backed by a big manufacturer opening up the chequebook in search of glory — it's a bunch of (admittedly very smart and talented) enthusiasts who've come together to dominate at the world's greatest hill climb event. As an automotive engineer and top-level driver, Robin is an absolute goldmine of information when it comes to not just driving exceptionally fast cars, but the finer, nerdier details of building them too. A lot of time is spent in this podcast pouring through the details of the Sendy Club's incredible Honda K-powered Wolf hill climb car. Turbo sizing, altitude considerations, aerodynamics, braking performance, and everything in between gets covered here. There's also a great discussion had around the art of driving itself — both in terms of how to be fast, proper preparation, and carving out a successful career in motorsport. This episode is absolutely jammed with useful and inspirational information that'll have you itching to get back into the workshop and on the tools. Watch SuperfastMatt's excellent coverage of this year's Sendy Club campaign: https://youtu.be/quzcLY6UflE Follow Robin and the Sendy Club here: IG: @robin.shute, @thesendyclub YT: The Sendy Club Want to take your driving skills to the next level? Start here: https://hpcdmy.co/driverb0 comments0
- Field Report: Why A 4G63 Is BETTER Than An RB26 | R32 GTR 4 Banger.Pulling out an RB26 and replacing it with a 4G63 is not something you see to often, or possibly ever, when it comes to the R32 GTR Skyline chassis, but that is exactly what has been done to this time attack weapon. Let's see what makes it tick. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Dom from Tony Rigoli Performance (TRP) runs us through some of the reasons why Chris Alexanders CJA Motorsport Nissan R32 GTR Skyline is better off with a 4 cylinder Mitsubishi 4g63 producing 1030hp to the hubs via a Borg Warner EFR 9280 is better than the equivalent 6 cylinder RB26. The 4g63 retains the MIVEC setup in this application which along with a custom cam helps the car have great boost response from as low as 4,500rpm with engine management and traction control strategies being managed by an EMtron KV16 and a MoTeC Dash/Logger handing the rest including extra data logging along with a MoTeC PDM. Like many cars we see now the factory strut towers are retained as per World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) rules along with the firewall which is one reason why the team have chosen to go with a 4 cylinder engine which gives them great packaging advantages especially when coupled with a transaxle in the rear of the car. 'Fire ring' cylinder sealing is used to keep cylinder pressures where they should be, and how that works along with a copper gasket is explained by Dom along with why a 2.2L 4g63 build using a TRP stroker kit was chosen over a 2.4L option. Not bad for a build that took a few weeks eh! We're sure there is plenty to dial in and look forward to seeing this build progress up the time sheets in the coming time attack events after a few battles with the aero at this event. Want to learn more about motorsport wiring? Claim your spot for the next FREE lesson: https://hpcdmy.co/wireb0 comments0
- Revisited: EFI At 14,000ft With Shane T.**We're spending a couple of weeks away from the microphone over the Christmas and New Year period. This means that although we won’t be publishing any new guest appearances until mid-January, we’re going to be bringing back some of our favourite older episodes that deserve another listen.** 3000HP+ 4 cylinder drag cars, EKanoo's World Record breaking 5-second door slammer, LMP3-turned-Pikes Peak hill climbers, 460mph++ land speeders, the list goes on and on, and this is only a portion of what Shane Tecklenburg, aka Shane T of TunedByShaneT is and has been involved with throughout his career. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Let's dive into some of this along with how his career really got rolling leading to his involvement in projects like this and so much more leading Shane to be one of the most passionate and pointed people we know in the industry. Also discussed are some of the specific challenges of tuning a car to race at Pikes Peak international hill climb which see's competitors finishing at over 14,000ft. That's high enough for aircraft to require the use of oxygen in the cabin. Want to learn how to EFI tune? Start with some free lessons right here: hpcdmy.co/efilesson NOTE: Some scientists claim swearing can be a sign of intelligence, and if they used Shane as a subject we'd say they're right, so be warned Shane has a 'diverse' vocabulary that may be unsuitable if you're still convinced that your children will never hear such words or use swear words themselves 😅0 comments0
- Field Report: Wiring a WINNER | 1200HP Tilton EVO V2 Motorsport Loom Insight.Failure on race day due to wiring gremlins is not an uncommon issue at some levels, but with the time and money that goes into running a professional level vehicle at events all over the globe it is inexcusable. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Luckily there are people like Chris Paton of 12 Volt Performance out there to build motorsport specific looms that allow for the extra heat, fluids and wear that a dedicated motorsport car will see much more of compared to your average car or even performance streetcar. At the latest World Time Attack Challenge we were lucky enough to have a chat with Chris about what goes into looms like that of the Tilton Interiors/Racing EVO V2 Time Attack car and how you can progress from general automotive wiring into motorsport specific applications. Also discussed are some of the main point of differences between a general automotive loom and a motorsport specific variant including a quick break down on the advantages of Tefzel wiring compared to TXL which you will find in almost all street cars along with how in the past it has been difficult to find solid resources beyond pictures to help learn and build such a skillset. Also touched on is the cost of the materials and tooling required for professional-level looms, but for the end result it is certainly worth it. Concentric twisting is also discussed along with the detail that goes into planning your braid in order to benefit from the strain relief and flexibility of such a technique but not at the cost of added weight from poor planning and excess filler wires. What are filler wires you ask? Chris also explains this along with how before a single wire is cut everything the car will run not just now but also in the future plans is mapped out in the car and measured to ensure there are no mistakes and no need for extra additions to the loom in the future which are difficult at best and add a higher chance of failure. With 20 to 40 hours going into an engine loom/harness it is certainly worth the time and effort to plan ahead and use the best materials for the application first time around in this game. The 1200HP, 42PSI, 2.2L 4G63 powered Tilton EVO V2 also had a successful weekend at WTAC with a 1st place in Pro-Am and 3rd in Pro which is a credit to Chris and the rest of the large team behind builds like this, which went from bare chassis to the track in only 3 months. Want to learn more about motorsport wiring? Claim your spot for the next FREE lesson: https://hpcdmy.co/wireb0 comments0
- 068: Take Advantage of Your ECU’s Traction Control Capabilities.What do you do when the current crop of standalone ECUs just aren’t providing the features you need? In the case of this week's guest, you simply build your own. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in On this episode of Tuned In, we catch up with Syvecs Ltd's Technical Director Ryan Griffiths, who’s currently based in Dubai, to get into the finer details of ECU development, tuning, motorsport traction control, and much more. The conversation kicks off with Syvecs' origin story, in which Ryan and his colleagues got together to create a brand new ECU after becoming frustrated with the limitations of what was on offer in those early days — most commonly APEX’i Power FCs and early AEMs. These tuning frustrations became the genesis of one of the most capable plug & play standalone ECU options out there, pushing Ryan and his friends to create something far better in every way. That evolution has continued over the last couple of decades, and it’s allowed Ryan to push the limits of what’s possible, even as plug & play ECUs become harder and harder to produce due to the increasing complexity and security involved in modern high-performance vehicles from the likes of McLaren, Chevrolet, Porsche, and more. Syvecs is also a very popular option with R35 GT-R and V10 Huracan/R8 enthusiasts, and after listening to Ryan explain his process and the inner workings of these ECUs, you’ll begin to understand why. This episode is a fascinating deep dive into ECU development and features some great in-depth discussions on knock control, traction control, the differences between road-going ECUs like Syvecs and motorsport-dedicated ECUs like Life Racing, and plenty more. Follow Syvecs here: IG: @syvecs_ltd FB: @Syvecs Ltd WWW: syvecs.com Want to learn how to tune EFI? Start here instantly, and for free: https://hpcdmy.co/tuneb0 comments0
- Field Report: Why Not BIllet? | 4G63 Evo IX Time Attack Upgrades.Even when budget is not a limiting factor, why might a team choose to use a factory block over an aftermarket billet one in a Time Attack build? Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in With a 2.2L stroker 4G63 MIVEC build featuring a custom billet crank, rod and pistons, Benjamin Perry of Benchmark Solutions explains why a billet block was not a consideration for this build along with covering some of the upgrades the Global Aircraft Services Mitsubishi Evo 9 has seen in order to remain competitive in the ever-popular Open Class as the World Time Attack Challenge. Controlled by an EMtron KV8 and MoTeC PDM15 the electronics package has seen some upgrades before this event including the addition of more sensors to enable more data and refinement in the setup of the car for driver Nathan Morcom, a major suspension overhaul and a turbocharger upgrade to the BorgWarner 9280. Transmission wise this Evo 9 is running a bolt-on Hollinger MFE9 with their paddle-shift kit which is controlled by the EMtron KV8 ECU and a MoTeC Mitsubishi Diff Controller (MDC) for the central differential torque split which is calculated by speed, pressure, G-forces and driver inputs. Want to learn how to tune EFI? Start here instantly, and for free: https://hpcdmy.co/tuneb0 comments0
- 067: Massively Improve Your Tuning With the Right Injectors.The injector is one of the most critical components when it comes to tuning your engine and getting the most performance, reliability, and consistency out of it. Despite this, there are a lot of misunderstandings and half-truths out there when it comes to the subject, so we’re grateful to have Injector Dynamics’ Paul Yaw on for this episode of the HPA Tuned in Podcast to help clear things up. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Paul and his company have done a lot to increase that knowledge and understanding over the last decade as his products have lifted the whole industry and become the standard in the high-performance tuner and motorsport world. There’s a lot more to injectors than you might think, so in this episode, we take a very deep look into the subject, covering how they actually function at a detailed level, what makes a good injector good, duty cycles, how to figure out what size you need for your application, and much more. Injector characterisation and what that means for tuning is also covered, as is Paul and Injector Dynamics' journey from a small upstart trying to improve what was a very murky part of the industry at the time to the dominating market leader it is today. Relevant articles as discussed in this episode can be found here and here. Follow Injector Dynamics here: IG: @injector_dynamics FB: @Injector Dynamics WWW: injectordynamics.com Want to learn how to tune EFI? Start here instantly, and for free: https://hpcdmy.co/tuneb0 comments0
- Field Report: Get Up To Speed On Brake Upgrades with Alcon.Numbers like ‘1000HP’ and ‘100 PSI of boost’ catch our attention the most when it comes to motorsport builds as we can easily understand what they mean, but brake setups while being equally if not more important take a backstage role by comparison. For most, admittedly, it is much harder to get excited about figures or terms like ‘380mm’ and ‘staggered-piston design’, at least it is until you understand what it all means... In this interview with Phil Stubbs of Alcon Brakes we’re going to take a look at why stock brakes on a production-turned-race car are terrible on track and what aspects you need to consider when looking to bin your OEM discs and calipers for something more effective. Slots and gloves plus caliper and disc size in relation to braking performance are discussed along with airflow requirements, where sliding calipers braided brake lines sit when it comes to brake feel, plus on the other end of the spectrum what carbon-carbon brakes are vs carbon ceramic and what their weaknesses are compared to cast iron. Interested in learning how to do your own wheel alignment for the track or street? Start with a free alignment & suspension 101 lesson now: hpcdmy.co/alignmentf1 comments1
- 066: Why Domed Pistons are a BAD Idea.Think you fully understand the high-performance combustion engine? This tech-heavy episode with Ilmor Engineering’s DeWayne Logan might fill in a few knowledge gaps you never even knew you had. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in DeWayne is a calibration and mechanical development engineer for Ilmor, based out of Michigan in the United States. The company has been in the high-performance engine game for a long time now, having supplied engines for the Formula One, NASCAR, and Indycar series. In this conversation, DeWayne and Tuned In host Andre Simon wade deep into the weeds of high-end race engine development, touching on many different aspects that go into creating something like Ilmor’s 700+hp, 2.2-litre, twin-turbo Indycar V6. Sure, that power figure’s not anything we haven’t seen before, but keep in mind that these engines need to produce that power reliably for hours on end at wide-open throttle in a race situation, and do it for far longer in testing. DeWayne spends time really breaking down some of the key considerations of engine operation and development, like the relationship between compression ratio, fuel octane, and boost pressure, as well as how to go about selecting the correct compression ratio for a given engine. Knock, detonation, pre-ignition, and super knock are also broken down and explained, allowing us to fully understand exactly what these conditions are and how they affect the operation of our engine and its durability. There’s a whole lot of high-protein engine development knowledge to chew on in this episode! Interested in learning to build your own performance engine? Start here: https://hpcdmy.co/engineb0 comments0
- Field Report: Tuning the 4G63 1800HP+ Red Demon.Learning how to tune a 7-second, 1800HP world record-holding drag car! With no set recognized training pathway to becoming a professional EFI tuner, it’s hard for some starting out to see what they need to do to reach their goals within the industry. At TX2K Devin Schultz of Boostin Performance talked Andre through how he went from twisting spanners on simple builds as an internetless 16-year-old through to tuning the Red Demon, the World's Quickest and Fastest AWD Mitsubishi with a 7.047 @ 204 MPH record as well as separate blistering 215 MPH run down the quarter. Devin talks about how over time the success of the 95 DSM project saw others begin to seek him out for tuning services which then grew into a full-time career and how advancements in ECU and turbocharger technology is the main drive behind cars going faster and faster down the strip and around the track. Also discussed are the advantages of strain gauge setups and how they operate, boost by gear, future goals for the Red Demon and how ECU processing speeds are the next thing on the horizon that will see performance increased even further. Due to injury Devin and the Red Demon were not running at this event but we're excited and watching closely for them to crack into the 6s in the future.0 comments0
- 065: Building SEMA-Winning Cars for a Living.Combining top-notch fabrication skills, a trusting clientele, and endless creativity, this week’s podcast guest has crafted a successful business as a high-end car builder without making big compromises along the way. Kyle from Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts joins us on this episode to discuss all things fabrication. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Ever since Kyle won the SEMA Battle of the Builders Young Guns competition back in 2018 with his well-known InZanity Datsun Z build, he’s been letting his work speak for itself, gaining a list of trusting clients who give him plenty of creative freedom in order to build something truly unique. In this conversation, Kyle discusses a wide range of topics related to the automotive fabrication realm, including how he gained the skills he uses every day, the art of TIG welding, why you shouldn’t dismiss MIG, and incorporating modern tech like CAD and 3D printing into your workflow. Kyle also lays down some great time-saving fabrication tips, lists essential equipment he thinks everyone should start out with, and opens up about how he started and sustains his boutique car-building business. This is a solid episode with plenty of inspiration for anyone looking to get into automotive design and fabrication, whether you’re just planning to make some parts for your own car or start a fresh business. Follow Kyle here: IG: @kckuhnhausen WWW: kuhnhausenmetalconcepts.com Want to learn how to fabricate parts for your own car? Start here: hpcdmy.co/fabb1 comments1
- Field Report: 4B11 vs 4G63? World's Fastest EVO X!4G63 vs 4B11, best turbo back pressure ratio and is the biggest turbo you can fit the best? Let's find out! Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Running 1170HP, 680 ft-lbs of torque and in excess of 53 PSI of boost, the English Racing Mitsubishi EVO X is pushing the boundaries and leading the pack to be the fastest Mitsubishi Evolution X in the world. Driver Myles Kerr discusses some of the challenges that come with pioneering a newer platform and where he sees the 4B11 being superior to the proven but now dated 4G63 power plant. Despite what a lot of people think, it does take more than just a healthy bank account to get this done 🤓 This Extreme Turbo System built EVO X runs Golden Eagle sleeves, stock stroke GRP Connecting Rods, a modified factory crank, GSC Power Division valvetrain and S3 cams, a Precision 7685 turbo and the MoTeC M150 with John Reed Racing modification brings it all together. The team had some huge drivetrain issues before getting the weight down and the car now runs a Graf h-pattern 5-speed dog box, Shep transfer case, Driveshaft Shop shaft and rear axles with a Mitsubishi 300GT rear diff. The power is currently a fixed 50:50 split and in the clutch department, an Exedy triple carbon clutch and Magnus Motorsports slipper system keep the launches consistent. Andre and Myles also discuss why the biggest turbo isn’t the best, where there is still more weight removal to be done, the 4B11’s advantage over the 4G63 at low to medium power levels and the sweet spot for turbo back pressure when it comes to drag racing. At the TX2K 2019 event, Myles and the EVO set a new record with an 8.167-second pass at 180.79 MPH so the team is on track and creeping closer and closer to that 7-second pass. Want to learn how to tune EFI? Start here instantly, and for free: https://hpcdmy.co/tuneb0 comments0
- 064: Developing Championship-Winning Engines for Redbull F1.On this episode of Tuned In, we get a rare peek inside the ultra-high-stakes world of Formula 1 engine development thanks to this week’s guest, Micah McMahon of Redbull Powertrains. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Micah is an American mechanical engineer based in Red Bull’s Milton Keynes facility where he works as the Performance Design Team Leader for the Formula 1 powertrain side of the operation. As you probably rightly assumed though, Micah didn’t just walk into this job straight out of high school. We chart his path from studying mechanical engineering at university, to starting his own business focusing on high-performance Subaru applications, to working on the Ford GT powertrain at Roush Yates, to finally moving across the pond to continue his career with the world championship-holding Red Bull team in the UK. Although much of Micah’s work is confidential and some questions need to be sidestepped, this episode still goes very deep into all aspects of both the current 1.6-litre 90-degree V6 turbocharged power units, as well as the upcoming 2026 regulation units that all teams are also quietly working on in the background. Expect to gain a better understanding of how these incredible feats of engineering operate, as well as a closer look at complicated components like the MGU-H and MGU-K systems that are utilised to extract every tiny bit of performance from the package. Micah spends his time at the very top of the motorsport industry — a cut-throat world in which every single horsepower counts. It’s not too often we get access to someone currently working in this very technical world, so this is one episode that definitely shouldn’t be missed! Follow Micah here: IG: @gingermicah, @3miracing LI: Micah McMahan Want to learn more about motorsport wiring? Claim your spot for the next FREE lesson: https://hpcdmy.co/wireb0 comments0
- Field Report: 2280WHP R35 GT-R — How To Gun For 6s While TURBO Limited.Air-to-water vs air-to-air intercooling, driveline modifications, torque-based traction control and much more! Tony Palo of T1 Race Developments gives us a rundown on a customer-owned R35 GTR that is working towards a 6-second pass which would make it the fastest Nissan R-35 with stock location turbos. At the time of filming the car had run a painfully close 7.01 pass at 205mph. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in This VR38 has a GT1R Race Stage 6 long block running the factory 3.8L displacement and also the factory cast aluminium block. With a MoTeC M1 series ECU in charge, this engine is fitted with GRP aluminium rods, Manley Pistons, 12 x Injector Dynamics injectors, AMS intake manifold, Sonny Bryant Racing crank Tomei cam, Ferrea valvetrain, ARP625 head studs and T1 Race CNC cylinder heads. All this and the ETS Turbo Pro 2100 kit which includes 2 x Precision 7675 Gen II turbos push the car to 2280WHP on a Mainline hub dyno. With the car now being turbo limited nitrous injection is also being used to try and shave those last few milliseconds off, and Tony also indicates what other turbos and power levels would be an option if keeping things in the stock location was not a factor. Also discussed are the limits of the factory block, how the crank is the weakest link and why a dry sump is needed once you go over 1600HP. An air-to-water intercooler setup is preferred by Tony and his team for this application, and the pros and cons of air-to-water vs air-to-air are mentioned, along with what has been done to the GR6 transmission and how launching becomes much harder as you go up turbo size which also needs an increase in tyre size to match. Want to learn how to tune EFI? Start here instantly, and for free: https://hpcdmy.co/tuneb0 comments0
- 063: Creating 2000HP+ Works of Automotive Art.Nelson Racing Engines produces some of the greatest aftermarket V8 engine packages on earth, and in this week’s episode of Tuned In, NRE’s founder, Tom Nelson, is here to talk us through the process from design, to fabrication, assembly, and finally, face-melting dyno runs. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Even if you don’t recognise the name, you’ve probably seen Tom’s work in films like Furious 7, in which Vin Diesel’s character, Dom Toretto, drives the Nelson Super Cars 1968 Dodge Charger, ‘Maximus’. That impressive machine was built in-house from the ground up, and features a 9.4-litre 2200hp twin-turbo Hemi motor — one of many incredible V8 packages that Nelson Racing Engines offer. In this episode, Tom looks back over his career, discussing his early days building fences in order to save up and buy a machine shop, through to his move into building complete turn-key cars costing upwards of a million dollars, and to his pumping ultra-high performance engine package business. Tom was one of the first in the V8 scene to recognise the potential of turbocharging over supercharging, and as such, he also has a huge amount of experience in not just building turbocharged V8s, but designing and fabricating the turbochargers themselves. Podcast host Andre Simon and Tom also dive into the ultra-high performance engine building world, discussing what it takes to make huge power reliably, and how to balance the aesthetics that NRE is so famous for with performance and serviceability. Lastly, Tom also talks business, discussing what has and hasn’t worked over the decades, and exactly why his products — whether that be engine packages or full turn-key, Riddler-level builds, cost what they do. Follow Nelson Racing Engines here: IG: @nelsonracingengines FB: @N elson Racing Engines WWW: nelsonracingengines.com Interested in learning to build your own performance engine? Start here: https://hpcdmy.co/engineb0 comments0
- Field Report: World's Best LSX-Powered S15 Silvia?It's hard to nail form and function, but Carl Thompson has it down to a fine art when it comes to drift builds between his old 1300HP 26B 4-rotor Aristo/GS300 build and this high compression 'small block' @Mast Motorsports 454ci (7.4L) LSX based V8 Nissan S15 Silva one that is another work of art. Even if you are a solid rotary fan it's hard not to appreciate the same level of detail and perfection that has gone into this LS-based S15 build. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in We'll discuss why Carl moved away from his 4 rotors (one of which now powers Rob Dahms AWD RX7 build) and towards the MoTeC M130-controlled LS V8 platform as he has gotten more serious about competing and doing full-season campaigns along with why he chose a naturally aspirated setup despite having a procharger bolted on at some point in time. The difference in power levels required for D1NZ and US series also pops up as well as the performance increases gained from his Dailey Engineering dry sump system and what the main driver displays and warnings he pays attention to during a competition run and interestingly why he went with a cast-iron LSX based block over the aluminium LS(x) blocks that are also able to handle sizeable power figures. To get power to the ground the car runs a Holinger Engineering RD6 sequential, Tilton bell housing, flywheel and triple-plate carbon clutch leading to the Winters 25cm IRS quick-change and 35-spline stub axles. A MoTeC M130, PDM30 and C125 logger/dash display and EMtron ETC4’s (for individual cylinder monitoring) round up the electronics side of things and giving Carl the ability to clutchless shift off the line. Want to learn how to tune EFI? Start here instantly, and for free: https://hpcdmy.co/tuneb0 comments0
- 062: The Secrets to Building a Pro-Level Wiring Harness.Why should you be concentric-twisting your wiring? What tools should you buy if you’re looking to build a harness? And when is it actually OK to use a soldering iron? This week on Tuned In, Matt Sanderson from Level Motorsport Wiring aims to answer these questions and many more. Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in Matt is a seasoned expert when it comes to professional-level motorsport wiring — his work is so good, we’ve been using his Instagram as inspiration for our own projects for a good while now. Based in the UK, Matt has a background in general mechanical work, which eventually transitioned into auto-electrical before the decision was made to start a company — Level Motorsport Wiring — that specialised in the high-end side of the wiring game. In this conversation, Matt and Tuned In host Andre Simon explore the ins and outs of designing and building a high-end motorsport harness, following the process from start to finish. There’s a lot that goes into the planning and documenting side of the job that may not be immediately obvious. That, combined with some great wiring tips and tricks, make this an unmissable episode for anyone that has an interest in wiring, PDMs, "milspec", and motorsport electronics in general. Follow Matt here: IG: @levelmsw_ FB: Level Motorsport Wiring TK: @LevelMSW YT: Level Motorsport Wiring WWW: levelmotorsportelectronics.co.uk Want to learn more about motorsport wiring? Claim your spot for the next FREE lesson: https://hpcdmy.co/wireb0 comments0
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