|That silver bar is a block of aluminum that reinforces the sway bar mounts. More details to come in a future technical post.|
On Thursday the new control arm, and replacement shock were installed along with some welding done (thanks again to Chuck!) to add some additional reinforcement brackets to the end-link mounts.
|The bigger sway bar also needed some additional reinforcement on the mounts that attach it to the lower control arm (just to the left of the yellow shock).|
A few more stickers were installed.
|Mazda logo on the rear quarter and Mazdaspeed logo on the front.|
And the car was given a fresh alignment just in time for the Sunday autocross with SCR.
|Lots more stickers on the rear window.|
I have to say, it's a whole new car. The numerous upgrades had the car handling better than ever and the shifts were smooth as butter...well, if butter had a very satisfying mechanical clunk as you sliced through it with a shift knob. The end result is a first place finish for me for the first time with SCR! Victory over the installation issues we encountered and also in racing.
|The new rollbar needed some mozzarella sticks so we stopped at Sonic for food and a photo.|
Great results as the NMS South team closes the gap to first place for the season. There's a few more bugs to shake down and the clutch needs a few more miles to thoroughly break in before the big track weekend with NASA in May, but the car has come a LONG way since October. Stay tuned for some future technical posts about the upgrades completed to date and why they've been chosen.