Monoblock Formula 1 Engine, Hub Dyno, FJ40 and Dash Displays  | Today At HPA 215 [UPDATE]

Here’s Andres update that came right before your members-only webinar lesson ‘215 | How to use Histograms in HP Tuners’ (details on membership below).

In this update you’ll get a little run down on the Goodwood trip with the recent McLaren-Mercedes F1 interview with Tim White of Garage 59 mentioned along with our visit to Geoff Page Racing where Andre had the chance to take a peek at Aryton Sennas debut F1 machine which ran a Brian Hart Ltd engine that used a monoblock, 1 piece head/block design, to get around head cylinder sealing issues. Obviously, this type of design does introduce other types of limitations and considerations, but for the era, it was touted as the most reliable engine option in the paddock.

Why did we switch to a hub dyno? This is touched on via the new Mainline ProHub dyno setup. While we have 4 hubs, it is still in 2wd form owing to the units being shipped out before Mainline even had a chance to completely finish the final software touches for this model of dyno to have it up and running (that’s service!), so next week one of their team will pop over, apply the finishing touches to enable STi Ecumaster Worked Example to be filmed.

In a bit of a departure from what we normally talk about, Andre has purchased an old FJ40 complete with the old carbed 2F 6 cylinder and 4-speed box. Purists might not be happy to hear these will be removed with a 1UZ and 5 speed destined to take their place, along with the popular conversion to coil springs in order to bring it up to some more modern standards and add creature comforts such as the ability to hit the legal speed limit. For the moment the only modifications are some fifteen52 rims and BFGoodrich tyres.

Lastly, we get some specs on the Ecumaster ADU-7 dash that we’re currently giving away. With both analog and digital inputs, a G-sensor and gyroscope, numerous out of the box CAN templates and a removable flash drive, this unit packs quite the punch. One advantage of a dash like this, in general, is the ability to map your local track and then use the dash as a lap timer. This can come in handy to test different lines and car setups your set PB, and also in the case of a qualifying lap to know if you should continue to push hard or throw away the lap to save your tyres.

BIG NEWS VIP MEMBERS! You might have heard about RaceCraft and some of the course material it will offer. If you are an HPA lifetime VIP member then note you will be extended RaceCraft VIP membership as well once we go live as a thanks for your support over the years and to look after you all. Cheers team!

WEBINAR INFO: When we’re reflashing a factory ECU we most often can’t make our tuning changes live like we can with an aftermarket standalone ECU. One of the key aspects of being able to tune a factory ECU properly and in a time-efficient manner is by using a data logger or scanner software package. In the members-only webinar that follows this pre-show we’ll look at the histogram feature in the VCM Scanner software and explain how it can be used to help us with multiple tuning tasks.

Want to watch the members-only webinar on How to use Histograms in HP Tuners along with over 200 other lessons on engine building, tuning, and wiring topics? Sign up here for only $19 USD a month, start and stop at any time (unlike your gym membership!).



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