311RS Evo X Production Updates
Full-scale 311RS Evo X production is underway!! And what an incredible feeling it is. Let’s run through a few highlights from the past month and a half since we’ve launched production.
The arrival of our 311RS-spec jack stands we commissioned was a big moment. Not only did it mark the launch of production, it also launched our partnership with MSI Mooresport. For more on their operation, please visit http://www.mooresport.com.
Working together with MSI Mooresport was a treat. They allowed us to get creative with the design while at the same time ensuring the stands themselves were stout. In this case, the all-aluminum jack stands will support more than 10,000lbs. each while reaching a maximum height of 24”. Lighter, stronger, taller, and more effective that all other jack stands on the market? We’ll take it as a sign of good things to come from this new partnership.
311RS #01 modeling the jack stands here. We’ve got another 12” of height from here, we just need a taller jack!
Early May brought the first shipments from our suppliers. Evasive Motorsport (www.evasivemotorsports.com) supplies us with our Voltex aero along with our Recaro seats.
As you can see here, one of these is not like the others.. 311RS #10 is fitted with our Voltex Track Aero package.
The differences become even more clear when you get a look at the car from a distance. Voltex’s (www.voltex.ne.jp/english) front lip combined with a 1700mm Type 5 dual element rear wing make for quite a mean combo. #10 is set to be quite the track star.
Next to arrive was our supply of 311RS-spec JRZ suspension components (www.jrzsuspension.com). There were three flavors on offer when spec’ing out a 311RS Evo X – the car comes with JRZ’s RS1 damper as standard. From there, we offer an upgraded RS Pro setup with added adjustability and external reservoirs. And the units pictured are the top of the line 311RS-spec 12 31 Motorsport 3-ways, fully tricked out with quick disconnects and color coded to our spec. These are special. More on these as the cars begin evaluation drives.
With the JRZ’s installed on each car, it was time for the suspension to be aligned. As the saying goes – power is nothing without control, nothing could be more true when it comes to suspension. We’ve spent 5 years dialing in the Evo X’s chassis dynamics and alignment setup. Bring it all together for us is MN-based Jeff Forss, aka The Alignment Guy (www.thealignmentguy.com). Jeff was kind enough to bring his spare set of equipment to 311RS HQ in an effort to improve efficiency. After working out a few kinks, all was well and Jeff conquered all eleven cars in three trips. Many thanks to you, sir.
As they have been since 2006, our braking needs are handled exclusively by Girodisc (www.girodisc.com). We’ve worked together to develop a complete braking package that takes full advantage of the Evo X’s large OEM Brembo calipers. Along with their lightweight two-piece rotors, which in our case remove 24lbs of rotational mass from the car, we’ve produced a 311RS-spec brake pad to handle the multi-purpose nature of the 311RS Evo X. By combining a two compounds, we’ve created a pad that acts just as well on the street as it does when it heats up on track. We’re very proud of these.
Girodisc does a great job of creating a component that’s just as beautiful as it is functional. It’s all in the details and they realize that. Each 311RS also features their Ti shims, stainless brake lines, and Castrol SRF fluid.
With all eleven cars in one place, we’re able to pound out this production process as efficiently as possible. This is a photo from our “downpipe day”. Part of our engine package from AMS Performance (www.amsperformance.com) is an awesome cast widemouth downpipe that allows the Evo X to breathe freely right from the turbo. Unfortunately for us, the Evo X’s engine bay is very tightly packed, making jobs like a downpipe install quite the task. Once through the entire process and we’ve got it down, so in reality it’s not that bad, but we’ll remember that first downpipe for awhile to come.
A random image of our Bosch drill wearing a unibit. Love this thing.
Every once in awhile it’s nice to take a step back and appreciate what we’re doing. Our intern, Collin, is seen here admiring the Voltex front lip on #10.
We’ll conclude this update with a teaser shot of our 311RS-spec CRBD BBX-Lite turbocharger (www.cbrdspeedfactory.com). These ball bearing units are good for over 400whp on pump gas and even more when tuned for VP MS109e race fuel. They make for a very potent upgrade. Next time we’ll run through the final stages of 311RS production and breakdown the latest developments to #09 and the program as a whole. For now…back to HQ.