NZ Performance Car - - Demon Energy D1NZ -

Last time we checked in with Dy­lan Woolhouse, his all-new build had just been tested and he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing how it worked in a com­pe­ti­tion. The chas­sis is the ex–Rene Rich­mond FD RX-7 which has re­ceived the su­per­charged LS2 from the C35 Lau­rel Woolhouse suc­cess­fully cam­paigned in Pro-Am. The chas­sis switch saw the car lose 400kg — the RX-7 weighs in at 1100kg, which was a big fac­tor in mak­ing the swap. Efi and Turbo has been a big part of the new build, car­ry­ing out the lion’s share of the fab­ri­ca­tion and me­chan­i­cal work, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing an an­gle kit which in test­ing gave Dy­lan a good boost in con­fi­dence head­ing into the sea­son.

So far the sea­son has been a chal­lenge for the team, with a few very strange oc­cur­rences caus­ing me­chan­i­cal faults and cost­ing valu­able seat time. Th­ese in­cluded a drive­shaft fail­ure dur­ing day one of round two, which saw the engine and gear­box de­stroyed in a few short sec­onds. In a sign of great driver sol­i­dar­ity, the driv­ers all voted to al­low Woolhouse a spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion to skip the sched­uled qual­i­fy­ing later that day, and qual­ify on day two if the team could fix the car overnight. A mir­a­cle was worked at Efi and Turbo, with the hours of dark­ness cov­er­ing an engine build and weld­ing of the bell­hous­ing to put the Jerico four-speed back to­gether.

The car made it to the grid come day two, and Dy­lan man­aged to qual­ify 16th equal.

De­spite the lack of track time the FD has shown great prom­ise, and was able to hang with some of the big names in the sport, in­clud­ing Dy­lan’s cousin Fanga — which was a great boost in con­fi­dence head­ing into the newly an­nounced Bay­park sta­dium round.

Dy­lan had been wor­ried about the twitch­i­ness peo­ple of­ten speak of with this chas­sis, but feels the LS may be elim­i­nat­ing it as he is yet to feel it. In­stead he was very com­pli­men­tary about the way the RX-7 was han­dling, and the fact he is now much more in touch with where the car is on track.

Look­ing ahead in the sea­son, Dy­lan is fo­cused on get­ting as much seat time as pos­si­ble, and the only large change to ex­pect to the set up will be a 10.5-inch Win­ters Quick Change ahead of the round five fi­nal at Pukekohe Park Race­way.

But the ques­tion does re­main, when will we see the much-hyped turbo/su­per­charged com­bi­na­tion? We are wait­ing, Dy­lan.


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