Posted by Darren Wed, March 11, 2015 22:46:00
Posted by Darren Sat, September 28, 2013 22:00:30
Posted by Darren Sat, September 28, 2013 21:58:49
Posted by Jeff Thu, July 18, 2013 22:32:35
Since our shakedown test day at Landow we have been competing at Mira/Gurston Down and Prescot hillclimbs and sprints,first off was Mira a very fast track with speeds reaching nearly 100mph in places the old girl was a bit out paced in our amalgamated class with other cars nearing 280 bhp and way lighter than our Escort,but hey we pressed on doing our best,as Darren was about to take to the track for his first run after dinner break the car suddenly cutout from idle, this is unusual and I knew we had trouble,we tried restarting it about 3 times but it just fizzled out,I could hear a buzzing sound coming from under the dash above the fusebox,in a mad rush with minutes to spare we ripped the board down and found the fuel relay was the problem we removed it and tapped it on the floor reinserted it and bingo away we went lol,this has since been replaced after purchasing another box as a spare,we also suffered from oilsump surge on the last flowing bend that almost had the top end starved of oil,not a fan of this track and I won`t be going back to be honest.After this meet I modded another front bumper and pulled out all the foam and metal backing and attached a different splitter that has the whole front end weighing in so much lighter than the old front bumper setup.
We then had a wait till the 2 dayer at Gurston nr.Sailisbury my favourite track,we set off Friday afternoon in good weather and dually arrived around 5 pm set everything up had a pint each in the club house/restaurant and then headed off for a walk of the track and reccy,we then retired to our hotel and a drive down to a nice pub for the evening and a good meal,was nice to have Darren on the insurance now and he can also pull the trailer as the law has changed now and the full setup is within the weight laws for his licence,we woke on the Saturday to a rotten day with rain sweeping across the plains...uurrrghhhh,I made the call not to use the slicks with the on off rain so we stayed on the triple eights all Saturday but we had knocked 2 seconds off our times from 2012 even in the wet,we ran a respectable 3rd 4th on the day in yet another amalgamated class.Sunday loomed to dry conditions for a change so it was on with the Avon Super soft slicks and some quicker times on the day,car ran superb all weekend apart from a leaking grommet hole on the bulkhead that Darren spotted that was peeing down all over the ecu...sealed on the Saturday. The following weekend was Prescot,I had a week off work in between these 2 meetings and as the steering wheel seemed to be off center I towed the car over to Performance Autoworks to have all the geo setup by Simon...he dialled in some more neg to the front for the fast turns that were looming Saturday.
Race day came,so local to us this place 4 miles up the road from our gaf,so a relaxed start to the day,first practice flagged up a lot of banging from the car on my run and I didn`t like the feel of the car and Darren wasn`t sure either,we got the car up in the air and went through things n the suspension to the front but could see no problems,we pushed on into practice 2 and the car seemed so much better...weird,the steering setup and gearchange mod I had done working well with no missed changes to 5th and a great turn in on the tight technical track Prescot is,after practice someone dropped a 200 metre long snake of oil all up the first part of the track right on the racing line that made things interesting,not chickening out we just pinned it and took a win and second in our class with Darren lifting some nice trophies to boot,great day out to be sure.
Unfortunately we missed the slot for Shelsley Walsh the following week,so much going on for both of us at the moment.
We have now modded the rear bumper,much weight taken out ..foam metal ect and also have raised the rear spoiler,more a cosmetic exercise I spose lol.Next outing is a MLR trackday at Castle Combe where we will be trying out some new compound Carbotech front pads...hence we need to run them in there,we also have Ford Far at Silverstone on a display stand with FordClub then its on to a 2 dayer at Shelsley Walsh.
Will report more at the time.
On board video from the 2 meetings
Posted by Jeff Tue, May 07, 2013 23:57:17
Well we got the car back from Performance Autoworks 2 weeks ago with everything sorted as the previous post along with some more serious lightening of the car, everything helps in this department as why carry weight when it can be dispensed with, a bit fun in the car park before loading under close scrutiny of Simon to see how many times I might stall it with the new paddle clutch...no chance lol.Car was put back under raps and then the new spacers where fitted to the latest race arb links,we felt a test day had to be setup with the car before we raced so a call was put into Llandow race track down in South Wales for a weekday testing,being msa drivers with licences and full race gear we made arrangments to test on the Friday prior to the bank holiday weekend.
Friday morning came and the weather was good, on loading someone decided to crash into the trailer and smash the offside light cluster to bits so towing on the motorway south suddenly became a non starter,I blasted up to woodside trailers near Andoversford where thankfully they had a setup and it was duly fitted and I called to Gloucester to pick Darren up and we headed off over the Severn Bridge and finally onto Llandow,just one other driver down there so we hastily got the RS out there to find it misfiring and Dar pulled in early,low fuel and crap fuel from 2012 seemed to be causing it,so fresh added and problem over.
Car pulls and accelerates much quicker and really does hold the inside line well,midrange punch has increased and I think alround the car has been transformed by the recent work along with the higher spring rates from Gaz, I think the initial height we have the car at works well with no apparent dipping of the car under downshifts and heavy braking,Race ARB links also doing their job well with no scraping of the inner wings now,we ran the Toyo triple 8`s all day due to the surface down there as I just didn't want to risk scrubbing the new Avon slicks out preferring to save them for short hill blasts only......You Tube Footage......
I`m in the process of doing another Ash Black deskinned bonnet with all new decals as the old one was looking a bit tired and tatty on the leading edge so popped upto the Midlands to get it along with a spare front Bumper in same colour, always handy to have spares.
The next report will be after Mira..no vids are allowed there as mentioned as its a secret testing location so enjoy the above for now...over and out.
Posted by Jeff Sun, April 21, 2013 20:45:58
Well here we are at the end of April and we have about 5 weeks till our first meeting at Mira,we now have the Avon slicks fitted to the new 16" speedlines and after much tinkering with wheel offsets and spacers and also rolling and flaring the arches have them where we want them,yes we bought an arch flarer/roller nice bit of kit now we need to hire it out abit to get the money back lol.I trimmed the arches off with arch saver its a sort of high adhesive moulding to trim the top of the arches off..looks good and tidied it up abit as the rollering process causes paint flaking on the edge of the arch.We are all finished inside the cockpit apart from fitting a push button start ignition setup its all been sprayed up and cleaned with no more needed to be done.Car has now been transported down to Performance Autoworks at Fairford for its final work of 2013..lightweight billet flywheel/racing paddle clutch/Kaaz lsd/racing engine mounts and steering geo including adjustable racing droplinks setup...few more pics of latest things going on
Posted by Jeff Wed, April 03, 2013 21:54:47
Its been a busy winter with a lot of work done between myself and Darren on the rs2k,where do I start with it all. We pulled all the suspension "Gaz coilovers" off it for a good overhaul and at the same time uprated the springs to suit better cornering for 2013 along with some helper springs to stop the springs dangling about on full extension, I was pretty amazed how diabolical the rear top locating idea is with gaz coilovers for the Escort mk6,just flopping about between the ford oversized rubber locater designed for the standard spring, we modded some b&g coilover top mounts and slid them on all Darrens work and now I`m happy the springs will stay in the right location.
We decided on more weight saving, its always a good thing and cheap to do, so finally the headlight setup was ditched along with rear lighting and all the indicator setup, blanks were fashioned into place at the front and everything sprayed up in the ash black along with quite a bit of the wiring loom, we also installed a better air intake to a lower position in the front bumper feeding the 2nd air box snorkel. Not stopping there we also did another mod with the dash board by chopping it in half and taking all the heater garbage out with a complete mod of the dash insert, the dash was then sent off to www.southwestflocking.co.uk for Lee to do his magic on what was left with a relocation of the gauges and along with ditching the stalks on the steering column it all now looks so much neater and more weight saved.
We always planned on going over to 16" wheels for 2013 so we have put this in place and bought a brand new set of Speedline Corse flow formed racing wheels, these fit perfect to the hub bore of the escort so no fiddly spigot rings although I could only source these in 42 et offset so we will be running 3mm spacers to bring them out in the arches a bit. At the time of writing I am just in the process of ordering up the super soft Avon slicks that hopefully will last the joint drives on the hills as these only last 2 to 3 mins before over heating, for sprints we will be using the toyo 888`s in 17" we used last year.
We are also going over to a dished new steering wheel so we can push the column back into the dash for more strength, to be fair this wheel was way old as coming from Darren's Evo 5 and was getting to the stage of looking polished lol.
On ditching all the ford heating and blower system we have added a floor fed system to keep us cool in the summer, air being fed from passenger side aiming up under our crash lids ,it does get so hot in the cockpit in the sun waiting around for your start with much door waving involved.
I`ve purchased a new rear spoiler but at the moment I`m undecided weather to fit it,all will be revealed if I do,no other airo kit has been added at this time.
The exhaust has had a bit of weight saving gone about it with a rather clever design by Darren, we now run a side exit system through the nearside of the car, old rear bumper carboned over.
Graffix have been altered to come into line for our sponsors, with all non affiliated being ditched.
Some pics latest~~
Posted by Darren Tue, January 29, 2013 20:47:25
Darren has been working away to obtain sponsors for our 2013 campaign,its always nice to have outside help from people within motorsport circles and the like.
So Jedamotorsport would like to welcome the following who are sponsoring our 2013 Hill climb car.
Telephone :01285 711 733
Horcott Industrial Estate
Karparts of Cheltenham
70 Tennyson Road,
Telephone:01209 202944 - Customer Services
01209 202944 - Sales & Advice Hotline
01209 202949 - All other enquiries
The Fuel Depot
Cardrew Industrial Estate
Tel - 07528 151047
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - www.superautoclean.co.uk
Many thanks to all and we look forward to working with you through the coming season..
Posted by Jeff Mon, January 07, 2013 20:13:01
Hope everyone had a good xmas and hope you will have a cracking new year.Some updates to the RS hillclimber to report,we bought in a 2nd mongoose stainless exhaust system and Darren nailed up some plans for a side exit setup after some fabrication work with hangers and 45 degree exits we finally had it fitted at the same time we changed the shifting system back to standard from the quickshifter due to many mis shifts and plonking into 5th that cost one of us the win at Prescot in 2012,hopefully it will be fruitfull for us in 2013,its a bit wider but already feels better.
We wipped off the rear brakes to sort out the crap handbrake and find the self adjusters were wound in so thats something else that was sorted as at one stage I thought the cables had stretched as the first cable feeding the 2 rears had run out of adjustment,now all seems well,so no marshalls will get half run over at the holding compounds this year lol.
A small carbon blank was fitted over the old exhaust exit to the rear bumper to tidy that up,finally a weigh in on the dispense of the over beam and back box reaped 9kg,I like weight saving.
We now have many items from the rs2k we wish to sell on,if you are interested in any parts fire me an email over and we`ll talk prices
2 parts from mongoose exhaust system stainless...center part and rear part...no s bend and over the beam part
Bonnet mk6 with mk5 humps grafted on in Ash Black slight crack
Rear mk6 hatch with wrc twin wing all grafted in and smooth number plate recess "no glass"
Mk5/6 exhaust manifold 2wd non aircon de aps`ed and heat rapped and ported
mk6 race seat mount and side mounts "drivers side" direct fitment to ex.floorpan holes
Over steering wheel guage pod
mk5/6 iscv reconditioned
morrette headlights off hillclimber with carbon blank and coz indicators all lenses
full set of 17" alloys with 205/40/17 tyres and new spare tyre..yokohamas x3
All parts pictures on request
Short vid of 2nd startup since sept 2012,slight overfuel with new side exit~
Posted by Jeff Sun, September 23, 2012 17:05:23
The lay off period now starts as this was our last meeting of the year with quite a few mods planned from now untill March 2012 watch this space.
Posted by Jeff Tue, September 11, 2012 22:58:42
Gr8 weekend in real hot weather,started out saturday at 9 am and returned 8.15 pm Sunday,nice overnight stay in Salisbury and some gr8 racing on the Sunday.
Car ran like a dream no problems
New Gopro 1080 cam purchased by Darren
The video tells the story,congrats Dar well deserved and an awesum drive,roll on Shelsley Walsh 2 weeks time
Posted by Jeff Fri, September 07, 2012 22:22:09
Darren has bough a new HD Gopro cam for incar video,so watch this space.
Over and out
Posted by Jeff Mon, August 27, 2012 21:04:18
Car as @ 27th Aug 2012
Ready for next run up the hill..Prescott
Posted by Jeff Sun, August 05, 2012 21:44:52
Also been messing with the decals,so the hatch has now gone over to something different,and the hood has been de decaled abit and she sports something a bit different.
We race on........................
Posted by Jeff Wed, July 11, 2012 21:44:08
RsCombe was wet, very wet last Saturday,but heyho off we set at 6.00 am from a dry Cheltenham.On arrival at Combe it was slashing down...great start but we did the noise testing and signed on and had the boring breifing lol,then off Dar went sliding around like a jetski lol...on return he said f..k its greasy out there so the car stayed put for an hour while breakfast was had yum yum.Dar said get yer ass out there dad...so I did ...and enjoyed the delights of sliding around on Toyo 888`s much fun was had and to be honest I was sorry to come in .
As the day went on it was apparent that the RS2K had finally been sorted for cornering with no hint of fuel starvation,just we ran short on fuel in the old jerri tanks and Dar went out for a fianal session around the 4.14 pm mark that was dry as a bone and had fun with a supercharged pug doing 270 bhp..that and the RS2K were the fastest cars on track...leaving Cozzis in there wake.
Can report the car being Superb,engine and handling wise at these 2 venues and now we look forwards to the next Midland Speed round...prolly Gurston Down or Shelsley Walsh...must get booking.
RSCombe in the Monsoon
And a monsoon Prescott Hill Climb
Drying by Afternoon
Video of prescott RS2K Run " Saturday " here ~ http://youtu.be/L0icnQVeGs0
Posted by Darren Tue, July 03, 2012 22:20:34
Anyway the car has come a long way since last year so we are both looking forward to taking her out on track to stretch her legs. We had issues with fuel surge last year at Combe so the swirl pot will be doing its job we'll come Saturday. With the extra weight taken out of the car it should be abit nippier too.
Posted by Darren Tue, July 03, 2012 22:01:50
Posted by Jeff Thu, June 07, 2012 21:04:51
New pedal setup,but throttle pedal now much narrower than this pics
How the bay is for 2012.
2013 will no doubt see motec management and jenveys as we have found quite close by a perfect solution and resolve who will in-house turn key and rolling road for us.
Posted by Jeff Thu, June 07, 2012 20:57:21
Latest 16" rims
Posted by Jeff Thu, June 07, 2012 18:59:28
Not much more to report at this time apart from odd bits of carbon being added here and there where we can put it.
As always there are plenty of pics that have been added to facebook over on our Jedamotorsport page.From myself or Darren.
Now I`m itching to get the car back on track....over and out for now
Posted by Jeff Fri, April 27, 2012 19:22:41
Car is 100% ready now tried and tested and good to go.
Posted by Jeff Sun, April 15, 2012 23:42:50
Backup MSA logbook pic,hence number plate fitted
Santa Pod Raceway testing the RS2K
We switched testing venues on pricing and days lost at work as we both don`t get paid for non working days,it was origanally planned to do a full day at Hullavington Airfield on the 20th April but a switch in venue was very fruitfull.
Started a wet day on the outbound journey from Cheltenham,but by the time we got to Oxford it was dry and sunny,so high hopes for a good day..we were not disaapointed..nice sunny warm day greeted us at the Pod,payup and lets get ripping,Darren layed down the gauntlet with the car running well on early runs,then she started showing slower times???
We pitched her up and discovered that the 2nd air snorkle had came adrift and the main 90mm intake pipe to the Mustang Throttle body had split all the way round.A quick sprint to the pod shop on site for super glue and we were back in action,times started tumbling,then Darren set the fasted time of the day 14.8 at 92 mph,not bad for a car with no internal mods.
Car ran faultless all day,only missfires we had was me hitting the limiter now and again,we did back to back runs all day with a break for dinner.
Ok so another early start today "Sunday" as I had the local scruiteneer "Martin Ford" bloody nice bloke coming round to look over the RS2K,after an hour of checking her over I have the green light to compete,some very good advise off Martin and a few pointers...not all these guys are scarey,couple of little jobs to sort..hours work tops.
We now have a temp logbook that enables us to compete in hillclimbing and sprinting within the MSA framework.
First MSA competetion...TBA......update Prescott Sat 23 & Sun 24 June 2012
Posted by Jeff Mon, April 02, 2012 19:15:47
Times flying by and here we are in April,we have entered into the Midland Speed Championship as it seems well suited to what we wanted to enter this will include hillclimbing and sprinting,car is 100% ready to go,just needing msa log booking I`ll be sourcing an MSA Scuiteneer at Prescott next week for this.I now have all my gear for racing now after buying a suit at Merlin the other week.
We have removed the inner lamps to the morette headlights and blanked the one and used the other as a 2nd snorkle feed for the airbox,car has had a major cleanup and shine,she came up really nice and shiney as always,new rollcage padding has also been added
Plans are to take the car down to Hullavington at the end of April for a shake down trackday,then as far as I can see the first sprint will be MIRA in May.
Just a note that we also are on Facebook under the Jedamotorsport banner where more will be posted throughout the season.
Posted by Jeff Tue, February 21, 2012 20:36:03
As we are nearing the end of Feb I thought a small update would be in order.
We have progressed on with the RS,floor has been primered and then had a few coats of the Ash Black,looks pretty nice and its defo smarter in there without all those pads all over the place,we have replaced the dash with altered angles to the oil pressure and temperature guages so we can actually see them now.The srivers seat "the only one now" is much lower and between me and Darrren we have come to a position to suit us both,we also sorted out the steering wheel nearer to the driver and darren sorted the clamping issue out at the same time.
More redundant wiring has been stripped,ie:air bag and seat pretentioner "yellow" wiring also footwell lighting has been removed for good.This enabled me to tidy up the mess round the seat,now looking tidy.
Alloy plate over old spare wheel well "now home to the sytec race pump and alloy swirl tank" is in the process of being sprayed then will be sealed using panel seam sealer.
Later in the week the exhaust system needs stripping off and all the joins sealing as most have broken down from track use,then we are removing the inner lamps from the morettes headlights,more weight saving and using the nearside for induction purposes after a reposition of the oil catch tank down behing the quick release front bumper.Then scrub the Toyo 888`s off and refit then scruiteneer time ,lets get her MSA logbooked.
Also have to squeeze a visit into Merlin Motorsport to pick up my racing suit,think Darren also wants some under fireproof clothing so thats gotto be done Saturday.
We are also on the lookout for somewhere to try the car out "a few 0 to 60`s" to check the fuel system is 100% before forking out for a shakedown in April at Hullavington Airfield.
Just a footnote we have both joined up with the Bugatti Club at Prescott and will be racing there all being well in Late April as our first meeting.
Posted by Jeff Tue, January 31, 2012 20:48:00
Have this for sale: Ford Escort Mk6 seatmount and side mounts for any bucket/race seat,driver side £70 plus post,contact me or Darren.
New fuel swirlpot and sytec pump just fitted for 2012 to the RS,top alloy cover removed from spare wheel well.
Posted by Jeff Sat, January 21, 2012 19:05:06
At this present time the RS2K is in the workshops of Performance Autoworks of Fairford,this is to address the fuel surge problem and weld in some seat mounts.
We are having the usual 2 bars welded across from the tunnel to inner sills and I`ve delivered some custom made alloy seat mounts over to Simon that will save us some more weight,the old seat setup was 7.5 kg,now thats way so heavy~now gone for ever.
As we had the bars welded in the old front cross bracing that held the origanal seat in has been drilled out~more weight saving.
As for the new swirl pot and sytec pump well thats now going into the spare wheel well and being alloyed over,think Simon came up with a nice pot to sit in there nice and snug.
Need to find myself a race suit fairly quickly now as time is flying by,I have everything else,Darren is kitted out fully so apart from some odd posts here we will post on our days on the hills
Posted by Jeff Wed, December 28, 2011 21:20:49
As I have time on my hands I`m dragging th RS out of mothballs and making a start on some 2012 mods,One crap job I need out the way is the sound dead pads removal,fire extinguisher needs fitting and a better inside seatbelt mount,to get it off the seat mount.
Well started today right crap job removing the tar pads,really needed dry ice but hey thats life,relocated the seat belt anchor through the floor skin with a sturdy plate the other side
Well all the pads are now out with a near to 7kg in weight saving and also the car will now be a bit safer in the instant of fire.Need a bit of a respray in the cabin now to tidy things up,well a driver needs some comfort even if just blatting up a hill.
Darren purchased a new 1lt oil catch tank for her as our existing one was under size for MSA hillclimb regs,space is tight so he`s gone for a cylindrical one like our existing one just to make installing it easy.
Floor pan,one side,just need spiriting off
Posted by Jeff Tue, November 15, 2011 22:46:08
Posted by Jeff Thu, October 06, 2011 23:04:08
Happy birthday for Sunday 9/10/11 m8.
30 eh lol. Time fly`s.
Someone looks chuffed..
Looking the part there Dar.Enjoy.