Goodwin Racing Turbo NC Gets Resurrected
This project has been sitting in the back of the shop for a couple years. This is one of two cars that GWR acquired a long while ago from a Formula Drift team. Many are familiar with the sister car which was stripped down and built into Brian’s yellow “NC Light” AKA the Banana. That car was all about low weight and tons of mechanical grip. It used a naturally aspirated 2.5L built for World Challenge racing and went on to set several records with Brian behind the wheel.
While the Banana was being raced, this second car was getting built in the background, but this one with a turbo. If the Banana was a ridiculous assembly of awesome stuff, this turbo car is perhaps even more ridiculous (In a good way). However, it’s never been to the racetrack. It made good power on the dyno and needed more fuel to go higher, but as sometimes happens at a busy shop, the project got sidelined.
Fast forward to now and here she is, just dragged out into the sunlight:
We're going to dust this thing off and finish it. We’ll update the fuel system, feed it some corn, and see what it’ll do. Whatever power it makes, we’ll call it good and take it racing.
Because the car never made it past the dyno testing stage, there are a lot of loose ends to be tied up. My task is to take this awesome assembly of parts that it currently is and give it some purpose and direction, some elbow grease and perhaps a bit of my own flavor and make a finished, fast car out of it. Might as well share it with all of you guys while I'm at it!
The (short) list of what we’re working with: stripped/seam welded/caged tub, Cosworth 2.3L dry sump engine, Jenvey intake manifold/TB, turbo system, side-exit exhaust, Motec ECU, custom wiring harness, rear-mount oil cooler, AIM Dash, Tilton pedal set, Ohlins R&T Race coilovers, Enkei RPF1 18x10s…
We’ll be able to apply much of what was learned with making the Banana fast directly to this, but with more power and more aero it should be quite a recipe for some fun!
She is now on a lift in the shop, parts are being ordered, and a plan of attack is forming. :naughty: