King of the Mountain: part 2

Posted: July 28, 2010 in Best Forza-ing

Meet the competitors…

Well here we are, the trucks have rolled in, the dyno has been set up and the cars are ready for inspection.  It’s a nice sunny day in the town of Kaido at the bottom of the mountain, perfect weather for driving way too fast on really dangerous roads.  The locals don’t seem too happy about us being here.  Something about disturbing their peace and quiet, oh well, there won’t be much of that for a while.

Let’s get started.

[b][u]GROUP 1[/b][/u]


Zonda | 1990 BMW M3 (E30)

Ah, first car and it’s rear wheel drive!  With a dealer value of $15,000 this was once a modest car, but add $81,000 in parts and it becomes a racing weapon.  Sporting over 330 horsepower @ 7,800 rpm and 255 ft/lb of torque @ 5,300 rpm the M3’s inline 4 cylinder (bored to 2.6 litres) has more than enough power to motivate it’s 2,500 lb frame.  The Rieger body kit with Forza 3 adjustable wings front and rear should keep that power down on the ground.  Aiding in the grip department are a set of TSW Hockenheim R wheels in silver wrapped in 225/45R16 tires front and rear.  Hopefully the relatively narrow rear wheels don’t cost this car too much grip on the uphill.

[u]Benchmark Notes:[/u]

0-60: 5.4s

0-100: 10.4s

top speed: 162.8 mph

60-0: 121.4’

100-0: 329.6’

gs @ 60: 0.96

gs @ 120: 0.96


Slim | 2007 Audi TT Coupe S-Line

This car is a bit of a surprise, I didn’t expect a TT, though I suppose I should learn to expect the unexpected by now.  With a fairly steep asking price of $35,000 from the dealer I didn’t expect anyone to throw $77,000 in parts at it to drive it down a mountain.  But here it is.  Pumping 269 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 257 ft/lbs of torque at a near idle 2,500 rpm to all four wheels make this car an ideal hill climber.  The fact that the car only weighs 2,509 lbs helps in that regard.  With Pirelli racing slicks sized 225/35R19 hugging 19” Volk TE-37’s in white this thing should stick anywhere, could Slim have tuned out the understeer?  Time will tell…

[u]Benchmark Notes:[/u]

0-60: 4.0s

0-100: 10.8s

top speed: 131.4mph

60-0: 119.9’


gs @ 60: 1.23

gs @ 120: 1.27


Peter | 1999 Mitsubishi Evo VI GSR

Ah, our first Evo.  This black beauty from the UK is in stealth paint, even sporting the stock wheels, sleeper style.  Ok so the full FM3 wing kit kind of gives away the whole sleeper thing, but it’s still pretty quiet compared to the first two.  Peter’s added  $61,000 in parts to this Evo for this, seriously massaging the rally homologation special into a near world rally contender.  With all the money dumped into this build, not too much went into the engine.  Only an upgraded intercooler and flywheel reside under the Vis hood and the engine still displaces 2.0 litres.  The result is 292 hp @ 6,500 rpm and 313 ft/lbs of torque at a very useable 3,000 rpm.  With only 2444 lbs to pull around hopefully it will be enough to get up the hill in a spirited fashion.

[u]Benchmark Notes:[/u]

0-60: 3.7s

0-100: 9.7s

top speed: 143.8 mph

60-0: 112.2’

100-0: 282.5’

gs @ 60: 1.25

gs @ 120: 1.31

[b][u]GROUP 2[/b][/u]

[IMG][/IMG]Shredder | 2010 Nissan 370Z

Hey, our first Z car.  A 370Z costs about $32,000 from the dealer and it looks as though Shredder has spent quite a bit of money building it for something as there’s over $300,000 worth of parts in the trunk and (hopefully) installed (lol).  Keeping the stock 3.7 litre V6 under hood but swapping in an R34 sourced AWD drivetrain for more grip.  The stock engine still makes the standard 332 hp and 270 ft/lbs of torque but will it be enough to push the hefty 3389 lbs up the mountain?  If the Bridgestone slicks on Enkei RPF1 wheels sized 275/35R19 up front and 295/35R19 in the rear have anything to say about it, it should.

[u]Benchmark Notes:[/u]

0-60: 4.3s

0-100: 12.6

top speed: 160.6mph

60-0: 126.3’

100-0: 318.2’

gs @ 60: 1.22

gs @ 120: 1.24


Forzadude | 2009 VW Scirocco GT

The dude arrives with a new VW hatch with just about everything swapped for something bigger and badder.  Under the hood resides a 3.6 litre V6 and AWD drivetrain sourced from the Golf R36.  Hanging off the hot side of the motor is a single turbo upgrade pressurizing the intake charge.  All this is good for 364 hp @ 6,600 rpm and 317 ft/lbs of torque at a very low 2,400 rpm making for easy acceleration uphill.  With W compound Bridgestone rubber on Lowenhart LDR wheels sized 235/40R18 the Scirocco should grip but with only a FM3 front bumper, will it grip in the right ways?

[u]Benchmark Notes:[/u]

0-60 :3.6s

0-100: 9.1s

top speed: 175.9mph

60-0: 125.5’

100-0: 322.6’

gs @ 60: 1.03

gs @ 120: 1.03


Millross | 2006 Lotus Exige Cup240

For our second RWD entry we’re brought this svelte, supercharged Lotus.  A little subtle massaging went into this blue bomber to prepare it for touge duty.  A valve job was all it took to bring the supercharged Toyota 4-cylinder up to 256 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm and 183 ft/lbs of torque at 5,500 rpm from it’s 1.8 litres of displacement.  A full FM3 body kit aids in high speed grip while the Yokohama racing slicks on WedsSport TC 105N wheels sized 215/45R16 up front and 235/45R17 in the back handle the mechanical grip duties.  Despite the engine’s low output, the slim Lotus’ 2026 lbs frame should be easy to motivate and the rearward weight bias of the MR chassis should aid grip on the uphill.

[u]Benchmark Notes:[/u]

0-60: 4s

0-100: 11.3s

top speed: 143.5mph

60-0: 102.4’

100-0: 263.4’

gs @ 60: 1.24

gs @ 120: 1.34


hcj | 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432R

hcj arrives with the second Z car, though it’s really the first chronologically.  He’s taken this $12,000 classic S30 chassis and added $73,000 in modern parts to it for competition duty.  Dropping the venerable carbureted L28 for a much more potent RB26 from an R34 Nur and beefing up the ignition system nets 371 horsepower @ 6600 rpm and 317 ft/lbs of torque at a very useable 4400 rpm.  The chassis has been put on a considerable diet leaving it at a paltry 2,456 lbs.  The Bridgestone racing slicks are mounted on the original 1969 14” wheels sized 175/70R14 up front and 235/50R14 in back might not be enough grip for the uphill and the high sidewalls may make cornering sloppy, but the AWD system should take all the fear out of unexpected slides.

[u]Benchmark Notes:[/u]

0-60: 3.9s

0-100: 10.5s

top speed: 151.6mph

60-0: 188.3’

100-0: 301’

gs @ 60: 1.16

gs @ 120: 1.17

[b][u]GROUP 3[/b][/u]


DRIFTGOD187 | 1999 Mitsubishi Evo VI GSR

The second Evo comes from DRIFTGOD.  Spending $14,000 on the car and $83,800 on parts this one is built considerably different than Peter’s.  Adding an intake and some ignition upgrades bring the 2.0 litre turbo four to 300 hp @ 6,500 rpm and a stump pulling 321 ft/lbs of torque at 3,000 rpm with a 7k redline.  This extra power comes at the expense of tires, the stock tires are installed on Volk TE37’s sized 265/35R18 all around.  The rally themed Evo sports an Erebuni body kit with a Sarona design rear wing and a Bozz Speed vented hood to keep the engine cool.  Will the lack of adjustable aero hurt this car on the downhill or will the extra power make up for it on the uphill?  We’ll see soon enough.

[u]Benchmark Notes:[/u]

0-60: 3.8s

0-100: 9.3s

top speed: 160.9mph

60-0: 115.1’

100-0: 304.2’

gs @ 60: 1.09

gs @ 120: 1.08


DeGlekke | 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX Sti

Our first Subaru comes by way of Belgium.  Starting with a $27,000 car then adding $68,000 in parts is not for the faint of heart.  This particular $68,000 went towards the 327 hp at 6,000 rpm and 359 ft/lbs of torque at a nice and useable 3,500 rpm.  Substantial suspension, chassis and drivetrain upgrades also abound along with a ChargeSpeed rear bumper.  The stock tires are mounted on some lightweight BBS RK wheels (in gold of course) sized a massive 245/40R18 all around.  It will be interesting to see how these no aero cars do on the mountain.

[u]Benchmark Notes:[/u]

0-60: 4.1s

0-100: 10.2s

top speed: 162.9mph

60-0: 199’

100-0: 315.9’

gs @ 60: 1.04

gs @ 120: 1.00


FordZorz | 1980 Fiat 131 Abarth

And finally, with the second oldest car in the running, FordZorz and his Fiat 131.  This nimble little Italian machine costs a hefty $60,00 in good condition and adding in another $85,000 in parts just to drive up and down a mountain (really fast) is madness…  and I like madness.  Everything but a turbo has been thrown at this engine to make some ponies, bored and stroked to 2.2 litres this 4 banger screams up to a 9000 rpm redline and manages a respectable 254 hp @ 8,300 rpm and a lowly 198 ft/lbs of torque @ 4,700 rpm.  The little Fiat doesn’t really need a lot of power to motivate all of it’s anorexic 1954 lbs up and down the mountain, but in the present company any little bit helps.

[u]Benchmark Notes:[/u]

0-60: 5.2s

0-100: 11.1s

top speed: 142.5 mph

60-0: 103.3’

100-0: 279’

gs @ 60: 1.2

gs @ 120: 1.16

So there you have it.  All the cars, grouped up and everything.

Next: Round 1 begins…


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