Land Speed Racing

Here at DIYAutoTune we’re crazy about all types of racing, and one of the craziest and coolest forms around is land speed racing, and that means the Bonneville Raceway Salt Flats just outside of Wendover, Utah.  Company owner Jerry Hoffmann has gone out to SpeedWeek in Bonneville for numerous years now helping out Hart Racing’s Gary Hart with his monster MegaSquirted Studebaker, along with a few other cars running MegaSquirt EMS’s and Innovate wideband products.

Jerry Hoffmann breaking land speed records at the Ohio Mile in his MS3-Pro 2JZ Nissan 240sx

Jerry Hoffmann Sets New Record – 217.3913MPH

Had a good weekend, spent most of it chasing my speed on my very first pass. That 217.39 stands as my all-time top speed. My third and final run Sunday I ran a 216 and change.

Still a great weekend, made five passes, all five of them were records. One of them new to me, and four of them bumping up my existing records. That makes 13 records total we currently hold with this car at The Ohio Mile.

Big thanks to Turbonetics Turbochargers for providing the boost, and CoolShirt Systems for keeping me cool. Thanks to Ball Engine Parts and Service Inc. for the 2JZ that just keeps running laps as consistently as a bracket car, and Zen Motors for helping with some items on the car as we were preparing to head out for the event!

Now to make plans to make it faster for next season. More tire for sure. And I need to work on my spool assist system to make it progressive so I can control just how much boost it builds — as it was making too much too soon, but it was ‘just right’ once I got moving.

Likely will build a spoiler for Altered classes and Belly Pan for Comp Coupe classes. Maybe more turbo? More motor? We’ll see….

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Setting 6 records at the June 2015 Ohio Mile

What a blast I had this past weekend! I’ve got more pictures I’ll post up soon, and a video I need to edit together with a new angle (GoPro just a few inches off the pavement mounted up in the grill).

In the meantime, here’s all of our time slips from the weekend. 6 records in total, three of those are new records to us (all of the BFALT records), and three were in classes where I already held the record (BGC records) but I bumped them up further, between 12mph and 20mph bumps!

Huge thanks to my crew Garvin Williamson, Jared McCombs, and Joy Hoffmann, as well as to my two ‘crew chiefs’, my 8 and 10 year old daughters who were minding the checklist at the line and keeping the team in check.

Also a huge thanks to Turbonetics Turbochargers and CoolShirt Systems for their support with our racing efforts. The turbo is doing work and doing it well and Turbonetics has been great to work with. And I’ll never race without a CoolShirt again, absolutely a critical part of what we’re doing out there and is straight up awesome when I flip that switch and feel instantly relieved from the heat inside that 5 layer suit (SFI 20).

Racing the Land Speed 240sx at the Ohio Mile – September 2014

Jerry leaving the starting line on one of many record runs.
Jerry leaving the starting line on one of many record runs.

Results from the September 2014 ECTA Ohio Mile – 7 total runs this weekend, and 7 records to show for it, 6 of which are over 200mph!

Car ran in the same configuration as the July 2014 event.  We turned the boost up to the max and found that we were pretty much already maxxing out our 67mm turbo, so in the off season we plan to increase that targeting 1100rwhp for 2015.

We did a bunch of jumping around into different engine classes on this trip.  The ECTA lets you run in your engine’s primary class (F for us which is 2.0-3.0 liters), as well as allowing us to run in bigger engine classes.  The thought being that there’s no reason someone with a bigger engine shouldn’t be able to take a record that was established with a smaller engine, so if a smaller engine can take the record they’ll let it.  We took every record in BGC (Blown Gas Coupe) from F to AA which is unlimited engine size.  That’s F, E, D, C, B, A, and AA.  Then we jumped into F/BGALT (Blown Gas Altered Coupe) which required us to duct tape up our radiator air opening in the front bumper and we took that record as well.


Here’s a video of my 205mph pass in F/BGALT

Here are a few (of the many) pictures my wonderful wife Joy took for us at this event:

DIYAutoTune.com products used on the 240SX

The land speed car uses the following products available from DIYAutoTune.com:

July 2014 ECTA Ohio Mile

Jerry being received into the ECTA 200mph Club with club t-shirt and the 'grey hat'.
Jerry being received into the ECTA 200mph Club with club t-shirt and the ‘grey hat’.

Results from the July 2014 ECTA Ohio Mile 200 MPH CLUB!   4 runs total, all on Saturday due to timing light and weather issues on Sunday.   We stepped the F/BGC record up on each of the first three runs.  177.9mph on the 1st run bumps the record ever so slightly.  Then 183.5mph on the second run bumps it again.  Then for the big one, on my third run of the day/weekend I ran 202.247mph — the first time I every used all of the throttle pedal.  What an amazing experience!

We completely re-engineered the geometry of the rear 4-link before this meet, and installed wider tires in the rear.  This made a huge difference in the handling of the car and thus was the first time I was able to use all of the throttle.  Next: More boost.  And likely a push truck to help me get through that first 1/8 mile of bogging down due to the Bonneville gears in the car.Cool little factoid– I had FTD (fastest time of the day) at this event for all cars. A few motorcycles went a little faster, but nothing on 4 wheels did this weekend.  One other car ran in the 202.1mph range, just shy of our record pass.


Check our photos from the July 2014 Ohio Mile ECTA event where we broke into the 200mph club in the DIYAutoTune Land Speed Racing 240sx running MS3-Pro!

Check out the video of the 202.247 MPH Record Run!

DIYAutoTune.com products used on the 240SX

The land speed car uses the following products available from DIYAutoTune.com:

May 2014 ECTA Ohio Mile

Driver and Crew: Left to Right Jerry Hoffmann, Torrey Colley, John Black, and Ben Berusch
Driver and Crew: Left to Right Jerry Hoffmann, Torrey Colley, John Black, and Ben Berusch

Results from the May 2014  ECTA Ohio Mile – 4 runs total.  Our fastest run of the weekend rewarded Jerry and team with their first record pushing the Ohio Mile F/BGC record from 165mph up to 177.0956mph.  Car was fairly scary to drive above about 150mph for most of the meet as traction was a problem, making keeping it straight a problem as well.  Dropping tire pressures in the rear some helped enough to get the record and go through the lights just a bit sideways with the ‘chute pulling me back straight.   Make sure to check out the video on this run– average throttle was in the 30-35% range!


 

Check out the in-car video here!

Check out our gallery for pictures of the Land Speed Racing DIYAutoTune.com 240sx in action at the May 2014 Ohio Mile race!

October 2013 ECTA Ohio Mile

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In line at the ECTA’s October 2013 Ohio Mile land speed racing event

Results from the October 2013 ECTA Ohio Mile – 3 runs.  As this was my first time driving at an ECTA event I had to earn my licenses at controlled speeds and show adequate car control, particularly when time to decel.  It was a busy event, only allowing time for 3 passes.  I licensed up at 125mph, then 150mph, then our fastest pass showed 172mph on our wheel speed sensors though we tripped the lights at 157mph.  There were light issues that day, so we’re not sure what happened there…

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Photo Gallery Tuesday 8-14-12 Speed Week 2012

Tuesday 8-14-12 – Our last day on the salt this year with a few final pics of Lee’s car and the ‘Spirit of Orangevale’.

For more pics from the rest of our trip, and info on the record setting cars we supported this year CLICK HERE!

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Photo Gallery Sunday 8-12-12 Speed Week 2012

Sunday 8-12-12, Black Opel Racing qualifies for a record and sits in impound waiting to back it up (and there are a ton of other pics too)

For more pics from the rest of our trip, and info on the record setting cars we supported this year CLICK HERE!