A successful day’s testing for us yesterday at a very windy Santa Pod “Back on Track” day. After nearly 2 years away it was good to see the team again and some of our fellow competitors, blinking in the sunlight as we gradually emerge from virus lockdown, and to get our first runs under our belts since October 2018.
A number of small issues were corrected during the day with the help of Mark Harrison from Horsepower Factory UK.
First run was a launch and 2 seconds of power, the clutch pulled the bike through the beams for a red light and the turbo speeds were reading high.
Second run the bike pulled through the beams again, left hardish with a little hesitation, 1.18 to 60′ and shutoff at 2.5 seconds for a 3.05 at 330′. A hose had come off a wastegate causing a 50psi boost spike. The small turbo was saved by an rpm limiter we have installed to prevent it overspeeding. We fixed the hose and the turbo speed readings.
The third run was more controlled, another red light though, with a low (for us) 38psi launch and run shutoff at 1000′ for a 7.27 @ 171mph, which was a the quickest run of the weekend at that point. Stu Crane later pipped us with 7.24 190mph on his new turbo bike being tuned remotely by someone in America. Donald Trump maybe? Who knows. Anyway good work Stu!
We went to the startline one more time. It was completely empty but the bike would not start so we called it a day. We later found out that the M&W CDI ignition unit had switched the ignition off on the previous run when it failed due to a corrosive substance attacking the circuit board. Most likely this was the fire extinguisher fluid used on the bike in 2018.
Pics from Julian Hunt, Mike “The Crow” Kraaij and our Sarah.