Optima Search For the Ultimate Street Car at Road America, 2021!

What a weekend. With the demise of the Probe’s second engine at Time Trials, we’ve been campaigning the Buick. We had an encouraging event at Atlanta Motorsports Park, with a solid 385 point performance despite the car giving us fits, basically refusing to run properly at wide open throttle. But, we did well enough, and …

Huge Update! Time Trials, Optima, explosions, fire!

It’s been awhile since we’ve updated anything here. Time for a long post. The tldr; Turbocharged the Probe Tuned the Probe Raced the Probe and broke it Fixed the Probe Race the Probe again and really broke it Switched to the Buick Raced the Buick, broke it Fixed the Buick Raced the Buick again That’s …

More Probe Updates (including the DYNO!)

We’ve been busy. This Probe is just about ready for its debut. In our last update we had largely completed the turbo build, but there were lots of odds and ends to deal with after that. Prior to buttoning up the front end of the car, for instance, we had to do some body and …

Turbocharging a Ford Probe, Parts 2 and 3

Well, last installment was the beginning of taking the car apart to turbocharge it. The rest of it is all about trying to put it back together. And man, too much to write. So I made videos! Part 1: Part 2: And today’s installment, Part 3: This get’s us caught up. There’s still a lot …

Turbocharging a Ford Probe – Part 1

Well, after finishing off the interior of the car, including carpeting and a new sound system, it was finally time to move on to the fun part: The turbocharger kit. I did an unboxing video for the very incomplete kit a few weeks ago, you can find that video here. Now has come time to …

The Probe’s winter transformation has begun!

Long time, no write, because I’ve been BUSY. Work has not let up like it usually does towards the end of the year, but the lack of a commute due to the transition to work-at-home still leaves me time to wrench. And boy, have I been wrenching. And cutting. And welding. First, the reasons. The …

OUSCI at COTA and the season recap

Well, the 2020 racing season has come to a close for me. I can sum it up in one word: Wow. The decision to run this Probe turned out to be one of the best automotive decisions I’ve ever made. The car is fun. The risk level is low. The consumables are lower. Plus, it …

2020 Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car wrap-up (NCM + OUSCI)

Well, this past weekend was the last regularly scheduled racing date for me for the year. I trudged 100 miles down the road to NCM Motorsports Park for round 7 of the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car. I really enjoy this series, and if you remember from my post last December unveiling the …