It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since our last update, but things couldn’t be more exciting here at Essa Autosport. In our last update, we had our 2013 SLP Camaro in pieces, parts and thoughts scattered all over the shop. With a week to go until our date with Formula Drift – Streets of Long Beach, the car is quickly becoming the machine we set out to build with the support of some of the best companies in the automotive business.
First and foremost, we want to again thank SLP – Street Legal Performance for the support of our 2015 Formula Drift program. Without the amazing SLP supercharged 5th generation Camaro chassis they provided, our program and involvement with all the other companies who are supporting us, would simply not be so. This chassis continues to impress us as we build and fabricate the details to make it a competitive machine. The Essa Autosport team is excited to debut the Camaro in Long Beach!
Radium Engineering and Fuel Safe have come aboard to handle all of the supercharged LS3’s fuel needs. In a collaboration between the two companies, Radium’s Fuel Cell Surge Tank sits inside a Fuel Safe Flex Fuel Cell which is tucked into the rear of the car. Radium Engineering also sent over their competition oil catch can. The build quality of these components are top notch, and we look forward to putting them to task.
Donkey Power Injection sent over a set of their super high flow injectors capable of 1000whp, which we hope to be making in the near future with the help of IGNITE Racing Fuel. IGNITE is supplying us with with Ignite 114, which is a 114 octane ethanol/race gas blend that we have been using for years with great results!
ST Suspensions is supplying key suspension components, sending over a set of triple adjustable motorsport coilovers, and also supporting us with setup and tuning throughout the season. Having a suspension engineer advising us on shock setup is a huge benefit!
We needed a driveline that would handle the instant torque of the SLP supercharged LS3 going back to our sticky Yokohama Advan tires. The Driveshaft Shop filled that need, sending us a custom aluminum driveshaft and race axles capable of 1000+ hp. Essa has run The Driveshaft Shop products on all his drift cars for years, and they are so reliable that he ran them all year long with no failures. Driveline reliability played a huge role in winning the 2013 Formula Drift Championship.
AEM Performance Electronics is supporting us with their Infinity 8H ECU and sensors to control the fuel and spark going to the SLP Supercharged LS3.
We have a lot of work to do here at Essa Autosport. The SLP Camaro is looking like a solid, competitive machine, and we are already confident that this will be an impressive machine that will represent our sponsors and what they have done for us. Formula Drift – Streets of Long Beach is just 1 week away. We look forward to seeing our fans, old and new. Stop by our pit, check out the build, and cheer us on!
Stay tuned for more Essa Autosport updates!
Words and photos by David Karey – firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 1987, SLP has stood for quality performance enhancements for late-model American Muscle cars from the beginning, and it continues this commitment today. SLP’s initial claim to fame says it all: It was the first company in the performance aftermarket to develop and manufacture a 50-state emission-legal performance package — specifically for V8 Camaros and Firebirds. True to its name (“Street Legal Performance”), the vision of SLP’s part program is to not just provide performance, but to do so with the best engineering practices and quality possible, far exceeding the industry standards. Visit http://www.slponline.com
About Radium Engineering
With thorough research and development utilizing state of the art equipment, Radium designs all products in-house with the goal to enhance the driving experience and solve problems that keep vehicles from reaching their full potential. Extensive testing and evaluation ensures the durability and integrity of Radium products exceed consumer expectations. Currently, Radium manufactures an expanding collection of motorsport parts and accessories for high performance and racing focusing on their revolutionary fuel surge tank line and PCV oil catch can systems. An ever expanding collection of application specific parts are also being created. Visit http://www.radiumauto.com
About Fuel Safe
For over 30 years Fuel Safe has manufactured fuel bladders and fuel accessories for each and every form of racing. Our fuel bladders are approved for use in all types of motor sports from hobby stock to NASCAR, micro sprints to the Outlaws, buggies to trophy trucks, the most classic vintage cars to the highest performance road racers, as well as IRL and Champ cars. Visit http://fuelsafe.com
About Donkey Power Injection
Donkey Power Injection has been apart of the racing and performance world for nearly 15yrs. Thru these years we have done thousands of hours of dyno testing and countless hours at the track! All our products are RACE proven and track tested! As well as street tested! Visit http://donkeypowerinjection.com
About IGNITE Racing Fuel
In addition to their high performance ethanol fuel, specially formulated for high performance and racing applications, IGNITE now includes a line of high performance lubricants that can deliver the protection you need, on and off the track. Visit http://igniteracingfuel.com
About ST Suspensions
Founded in the early 80’s in Southern California, under the company name of Suspension Techniques. Suspension Techniques developed many innovative products and solutions in response to market demands. Utilizing quality materials, modern technologies and streamline processes. Suspension Techniques was able to provide excellent value for their product in the marketplace. Suspension Techniques soon established themselves as a recognized name the Sport Compact suspension tuning industry. This success helped garner the attention of many enthusiasts and tuners resulting in a strong growth in the brand in the USA. Visit http://www.stsuspensions.com
About The Driveshaft Shop
For the past 30 years, we’ve designed many of the driveshafts used in numerous record setting racecars. We offer driveshafts in aluminum, steel, chromoly and now carbon fiber so we can design a solution that fits your needs. Each driveshaft we produce is dynamically balanced at over 9000 RPMs to ensure unbeatable reliability. If you need a custom part, give us a call. We specialize in the impossible. Visit http://www.driveshaftshop.com
About AEM Performance Electronics
Just like you, the staff at AEM races. We buy and install parts too, and we don’t like to compromise. So, if we identify a unique product idea that delivers a real solution or figure out a way to make something work better and cost less, we make it. AEM’s passion for making products that are considered unattainable for most racers attainable for the racing masses is evident in everything we design and manufacture. Whether you race on four wheels or two, at the track or in the dirt, sand, salt, snow or water, helping you go faster, set records and win inspires AEM to create its products. Visit http://www.aemelectronics.com
About Formula Drift
Formula Drift is currently in its 12th season and is renowned and recognized as the international leader of drift championships. After having started in the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved to become a worldwide automotive sport which challenges driver skills in vehicle control. Formula Drift provides a platform for professional dirft racers to compete on a national level to claim the coveted Formula Drift champion crown. As the world leader in drift racing, Formula Drift pushes the sport to its extreme and attracts all levels and types of auto enthusiasts. To obtain more information on the calendar of events and tickets, visit www.formuladrift.com.