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Moses Smith heads to Mid Ohio Sports Car Course
Submitted by ae on Thursday, June 24, 2004 - 5:46amSubmit A Story

Moses Smith heads to Mid Ohio Sports Car Course for round two of the Star Mazda North American Championship.

Chandler, AZ - After a three month hiatus from racing Moses Smith and his 3Dimensional Services / HASA Pool products Formula Mazda heads to the Mid West to compete at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This will be round two of the ten race series.

In the Star Mazda Series, every racer receives the same race vehicle which insures that race results are based heavily on the driver’s skill. The Formula Mazda is a Carbon fiber composite, 1090 lbs., 240 horsepower, open wheel race car. The engine is a 13b "Renesis" rotary engine that is rev limited to 6,800 rpm and equipped with a rev limiter, traction control, and a pit speed limiter. A driver has the opportunity to adjust his car's shocks (two way), anti-sway bars, wing angles, and brake bias (cockpit controlled).

Sebring was a great success for Moses. He finished second, after having put together this season’s efforts six days before the first race. The combination of Moses’ driving proficiency, the American Speed Factory’s excellent race prep, and the support of 3 Dimensional Services/HASA Pool Products is proving to be a very promising.

The last time Moses drove at Mid-Ohio was in 2002 with the standard Formula Mazda. “This track is one of my most challenging, it is a lot of fun to drive, but for me it is tough to find speed” Moses commented on his last attempt at trying to tame the 15 turn 2.25 mile road course. “The team and I have been testing here during our down time between races, so I am more confident than ever about the weekend”.

This race is sure to be exciting with 42 entries pre-registered. This will make this race the biggest class for the weekend.

Check back to www.mosessmith.com daily for updates. Testing will commence on Thursday and run through Friday, with Qualifying and the Race on Saturday.

www.mosessmith.com

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subject:
Well if you can modify an all
author:
No Rotor
date:
June 24, 2004 - 3:23pm
Well if you can modify an all motor S4/S5/S6 13B to deliver 240 @ 6800 (yes, you can) then why does the same thing with the renesis seem far fetched?
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subject:
Rev limit
author:
No Rotor
date:
June 24, 2004 - 1:04pm
6,800 RPM redline? I thought that they were using the rotary engine out of the Mazda RX-8 which has a 9,000 RPM redline and a 9,400 RPM rev limiter. If the revs were limited to only 6,800 RPMs I highly doubt that they would be able to get 240 Hp out of the engine.
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subject:
Rev Limiter is set at 8,500
author:
No Rotor
date:
July 12, 2004 - 3:18am
For the New Pro Formula Mazda with the Renesis Engine, the rev limiter is set at 8,500 RPM. The old cars, which you might have seen, were set at 6,800.
Luis Schiavo
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subject:
My thoughts exactly
author:
date:
June 24, 2004 - 1:33pm
I thought the whole idea of the rotary was to spin effortlessly to 10k rpm? So why would they rev-limit this race car? I thought a race rotary would redline at 12k or higher?
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subject:
my thoughts as well
author:
No Rotor
date:
June 24, 2004 - 2:27pm
I highly doubt mine is generating 240hp at 6800; the sweetest part of the band is about 6K-8500 and even in street trim of 3000lbs it seems to pull so strong to 9500 at the fuel cutoff that I've hit it without realizing I was that close before. But... with just over 1000lbs that thing has to be a blast to drive - which is the only reason I could possibly see to limit the engine like that. Unless it was a typo and it's really 9800. That would make a lot more sense.
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subject:
Just politics
author:
No Rotor
date:
June 24, 2004 - 6:17pm
The story is correct; they are artifically rev limited to 6,800 rpm, as a means to de-tune them. Why? Because the racing class must "fit" in the overall scheme of things. Formula Mazda's cannot, politically, be permitted to lap faster than the "higher" (bigger $$$) racing classes, like Toyota Atlantic. Either they rev limit them, add a bunch of weight, take away the wings or whatever. I imagine they went with the rev limiter so that they could remain light, aerodynamic, high-downforce cars -- better to train good drivers in. I think they made the right decision. All the cars are "spec", so the racing comes down to driver skill.
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subject:
I realize that this is a spec
author:
No Rotor
date:
June 25, 2004 - 6:56am
I realize that this is a spec class but it is rather misleading for them to advertise them as a car with 240 Hp. Well that's politics for you.

Though it would be funny to watch the Formula Mazda run faster lap times than the more expensive Toyota Atlantic cars. :)
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subject:
Boring
author:
No Rotor
date:
June 25, 2004 - 12:09am
6,800 r/min from a motor that delivers 9k in a street car?? What a bore.

You guys in USA must really like dumbing down your motorsport - first indycars, now this. At least the world still has F1...
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