This past weekend I headed over to the Alpha Plus factory to what is becoming and annual trip for me. This years objectives were to first off make a break-in video that will be inserted into future engine sales to show proper disassembly and reassembly of the engine as well as proper break-in procedure. This process was a lot of fun and at times I think I felt like what a movie star would feel like. I was rehearsing and editing my script as I tried to make sure I said everything that needed to be said. All the while throughout the process funny things would happen like someones cell phone would go off or cats fighting in the background causing us to ‘cut’ and ‘take 2′! It was a cool experience and was a very memorable part of my trip. I look forward to seeing the completed product and I hope it can be of good use to future engine purchasers of Alpha Plus engines!
Next up on our agenda was to do some pipe testing. I have a new Ryan Lutz edition pipe being prepared and will be coming out in the coming months. The plan was to do some final testing with the pipe and see if we couldn’t confirm the final specs. I’m happy to say the pipe really woke up the Lutz edition engine and just gave it a better feel all over. Bottom was more crisp and responsive and the top just stretched it’s legs seemingly forever! I can’t wait for the public to get this pipe in their hands as not only is it a great number 2107 (Lucky 21 BlackJack and 07 another Vegas lucky number) but it also just seems to be that pipe that just makes the entire engine package come together for optimum performance!
Finally on our agenda was to attend the Asia Fever event at a new facility in Taiwan. This facility is held in a park like setting with an Alpaca encounter and kind of like a festival/ park like atmosphere. The track itself was huge with it being extremely high speed and also large US style jumps. Lap times were right around 40 seconds average for me dipping into the 38′s on my perfect laps. I ran Nitro Buggy and truggy as well as E-Buggy. I was able to handily take TQ in all 3 classes. However throughout it all I had some crazy electrical type gremlins and just things that never happen to me occurring throughout the entire event. Unfortunately those things also occurred during my Nitro mains. In Buggy it happened in my Semi-Final when after 22 minutes of racing and nearly a 2 lap lead on the field and 8 minutes to go I had a mechanical gremlin followed closely by an electrical one again taking me out of the race. We raced to get the car back on the track and got in the final two laps of the race but it was to late at that point and I didn’t transfer to the A. In Truggy there was only the A-main. After about 10 minutes of the race I had over half a lap lead and extending and another crazy gremlin struck putting me in pit lane for nearly 2 laps until we figured it out. Got back out nearly a lap down and caught all the way back up to battle for the lead for the final 4 minutes only to make a couple to many mistakes as the leader made his car super wide and I just couldn’t get around cleanly settling for a hard charging 2nd.
Overall even though I would have loved to have won everything I realize that it just wasn’t meant to be this time around. My cars were super fast all weekend and I feel I put on a good show. The participants at this event were all so nice and I look forward as always to my next trip to Taiwan.
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