Team Import Tuner

It’s been a week since we received an update for Team Import Tuner, which is competing in the upcoming Red Bull Soapbox Race in Downtown Los Angeles. The last update featured some background on the team members and a little bit about how the build was going. The following will focus on the final design, the overall build and how they plan on surviving the downhill race.

While Gary Castillo was busy working on the chassis, Troy Sumitomo started to go full on with construction of the body for the soapbox car. The team was lucky to trick Troy into helping with this project because when it comes to styling he’s one of the best. He was fresh from completing a Scion FR-S Concept car that went to the NY Auto Show so when we met up with him it was an easy choice to model the soapbox car after it.

The Import Tuner Chassis

For all the body panels Troy made a mold of each section and then laid it with fiberglass.

Once all of the body panels were made, they are put together to form the entire shell for the soapbox body. 

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After the body was put together the car was put into the paint booth to lay down a sick candy red paint job.

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With the body completed it was time to finish up the chassis. Anyone who knows a car guys knows that they simply can’t leave well enough alone. They are always tweaking something -- nothing ever goes fast enough or looks cool enough.

Inside the Soapbox Car

Gary and Philip Chase used their race car experience on the design of the dual a-arm and push rod suspension, somewhat modeled after what the Red Bull F1 cars run. This ended up taking a lot longer then expected to put together -- they worked on this thing every night ’til 2 a.m.).

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Rod ends for the suspension arms from Summit Racing

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With the a-arm setup the team was able to adjust camber, caster and toe. Is this suspension setup overkill? You’re damn right it is, but it doesn’t stop there.

We went with a set of Wilwood JR. Dragster calipers and cross drilled rotors to make sure our driver Dai Yoshihara can control his speed down the track.

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The “oh shit” handle

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Almost done with the chassis

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With the race taking place on Saturday, May 21, in the streets of Downtown LA, the team will see if their over engineered car without a motor has what it takes.

For more on the build up check us out on Facebook: facebook.com/importtunermag

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