You can expect some talented future engineers from Oaks Christian High School (Westlake Village, CA), class of 2016! Following their passion while wrapping up the demanding requirements of their senior year, a team of dedicated students worked to complete the end-of-the-year school project for their AP Physics class.
Under the banner of “Rivazza Racing” (named for the famous corner of an Italian racetrack), the student team transformed a 1997 BMW 328i into a “track ready” racer and realized their dream of driving laps with it at the Fontana Auto Club Speedway before graduation.
They used Harbor Freight Tools exclusively to work on this project:
Work performed on the car included an overhauled suspension complete with new shocks, springs, sway bars and bushings. New slotted and drilled brake rotors were installed as well as racing brake pads. Larger, lightweight 16 inch rims with 225/50/r16 performance tires replaced the standard 15-inch rims. The cooling system was also overhauled with a low-temperature thermostat, aluminum thermostat housing, new water pump and a clutch fan complete with a full temperature controlled electric fan conversion to keep the car cool on the track.
The intake system was converted to a short ram intake, insulated by a heat shield. Lastly, the car was completely stripped of any extra weight; every bit of the interior was taken out: front and rear seats, door panels and all insulation. Two racing bucket seats with 4-point harnesses were installed in place of the standard seats.
Hats off to the Rivazza Racing Team of Adam Ferla, Nick Matta and Marius Jatulis who will be studying mechanical engineering at CU-Boulder, Southern Methodist University and Cal Poly SLO respectively this fall. Of course, these students also have impeccable driving records!
You can find all the tools mentioned above and a whole lot more at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!