I have known Lenny for years and have always admired his red M3. When he isn’t throwing his 50mph curve ball he is a BMW freak and will never let go of his beloved E30. He has owned an E46 M3 and also a E60 M5 but that special place in his heart belongs to the E30. You can catch this car running at New Jersey Motorsports Park chasing down M5′s . The car is amazing and I got to move it around and didn’t stall once This 1990 M3 at mere 2800 lbs had no trouble pulling away from big ol GS300 even with the nice little turbo under the hood. Check out the specs
2.3L S14 engine
Racing Dynamic front & rear sway bars
Sparco front & Rear strut brace
Stainless Steel brake lines
UUC short shifter
Recaro SRD racing seat
Schroth racing harness
VSR1 roll bar
Evolution III rear wing flap
Evolution II front chin spoiler
I had the opportunity to meet up with the Map Rally Team at the last RallyCar event at New Jersey Motorsports Park in November. I knew before the event that the team and their young star Mark Piatkowski was going on new venture by converting their awd WRX into a rwd car. Mark really didn’t have a chance to get an event under his belt with the new setup before the last race so everything was new to him during the day. In the first heat Mark took first place and things were looking great for the day, but as the day progressed the lack of power of the WRX 2.5 RS became an issue. Overall Mark and team had a great day, a new experience with their car and some thing to build on for the 2011 season. I will meet with the team again soon to go over the 2011 season and changes being made to the car. Let’s get to meet the 21 year old Mark ( Happy Birthday by the way ) and see what makes him drive rally.
With all the young guys these days wanting to be drifters; what made you want to be a rally driver?
Rallying is something I have always wanted to do, and I can wholeheartedly say that it is my passion. My dad was a rally driver overseas in his native country Poland (where the sport of rallying is very popular), and once he moved to the US he rallied for a couple of years here as well. So I guess you can say rallying is in my blood. I find myself being very fortunate that I was brought up with a rally mindset, because I truly believe that rally is a very exciting and unique sport that is still undiscovered here stateside. All it needs here in the US is a dedicated media program to outreach to the public, and I believe that rallying will follow in Drifting’s footsteps
What did you find the hardest part of making the Subie RWD?
To be honest, the process of converting a Subaru to RWD is not all that difficult. In essence, you take the center differential out of the car (which is accessible without dropping the transmission), gut the center diff’s plates and gears, and weld the entire case so it spins as a whole. Put it back in, and voila! However, I think the hardest part of the conversion is the unknown factor. In this I mean not knowing how everything is going to hold up to racing abuse. Because essentially a Subaru is designed from the ground up as a AWD car- AWD suspension geometry, AWD drivetrain layout, AWD components, etc. So going into the event as a RWD Subaru, we did not know how everything was going to handle and hold up with all its power going to just the rear wheels.
Do you like running RWD over AWD?
I love RWD- its a complete blast! There is nothing like going sideways. It took me back to my highschool days, where we all would drift friends Miata’s and other RWD cars until the tires sparked from the threads. We would do that on a daily basis. With that being said, AWD is faster no matter how you put it. Having those extra two front wheels spinning yields more traction, and enables you to take corners faster without worrying about spinning tires.
With this being your first year running rally , what event did you enjoy the most?
Picking a favorite event is a bit like selecting your favorite child. Both have their pluses and minuses, but at the end of the day you cannot choose a clear cut favorite. STPR and NEFR 2010 were obviously stage rallies, and the goal for them is to get used to the rally notes, drive clean, and get to the finish. I managed to do just that, and finish in 1st place on both occasions without a relative scratch on the car. Rallycross is quite different in nature, since youre driving the same ~45sec track several times over the course of the weekend with cars side by side. Both are exhilarating, both a fun, but both offer two completely different weekends. With that being said, I still have a passion for stage rallying, but I will by no means discount the opportunity of a Rallycross if my wallet is elastic enough
What have you improved on the most about your driving skills from your first event till the last event at NJMP you raced?
Driving an AWD car in stage rally and driving a RWD car in Rallycross is very different, and I had to completely relearn the car for this weekends Rallycross. But one main thing that I did this weekend as opposed to others, is that I took the car to its absolute limit. I could not go any faster with the equipment that I had. I couldn’t and didn’t want to do this at the STPR and NEFR rallys, because there are a lot of elements and things to learn, that going 100% on your first stage rally wasn’t of my best interest with my financial situation.
What are your goals for the 2011 season for the team and yourself.
For 2011, I want to continue to progress in speed at stage rallys, because I know for a fact that I can go faster. Now that I gained confidence and I’m more familiar with rally stage notes from 2010, I cannot wait to do my next event. I think as time, media coverage, and my confidence progresses, I can rise to the top and excel at this sport if I play my cards correctly. Hopefully I can land some sponsorship deal in the future, so I can be given the opportunity to do more events, and not worry about every $100 dollars that is in my bank account. I just need to thank my crew, sponsors, and supporters who are just as passionate at seeing me succeed, as I am at this unique sport of rally.
I went out specifically looking for a clean FC to shoot and couldn’t have found the better candidate. Rob has one of the cleanest most oem looking FC you’ll ever see with a touch of moderness. He is a huge FC fan and this isn’t the first one he has built but definately the one he will not let go. If we can get Rotaryfest going this year we can see more of this car and other sweet Mazdas.
car is a 1988 ( s4 ) with S5 bumpers, mirrors, TIE skirts, and S5 coupe taillights and turn signals all custom tinted. Corksport Odura front lip. I have owned it since 1994-1995, used to daily drive it, I repainted the car 10 years ago.
Has full TII drivetrain swap, I had the transmission and rear end rebuilt before it was installed.
Engine is a combination of parts. It has S5 irons and housings, S4 front cover with a mechanical OMP that injects 2 stroke oil from a remote reservoir using linkage off the throttle body. S6 ( FD ) rotating assembly, new oil pump.
Ribbed belt custom conversion and car retains air conditioning that consists of a FD compressor mounted on a PS delete custom modified bracket, also ribbed belt. FD alternator.
Engine is street ported, engine and drivetrain was installed and without the help of RX-Parts.com, Roan, Steve, Marley, and Chris it could not have happened. Speed Tek handled the exhaust from the wrapped Himni downpipe to the Racing Beat REV II exhaust. Custom carbon kevlar clutch with a modified ACT pressure plate, Racing Beat 12lb flywheel, clutch hydraulics are all new with along with stainless line
Turbo is Garrett TO4B on a HKS manifold and wastegate, BOV is greddy. I caught a lot of crap for going with a small turbo but with supporting fuel mods consisting of a new Supra TT fuel pump feeding 850 primary and 1680 secondary injectors on a KG Parts fuel rail and Aeromotive FPR it put down exactly 400hp on the dyno. Intercooler is the Greddy kit, radiator is Koyo, Taurus electric fan controlled by the ECU.
MSD and M&W igniters improve the stock coils and engine management is a Wolf V500 meticulously tuned by Waynespeed with a new wiring harness.
Seats are 209 Mazdaspeed 3 seats with custom Wedge rails, custom mats and black carpet conversion, custom gauge pods house Autometer and Blitz gauges, shiftlight is from Raptor Performance also controlled by the Wolf. Stereo is Sony, JL woofer in the trunk, sony amp, and Polk speakers. Steering wheel is a jspec Momo, no adaptors needed. Voodoo shift knob custom drilled and tapped, Redline custom leather shift and brake boots.
Wheels are 18″ BBS RS-GTs wrapped in Bridgestone Potenzas 225 front and 255 rear, KYB AGXs shocks and Racing Beat coupe springs, Racing Beat DTSS eliminators and rear camber adjusters, Powerslot rotors and Hawk pads, entire hydraulic system is all new along with stainless lines.
The goal with the car was to have it run, look, and perform as if, or better, then it would have come from the factory and it succeeded. Plans this winter are mild, going to swap out the UIM and change some of the IC piping and perhaps swap injectors and fuel pump to retune the car to run on E85 which should give a 10% increase in power and run cleaner, the wolf has the ability to switch maps with the flick of a toggle switch so it will be able to run on E85 or regular gas.