LONG BEACH, Calif. — This Saturday, at Buttonwillow Raceway, the number 18 DG-Spec endurance racecar will debut a Dezod Motorsports turbo kit. At the center of the system is a Garrett GTX series ball-bearing turbocharger exhausting into a complete Burns Stainless custom-built exhaust system. The switch is necessitated by a discontinuation of the supercharger kit, as well as the team’s push toward greater efficiency.
“Anyone who knows us knows we like a good challenge,” said team owner and driver Dan Gardner. “Our supercharger setup was bulletproof, but it’s time to look to other avenues to propel our Scion tC down the racetrack. We won’t be making any additional power, but we’re looking to improve efficiency along the way. If you heard just the engine and exhaust, you’d think it was a completely new car. It’s really exciting.”
Dezod Motorsports is the company behind the turbo kit, and is an established expert, having turbocharged almost 1,000 Scions in a just a few years. The team began their relationship with Dezod nearly five years ago when they co-developed the Dezod/AEM EMS standalone engine management package.
“Dezod has really enjoyed our relationship with Dan and this spectacular team. It’s hard to imagine working with a group that could possibly accomplish more for a sponsor,” said Paul Oleandi, sales manager. “We are performance specialists, but we’ve become very well known for our expertise with turbo kits. When Dan told me he wanted to go in this direction, I was thrilled. Dezod and the team have taken steps to ensure that this setup is ready for the brutal endurance racing abuse it will see. We’re proud to expand our relationship with DG-Spec and can’t wait to see our kit in action.”
Garrett is a leader in turbochargers, and it only made sense that Dezod and the team went that direction. There wasn’t another company considered for the project, as Garrett’s reputation speaks for itself. Further, their local offices provided the ability for close collaboration.
“Garrett works with top teams around the globe. When it comes to touring car racing in North America, DG-Spec is at the top of the game,” said Kyle Snyder, marketing manager for Garrett by Honeywell. “Our turbochargers perform at peak efficiency, and we have a storied history in motorsports. Endurance racing is a great validation proving ground for our products, and we’re pleased to see this Scion team putting our turbocharger through its paces.”
Burns Stainless supplied the exhaust and intake components to complement the new system, while AEM provided necessary electronics. Plumbing for all water, oil, and boost was accomplished with Goodridge lines and fittings. Church Automotive Testing did a complete retune of the car, capping off the coordinated sponsor effort to make the project a reality.
The car and its newfound turbo power will debut at the fourth round of the WERC endurance series at Buttonwillow on June 25. The race is planned to be a three-hour affair, beginning at 6:15 p.m. Qualifying will take place at 11:25 a.m.
Photos, videos, and updates can be found on DG-Spec’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/DG-Spec/202937143062874.
The DG-Spec team uses and is supported by:
• Scion-supplied OE parts
• TRD front big brake kit
• Transcend Creative Group marketing and communications services
• Garrett by Honeywell GTX-series turbocharger
• Burns Stainless exhaust and aluminum intake
• OS Giken Super Lock Limited Slip Differential (LSD)
• Dezod-supplied turbo kit, AEM standalone engine management, plug-and-play harness, fuel rail, and injectors
• Church Automotive Testing dyno tuning
• Pilot Automotive HID driving lamps
• Enkei RPF-1 17x8 wheels
• Moton Suspension remote reservoir coilover shocks
• Vogtland springs
• DG-Spec Progress Technology rear swaybar and camber kits
• Motul brake fluid, engine oil, transmission fluid, and super coolant
• Tri-Mountain Racewear team gear
• Racepak IQ3 logger dash and VNET sensors
• AEM sensors, fuel pressure regulator, boost solenoid, EMS, and dry flow air filter
• Kaminari carbon-fiber roof and composite headlights
• America’s Tire Co. tire mounting and balancing
• Racetech Viper head-restraint race seat and 6-point harnesses
• Centerforce clutch and low-inertia steel flywheel
• AIT carbon-fiber hood and hatch
• Goodridge complete suite of fittings and lines
• Carbotech Performance Brakes
• G-Force racing suit, gloves, helmet, window nets, and other safety and crew gear
• Energy Suspension bushings and motor mounts
• HoseTechniques silicone hoses
• NST supercharger pulley, Braille batteries, and shifter bushings
• SquareSkull designs
Transcend Creative Group (TCG) is a top-tier creative, event, marketing and training organization that focuses on the automotive industry. As an automotive supplier, TCG has earned its reputation as a premium brand for companies looking to create/maintain a premium image.
TCG brings an excellence-focused corporate culture and process to its programs and event executions TCG concentrates on world-class creative and service while providing all the elements as a full service event organization. TCG maintains offices in Torrance, Calif., New York, Washington DC, Detroit, Phoenix, AZ and Nashville, Tenn. TCG is the sister company of mainstay, Precision Dynamics International.
DG-Spec is a line of parts designed and endorsed by National Champion Scion road racer Dan Gardner. Gardner draws up the specifications for the parts himself. The parts are then tested and proven on the track. The goal of DG-Spec is to provide enthusiasts with parts that have been developed on the track and that have significant performance advantages at an honest price. Parts are offered either in hardcore track trim, identical to what Gardner and his team race with, or in Gardner-specified standards more appropriate for enthusiast use on the street. www.DanGardnerSpec.com.