Monday, 23 June 2008

First Track Runs on New Spec

We took the GTO up to Crail on 22 June having collected it from Sitech Racing fresh after the engine rebuild just two days before.

When it finally stopped raining the track dried out a little allowing for a 12.544 second pass, immediately followed by a 12.638. We're fairly happy with that given that it was difficult to launch the car in the damp conditions and it's still on low 'ish boost at 20psi. Judging by the terminal speeds of 122mph we should easily make mid 11s with a good launch - compare with the figures on the 3s quicklist.

Ended up with a small electrical fault that caused the water temperature to rise. Turned out the radiator fans weren't coming on. The laptop showed that the ECU was telling them to but somewhere along the line the 15 year old wiring appears to have developed a fault. A simple rocker switch gave us a quick fix so they can be turned on and off manually until the wiring fault is found.

We'll be back at Crail on 06 July with a few more pounds of boost and our fingers crossed that the sun will make an appearance.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Cusco 6 point Roll Cage for Mitsubishi GTO

After 3 months the Cusco 6 point roll cage finally showed up for the GTO. Nobody told us Cusco kit only comes in blue! Simon at Sitech Racing in Perthshire had it fitted in around a day. The dashboard had to be cut to get the front legs of the cage in but we knew this was a requirement before the cage was ordered.

At £0.68 a bit of foam pipe lagging provides the cheapest modification to the car ever but it is one of the most essential as getting your head bounced off the side of the cage with every large pothole quickly becomes very irritating.

Next time the GTO is up at Sitech it'll be getting some door bars welded in and maybe the cage tacked onto the chassis.

Photos to follow.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

What's Planned for June and July?

Scottish Modified Car Show

Underground Graphics are set to attend the largest modified car show in Scotland on Sunday 20 July 2008. We will be sharing our stand space with Perthshire based performance and race car tuners Sitech Racing. Sitech prepared our own Mitsubishi GTO demo vehicle to a high specification. The GTO now weighs in at over 300kg less than when it was handed over to Sitech and is currently running a very conservative map producing around 500 bhp.

Sitech will be displaying their own Ford Escort RS Turbo at the show along with a Sitech prepared Toyota Supra.

New Website for Underground Graphics

We have a new website in development which will feature a completely revised layout, easier ordering, downloadable fitting guides and an extensive gallery of our work. Trade account holders will benefit from the ability to order online at trade prices.

Need for Speed Underground Style Toyota Yaris

Fraser came to Underground Graphics to complete the look on his heavily modified Toyota Yaris. With the engine and interior already sorted the only thing remaining was to complete the bodywork. Inspired by Need For Speed Underground Fraser came to the office armed with ideas and prints straight from the game.

Wrapping body panels with vinyl is difficult when they are not flat or gently curved so you'd think a full bumper is out of the question. Not always as Vehicle Conform vinyl is very pliable, handy seeing as it's sold specifically to wrap vehicles in. Sadly in this case the limited number of colours available meant Fraser had to come up with another plan - matching paint to the stock red vinyl we were using on the rest of the car. A call to Andy at the Bodyworx in Paisley, who comes highly recommended having done a stunning job with Doug's Nissan Skyline, our Official 2005 Show Car, meant we were free to get on with the job and Fraser had the bright red bumper sorted.

The rest of the design flows nicely with the lines on the car - single wide stripe coming off the back of the huge bonnet scoop, over the bonnet, roof and down the boot. Red angled stripe along the bottom of the doors tying the bumper in to the rear of the car and the curves at the ends of the sideskirts wrapped in red.

Some performance logos finish the design off keeping the car very tidy without going over the top.

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Underground Graphics International

June is hotting up in more ways than one - summer is definitely here and Underground Graphics have hit a record number of international orders in a single month... and we're only two weeks in so far!

So far we've shipped vinyl graphics to USA, Canada, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary and Switzerland along with plenty of decal orders going out to the UK

Product Development is also progressing nicely with two new kits for the Subaru Impreza in the pipeline. The first is already drawn and sized up and is only waiting for the datasheets and other promotional material to be finalised. The second based on Subaru's Rally of America cars is fully drawn waiting to be sized up.

Mines Vinyl Graphic kit for Nissan Skyline

Underground Graphics recently developed a new vinyl graphics kit suitable for the Nissan Skyline based on the livery of the legendary Mines R34 GTR.

Shown fitted to Carl's Skyline the kit features dashed side stripes, Mines signature logos for both doors and bonnet and smaller Mines logos for both bumpers and front wings. There's also a Mines web address for the front splitter.

As always the kit is available in any choice of colour from our standard range with more available on special order.

For more information or to place an order email or call 0845 094 2402.

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