Push You, Pull Me
The Battle for Los Angeles has been
decided, and ES Motorsports is moving on to the nationals, where they
will have a shot at $100,000. Now the search for the best car
customizers moves up north to Detroit Rock City.
Todd Helms, owner
high end autos
Team Z Motorsports
Dave Zimmerman Sr., owner
This week, Lou, ACP, and
Chip will judge as both teams try to turn two front-wheel-drive cars.
Team Z takes a pair of Detroit classics: a Chevy Lumina and a Cadillac.
AAT will work on two matching Ford Tauruses. You have four days, $2000
cash, and a credit at Summit Racing to turn these two cars... into ONE
push-me-pull-me cars. Scoring will be based 25% on visual design (it has
to look the part) and 75% on performance and handling (it has to act the
part), parallel parking together and separation racing.
Winner moves on to the next
round. You have 40 hours to build... FROM NOW!
Team Z's big cars mean big
challenges. They have two different frame sizes that they have to match
into one. The design plan is coming together within five minutes.
- Interlocking tubes
- Lever release system
- Retracting wheel system
AAT will strip their cars
before deciding what to do with the cars. Owner Todd will sit out while
the team goes to work. After all, someone has to keep the shop going.
- Fabricate contact plates
- Create bolt restraining system
- Mount permanent interlocking wheels
One thing both teams will
have to do some serious thinking about: their fuel system. Their all
located in the rear, so they're going to have to relocate them to the
front. Both cars on both teams are in such bad shape that each time they
touch the fuel line, fuel spills on the floor. It's a necessary step to
refine the fuel system before rerouting it.
Willie starts to cut the car
in half... and cuts into the fuel line... Sparks plus fuel equals....
FIRE! Over at AAT, the rust is an afterthought. Now to split the cars
and put them back together. The fast that they're twins make this an
easy task, but the rust puts them behind. Z's rollcage is going to
address the problem of the two halves of two different cars coming
together. With the cage installed, the first build day ends with both
cars coming together.
AAT spends most of their
time on performance, thinking that it's there that they'll achieve their
margin of victory, forgetting about the 25 points for design. Team Z has
their "Luminac" in place, engineering their wheel system. AAT finds a
problem... fuel pressure... and it springs a leak. Will another spring
set the fuel spring back into place? And after they fit another part...
Team Z has a problem with
the rear wheels. If it works, their handling will be greatly improved.
Testing puts a temporary smile on their face. They need a wider wheel in
the back to keep the half-car from taking an unnecessary nosedive.
Fuel cells arrive at Team Z,
but they're not the right size to fit on the existing lines. AAT
meanwhile decide to mount two heavy sheets of metal to the halves of
their car. The plates that will hold them together need to be
fabricated. Team Z's fuel cell is coming along. They can't move forward
until they test what we have so far. And the fuel pump... doesn't work.
Put the car in park first... There we go.
AAT pushes forward with
engineering, ignoring the look and design of the car. Lou becomes
worried about the 10 points. AAT says that they have it covered. Team Z
spend time with engineering... and the engine springs a leak in the fuel
line. Simple error: swap the two lines. Correct it... and the engine
turns over. Luminac is alove.
AAT's alternative wheels
arrive and get going with the wheel design.
Time's at a premium, and
Team Z is going to forego the separation tests that ACP suggested. And
we've got a problem with 45 minutes to go. They need to cut the castors
off and finish.
AAT is going to use their
remaining time to test drive their beast. Down to the wire with Team Z,
as they try to install their exhaust system without a hoist. Each half
of the car is going to have a different set of rims, which may cost them
style points. With five minutes remaining, they're changing out
... and TIME! Let's paint
it. Handling the honors are Motor City Rod Shop for Team Z, while AAT
will handle the job themselves.
Now let's make two cars out
Remember, it's 10 points for design, and 30 for the performance. Most points wins. Simple.
The scores are...
ALTERNATIVE AUTO TECH
TEAM Z MOTORSPORTS
as judged by Chip
Using only drive,
you will have to parallel park. Each time you touch a car, a penalty
second is added.
Get the combined
car past the first set of cones, then separate before hitting the
second set, then come back to the first set.
Separation system gets
stuck and unhinged by, of all things, a brick.
27-16 in favor of
ALTERNATIVE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES. They're going to move on to the
battle for Detroit against... Voodoo Choppers or Monkeywrench Racing...
pop a wheelie and come back to see who lays down the rubber.
For more information on the
teams and the tournament, go to