AuthorChris Simmons

Exo Car “Ghettocet” Build Guide Part 5 – Chassis Cleaning

Pressure washed car chassis suspended in the air by tow straps for the exo car build. Lots of dirt and particulate on the floor.

Didn’t I mention this may get a little confusing? In part 4, I cleaned up the chassis, removing any remnants attached to the car, cleaning up the cuts, and grinding a few miscellaneous brackets off. Now, I am physically cleaning the chassis to prepare for the final prep and welding. Taking...

Welcome Back to NOLA Motorsports Park

Screenshot from inside the car at NOLA Motorsports Park.

NOLA Motorsports Park is one of my favorite tracks that no one knows about. It’s long, rough, scrappy, and flat, built in the swamp south of New Orleans proper in Westwego, Louisianna. Perhaps it’s a little too far for most, located in a racetrack desert. Or maybe the variable weather...

Formula DRIFT at Road Atlanta: What is this Doing Here?

The paddock at Formula DRIFT Atlanta showing its scope.

An actual drifting event on Driftopia. Shocking I know. For a little background, I started this site based on a love for drifting and motorsport just as drifting started to emerge in the United States. Building several s13’s to compete in local competitions when I was still in college. But...

Exo Car “Ghettocet” Build Guide: Part 1 – Disassembly

Pile of parts removed from the NA Miata during the Exo Car Build Guide Part 1-Disassembly

In part 1 of the exo car build guide, I disassemble anything that bolts to the Miata. This would be the interior, dash, seats, doors, soft top, and trunk along with anything else that removes semi easily. And where last time I said, ‘this is going to be a lot of fun.’ This time I...

Exo Car “Ghettocet” Build Guide: Introduction

Example of a well build exo car aka ghettocet

I love junkyard builds and I have always subscribed to the do more with less methodology. So building an exo car is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. It’s also an excuse for me to brush up on some old skills and hone some new ones.

Running a Rear View Camera in the Racecar

Streamlined crop of the rearview camera monitor for the feature image.

One of the things I have enjoyed about my foray into Super Touring racing with NASA is the open rule book. Building a car to a power to weight instead of the strict rules that go along with Spec racing. This has opened up many engineering possibilities and things I would like to try. One of those...

Entertaining Myself at the National Corvette Museum

Feature image for https://www.driftopia.com/2024/04/02/entertaining-myself-at-the-national-corvette-museum/ featuring cars going four wide into turn one at the race start.

Entertaining myself is a nice way to say I was racing all by myself at the National Corvette Museum. At least, that is how I felt in Super Touring 6 at the NASA Great Lakes season opener. And my loneliness wasn’t due to a lack of competition either. Instead, the competition was so spread out...

PRI 2023 Part 2: Car Showcase

PRI inverts the racing pyramid so to speak. With drag racing being so popular in the US, the show definitely caters to those that prefer things in straight lines. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t something for everyone at PRI. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of fully...

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