We have known a number of Ferrari 360 Modena’s over the years. On the whole, they are robust and maintenance costs are manageable (for a Ferrari). When a new customer contacted us regarding a grinding in second gear we would never have imagined the source.
A few months back, we talked about a problem which can occur in 1997-2008 Porsche motors: Intermediate Shaft Bearing Failure. This problem is most prevalent in the M96 motors that were installed in the Boxster and 911 Carrera variants. Recently, after purchasing a 2003 911 C2S, a client contacted the shop. Early in his ownership, our client detected a grinding noise from the engine. Aware of the risks associated with an IMS failure, he immediately and wisely shut the vehicle down and had the car shipped to us. After consultation with the client, we advised him that the removal of the transaxle and an inspection of the IMS were necessary. We were not surprised to find a complete mess where there used to be a sealed cartridge bearing.
Our exposure to and experience with IMS (Intermediate Shaft) issues keeps growing and there is a new way to address this chronic problem. The IMS Solution is a recently introduced product offered by LN Engineering that completely eliminates the single row ball bearing found in model year 2000-2005 M96 motors.
The amount of “fixes” coming to market for this problem is becoming overwhelming and there are more than a few offering an oil feed option. LN Engineering has been working on their “Solution” for quite a few years and the R & D that went into the product is apparent. Their other product “IMS Retrofit” has proven to be an excellent choice and one we have used in the past. The retrofit product uses ceramic ball bearings proven to excel in a low lubrication environment (Porsche designed the IMS bearing to operate in a sealed state, with no external lubrication), but it is not intended nor expected to last for the “life-time” of the vehicle. The new “Solution” product replaces the ceramic ball bearings with an oil fed plain bearing, similar in operation to the bearings found supporting a crankshaft or camshaft, and is intended to last for the life of the vehicle.
Though simple in concept, the execution of this “Solution” is well researched and tested.
We are fortunate to have clients that share our passion for performance automobiles. This past season, one of them commissioned us to install a Sharkwerks X-pipe. ask god It is near impossible to argue that there’s a better sounding engine note below eight cylinders that’s not a Porsche. It’s only logical to enhance that sound and free up a couple ponies with a freer flowing exhaust.
At Cantech, we love a good racing Ferrari. The engine’s idling sound is an occupational reward, and hearing a racing Ferrari in full song at your local road course is evidence that there is nothing like a Ferrari!
An often overlooked automotive system for those of us who like to row our own gears is the clutch and associated parts. The proper care and operation of the clutch and transmission for maximum performance requires expert attention. As one would wear out brakes more quickly living amongst hills, clutch problems can be greatly exacerbated with a spirited driver.
With experience servicing everything from dedicated racing machines to grocery getters, Cantech is very familiar with clutch failure of all kinds. We have a great deal of experience with Mini Coopers here at Cantech and at times it becomes obvious their owners thoroughly enjoy what are in honesty very focused sports coupes. A hands down favorite for winding roads, its hard to go wrong with a very short wheelbase mated to a strong engine with BMW inspired handling. In this author’s experience it is one of the most enjoyable sports coupes to nail shifts through a series of turns.
With every generation BMW has managed to squeeze water from granite, approaching perfection by improving upon its core tenets of composed chassis and vehicle dynamics in spirited driving; the ultimate driving machine. Cars built as homage to their factory racing efforts like BMW’s M Division are enhanced by addressing the tactile necessities of a racing machine. Steering where hand movements and car direction are one, brake feel to the point of brake “texture,” and instantaneous engine response.
A fast road car is a lovely thing and for the majority of performance enthusiasts the capability provided off the shelf is more than adequate for any public road. Very few cars out of the box can turn this road prowess into usable track performance, the Porsche GT3, Z06 Corvette, Ford Mustang Boss 302, and BMW M3 CSL prove exceptions from the norm. Here at Cantech we see track vehicles often and provide tuning options to optimize a car for the heavier demands of track use.
A customer of ours has a very unique car and has caught the track day bug bad. The car is a Pontiac G8 GXP. A limited production 4 door saloon very similar to the Australian born Holden Commodore. The beast already has big Brembo brakes, an aluminum block LS3 V8, and the ubiquitous Nürburgring tuned chassis.