Sunday, April 15, 2012

Equipe Rapide Challenge Cup # 2 - Rear End Troubles for the ESP Camaro

Well, here is the video, this explains for the situation better than I can:

I'm a little bit delayed making this post, but life has been quite busy lately with work and finishing our wedding/honeymoon plans. I autocrossed with Equipe Rapide on March 25th in Mesquite, TX. This was the 2nd Challenge Cup autocross on Equipe Rapide's schedule. As with Challenge Cup # 1, the event was run in the small lots of Resistol Arena. Fast run times were in the 30s range, but unfortunately, I was not able to post a competitive time due to breaking teeth on my ring and pinion gear on my second run. As you can see in the video, I downshifted to 1st gear in a slow hairpin. On the corner exit, when I upshifted 2nd gear, the ring gear broke which invoked some non-so-pleasant noises from the rear end. I had no trouble with the downshift or upshift, so the failure was quite a surprise. 

I have a spare GM ring and pinion so I have the parts needed to fix the car (thanks Sam!). The car is up on jackstands and I am in the process of pulling the rear end apart. Hopefully, the car will be driveable again soon. 


  1. That's nasty. At least it didn't punch through the case. Oh well, another trophy piece for the wall of shame.

  2. Yep, it's definitely going in the trophy case among all of my broken kart parts.