Building Power: Behind The Scenes At Full Race Motorsports
Central to the kit are the BorgWarner EFR turbos of course which are described by BorgWarner as a ground-up rethinking of turbo design. I asked Brett Mayes, general manager at Full Race, what the biggest advantage of the EFR turbos were and he quickly responded with "faster spooling". Thanks to a lower inertia center section and ceramic ball bearings the EFR turbos are designed to spool up and build boost faster than competing systems and this result has been corroborated by various tuning shops and import magazines.
Located in my home state of Arizona, Full Race has been designing turbo kits since 2002. With their kit getting high praise from the people I talked to and their company located just a couple of hours drive away it seemed like a no-brainer to go with their twin-turbo setup for my R32 build. Their proximity turned out to be a godsend when we ran into some fitment issues with my kit (no fault of the kit, my car had some peculiar mods) and Brett's team at Full Race was quick to help out and give the car a thorough inspection to make sure the kit worked out.
I was curious about the inner workings of a top-tier turbo kit company and Full Race very graciously allowed me the run of their shop to have a look and take the pictures I'm sharing with you today.
Of course all of their parts get the styling machine cut logos you see above.
While wandering around I saw this written on one of the shelves and couldn't resist taking a picture of it. I didn't find any random tits (the bird or the body part) lying around while roaming the shop nor did I run into Rick, whoever he is, which may explain why I'm still around writing this blog post for you guys.
After touring the shop I sat down to chat some more with Mr. Mayes and he filled me in on some more tidbits. Encouragingly for us import fans, despite the recent onslaught of turboed vehicles from the domestics (particularly Ford), Subaru kits are still their biggest seller. Nissan fans can appreciate that they offer a range of products for SR and RB motors to soothe your power cravings. The Evo may be dead for the foreseeable future but the used market will surely be happy to see an EFR kit still on offer. With Honda getting into the turbo game with the latest generation of Civics Full Race is looking forward to designing kits for those cars as well.
The tour of Full Race's shop was extremely interesting for a car nut like me and I hope this post was just as fascinating for you. Hopefully I can bring you more shop tours in the future!