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Extensive information on the racecar engine om648

In this episode we visit the basement (secret tech laboratory) of Kokkolan Autohuolto. Jesse Haapala is interviewed and explains in detail what is going on and what is being done to the engine.

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A little info on the 2015-2016 CDI project

A little info on the 2015-2016 racecar + Teemu answers some bonus questions! The idea behind the project/Tanken bak prosjektet: The idea is the same as is has been since we started, building a car that we can compete with. When and why did you buy this car/Når kjøpte du bilen? We got this car for free…

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Engine development

The piston

As we told you last time we have some improvements planned for next season to the CDI engine. Jesse will make a post with more technical details later but here’s a teaser about what we have planned. Jesse dissembling the om648 The first upgrade Jesse wanted to do was modifying the fuel line. He and…

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Checking the CDI engine after 4 races

So as we told you last time we brought the CDI engine to Kokkolan Autohuolto so Jesse could disassemble it and check what it looked like. Engines ready to be dissembled. After opening the engine nothing seems to have completely broken. The fourth piston shoved some signs of melting. The more worrying thing was that…

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Software developing

Test bench

Last blog post was about improved fuel system, this time I will take a minute to talk about software modifications. Our OM648 320cdi engine is controlled by Bosch EDC16 engine control unit (ECU). Pretty much everything is controlled electronically on this system. There too many features to list that ECU controls and observes, but here…

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Higher pressure and more fuel volume!

Original high pressure pump (HPP) will not be able to maintain selected pressure level if we increase the amount of fuel going it to the engine. That is why we needed to find bigger HPP. Mercedes 400cdi has one that fits our 320cdi pretty easily.  It is capable of producing bigger fuel volume at same…

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Kemora test-day

Found some leaks after the first spin.

We have already driven the car in the bench a couple of times to test the mechanical functions but the engine map is to far of the chart to get it right in the bench. Therefore we decided to go to the local race-track, Kemora, for a couple of setup-laps. The car with the current…

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Modifications to the OM648 engine

Because this is a new engine for us, we don’t know the weak spots of it yet. Those will come up later fo sure, but we decided to strengthen the block a bit with griddle plate and ARP bolts. Hard bolts from ARP was used to secure connection rods to crank shaft. Hopefully we can…

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The weeks before and after the startup


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It’s been a busy winter and we haven’t really updated you enough. Heres a quick recap of the last week and the first burnout video with the new engine 🙂 You will get more posts about the specifics of the engine as Jesse have the time to write em. (more…)

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Report 1/2014

Picture by Christoffer Jakobsson

The whole 2013 we were struggling with the engine. For 2014 we were supposed to be driving with another engine but as usual nothing went according to the plans. When we realised that we were not going to be able to make the direct injected engine ready in time we decided to make a backup…

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Status update on the piston-melter.

We’ve had a very rough couple of weeks/months, or pretty much the whole season here at Black smoke racing. Setbacks on almost every flank has lead to kind of an annoyed feeling for the whole team. We have also tried to enjoy the short Finnish summer a little while simultaneously being very busy working. All…

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Great success on our YouTube Channel!

We want to thank you all for watching our videos on youtube! It’s one of the things which keep pushing us to do more and better videos =) Above 200 000 views on our own videos and more than one million hits on all videos!! And this in only 5 months, lovely! If you missed…

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Black smoke racing

Welcome to the website for Black smoke racing, the Diesel drifting team. Here you will find the latest information about the team and the car, smoking hot videos and pictures, real time news about the business and a lot more awesome stuff. So stay tuned and keep following us on facebook and youtube!

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