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High Performance Academy Presents: Tuned In. A podcast interviewing influential people from around the world at the top of their respected fields. Covering topics such as Tuning, Performance Engine Building, Automotive/Motorsport Wiring, Data Analysis, Driver coaching/Training, Motorsport Fabrication and Car Setup.

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High Performance Academy Presents: Tuned In. A podcast interviewing influential people from around the world at the top of their respected fields. Covering topics such as Tuning, Performance Engine Building, Automotive/Motorsport Wiring, Data Analysis, Driver coaching/Training, Motorsport Fabrication and Car Setup.

    052: Teaching Daniel Ricciardo to Drive.

    052: Teaching Daniel Ricciardo to Drive.

    “Circuit drivers see one corner 1000 times — rally drivers see 1000 corners one time.” In this episode of the High Performance Academy podcast, we’re joined by the one and only Dave Carapetyan of Rally Ready.

    Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in
    Better known as ‘Texas Dave’, this driver and instructor owns and operates the Rally Ready driving school on a converted cattle ranch 30 minutes outside of Austin, and joins podcast host Andre Simon for a dive deep into the world of rally. 
    Dave first breaks down the sport, explaining the ins and outs of stages, co-drivers, service intervals and everything in between, before jumping into the mechanical side of the equation to talk about damper setup, braking needs, and the importance of horsepower.  
    There’s a lot that goes into building a winning rallycar and, as you can probably guess, it’s more than just piecing together a rapid machine.
    Time is also spent covering the best ways for an amateur to get into this sport, from the right vehicle to pick, to setting realistic expectations, to just how much money you really need to be competitive. The guys also have an interesting chat around FWD vs RWD vs AWD that may surprise a few listeners.
    Lastly, although there’s a lot that goes into building the abilities needed to become a podium-level rally driver, Dave still thinks there are a few key skills that, when mastered, will get all the aspiring Sebastian Loebs out there a long way towards success — even rally newbies like Daniel Ricciardo.
    Want to take your driving skills to the next level? Start here: https://hpcdmy.co/driverb

    Follow Dave here:
    IG: @texas_dave, @rallyready, @brcc_motorsports
    FB: Rally Ready Driving School
    WWW: rallyready.com

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Field Report: 1400HP, 70PSI of BOOST — Quickest AWD Honda In The World.

    Field Report: 1400HP, 70PSI of BOOST — Quickest AWD Honda In The World.

    What makes a 7.56 second at 187MPH world record holding AWD Honda Civic tick?

    Pushing out approx 1300-1400HP at 70PSI of boost on ethanol fuel, Norris Prayoonto gives Andre Simon the rundown on what went into the worlds quickest AWD Honda build and how some aspects compare to the FWD setups they are also very successful with.

    The MoTeC-controlled Honda Civic runs a K-Series-based engine with Prayoonto Racing in house 2.2L long block, camshafts and cylinder head, Brian Crower crank, JE pistons and all the other goodies from their FWD engine program. Class rules limit the team to a 76mm Garrett GTX50 but with extra weight added to the car, they would be permitted to run a bigger 80mm turbo, however that is not on the radar just yet.

    Unlike a lot of other AWD drag cars, such as the GTR, the Prayoonto team treat the car more like a FWD than RWD and as such the split is 70/30 which is producing consistent 60-foot times in the 1.1s range and compared to the team's 1.4 second times with FWD only that is a substantial improvement. Lastly, i-VTEC and its usage are also discussed along with cam profiles, traction control and in passing a nod for a billet block in the team's future.

    Learn more about Performance Engine Building by coming along to the next FREE lesson: https://hpcdmy.co/engineb

    • 13 min
    051: The Hoonipigasus — What Went Wrong?

    051: The Hoonipigasus — What Went Wrong?

    Sander Marques of Obsidian Motorsport Group is our first-ever return guest, and for very good reason. 
    Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in
    Sander first jumped on the Tuned In podcast in its early days, way back in Episode 008, and while we managed to gain a tonne of insight during that conversation, we still had so many questions left to ask the tuner and MoTeC M1 Build savant.
    With Sander’s heavy involvement in the recent high-profile Hoonipigasus Porsche hillclimb build driven by Ken Block, now seemed like the perfect time to catch up and see what kind of knowledge we could dig out of him this time around. 
    Sander and podcast host Andre Simon first discuss the initial planning stages of the Hoonipigasus build as the team dealt with a quickly dwindling time frame. Sander was in charge of designing and planning out all the electrical systems in the car, and he had to do it all without it actually existing yet.
    Lots of time is spent in this conversation running through the incredibly complex control systems, which includes the use of twin MoTeC M142 ECUs, geo-fenced hydraulic ride height adjustment, Sander’s own bespoke INS (inertial navigation system), and much more.
    Unless you’ve been off-world for the last few months, you’re probably already aware that the Hoonipigasus sadly never made it past practice at this year’s 100th running of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. While Hoonigan’s excellent documentary covers a lot of what went into the build, we knew that Sander would be able to provide some seriously in-depth insight that’s better suited to this podcast and its more technically-minded listeners.
    The Hoonipigasus went from concept to completed machine in a ridiculously short time frame, and this episode provides a fantastic behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create such an impressive machine in such a small amount of time. 
    Follow Sander here:
    IG: @lambdaofone
    FB: @obsidianmotorsport
    WWW: obsidianeng.com

    Sander's first appearance on Tuned In: https://hpcdmy.co/sander1
    Hoonigan's Hoonipigisus documentary: https://youtu.be/j34S2Me8xRE

    Want to learn how to EFI tune? Start with some free lessons right here: hpcdmy.co/efilesson

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Field Report: A90 Toyota Supra Camshafts with Kelford Cams.

    Field Report: A90 Toyota Supra Camshafts with Kelford Cams.

    What goes into designing and manufacturing a cam for a brand new engine design that’s just hit the market? Kiel Rasmussen of Kelford Cams explains.

    It was a no-brainer for Kelford Cams to dive into producing an aftermarket camshaft option for the BMW B58 engine that powers the MK5 A90 Toyota Supra, and at the Performance Racing Industry Trade show Kiel explains how things go from reverse-engineering the valve lift curve through to producing a final product.

    The limitations in valve lift on the intake due to the B58s rocker arm system are explained as well as how the exhaust side is much easier to deal with at this stage giving a solid 50HP increase throughout the power range with an exhaust cam swap alone before you start to see some tradeoffs in power delivery. Note for now while the rest of the aftermarket is catching up the cams are set to match the stock internals, so there is still plenty in the tank for the future.

    Also discussed is heat treatment and how the camshafts must be straightened afterwards where necessary depending on the metal used, and a little bit of what goes into the PAC Racing Kelford spec'd valve springs and retainers with setups like this.

    Learn more about Performance Engine Building by coming along to the next FREE lesson: https://hpcdmy.co/engineb

    • 11 min
    050: Developing and Tuning Engines for 400+MPH.

    050: Developing and Tuning Engines for 400+MPH.

    What’s the key to building and tuning a turbocharged engine for sustained top-speed runs? How do you catch a potential problem before it results in a blown motor? And what’s the secret to acquiring and maintaining a good reputation in the industry?
    All these questions are answered in this, the 50th episode of the High Performance Academy Tuned In podcast with the legendary Jay Meagher of Real Street Performance. 
    Use ‘PODCAST75’ for $75 off your first HPA course here: https://hpcdmy.co/hpa-tuned-in
    As far as reputations in the aftermarket performance industry go, Jay and his company, Real Street Performance, has one of the best. Podcast host Andre Simon gets Jay to break down his approach to tuning, engine building, parts supply, and customer relations to find out how this has been achieved.
    Jay has been developing and tuning high-powered domestic and import engines for a good few years now, and has a lot of experience and advice to drop in this conversation when it comes to keeping big power setups reliable. Spoiler; there’s a lot to be said for building it right the first time, leaving a little power on the table when tuning, and being able to spot a problem before it causes a catastrophic failure.
    Jay has spent much of his motorsport career at the dragstrip. In more recent years, though, has been starting to push the top speed limits at the famous Bonneville salt flats. This isn’t a topic we’ve ever discussed on Tuned In before, and there’s a lot of interesting insight in this episode when it comes to building motors that are built to run at sustained power and RPM levels for long periods of time. 
    Finishing off with a great discussion around the pros and cons of different dyno types and the pitfalls of jumping between them, this conversation is jammed with useful and interesting information in equal measure. 
    Follow Jay and Real Street Performance here:
    IG: @realstreetperformance
    FB: @real.street
    YT: Realstreetperformance
    WWW: realstreetperformance.com

    Learn more about Performance Engine Building by coming along to the next FREE lesson: https://hpcdmy.co/engineb

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Field Report: 6-Second Rotary — Building A Reliable 13B-Powered Mazda 6.

    Field Report: 6-Second Rotary — Building A Reliable 13B-Powered Mazda 6.

    Using the Blueprint Racing 6.53 @ 213mph Mazda 6 for some examples we dive a little into how to build a rotary engine for drag racing.

    Want to learn how to EFI tune? Start with some free lessons right here: hpcdmy.co/tuneb

    Getting 1500HP out of a rotary engine isn't hard these days with the knowledge in the industry, but doing it with a window of safety and repeat reliability is still a struggle as Jon of Jon Blanch Racing explains. Naturally, some comparisons are made between the rotary and piston world in respects to aftermarket part support which has been growing in recent years but still lacks in many areas no matter how big your budget is, but most interestingly from what is out there the OEM Mazda rotors with some modification are still the go-to choice for performance builds.

    An area where the aftermarket has made massive improvements, however, is when it comes to the plates with billet options not necessarily helping engine builders and tuners make more power but instead giving a little more reliability and tolerance to the small windows you have to work within when it comes to getting power out of your rotary.

    Porting is also discussed and Jon shares why a semi-peripheral port (semi-pp) is preferred along with why the perfect port placement depends on more than just a single perfect physical location.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

VladVB606 ,

Podcast for Car People

There are few automotive centric podcasts and some have a hard time really catering for the guys looking to learn something or getting any value out of them, not HPA! this show interviews people with vast and prestigious backgrounds in automotive and motorsport, every episode i have listened to i had learned something that i can apply to my own build and work mindset. The episodes go into how and why builders/tuners/drivers do what they do and what they have learned along the way, they are also names you know or have heard of so definitely the wealth of information is something you wouldn’t want to miss regardless of your place in the car world ✌🏻

tsdelosa ,

If you tune cars, you need to subscribe!

Excellent podcast that’s always packed full of the best people in this industry. If you’re into tuning cars, this is packed full of enjoyable knowledge.

Eggrolls genius ,

Hands down the best automotive podcast.

As a performance car enthusiast, I’ve been subscribed to High Performance Academy’s YouTube channel for years. It’s not only been incredibly entertaining, but also highly educational. When they released their podcast, I had the same experience: I loved it immediately. Their content gets right down into the nitty gritty technical details, and they don’t assume listeners have an advanced base knowledge, so they explain everything in a very easy to understand way. Top notch quality, presenters, format…etc. If you love learning what goes into making cars work and go fast, you’ll love this podcast.

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