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Well it’s been about a year and a half since I blew a hole in the block of the 2.5L MZR engine in my SV at a NJMP track day late in the summer of 2019. Covid induced delays at my engine builder Hasselgren Engineering slowed things down quite a bit. I’ve suffered a fairly severe case of Caterham withdrawal as a result. 
My wife and I are on a trip out to Santa Clara, CA to visit our son and we drove around the Bay area doing some hikes and stopped for lunch in Berkeley, where Hasselgren’s shop happens to be. Paul Hasselgren has been building the race engines in the Formula Atlantics my son and I have been racing for quite a few years so I naturally wanted to pop in and pay a visit. It was pretty much pure coincidence that this happened to be the day my engine was on the dyno. 
Paul has done quite a bit of development on it and we went back from the 2.5L stroker crank that failed in favor of a Billet and balanced 2.3L crank. The engine is basically a short stroke 2.5 MZR with a bigger bore and a balanced billet crank from a Cosworth Duratec The whole front end of the engine has been redesigned to run a belt drive for the cams. 
 

I was hoping to get a little more power than my previous 2.5 MZR with this higher revving configuration, but I was quite surprised by the result. 312 hp at 7,500 and still climbing. 241 peak torque @ 5,900. Paul says he’s not done yet. He thinks he can get 320 out of it, which will be limited by the barrel throttle dimensions. A redesigned barrel throttle can unlock even more. Paul cautioned this one will hit hard. Good! I can’t wait 😛 

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Wow, that should be fun!  What is the suggested redline with that crank?  Also, what drove the reconfiguration of the cam drive?  I know the stock hydraulic chain tensioner raises concerns in some circles, but I've never heard of anyone moving to belts before.

 

Thanks,

John

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Sounds like a beast John.   When Croc finishes CATkong that will make three of us in the 300+ club.   Let’s go guys. It’s been lonely up here for so long.  :driving: Tom. 

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You guys are killing me.  My bone stock Seven hasn’t reached its first birthday yet and not seen but a few road miles but now it needs a Cosworth.  I need help I think.

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3 hours ago, Pokey said:

You guys are killing me.  My bone stock Seven hasn’t reached its first birthday yet and not seen but a few road miles but now it needs a Cosworth.  I need help I think.

The 420 spec is a great package.  Plenty of power without the drama. Ours are just a little faster on the straights.  No skill required to do that, only deep pockets. :classic_tongue:

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9 hours ago, John B said:

Well it’s been about a year and a half since I blew a hole in the block of the 2.5L MZR engine in my SV at a NJMP track day

 

Who?  I?   I thought it was your son finding 10,000rpm?   Fathers' never make  mistakes remember!  :classic_biggrin:

 

Good to see you are on a road back to having fun in your Caterham again!

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Correct Croc, it was actually my son that made it go boom. Both times actually...

This one will rev to 8,500, but I’ll mostly keep it below 8. 

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Impressive result.  No reason to ever go above 7500rpm based on that plot.  Impressively flat power delivery curve across the rev range.   interesting how the torque curve tapers starting at 6000.  

 

Here's hoping third time is the charm for you.  

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It looks to me like it "wants" to live between 7,500 and 8,500, where the power stays about flat at max. But... given that I'd rather not turn this one into a coffee table, I'll keep it below 8,000.

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26 minutes ago, John B said:

It was dyno’ed on 93 octane pump gas

 

Very nice!  Sorry to pepper with questions, but your answer does beg the question as to the compression ratio?  Just wondering if a little racier fuel wouldn't bring out a fair bit more power (not that it is needed, of course).

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The turbo'd Zetec on BAT makes 261 hp and 223 torque. So not close to these very impressive numbers (esp on 93 octane!). What transmission are you using and is it stout enough for all of this power? How often does this engine need to be refreshed by the builder?

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 I think the C.R. is 12:1 but am re-checking with Hasselgren. The 2.3 Cosworth Duratecs used in the Swift 016 Formula Atlantic racecars spend most of their life at 8,900 rpm and get get rebuilt at 15 hours (1,500 miles). This engine will probably have an average rpm of 3,500 throughout it's life with brief spurts up to 8,000 on the street. But it will get a few hours of 7,000-8,000 at track days. I'll log track time and shoot for a rebuild after 20 track hours (about 10 track days).

 

I'm not sure what the trans is, but I know it's not a Sadev. It's a 5-speed of some type. The car is a 2003 SV that originally had a 2.3 Duratec. The Diff could be a weak spot as well...

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John - your car has a Ford T-9 box.  I remember it from the previous owner to you.  Not sure a T-9 will last long with that hp - watch the synchros as they will go first.  

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Thanks Croc.

it held up with the 2272 hp MZR. 
i’ll be careful with it. 
 

but...  Just in case, what’s a good Plan B?

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