In our mostly fast-paced American lives, we like things done quickly. Express lines at Wal-Mart, our intense addiction to fast food and, of course, our love affair with fast cars. So when this ambitious group of gearheads was faced with a blown engine late in the race at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, they only saw one option on the table; an expedited engine swap.
With just three hours left on the clock, CJ Wilson and his team agreed to do the swap and get their last available driver back out on the track. In an unbelievable one hour and forty-five minutes, the new engine was in and the busted one was out, and the MX-5 racer was back in action.
In most cases, and engine swap takes days, not hours. According to CJ Wilson Racing, the replacement engine whats a bare-bones block, so all necessary components of the Miata engine had to be swapped over as well– no easy task! Here was the comment from CJ Wilson Racing, highlighting what an accomplishment this was:
“The engine was inside a cabinet in the trailer, and the engine hoist was folded up and in the trailer. The engine was simply a long block, so ALL accessories and even wiring harness had to be swapped from the old motor to the new one. With the Mazda MX-5 Cup car being production based, this is a street car essentially, with no quick disconnect for water lines, and a complex and difficult to access wiring harness. The book labor guide time to remove and replace a long-block in a Mazda MX-5 is 17 hours – yes, 17 hours…The transmission was removed and replaced as well, when you consider all that was done, it was an incredible accomplishment.”
No, they didn’t take home first place, but they did come away with the pride of not giving in. Sometimes those victories are the greatest.
Source: CJ Wilson Racing