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Rob was described by his friends as being a jack russell terrier on cat nip, or by two words: zesty taco, with extra hot sauce and a shot of the cheapest tequila at the bar. As soon as he woke up there would be a giant bowl of rice krispies and bowl of sugar to be layered on as he chomped it down. Rob was motivated in riding bmx and skiing but always pushed himself until he was hurt rather then too tired to continue. He’s the most naturally talented dude you’re going to meet. The imagination of a child, analytics of a physics prof, and balls of a bull.On June 5, 2011 Rob was involved in a dirt bike accident at the local track. Long story short, he came up short on a step up and ended up landing stiff legged. The force from impact when up through Robs body, breaking both legs, tib/fib and femurs, puncturing his lungs, and severing his spinal chord. After spending 6 months in the hospital battling his injuries and an e. coli infection on the hardware in his back, many people still believe Rob hasn’t changed much but is now focusing his energy in different directions. This energy is now being concentrated on the development of an adaptive motorsports program.
In the past Rob has driven mostly drift and skid pad type driving. He was pretty successful throughout the five years he was involved so he thought to himself, what better opportunity would there be to try his hand at building a unique car. He has taken a 180sx chassis and has built it to be a competitive formula D car. Instead of taking this car straight to competition Rob will use the car to host events and drivers clinics where others like himself can come out, learn how to drive a car again and slay some tires at the same time. Oh one more thing, Rob is building this car completely by himself in his garage.
The cars hand controls are a bunch of products and ideas put together to make a cheap and affordable system that other people could purchase. The system has an electronic gear shifter made by Mastershift and to actuate the clutch he has designed a system that uses an electro hydraulic pump which moves the slave cylinder via a voltage signal. Voltage directly dictates how much pressure is supplied to the slave and in turn you have full range and full control over the clutch. The accelerator is a redundant system with a ring around the middle of the steering wheel plus a hand control that you push down on. The brake is a mechanical system still which uses a rod from the hand control to the brake pedal, so you basically push forward on the hand control to stop.
The motor is a LS1 with a vortech supercharger built from the ground up and uses components purchased from Texas speed. Other parts on the car consist of Canton Racings oil pan and accusump system, Mishimoto radiator and cooling products, a Driven Steering wheel, Takata harness, and a lot of miscellaneous parts purchased from Enjuku Racing.
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