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SCORE Journal - February 2018

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ONE-UPPING THE COMPETITION Cody Reid takes aim at a SCORE Class 10 championship with a new Alumi Craft Buggy for 2018 By Dan Sanchez Photos by ICON Media Cody Reid and his team at Reid Motorsports determined to make the SCORE 2018 season their championship year. According to Cody Reid and his dad Kevin Reid, they’re “upping their game” this season, starting with a new Alumi Craft Class 10 buggy, that’s been redesigned to have a true center-pivot front suspension that is more forgiving and tuneable. With a 121-inch wheelbase and a track width of 86-inches, the new Reid Motorsports buggy looks fast and, according to Cody Reid will help him drive faster through the “whoops” and allow them to keep the vehicle’s momentum through deep silt and sandy sections. Weighing only 2200 lbs. the buggy is outfitted with a Wiks Racing Engine’s 2.4L Ecotech, standard fare for SCORE Class 10 racers. Equipped with an R26 air intake system and a Jardine header and exhaust system, the engine makes about 215 horsepower and 200 lbs.-ft. of torque. That doesn’t sound like much, compared to his mom Shelby Reid’s V8 powered Class 1 buggy, but this newer, better-balanced car is designed with an improved power-to-weight ratio. According to Reid, it will allow the vehicle to reach faster speeds with its small four-cylinder engine. Along with a new chassis, Reid also upgraded the buggy’s transmission to a Fortin six-speed that helps keep the engine in its power RPM range longer and allows the buggy to reach higher speeds. He’ll also bang through the gears with a Fortin shifter to send the power through TCS gun-drilled axles, ProAm hubs and lightened CV-joints. The best thing about a Class 10 buggy is its wheel travel, and Reid’s buggy has plenty of it. The front Alumi Craft boxed A-arms and billet aluminum spindles are connected to a pair of 12-inch long, 2.5-inch diameter, four-tube bypass Fox Shox shocks. These are paired with a set of Fox Shox coil-overs that are equipped with Eibach springs. At the rear, Alumi Craft boxed trailing arms are controlled by a pair of 16-inch long Fox 3.0 shocks with four-tube bypass controls and a pair of Fox 2.0 coil-overs. The result of the combination gives the buggy 20-inches of wheel travel, front, and rear, giving it total control over the Baja terrain and the ability to gain valuable traction to keep the buggy moving quickly down the race course. Traction is all relative to the wheel and tire combination, so Reid makes sure the Class 10 buggy was outfitted with 35x10.5x15 BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 race tires, mounted to a set of Raceline 15x4.5 beadlock, aluminum racing wheels. To stop the buggy from its high-speed jaunts, the Reid team outfitted the front with a set of ProAm discs and Wilwood calipers, while the rear uses a set of Fortin discs with Baer calipers. Although the stance of the buggy looks lean and compact from the exterior, the two-seater is roomy in the cockpit. PRP racing seats and Mastercraft Safety harnesses keep Reid and his co-pilot secure. Life Racing gauges, a Lowrance GPS and PCI Race Radios communication systems, ensure Reid stays on course. An MPI racing steering wheel and Wilwood pedals are easy to operate and give Reid plenty of room to stay as comfortable as possible while managing the toughest race courses Baja has to offer. The bright blue and black graphics, designed and applied by Signpros, showcase the Reid family’s fastener business with blue chrome graphics against a brilliant black base. The top of the roofline and front of the bumper are all outfitted with a multitude of Baja Designs white and amber LED headlights and driving lights. When the checkered flag drops during any of the 2018 SCORE races this year, we’re sure to see the Reid Motorsports Class 10 buggy among the top competitors in the field. While the competition is tough, the Reid family isn’t just going to easily let anyone pass them without a fight. With their new buggy, they’re prepared to take it all the way. SJ Vehicle Specs Chassis Alumi Craft Engine 2.4L Ecotec, Jardine headers & exhaust, R2C air intake Drivetrain Fortin 6-speed Manual Front Suspension Alumi Craft A-arms, Billet Spindles, ProAm hubs, Fox 2.5 four-tube bypass, Fox coil over, Eibach springs, ProAm discs, Wilwood calipers Rear Suspension Alumi Craft trailing arms, Fox 3.0 bypass shocks, Fox 2.0 coil overs, Eibach Springs, Fortin discs, Baer calipers Wheel Travel 20-inches F&R Tires BFGoodrich Baja T/A 35x10.5x15 (F&R) Wheels Raceline 15x4 forged bead lock Seating PRP, Mastercraft Safety harnesses Lighting Baja Designs

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