When it comes to forced induction, it’s not uncommon to find a lot of either-or thinking. You can have top end power OR low end torque. You can have quick spool-up OR gratuitous CFMs. Ray Peters tends to think in terms of AND. As in, you can increase displacement AND run a big turbo AND supercharge AND you can daily drive it.
Ray Peters / San Antonio, TX / Desktop Support Analyst
How did you come to own your Talon?
It was the red-headed stepchild of the two matching silver and black 91 Talons I had and sold. It was my mother’s for a few years, then she got a second gen GSX. I tried selling this car twice, but they always defaulted on it.
Why have you stuck with the platform all this time?
Strong engine, good looks, AWD, and I think one of the best professional communities out there for platform support. Don’t forget I can’tseem to sell it…
Why did you twincharge the Talon?
Answer A: Because I can, why not? More is better, and several people said it wouldn’t work.
Answer B: The evil shadow of all turbo cars is lag. I wanted to cheat the grim reaper and have both quick response of a positive displacement superchaeger and the kick ass top end of a big single turbo set-up.
How did you go about figuring out how to do this?
Lots of reading, many many phone call to my father who has 50+ years of gearheadedness and some serious flow calculations and packaging measurements to make it all fit under the hood. Three major revisions and one destroyed engine got me to where I am today.
How do you use this sinister weapon?
It is best wielded by an experienced hand. It is unforgiving to everyone and lacks the refinement of modern electronically controlled drive-trains. See the following video for what 18 lbs at an autocross looks like. I prefer rally-cross, zero car on stage rally and auto cross, but it is still a civilized vehicle with AC, cruise and power steering, so I drive it on the street now and then.
What are your goals for the car?
The goal was 500 HP and 500 lb/ft on pump gas. It took me over 3 years and many a late night to pull it off. It now runs on E85 and has made 630 HP and 585 lb/Ft. It breaks transmission parts. At this point, to enjoy it and help usher in a new surrogate father for my white weapon. [Editor’s note: I think that means “find a new owner for it.”]
Can you tell us about a time it all went wrong and how you made it right? I have to pick only one?!?
Rally-cross in southern CA, Ridgecrest to be exact. Almost new engine, drove the car out there, 5000 rpm, 12 lbs of boost and it spins a rod bearing?!? So with some amazing phone networking I landed a set of bearing and proceeded to put them in the car in a hotel parking lot Saturday night. It went 13 miles and failed again. Left it at a storage lot and caught a ride home with a fellow DSM’er from Phoenix, Sumo Mike. Went back out there and got the car, towed it home, pulled the engine and in the end, found the rod missed heat treat and had ovaled the big end. New Toneli Rods.