Press Release

May 2, 2001
  Contact: Paul Eklund
503-699-0311 ext 134 or

Screaming Yellow USX Gets New Gears

Lake Oswego, OREGON -- After several transmission problems already this season, the Primitive Racing team has turned to ProRally sponsor Diversified Cryogenics to help stop gear tooth breakage cold! Using technology developed for Frozen Rotors, the team has "frozen" an entire gearset in liquid nitrogen. The process realigns the metal molecules, and creates a denser, more stable structure. The result will hopefully be longer life for the tempermental 2nd gear in the Primitive Racing screaming yellow Subaru Impreza USX rallycar.

"This engine, designed around a SOHC 16 valve head, develops a ton of torque which can punish transmissions," states team owner Paul Eklund. "We have looked at solutions across the ocean, but this (frozen) setup was all we could get completed in the short interval between Oregon Trail and Rim (of the World Rally)."

The team is also working on a new, 2002 WRX for competition later this summer. That car is currently stripped and the Group N roll cage and bodyshell reinforcements are being installed. The new car will feature:

DMS Suspension
Momo Carbon Fiber Acropolis Racing Seats
Bell Motorsports Camlock Harness
AutoMeter Gauges (boost, oil pressure, fuel pressure)
Split Second Air/Fuel Monitoring and adjustment
KC HiLites HID 7" driving lights
Primitive Racing Rear Spoiler
Primitive Racing Full Body Armor
Custom 3" downpipe and exhaust
11.3" slotted, frozen brake rotors
StonGard light protection
Silverstone 17/64x15 525 Rallye Tires

The team is still seeking wheel and brake pad sponsorship. Target horsepower will be 295 hp at 7800 rpm at 16lbs boost (without 32mm Group N required restrictor)

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