Hey everyone, Matt Cresci here. Just wanted to announce a new project I have started called "ECOBRAP". We are a YouTube channel and social media platform that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of racing (Yes, barking up the wrong tree, I know). But the purpose of the channel is to show that we can still have fun, but just be more efficient in the process.
That being said, we will be doing a few things differently this season:
1. The biggest use of fuel in racing is transport to/from the track. We will be reducing this by getting 20+MPG while towing an enclosed car trailer. Yes really.
2. We will be the only SM out here running a catalytic converter (high flow, ordered from Summit). How much does this reduce emissions? How much does this rob you of horsepower? Both questions that we aim to find out. Our cat is connected through a Vband, so we will do back to back testing on the smog machine AND the dyno, and answer both of these questions to see if it is worthwhile for those of you interested in minimizing your impact.
3. Using less than 15 gallons of fuel at the track per race weekend. In order to achieve this, I will be minimizing testing and practice, and completely skipping qualifying for every regional event of the year. As a result, I will be starting DFL every race weekend, which should provide some entertaining footage that I will post here. My region of NASA (NorCal) runs 3 races per weekend, so if I can't get to the front by Race 3, then that's on me.
4. Using one set of tires for 9 races. Obviously, this cannot be done competitively on Hoosiers, so I will be running NASA and Toyo all year long, seeing how far exactly I can push the RR compound from a competitive perspective.
5. No plastic water bottles for the entire season
I have just released our first video, highlighting our first adventure, the Holy Grail pursuit of 20MPG while towing. Check out the video below! Happy to be back running SM, going to be a fun year
Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram @ECOBRAP