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Old 10-09-2003, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Hot Compact and Import magazine has Hot Cover!

There cover story for this month?
In two words, Lisa Kubo.

A few more words?
8.06 1/4 mile Quad Coupe.

Oh sweet yes...

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When word came out that Lisa Kubo was going to ditch her Honda and hook up with Saturn Motorsports of San Diego to race an ’03 ION Quad Coupe in NHRA’s new Pro FWD class, the compact and import racing world collectively held its breath for a moment. This was no ordinary announcement of a team change. This was Lisa Kubo ... and Honda ... and championships!
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We’re talking about the three-time Sport Compact World Champion here. Don’t think this was a decision made lightly. This girl has a Honda tattoo, for god’s sake. There was also the previous racing history of Saturn to consider. That would be exactly ... zero. None. Zilch.

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Check it out for yourselves, some great pics!

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Old 10-09-2003, 04:40 PM   #2
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Good article!

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Old 10-09-2003, 07:32 PM   #3
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i like it, they actually praised the ION

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Old 10-09-2003, 07:41 PM   #4
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I am glad Saturn Motorsports is doing all of this. I went to their site and they have a lot of cool new stuff. Including a turbo for the ECOTEC! Its $4300, but would be oh so sweet.

About time the Saturn community had some serious support like this.

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Old 10-09-2003, 07:45 PM   #5
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Wow. I don't know much about racing, but the team, driver, crew, companies, support, etc., sound top notch and should give Saturn some great exposure.

I have to say that getting her to switch from a Honda to a Saturn just makes it all the better.

I'm going to have to find a copy of this issue to finish the article.

Thanks for the news and link!

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Old 10-09-2003, 10:46 PM   #6
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I picked up a few issues last week... we all were chatting about it at Saturn Motorsports forums...

Down at the NOPI Nationals, we got to meet all mentioned in the article... they are the nicest people!!! They were likewise intrigued to meet all us Saturn Fans that were showing!!!

This article... along with the true advances Saturn Motorsports and APC are making currently, will boost the perception... no, the reality, to all that Saturns truly have the looks and power base already built in.

Unfortunatly there will still be the naysayers... like at NOPI... passer by's still said... eh, that's just a Saturn... when talking about Lisa's car... little did they know then that it would whoop anyone!!! I think this article will change their thoughts... :-)

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Old 10-10-2003, 12:14 AM   #7
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little of that race car looks like it came on an ION.

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Old 10-10-2003, 02:10 AM   #8
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Haha... I saw that thing a couple weeks ago in person. The whole crew came to my school. Or... what used to be my school. It was fun. Not nearly as fun as seeing the Matco funny car, though. Bwahahah! 5000-8000hp, depending ON THEIR MOOD! LOL!

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Old 10-10-2003, 07:13 AM   #9
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Default Re: Hot Compact and Import magazine has Hot Cover!

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There cover story for this month?
In two words, Lisa Kubo.
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Wha!?!

"(the new Redline cars are great, but limited to 1,000)"

I thought it was gonna be 5000? Is 1000 even a enough to get SCCA classifcation for Solo2? Damn, I better still be able to get one. i have been holding off on my new car purchase just to get this car. I will be severly disapointed if I can't get one.

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Old 10-10-2003, 08:11 AM   #10
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Wha!?!

"(the new Redline cars are great, but limited to 1,000)"

I thought it was gonna be 5000? Is 1000 even a enough to get SCCA classifcation for Solo2? Damn, I better still be able to get one. i have been holding off on my new car purchase just to get this car. I will be severly disapointed if I can't get one.

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I would be buggin the heck outta the closest dealer to me to order one if i thought I could grab hold of some financing. Anyhow the article in HCI (which included a cool fold out poster of the car,which is now on my wall) was pretty good. Your right though GreyDuck maybe the only thing that came off an ION that is on the car is the Saturn badge on the hood. It's a tube frame drag car period. The car is hand fabricated just like any other dragster. It's too bad it took 'em so till so late in the season to get it running. In Virginia she set a world record time of 8.28 at 176 mph,then beat that in Portland with a 8.06 run. The BEST thing about the article is that Saturn Motorsports is going to be selling 300hp ION coupes for under $25K.

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Old 10-10-2003, 08:33 AM   #11
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Does anyone know if they will be sending any ION Redlines to Canada?

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Old 10-10-2003, 10:06 AM   #12
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The Ecotec engine may have been the easiest proposition of all. According to Epler, “It’s easy to make horsepower with the Ecotec—it could make 600 hp easy with the stock block. With a different block and heads, it could handle 1,000 hp.”


Doesn't the ecotec Cavalier make 850HP on the stock block? Wouldn't replacing the block preclude it from even being an ECOTEC?

IIRC it shared the stock crank as well, but most other internals were beefed up.

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Old 10-10-2003, 11:07 AM   #13
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Yeah, I dunno what they are talking about w/ stock block... Almost every race car makes power on a stock block. I would say replacing the block and heads would make it a different engine all together.

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oh poo. i could have save $5 and read it online. the rest of the magazine was garbage.

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