Welcome To The Life And Death Story
Of My 92 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo AWD
This is how my Laser looked before I got my hands on it in Jan 2002. 23,000 original miles and in excellent mechanical condition. The condition of the paint was less than what you'd expect on a car with that low of mileage but I guess you can't have everything.
This is my 5th DSM car. The previous 4 were all Eagle Talons. They're my favorite but good condition examples are getting very hard to find.
The transformation begins. When it's complete she'll have: BR 20G Turbo, BR FMIC, BR Cold Air Kit, BR 3" SS Downpipe, BR 3" SS Catback Exhaust, 2G Ported Exhaust Manifold, BR SS 02 Eliminator, HKS External Wastegate, HKS VPC, HKS EVC, 550cc Injectors, Cosmo Fuel Pump, Aeromotive FPR, Modified Fuel System, ACT2600 Clutch, Custom Autometer Instrument Panel, KYB AGX Shocks & Struts, Eibach Pro-Kit Springs, Kosei K1 Racing Wheels, Nitto Drag Radials, Stock Engine Block And Head. All this resulted in a 1/4 mile E.T. of 12.08@116.
The new Buschur Racing 3" stainless steel downpipe. I decided to route the dump tube back into the downpipe instead of venting it to the atmosphere. This will make it a lot less obnoxious at wide open throttle.
The downpipe wrapped with Thermotec header wrap.
Engine bay with all the upgrades in place. I polished the 20G turbo compressor housing by hand.
Freshly trimmed and painted heat shield.
Buschur Racing frontmount intercooler.
Custom autometer instrument panel. This was a major pain in the butt to fabricate. The speedo and tachometer are swapped from the original factory positions and the original fuel level, oil pressure and water temperature gauges are replaced by EGT, fuel pressure and boost pressure.
This is the center console where the factory stereo used to be. I made the gauge panel by hand. The gauges are water temperature, oil pressure, and oil temperature.
This was at Cedar Falls Raceway in Iowa on Sep. 28th, 2002. It was an Import/Domestic Shootout. I made 11 passes and finished the day undefeated.
One of my many victims.
My best pass was a firstname.lastname@example.org which I ran during time trials. My best pass during the competition was a 12.25@117 which was good enough to earn the fastest import trophy.
The fastest domestic car of the event is pictured here. It's a twin turbocharged Mustang and it ran a blistering 8.60!! Did I mention it's twin turbocharged??
Two very large turbos!
Thankfully the rain held off until the racing was completed.
This is what happens when you go up against a full size Ford Bronco. Not a pretty sight. My insurance company declared it a total loss.
Thankfully no one was seriously injured.
All the damage was to the body.
The car still rans and could have been driven if the door wasn't bashed in so bad.
My wife was driving. She's pretty small and I think that worked in her favor. She only had minor bruising on her hip.
I'm a bit wider and I think I would have suffered more serious injuries if I had been driving.
This is the first accident I've ever been in. It's really a crying shame when you consider the car had only 32,444 miles. Oh well.