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Coleman Motorsports Jimco Class 10 - Coleman Steps Up - Masterpiece In Metal

Posted in Features on October 27, 2014
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Photographers: Boyd Jaynes

Mention the name Jimco and many people in the industry already know you are talking about a quality race car build. Under the direction of company owner Mike Julson, Jimco has been building race vehicles for the top names in off-road racing for over three decades. Builds include everything from open-wheel buggies to trophy trucks and prerunners. Drivers of Jimco race cars have numerous wins and championships.

That’s the quality and experience that Jason Coleman, owner of Coleman Motorsports, was looking for when he contracted Jimco for the design and build of his Class 10 car. Coleman says, “I like their great team aspect in putting the build together.” Coleman said everybody at Jimco was easy to work with. “Anytime I wanted changes made, they were on top of it. I would have a photo of something by the end of the day,” Coleman says. “I looked at three to four other builders and spent time looking at the pros and cons of their vehicles. Ultimately, I selected Jimco because of their long list of wins and championships and reputable build quality.”

Coleman’s Jimco Class 10 car sits on 33-inch Radar Tires. After looking at other tire manufacturers, Radar was selected because of their newfound dedication to the sport. Radar already has back-to-back Baja victories. The Radar tires complement Method Racing’s 15-inch beadlock wheels. Tim Cecil at Sign Pros did a great job with the paint and graphics on the car, making it stand out. Overall, Coleman is pleased with every detail on the Jimco Class 10, and is ready to bring back the championship success he saw in the 1600 class.

Coleman is no stranger to off-road motorsports and championships. In 2008, Coleman started racing in the 1600 Class and over the years secured two championships. Coleman says jumping into a Class 10 “is the natural progression to the next step.” The 1600 Class had 50 car fields and now Coleman says he is looking for that same experience in Class 10.

Going for a race win with the new car, Coleman will have his work cut out for him. Twenty-nine Class 10 cars will race the Best in the Desert Las Vegas to Reno, dubbed the “longest off-road race in United States.” Coleman says he plans to follow the Class 10 car count, competing in the Best in the Desert Parker 425 in 2015. Coleman also says he’d like to tackle some of the Mexico races as well as return to the SNORE Series, where it all started for him. Coleman says he wants that “big class competition.” But before Coleman had the chance to get the car dirty in the desert, we got him to bring it our studio where it still had that new car smell.

A lot of thought and design went into the interior of Coleman’s Jimco Class 10. That’s where Coleman and his navigator will be doing most of the work, so the beautifully crafted carbon-fiber dash has everything needed. Coleman was going for comfort and functionality in the design. The navigator has a 10.4-inch Lowrance HDS GPS to keep Coleman on course during the race. The shifter positions and switches were all placed exactly where Coleman wanted. You won’t find any standard gauges on the dash. Coleman went with Motec’s new C125 system, allowing him to monitor temperatures on the car. Coleman is pleased with the color display and ease of use on the Motec. The dash also features a 12V plug-in for powering tools or charging a cell phone in the desert.

Coleman Motorsports Jimco Class 10
Engine: Chevy Direct Injected Ecotec 2.4
Builder: Adam Wik/Wik’s Racing Engines
Max Horsepower: 200 hp
Max Torque:195 lb-ft
Modifications: Adam Wik/Wik’s Racing Engines
Induction: Fuel injected

Front: Jimco spindles, Fortin hubs, 20 inches of travel, King 3.0 Bypass 2.0 coilovers finned reservoir
Rear: Jimco Spindles 20 inches of travel, King 3.5 Bypass 2.0 coilovers finned reservoir

Cooling C&R Radiators
Plumbing Jimco
Wiring Gary Powell, Proformance Engineering
Brakes Jamar 4-piston (front and rear)

Wheels: 15x4.5 Method Race Wheels
Tires: 33-inch Radar Tires

Bodywork: Jimco

Paint/Graphics: Tim Cecil, Sign Pros

Seats: Cobra
GPS: Lowrance
Radio/Intercom: Rugged Radios 110-watt Vertex VX6000, Intercom RRP510
Dash: Walker Racing (all carbon fiber)
Shifter: Fortin
Gauges: Motec C125 Electronic System
Chassis: Jimco

Chassis: TrophyLite R-4
Dimensions: Wheelbase: 125 inches
Overall Length: 14 feet
Overall Height: 68 inches
Track Width: 82 inches
Weight: 2,500 pounds

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Jimco always pays great attention to detail when designing the front suspension of a race car. Jason Coleman wanted Fortin hubs and King shocks to manage the 20 inches of wheel travel on his Class 10 car. The car features King’s 3.0 bypass shocks with 2.0 coilovers. Coleman has run King Shocks since 2008, so there was no question the car would be built on King Shocks. The spindles were designed and manufactured by Jimco.
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