Archer Saunders: Performance Technician

A lifelong gearhead, Archer joined the National Speed Richmond team as Performance Technician, to combine his passion with his profession!  And with nearly a decade of experience as a professional technician, paired a love of modifying whatever he owns with an engine (four wheels and two wheels), Archer was well equipped to do so.  While Archer has been involved in many insanely-cool automotive builds, he’s also built two heavily modified Kawasaki KX250F dirt bikes, and raced each separately in 6 consecutively seasons, with many wins in the books.

His current automotive project is “more an exercise in efficient & reliable performance, over raw power.”  For this project, Archer took his JDM EJ205 (with active AVCS) equipped 2003 Subaru WRX back to the fundamentals, with a balanced approach addressing every functional area of performance – tubular crossmembers, close-ratio steering, dialed suspension, 4-pot/2-pot brakes, lightweight Volk Racing TE37 wheels, lightweight drivetrain components, improved thermal management, upgraded oiling system, all the odds-and-ends to optimize efficient power deliver.  The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts, is the result – precisely what Archer set out to achieve!

In his personal time, Archer enjoys attending the weekly RVA Subies meets, car meets, racing events, or heading down to the James River with his friends for some kayaking, hiking, or just unplugging & floating around.


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