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GridLife IceBattle 2018

by Connor Harrison

Are you slowly going insane from sitting in your garage staring at your car? Wishing for warmer weather so you can actually go out and do car stuff with your car friends? Just go ice racing instead; it's essentially an autocross on a frozen lake and is a nice way to keep your sanity while shredding fresh powder with your buds. Just like an autocross, these events happen all over the place, and odds are good that a local club near you is doing something pretty similar. I decided to take a break from my thoroughly half-assed attempts at getting my Sentra off of jack stands for the first time in two years to go see what GridLife IceBattle was all about.


 

Project Porsche 991 GT3 RS- Improving the Aero with a 911R Rear Diffuser

by Mike Kojima

How do you improve a supercar? It is not easy, but leave it to us to give it a try. We recently got to add a Porsche GT3 RS to our project car fleet. If you don't know much about Porsches, a GT3 RS is a limited production model, part of the current 991 platform family and the last of the great naturally aspirated 911's. 


 

Project DC2 Integra- Getting More Grip With OS Giken and Better Response With Centerforce

by Mike Kojima

With our DC2 Integra rocking a state of the art suspension, it was time to get our drivetrain in order for our anticipated track use and increased power. To get the power to the ground, we needed a limited slip differential, and we selected what we feel is the best FWD limited slip on the market- the OS Giken 1 way differential.


 

Out of the Meat Locker - Cameron Moore’s Formula Drift Scion FR-S

by Andrew Jennings

Blood, sweat, tears. Words that are often used to describe the intense struggle that is in any form of motorsport. For meat butcher turned Formula D Pro drifter, Cameron Moore, they couldn’t be more accurate. As a privateer, his challenge for success in the sport has been a growing process each year. The 2017 season saw him jump up a notch into some more serious metal, a highly-tuned Scion FR-S. Read on to see the full story behind this incredible build, featuring a turbocharged, anti-lag firing, nitrous-injected 2JZ motor, one that even the most seasoned of veterans would have been eager to pilot.


 

Dai Yoshihara's 2018 Formula Drift Rebuild

by Mike Kojima

After 3 years of Formula Drift competition, our team had pretty much developed the BRZ chassis to where we were satisfied with its performance. After some post-season testing to try out a few new ideas we decided that with the development stable, it was time to completely go through the car, repair some minor damage incurred during three seasons of hard use and to rethink the car's layout.


 

Project E39 M5: Yokohama Advan GT Wheels and & Nitto Invo Tires 

by Martin Gonzales

After installing the StopTech Trophy Brake System on our Project BMW E39 M5 we unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, had to say goodbye to our stock wheel package. The OE mesh wheels were not designed to clear huge multi piston calipers and neither the front or rear wheels would clear our new brake kit. So we had no other choice but to do a long-needed upgrade to our project's wheels and tire package. Enter Yokohama Wheels and Nitto Tire!


 

Ridden: Energica Eva Electric Motorcycle

by Khiem Dinh

Electric cars are already common place on the streets of many cities. In Los Angeles, you have to check your surroundings carefully should a quiet Model S, Model X, Model 3 (I’ve actually seen a handful now), i3, Bolt, Volt, Leaf, 500e, or bazillion Prii be sneaking by. Electric motorcycles are still working their way into more general acceptance. The line of motorcycles from Zero Motorcycle are probably the best known, but they basically the Prius of electric motorcycles, i.e. they are great for commuting but not exactly that exciting. Enter the electric motorcycles from Energica which are the equivalent Teslas.


 

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Putting the Suspension All Together With SPL Parts and Whiteline 

by Mike Kojima

Now we are in the home stretch for upgrading our GT-R's underpinnings with our quest to improve its on-track staying power and to reduce its propensity to understeer. In previous editions, we did the suspension basics and upgraded the brakes on the car. Now it was time to finish this part of our project off.


 

LA Auto Show 2017: Nerd’s Eye View – Unique Cars, Engines, and Things

by Khiem Dinh

The LA Auto Show always has some unique new vehicles that budding automotive companies want to show off. For example, this new Saleen mid-engine and turbocharged car. It’s got the right recipe in my mind for an awesome performance car platform. It’s good to see Saleen back out making products. The big OEMs sometimes like to show off a little flair too along with new technologies. Then there are the other random going-on stuff at the show which I find amusing.


 

Project SC300 Road Racer: Part 13 - Updating for Proper Fire Safety

by Erik Jacobs

Since we were starting to button up the car, it seemed logical to attack the fire system. But there's a little more that goes into planning a fire system than throwing some stuff in the car. In this segment of Project SC300, we'll discuss a few of the different types of fire systems, and show you how to properly install and route one.


 

Project "My Fiancée's" Miata: Part 10 - Nitto NT05 Tires, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch & Flywheel, Two Track Tests and Road Trip Bonanza!

by Daniel O'Donnell

Take a seat and come along for the most epic road trip in MotoIQ project car history! Thirty hours each direction across the United States, with Buttonwillow Raceway being the halfway point, definitely brought some great excitement and photo opportunities. However at MotoIQ, we don’t just take leisurely road trips; we had to make sure that we made it in time for Global Time Attack’s Super Lap Battle. Click to read more! 


 

Building an FA20 Race Engine for Michele Abbate: Part 2

by Mike Kojima

So when we last left off, we were putting together some awesome parts for Michele's engine and were about to embark on assembling it. In the interest of long-term durability, we added a few tricks to our build over the last one we did for the Stay Crushing car.


 

Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show – Go-Fast Vehicles

by Khiem Dinh

The motorsport scene has undergone large technical changes over the last half decade with the implementation of high-efficiency technologies. Some of the technology has shown up in concept cars. Some of the technology in road going cars have been eliminated from the race car version. Then there’s just good ole big displacement with forced induction on top. There was even a bit for the off-road guys. 


 

Project S2000 AP1: Deatschwerks Fuel Pump Install

by Vincent Soto

All was not right with our Project AP1 S2000. It was making some louder than normal sounds that were coming from the fuel pump. The car would struggle to start as if the car had low gas or no gas at all. After some forum research and some diagnosing with a fuel pressure gauge, we had come to a conclusion that the fuel pump was bad.

After having the car for 5 years now, it was expected for it happen eventually. Since we got the car from the auction for 3200 dollars, there were no records of the fuel pump being changed or of any (well there was some records for tires bought in 2003) maintenance at all. With that being said, we started to look at fuel pumps on the market. In the end, we decided the go with Deatschwerks DW200 fuel pump (9-201-1000). 


 

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