by Erik Jacobs
14 years. It has been 14 years since Formula D first came to Road Atlanta. It's the first place the series ever went, and yours truly even got to drive in it. But, things have changed a lot since that first event long ago. The cars, the drivers- it has all come a long, long way.
Formula Drift's Pro2 series is a relatively recent creation, in comparison to the big show's 14-year history. But do not mistake its youth for innocence. The level of attention to detail in the preparation of the cars and the skill of the drivers are nothing to shake a stick at. Making it to the Pro2 show represents a significant achievement, and the competition is fierce. Here's how the Road Atlanta round of the 2017 Formula Drift Pro2 series shook out.
It’s May! That can only mean two things: flowers blooming and racecars racing. Well I don't know about you, but I don't see no pansies above. That’s right, the world famous Month of May is upon us again and MotoIQ is back to cover The Indianapolis Grand Prix, Indy 500 qualifying, and the 101st Indy 500.
For the past few years, Formula Drift weekend at Road Atlanta has brought the Global Time Attack series in tow as a support event. By day, Road Atlanta sees lap after lap of GTA's classes pounding the pavement in pursuit of fractions of a second. By night, the machines of Formula Drift take the stage.
Nerd's Eye View - Inside 10,000 horsepower!
By Pablo Mazlumian
How do they make so much power? We get a MotoIQ-exclusive, close-up look at the fascinating engine details of the 2012 Championship winning Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Antron Brown.
If you’ve been following World Superbike, you know Kawasaki has been dominating. The motorcycles used in World Superbike are highly modified motorcycles you can buy from your local dealer. World Superbikes are to street bikes like FIA GT3 cars are to street cars. Yeah, the bikes are highly modified, but the fundamental base is the same unlike MotoGP bikes. MotoGP bikes are the equivalent of Formula 1 where they probably don’t even share a bolt with the street bike. Back to the point- Kawasaki bikes kick ass in World Superbike, and the ZX-10R bike you can buy kicks ass too.
With a word such as 'magic' in the name, it's easy to assume that you're getting some really good wheel cleaner. We are slightly more skeptical, however, and we had to see for ourselves. What if Black Magic wheel cleaner didn't live up to its name?
Okay, enough quirky jokes. Let's get to scrubbing! Or do we even need to scrub? Looking at the directions...
Simon Chan's Scion FR-S attracts attention. Just sitting in a parking lot or driving by on the street, you will take a second look. We certainly did - and then contacted Simon and asked if he was interested in doing an article for MotoIQ. He was and so a meeting was set up at River's Edge Road Course, part of Mission Raceway Park in Mission, B.C. where he would be participating in a track day. A nice balancing point from the Autocross event that first brought this FR-S to our attention. The weather was initially overcast with some light rain on the way to the track, however, by early afternoon the sun was drying off the track and, by mid-afternoon, was out in full force. This was certainly a more balanced day than the early spring autocross event which blew us away with snow in the first few hours before the sun also came out to stay.
Global Time Attack returns to Buttonwillow Raceway Park to challenge the legendary 3.1 mile road coarse for GTA’s Pro Am Speed District round 2 event. With the weather predicted to hover around a beautiful mid 70 degrees throughout the race day, drivers arrive ready to attack the clock, reset records, and set a new standard of performance in their respective classes.
From completely stock Ford Mustangs and lightly modified Subaru BRZs, to the heavily modified unlimited class where one could stumble upon a J35A1 swapped Honda Civic Coupe built specifically for the circuit, a plethora of different types of cars can be found at any Global Time Attack event. Yes, you read it correctly, a stout V6 Honda Odyssey motor- in a Civic! This is the series where not only the world’s fastest and most dedicated drivers come to play, but a series where an enthusiast can find some of the most creative tuners in the industry. With this in mind, welcome to Global Time Attack! Let’s get started.
In our Turbo Tech series, we have covered a lot of segments of turbocharger performance. We have looked at various aspects of compressor efficiency and performance, turbocharger mapping, and turbo sizing and matching among other things. This time around, we are going to do some more calculations on the turbine side, calculating pressure ratio and wastegate flow along with estimating power gains from the Honeywell Garrett GTX Gen2 turbos over the first generation GTX. You better get your Excel spreadsheets warmed up.