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MotoIQ’s Project Scion tC Wins NASA PTC National Title!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Photos by www.headonphotos.net

This past Sunday, our own Project Scion tC campaigned by the JD Scion Road Racing team put another mark in the history books, winning a second consecutive national championship in NASA’s Performance Touring series. Perhaps most impressive was the fact that the team started in dead last and managed to climb back through the field and win the race.


 

Girl Gone Green: Verena Mei’s Time Attack Nissan 350Z

MotoIQ Staff Report

Photos by  David J. Dowling

A little understood fact about prepping a turbo car for reliable track use is that extreme cooling is needed and the off the shelf performance radiators and oil coolers on the market are not enough to keep a turbo engine cool under actual track conditions. The VQ35DE engine is kept cool by a custom Ron Davis C&R core dual pass radiator with swirl tank and large 13 row Setrab oil cooler.


 

Demolition Derby Tech part 2 The Science Behind the Horror

By Mike Kojima and Aaron Guardado

After we prepared two cars as seen in part one of this series. We proceeded to enter them in a destruction derby, the infamous Orange Crush event at the Orange County fair. We faired ok, making it through most of the event with only minor injuries despite the car’s taking some enormous punishment.


 

UPDATE: Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park

UPDATE:  Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park

By Jeff Naeyaert

We received this email this morning:

Thank you for posting information about the project and thank you for all of your support.   It certainly is appreciated and has helped to made an impact.   We are clearly moving forward and things are looking extremely favorable.  We would like to thank those that wrote letters to county due to your website but do not know who they are.  It  would be great  if you could share our appreciation and post the latest update post 1st public hearing.


Thanks again,
Jeanne
FBMP

 

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EVENT COVERAGE:  Formula D Sonoma 2009

By Jeff Naeyaert

We drove up to Infineon Raceway last weekend for Formula D's 6th "Locked and Loaded" event of the season. To accomodate the IndyCar Grand Prix which was sharing the track that weekend, the event was split into three days rather than the usual two with the Top 32 qualifying being run on Thursday, Top 16 on Friday and the finals on Saturday.  Consequently, it felt like the event lost momentum as we spent a lot more time milling around the pits than watching action on the track.  Nonetheless it was still a fun weekend!  CLICK for the official press release and photos.


 

VIDEO: 24 Hours of LeMons - Buttonwillow Histrionics 

Shot and edited by Jeff Naeyaert

After weeks of procrastinating and ignoring deadlines, I finally finished my video of the  24 Hours of LeMons: Buttonwillow Histrionics. (Really, I finally reached the point where I said, "fuck it, I give up!" and suddenly, it was finished).  I'm new to the video scene and while it's an interesting challenge I'm terribly inefficient at pretty much every aspect of it.  I forget to get important shots to help tell the story (a Buttonwillow sign or something at the beginning would have been nice, for example), I hand-hold the camera like my grandma, and I take forever editing, since I don't really know the software.  Fortunately, I've met some really helpful people at the Formula D events we've been covering, and looking over their shoulders has taught me a lot.

Disclaimer finished, enjoy!  If you want to see the HD version, check it out on Vimeo.  And, in case you missed it, click HERE for the article and photos from the event.


 

EVENT COVERAGE:  24 Hours of LeMons - Buttonwillow Histrionics 2009

By Jeff Naeyaert

I took a trip to the high desert this weekend to shoot the 24 Hours of LeMons Buttonwillow Histrionics race and catch up with 4 of our MotoIQ editors who were racing their jalopies therein.  Dave Coleman and his team of disturbingly dressed french maids (even for high desert standards) raced in the Eyesore Racing FrankenMiata while Chuck "Toadstool" Johnson, Annie "The Princess" Sam , Travis "Luigi" Englert and Martin "Racoon Mario" Gonzales took turns in the Team 1UP Sentra SE-R.  While none of our guys brought home any trophies, everyone had fun and no ones car got too banged up.  CLICK on to see pics from this weekend and stay tuned for more 24 Hours of LeMons features as well as an in depth look at LeMons car engineering by Dave Coleman.  MORE


 

Inside the X-games fiesta lead art

Inside the 800-hp X-Games Fiestas

By Dave Coleman

An American rallycross is an autocross in the dirt. A European rallycross is an explosion of rally bundled up and barely confined within the grounds of a racetrack. Roughly speaking, take every european rally car that has ever been banned for being too fast, turn up the boost, and then run 6 of them, wheel-to-wheel, in a sprint race that alternates between pavement and dirt. When a team of Swedish rallycross fiestas crossed the pond to run Pikes Peak and the X-Games I wanted to know more. How exactly do they get these Miata engines (the Ford Duratec is also known as a Mazda MZR) to 800-hp, and how do they harness that power and make it usable? This story is everything I know, updated frequently as I learn more...


 

...Actually, we should probably call it a "film" and not a "video," as that nomenclature suggests a higher quality production.  Here we have another killer "film" by Will Roegge and Joshua Herron (both notorious for their drifting videos) with something only slightly different.  Rhys Millen, of Formula D, Pikes Peak and that Super Bowl Hyundai Genesis commercial fame, approached Will about putting together a short film on his latest Pikes Peak hill climb attempt. READ MORE


 

Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park

Proposed New Road Course in Southern California Needs Your Help!  By Jeff Naeyaert

Some of you SoCal road racers out there might have heard about the proposed Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park that Thomas Malloy wants to build on his land about 20 miles northwest of Lancaster.  "This 3.6 mile Alan Wilson-designed race track will include a 30,000 square foot clubhouse, 45,000 square feet of garage facilities and overnight accommodations and other amenities, helping to make it a world-class racing facility."  Unfortunately, he's getting some opposition from a few environmentalist weenies who are worried about noise at the nearby Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.   READ MORE


 

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