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Freebuilding The Engine

by Dave Coleman

The engine used in this project was freebuilt from no less than four junk engines. Freebuilding is like rebuilding, but without all the stuff that costs money. Ignore all your instincts to think long term, and focus only on what is absolutely necessary to make the engine perform the task at hand -- surviving 14 hours of abuse before exploding. Labor cost, it should be noted, is not considered in LeMons accounting, a fact that can lead to countless lost weekends and the absolute destruction of any social life. You have been warned.


 

And on the 8th Day... Falken Tire's S13 Drift Monster

By Mike Kojima

This is a story of teamwork and determination that began with a Bang.  During the morning practice before the top 32 elimination at the 5th Seattle Round of the Formula D Professional Drift Series, Dai Yoshihara had a serious accident that destroyed the Falken/Discount Tire Lexus IS350 that was featured by us just a few weeks ago. The accident struck a serious blow to Team Falken as the Lexus had just come to a point in its development where it was a force to be reckoned with in Dai’s hands.  With high qualifications in Las Vegas and Seattle, it seemed just a matter of time before Dai and the Lexus would sit on the podium. 


 

EVENT COVERAGE:  Formula D Irwindale 2009

Photos by Jeff Naeyaert

Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California hosted the 7th and final event of the Formula D Pro Championship, and we were there!  While Kojimasan toiled on Dai Yoshihara's Falken S13 Silvia, I agonized in the annoying 100+ degree heat and tried to get some good photos of the event.  CLICK for the official press release and our photos of the event.


 

Pursuit Systems Mitsubishi EVO VIII Camera Car!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Since Technosquare is the official shop of MotoIQ, we are often there many time a week working on various projects.  Technosquare has many customers ranging from street car modifiers to pro race teams and everything in-between.

Sometimes Technosquare has customers from the entertainment industry and yesterday we got to see a very unusual vehicle that they were working on.  This car is an EVO VIII that has been modified by Pursuit Systems as a camera car for the Movies and TV. The car has been used for such movies as The Fast and the Furious 4 among others.


 

The Sweet Scent of…Coolant? Project Racer Part 6

by Annie Sam

Ah the sweet scent of victory. Or is it burning coolant? A smell reminiscent of warm apple cider, yet a scent which can make your heart sink to the bottom of your stomach by the imminent doom it foretells.  Black smoke, white smoke, the distinct smell of hot oil and burning coolant; these are the tell tale signs of your car communicating to you that something's gone wrong, and in my case very wrong.


 

MotoIQ's Project Scion TC Wins in Speed World Challenge!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Our Project Scion TC, fresh from its victory at the NASA PTC National Championships continued its winning streak by dominating in its inaugural outing in Speed World Challenge's new Touring Car 2 class last weekend October 9-11 at Mazda Speedway (Laguna Seca) in Monterey California, the seasons finale.

Veteran racer Scott Webb, took the win during the 50-minute Touring Car race.  The TRD supercharged and intercooled Scion tC put on a great show for tens of thousands of fans, as he not only won the class, but actually mixed it up with the faster class TC cars. For Laguna Seca, team manager and two-time NASA national champion driver, Dan Gardner, had decided that Webb’s experience at the track made him the best fit to pedal the car.


 

A Look Inside Dai Yoshihara’s Team Falken Pro Drift Machine

By Mike Kojima

A comment from one of my road racing friends prompted me to write this article. He said as a snide remark "I heard you are now involved with drifting, too bad those are not real race cars". No amount of arguing could convince him that a typical pro drift car is a sophisticated machine, one several times more massaged and engineered than his own race car.  So lets take a look inside Dai Yoshihara's Lexus IS350 that he drives for Team Falken and Discount Tire on the Formula D Circuit.


 

Summer Road Trip- Silver State Classic Part 1

By Mike Kojima and Annie Sam

The end of summer usually means two things; one, it’s the end of summer and two, it’s time for a road trip.  The MotoIQ staff usual tries to have a least one epic road trip automotive adventure during the summer months and this year it was a trip to the country’s greatest open road race, the Silver State Classic in Nevada.  The Silver State is a must do for any automotive freak; it’s a 100 mile all out road race across closed highway in Nevada.


 

Billy Johnson Wins Redline Time Attack's Round 7

MotoIQ Staff Report

MotoIQ Fastlap Columnist and regular contributor Billy Johnson has been on a tear lately.  Billy dominated the field and placed first overall in last weekends Redline Time Attack at  Spring Mountain Raceway in Pahrump Nevada piloting his FX Motorsports Development NSX to victory in the Dsport Unlimited RWD class while securing the overall victory as well, unofficially turning the fasted time ever at Pahrump in a production based car.


 

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