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Nerd Alert! Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Engine

by Khiem Dinh

As we are sure many of you have heard, the little car company that could, Mazda, has announced their Skyactiv-X engine with the technology to run Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI). Two major challenges to make HCCI work: timing of the combustion and smooth transition between HCCI and regular spark ignition. The HCCI combustion process has been researched for decades, but the technology to bring an engine using HCCI to market has been elusive until now.

So how did Mazda do it? We are going to take a few guesses, but as with most technologies, it didn’t happen overnight. In fact, we would say Mazda’s first big step was a few decades ago. The final piece of the puzzle is a technology Mazda has called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI), and we will exclusively get into how that ties into making HCCI work.


 

Italy Road Trip! Cruising in a Fiat 500L 

by Khiem Dinh

So, I did a thing where I said some words, exchanged some rings, and eventually hopped on a plane to Italy! The wife and I probably could have taken trains to get around, but we’re MIQ, we drive. And, when you’re in Italy, you drive a Fiat if you’re a person of normal means. Plus, the Ferrari 488 didn’t fit our luggage. So, I’m going to fill you in a bit on the 500L and some tips and tricks for driving Italy. 


 

1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II Retrospective Part 1: Introduction, Intrigue, and Quirks in Abundant Supply

by Corbin Goodwin

The rationale for modifying a Rolls Royce explained, and we shine some light on the design and features of this old British brute. Stay tuned to see the unique plans we have for this 1979 Silver Shadow II!


 

People’s Choice Car Show and Parade of Garages

by Pablo Mazlumian

During this time of the year, every week in the Kansas City area you'll find multiple car shows or meets to feast your eyes on. I went to this one not expecting to see much, but a few minutes into I had to grab some shots to show our readers. Check out this tremendous mix of cars, ranging from current and old-school muscle, to exotics and hot rods, to Jeeps with machine guns, and a garage parade! Enjoy flipping through the cars and garages of the Carriage Houses of Johnson County and KC Automotive Museum. If you make it to the last page, tell us what you think of our new styling updates on one of our Midwest garages!


 

TESTED: BG Syncro Shift II Synthetic Gear Oil

by Billy Johnson

Changing out the factory transmission fluid for a higher performance oil is a common solution to reduce the notchy-ness and improve shifting feel. This is especially important in the Getrag MT-82 used in the 2011-2017 Ford Mustang. While we already changed out the trans fluid in our test car, Tim at OPMustang.com said I “HAD TO” try the BG Syncro Shift II Synthetic Gear Oil. I wasn’t really motivated, since the current Royal Purple Synchromax was already a big improvement over stock, but Tim offered to buy me a steak dinner if I didn’t think there was an improvement, so I gave it a try.


 

Event Coverage: Red Bull Global Rallycross Indianapolis

by David Zipf

MotoIQ and Global Rallycross go quite a way back. In fact, all the way back in 2009 Dave Coleman gave us a peek at the Olsebergs Fiesta engines and just a couple years ago our chief nerd was in the pits at the Long Beach GRC race and brought us An Inside Look at mountune's GRC Ford Duratec Engine. GRC is much like the circus: they pop-up in town, put on a show, and leave without a trace. Well, if you don’t count a bunch of skid marks as a trace. GRC has hosted a ton of new events in the Midwest this year including in Louisville, Memphis, and Indianapolis. I'm in Kentucky so attending the Louisville race would have made much more sense for me, but I was a bit preoccupied that weekend covering the IndyCar Grand Prix. So to get my rallying fix, I took the drive north to Indianapolis. 


 

TESTED: STEEDA Anti-Wheel Hop Package

by Billy Johnson

First iterations of new technologies are rarely flawless. When the Mustang ditched the solid axle in 2015 in favor of a 21st century Independent Rear Suspension, it transformed into a modern-day sports car with greatly improved ride quality and handling dynamics. Unfortunately, the new diff and subframe are mounted with soft, compliant rubber bushings that cause a significant wheel hop when launching the car and unwanted toe changes in corners. This affects drag and road racers alike. In order to eliminate these issues, we tested Steeda Autosport’s Ultimate ‘Stop the Hop’ Package and Adjustable Differential Bushing Insert System.


 

Motor Massive, Global Time Attack, 86 Fest: Everything You'll Want In One Place

by David Kim

Toss in a little Global Time Attack into the mixing bowl, add a little 86Fest into the mix, include a touch of Auto Club Speedway, then sprinkle in everything motorsport to make yourself a delicious treat of Motor Massive. Enjoy on a beautiful, but very hot, Sunday afternoon- the collaborative affair between GTA and 86Fest brought one massive automotive event to Southern California, and yes, I was probably a little hungry at the time of writing this, but this event catered to literally all forms of automotive interests. Want a slice of high performance Time Attack? Sure, it’s only a few steps this way.


 

Sneak Peek: Killer B Motorsport’s KILRB1

by Khiem Dinh

Those who race a Subaru know the name Killer B Motorsport. They likely have a number of Killer B parts on their car, such as the engine saving Killer B oil pickup, which replaces the failure prone OEM component. Aside from their oil related products, Killer B is well-known for their unique and highest performing Holy Header too. KILRB1 is the car all those parts were developed on, and it is the highly regarded STi in the Subaru world for its top-notch build quality and innovation. 


 

#LeMansDay at the Petersen Automotive Museum

by Khiem Dinh

The Petersen Automotive Museum has started a tradition of holding a 24 Heures du Mans (that’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in English) watch party. This year, a little competition on Forza was also held to be entered into a raffle to win a set of tires from Michelin. But really, the Petersen Automotive Museum has a stunning array of vehicles showing both history and modern technology, so anyone should visit the museum regardless. 


 

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