Spring in the midwest is a lovely time of year. A pat on the back is earned for making it through winter without committing suicide and this can be a big challenge in an area with snow, yet no mountains to make any use of it. Gray immediately turns to green. As if out of nowhere, all sorts of bugs and birds appear and try to have sex with one another. More importantly, racetracks open up and whatever project you’ve been procrastinating on calls out to be finished up post haste.
In this installment we put our VAG-COM cable to good use, fix misfires and replace the dreaded failure prone VAG 2.0T cam follower.
The weekend of March 11th to 13th, 2016 marked the 7th annual running of Endurance Karting’s “24 Hours of America” event. This year’s enduro was held at the karting complex at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. While only open since late 2011, NOLA has quickly become a favorite facility for fans and racers alike here in the South.
In our last segment of Project Focus ST, we reviewed some parts from Cobb Tuning for our car. To get a nice safe boost in power, we got a Cobb Stage III upgrade which includes a V3 Access port ECU flasher, larger more efficient intercooler, larger charge pipes, a cold air intake, a larger freer flowing downpipe, a freer flowing exhaust and a heavy duty motor mount. In this installment it's time to put these parts to the test!
When the Infiniti G35 coupe came on the scene in 2002-03 it was an overwhelming success for Infiniti. I remember when our very own Mike Kojima drove a pre-production model to a race day at Buttonwillow...
It seems like only yesterday but it was actually 20 years ago in 1996 that the Nitto 555 was first launched. Aimed at the center of the growing, red hot sport compact market, the 555 was the new kid in town, the performance leader of a new tire company that burst upon the scene right as it exploded into the mainstream. As Nitto's flagship tire, the 555 was a summer ultra high performance or UHP tire that offered excellent all around grip with good wear to boot.
MotoIQ has long been synonymous with Nissan oriented project and race car builds. Proof can easily be found in the "Projects" drop down menu on the site. However, when our Project VW Golf TDI suffered a major fuel system failure, Jeff--its owner--was without a daily driver and got the itch for a reliable, inexpensive spare daily driver he could also take to the track for some road course fun. I've been hanging around the shop a lot lately working on my 90's Hondas and telling Jeff all the positive aspects about them, giving him just enough interest to start combing the classifieds for a solid condition, wishbone suspension era, front wheel drive Honda.
The effort to protect racecars from overreaching EPA regulations continues to build momentum. The White House heard your voice, now it’s time for you to tell Congress to take action.
The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate recently introduced the The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (RPM Act), Which would ensure that converting street vehicles to racecars used exclusively in competition does not violate the Clean Air Act.
The Porsche 987 Cayman has long been one of our favorite cars. Built from 2006 to 2012, the 987 features a midship mounted 2.7 liter flat 6 or a 3.4 liter for the S Model. The Cayman has always offered stellar handling, perhaps it was the best handling car of it's time.
Many Porsche snobs pan the 987 because it's mid engine makes it not a real Porsche in their eyes. Because of this the 987 can be found for pretty reasonable prices on the used car market. This makes it a great buy in the eyes of the enthusiast who really cares about performance.
With that in mind, our friends at Burns Stainless, purveyors of some of the finest header collectors, high quality bends and fabrication supplies for most of the hardcore race industry, have set out to build what is probably the best performance exhaust on the market for the 987 Cayman.
The IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship has some of my favorite cars in all of motorsports because the GTLM class cars are based off of cars you can actually buy. Granted, they are very heavily modified, but they do start off as something you can buy. They also borrow heavily from their street car brethren putting some street parts, namely their engines, into accelerated race car durability testing.
One of the biggest complaints about the Isuzu VehiCross, even when new, is its ride. It is very stiff; much stiffer than your average SUV. Part of the reason for this is the stiff springs and motorsports derived shocks (Isuzu did run VehiCrosses in the 1998 Dakkar Rally). While the ride is stiff, the handling is reasonably sprightly for a two ton, body on frame truck. The other reason for the stiffness is the very long, hard rubber bumpstops that help prevent body roll. While these work in keeping the trucks upright, the hard rubber makes for a jarring ride over speedbumps, bumps and potholes. Cutting down the bumpstops is an easy way of improving the ride quality on most Isuzus. However our VX has a third reason for a crappy ride: those awesome shocks are completely worn out from 170,000 miles of hard use. So to kill three birds with one stone, we turned to Old Man Emu's 3" lift kit.
Rathyna Gomer is MotoIQ's sales manager but in her other life she is a Pro-Am drifter. We are in the process of rebuilding her 350Z competition car and due to its complexity the process is taking a while. In order for her to have a ride for the 2016 season, we decided to do some upgrades to her practice car, an S13 with the venerable SR20DET. For a practice missile car, her S13 is pretty decently built but since it is a missile car, it has seen better days. The car has been worked over by a conveniently placed practice lot pole and by doing tandem with a random on a drift day. That and Rathyna's habit of doing body repairs by backing her car into the wall at balcony has left the old S13 in a state of ugly.
In the heart of Japan in the small town of Sano located in the Tochigi prefecture, an unprecedented gathering of some of Japan’s finest automobiles collected for the Sano New Year Classic Car Meet. I was fortunate enough to be invited to this meet by a great friend who I met through the Miata community that also owns one of my absolute favorite cars in the entire world: the Autozam AZ-1.
Every car guy with a garage dreams of owning a lift, but not all of us have the room for one. Sure, there are small and even portable lift options that don’t require a ton of space, but for those times when you want full access to the underside of your car with the wheels supported, ramps are the ticket. Speaking from experience, however, I’ve never had much confidence in the plastic ramps you can pick up from chain stores, and those can cause a hassle when it comes to getting both ends of the car up, let alone the limited ground clearance they offer. Enter Race Ramps!