We managed to get the handling of our E36 M3 back up to a stock-like feel in Part 1, so the car has been feeling almost new. With some exciting parts on the way, we decided to keep ourselves busy while we wait by adding a bit of convenience which the Germans didn’t seem to have as a priority. We also wanted something a little fun to help us pass the time, so we increased the crisp feel of our chassis with a simple but effective part from the BMW Motorsport division...
After six hard fought races the teams of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul entered the final race weekend of the season with a couple of season championship positions up for grabs. As in any form of motorsport, season championships depend on more than just fast lap times. They require experience, consistency, reliability, strategy...and a little bit of good luck.
In our last suspension installment of Project FR-S we were rushing to get the car in rolling condition for the SEMA show. We had installed the stuff you could see, like lowering the car with KW Variant IIIs and installing the excellent Stoptech big brake system.
Now we are back to working on the car, focusing on the things you can't see. We knew we were going to be upgrading the wheels and tires for much bigger ones and we knew bigger tires were going to load the suspension a lot more due to greater grip. More grip equals more body roll.
by Chuck Johnson
In our last story, we covered the basic design of our land speed record breaking engine we've dubbed the SR15VET 20V. This time around, we'll take a deep look inside the engine and detail its build with none other than our resident Nissan guru, Nick Hunter of 5523 Motorsports.
There is something special that surrounds Formula D Irwindale. For some, it marks the end of a long fought season full of questionable calls, for others it is a chance to make their dreams come true. For this enthusiast turned media, it was the most incredible weekend of the entire season!
Back when I first became a track junky in the late-90s, it was very a different scene. High-performance driving events (HPDEs) would sell out within hours of being announced, and people were starting to show up in brand-new cars instead of their old track rats. Most of them didn’t think for a moment about the chance of losing their car in an on-track incident. They were golden times for some.
It's finally over and we've crowned a new champion in the Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by GoPro! However, much like most of the 2013 season, this even wasn't without its own bit of controversy and drama. Crashes, flips, and cars that break all but define the finale, but it was still a nail biter. Come join us as we give you the most in depth coverage in the industry, but that's what you've come to expect from MotoIQ!
I’ve been messing around with turbos and turbo kits for more than a decade in enthusiast and professional capacities. When I saw this APR kit released for the Audi TT RS, I was extremely impressed. It is the best kit I’ve seen released for any car, bar none. Even better than the $100k kits used on some very exotic cars. What makes it the best? It’s all in the details as they say along with the engineering process used to design and develop the kit. Follow along as we examine how the kit was made and analyze why it’s so good.
Mustangs in general are misunderstood when they show up to a road course. It seems like a significant amount of prejudice starts to manifest itself from owners of more popular platforms for road course duty, especially here in SoCal where the scene is dominated by S2000s, turbo AWDs, FWD Hondas, and Miatas. The notion that the big horse should stay on the drag strip because it is "slow in the corners, and fast in the straights" give this thoroughbred a bad rap. In recent years Ford has put forth the effort to change this stigma, as the current 5.0 liter powered ponies are no longer something to be scoffed at.
by Jonathan Lawson
Not too long after we finished installing our Turner Motorsports Power Package 1 update with aFe intake and Jim Conforti tune, our 323is developed a vibration under acceleration in 2nd gear. The vibration would only occur between 3,000-4,000 RPM, and it was limited to just second gear under heavy acceleration. After a few more days, however, the vibration was noticeable in all gears, and through the entire RPM range. Things were getting serious.
by Daniel O'Donnell
My name is Dan O’Donnell, I’m the driver of the Professional Awesome Evo and I’m a Time Attack-aholic. It’s been 4 years since I first started and it’s taking over my life. I have no money, I find it hard to focus at work and I’m slowly converting all my friends and family to manual transmission cars. They are concerned because I mutter confusing statements to myself such as “If I can just shave a tenth in turn 3” and “If the engine will hold 30psi, surely 35 won’t hurt.” I need help.
by Mike Kojima
You have probably seen photo spreads of this car in Speedhunters and the magazines. You might have ogled it at the SEMA show. In our opinion the Evasive Motorsports Scion FR-S is the most beautiful FR-S built so far. It's mean looking bodywork looks like it was taken right from a JGTC GT300 car. Although the car, like so many other FR-S projects rushed to completion for last year's SEMA show, certainly looks the part, many of you might dismiss it as being simply a show car.
by Chuck Johnson
Living in Long Beach, California has its perks. I can literally get to some of the best automotive events in the state within a ten minute drive to downtown. Never mind the drive-by shooting that rendered someone dead less than 50 yards from my house a while back. Who cares about personal safety when you've got Formula D and Long Beach Grand Prix at your doorstep? OK, so maybe those two events don't quite justify worrying about stray bullets and sleeping in a Kevlar vest at night. Throw in some of the smaller, niche events like Toyota Fest and Japanese Classic Car Show though and maybe it's worthwhile… surely only for a gear head.
The final ALMS season is looking like the ashes from which the Phoenix of the USCC will rise. While there was a lot of great news for next year, P1 and P2 had small fields, and the PC, GTE and GTC provided the most entertainment during the Circuit of the Americas race weekend.