The Toyota Celica is a car that, if you are like me, you have probably admired and enjoyed over the years. And then wondered why it vanished from the lineup. Over the decades that Toyota produced this model they have been both fire breathing dragons and then merely enjoyable sporty type cars. Kyle Beaty's Celica GTS was the later. A sporty type car that began it's life with him nine years ago, as his first car and basic get around vehicle. The chassis of Kyle's Celica now has 380 000 kilometres or 236 000 miles on it. He has owned this 1990 model since he was seventeen. His first car. The one he drove to high school.
We continue our PRI 2015 journey through this third installment. If you love modified street and racing cars, and prefer to end a year well, there's no better place to be than at PRI. We covered dozens of companies' trick products in our first two installments, and today we bring loads more!
In 2013 Jimmy set multiple track records in the Canadian Sports Car Series (CSCS). Including a time at Toronto Motorsports Park of 1:14.376 in the unlimited Front Wheel Drive (FWD) class, besting his own record of 1:16.52 that he had set in 2012. Car and driver still hold the street car track record for CSCS, set in 2011 before it had forced induction. Not content with this season, Jimmy hauled his car 4000 kilometres to Buttonwillow to compete with Global Time Attack. He switched around his setup so that he could compete in the Limited FWD class. He placed second with a time of 1:55.685.
Of the cars we have around the palatial MotoIQ Megashop one of our daily drivers was in need of a clutch. The car is a B13 Sentra SE-R with a 200 whp SR20VE swap. This car is a workhorse, it is used as a daily commuter but it also sees a lot of track day use.
The NSX’s stock 155lph fuel pump reportedly maxes out around 400whp which will not suffice for our turbocharged 500whp+ goal. We upgrade the factory pump with the new Walbro 416 E85 compatible fuel pump and visit our friends at Brown and Miller Racing Solutions for motorsport-grade alcohol approved fuel lines, fittings, and electrical wiring. We finish the build by taking our hanger to be PTFE coated by Calico coatings.
If you’ve read our PRI Part 1 coverage, you saw that PRI had a lot in store for us this year. However, there’s so much stuff it’s simply too much to cover in just one article, unless you wanted to flip through 90 pages. So, welcome to MotoIQ's Part 2 of our five-part PRI 2015 coverage! Let's resume the most in-depth PRI coverage you’ll find online!
What do you do when you need to press in a bushing but don't have a press or vice handy? Read our Wrench Tip to find out.
All of you MotoIQ readers may remember we visited Exotics Racing in Los Angeles about a year and a half ago. You may also remember I said I had to go back to drive the Ferrari 458 Italia. Christmas vacation provided the right time to take the red prancing horse out for a spin. Santa would be jealous.
How do you make a really good air fuel ratio gauge even better? Well that's easy, improve it in just about all measurable ways! That's what AEM Electronics did with the new X-Series air fuel ratio gauge. The new X-Series gauge has a larger, easier to read display, is more compact and is easy to calibrate and the most interesting feature of all is its industry leading response time.
Porsche probably had some fuel miser hybrid somewhere in their booth. But I was too distracted by all the go-fast goodies. And Porsche did bring some very fast hardware including a seismic shift in their 911 base engines.
We have been putting together the Suspension on Project VA WRX over the last few months with some top quality parts from Tein and Superpro. We were waiting on the few last brand new pieces from Superpro to finish our suspension setup. Well they have come in and now is our time to install and evaluate them.
In going through the LA Auto Show this year, I noticed a trend: electrification. And turbos. And cars getting faster than ever while still getting better mileage. And we all win. In this first part, we are going to check out some of the vehicles in the BMW booth.
Our VA WRX is becoming quite impressive thanks to the gains we have made in its performance. We are beginning to think that it will soon be knocking at and even exceeding the performance envelope of the much more expensive STI.
Since we have been working on the brakes and suspension of our STI killer VA WRX, it was time to take advantage of those parts with some bigger, grippier tires and wheels to accommodate them. We got the right hardware for the job with some wider wheels from ARK Design and bigger tires from Nitto Tire.
Following Time Attack you may see a car that demonstrates potential but simply is not reliable. And then there is the R-Division Integra Type R with James Houghton in the driver's seat. This team has prepared a package that over the past several years is consistently impressing fans and other competitors. Whether it is in action at a Canadian track with CSCS or crossing the border and challenging all comers in Global Time Attack on either the East or the West coast, this Type R is consistently pushing the envelope. The plan for 2016 is already being implemented so R-Division is not content to rest upon 2015's accomplishments.