MotoIQ Garage Fabrication: Introduction to Fab
(and how to mess with your friends)
By Steve Rockwood
There comes a time in every car nut's life where no one sells that much-needed part and it must be fabricated from raw materials. Taking it to a local machine or fabrication shop is an obvious choice, and can definitely yield excellent results. However, many times the scheduling doesn't pan out, the work is unsatisfactory, or the fabricator is extremely proud of his work with pricing to match. Most of us, to one extent or another, begin to realize that making parts at home makes sense from an economic standpoint. Unfortunately, in many cases our first attempts at "fabrication" are met with booger welds, frustration, pain and unwanted fires. Enter MotoIQ's Garage Fabrication Tips: helping you make probably safe parts at home.
Road Trip: 24 Hours of Nürburgring
By Sarah Forst
One of the world's most awesome motorsports events is more like car racing at Fusion Festival, Germany's version of Burning Man. The cars, the camping, the bonfires, and this year, the deluge of rain and fog that caused a red flag to the race. Follow us as MotoIQ visits Germany for Beer and Soaking at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and search for Bill Caswell.
Project Civic SI Wilwood Front and Rear Brake Upgrade
By Aaron LaBeau
Big brakes are car porn at its best. More than anything else, this upgrade to our project has elicited the most conversations from drooling valet attendants who also drive Civic SI’s We've even received a brief glance from a Turbo Porsche owner who was eager to show what 300 more horsepower could do on an open stretch of road.
Formula Drift 2013 Round 3 - Palm Beach International Raceway
By Justin Banner
Florida has always been crazy; crazy humidity, crazy weather, crazy drivers, crazy results. With another round down in the 2013 Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by GoPro, would it mean another controversy filled event or would things calm down after "Hot-lanta"?
Stadium Super Trucks Main Events Coverage – Qualcomm Stadium 2
By Justin Banner
We’re now over halfway of the inaugural season of the Stadium Super Trucks Series. Round 4 saw action on and off the track but Rob MacCachren would take the win over Robby Gordon in a last lap pass. We’re at Qualcomm Stadium once again for Round 5, but it’s not the same track! Improvements were made and changes were brought in. An additional class made for an even bigger event with USA Pro Supermoto and the Trophy Karts were back in action! This meant there were 5 classes run this night along with lots of action in each. Follow along as I review Qualcomm Stadium 2.
Project E36 323is: Building the Poor Man's M3, Part 3 - Brakes, Wheels, Tires
By Jonathan Lawson
Next up on our Project E36 323is is giving it more grip and better braking. Stopping distances will almost always come down the moment you put good rubber on a car, but for short and repeatable braking, you want to maximize the braking system itself, and that's where the StopTech brakes come in.
By Mike Kojima
When we last left off, we had just gotten a load of AEM stuff for the Motovicity Ticket To Ride Scion FR-S. For this week we will be looking into the suspension, mainly some sweet street coilovers from Eibach.
Eibach's new Pro Street-S coilovers are meant for durable daily driving use on the street. They are a monotube, gas charged damper with an all weather, durable stainless steel body. It is great to see this sort of quality on a basic street coilover.
The Hail Mary: The Build Story Behind Speed Week Part 1
By Chuck Johnson
Defined as a very long, low percentage pass made in sheer desperation, the term Hail Mary is perfectly fitting of Project 240LSR’s journey to Speed Week. While Eric Hsu and "Team America" were making their own Hail Mary attempt to make it to World Time Attack, the perhaps lesser known, yet equally determined team behind MotoIQ’s Project 240LSR were simultaneously in pursuit of their own Hail Mary pass. Let’s face it though; this is par for the course. If it wasn’t for race day, almost every race car would be forever damned to a hellish state of incompletion. This is the story of how we made it.
Turbo Tech: Intercooler Testing
By Khiem Dinh
An intercooler is essential for maximum performance on a highly boosted turbocharged vehicle (no duh right?). However, just putting an intercooler into the system does not guarantee it will cool down the charge air (air compressed by the turbocharger) efficiently. A number of variables contribute to the efficiency of an intercooler: size, design, end tank design, and volume of cooling air moving through the intercooler to name the big variables. You can try to calculate efficiency, or you can just measure it. Ain't nothing better than the real thing, so I opted to measure it using a portable thermocouple data logger.
Project E36- How to Install a Seibon Carbon Hood
By Nick Betz
Project E36 is a pretty well used car. It has been a non pampered, non garaged daily driver for its entire life. With this sort of use and from continual baking under the hot California sun, the hood on our car was in sad shape. After seeing just how much a bodyshop was going to charge to sand all the paint off the hood, get rid of the rust and to fix a few dents, we decided that perhaps getting a carbon hood from Seibon would be a similarly priced, and better alternative. Want to know the correct way to do a durable installatation of a carbon fiber hood on a daily driver? Read on!
TESTED: Achilles GS-328 Race Tire
By Steve Rockwood
I've driven on a lot of tires, some of them horrible, some of them great. All of them have been DOT legal. Until now. When we were approached by Achilles Tire to try out their new GS-328 racing slick on Project G20 Racecar, we predictably jumped at the opportunity.
Nerd's Eye View- Ryan Tuerck's 2JZ Powered FR-S!
By Mike Kojima
Ryan Tuerck has always been one of our favorite drivers in Formula D. A consistent and solid performer, Ryan is always right there in the season end points race mainly due to his consistency.
Ryan has been known for his work in Nissan S chassis and had driven for Gardella Racing for many years in various Chevy platforms. For 2013 Ryan has a new ride in an exciting car, a Scion FR-S. Now the FR-S is a pretty exciting car but the flat 4 Subaru based engine is just not up to the task of propelling a competitive Formula D car.
The Eibach Meet: A Non-Honda-Lover's Guide
By: Aaron Bonk
You hate the Eibach meet and all eight degrees of negative camber that it stands for. But don't be bitter because behind every pack of graffiti-covered engine bays, every row of Otter Pop-colored Civics, and every stock JDM airbox short-sightedly matched alongside four-into-one race headers lies all sorts of Hondas and Acuras that care about a funny thing: going fast.
Project 240SX Land Speed Racer: Racecar Livery, the Function Behind the Form
By Chuck Johnson Photos by Joe Lu
I’ve put together a lot of cool project cars over the years and would like to think that with each one, I push the envelope a little bit further and get a little better at what I’m doing. I’ve learned a lot from building racecars and a good portion of that learning in most recent years I’d say, is far beyond that of just turning a wrench.