What are the kinds of progess that have made turbocharging so usable this decade or so? Is it better electronic control of... stuff? Materials science? Ground-breaking inventions and improvements? How about all of the above!
by Martin Gonzales
With a more responsive suspension and more aggressive brake and pad set-up, it was now time to set the team at SpeedForSale Motorsports loose on the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Scion FR-S with the rest of the goodies they received with their free ride courtesy of HKS, AEM Electronics, Energy Suspension, Exedy and Sparco.
To start off 2014, the TunerPlayground and BlackTrax Performance team have huge plans for overhauling their time attack Honda S2000, nicknamed “Irene.” In the past few years, Tom Tang, TunerPlayground founder, has showcased just how capable he and the car are at events such as Global Time Attack at Buttonwillow, where it ran a 1:56 in the CW13 configuration, all while retaining street-driven status. Above is a “before” photo.
This year, however, Irene is going all out. TunerPlayground Motorsports is aiming to participate in wheel-to-wheel, hill climb, and time attack events. These include, but are not limited to: NASA USTCC, Honda Challenge, SCCA Run-Offs, Global Time Attack, Redline Time Attack, Super Lap Battle, MotoIQ MPTCC, Hoopa Hill climb, and eventually, even Pikes Peak.
Project G20’s an aerodynamic disaster. It’s blockish shape leads to a car that makes masonry look sleek. As a result of poor aero combined with suspension balance in line with “loose is fast, don’t be a <sissy>”, we needed all the APR aero help we could to tame this bronco.
by M-P Spierer
Designing and installing the turbo setup is one of the most enjoyable aspects of any build. There are many decisions to make when planning out a turbo setup and each decision has significant effects on subsequent decisions. It is a balancing act of desired goals and undeniable trade-offs. Many questions need to be answered like, am I looking to maximize mid-range response or top-end power? And, how much response will I be giving up if I choose one turbine housing A/R over another? These are questions that have different answers for every build. For this RX-7 we are trying to maximize response around a specific power limit without breaking the bank.
by Martin Gonzales
We are now nearing the end of our coverage of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride builds, but before we get to the results of our back to back shootout between the Ticket to Ride cars and their stock counterparts, we will take you through one more build. This time we make a stop in Alpharetta, GA to see how the team at SpeedForSale Motorsports was doing with their new 2013 Scion FR-S. The techs at SpeedForSale Motorsports are usually wrenching on chassis' like the MK4 Supra or R35 GT-R, so bolting on some performance to the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Scion FR-S should be a walk in the park.
There’s something to be said for having a comfortable and productive work space, and that goes for your regular work desk or your driving office. We decided to clean up the look and feel of the Project E36 323is office with a new suede steering wheel from Driven Steering mounted to a MOMO hub adapter, and with some new pedals from BWMPedals.com, all as a way to increase driver focus, and to simply make it look a little better.
Last week we got a text message from Subaru tuner extraordinaire Quirt Crawford. Quirt was pretty excited about one of his company's, Crawford Performance's new products, a set of Power Blocks intake manifold spacers for the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ FA20 engine.
In our last segment we brought the front suspension of our FR-S up to the latest top standards with new parts developed for the car since we started developing our project. Now it's time to bring the rear suspension up to snuff with some of the latest parts now out for the car. Since we started out project, Cusco and Whiteline have come up with more parts for the rear suspension.
Our suspension had first gotten done well over a year ago and we used Suabaru STI parts in the initial stage. We used Cusco adjustable lower arms and some Whiteline bushings and their first generation of rear swaybar. As we are running tires much bigger than stock, (265 vs 215), the additional grip was causing a lot of body roll even with our KW coilovers and upsized swaybar.
When we first got Project 350Z as a well used and beat up car, one of the mods the car came with was an Injen Cold Air Intake. Since Injen intakes have a pretty decent rep we simply left in on the car. However, when we installed the intake manifold spacer, we noted that the manifold was full of dirt and that our engine was a little low on compression for the amount of miles that it had.
by Mike Kojima
With a few more ponies under the hood and increased braking performance, it is now time for the team at Performance & Styling to tackle the handling and power delivery of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Ford Mustang. The goal of the Ticket to Ride builds has been to showcase the performance gains that can be obtained from readily available quality bolt-on parts. and we now take a look at some of the better options available to keep your Mustang under control. In part two of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Ford Mustang Build we stay on target with a set of KW Varient III Coilovers, Exedy Clutch, STACK gauges, Whiteline swaybars, Watts link and more.
Tires on a truck are often ho-hum items. Most truck owners aren’t interested in shaving tenths off of lap times, nor are they generally interested in how well they perform at the limit of adhesion. Generally speaking, as long as it’s comfortable, doesn’t feel too dangerous, lasts long enough and generally holds air, most are happy to let them be. For our Nissan Xterra, while we’d like to say otherwise, we were of about the same mindset. When Nitto approached us with a set of their new Dura Grapplers, however, we were amazed at what happens when a manufacturer strives to make something better than just "good enough".
Brakes, the all so critical system of a automobile that turns momentum into heat as well as being the most important safety feature of any car. Unfortunately they're often over looked or marginalized, even by those who choose to track their cars on road courses. Seems as though braking upgrades are not nearly as "cool" as power or suspension modifications, even though braking is far more important.
by Martin Gonzales
You've seen the cars, you've seen the parts, now it's time to check out the builds! We kick off our Motovicity Ticket to Ride build series by visiting the team over at Performance & Styling in Manchester, Conneticut. In part one we take a close look at how the team from Performance & Styling turns up the performance output of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Ford Mustang with the help of StopTech, Gates, BBK, Royal Purple and Sparco.