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The Great ARK Design FR-S / BRZ Super Exhaust Shootout, Part 1

by Mike Kojima

ARK Design makes 3 high quality exhausts for the FR-S/BRZ twins.  The three exhausts are tuned to please everyone from the picky daily driver to the hard core street/track guy.  ARK Design makes the Road Spec exhaust for those who want a mellow exhaust that is not too loud and with styling that matches the stock car well.  The Super Flow exhaust is for guys who want the highest flowing exhaust, like people running forced induction, having internally built engines or Nitrous.  Finally, there is the Racing Spec exhaust for those who want light weight, low backpressure and who are not too concerned about noise level.


 

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach - My First Experience 

by Nick Betz

I gotta say, working for MotoIQ has its perks. I get to talk to the one and only Mike Kojima on an almost daily basis, even though 90% of the stuff he says goes directly over my head, there's track days on company time, talk with Industry insiders, and managing a bunch of fun Project Cars in our garage. The one thing that I haven't gotten to do is attend the local Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, why is that? Well I don't usually write and my photography skills aren't a match for our own Jeff Naeyaert's. However, they let me loose on the track this year and this is what I came up with. Enjoy! 


 

MotoIQ Wrench Tip - How to Gap Piston Rings

by Mike Kojima

Setting the gap on your piston rings is an important step to building an engine that performs at its best.  Getting your piston rings to have the optimal seal is perhaps the most critical aspect of good engine building.  Of course you want to spend time assuring that your machine work and cylinder wall finish is correct for the type of rings used but a lot of people neglect blueprinting the ring gap.


 

Project MKVI Golf TDI: Dieselgeek Sigma 6 Short Throw Shift Kit

by Jeff Naeyaert

In our LAST update we brought the torque and horsepower of our little oil burning Golf up 30% and 24% respectively!  Before that we sorted out our wheels and suspension.  The most glaring problem we had left in our daily driver was the row-boat shifting of the stock 6 speed manual.  Installing a short-throw shifter is a very common modification drivers do to improve the interaction with the vehicle and in most cases is fairly easy to do.  We looked no further than Dieselgeek, a small company out of San Antonio, Texas and their Sigma 6 short throw shifter kit for our MKVI. 


 

Project E36 M3 Pt 4 Ultrasuede CoverProject E36 M3 (Silver): Part 4 – Updating the Interior with Ultrasuede Accents

by Billy Johnson

We spruce up the interior of our beloved 15 year old M3 by having our friends at Coby Wheel wrap the worn and faded steering wheel, arm rest, shift boot, and e-brake boot in Ultrasuede and add Motorsport tri-color stitching to bring out a more modern and sporty character while improving the feel and ambiance of the interior.


 

Sneak Peek: The Engines of Formula Drift 2014

by Khiem Dinh

A long time ago in a country far far away (well, unless you live in Japan).… people started drifting with little 4-cylinder engines. Then turbos began to appear on these engines. The American version of the sport saw naturally aspirated V8 engines take over domination from the small displacement turbo 4-bangers; you know, because everything has to be bigger in America. Then something happened… Daigo Saito showed up with a monster turbo hanging off the side of a 2JZ creating enough tire smoke to hide the grand stands and the following car. And so the turbo revolution began (again, kind of like Formula 1).


 


Tested: OPTIMA Digital 1200 Battery Charger

by Pablo Mazlumian

This is not your everyday battery charger!  After nearly throwing away two expensive batteries we thought were dead, and wouldn't charge on two other chargers, the Digital 1200 brings them back to life overnight.


 

Chuckwalla Valley Speedway Redline Time Attack

Redline Time Attack Round 2 – Chuckwalla Valley Speedway

by Justin Banner

It may be in the middle of nowhere and make “Fontucky” look more like a bustling city, but Chuckwalla Valley Speedway is a popular spot for Time Attack thanks to its track layout. It was fun and fast, which lead to a record attendance for 2014 with over 50 drivers during the two day event. It was also the first event to hold a Super Session for 2014 with 6 eligible entries. Let’s take a look into Round 2 of Redline Time Attack at Chuckwalla.


 

Project 350z: Testing the MotorDyne Engineering MREV 2 Intake Manifold

by Mike Kojima

We are reaching the limit of easy bolt on performance gains with Project 350Z.  In looking over the offerings from MotorDyne Engineering, the folks that bought us the intake manifold spacer which made such an awesome difference. we noticed that they had a lower intake manifold plenum available for the VQ35DE that would work for both the Rev-Up and original intake cam only variable cam timing engines.


 

Blacktrax Performance S2000 Motorsport Makeover: Part 2 - Cage Fabrication

by Edward Hu

In part two of this Motorsport Makeover, the guys at CT Engineering are working with Blacktrax Performance and TunerPlayground with the goal of building a full cage for Irene, the Blacktrax Performance S2000. The cage will be compliant with NASA, SCCA, Global Time Attack, Super Lap Battle, Redline Time Attack, and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb rules, in addition to other rule sets. 


 

Project NSX Part 5 Title

Project NSX Part 5 – We Dyno Test A Ported Intake Manifold and Headers

by Billy Johnson

In what will probably be the first and last article for pursuing naturally aspirated power gains in our 1992 NSX, we look into the design of the stock NSX’s Variable-Volume intake manifold, gut and port it, and add headers.  We then strap the car to a dyno to see how much power we gained over the factory rated 270hp @ 7,100rpm and 210lb-ft of torque @ 5,300rpm 90-degree 2,977cc V6 engine.


 

MPTCC '14 Round 1:  Buttonwillow Raceway

by Steve Rockwood

With the inaugural MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship race postponed by rain and relegated to a local indoor karting arena, the first real race at a real track was much anticipated.  Would Edo Stepanyan continue his MPTCC dominance this season?  Would Justin Taylor improve on his second place points finish last season and put the heat on Edo?  Would Project G20 fulfill its promises as a MotoIQ project car and push for the lead as well?  Or would the addition of yet another Honda mix the podium up?


 

K&N Mustang American Iron RTR

Fully Filtered: Dave Martis’ K&N Engineering Ford Mustang RTR

by Justin Banner

NASA’s American Iron series is the modern equivalent of the Trans Am Series of the 60's and 70's; where Ford, GM, and Mopar cars slug it out in American Iron (AI) and the cars follow a weight to power ratio much like our own MPTCC series. In addition to AI, NASA also has classes for American Iron Extreme (AIX), where rules are more lax and horsepower gets insane; and Spec Iron (SI), where cars are built to one specification with the 05-10 Ford Mustang being the only chassis allowed. Dave Martis competes in the AI class with his K&N Engineering Ford Mustang RTR and has allowed us to show you the details of his amazing ride!


 

Motovicity Ticket to Ride- On Track Shootout!

by Mike Kojima

For those of you that have been following the build ups of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Ford Mustang and Scion FR-S by Performance and Styling in Connecticut and SpeedForSale Motorsports in Georgia, you have probably been dying to know just how good these cars turned out.

Both of the Ticket to Ride machines are prime examples of what can be done to late model cars with just a few elementary high quality parts and we, like you, have been dying to test them out in a back to back shootout against the stock versions of these models in a battery of performance tests.


 

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