We have been working on getting more power out of Project 350Z's VQ35DE engine in our latest series of articles. With success coming bit by bit, we decided that we had to give the oiling system a little help. Some 350Z's with highly modified suspension and sticky tires have suffered from engine oiling issues when driven on the track hard. The oil had simply sloshed away from the pickup under hard cornering allowing the oil pump to suck air. Since engine bearings are made of soft metal and depend on a hydrodynamic layer of pressurized oil to prevent damage, any interruption of oil pressure caused damage very quickly.
Formula Drift was on a good roll with Qualifying going off without too much of a hitch. The pace of the event was perfect and despite the huge power numbers, cars were holding together so far. Will competition day continue this trend or would there be bumps due to new cars, drivers, and engines?
We bring you a MotoIQ-exclusive tour one of the fuel system industry's greats. We get to learn some of Aeromotive's secrets to success, and even get to poke around some of its professional racecars!
After removing more than one cylinders' worth of displacement from an SR20DET, the need to improve the volumetric efficiency of our engine through forced induction became absolutely critical. In other words, if we were going to have any chance at breaking land speed records, we'd need a badass turbo system and there was simply no room for scrimpin' here. So, we stocked our turbo system with the best components we could find: A Borg Warner EFR turbo, dual Turbo Smart Hyper Gates, and a stainless steel Full Race Motorsports turbo manifold. Then, we made all the right connections with Earl's Performance Products.
With what seemed like such a long winter, the 2014 Season of the Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by GoPro is finally here! We’re starting off at the concrete canyons of Long Beach. How is 2014 shaping up? Qualifying should give us a small clue.
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.