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EVENT COVERAGE:  Formula D Sonoma 2009

By Jeff Naeyaert

We drove up to Infineon Raceway last weekend for Formula D's 6th "Locked and Loaded" event of the season. To accomodate the IndyCar Grand Prix which was sharing the track that weekend, the event was split into three days rather than the usual two with the Top 32 qualifying being run on Thursday, Top 16 on Friday and the finals on Saturday.  Consequently, it felt like the event lost momentum as we spent a lot more time milling around the pits than watching action on the track.  Nonetheless it was still a fun weekend!  CLICK for the official press release and photos.


VIDEO: 24 Hours of LeMons - Buttonwillow Histrionics 

Shot and edited by Jeff Naeyaert

After weeks of procrastinating and ignoring deadlines, I finally finished my video of the  24 Hours of LeMons: Buttonwillow Histrionics. (Really, I finally reached the point where I said, "fuck it, I give up!" and suddenly, it was finished).  I'm new to the video scene and while it's an interesting challenge I'm terribly inefficient at pretty much every aspect of it.  I forget to get important shots to help tell the story (a Buttonwillow sign or something at the beginning would have been nice, for example), I hand-hold the camera like my grandma, and I take forever editing, since I don't really know the software.  Fortunately, I've met some really helpful people at the Formula D events we've been covering, and looking over their shoulders has taught me a lot.

Disclaimer finished, enjoy!  If you want to see the HD version, check it out on Vimeo.  And, in case you missed it, click HERE for the article and photos from the event.


No Respect, Project Nissan Sentra Spec-V part 2

By Mike Kojima

In our first installment of project Spec-V, in an effort to turn an unloved econobox into a sharply honed time attack weapon, we stripped our car to a bare shell and started construction on a roll cage. The roll cage is more than just a structure to protect the vehicles occupants in a crash; the roll cage is also the most important part of a race cars suspension system providing a ridged platform for the suspension.


EVO IX Power Tweeks Part 2

By Mike Kojima

When we last left project EVO IX we had just tried out the most basic bolt on mods and ended up being pretty pleased with the results, picking up nearly 30 whp from stock with just a few hours of work including dyno time. Drivability was improved as well making our experience a win win situation.


Project Racer- Part 5 1/2: A Few Extra Tips

By Annie Sam

As I was instructing a beginner session at Willow Springs, I discovered several common mistakes that beginner drivers would make. So, I decided to add a little extra to this month's article point these out and hopefully help new drivers correct them before you head out to the track.


EVENT COVERAGE:  24 Hours of LeMons - Buttonwillow Histrionics 2009

By Jeff Naeyaert

I took a trip to the high desert this weekend to shoot the 24 Hours of LeMons Buttonwillow Histrionics race and catch up with 4 of our MotoIQ editors who were racing their jalopies therein.  Dave Coleman and his team of disturbingly dressed french maids (even for high desert standards) raced in the Eyesore Racing FrankenMiata while Chuck "Toadstool" Johnson, Annie "The Princess" Sam , Travis "Luigi" Englert and Martin "Racoon Mario" Gonzales took turns in the Team 1UP Sentra SE-R.  While none of our guys brought home any trophies, everyone had fun and no ones car got too banged up.  CLICK on to see pics from this weekend and stay tuned for more 24 Hours of LeMons features as well as an in depth look at LeMons car engineering by Dave Coleman.  MORE


Inside the X-games fiesta lead art

Inside the 800-hp X-Games Fiestas

By Dave Coleman

An American rallycross is an autocross in the dirt. A European rallycross is an explosion of rally bundled up and barely confined within the grounds of a racetrack. Roughly speaking, take every european rally car that has ever been banned for being too fast, turn up the boost, and then run 6 of them, wheel-to-wheel, in a sprint race that alternates between pavement and dirt. When a team of Swedish rallycross fiestas crossed the pond to run Pikes Peak and the X-Games I wanted to know more. How exactly do they get these Miata engines (the Ford Duratec is also known as a Mazda MZR) to 800-hp, and how do they harness that power and make it usable? This story is everything I know, updated frequently as I learn more...


...Actually, we should probably call it a "film" and not a "video," as that nomenclature suggests a higher quality production.  Here we have another killer "film" by Will Roegge and Joshua Herron (both notorious for their drifting videos) with something only slightly different.  Rhys Millen, of Formula D, Pikes Peak and that Super Bowl Hyundai Genesis commercial fame, approached Will about putting together a short film on his latest Pikes Peak hill climb attempt. READ MORE


Project Pathfinder Part 2, Brake Upgrades

By Mari Umekubo

Even with our prior upgrades to Project Pathfinder, our brakes still had much room for improvement.  Although we could now lock our wheels on clean dry pavement (amazingly the stock brakes could not lock our big sticky Yokohama tires!) it took pushing with all of our might and several revolutions of the wheels to get the pads hot enough so they could get enough bite to lock the wheels.  This sort of braking added precious feet to our stopping distance and made pedal modulation difficult, critical for limit braking performance.



NASCAR + Coyote = Dead Mess

by Eric Hsu

Taco sent me an email with these pics. They're pretty brutal so if you're a wuss and cannot handle blood, do not view.

U.S. F1 Team to American-Born Drivers: We Want You!

by Eric Hsu

Peter Windsor of the USF1 team says, "This team is about helping young Americans (drivers) as much as it is about anything else."

EVENT COVERAGE:  Formula D Seattle 2009

By Jeff Naeyaert

We hit Evergreen Raceway this past weekend for Formula D's 5th "Breaking Point" event of the season.  While our Mike Kojima helped Team Falken with car setup, I snapped pics and some video.  CLICK for the official press release and some of our own commentary and photos.


Get Well Richey!

Our dear friend and Master Fabricator Richey Watanabe of Technosqaure was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer right after the Las Vegas Round of Formula D and has been hospitalized ever since.  Richey has had to endure major surgeries in the last few weeks and faces a long and difficult recovery.


Formula D Coverage, Live From Seattle

Moto IQ Staff Report

What a day, MotoIQ is involved with the series on several levels, from Jeff wielding cameras to Mike spinning wrenches, we were all pretty busy. Sometimes event coverage is dangerous as well. When Ryuji Miki hit the wall with his FD, Jeff was nearly struck with aluminum wing endplate that came spinning at him like a Boomerang, camera ace Antonio Alvendia was fragged with hunks of carbon fiber and lexan and Mike ran.


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