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Girl Gone Green: Verena Mei’s Time Attack Nissan 350Z

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Photos by  David J. Dowling

A little understood fact about prepping a turbo car for reliable track use is that extreme cooling is needed and the off the shelf performance radiators and oil coolers on the market are not enough to keep a turbo engine cool under actual track conditions. The VQ35DE engine is kept cool by a custom Ron Davis C&R core dual pass radiator with swirl tank and large 13 row Setrab oil cooler.


Tomei 4G63 cams

Project EVO VIII part 3, Into the Engine, Basic Bolt Ons

By Mike Kojima

In part one, we made the conversion of our car from a HIN show car to a more performance oriented build.  In part two of our series we tackled the difficult task of squeezing more stick and balance in the corners of an already finely tuned cornering machine without reducing its refinement as a daily driver. We also improved the stamina of its already powerful brakes in anticipation of hard track use and more power from the motor. In part two we will attempt to squeeze more power out of the EVO’s tried and true 4G63 engine


Project Pathfinder Part 4, Suspension Part 2

By Mari Umekubo

Now that we have the sagging springs, excess lean in the corners, bottoming out, bouncy ride and high speed oversteer of Project Pathfinder taken care of, we now turned our attention to the front suspension in our quest to tighten things up and fix the weak points of the Nissan steering system.


Demolition Derby Tech part 2 The Science Behind the Horror

By Mike Kojima and Aaron Guardado

After we prepared two cars as seen in part one of this series. We proceeded to enter them in a destruction derby, the infamous Orange Crush event at the Orange County fair. We faired ok, making it through most of the event with only minor injuries despite the car’s taking some enormous punishment.


Revenge of the Nerd-Boycott Fakes!

By Mike Kojima

A lot of people in our industry bemoan the fact that the passion and innovation of the game is getting diluted by the influx of fly by night Asian companies that are in the business of making cheap knockoffs of parts made by the established performance companies. These companies sell their fake wears for a fraction of the original’s price using no cost marketing ploys on Ebay and other inexpensive direct selling arenas.


Future NASCAR Sponsor

by Eric Hsu

German style sticker tuning at the Nurburgring.

Wannabe JDM Companies

by Eric Hsu

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In today's automotive high performance market for Japanese vehicles, there are many companies that are basically wannabe JDM and motorsport companies. Often times they sport Japanese or JDM or motorsport sounding names, but in actuallity they are either knock off companies or companies that manufacture products in China with poor quality control. The fact of the matter is that no decent company with a lesson in business ethics would attempt to be anything else other than what they actually are.


Project Nissan 200SX - Slimming down and cleaning up...

By Wes Dumalski

We realize this installment's title sounds more like we are getting Project Nissan 200SX ready to hit the dating scene and quite frankly that is what all of the odd's and end's we have been cleaning up has felt like... Only our crunches were done tweaking under the dash and the shaving of weight was done via mail order rather than a strict diet.


VIDEO: Calvin Wan - Thunderdrift

By Mike Kojima

Lately I have gotten to know Calvin Wan through my working with Falken Tires drift team where I have been helping him develop the chassis settings on the Falken S15.  Besides being a super cool guy, Calvin is quite a driver, being pretty versatile, besides drifting he does grip driving in time attack and road racing in cars as well as motorcycles.

Thusly I would like to share this video of Calvin drifting Thunderhill Raceway in his personal Mazda FD.  If you know about Thunderhill, you know this is an exceedingly technical fast course where his drifting and road racing skills merge.  I held a lap record there and believe me, it’s not a particularly easy track to drive on and to see Calvin DRIFTING there with ease is really cool. 

Drifting at the high speeds obtained on a road course like T-Hill is pretty difficult, more difficult than the stuff at your typical drift day and perhaps even what the pros usualy do. I am particularly impressed with the clip of Calvin drifting over turn 5.  That’s a hard ass turn to just DRIVE over.  So check it out and enjoy!

Visit Calvin's website here!

While performing a U-Turn you will....

turn right onto a two-way street.

turn left onto a two-street.

turn right onto a one way street.

turn 180 degrees and head the opposite direction.

Traffic School

by Eric Hsu

Tricks and tips to speed through online traffic school. Who needs to take an 8 hour class when you can complete it in 1 hour?

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Project Nissan Pathfinder Part 3, Getting Into the Suspension

By Mari Umekubo

This month we tackle an area of serious deficient for most SUV’s, the suspension.  We were faced with some tough decisions here.  Since we use our Pathfinder for everything from daily commuting, to drives to the mountains hauling mountain bikes and gear to off road exploring, we had to come up with a reasonable compromise.  Our main goal was not to build a car crushing monster truck or a Rubicon Trail bolder crawler but to greatly improve on-road handling, to eliminate the SUV characteristic of flipping over when pressed and to provide a safer ride when towing.  We wanted all of this with improved off-road capability as well.


Project Scion TC Part Two, Chassis and Cage Construction Details

By Mike Kojima

In our last segment of Project Scion TC Racer we had brought our car to Technosquare in Torrance California for the construction of a custom roll cage leaving the car in the capable hands of master fabricator Richie Watanabe.  It’s no secret that many of MotoIQ’s project cars and staffers personal cars end up spending a stint at Technosquare sooner or later. Richie has many years of experience constructing Pro Rally and race cars, and is quietly proud of the fact that every racer that has ever crashed while driving a car equipped with one of his cages has walked away unharmed.  The last Technosquare cage to be tested in such a spectacular manor is Taka Ono’s AE86 who flipped at a Formula D event at Irwindale raceway last year.


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.


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