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Project Pathfinder Part 1

By Mari Umekubo

Project Pathfinder started out as a necessity, not because we are into SUV’s or off road but because of a need.  For the last two years we have been racing in NASA’s SE-R cup series and using our old 1993 Pathfinder SE as a two vehicle.  This taught us a couple of things, 1 a stock old Pathfinder is not a good tow vehicle due to a lack of power and brakes and 2 a SUV is probably not the safest vehicle on the road for carrying your loved ones due to its tipsy handling.


Technobabble electric cars and turbos, how MIT will save the world lead

Technobabble: Electric Cars & Turbos (How MIT is Going to Save the World)

by Dave Coleman

Electric cars are commuting appliances. With limited range and excruciating re-charge times, they are good for little more than your soul-crushing drive to and from work. Sure, commuting to work may be all you ever do, but that's not the point. You want to imagine that you'll actually decide to go somewhere fun, and gasoline enables this fantasy life. But in MIT's magical fantasy world (which they say they can deliver in less than 5 years), electric cars can do that too. Drive 100 miles, stop, plug in, take a leak, and keep going.

Not enough to get you excited? Try this: How about a turbocharged engine that runs on 87 octane swill, has 13:1 compression, and runs 20 psi of boost. The merry nerds from Massachusetts are working on that, too. It's almost enough to make you want to go to school. Almost...


Chuck's Bonneville Adventure Part 2 (In-car video inside!)

By Mike Kojima and Annie Sam

The cars that run out on the salt are very unusual; some like the Cobalt factory effort from GM Motorsports are high tech state of the art race machines.  Others look to be the work of eccentric mad scientist types.  Others are decades old cars that families have run and refined for several generations.  Finally there are a few cars that seem to have come directly from the set of mad max.  A wide numbers of classes with very interesting rules assures that everything from a wingless Bar Honda F1 car to a flathead Ford powered roadster has an appropriate class where it can be competitive and go for a speed record.


Billy Johnson in the office

The Buttonwillow Bible- Fast Lap (In Car Video inside!)

By Billy Johnson

Buttonwillow (BW) is a great test track used by many professional sports car and formula car racing teams because of the track’s variety of corners.  From on-camber and off-camber corners, to sweepers, chicanes, hairpins, and man-made elevation changes, BW is a well-balanced and technical  track that challenges both the driver and car.  In recent years BW has become center for Time Attack drivers and teams attracting cars from as far away as Japan. Like Tsukuba Circuit in Japan, Buttonwillow has become the milestone for lap times for the top tuners in the time attack world. It has also become the benchmark for bragging rights for many OEM manufacturers.


Project Racer- Part 5: Basics of Tire Pressure

By Annie Sam

Tires. Such a small portion of the car, yet it is the most important part of your vehicle. Why? Because it is the only part of the car that comes in contact with the road – or at least the only thing that's supposed to come in contact with the road. So critical is having the proper tire pressure for performance and safety at speed, we'll devote this next article on how to correctly set pressure for your car for optimal handling and safety.


Targa Trophy Road Rally Stage 1 

By Aaron Guardado

The Targa Trophy Rally is a strategic drive involving checkpoints, strict turn-by-turn routes and maintaining a quick pace throughout the stages. Not only having a really fast car with decent navigation will get you the big trophy at the end of the night, but a strategy to get the mileage needed as well as completing the stages within the allotted time frame given by the officials of Targa Trophy...


Project Nissan Sentra SE-R: HKS GT3037 Turbo

By Aaron LaBeau

In our last article we covered an introduction of Project Sentra SE-R. Building a turbo kit that will make respectable power and have quick boost response is a challenge. Thankfully other SE-R owners have been down this road before. Still, being the types of people we are here at MotoIQ we're always looking for bigger and better, or in this case more power and quicker boost response. Our goal is to have the boost response commonly found in the T-25/T-28 turbos but achieve the high peak hp (400 wheel hp) possible in the Turbonetics T3/T04E turbo.


Project Rally Beater Return to Glory

Project Rally Beater -- Return to GLORY

(or return to rallying an old piece of crap, at least...)

By Dave Coleman

It only took one turn for all my doubts to disappear. It had been four and a half years since the Rally beater last turned a wheel in anger and I was, only moments earlier, quite skeptical that it could still do it. When I dropped the hammer at the start of stage 1, I still had no idea if the car would work. After all that time parked in your driveway, nothing you can do on the pavement will tell you if your old box still handles well in the dirt or if you still remember how to drive it. But as the SR20 wailed and the gravel flew, the beater's normally rough, clattery ride smoothed out into a gloriously fluid set of arcs, slides, and various maneuvers named after old Scandinavians. I had almost enough time to start giggling with boyish glee before the engine turned off.


Project Silvia lead JIC Strut story

Project Nissan S13 Silvia: How to Polish Your Tube
(or What to do When Your JIC Struts Dry Up)

By Dave Coleman

Engineering a car is a series of compromises. When Nissan decided to make the 240SX a slow, soft piece of suck, it was a compromise calculated to make it durable, quiet, easy to drive every day, and cheap to build. When I decided to take this same worn-out, 300,000-mile piece of suck and make it fast, I was naturally sacrificing some of that comfort and undoubtedly some durability.


Revenge of the Nerd: Drifting is Not Ghey!

By Mike Kojima

As of late when I am not working here, I have been helping out at Falken Motorsports as an engineering consultant for their drift team.  My role has been to help sort out the chassis on a few of their cars.  I have greatly enjoyed this new set of challenges and have found that working with a drift cars unique dynamics to be very difficult.  I have found that some of my colleagues in the realm of pro road racing, when they found out what I was doing lately, chuckled at the idea of drifting being a real motorsport. When I polled some of our readership if they would like more drift coverage, I got some push back.  Despite this, I am going to take MotoIQ into the realm of drifting and will start to cover drifting editorially, especially the technical side.


Project Racer-Part 4: Hotlapping For Beginners

By Annie Sam

Now that you've experienced the drag strip, and solo 2, let's move onto road racing - or more accuratey called, hotlapping, since you're not actually "racing". The most beginner-friendly and Nissan friendly road racing organization I have come across is the National Auto Sport Association, otherwise known as NASA. Through NASA, you can participate in their driving school called High Performance Driving Events, also known as HPDE.


Demolition Derby Tech Part 1- A Tech Look Inside the Disposable Motorsports Machine

By Mike Kojima and Aaron Guardado

Although you might think that Destruction Derby is the simplistic smashing of cars, it is actually a pretty sophisticated formula with an evolved set of rules that allow a high level of safety and competitiveness with a very low cost of entry.  Destruction Derby has a rich history dating back over 50 years and the rules and regulations have evolved continuously since then.  Let us discover what is inside a typical car preped to the maximum level of the rules.


EVENT COVERAGE:  Formula D Las Vegas 2009 

by Jeff Naeyaert

We hit Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend for Formula D's 4th "All In" event of the season.  While our Mike Kojima helped Team Falken with car setup, fellow editor Martin Gonzales and I snapped pics and video and did what we could to stay hydrated in the 100+ degree heat with water and beer.  CLICK for the official press release and our photos. Stay tuned for the video hopefully soonish!


How to Make Your Own Effective Exhaust System

By Mike Kojima and Sarah Forst

You are bummed.  You don’t own a Honda, STi, EVO or some sort of popular sport compact car.  Maybe you have an old school Celica, Corolla, Cavalier, Neon, Hyndai, Geo, Saturn or a similar ride that does not have tons of aftermarket support.  Maybe you want a spiffy all polished stainless system but can’t get a pre-made offering that you like.  Maybe you do have a popular car but it has a ripping turbo system and no one makes a good pre made 3” system for your car.  What to do?  Well we will show you how to roll your own system that will be as good as, maybe even better than a commercially made system, probably for less money as well!


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