It takes balls to tear into a brand new car and turn it into a race car but that's exactly what the owner of our Project Fiesta did after just a short few thousand miles of street driving. First it was the track day bug and now the car will be campaigned in our MPTCC race series in the TU class!
Our Ford Fiesta ST's conversion to a full time track car at SPD Motorsports is moving along and we are almost ready to address the motor with a bunch of parts from mountune. The craftsmanship and attention to detail of SPD's Scott Dodgion is superb. What is also cool is Scott's ability to do great work within a reasonable budget. We are getting excited as our car is getting closer and closer toward it's track debut. It will probably be one of the first racing Fiesta ST's in the country. Check it out!
In this latest installment of Project E39 M5 we will be outfitting our M5 with a set of KW V3 coilovers. We will not only be giving you our usual evaluation, but will also be spending some time explaining our basic theory of basic shock adjustments. It's no secret the grand majority of the MotoIQ staff are huge proponents of KW Suspension's products. Either from personal experience in their own cars or from simply test driving one of our KW equipped project cars. I fell in the latter category.
In 2015, we returned to the famous race along with Mackin Industries, Evasive Motorsports and GReddy Racing, enlisting Robert Walker to pilot the Mackin Scion FR-S, which has been specially rebuilt for the rigors the car was put through on such a challenging event. Enjoy the sights and sounds as the Mackin FR-S tackles the infamous Pikes Peak. Check it out and check out the link to our story on the car inside!
If you've been a longtime reader of MotoIQ, you may remember in 2011 we featured the University of Delaware's Formula SAE car. This was a landmark car for University of Delaware, as it was UD's first FSAE car to finish every event in an SAE competition. In 2012, we featured a coverage piece on the inaugural SAE Lincoln event. However FSAE coverage has been notably absent since then. It's time we fix that.
Now that we’ve brought you back up to speed on the Yost Autosport E92 M3 endurance race car in our last article, it’s time to start diving into details on the current version of this beast. I figured we would start with the part of any race car that is the most intriguing to me; aero. Read along as we discuss the details and thought process behind Version 1 of our endurance racing aero package.
When we last left off on Project 350Z, we were in the process of assembling a group of parts to enhance the durability of our project car. As we stated before we were not looking at building the ultimate naturally aspirated VQ35DE but simply a more durable one that could hold up to a life of track days, drift days and stunt driving practice days. If we could get a little more power out of the engine while we were in there, all the better.
Isuzu VehiCross. If you have no idea what that is, well you're just like the DMV, insurance company, mechanic's shops, and about 95% of the general population. Also, you're not reading MotoIQ enough, because astute readers will have already seen this particular VehiCross (or VX for short). So what is a VehiCross and how did we end up with this latest project?
In our last update, we left off having just set a new Bonneville H/PS land speed record at 184.1 MPH. On the second of the two record passes, Project 240SX LSR and its 600 plus horsepower 1.5 L engine, had recorded a fastest speed of 191.9 MPH. With more than enough power on tap, our goal of pushing the record to over 200 MPH seemed well within reach. Did we get the coveted infamous red hat? Or did we just spin trying? Read on to find out.
With the addition of some simple upgrades and MKC tuning, we take the M3's appearance and power to the next level. Do we hit 700 WHP? Find out in this test, and enjoy as we also take you for a ride with a quick video!
It has been so long since our last update that you could be forgiven for dismissing Project Miatabusa as dead and forgotten. It is not.
It has, in fact, moved forward in such complex bursts of productivity that there was little time to document it as it happened. And then, frankly, I forgot some of it. What follows is my best recollection of what the hell just happened.
Back in 2005, Ford brought back the Ford GT as a halo car. Ten years later, Ford dropped a new GT at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. It features a carbon fiber monocoque with a 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine not far removed from the Roush Yates engine used in the IMSA Daytona Prototypes. So it came as no surprise when Ford showed off a race version at the 2015 24 Heures du Mans. After all, being in France, there’s the whole romance of 2016 being 50 years since Ford won Le Mans. There’s not much in the way of photos, but we can glean a little bit in what it takes to convert a street car into an endurance race car.
Our E90 M3 is starting to look a bit dated now that its twin turbo successor is on the streets. We turned to our friends at European Auto Source to help us update the look of our M3 by replacing the Angel Eyes’ original yellow halogen bulbs with a set of bright white EAS H8 LED bulbs that will give our M3 the modern look it deserves.
In this installment of Project SC300 we wrap up our fuel cell installation. But that's not all, the sway bar needed relocation brackets made, hoses had to be made, and, finally, the fuel filler assembly was fabricated and mounted. We also discovered more disasters along the way. Damnit!
Meet Chris’ white E46 BMW M3. In the back is our own Project E46 M3, which makes a healthy 328 WHP. However, the white car makes well over twice that. Check out how we add our own finishing touches to this magnificent crotch rocket-challenging machine!