Grassroots drifting or automotive racing in itself already creates a sense of camaraderie through sportsmanship and love for the sport. If you add in being a military veteran on top of that, you create a strong melting pot that resembles more of a family than a team. The Clarksville, Tennessee-based drift organization Battle Tested Motorsports did just that with 15 out of 16 members being military veterans, active duty or reserve.
After over a year of slow and methodical removal, preparation, and planning, it is finally time. We held our noses and closed our eyes and clicked the button to place an order with MilSpecWiring. Dozens of connectors, hundreds of feet of wire, heat shrink tubing, buttons, pins, tools, and other supplies were finally on their way. And on the day they arrived, the panic truly set in. We actually had to finally build everything.
If you have been following our previous articles of our build of the naturally aspirated K24, we built the engine with the objectives being to build an engine that could run reliably in a high downforce, high grip chassis, have a wide powerband and run on California 91 octane pee water gas.
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!
by Eric Hazen
Subarus have roamed the streets, tracks, and dirt for decades, with hundreds of thousands of upgrades available for nearly every aspect of these beloved cars. Yet, one crucial part seemed to be passed over- the clutch fork! The clutch fork is Subaru’s Achilles heel. The clutch fork’s job is simple - disengage the clutch when you want to change gears. However, the stock part is prone to breakage and premature wearing of the pivot, especially when a performance clutch with higher clamping forces is used.
by Billy Johnson
“Same level dry performance as a Michelin Pilot Super Sport”. That is a HUGE statement by Continental when the PSS is hands down the segment leading benchmark. Continental is extremely proud of their brand new ExtremeContact™ Sport tire that was just released earlier this month as a replacement for their ExtremeContact™ DW tire. We logged nearly a thousand miles on the new Sport in both the wet and dry, and put it up against the outgoing DW in a back to back test at Palm Beach International Raceway to see if it lives up to Continental’s claims.
Due to the high capabilities of the Viper, a huge strain is put on the factory oiling system on road courses and at the strip. This can cause oil starvation and a spun rod bearing. Using modern rubber can increase this risk, especially for 1996-1999 Gen-2 Vipers which have arguably the worst oil pan of any generation of Viper. To combat this problem, we upgrade to the larger 10-quart oil pan and windage tray from the 2000-2002 Vipers and install RareFab/Roe Racing’s race-proven Oil Pan Baffle Kit.
by David Zipf
You've been using the wrong tool to change your oil filter. Read our latest Wrench Tip to find out what you've been missing out on!
Car enthusiasts in this generation are always after the newest and hottest automobiles being released. When it came down to a sports car, Toyota was definitely behind in that department. Akio Toyoda, (the President of Toyota and grandson of the founder), wanted that feeling to come alive again. In spring 2012, the Scion FR-S (front engine rear-wheel-drive ‘sport’) was launched. Inspired by the mid 80’s Toyota Corolla, also known as AE86 and known to be any drifter’s eye candy, the FR-S was set to be agile, light, and most of all, affordable. That was the same feeling that Phil Chien felt with his AE86 that he once had. Once the GT86 (Toyota’s formidable version)/FR-S was released, he knew that he had to have one.
Every production street car comes with internally wastegated turbochargers. There are many reasons for this, but what is given up in torque and power compared to an external wastegate configuration which dumps the wastegate flow separately from the turbine exhaust flow? Luckily for us, Bren Tuning performed some testing on a 2015 Subaru WRX using exhaust manifolds from Killer B Motorsport configured for both internal and external wastegate configurations.
Packing more than 50whp over stock, our Project E90 M3 took to the track at Palm Beach International Raceway (ROAD COURSE) to see how it stacks up against a 2016 Ford Mustang GT. Both cars have similar power, weight, and are equipped with similarly sized Continental ExtremeContact DW tires. How will our modified 8 year old sport sedan benchmark compare to a modern “pony car” that’s transitioned away from its roots to become a corner carver? Read on to find out.
Today’s racing simulators are far from arcade games. They are extremely accurate representations of real world physics that can be paired with realistic controls to drive on real-world circuits that have been scanned with lasers, lidar and other cutting-edge technology- all in an effort to provide an extremely faithful representation of the real world. Even 2- and 3-dimensional motion simulators are “affordable”, depending on your budget.
So what does it take to get started, and where can you go for a reasonable sum? We decided to find out.
by Martin Gonzales
Looks like I will be the first one at MotoIQ with a Porsche 911 GT3-RS! This past holiday season I was the lucky recipient of this beautiful and very detailed LEGO Technic model. Ever since rumors of this model started circling the interwebs I've been keeping an eye on it, but never could bring myself to actually purchasing one. Why? Maybe it was the thought of being an almost 40 year old man and going out and buying a "toy". Maybe it was its $300 price tag that made it just a little bit more difficult to justify. Regardless, I got one! So let's take you through the unboxing.