The racing environment is an excellent arena for the development of new technology, as it allows for components and systems to be exposed to extreme operating conditions in a controlled environment, and offers a competitive venue that rewards anything that improves performance. Enhanced acceleration, braking, handling, and fuel economy are all properties that are highly valued both on and off the racetrack. To that end, let us introduce the Polystrand GT-Lite Project, a tool designed to allow us to experiment with thermoplastic composite suspension design.
So Project 370Z has not seen a power part upgrade since the first installment of the series which included the AEM “E.T.I.” cold air intake nearly 3 years ago. Despite the Fairlady’s solid power to weight ratio as it stands, a bit more power, sound, and weight reduction from an aftermarket cat back exhaust system was desired. With the help of ARK Design USA, the exhaust side of Project 370Z was going to see its first step in unlocking some power and performance oriented notes.
The 2014 season has been a tough one for land speed racers in general, with high winds cancelling events at El Mirage and thunderstorms flooding the Bonneville Salt Flats. On the home front, Team MotoIQ has had its own series of struggles to overcome with Murphy’s Law wreaking havoc every step of the way. Nevertheless, we managed to overcome the odds and set a new H/PS land speed record at Bonneville. Recounted through data logs, videos, photos and of course text, here’s our World of Speed story.
A friend of mine pointed out that that it was pretty funny that many of the houses he saw on his morning commute had a corner station in the backyard. Puzzled, I asked RJ what the heck he was talking about. "Gazebos—everyone has a prefabbed gazebo on their property it seems—that’s what a lot of race tracks use as worker stations."
Fun fact: The DuPont company is based in Delaware. In fact if you travel the Wilmington/Greenville/Hockessin area, the landscape is dotted with past and present DuPont family households. The past DuPont estates are amazing: Beautiful tracts of East Appalachian land dotted with 150+ year old buildings. Many of the original 1800s estates have been turned into public museums to help preserve the history of the DuPonts. One of Delaware’s crowning jewels is Hagley Museum which is one such former estate: In its previous life, Hagley was the first powder mill founded in Delaware by E.I. DuPont in 1802. Every September 600 cars show up to Hagley and are put on display. The only rule is all vehicles must be at least 25 years old. Some amazing automotive history turns up each year and we were able to snap some pictures of the event.
An interesting guy once said that drag racing is “an exercise in keeping your eyes pointed forwards in your head”. While that might be the case for your run-of-the-mill street car, Kevin Mullins' 1997 Drag Radial Mustang requires an obscene level of coordination of myriad systems to propel it down the track at a world record pace.
MotoIQ is teaming up with the good folks at The GTChannel to produce a Scion FR-S for the SEMA Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge. The Challenge will be between Speedhunters, Superstreet and GTChannel/MotoIQ to see which media group can build the best FR-S with the car to be displayed at the SEMA Show in the Scion Booth.
We figure that our competitors at Speedhunters and Superstreet will be putting out cars with a heavy emphasis on cosmetics, most likely with special bodywork done by Kei Mura of TRA-Kyoto fame or something like that. We also figure that Superstreet will probably outsource their build and will have a much bigger corporate fired budget than us. Speedhunters seems to be working on their build by themselves so hats off to them!
Celebration of Motorsport is the CASC-OR's final race of the season. It was held at the beautiful Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly known as Mosport) just a short drive North-East of Toronto. The weather was in the mid-twenties Celcius (mid-seventies for those of you used to Fahrenheit) and the 3.957 kilometre long track (2.459 miles) was perfect. Sunshine with barely a cloud in the sky. The kind of weather that you long for when you are camping - which I was - and that you dream for if you are racing.
by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz
Shea Holbrook returns tonight and we'll talk about her season in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Class. We'll also ask her what her plans are for 2015 and even the rest of this year. Then, on Saturday at 2pm MotoIQ Radio will have a special broadcast from the Lucas Oil Off Road Expo! We did this last year with KMC Wheels and this year the Expo has graciously allowed MotoIQ Radio into an exclusive spot where we'll interview drivers like Mel Wade and the people who work to bring you the Lucas Oil Off Road Expo each year. We look for to that and we'll also have some quick news and notes of the week all on MotoIQ Radio. Got comments or questions tonight? Use hashtag #motoiqradio on Facebook!
by David Zipf
Most CR-V owners will go to their nearest dealership or trusted mechanic’s shop and get whatever brake deal is being offered. But this is MotoIQ…why would we put boring old Honda or off-brand parts on one of our cars? Besides that, the plan for this CR-V was to be a useful trucklet. It needed to be able to go off-road, haul people, drive cross country, and tow small trailers. With that in mind, it seemed prudent to install something better than what Honda originally gave the car. Civics and Integras are popular platforms and have a seemingly endless supply of brake options. The CR-V? Not so much. Luckily EBC came to the rescue.
Sport bikes are the closest things you can easily buy that are track ready. They come with adjustable suspension, titanium valves, sticky tires, and typically lightweight aluminum frames. You can basically take off the mirrors, get rid of the lights, swap tires and brake pads and go racing in AMA Supersport class. But then there are bikes like the Ducati Superleggera. Actually, the Superleggera is really the only bike of its type that you can buy.
With almost 400 horsepower and weighing in at a little over two tons, slowing down the BMW E39 M5 safely and consistently is definitely no easy task. Aside from ensuring all stock braking components are in tip top shape before we start on the inevitable road of power and handling mods, we will also be making a few improvements to the already well engineered braking system of our new/used Bavarian fun machine.
So far we have improved the handling and shifting on our Project Ford Fiesta ST with some stuff from ST Suspension and mountune USA. We are very impressed with the base car. If you are into tuning FWD Sport Compacts you can really appreciate just how good this car is from the factory. If you have built Turbo Hondas or perhaps a Sentra SE-R we equate the Stock ST to one of those cars with a T28.
The car is a lot of turbo fun but with solid OEM reliability, great handling and OEM refinement. On the track the car has proven to be exceptionally reliable putting down lap after lap with not a single problem. No overheating, no fade, no unbalanced handling and most of all, the brakes are up to snuff for track abuse even stock!