by Martin Gonzales
The Meguair's Quick Air Refresher is magical awesomeness in a can! Not only does it do an amazing job at eliminating odors, but it now comes in a Lemon-Lime Squash smell! If you've been in the import car game for more than just a few years you have definitely stumbled upon, or maybe obsessed over, the amazing scent of squash.
At the end of a long day or week, we all have our own way of unwinding and loosening the shackles of responsibility. For some of us, it might be alcohol or working out at the gym, but for Hooman Rahimi, it’s always been about roasting some tires.
All of you have seen it, the change in the automotive powertrain landscape. The driving force behind the changes is the desire for mankind to not choke and die breathing air (i.e. check out the air pollution levels in China and India right now). The upside to this push for cleaner air has been more torque, more power, and better throttle response. You can thank turbos and electric motors for all that goodness.
If you enjoyed Part 1 of our Street Outlaws PRI coverage, you’re going to love this one. We’re talking big, huge, and stupid turbos! We've got Big Chief's famous Crow Mod, Jeff Lutz's Pro Mod, the Murder Nova, and more!
We have been following the Stoptech's team build of their NP01 in the MotoIQ Megashop for the past quarter. Although we stretched out the coverage for editorial scheduling, the actual build took about a month. Although the NP01 can be built relatively quickly as a multi-weekend project, we are showing the right way that Stoptech is going about it to build a first class, reliable NP01 that is going to win some races.
Having a dead battery really sucks. Not only can it leave you stranded, but you are also dependent on finding a good samaritan that is willing to give you a jump start. Not only is this bad because you are depending on luck, but it also exposes you to danger as you ask perfect strangers for help.
Autocrossing is a ton of fun. It’s super cheap, you can take almost any car under the sun, it’s fun, and the crowd is very friendly. Within 2 weeks of laying claim to a 2008 Mazdaspeed3, we were dodging cones. The Speed3 is a great Street Class car, with lots of grip, tons of torque, and low gearing to take advantage of that torquey, turbocharged Mazda MZR engine. In other words, a Mazdaspeed3 (or a Ford Focus ST, which is built on the same platform), makes for a great cone killer, with just a few simple modifications.
PRI 2016 was full of famous cars from the Street Outlaws show on the Discovery channel, and we took the opportunity to give you a closer look at several of them. This two-part series is full of info on these stupid-fast cars and crazy drivers you won't find on the show, and today we start with the nitrous and supercharged!
My dad's Ford F-150 Ecoboost is something I frequently drive, usually to pick up car parts and to tow one of the racecars out to the track. Similar to many folks who also own a racecar, the majority of my focus and money has gone into the racecar, not the tow rig. In actuality, I'm spending hundreds of more hours in the truck picking up parts for the car and towing the car to the track, than actually driving on the track.
In our previous installments of the Stay Crushing FR-S engine build, we have been accumulating the parts to build the supercharged FA20 engine. Now we have everything, and it's time to put it all together!
SEMA Action Network
It is time to make our voices heard and protect our race cars! Though our industry made a lot of noise last year, it was not enough to get our bill passed. Thanks to the SEMA Action Network's efforts Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and his colleagues have reintroduced the RPM Act. Right now the EPA maintains that it is illegal to convert a street car into a racecar and any company providing parts or services for these cars has engaged in an illegal act. This is unacceptable! So spread the word and use the provided link to write to your elected officials stating that we will not tolerate the EPA meddling with our cars or our industry!
There are always a handful of race cars at the LA Auto Show. The old saying goes, “race on Sunday, sell on Monday." Motorsports are a place for auto manufacturers to test their technology too. If the technology holds up on the race track, the technology should work on the street, right? There were a couple of other race vehicles there, along with some other random things I thought were cool.
So far in the epic rewiring saga of Project SC300 we’ve managed to write thousands and thousands of words, and we don’t even have any wires pulled or harnesses assembled. It just goes to show how much work and planning goes into doing wiring right. While there is still a lot of fabrication to be done, and little odds and ends to take care of, it’s time to talk about planning a wiring job. Get your reading glasses ready- this article is going to get wordy.
In the first four parts of PRI 2016, we've shown you a ton of parts and a plethora of racecars. In this installment we not only have more parts to show you, but we also take a more in-depth look at some of the world's most highly advanced racecars! Let’s get started!