“Survive the 25” is the theme for many when racing the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Team Honda Research West didn’t just survive, they conquered, taking first and fourth places with their pair of Acura ILXs in the E1 class. The class winning #27 car finished eighth overall which is a major achievement considering the serious hardware at the track. Building an endurance racer presents unique challenges which a sprint race car does not have to contend with. Follow along as we see what makes these cars and the THRW team winners.
It’s been almost 5 years, but Project NSX is back! While the turbo motor build has had some setbacks, we continue to move forward with the chassis of the car. We made it out to Buttonwillow and broke some records with the help of a few new parts including KW Variant-3 Coilovers, Volk CE28 Wheels and Nitto NT05 tires.
With the engine almost fully complete and near-ready for start up, now's not the time to skimp! Check out our new fuel and engine breather systems, ensuring we get the most out of this 2JZ!
To be honest we were not big fans of octane boosters. In the past, we have not been able to get good quantifiable results with them over the years. Older boosters ate up the fuel system or left weird deposits on the plugs and chamber. Engines that usually need higher octane are generally expensive so we have always just used racing fuel in them, Pump gas with conservative tuning for street cars and race fuel for race cars.
Meanwhile, Royal Purple had been bugging us about testing some of their new Max Boost octane booster. They told us that it would give us 3 points in octane for sure and burn clean. Not being too enthusiastic about octane booster in general we let it sit around for about a month.
We continue our difficult quest to extract more power from our S65 V8 without hurting the daily drivability of the car. Since cat-back exhausts don’t really make any power for the E9X M3 and since there really aren’t any aftermarket headers on the market because the equal-length factory headers are that good, the only real performance gain is in the removal of the stock cats. We test the Macht Schnell “Bypass Track Pipes” (Test Pipes) and European Auto Source 80mm exhaust tips to give our stock mufflers a sportier appearance to match the improved performance and sound that the Bypass Track Pipes should deliver.
Last time we saw Project Mustang, it was off getting some new suspension. With much improved underpinnings the stock wheels and tires were pretty wimpy. Our Mustang came with 255/40-19 tires on a 19x9 inch wheel from the factory, pretty small for a heavy and powerful car. With an improved Whiteline and KW suspension setup we wanted wider and more grippy tires to exploit all that our highly adjustable suspension has to offer. Well look out, HRE and Nitto are coming in to fix the situation, check it out!
Toyo has been a staple in the R-compound world ever since it introduced the RA1. Until now, they didn’t offer a true DOT dry weather track tire. With the Proxes RR, Toyo makes a run at this hotly contested field. We tested a set to find out if they succeeded.
It only takes a short glance at any car I’ve ever owned (or any house, or my closet…) to realize I’m the wrong person for this third step on Project Silvia’s Girlfriend. Nevertheless, Sarah wanted a car that was up to her borderline obsessive standards of cleanliness and perfection, so I had to do my best to at least look like I was trying to achieve that. I’ve seen lots of pretty cars before, and I have a reasonable theoretical grasp on how they got that way, so I considered myself up to the task… at least at the beginning.
Industry Press Release
The lucky winner and a guest will arrive on February 19th and spend the next four days at the track courtesy of Borla Exhaust, the primary sponsor of BK Racing’s #83 Toyota Camry race car.
The Scion Tuner Challenge pits build teams against each other in a contest to see who can build the best version of a specific platform (in a brilliant twist of marketing, the model is always a Scion). Often times these build-offs are based on a hard-parked presentation on the carpeted floors of such industry gatherings as The SEMA Show and others. However, the Canadian Scion FR-S Edition Challange consisted of a series of challenging events, from ice racing to gymkhana and more. For our friends at Team VCMC, this wasn't "challenging" enough (see what we did there?). Check out the video to see exactly how far (and high) they took their Scion Challenge FR-S.
by Justin Banner
Hot rods, roadsters, and rats; sounds like a very weird combination but this is what made up the mix at the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show. I'll take you through the journey, reliving memories and pointing out some really interesting things I saw at the show. Nope, it's not your typical MotoIQ article but one I wanted to do because it's fun to step outside the box sometimes.
Unfortunately, when a motor is as well-engineered from the factory as the S65 in our E90 M3, it leaves little for the aftermarket to improve upon without spending big bucks building the motor or going forced induction. However, ESS Tuning has years of experience with BMWs and provided us with their E-Flash ECU Software as well as their Performance DCT Transmission software to squeeze out even more performance from an already highly-strung motor.
With our last installment of Project 5.0 Mustang covering the correction of our Mustang's rear suspension geometry and the addition of larger adjustable anti sway bars by Whiteline, to complete our suspension, we badly needed a good set of dampers. Like a lot of other MotoIQ project cars, we turned to KW Suspension to provide us with a set of their Clubsport coilovers with front camber plates.
by Pablo Mazlumian
Check out why the Supra decides to chill behind an ETS intercooler. It's more than just about "bigger is badder".