The Indianapolis 500 is an American icon. For 104 years, a 2.5 mile rectangular oval set in the Indiana countryside has been host to one of the longest enduring motorsports events in the world. The challenge is simple: build the fastest car you can. Tune it for maximum speed. Then, make it last for 500 miles at 225 miles an hour. Oh and make sure you do that faster than 32 other drivers. But cross that single yard of historic paving bricks first, and you join racing royalty. Drink the milk. Kiss the bricks. Have your likeness and name engraved on an antique silver cup. Be written into history as an Indianapolis 500 champion.
We quickly got our car through tech, got the Volks and RRs mounted, and headed onto the recently redesigned Driver’s Development Track at CTMP. It took three to four laps to get the car warmed up, a couple of more to be sure that it was ready, and then – with the GFB Electronic Boost Gauge set to 12 lbs – with Katie in the passenger seat we went hot. And literally started laughing and high fiving. On the way down in the RV Katie had a discussion with me that the car simply was not working. It was not fun. It was not reliable. All of that was forgotten as we could step on the gas and it would simply take off. Exiting the corner… at the apex… even before the apex. The Nismo LSD was literally better than I had even imagined – the car pulled like mad through the corners. After two laps I had to pull off. Katie knew it was to give her a turn behind the wheel – when in actuality it was because I was on such an adrenaline buzz that I had to park.
Modding late model Honda/Acura engines is somewhat problematic lately. Take for instance the late model K series engine. Once probably the best naturally aspirated inline four cylinder production engine by far, the K motor in it's latest variant, the K24Z7, is a neutered, decontented version of its former self. Found in the current 2012 and up Honda Civic Si and the Acura ILX, the K24Z7 still boasts a decent 205 hp and 174 lb ft of torque. This is slightly better power and much better torque than the much acclaimed bone stock K20A2 that everyone knows and loves.
Can the late model K motor be saved? We will give it a shot with help from the guys at Motovicity Distribution!
The stories going into qualifying for the 99th running of the Greatest Spectcle in Racing were supposed to be grand. New aero kits. Ed Carpenter going for a record setting third straight 500 pole. Chevy's dominance in racing. Team Penske's dominance in qualifying. Honda's desperate attempt to close the gap to Chevy. And the biggest story of all: would the long standing 1996 track record finally fall?
The weather was clear and sunny for the four days at the Castrol Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Qualifying began on Thursday and continued throughout the weekend, with racing taking place on Saturday and Sunday. The range of cars was incredible as the events included Formula 1600 Super Series, Canadian Supercar Series, Canadian Touring Car Championship, Porsche GT3 Challenge, and the Pirelli World Challenge with three classes running. This was also the first event for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series - so there was a huge range of cars to capture the attention of race fans.
by Nick Betz
There comes a time in a project build when you just have to throw everything out the window and rewrite your storyboard. Over the years we’ve been bolting on parts to Project E36 323is and not seeing the gains we were looking for. Sure it’s been fun but it’s time to make some real power. We had plans for an M50 manifold swap paired with M3 cams, bigger air meter, headers and throttle body but as the old adage goes, there’s no replacement for displacement, so that’s where our journey has taken us.
Recently we were privileged to be able to take a look behind the walls of Garrett Turbochargers' research and development facilities. We were able to get an insider view of the intensive engineering inside a Garrett Turbo and viewed first hand what differentiates it from your typical aftermarket fare. We were very impressed by what we saw and we would like to share it with you by breaking some of what a World Class OEM supplier puts into the performance turbos any consumer can buy into easily digestible lessons that we will be presenting to you periodically. Perhaps the key part of any turbo is the compressor wheel. Let's look at what Garrett does to bring you one of the best compressor wheels on the market.
Industry News (please share): This Thursday a good friend of MotoIQ and a well known face in the industy, Yukio Taira the Aftermarket Marketing Manager at Turbo By Garrett, had a stroke on his flight to Road Atlanta where he was headed to handle race support. If you're someone that Yukio has helped with sponsorship or just a caring person please show your support as the medical and family expenses will be piling up during his recovery time.
Please visit Yukio's Go Fund Me page and help out. Every little bit counts.
MotoIQ has in its thoughts the Taira family, Yukio's friends and everyone in the industry that is impacted by this tragic incident.
“You can look at a Pinewood Derby Race in a variety of ways. You can make your project look cool, you can make it look like your favorite car or you can make it fast. Which do you want to do?”
“I want to win.”
Changing diff oil sucks enough without doing it on the ground in the dead of winter. This Wrench Tip makes changing diff oil suck slightly less than normal.
The Verizon IndyCar Series decided to fluff up the Month of May by hosting a road race on the former Formula 1 circuit that runs through the infield of Indy. The first event was best remembered for its disastrous start when pole sitter Sebastian Saavedra’s car stalled on the grid and was rear-ended at speed. In 2015, the boys and girls of IndyCar returned to the speedway’s road course to put on another show. Only one week after showing off their fancy oval kits, the teams strapped on road course bodywork and took to the flowing roval circuit.
The Viper is truly a car built around its engine. In Part 4, we take Project Viper GTS to the dyno for a baseline power audit and see if our mighty 8.0L V10 is cranking out the factory claimed 450hp and 490lb-ft of torque. From there we add K&N replacement air filters and change out the disruptive corrugated plastic intake tubing for a set of ROE Racing polished aluminum smooth intake tubes to see if we can squeeze out a few more ponies.
This non-descript looking building in Yokohama, Japan was recently a vacation destination for a MotoIQ contributor, and is much more than meets the eye. Aside from currently containing the Nissan Engine Museum, you're also looking at the world headquarters building that housed Nissan during it's formative years. Come check out what's inside those doors!
IndyCar's new oval aero packages are here! In February Chevy and Honda both unveiled their road course aero kits, which have been used at the first four IndyCar races in the 2015 calendar. However Indy runs on huge superspeedways and if you know anything about IndyCar, you know the granddaddy of all IndyCar races is the Indianapolis 500. On Sunday May 3rd, the first public test of the new oval aero kits happened at the Brickyard and MotoIQ was there, spying on teams and getting the scoop on these new aero kits.