Ever since we laid eyes on the conceptual drawings and parts of the NASA/Elan NP01 at the PRI Show 2 years ago, we have been enamored by it. Since we have loved the exotic cars in the various Prototype classes throughout history, we saw the NP01 as the affordable Prototype. The fact that it looks like a contemporary P class car seals the deal!
#GRIDLIFE is an automotive lifestyle festival that started a few years ago at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan. For 2016, the series made its first long distance trek and came down to the infamous Road Atlanta.
by Nick Betz
With a new S52 swap and the heat of Southern California always rearing its ugly head we needed to protect our new build from the dreaded E36 cooling problems. Read what parts we chose and why in order to make sure our S52 swapped E36 keeps its cool.
The Honda K series of engines is one of our favorites and one of the top production inline 4 engines ever produced in our opinion. Last year we built a turbo K24 Z7 for a giveaway by Motovicity. With the turbo project being put to bed we got another opportunity to build a K motor in the form of a naturally aspirated K24 Z7.
There was a time in the import world when a 10-second car was considered blazing fast. The Nissan GT-R was always a little more special, though. 10-second GT-Rs, especially in street trim, were not hard to come by. Mark Johnston’s 2012 GT-R “Premium” definitely fits into that special category, knocking on the door of the 8.0s with a best run of 8.15 at 177 mph in the quarter. But that’s not why we’re here.
It's always funny how things work out when you look back. Dialing in ride heights, alignments and suspension settings is really no different. It seems to be a long road where it involves a lot of time tuning everything in to maximize what you can get out of your suspension. Adding more knobs to turn does not make it any easier but it does allow you to fine tune the way your suspension works. Then, when you finally hit that point when it all comes together, it’s amazing. You become one with the car, as it feels like it is an extension of you performing feats that some people can’t comprehend. When you look back at what it took to get there you have to laugh at how you sometimes really need to take the long way there. Chalk it up to character building or the gaining of wisdom.
Hopefully, you've been keeping up with the steady progress of transforming my STurdteen into a reliable and worthy demo drift car. Powered by an SR20DET and with all of the new goods going into this build (see the new Turbonetics setup I went with here), I needed an adequate engine management system to handle engine control duties. The search for the perfect EMS didn't last very long because I soon discovered what I consider the best solution out there - the AEM Infinity Plug and Play EMS.
One of the first things that we knew would require attention with Project DC2 was the cooling system. Clear visual signs of aged and leaky hoses and end tanks were prevalent upon initial inspection of the car before purchase (catch up on the buying process here with article one). The plastic end tanked radiator, which seemed to be the original unit from the factory, looked to be an uphill on a hot day away from separating at the core. Since the plan for Project DC2 is to have a reliable street driven and track capable car, the cooling system needed a big upgrade in terms of safety and a higher overhead in heat dissipation.
Check out Hypercar's maniacal tri-turbo system for the McLaren MP4-12C and 650S! As if these supercars weren't enough, HyperCar takes them to a whole other level. Check it out, as this story is chock-full of engine pictures, videos, and dyno graphs!
By Mark Zimmerman
You develop Porsche’s racing program in the late sixties, rewriting their racing history from race to race, win to win. Your team is developing faster and wilder racers, putting you in reach of the company’s first Le Mans outright victory. So what do you do when you are handed the responsibilities of developing the company’s new entry car platform? If you are Ferdinand Piëch, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, you jam the biggest racing engine in it that will fit.
I finally decided to give in and buy a German made car. Perhaps it’s the clever marketing that captured me this time, but I want to believe it was the clever engineering that drew me to the 2016 MKVII Volkswagen Golf R. While some of the rivals in the segment (WRX STI, and discontinued Evolution) have used the same stale drivetrain for several generations, Volkswagen has taken a different route and the result is a modern drivetrain package consisting of a direct injected turbo four-cylinder as well as a refined double clutch transmission and torque vectoring AWD system. This most recent addition to the MotoIQ project car fleet is a real wolf in sheep's clothing, and in this article we will take a look at some of the cool features of this project car.
When thinking of the 24 Heures du Mans that takes place at the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe, Gainesville, Georgia is not the first place that comes to mind. Even though Georgia may conjure associations with the Petit Lemans, a 12-hour enduro that takes place in the fall of each year at Road Atlanta, the storied French endurance event and metro-Atlanta aren't exactly synonymous. Those who fail to make the association between Mulsanne and Gainesville Highway are overlooking a crucial part of Ford's GT racing history, as this is where you will find the current home of Robertson Racing.
The good old stock SR20DE in our Project G20 Racecar has been doing yeoman duty, reliably lasting for the last few years racing in the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship and doing many for-fun track days. The stock SR20DE in our Project G20 Racecar came from a Japanese engine importer and has never been opened up, other than to add big cams back when we used to run the car in N/A trim. For the past three years the engine has been turbocharged which has greatly increased the strain it's experienced.
How do we become better at driving? Practice makes perfect, right? Well not necessarily. Without feedback and direction, additional practice won’t always improve your ability and can possibly lead to the development of bad habits. So in reality, perfect practice makes perfect. In Part 2 of the Driver Development series, we discuss how drivers learn to improve their craft through various methods from coaching to data analysis to simulators which all aid in the advancement of the skill of driving.