Now we’re getting into the exciting bits of Project E36 M3. It’s been a joy to drive in mostly-stock form, but it’s time to get into the real fun: Suspension!
The groundwork for our suspension project began a few months ago when I had a meeting with Brian Hanchey of Hanchey Vehicle Technologies (HVT) while we were at Kansas Speedway’s GRAND AM race weekend. The prospects of our discussion had me bouncing off the walls with excitement.
As the SEMA Show approached, we knew we had to do something a bit different. We knew that the show would probably be flooded with tons of FR-S's and BRZ's. We also knew that most of these cars would be sporting either 5-Axis or Rocket Bunny aero kits.
At MotoIQ we are not the guys that build show cars so what could we do to stand out amongst the scores of nearly identically modified cars? We figured we would stick to what we knew best and try to build something functional and not worry about the looks, hoping that by following the old adage that form follows function, we could come up with something appealing in a shot time.
By Chuck Johnson
It's T minus zero and the 2013 SEMA Show has officially opened its doors. Sometime in the wee morning hours beforehand though, the MotoIQ black Ops team infiltrated the Las Vegas Convention Center, ninja outfits and all, to bring you a quick glimpse of what this year's SEMA Show has in store.
I think of Time Attack like I think of the USA and USSR during the Cold War… or was it Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd? One side brings out an axe, the next a pistol, the next a shotgun, the next a cannon, until you end up with a nuclear bomb. So how does this relate to time attack? The first year of the Super Lap Battle Time Attack at Buttonwillow was 2004. The best lap time was a 1:54 for an Unlimited class car, the Signal Auto Skyline R34, driven by the one and only Tarzan Yamada. Fast forward to modern times and a 1:54 is a great time for a Street Tire car and the Unlimited cars are talking numbers sub 1:40(!!!) to secure a victory.
Engine swaps have been a staple of building cars as long as there have been cars. Put a bigger more powerful engine in a smaller lighter car and magic gets done. Today with advancing technology, performing swaps is getting harder and harder. New engines have multiplexed CANBUS controllers. The car's ECU might not just control the engine but the door looks, window switches, dash and yes, even the radio. Mess around with a swap now and not only do you have to understand how to tune a motor but also how to encode CANBUS data from smart switches. Working on this stuff is getting beyond the realm of the DIY guy. (And a lot of engineers!)
by Greg Lysien - Photos Courtesy of WTAC
It almost seems like a tradition now that the SMSP (Sydney Motorsport Park) lap records get reset every time WTAC comes to town. Those who came to witness just that were not disappointed.
From the moment WTAC announced that Nemo was returning to defend its title all the industry talk honed in on the anticipated “title fight” between Nemo and Titlon.
When the nerd-herd decided to upgrade the brakes on our Project Scion FR-S, we of course turned to our partners over at StopTech and found they had their world renowned Trophy Kit available for the front and rear of our FR-S. So of course we had to get our hands on a set to put it through its paces and document the installation process. During the installation of the Big Brake Kit (BBK), StopTech was a huge help providing technical support along with some tips we found to be very useful...so we created a series of videos to help out all you DIY'ers out there.
This 4Runner is a long time dream made true. It all started in 2007 when we sold my beloved ’99 SR5 4Runner to get two new cars – with the best of intentions. While Brandon has always had a love for all things automotive, he began with building off road trucks, then on to drifting. However, my passions were different, but crossed in some paths. I enjoy being in beautiful places, travelling and appreciate a powerful looking SUV. We discovered a place where out interests intersect - building an off road vehicle together and going on adventures to those said beautiful places.
Our first off roading experiences together were in a 2000 Ford Excursion Diesel with an ICON 3’ Shackle Kit. These took us to places nearby like the George Washington National Forest and the Outer Banks. While the Excursion was capable off road, it was meant to just be our towing vehicle. Well…we solved that in March, when we traded in the Excursion and came home with a 2013 SR5 White 4Runner 4WD. While this truck looks sharp and is quite capable stock, there was already a vision for it: to build a technically proficient off road truck while maintaining on road performance. We opted for the SR5 for the 3rd row seat as well as the lower cost. Follow us now as we embark on Part 1 of this journey.
Last weekend I went up to Houghton, MI for the finale of the Rally America championship. I had never been to the Lake Superior Performance Rally before, or any rally for that matter, but I was invited by my friend Dylan Helferich who drives for the Relentless Rally Team. To be honest, I’m fairly clueless about most things rally related. I had thought that watching a rally race meant standing in a forest, in nearly freezing rain, and occasionally seeing a car go by while getting sprayed with dirt and gravel. Which is exactly what happened, but it was a hell of a lot more fun than it sounds.
Tested: GrimmSpeed Subaru Top Mount Intercooler
Around here we appreciate quality and well thought out parts that fill a void in the marketplace. Regardless of company size or the expanse of their market reach it is refreshing to see a company and its collective mindset introduce a product that doesn’t re-invent the wheel but goes a long way to making it much more efficient. In this case that company is GrimmSpeed and that product is their Subaru Top Mount Intercooler.
Two seven-hour endurance races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), formerly known as Mosport. That was the ChumpCar location on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. I joined 'No Budget Racing' as they fielded two cars. A 1990 Civic DX was car one driven by Rob Pacione, Afshin Montazeri, Sergio Inclima, and Steve Carageorgopoulos and car two was a 1997 Miata driven by John Dattomo, Pat Telanti, Ralph Gilles, and then myself. Saturday was an absolutely beautiful track day with lots of sunshine and a temperature in the seventies. It was a good day for our team with the Civic finishing fourth and the Miata eighth. Sunday the Civic placed third but, sadly, an incident took the Miata out of the competition. Months of planning for these fourteen hours of racing and they were over in, well, fourteen hours. Here’s how we got there.
We managed to get the handling of our E36 M3 back up to a stock-like feel in Part 1, so the car has been feeling almost new. With some exciting parts on the way, we decided to keep ourselves busy while we wait by adding a bit of convenience which the Germans didn’t seem to have as a priority. We also wanted something a little fun to help us pass the time, so we increased the crisp feel of our chassis with a simple but effective part from the BMW Motorsport division...
After six hard fought races the teams of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul entered the final race weekend of the season with a couple of season championship positions up for grabs. As in any form of motorsport, season championships depend on more than just fast lap times. They require experience, consistency, reliability, strategy...and a little bit of good luck.
In our last suspension installment of Project FR-S we were rushing to get the car in rolling condition for the SEMA show. We had installed the stuff you could see, like lowering the car with KW Variant IIIs and installing the excellent Stoptech big brake system.
Now we are back to working on the car, focusing on the things you can't see. We knew we were going to be upgrading the wheels and tires for much bigger ones and we knew bigger tires were going to load the suspension a lot more due to greater grip. More grip equals more body roll.