The thing about being involved in a search, perhaps more aptly named a quest, is that one usually follows a meandering path as opposed to a direct route. My quest started just over a decade ago when I began the path to improve my Nissan NX 1600 beyond the limitations of what the factory had imposed upon it. Having owned the car since 1992, I knew what it was good at and what some of the limitations were. In 2011 I fulfilled a huge part of my quest, which was the installation of an SR20DET from a Pulsar GTi-R. That moved me into the next phase of my quest, which was improving the handling and the traction. If you have read my previous articles then you know my disappointment in finding that adding the horsepower has produced great straight line speed but reduced what was an amazing momentum/cornering car into a cornering lump. Each year since there has been improvement, and hopefully this year will be a huge step in the right direction.
If you didnt notice the new forum tab on the top of our homepage, we have been working on it and quietly turned on the beta version a few months ago. Now our forums are ready to go and officially launch. Enjoy the MotoIQ high signal and low noise experience extended to our forums. A lot of you probably hate the traditional car forums that are generally populated by idiots and run by SPEs (Self Proclaimed Engineers). MotoIQ's forums promise not to be like that and are moderated by true experts.
Check out the different sections, discuss engines, suspensions, brakes, aero and the latest project cars. Post about your cars and projects, All without the normal stupid peanut gallery! You will find things refreshing. Come hang out with the cool kids!
We've reached our power goal. Take a peak at how we did it, and be prepared for a smorgasbord of dyno graphs not only from Project Supra, but from other Supras and racecars tuned at Modified by KC as well!
At the end of Part 2 of the Polystrand GT-Lite Project, we had finalized the preliminary design for the independent rear suspension (IRS), generated the CAD model, and sent our CRX off to the bodyshop sans rear suspension. Thanks to Rassini, we had our virtual computer model of the chassis courtesy of Chris Galea’s work with the FARO unit, and Tony Berlingieri prepared the car by removing the old rear suspension and a lot of the now unnecessary supporting structure. Additionally, before the car left on the flatbed, Tony added some framework to which we’ll install the new IRS unit when the car comes back.
One of the markings of a better shock company is if the company can service their product by offering rebuilding and revalving if the the customer needs it for their usage. We recently visited Tein Suspension since they are rebuilding and revalving the shocks on our Project Supra.
Our SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge car's progress is coming along nicely. With all of our other mods coming together we now will focus on getting serious power out of our FA20 engine with an HKS supercharger. With power comes heat and we will be relying on a CSF racing radiator to take care of our cooling needs.
In keeping with our new tradition of using our secret photoshoot location behind the palatal MotoIQ Mega Shop, our next Alley feature is a very special car. Enrique Perez's 1980 TE72 Toyota Corolla. The TE70 series Corolla produced from 1978 to 1983, is one of our favorites as it is a classical Corolla with a front engine and rear wheel drive. Much of our youth was spend modding these cars. With their near bulletproof 3TC engine they could take a lot of hard use and we spent a lot of time boring them to 2 liters, strapping on dual sidedraft carburetors and hosing them with Nitrous Oxide.
The whole point of modifying cars with go-fast parts is to go fast right? So of course, Project S2000 required a good romping at Buttonwillow after the installation of the Blacktrax Performance/Kingpin Machine spherical bearing suspension setup and Hasport rear differential mounts. The car is also in a constant state of tweaking requiring adjustments along the way as lessons are learned. Everything is better with video too and Replay XD stepped in to help.
In Part 1 of MotoIQ Project Civic EF Racecar, we familiarized you guys with the car's state when it was first purchased and how that purchase came about. In Part 2 you get to see how the EF starts to come together in preparation for its first track shakedown and how it ultimately performed. Was it slow? Was it fast? Do we even like the car? All these questions and more will be answered.
In our last edition of Project 5.0 Mustang, we added some basic bolt on's being a cat back exhaust system from Borla and a cold air intake from AEM. We got excellent results for these mods. In this week's edition of Project Mustang, we are continuing to work on the engine with the addition of some long tube stainless steel headers from Borla.
It’s an auto show, so race cars are displayed. Race on Sunday, sell on Monday right? The manufacturers also like to show off their new engines on stands. This is great for us geeky nerd types as we can see many details that we would otherwise be unable to see with the engine crammed in the car. The manufacturers are getting very efficient at stuffing as much engine as possible into the smallest engine bay possible making a lot of the cool stuff hard to see.
During the summer CSF radiator launched a bold ad campaign with MotoIQ: the CSF Summer Challenge. CSF boldly challenged the entire radiator industry to s shootout to see who makes the most effective radiator with us conducting the test. CSF's only rule was that a radiator for the challenge had to be an off the shelf part built for a given car available to the general public, not a one off bespoke radiator designed just for the test.
The neck-twisting grip that modern performance tires deliver was once the territory of just limited-production race compounds. Couple that delightful evolution with the rise of affordable data acquisition systems and more track-capable cars than ever before—and you just have to wonder—are we in the era where anyone can find the absolute best tire for their car? Can the hardcore enthusiast simply buy several sets of tires and figure out which brand works best for their car, track and driving style?
We spent two days with the McLaren MP4-12C on the street and hot lapped it around Buttonwillow’s 13CW configuration to see if the 12C really is the best supercar that you can use as a daily driver. Is it a modern day NSX in this regard? Did it turn the fastest production car lap at Buttonwillow? Read on to find out…