With the arrival of the BRZ/FR-S platforms here in the Autocross world they have taken hold as cars to have and enjoy. Everyone saw that the twins with very minimal preparation could do the job as good as or better than many cars that have had years of time money and tuning to the rules of the STX class.
Rally cars are awesome. They are small, nimble, and pack a lot of horsepower to roast four tires worth of carbon into some smoky state between solid and gas. Most rally cars are built to a pretty common formula for rally cars based on a strict set of rules. There’s also a lot of heritage that goes along with rally racing. But what if you raced where the rules were more open? What would you do?
Rob and Karla show you how to install a new wheel bearing, a hub and ARP wheel studs on Rob's personal track-ready Honda S2000.
As we left off in the previous installment, we’d completed our prototype suspension design, done some analysis on the springs and arms, and sent the dissected chassis off to the body shop to get some much needed love. Now comes the part that is almost as much fun as driving – bringing the design concept to life!
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.