The automotive landscape is changing very quickly right now. Around a decade ago, direct injection was the big new technology to be common on the market. About half a decade ago, turbochargers made their way into the mass of vehicles sold. From what I’ve seen, the next mass play is electrification. Sure, the Prius hybrid has been around for twenty years now, but the OEMs are now launching plug-in hybrids galore. There are many more electric motors and batteries in our vehicular future.
Although the BMW E92 M3 is a fantastic car, one of the best performance sedans made, it does have a few quirks. One of them, like most late model BMW's, is that the car's systems tend to run hot. Running hot on the track is one thing, but when you peruse user forums you find that for some drivers the cars can even run hot during street driving!
By now you've probably witnessed our extensive PRI 2015 coverage, which we've separated into no less than six huge parts. There's a reason why we enjoy PRI more than SEMA, so check out this fifth installment of PRI 2015, which promises more innovative, go-fast parts with a side of more crazy cars!
Imagine a world where many of your favourite MotoIQ projects ceased to be. A world without ChumpCar or Lemons racing or many other forms of Grassroots Motorsport. That's what the EPA proposes and we need you to take action.
In the first installment of this series, we took a fairly in-depth look at valve events, which, simply put, are the actions that are caused by the camshaft with regards to opening and closing the intake and exhaust valves. Ultimately, these events determine the power characteristics of an engine, because they control the amount of air/fuel mixture that the engine ingests at any given rpm, and they also control the flow of exhaust gases leaving the combustion chamber. Hopefully, Part 1 helped you to understand the processes involved in developing a camshaft design, so at this point we’re going to discuss the terminology that directly describes the physical parameters of the camshaft itself.
The Toyota Yaris has been a vehicle that has pretty much been universally panned by the performance aftermarket. Can you really blame the aftermarket though, the Yaris was not designed for any sort of fun nor would it win any beauty contests.
Outside of the BMW and Porsche booths, there were a handful of cars which caught my attention. Of course, there were the track day toys from GM and Ford, but I’ve already shown you guys those cars back at SEMA. So what other cars caught my attention? Well, it’s an odd bunch likely due to my ADD.
You may remember when we were battling the power steering in our Project VehiCross, that the biggest reason we got so hosed (no pun intended) was I had no way of getting myself to the parts store for things like crush washers, coolant, or big buckets. With only one functioning car, we needed something else to get us around when we were wrenching on our daily driver. See how we rescued and resurrected a forgotten scooter that hadn't turned a wheel in over a decade.
And so, the PRI saga continues. If you thought we might have run out of crazy cars and new go-fast parts to show you after Part 3, stop crying. The 2015 PRI show was so packed full of neat stuff, it would have been a disservice to our readers if we'd left anything out. So sit back and relax as we continue our tour of the show!
Cleaning small parts can be a real hassle. If you’re rebuilding, say, a carburetor, with lots of little jets, needles, and pins and screws, it can be very easy to break or lose something. Some parts refuse to come clean, even when scrubbed with strong solvents (brake calipers are a great example of this). So what’s a car guy to do?
In the pages of MotoIQ, we have partnered with Pure Performance in Laguna Hills California for many of our BMW projects. Why? Because Pure Performance, eats sleeps and breaths BMW performance both on the street and through racing with customer cars and their own shop race car.
The Toyota Celica is a car that, if you are like me, you have probably admired and enjoyed over the years. And then wondered why it vanished from the lineup. Over the decades that Toyota produced this model they have been both fire breathing dragons and then merely enjoyable sporty type cars. Kyle Beaty's Celica GTS was the later. A sporty type car that began it's life with him nine years ago, as his first car and basic get around vehicle. The chassis of Kyle's Celica now has 380 000 kilometres or 236 000 miles on it. He has owned this 1990 model since he was seventeen. His first car. The one he drove to high school.
We continue our PRI 2015 journey through this third installment. If you love modified street and racing cars, and prefer to end a year well, there's no better place to be than at PRI. We covered dozens of companies' trick products in our first two installments, and today we bring loads more!
In 2013 Jimmy set multiple track records in the Canadian Sports Car Series (CSCS). Including a time at Toronto Motorsports Park of 1:14.376 in the unlimited Front Wheel Drive (FWD) class, besting his own record of 1:16.52 that he had set in 2012. Car and driver still hold the street car track record for CSCS, set in 2011 before it had forced induction. Not content with this season, Jimmy hauled his car 4000 kilometres to Buttonwillow to compete with Global Time Attack. He switched around his setup so that he could compete in the Limited FWD class. He placed second with a time of 1:55.685.