A few weeks ago we got to get a close look at the car that we think is perhaps the most radical and innovative drift car ever built, Mad Mike Whiddett's Radbul Mazda MX-5. After a 5 year absence, Mad Mike is back on the US drift scene with a car built for today's exceedingly competitive Formula D environment.
So if you haven’t already read it on Jalopnik, VW just got busted by the Environmental Protection Agency today for programming software in the ECM of nearly half a million TDI diesel models from 2009 to 2015 specifically to cheat emissions testing when on a dyno! READ ON...
Find out what happens when Sarah treks behind the Iron Curtain, gallivanting through Central Europe from the Adriatic Sea to the top of the Julian Alps to the center of Budapest, and getting owned by the rental car company, a Hungarian border checkpoint, and a parking garage. Can she find any street races between the former Communist supercar sellers Yugo and Skoda?
Let's preface this article with the following statement: Yes, we know MotoIQ's readership are not NASCAR fans. But when we saw this motor sitting on a stand at the Chevrolet booth, we got intrigued. It turns out while we weren't paying attention, NASCAR teams have been sneakily turning their stock cars into full blown racing monsters! Chevy's NASCAR engine is really advanced, despite being limited by NASCAR's rules. Tanner Foust and Papadakis Racing realized the potential of these NASCAR motors and slipped a TRD unit into Tanner's old and very controversial Scion tC. Unfortunately the juiciest bits were hidden away, but we learned some rather interesting things while we looked around.
I’d like to get something off my chest. I am enamored with the idea of hopped up, ass kicking, rip snorting, high performance wagons. V8-powered shooting brakes, high revving hot hatches, and bi-turbo estates (for our euro readers) all seem to get my juices flowing. I can’t quite pinpoint exactly why that is, but there is just something so scandalous about an unassuming five-door giving more pedigreed performance machines a run for their money. Now, I need you to understand that I am absolutely smitten with this car, and have been for the past several years. It is, in my eyes, the perfect vehicle. So please excuse me if I become a bit over-zealous at times. Enter Project Legacy GT, it is Subaru’s mid-size performance vehicle which is equipped with the usual all-wheel drive system, 5-speed manual transmission, and a typical 2.5L turbocharged flat four engine.
It's been a long time coming and we have been eagerly anticipating it but now its here. AEM has introduced a plug and play version of the Infinity ECU with a full wire harness to support engine swaps or to make switching to an Infinity ECU on a Chevy LS V8 powered car a piece of cake.
The Viper is a “racecar for the street” in more ways than one; and like a racecar, it does not like to sit in stop and go traffic and can run hot and overheat without proper airflow on a hot summer day. To combat this we upgraded the radiator fan on our 1997 Viper GTS with the higher flowing, larger fan from the 1998-2002 cars. In addition, we safeguarded the potentially flawed wiring and relay box by running standalone relays with dedicated power and ground wires. To further extend the life of the relays we used a trick pair of “NOsparc®” spark suppressors in the harness.
We get a lot of oils and lubricants to evaluate at the MotoIQ office and for the most part we have had good results with the latest high quality synthetic motorsports oils that come across our desks and into the crankcases of our various race and project cars. When it comes to quality oils we get pretty uniform results, clean burning, low deposits and good wear of the engine's internal components.
The most important part of your car is not the engine, suspension, or brakes. It’s the TIRES!!! This is because your car can only perform as well as the capability of its tires. I’m often asked which tire is best and what size to buy. In this article I discuss my methods for choosing and properly sizing the right tires. I’m not into the “hella-flush” or “stance” scenes so this article is focused towards those who care about the PERFORMANCE of their car, whether on the street or on the track.
If you have been a long time MotoIQ reader, then you have probably read about our tour of performance suspension giant KW Automotive's production and R&D facilities in Germany. KW has had a North American operation for some years now, but has recently expanded their facilities from their first location in Sanger California to a new location in Clovis California.
KW's old Sanger facility was mostly dedicated to warehousing and service of their suspension stuff. The new location is being put together to have additional flooring space for R&D, engineering and Manufacturing. This includes all of the KW Automotive brands consisting of ST Suspensions, Belltech, LSD Doors and of course, KW Suspension.
Choosing a tire is one of the most important decisions that anyone will make for their car. Since our M3 is a daily driver in Florida, wet-weather performance is very important along with excellent dry grip and stability for spirited driving, which is a prerequisite for an M3. To give our car a more sporty appearance, we turn to VMR Wheels for a set of competition inspired 19” V703 wheels to replace our standard 19” wheels wrapped in Continental’s ExtremeContact DW tire. We then head to Palm Beach International Raceway to log some laps to see how the new package performs.
Last weekend the Rally America circus rolled into Detroit Lakes, MN for the Ojibwe Forest Rally, the seventh of an eight event National Championship. Over the course of Friday and Saturday some of the series top competitors would race through more than 130 miles of fast dirt and gravel roads, encompassing a total of fifteen individual stages. The fast and smooth roads of northern Minnesota proved to be quite dry and loose, with lingering dust clouds creating minor visibility issues for all but those at the front of the pack. Dense forests and countless kettle lakes threaten to crush the aspirations of any driver overzealous enough to tempt fate.
by Bart Hockerman
I was honestly very intrigued when I read the article here on MotoIQ about the development of the Fluidampr Crankshaft Damper. Seeing the dyno charts showing improvement in power and torque on a Stock FR-S and having a pulley/damper that should reduce harmonic engine stress on the engine would be the hot ticket. It really almost looks too good to be true.
Keeping cool is the key to a reliable track car. To add more coolness, I attacked the problem using two methods: adding better heat exchangers and adding airflow. I’ve shown you what the new fluid temperatures have been after the modifications, but what about the actual air temperatures? I added some thermocouples to find out.