There is something special that surrounds Formula D Irwindale. For some, it marks the end of a long fought season full of questionable calls, for others it is a chance to make their dreams come true. For this enthusiast turned media, it was the most incredible weekend of the entire season!
Back when I first became a track junky in the late-90s, it was very a different scene. High-performance driving events (HPDEs) would sell out within hours of being announced, and people were starting to show up in brand-new cars instead of their old track rats. Most of them didn’t think for a moment about the chance of losing their car in an on-track incident. They were golden times for some.
by Eric Hsu
Right around the corner this weekend on October 18-19 is the 2013 World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC). I bring to you in great detail the Tilton Interiors EVO 9. It was the fastest EVO at the 2012 WTAC...sorry make that the fastest UNIBODY EVO and 2nd overall fastest car overall at Sydney's 2012 World Time Attack Challenge last year. This car was one of my favorites at WTAC 2012 because it is the embodiment of a true Time Attack car without all the random crazy flaps, wings, and panels sticking out all over the place and the rear half of the car cut off and replaced with tubes. Sure you'd need some money to recreate the Tilton EVO, but was still 100% pure Mitsubishi CT9A EVO. After the jump is the way you'd have your dream EVO if you had the right combination of builders, crew, driver, owner, and of course money.
It's finally over and we've crowned a new champion in the Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by GoPro! However, much like most of the 2013 season, this even wasn't without its own bit of controversy and drama. Crashes, flips, and cars that break all but define the finale, but it was still a nail biter. Come join us as we give you the most in depth coverage in the industry, but that's what you've come to expect from MotoIQ!
I’ve been messing around with turbos and turbo kits for more than a decade in enthusiast and professional capacities. When I saw this APR kit released for the Audi TT RS, I was extremely impressed. It is the best kit I’ve seen released for any car, bar none. Even better than the $100k kits used on some very exotic cars. What makes it the best? It’s all in the details as they say along with the engineering process used to design and develop the kit. Follow along as we examine how the kit was made and analyze why it’s so good.
Mustangs in general are misunderstood when they show up to a road course. It seems like a significant amount of prejudice starts to manifest itself from owners of more popular platforms for road course duty, especially here in SoCal where the scene is dominated by S2000s, turbo AWDs, FWD Hondas, and Miatas. The notion that the big horse should stay on the drag strip because it is "slow in the corners, and fast in the straights" give this thoroughbred a bad rap. In recent years Ford has put forth the effort to change this stigma, as the current 5.0 liter powered ponies are no longer something to be scoffed at.
by Jonathan Lawson
Not too long after we finished installing our Turner Motorsports Power Package 1 update with aFe intake and Jim Conforti tune, our 323is developed a vibration under acceleration in 2nd gear. The vibration would only occur between 3,000-4,000 RPM, and it was limited to just second gear under heavy acceleration. After a few more days, however, the vibration was noticeable in all gears, and through the entire RPM range. Things were getting serious.
by Daniel O'Donnell
My name is Dan O’Donnell, I’m the driver of the Professional Awesome Evo and I’m a Time Attack-aholic. It’s been 4 years since I first started and it’s taking over my life. I have no money, I find it hard to focus at work and I’m slowly converting all my friends and family to manual transmission cars. They are concerned because I mutter confusing statements to myself such as “If I can just shave a tenth in turn 3” and “If the engine will hold 30psi, surely 35 won’t hurt.” I need help.
by Mike Kojima
You have probably seen photo spreads of this car in Speedhunters and the magazines. You might have ogled it at the SEMA show. In our opinion the Evasive Motorsports Scion FR-S is the most beautiful FR-S built so far. It's mean looking bodywork looks like it was taken right from a JGTC GT300 car. Although the car, like so many other FR-S projects rushed to completion for last year's SEMA show, certainly looks the part, many of you might dismiss it as being simply a show car.
by Chuck Johnson
Living in Long Beach, California has its perks. I can literally get to some of the best automotive events in the state within a ten minute drive to downtown. Never mind the drive-by shooting that rendered someone dead less than 50 yards from my house a while back. Who cares about personal safety when you've got Formula D and Long Beach Grand Prix at your doorstep? OK, so maybe those two events don't quite justify worrying about stray bullets and sleeping in a Kevlar vest at night. Throw in some of the smaller, niche events like Toyota Fest and Japanese Classic Car Show though and maybe it's worthwhile… surely only for a gear head.
The final ALMS season is looking like the ashes from which the Phoenix of the USCC will rise. While there was a lot of great news for next year, P1 and P2 had small fields, and the PC, GTE and GTC provided the most entertainment during the Circuit of the Americas race weekend.
by Pablo Mazlumian
Aspiring to achieve 100whp/liter from this 3.2-liter, we put more performance upgrades to the test on the dyno and in real world performance situations. If you like dyno graphs, acceleration times and videos clips, this is a must read!
By Martin Gonzales
There comes a time in every gear heads life when he/she must ask themselves, "Why in St. Kojima's name am I driving my track set-up to work?". If you can relate, then no doubt you've been victim to the track-bug's high octane venom. Which also means the vehicle you use for daily transportation has been molested and tinkered with to the point that it no longer has what little refinement it had when it drove off the showroom floor. All done in the name of faster lap times of course, but your vehicle is now serving as a constant reminder that there really is no such thing as an all purpose vehicle. Well, enter KW's Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) system.
Performance cars need performance oils and filters and our Ticket to Ride vehicles are no exception. We went with Royal Purple as our supplier of choice for the cars. We have had plenty of good experience with Royal Purple in our own racing and time attack efforts in the days of the XS Engineering BNR32 and with advances in oil technology we expect the latest offerings from Royal Purple to be even better.