It's been quite a while since I had the time to write my supposedly "monthly" column. Since we started MotoIQ In 2010 it's been a wild ride which has taken us around the world and on all sorts of adventures. I have been super busy as well. My normal day job here at MotoIQ is a pretty full time gig but I also do engineering consulting for several key OEM and aftermarket clients as well as several private motorsports ventures. Perhaps my biggest outside of MotoIQ job is doing chassis engineering for Falken Motorsports' Formula D team.
by Chuck Johnson
When last we left off, Project 240SX LSR was under the knife again, in the midst of an entire electrical system and engine management revamp. In this update, we'll continue to follow 5523 Motorsports, Specialty Car, and the rag tag Team MotoIQ as they continue the build with parts from AEM, Fastbrakes, and Earl's Performance Products.
Faster. There is something ingrained in many of us where we just want to go faster. It doesn’t matter the method or the machine, whether it be human powered, accelerated by gravity, propelled by electrons, or some type of chemical reaction. The ultimate expression of faster while still being bound to the earth is a land speed racer.
Even if we are out of the country in Peru presently visiting Machu Picchu, we are still showing our support for the greatest fucking country in the universe. Instead of being "Ugly Americans" we thought we would pretty up this historical site a little...
Happy 4th of July!
Fast Fridays is back, and so is our Project Supra! If you love all cars, take a look at some of the machinery the good 'ol boys of the Kansas City area like to bring out every other Friday night at KC Trends.
by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is in the books! We'll first talk to Danny George about his first time up the mountain, though it didn't end as planned. Then we'll have Kenji Sumino of GReddy to talk about this year's run and see why GReddy keeps coming back. It was a challenge this year for the GReddy crew, but the result was better than they expected! Got comments or questions tonight? Use hashtag #motoiqradio on Facebook!
Everyone "knows" that rod-ends and spherical bearings are best for handling, but do you know why that is? And those rock-hard bearings totall suck on the street, right? Well, maybe not... Project Mustang 5.0 tests out some of BMR Suspension's components and learns a bit about the streetability and performance of spherical bearings in the process!
After Round 3 in Miami, Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z and Vaughn Gitten Jr in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang continued trading podium reigns with comfortable leads over the rest of the field. Would another competitor be able to crack the code and land the top spot? MotoIQ brings the action to you! And yeah, there's also plenty of photos of flying wheels, fires, and bumper cars.
When deciding the best way to power Daren McNamara's Formula D S14, Team Falken decided to plow into new territory with not just a turbo, but a turbo V8. Not your typical Chevy LS V8 either, but a blast from the past old school Small Block Chevy. In our last edition of building the ultimate Small Bock Chevy, we looked into the developments that had been made to the venerable 60 year old design to update it to modern standards, particularly the bottom end. In short, the improvements were mostly moving the cam upward to allow for more stroke and to shorten the pushrods for less flex, and a general beefing up of the lower end architecture to support today's power levels.
Where would man be without machines? In this episode of Controlled Chaos, we take a look at the Subaru BRZ, Nissan S14 and Ford Mustang that have propelled Falken Tire's drift team to the next level.
Autocross is rather unique in the motorsports world, in that you can have different drivers competing in the same exact car at the same event. It’s a great test of how good of a driver you are against a real, live benchmark. Competitors can also share cars to save money, warm tires or just have fun. Co-driving an unfamiliar can teach you a lot about the sport and how to learn a new course quickly, but it also can be a great way to take a car for a test drive before you commit your cash to a project. Learn from the experts on how to make the most of your co-drive and learn a new car quickly!
by M-P Spierer
SpeedSource Race Engineering and Mazda were always a dynamic duo with their rotary powered RX-7 and RX-8 GT cars over the past 20 years, but what they have done for the new Tudor USCC series is on an entirely different level of awesome. A compound turbocharged, SKYACTIV diesel powered prototype racecar? Yes, please.
If you’re one of the 6 people in the world who isn’t familiar with this car, step back, go HERE, and read every word of the drama (or comedy, or tragedy, we won’t really know until the end) that is Project Miatabusa. For the rest of you who have been waiting to hear what we did about the sackfull of hammers trying to beat their way through the bottom of our car, wait no more:
Step 1: Redesign everything...