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Why The Subaru WRX STI Gets Bad Gas Mileage And Why No One Cares

by Alan LaFrance

My 2011 STI hatchback get’s a stellar 17 MPG average and I couldn’t care less! If I baby it on the highway I might eek out 24 MPG. The fact of the matter is that no one buys these cars for the fuel economy, they buy them for the boy racer looks and the driving experience that a mountain of turbo torque and AWD grip can only provide. However, why DO these cars suck so much gas?! There’s really 5 main reasons; aerodynamic drag, engine dynamics, the drivetrain, weight, and lastly a unique PEBWAC error.


 

Project IS-F: Getting New Shoes with Nitto Tires

by Mike Kojima

Project IS-F is a real daily driver, driven every day by a little old Asian lady back and forth to work. On weekends the car also hauls the family along, fast.  The car gets a lot of miles on it and day in and out wear and tear.


 

ARK Design Team America BNR32 GT-R Update

by Mike Kojima

In this week's update for the ARK Design Team America BNR32 Time Attack car, we address air management issues around the front of the car with a unique intercooler arrangement  and some hopefully clever ducting. 


 

Controlled Chaos Episode 4 - Getting Sponsors Drifting

by GTChannel

What's it like to be a fully sponsored factory driver or a privateer working hard to make it out to each round? In this episode of Controlled Chaos, we interview all three Team Falken Tire factory drivers plus privateer Pat Goodin.


 

Darren McNamara and Dean Kearney

Formula Drift 2014: Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway

by Justin Banner with Photos courtesy of Joey Redmond and Wrecked Magazine

Evergreen is usually home to the first timers; first time winners, first time qualifiers, first time on podium, you name it. It’s why it can be a very exciting round to watch on top of the fact that this is the start of the last push to make your way to becoming champion of the Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by GoPro. Who will we see start to make their mark and who would eat into Chris Forsberg’s lead? Read on to find out!


 

 

It's All About the Zinc - High Stress Wear Resistance with Penrite Oil!

by Mike Kojima

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 Road to Speed Week 2014 Part 4: Return of the Sheet Metal Whisperer

by Chuck Johnson

I’m greeted by the sounds of classical music as I walk into the garage of Specialty Cars Fabrication which is nestled in a corner next to the Fullerton airport. A bright light strikes out from the torch of a tig welder and illuminates the front of a welding mask. The man underneath the mask is John Kuchta, owner and proprietor of Specialty Cars Fabrication. Calling John just a fabricator though, would be an understatement and a borderline insult in my opinion. Put simply, he’s in artist and metal is his canvas.


 

MPTCC '14 Round 2: Spring Mountain 

by Martin Gonzales

The second race weekend of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul was a much further drive than the usual SoCal events the series is used to participating in. This time around the MPTCC was taking a road trip to Nevada! But we're not talking about the bright city lights and nocturnal lifestyle of Las Vegas. No sir. The MPTCC was heading to lavish Pahrump, home of Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club!


 

ARK Team America BNR32 GT-R Update Teaser

by Mike Kojima

An update has been a long time in coming but it is true, the ARK Team America BNR32 has not gone away or died, it's just that all of the principals have been busy with our other motorsports and industry jobs ranging from ALMS to Formula D.  With all of us so busy working the car kept getting pushed off but lately Eric Hsu has been rallying the troops and work has been progressing on the car all summer.


 

Nerd’s Eye View: McLaren P1

by Khiem Dinh

The McLaren P1 represents one of the latest exotics to come to the market. The P1, Porsche 918, and Ferrari LaFerrari represent the newest hyper cars, cars that go beyond the previous super cars in not only performance but also price. You’ll need a solid seven figures in the bank to own and operate each of these cars. The cars have their own differences in flavor to the hyper car theme, but know they have all taken hybrid technology to develop cars with performance beyond anything imaginable previously.


 

The Road to Speed Week 2014 Part 3: Gettin' Wired With Zombie Vampire!

by Joe Lu 

The countdown to Speed Week is well underway, which means that pretty much everything becomes secondary to getting the car put back together.  One of the most important additions to Project 240SX LSR this year is the new wire harness, the sole informational network responsible for making sure that the car is able to operate to its full potential, and also do it reliably.  As covered in a previous update, the old wire harness which was completed as the car was literally being loaded on the trailer accomplished the goal of getting the car to the salt. However, we knew that it would need to be upgraded in the interest of reliability for future seasons.  Well, the future is now, and the new wire harness is built to perform.  


 

Track and Traffic

by Per Schroeder

Can Experience on the Race Track Make You a Safer Driver in Real-World Traffic?

The Tire Rack Street Survival School uses many of the skills and techniques used in autocross to teach new drivers how to properly control their car. The physics of vehicle dynamics, and how they can be applied safely, has made Street Survival the Ivy League of young driver education. The program has made thousands of teens better drivers—and saved more than a few lives.


 

Attacking Time: James Houghton's Integra Type R

by Frank Ewald - with James Houghton

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.


TUSC: Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2014

by Mark Zimmerman

IMS is a temple of Speed and it was looking for sacrifices during the 9th round of the TUSC championship.  This round was a Friday afternoon support race for the Brickyard 400, and run on the roval part of the track. The layout was a last minute change that used the same layout that Indy Car used for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May, weeks before the 500.  Usually “roval” and “support race” do not get the sports car faithful excited, but this is Indy, and its roval has been a venue for F1. Overall, the day did not disappoint.


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