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.
Our Project VA WRX does not have the trick Brembo brakes that come standard on its big brother the STI. It does however have brakes that would have been considered to be great just a few short years ago. Although the front and rear calipers appear to be pedestrian sliding calipers with two pistons on the front and a single piston for the rear brakes, the rotors are big. The front rotors measure in at 316mm in diameter and 28mm thick while the rear rotors are 288mm in diameter and 8.5mm thick. The pads are also large for OEM type calipers.
The BMW M4 is no slouch from the factory, but EAS takes this one to another level. In this feature we'll show you how much faster the new M3 is over its predecessor, as well as how much better it gets with a few bolt-on and aesthetic upgrades from EAS. Get ready to enjoy an abundance of dyno comparisons and some videos!
Sure, your GPS gets you places as fast as possible, but what are you missing by doing that?
By now, you've probably heard that IndyCar driver Justin Wilson succumbed to injuries sustained in Sunday's Pocono 500. After being hit in the helmet by a piece of debris, Wilson hung on for just over a day before finally passing away at Lehigh Valley hospital, surrounded by his family. Less than a month after Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi succumbed to head injuries sustained in the 2014 Suzuka Grand Prix, racing has once again lost one of its own. Today, we will remember a man who was the embodiment of a British gentleman.
The original Cars & Coffee is no more. A number of replacements have popped up to fill the void, but there’s no replacing the one which started a global phenomenon. However, within the Los Angeles area, an alternative with an alter ego has happily co-existed north of the Malibu hills. We revisit SuperCar Sunday to see it if it still holds true to its unique personality.
In our last edition of Project 350Z we started to assemble our VQ35DE and got the bottom end pretty much done. Now we finish off our engine and take it to Church Automotive Testing to get our factory ECU tuned using the UpRev Osiris tuning package.
by Colin Holte
MotoIQ has had plenty of German representation on the project car front as of late, but there's one problem: it's all been BMW! Arriving from Ingolstadt in all of its bone stock glory our new project is a 2006 B7 chassis Audi A4 Quattro. In this introduction we'll share some tips on what to look for when purchasing your own A4, identify some typical problem areas, and outline our project goals.
Tow vehicles are workhorses to get our cars to the track and back, to allow us to run errands and haul large items around, and in my case, a home away from home. My tow vehicle is a 2000 Ford E450 24’ Triple E Recreational Vehicle. My wife and I got it in 2008 for its functionality as a camper. I have enjoyed it immensely at the track as I am able to find a relaxing spot trackside – with air conditioning (or a furnace) if the conditions warrant it – any time I need it.
Scheduled. Maintenance. To car people, these two words usually mean a weekend under your pride and joy, with a visit or two to the parts store, getting good and greasy, and finishing up with a beer (or soda if you're a younger wrencher) as you admire your handy work, basking in the glory of a job well done. Or...maybe sulking in the defeat of a stripped bolt head. For everyone else however, "Scheduled Maintenance" means "Do I choose between getting overcharged at the dealership or getting ripped off at Jim-Bob's Tire, Lube, Dry Cleaning, and Horse Shoeing?"
It takes balls to tear into a brand new car and turn it into a race car but that's exactly what the owner of our Project Fiesta did after just a short few thousand miles of street driving. First it was the track day bug and now the car will be campaigned in our MPTCC race series in the TU class!
Our Ford Fiesta ST's conversion to a full time track car at SPD Motorsports is moving along and we are almost ready to address the motor with a bunch of parts from mountune. The craftsmanship and attention to detail of SPD's Scott Dodgion is superb. What is also cool is Scott's ability to do great work within a reasonable budget. We are getting excited as our car is getting closer and closer toward it's track debut. It will probably be one of the first racing Fiesta ST's in the country. Check it out!
In this latest installment of Project E39 M5 we will be outfitting our M5 with a set of KW V3 coilovers. We will not only be giving you our usual evaluation, but will also be spending some time explaining our basic theory of basic shock adjustments. It's no secret the grand majority of the MotoIQ staff are huge proponents of KW Suspension's products. Either from personal experience in their own cars or from simply test driving one of our KW equipped project cars. I fell in the latter category.