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.
The WEC event at the Circuit of the Americas was all about firsts this year, and probably the most dramatic was the 3 inches of rain that fell between Thursday and Friday. This made for some rooster tails through practice, and soaking fans roaming the paddock and vendor areas. If you were lucky, you had quick access to shelter in the grandstands on the front straight, under the walking bridge, or in the SRT lounge with the “Rush” trailer blaring on several TV monitors. After an hour of downpours, I can recite the Rush trailer by heart. I am still looking forward to it.
By Mike Bonanni
The BMW M3 has always been touted as one of the best production sports cars ever and I would have to agree. From the current generation’s 4.0L S65 V8 to the fine Bavarian leather upholstery, everything about the BMW M3 exudes perfection. This is why it made perfect sense to tear one completely apart. Enter Project #YAE92, and yes I do pronounce the hash tag. To make a long drawn-out story short, this project is the brainchild of two race car drivers; myself and a good friend of mine Jordan Yost. Both of us have had our ups and downs over the years trying to make it to the professional ranks of North American sports car racing, neither of us ever quite getting the opportunity we were after to go racing in the big name series like Grand-Am or ALMS. After another failed start-up race team Jordan and I worked on together for someone else, we decided it was time to throw a Hail Mary and start our own race team for once.
by Clint Boisdeau
Proper technique, experience, and seat time are usually what gets you faster around a road course. But once a certain level is reached, finding time and consistency takes more then just instinct and a lap time. Lap telemetry and data acquisition used to be the dreams that race teams were made of. Such data loggers were either out of most grassroots drivers' budgets, and/or more complicated to use than sending a man into space. Within the last few years though, the combination of high market demand and cost reduction in technology have made way for many different lap telemetry products that are not only affordable, but also easy to operate with high levels of available tech support. Qstarz is one of these companies, and the LT-Q6000 is their flagship lap telemetry/data unit.
By Khiem Dinh
Did I mention there would be more hood hacking? Why yes I did. Somewhere along the other 18 parts of this project, I noticed the stock air box looked relatively well sealed along with having a location ideal for ram air. Ram air is used on practically every sport bike you can buy to coax as much power as possible from the engine. Even cars such as the Corvette Z06 and Dodge Viper use ram air.
By Mike Kojima
For maximum reliability we chose to run accessory drive belts from Gates new racing RPM line. All the trick cooling tricks in the world won't help you if your drive belt breaks!
By Emma Yvette
Despite there being so much controversy about the track layout and other dramatics throughout the season (like illegal mods) this was an exceptional event for being totally new. There was a great turn out of fans, the driving was never less than exciting, and it set the stage perfectly for the final round. Enjoy our bonus coverage from Round 6 of the Formula Drift Championship!
Just outside Madison, Wisconsin lies Columbus 151 Speedway. It's a family owned semi-banked quarter mile oval, a classic Midwest circle track, and home to Friday night stock car races throughout the summer. But every few weeks on a Saturday morning, as the staff are picking up the empty beer cans and hot dog wrappers from the last night's races, the track comes alive again.
By Justin Banner
Texas Motor Speedways debut for the Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by GoPro will become one for the history books, but not for the reasons drivers will probably want it to. As exciting as the event was and with the great finish we had, it will unfortunately be the controversy of protests that will mark the initial round at Fort Worth. However, we won’t gloss over anything here at MotoIQ as we give you coverage of the eliminations at Round 6 from Top 32 on down.
By: Mike Bonanni and Jordan Yost
Photos: Exotics Racing Las Vegas and MotoIQ Archives
Need wider tires on your Civic because it understeers like a pig on roller-skates? Need a set of slicks on your stock Mustang GT because you can’t keep the ass end from coming around on you? If this sounds like you then read on, it could possibly save you a ton of money on unnecessary mods. What if I were to tell you that there’s a good chance your car is just fine the way it is and that the way you’re driving it may be the cause for your "handling issues".
By Pablo Mazlumian
In our quest for an all-motor 100whp/liter, we install and dyno test a cat-back exhaust and under drive pulleys from industry leaders. How much power do you think these upgrades provided our M3?
Why are rotary engines often referred to as being unreliable? What is the advantage (if any) of using heat shields and turbo blankets on my engine?
By Steve Rockwood
Some people, especially MotoIQ readers, like doing things the hard way. After capturing the 2007 and 2008 driver's championships, 2008 manufacturer's championship, and amassing six wins, six poles, twenty six top fives, and thirty one top tens in the highly competitive Speed World Challenge GT series with their Porsche 911 GT3s, K-Pax racing decided it was time for a challenge. For the 2009 season, K-Pax partnered with Volvo – the company that brought you standard seatbelts, curtain and side airbags, and other safety items – to race the S60 in GT. Because when you think of alternatives to Dodge Vipers, Porsche 911s, and Corvettes, you immediately think of the Volvo S60. Randy Pobst of K-PAX, a MotoIQ reader and contributor, stays true to the MotoIQ spirit of doing things the hard way.
Our FR-S is a difficult car to deal with in the engine department. The ECU with a lot of command authority has been driving us nuts. We have put several thousand miles on our FR-S over the last few months and it seemed like the car was once again dialing out a lot of our power over time.