If you love performance compact cars, then you should really be paying close attention and focusing your next purchase intent on The Ford Fiesta ST. The Fiesta ST is basically the same joint Ford, Mazda 2 platform that we loved so much as a B Spec racer. We felt the chassis handled well but was lacking power in gobs. Well Ford fixed the problem in a big way with the Fiesta ST by dropping in a turbocharged direct injection Ecoboost 1.6 liter engine with a six speed manual transaxle that delivers 197 hp and good mileage together in a package that leaves you grinning from ear to ear.
Why do I wake up at the butt crack of dawn to go to Cars & Coffee in Irvine? Because awesomeness like this Lancia Delta HF Integrale rally car shows up. This Lancia was in the middle of a restoration and the builder brought it out for show and tell.
GoPro POV camera footage from inside Darren "D-Mac" McNamara's Finals winning run vs Dean "Carnage" Kearney at Formula Drift 2014 Round 5 Seattle at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe Washington.
Project Honda Ruckus - Part One
by Jeff Naeyaert
Enjoy a Throwback Thursday to one of our very first projects! In typical MotoIQ fashion we decided that our Ruck was going to need some help in the suspension, handling and brakes department before we increased the power to help keep things safe. We had almost rear ended cars due to weak brakes and ended up doing a flying W by hitting a water dip at 35 mph on the street. Although this sounds somewhat comical, it was not safe and had to be addressed.
There's just something invigorating about the smell of race gas in the morning, the smoke produced by tires screeching, and the high pitched wail of a high horsepower engine going all out. And while I'd love to be on track owning that racket, I am just as excited to be covering it from behind a camera. From Formula Drift at Road Atlanta to 24 Hours of Nurburgring, my lame attempts at photography ("needs more blur"- thanks Jeff!) have taken me places I couldn't have dreamt about being so close to the action. And at the end of the day when I'm covered in rubber, drenched in either sweat or God's tears, and have claw hand from holding the camera grip for hours, I still have a smile on my sunburnt face.
by Jonathan Lawson
Project E36 323is is continuing its transformation from the mildest of inline 6 cylinder options from the BMW factory into a well prepped street car that isn’t afraid of some track time.
You might have read our previous articles on how easy it is to set up the AEM Infinity EMS on the BMW M3 with great results in the heat of competition. Well the AEM Infinity is not just for BMW's, it works great on just about anything and we would now like to show you just how easy it is to set up on a Honda S2000.
by Nick Betz
What's the best way to get out of organizing a brand new shop over the weekend? Well, here at MotoIQ the only excuse you can use that won't get you fired is "I'm headed to the track." That was my excuse to not put in a 4th day of shop moving, and it worked!
At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park the car with Hoosier R6 205 50 15s ran 1:47 with the GA16DE powerplant. At the same track the same fast driver, Katie, took the car with Toyo RA1 225 45 50s around at a time of 1:40 with the SR20DET. That is a good jump, but with a 200 whp gain I wanted more! You have to be in the car to realize how much speed is being lost exiting corners. It simply cannot find traction.
by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz
You may not be familiar with the name, but unless you've been under a rock you will recoginize the car from its viral video! Terry Hatfield of Shock Therapy Racing will join us tonight to talk about his highly modified, EZGo Golf Cart and his last attempt at setting a MPH record for 1/8-mile speed. Let's say he predicted his own future before he took of that fateful night. Got comments or questions tonight? Use hashtag #motoiqradio on Facebook!
Why would a car have a vibration at just one specific highway speed? Why do my tires feel out of balance at 68mph? We explore some reasons why this is a common occurrence.
In our last update we were impressed so much with our Dieselgeek shifter we took a look at some of the other products Dieselgeek makes for our MKVI Golf and found a nice skid pan or as Dieselgeek calls it—Panzer Plate. We’re not sure if the name is paying homage to the old German tank or the literal meaning of the word meaning “armor” but we get it… It’s a tough ass piece of aluminum bent to fit underneath the engine and protect all the vital stuff that’s vulnerable to impact now that we’re riding considerably lower than stock.
Watch in-car video from the cockpit of the Mitsubishi I-MiEV Evolution III as driver Greg Tracy pilots the Electric Vehicle to a record smashing time of 9.08.118 besting Monster Tajima's previous EV record by 38 seconds. Tracy came in 2nd overall beating out everyone in the entire competition with the exception of overall winner Romain Dumas in his 2013 Norm racer. This EV is fast!