Project Land Speed Racer 240SX: Chassis Prep and Roll Cage Fabrication
By Chuck Johnson
Remember when Project Land Speed Racer 240SX first came into the hands of Chuck Johnson? In this Flashback Friday see where the record breaking first got started... The beginning of any good sedan type racecar build almost always starts with ruining a perfectly decent streetcar. In the case of Project Land Speed Racer 240SX though, I'm not sure if we are really ruining a perfectly good streetcar. Honestly, from the looks of things, it must have been owned by a series of wannabe dorifto hacks before falling into my hands.
My philosophy in modifying my bicycle is the similar to Project S2000 or anything for that matter: when something wears out, upgrade! The past year has seen some significant upgrades to my pedal powered ride with the goal of going faster of course. Remember, the better shape you’re in, the faster driver you’ll be.
Following up on fantastic fabrication of the Project FR-S’s initial aero modifications from the splitter, rear diffuser and rear wing installation there was a desire to enhance the aerodynamic efficiency of the front splitter and rear diffuser by attempting to reduce underbody drag, which most noticeably will be felt on high-speed tracks.
by Frank Ewald
The rumble of a Corvette’s big V8, supercharged, with cams is enough to shake the foundation of nearby buildings ... Walking to the shop door we were greeted with a beautiful, glistening black Chevrolet Chevelle SS. And then you looked up and there was a 64 Corvette, the 69 Prostreet Camaro, a 2013 Camaro ZL1, a 2012 Corvette Z06, … and I could not count them all in that first few minutes.
Some of the cars at Australia's World Time Attack or WTAC for short are so amazing and so exotic that for most of us, we can just look and drool. We were looking at cars to feature and we wanted to show what could be done for a moderate amount of cash by regular people. Clean solid work by smart people but nothing that needed open wheel or prototype levels of engineering and fabrication skill. In short, something that most of us or a good local shop could build with a regular person reachable budget.
How do you replace the spark plugs in a V-block engine when there are items like brake boosters, fenders, and other junk in the way? U-joints sometimes work, but when that fails (or you forgot to pack them when you moved), try this tip.
You know that perfect dreamworld where you’re dating a super model and Patrick Dempsey asks you how you make your hair look so cool? It doesn’t exist. In our heads, we should all be driving <insert sports car du jour> and making each and every highway on-ramp a text book example of a four-wheel drift. But that’s not how the ball bounces all the time with life and we need to roll with it.
We test Ford’s new 2015 Mustang EcoBoost to determine if a turbocharged 4-cylinder Mustang bridges the gap between the American Hot-Rodding community and Import Tuners. How does the Ecoboost stack up against rear-wheel drive icons such as the Honda S2000, turbocharged all-wheel-drive cars like the Subaru WRX, and hot hatches like the VW Golf GTI? Read on to find out.
Hi! For those that don’t know me, I drive the Professional Awesome Evo from time to time. That being said, I am no engineer, I don’t weld, I don’t fabricate, but when it comes to pushing the broom around the shop and holding things while the guys tack important bits of metal in place, I’m a champ. This should be kept in mind when reading this article. I may not be a complete dip sh!t, but I don’t know everything there is to know on this topic. Please don’t hesitate to comment and add to this conversation, let me know where I’m right and where I should get to studying!
Looking for a reason to install wheel spacers beyond being Hella Flush? Formula Drift Champion Dai Yoshihara talks through the benefits of wheel spacers with MotoIQ Chief Mike Kojima and then installs them on the GTChannel/Mine's Scion FR-S.
The thing about being involved in a search, perhaps more aptly named a quest, is that one usually follows a meandering path as opposed to a direct route. My quest started just over a decade ago when I began the path to improve my Nissan NX 1600 beyond the limitations of what the factory had imposed upon it. Having owned the car since 1992, I knew what it was good at and what some of the limitations were. In 2011 I fulfilled a huge part of my quest, which was the installation of an SR20DET from a Pulsar GTi-R. That moved me into the next phase of my quest, which was improving the handling and the traction. If you have read my previous articles then you know my disappointment in finding that adding the horsepower has produced great straight line speed but reduced what was an amazing momentum/cornering car into a cornering lump. Each year since there has been improvement, and hopefully this year will be a huge step in the right direction.
If you didnt notice the new forum tab on the top of our homepage, we have been working on it and quietly turned on the beta version a few months ago. Now our forums are ready to go and officially launch. Enjoy the MotoIQ high signal and low noise experience extended to our forums. A lot of you probably hate the traditional car forums that are generally populated by idiots and run by SPEs (Self Proclaimed Engineers). MotoIQ's forums promise not to be like that and are moderated by true experts.
Check out the different sections, discuss engines, suspensions, brakes, aero and the latest project cars. Post about your cars and projects, All without the normal stupid peanut gallery! You will find things refreshing. Come hang out with the cool kids!
We've reached our power goal. Take a peak at how we did it, and be prepared for a smorgasbord of dyno graphs not only from Project Supra, but from other Supras and racecars tuned at Modified by KC as well!