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Industry Insider: Tein's shock service

by Mike Kojima

One of the markings of a better shock company is if the company can service their product by offering rebuilding and revalving if the the customer needs it for their usage.  We recently visited Tein Suspension since they are rebuilding and revalving the shocks on our Project Supra.


 

Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S: Getting More Power with an HKS Supercharger and More Cooling with a CSF Radiator 

By Mike Kojima

Our SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge car's progress is coming along nicely.  With all of our other mods coming together we now will focus on getting serious power out of our FA20 engine with an HKS supercharger.  With power comes heat and we will be relying on a CSF racing radiator to take care of our cooling needs. 


 

The Alley, Enrique Perez's LS-1 powered TE72 Toyota Corolla

by Mike Kojima

In keeping with our new tradition of using our secret photoshoot location behind the palatal MotoIQ Mega Shop, our next Alley feature is a very special car. Enrique Perez's 1980 TE72 Toyota Corolla. The TE70 series Corolla produced from 1978 to 1983, is one of our favorites as it is a classical Corolla with a front engine and rear wheel drive.  Much of our youth was spend modding these cars.  With their near bulletproof 3TC engine they could take a lot of hard use and we spent a lot of time boring them to 2 liters, strapping on dual sidedraft carburetors and hosing them with Nitrous Oxide. 


 

Project S2000: Part 22 – Testing New Goods and More Intake Mods

by Khiem Dinh

The whole point of modifying cars with go-fast parts is to go fast right? So of course, Project S2000 required a good romping at Buttonwillow after the installation of the Blacktrax Performance/Kingpin Machine spherical bearing suspension setup and Hasport rear differential mounts. The car is also in a constant state of tweaking requiring adjustments along the way as lessons are learned. Everything is better with video too and Replay XD stepped in to help.


 

Project Civic EF Racecar: Part 2 - First Track Shakedown

by Clint Boisdeau

In Part 1 of MotoIQ Project Civic EF Racecar, we familiarized you guys with the car's state when it was first purchased and how that purchase came about.  In Part 2 you get to see how the EF starts to come together in preparation for its first track shakedown and how it ultimately performed.  Was it slow? Was it fast? Do we even like the car?  All these questions and more will be answered.


 

Project White 5.0 Liter Mustang - Bolting on More Power with Borla Long Tube Headers 

By Mike Kojima

In our last edition of Project 5.0 Mustang, we added some basic bolt on's being a cat back exhaust system from Borla and a cold air intake from AEM.  We got excellent results for these mods.  In this week's edition of Project Mustang, we are continuing to work on the engine with the addition of some long tube stainless steel headers from Borla.


 

Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show 2014: Part 2 – Race Cars and Engines

by Khiem Dinh

It’s an auto show, so race cars are displayed. Race on Sunday, sell on Monday right? The manufacturers also like to show off their new engines on stands. This is great for us geeky nerd types as we can see many details that we would otherwise be unable to see with the engine crammed in the car. The manufacturers are getting very efficient at stuffing as much engine as possible into the smallest engine bay possible making a lot of the cool stuff hard to see.


 

The CSF Radiator Challenge!  CSF vs Masiv

by Mike Kojima and Khiem Dinh

During the summer CSF radiator launched a bold ad campaign with MotoIQ: the CSF Summer Challenge.  CSF boldly challenged the entire radiator industry to s shootout to see who makes the most effective radiator with us conducting the test.  CSF's only rule was that a radiator for the challenge had to be an off the shelf part built for a given car available to the general public, not a one off bespoke radiator designed just for the test.


 

GarageLove How To: Tire Testing

by Per Schroeder

The neck-twisting grip that modern performance tires deliver was once the territory of just limited-production race compounds. Couple that delightful evolution with the rise of affordable data acquisition systems and more track-capable cars than ever before—and you just have to wonder—are we in the era where anyone can find the absolute best tire for their car? Can the hardcore enthusiast simply buy several sets of tires and figure out which brand works best for their car, track and driving style?


 

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MotoIQ: DRIVEN – 2012 McLaren MP4-12C (With In-Car Video)

by Billy Johnson

We spent two days with the McLaren MP4-12C on the street and hot lapped it around Buttonwillow’s 13CW configuration to see if the 12C really is the best supercar that you can use as a daily driver.  Is it a modern day NSX in this regard?  Did it turn the fastest production car lap at Buttonwillow?  Read on to find out…


 

Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show 2014: Part 1 – Street Cars and Show Stuffings

by Khiem Dinh

So it’s the LA Auto Show. Cool stuff is there. Some famous people show up. I eat a lot. Oh, and I take blurry pictures as I’m distracted by food and beverages and too much caffeine. And my camera battery died. I have to say, I was particularly impressed with one German make this year for their cars and another Asian make for their booth during the Media Days.


 

Keep It Simple - Go Tuning's Spoon Sports Civic

by Mike Kojima

What's the best thing to do to re launch a performance brand in the USA?  Go racing. That is exactly what Go Tuning, the official North American distributor of Spoon Sports parts has done in the world of Time Attack in a big way.  In practice for the last Super Lap Battle, Dai Yoshihara, previous Formula D and MPTCC Champ peddled Go Tuning's Spoon Sport Civic to a blistering 1:46.3 second lap time around Buttonwillow's famed configuration 13 CW. This was faster than Chris Rado's long standing FWD Unlimited lap record in the high tech 1300hp F-Wing Scion TC, a record we assumed would be out of reach for a long, long time.


 

Performance Racing Industry: Part 3

by Pablo Mazlumian

As we wrap up the show’s three-part coverage we're left with only one regret—that we couldn’t show you more.  Still, we’ve got plenty to see here in Indianpolis, Indiana, so please follow us once again as we walk through the greatest aftermarket car show in America.  Big turbos, big brakes, and big engines here we come!


 

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Video:  #DreamrideLA: Fredric Aasbo and the Papadakis Racing Scion tC in Los Angeles

Presented by Scion Racing, Hankook Tire, and Motegi Racing

Some are saying the drifting in this video tops that seen in Ken Block's Gymkhana 7. Check it out for yourself. This is the story of a kid who makes an amazing discovery on the bank of the LA River and is rewarded with the experience of a lifetime: a dream ride in the 800-plus horsepower Papadakis Racing Scion tC Formula Drift competition car.


 

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