The Toyota Supra has long been known as one of the strongest performance sport cars to come out of Japan. Although the Supra has not been sold in the United States since 1998, the spirit of Toyota’s last true sports car is still very much alive and well.
The Atlanta metro area is quite a big place. But, despite its size, most residents wouldn't know where Ball Ground, Georgia is. To anyone wanting to get down the drag strip with 4,000+ horsepower, however, this exurb 50 miles outside of the city is special, because that is where Pro Line Racing calls home.
Overnight William Au-Yeung burst onto the Global Time Attack stage at Road Atlanta. Not only did he place first, but he broke the track record for Limited Front Wheel Drive in the process. And now he is back in the United States, this time at Buttonwillow for Global Time Attacks’ Superlap Battle. Ready to duplicate his overnight success on the east coast by doing the same thing out west.
A pass to SEMA is akin to an invite to the Playboy Mansion for most nerdy teenage boys. But just like any 14 year old geek, once there, they have no clue how to navigate. The grotto first, the game room, the Aviara- where to start? Luckily it gets much easier after some experience but there's still so much to see that leaves a lot that gets missed. Come along as we find the Rocket Bunnies among other things.
Once a year, Toyota located in Torrance, CA hosts an employee car show titled Octoberbeast. This year’s event was the 22nd running displaying an eclectic mix of vehicles. Don’t think just because it is a Toyota employee show that only Toyota vehicles are on display; the mix is far from it.
by Sarah Forst
The 2014 Global Rally Cross season wraps up for the 3rd consecutive year in Las Vegas, but at the Linq Hotel and Casino for the first time. The Strip's reputation for being flashy and over-the-top could only be upstaged by one of the most exciting finales in Red Bull GRC history. Four drivers were vying for the top of the podium in the Supercar title- Joni Wiman, Ken Block, Nelson Piquet Jr., and Scott Speed.
How do we become better at driving? Practice makes perfect, right? Well not necessarily. Without feedback and direction, additional practice won’t always improve your ability and can possibly lead to the development of bad habits. So in reality, perfect practice makes perfect. In Part 2 of the Driver Development series, we discuss how drivers learn to improve their craft through various methods from coaching to data analysis to simulators which all aid in the advancement of the skill of driving.
by Mike Bonnani of Exotics Racing
The Ferrari 458 Italia, what needs to be said that isn’t already blatantly obvious? It is an amazing machine and you can tell just by looking at it. It is a Ferrari after all, but there’s much more to it than just being a fast looking car.
In Episode 2 of the SEMA Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge Mike and Taro discuss the merits of the Spoon Sports Subframe Rigid Collar kit while Howard gets on with the hard work of the installation. While it's now too late to vote for our effort in the competition it's never too late to hear Mike talk suspension.
For everyone that says that the hardest part about any project is the first step, I counter with this: starting something is easy—it’s finishing the job that takes the most out of you. Automotive restoration can be thought of as a metaphor for life. There are lessons learned, problems solved—and layers of complexity that are often overlooked as we go from day to day, or task to task.
Those crazy blokes from England have a knack for making ‘streetable’ track cars. Caterhams, Ariel Atoms, and Radicals come to mind. Sure, they really really stretch the definition of streetable, but they can be equipped with head lights, brake lights, turn signals, and mirrors. One of the latest cars designed across the pond is the BAC Mono and it’s even more extreme than the others.
When it comes to building cars, I've always tried to maintain a "keep it simple, stupid" approach. At the center of my dead reliable formula was my factory re-flashed ECU. When I decided to get serious about land speed racing, along with that came an exponentially growing need for more capability. I reluctantly dug my heels in denial, touting my "keep it simple stupid" argument. Ironically, that very argument was what would convince me to finally make the change to a standalone ECU. It comes down to this one question. Is a race car running a re-flashed ECU in tandem with a plethora of standalone systems for boost control, wide band sensors, variable valve lift, and data logging really simple? No. Enter the AEM Infinity 8 EMS.
In our last installment of build a SEMA car in two weeks, we went over our suspension refresh with parts from Whiteline and KW Suspension. Now we are turning our attention towards stopping power using brake components from Wilwood.
No matter how careful you are, you will do it eventually. We have done it plenty of times. Modern high performance cars now almost always come with low airdams which make a big difference aerodynamically. This means that you have probably hit them on the ground and damaged them on speed bumps, driveways and parking lots no matter how anal you are.