By Justin Banner
The 2013 season of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul was getting a little bit predictable with Edo Stepanyan dominating the first four races of the season. However, a familiar name was thrown into the gears of the M-Factory Acura Integra. That wrench was the Prima Racing S2000 driven by Andrie Hartanto! Could the drivers of the MPTCC handle the fast S2000 or would Edo continue to reign supreme? Find out as we review Round 3 from Auto Club Speedway.
Road America hosted the first combined ALMS / Grand Am event this past weekend and gave sports car fans a preview of what a united series will look like. The sports car fan base has been strongly divided between the ALMS’s strong technology drive and link to Le Mans, and Grand Am’s cost contained formula with more of a NASCAR flare. While this tastes great / less filling has been going on for over 10 years, fans and teams alike all won this weekend with days crammed full of great racing, as well as a good comparison regarding how the different series and classes stack up in terms of lap times.
So what's it like to accelerate from a standstill to land speed record smashing speeds on the dirt surface of the El Mirage dry lakebed? Check out the in-car video below to see MotoIQ contributing editor, Chuck Johnson, doing just that in MotoIQ's very own "Project 240SX Land Speed Racer.
By Justin Banner, Additional Photography by Nick Betz
It's a chassis that is coveted by those who grew up during the 80s, learned what drifting was with Initial D, and yearned for a car that could out handle cars twice it's size and horsepower. This is the 86, the car no one thought Toyota could or ever would build again. The AE86 showed that you didn't need huge horsepower or an expensive car to have fun and the current 86, the FR-S and BRZ, show that you still don't. This is 86Fest presented by Turn14, a celebration of the AE86 and the ZN6. It's also in its second year and we cover it with the twist that only MotoIQ can bring.
The sixth round of the American Le Mans Series took place just three weeks after an amazing race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park where we saw hard fought wins in several classes. The mood coming into Road America this past weekend was exciting to say the least. After the last race, expectations were high. Only race day would decide who would stay on top, with all eyes on the Viper vs Corvette race and could Muscle Milk Pickett Racing fend off Dyson Racing again?
I get this question about once a week these days, “Are the Skylines really going to be legal when they are 25 years old?” It’s a loaded question. The answer is actually yes, and no, as it all depends where you live. In North America, Canada is an exception, but even in the United States the rules have some variance. Since I live in California, the answer is actually yes, but no. Yes, because the 1989 Nissan Skyline will be federally legal to import once it’s 25 years old in 2014, but no because vehicles 1975 or newer are subject to direct import laws in California. These direct import laws make it very expensive to bring a car into California compliance. However, for the purposes of this article, I won’t get too far into the downside of the upside of 25 year old vehicle import.
Story by Eric Hsu, Photos by Martin Gonzales and Luke Munnell
Hollywood. Everybody knows it. Tourists want to visit. Us Los Angeles locals know it as a part of town where the rich, beautiful and superficial are plentiful. For an expensive and potentially crazy night out on the town it's hard to beat. But once in a while, you gotta do it; especially when Mazda invites you to the W Hotel in Hollywood for a night of food, drinks, and cars.
In anticipation of more added power to the Motovicity Ticket to Ride FR-S from the HKS Supercharger it was decided to also upgrade the clutch. What we wanted is something that could take the abuse of the extra power and doing some occasional drift clutch kicking fun while maintaining as much daily driven ability as possible.
By Mark Zimmerman
You develop Porsche’s racing program in the late sixties, rewriting their racing history from race to race, win to win. Your team is developing faster and wilder racers, putting you in reach of the company’s first Le Mans outright victory. So what do you do when you are handed the responsibilities of developing the company’s new entry car platform? If you are Ferdinand Piëch, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, you jam the biggest racing engine in it that will fit.
Project E36 323is: Building the Poor Man's M3, Part 5 - Intake and Software
By Jonathan Lawson
In Part 4 of our Poor Man's M3 project, we added a more serious soundtrack to our 323is with the help of a Corsa exhaust. A great side effect was that it also happened to give a boost to our horsepower output. That brought us from 141.1 wheel horse power (whp) to 146.8 whp, and it increased our torque output from 142.9 ft/lb to 149.5 ft/lb. Better breathing is always a good thing, so we decided to get a bit more flow to the exhaust with a Stage 1 Turner Motorsport Performance Package, which includes an aFe intake and Shark Injector performance software.
The DeltaWing is a love it or hate it sort of car. You can either love its space age looks or hate it because it looks like something out of a Speed Racer Cartoon. For sure the car is very different. For sure it's as innovative as hell but does it work? Does it have advantages over conventional wisdom? If you are curious come with us for a close look at this car. Our up close look at the DeltaWing left us with more questions than answers.
The destroyer of all track vehicles is excessive heat. Whether it is the coolant, various oils, or brakes, too much heat will lead to failures. On Project S2000, we’ve already addressed the engine coolant and oil temperatures with an upgraded Koyo radiator and Earls Temp-A-Cure oil cooler. These heat exchangers depend on airflow to in order to remove heat from the coolant and oil. No airflow means no cooling, hence the need for fans when the car is sitting still. One way to improve the airflow through the heat exchangers is to minimize the resistance to the air exiting from behind the heat exchangers. For the vast majority of street cars, all the air has to dump out the bottom of the engine bay. So how do we minimize the resistance to airflow? By increasing the area the air has available to exit. In this case, we’re venting the hood.
By Justin Banner
The last time we visited Project Slasher, we had installed new wheels and tires to get rid of the original ones that weren’t designed for indoor clay tracks. Now, we have a whole host of parts to not only improve the suspension of the truck, but also to improve its durability and looks. We’ll see parts from RPM, Viper RC, and more Pro-Line goodies get installed in this edition of Project Slasher.
We have written articles about getting the paint on our various project cars protected with various films in the past with a great amount of success. Like all things protective film technology is continuously improving and we were lucky enough to sample one of the latest in protective films on our Project R35 GT-R.
Our friends at Service Group Distribution are into film technology and they are the ones that introduce us to new stuff. We got a call from them where they wanted to demo their new Premium Shield film for us. What better car to try it on than our new DBA GT-R?