When talking with Steve about his car you can sense the passion he has for his STi but also for amateur motorsport. Our discussions went on and on as we chatted about the car, friends we have met at the track, the challenges of building a car that performs how you want it to, and the joy of volunteering and seeing newcomers get inspired by track events. The heart of this story, however, is this 2004 STi which, when you get right down to it, has had almost every component and body panel modified in the pursuit of performance. And boy has it worked!
In our second part of this amazing show, we showcase more suspension setups, more big brakes and turbos, our dream steering wheel, some killer formula racecars, what it’s like to walk the show with Mike Kojima, and a whole lot more!
We are starting a new feature at MotoIQ called "The Alley". The Alley is our ultimate photo location area, which also happens to be the alley behind the palatial and luxurious MotoIQ Megashop. With its mix of legit urban backdrops, great lighting and convenient location, it's perfect for our lazy ass photographers! The Alley moniker will be used when we feature street builds that we would be proud to drive ourselves.
When I first saw John Lazorack's 1988 Conquest TSi at the Japanese Classic Car show, I immediately did a double take and backtracked to get a closer look. You see I have always had a soft spot in my heart for these cars after having wanted one really badly when I was a young man. Well not a Conquest but but its badge engineered sibling, the Mitsubishi Starion ESi-R.
Braking late, hitting apexes, and powering out of corners: The goal of driving a car quickly requires keeping the tires at their limit at all times. Having good car control is a crucial skill in the development of a driver to not only drive a car fast, but also to have the ability to get up to speed quickly in a new car and on new tracks. However, without self control and discipline, having good car control can actually work against you.
If you’re one of the 6 people in the world who isn’t familiar with this car, step back, go HERE, and read every word of the drama (or comedy, or tragedy, we won’t really know until the end) that is Project Miatabusa. For the rest of you who have been waiting to hear what we did about the sackfull of hammers trying to beat their way through the bottom of our car, wait no more:
Step 1: Redesign everything...
The Team America crew has been busy and the car has really come together in the past couple of weeks. The goal is to be able to have the car dyno tuned and track session tested before it has to go into a shipping container and hopefully end up in Australia this time (if you have been following our story, two years ago, instead of going to WTAC, the car ended up in China for a few months due to the freight forwarder making a huge mistake).
Eric Hsu and Gary Castillo have been working around the clock to get the car done with everyone else on the team pitching in on the weekends. The major fabrication is nearly complete and the engine has been started and run. What's left is to finish up the top secret Andrew Brilliant designed aero package, do the final installation of the wire harness and to clean up and work on the cosmetics of the car like the Team America inspired wrap.
What is the Flog? It is the nickname that the Falken team has given their BRZ drift car. Driver Dai Yoshihara, commented when he first saw the completed car that it looked like a frog but with his Japanese accent it came out Flog and no one knew what he was talking about. Dai had to pantomime a sitting frog and say riibit, riibit before anyone could understand that he meant Frog.
The Falken Tire Subaru BRZ has been featured by a few other media outlets in the recent past but not like this. Let us take you beyond the pretty pictures for a look inside the car which has been one of the most anticipated builds of a drift car to date. One of the best looking cars on the Formula Drift circuit, the BRZ was built on a compressed time schedule by SPD Motorsports, the same folks who built Dai's iconic Discount Tire/Falken Nissan S13.
by Nick Betz
With the Forza franchise dominating XBOX and Gran Turismo the defacto race game for Playstation, the F1 series from Codemasters gets little to no attention from people outside of Formula One nerds. That doesn’t mean there aren’t gamers out there running laps at Monza, COTA, Dubai and the rest of the Formula One circuit, they just seem to be less vocal about it than the Forza/Gran Turismo crowd.
If you like to the latest and greatest in performance parts, as well as high performance streetcars and racecars, you're going to want to flip through the many pages of our PRI 2014 coverage. In fact, we covered so much that we had to split this up into three big articles!
The saying goes “the right tool for the right job.” And it is 100% correct. But what happens when you don’t have the right tool? Sometimes you need to improvise. See how we make a piece of plumbing pipe do things it was never intended to do.
When we last left off, the GT-Lite Project CRX was being loaded onto the big orange transporter and headed to the Detroit area and into the capable hands of SANLUIS Rassini. We’re about to take a trip into a place where absolute state-of-the-art hardware and software is used daily in the design and development of suspension systems used worldwide by most of the major OEMs.
Our first step in extracting more power from our FR-S's FA20 motor was to add an Unorthodox racing crank pulley which went pretty well. Now we are going to take another baby step along the path of bolt on modifications by testing out a Ganador Exhaust system from Japan.
I’m often of the philosophy of replacing things as they wear out. And when they wear out, I might as well upgrade! It all started with a slight banging noise while going over bumps. Over a bit of time, it got progressively worse. Eventually, going over any type of bump including creeping over speed bumps caused a loud banging noise. What was the source?