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?
Falken Tire's drift team consists of Justin Pawlak, Dai Yoshihara and Darren "DMac" McNamara. Hailing from Ireland Darren has been doing well this Formula D season in a Nissan S14 built by Scott Dodgion of SPD Motorsports. Darren had a tough 2012 season which started off badly with a hard crash at the season opening round at Long Beach, breaking his foot and totaling his beloved Saturn Sky which had been his trademark car for several years. Nicknamed the Bullet, the Sky had the reputation of being one of the fastest cars in Formula D.
A 2008 Freightliner Cascadia is usually not the first choice when deciding to build a Pikes Peak Hillclimb vehicle. Mike Ryan is not your ordinary racer though and he likes his big trucks. This truck is unlike any other truck in the world, not even like those racing trucks out of Europe. Your basic semi-truck uses a turbo that most time attack cars would laugh at for being comically small. Not this truck, no siree Bob! To make this truck exceptionally special, Mike Ryan enlisted the help of Gale Banks to boost the power to hill moving levels. It’s not easy making around 2400hp and 4000+ lb-ft of torque, but we’re going to show you how it was done along with the tricks and components required to make a 5-ton semi-truck turn and stop.
You’ve seen the results, now we’ll dive into the full story of Round 5 of the Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by GoPro at Evergreen Speedway. How did the drivers end up where they did? Who did they face? How tough was their weekend really? We’ll break it down and give you the details as only MotoIQ can!
Just about all of us can agree that the Scion FR-S is a pretty fun car, a car that has been a long time coming and that the market has been hungry for for years. Most of us will also agree that the FR-S is really hurting for more power. More power would make the car more balanced and better able to reach its full fun potential.
Well we are going to bring more power to the Motovicity Ticket To Ride FR-S in a big way by adding forced induction. We're not talking about your typical forced induction turbocharged power infusion either but rather with a centrifugal supercharger kit from HKS!
By Mike Kojima
Our FR-S isn't the fastest thing but it has inspiring handling and best of all it's rear wheel drive. Some of our friends that have have been doing track days with the car have reported to us that the brakes are woefully inadequate for track use. Cracking and warping rotors, fade and even warping and leaking calipers have all been suffered by the hard driving.
By M-P Spierer
The 3rd generation Mazda RX-7, often simply referred to as the FD from its chassis code FD3S, is a world renowned platform for both street cars and race cars alike. Combine its weight, suspension geometry, driving position, and power potential and you have a 100% performance oriented machine. While it has become popular over the past decade to ditch the rotary engine and replace it with Chevrolet LS V8 as seen with our very own Project V8 RX-7, this project vows to keep it real with the triangles!.
By Chuck Johnson
Photos by Joe Lu
The last chapter of Project 240SX LSR left Team MotoIQ sleep deprived and malnourished with just a handful of days to spare before Speed Week 2012. However, the ever persistent team had just completed the install of a donor SR20DET and the fabrication of the Spearco air to liquid intercooler system. In terms of the powertrain, things were looking up. On the chassis side though, there was still a long list of modifications that needed to be completed to meet SCTA rules. While we are currently preparing for Bonneville Speedweek 2013, read on to see the final push we made for last years' Speed Week.
By Pablo Mazlumian
Part 2 of "Inside 10,000 horsepower". Find out how they manage to transfer the power to the rear tires and make them stick to get from 0-100mph in 0.8-seconds!
By: Wes Dumalski
As much as we like fast cars and sano builds here at MotoIQ we also love tech gadgets! Messing with cameras, microphones, cell phones, instatwittergrambook uploads; all of these things are what we do on a daily basis to bring MotoIQ to the masses. It should go without saying that when new items hit the market that offer us the ability to do those things in a more efficient manner, our pointy nerd ears perk up and our fingers buzz the web in search of said future altering technical goodness. In this case the gadget of mention is the Igloo case for the iPhone. Click on is as we put the case through its paces…
By Annie Sam
Photos by Joe Lu and Sharry Lai
After three years of building and chasing a dream, MotoIQ's Project 240SX Land Speed Racer claimed the Southern California Timing Association's (SCTA) H/PS class land speed record for El Mirage!
If you are a longtime MotoIQ reader you will probably know that we are big fans of the WPC process and use it extensively in many of our engine build projects and wherever we need durability and lower friction of a part from transmissions to limited slip differentials.
I wouldn't exactly call it an epiphany. I mean this wouldn't be the first time I've felt the euphoria associated with a job well done and the natural high associated when a group of friends come together to rally towards a common goal. To put it bluntly today's exercise is to get Nitto Tires, Cusco, WinmaX, KW, and Speed Ventures some publicity and to have some fun in the process. But somewhere along the way our excercise became much more than a publicity stunt.
HOW TO: Watch the Pikes Peak Hillclimb!
By: Connor Harrison
We all have bucket lists; the things we want to see or do before we ‘kick the bucket’. Gearheads are no different. There are places and events that are just so iconic, exciting, or alluring that we go far out of our way to experience them. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the oldest, most beautiful, and adrenaline packed races in the world. If you’ve never been to Colorado for the “Race to the Clouds”, then take a moment or two right now and pencil it down on your own bucket list. I’ll wait.