We get a lot of oils and lubricants to evaluate at the MotoIQ office and for the most part we have had good results with the latest high quality synthetic motorsports oils that come across our desks and into the crankcases of our various race and project cars. When it comes to quality oils we get pretty uniform results, clean burning, low deposits and good wear of the engine's internal components.
I’m greeted by the sounds of classical music as I walk into the garage of Specialty Cars Fabrication which is nestled in a corner next to the Fullerton airport. A bright light strikes out from the torch of a tig welder and illuminates the front of a welding mask. The man underneath the mask is John Kuchta, owner and proprietor of Specialty Cars Fabrication. Calling John just a fabricator though, would be an understatement and a borderline insult in my opinion. Put simply, he’s in artist and metal is his canvas.
by Martin Gonzales
The second race weekend of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul was a much further drive than the usual SoCal events the series is used to participating in. This time around the MPTCC was taking a road trip to Nevada! But we're not talking about the bright city lights and nocturnal lifestyle of Las Vegas. No sir. The MPTCC was heading to lavish Pahrump, home of Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club!
An update has been a long time in coming but it is true, the ARK Team America BNR32 has not gone away or died, it's just that all of the principals have been busy with our other motorsports and industry jobs ranging from ALMS to Formula D. With all of us so busy working the car kept getting pushed off but lately Eric Hsu has been rallying the troops and work has been progressing on the car all summer.
The McLaren P1 represents one of the latest exotics to come to the market. The P1, Porsche 918, and Ferrari LaFerrari represent the newest hyper cars, cars that go beyond the previous super cars in not only performance but also price. You’ll need a solid seven figures in the bank to own and operate each of these cars. The cars have their own differences in flavor to the hyper car theme, but know they have all taken hybrid technology to develop cars with performance beyond anything imaginable previously.
The countdown to Speed Week is well underway, which means that pretty much everything becomes secondary to getting the car put back together. One of the most important additions to Project 240SX LSR this year is the new wire harness, the sole informational network responsible for making sure that the car is able to operate to its full potential, and also do it reliably. As covered in a previous update, the old wire harness which was completed as the car was literally being loaded on the trailer accomplished the goal of getting the car to the salt. However, we knew that it would need to be upgraded in the interest of reliability for future seasons. Well, the future is now, and the new wire harness is built to perform.
Can Experience on the Race Track Make You a Safer Driver in Real-World Traffic?
The Tire Rack Street Survival School uses many of the skills and techniques used in autocross to teach new drivers how to properly control their car. The physics of vehicle dynamics, and how they can be applied safely, has made Street Survival the Ivy League of young driver education. The program has made thousands of teens better drivers—and saved more than a few lives.
In 2013 Jimmy set multiple track records in the Canadian Sports Car Series (CSCS). Including a time at Toronto Motorsports Park of 1:14.376 in the unlimited Front Wheel Drive (FWD) class, besting his own record of 1:16.52 that he had set in 2012. Car and driver still hold the street car track record for CSCS, set in 2011 before it had forced induction. Not content with this season, Jimmy hauled his car 4000 kilometres to Buttonwillow to compete with Global Time Attack. He switched around his setup so that he could compete in the Limited FWD class. He placed second with a time of 1:55.685.
IMS is a temple of Speed and it was looking for sacrifices during the 9th round of the TUSC championship. This round was a Friday afternoon support race for the Brickyard 400, and run on the roval part of the track. The layout was a last minute change that used the same layout that Indy Car used for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May, weeks before the 500. Usually “roval” and “support race” do not get the sports car faithful excited, but this is Indy, and its roval has been a venue for F1. Overall, the day did not disappoint.
If you love performance compact cars, then you should really be paying close attention and focusing your next purchase intent on The Ford Fiesta ST. The Fiesta ST is basically the same joint Ford, Mazda 2 platform that we loved so much as a B Spec racer. We felt the chassis handled well but was lacking power in gobs. Well Ford fixed the problem in a big way with the Fiesta ST by dropping in a turbocharged direct injection Ecoboost 1.6 liter engine with a six speed manual transaxle that delivers 197 hp and good mileage together in a package that leaves you grinning from ear to ear.
Why do I wake up at the butt crack of dawn to go to Cars & Coffee in Irvine? Because awesomeness like this Lancia Delta HF Integrale rally car shows up. This Lancia was in the middle of a restoration and the builder brought it out for show and tell.
GoPro POV camera footage from inside Darren "D-Mac" McNamara's Finals winning run vs Dean "Carnage" Kearney at Formula Drift 2014 Round 5 Seattle at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe Washington.
Project Honda Ruckus - Part One
by Jeff Naeyaert
Enjoy a Throwback Thursday to one of our very first projects! In typical MotoIQ fashion we decided that our Ruck was going to need some help in the suspension, handling and brakes department before we increased the power to help keep things safe. We had almost rear ended cars due to weak brakes and ended up doing a flying W by hitting a water dip at 35 mph on the street. Although this sounds somewhat comical, it was not safe and had to be addressed.
There's just something invigorating about the smell of race gas in the morning, the smoke produced by tires screeching, and the high pitched wail of a high horsepower engine going all out. And while I'd love to be on track owning that racket, I am just as excited to be covering it from behind a camera. From Formula Drift at Road Atlanta to 24 Hours of Nurburgring, my lame attempts at photography ("needs more blur"- thanks Jeff!) have taken me places I couldn't have dreamt about being so close to the action. And at the end of the day when I'm covered in rubber, drenched in either sweat or God's tears, and have claw hand from holding the camera grip for hours, I still have a smile on my sunburnt face.