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Event Coverage: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

by David Zipf

The Verizon IndyCar Series decided to fluff up the Month of May by hosting a road race on the former Formula 1 circuit that runs through the infield of Indy.  The first event was best remembered for its disastrous start when pole sitter Sebastian Saavedra’s car stalled on the grid and was rear-ended at speed.  In 2015, the boys and girls of IndyCar returned to the speedway’s road course to put on another show.  Only one week after showing off their fancy oval kits, the teams strapped on road course bodywork and took to the flowing roval circuit.


Project Viper GTS Part 4 Intro

Project Viper GTS: Part 4 – Baseline Dyno and K&N Intake Test

by Billy Johnson

The Viper is truly a car built around its engine.  In Part 4, we take Project Viper GTS to the dyno for a baseline power audit and see if our mighty 8.0L V10 is cranking out the factory claimed 450hp and 490lb-ft of torque.  From there we add K&N replacement air filters and change out the disruptive corrugated plastic intake tubing for a set of ROE Racing polished aluminum smooth intake tubes to see if we can squeeze out a few more ponies.


Nerd Vacation - The Nissan Engine Museum

by Joe Lu

This non-descript looking building in Yokohama, Japan was recently a vacation destination for a MotoIQ contributor, and is much more than meets the eye.  Aside from currently containing the Nissan Engine Museum, you're also looking at the world headquarters building that housed Nissan during it's formative years.  Come check out what's inside those doors!


Sneak Peek: Inside IndyCar's Oval Aero Kits

by David Zipf

IndyCar's new oval aero packages are here! In February Chevy and Honda both unveiled their road course aero kits, which have been used at the first four IndyCar races in the 2015 calendar. However Indy runs on huge superspeedways and if you know anything about IndyCar, you know the granddaddy of all IndyCar races is the Indianapolis 500.  On Sunday May 3rd, the first public test of the new oval aero kits happened at the Brickyard and MotoIQ was there, spying on teams and getting the scoop on these new aero kits.


Finding Nemo: How The Car Known as Nemo Changed the Face of Time Attack Racing And Where The Car Is Now.

by John Smallberries

When the Nemo Racing Evo debuted in August 2012 at the World Time Attack Challenge, it underwent little testing prior to the event.  Ran at the hands of MR Tuning from Queensland Australia, it then proceeded to annihilate existing records.  People tend to use a lot of superlatives when discussing track records, even when they are bumped by just a couple of tenths, but this was truly monumental, a jump of 3.8 seconds from the Cyber Evo’s 2011 record and nearly two seconds ahead of Tilton Interiors who were the favorites to win and packing 1000 HP.  Nemo was more than just a champion car; it was a game changer!  Fear and disarray followed among other competitors and even the fans.  The backlash resulted in a shake up of the regulations for the first time.  Nemo appeared once more in 2013 and limped to a third place finish.  Then the car disappeared, with no more public appearances, most notably absent from WTAC 2014.


Project Mazda3: Part 3 - Improving our Contact Patch

by Per Schroeder

Now that Spring has sprung here in the Mid-World, it’s time to get our 2014 Mazda3 ready for some autocross fun.  We are planning on competing in SCCA’s Street Touring F category against MINI Coopers, Acura RSXs and Mazda2s, as well as other Mazda3s.


Sneak Peek- Matt Coffman's 2015 Formula Drift Nissan S13

by Mike Kojima

21 year old Matt Coffman is currently in his second year of Formula D competition.  The second youngest driver on the Formula D circuit, in his freshman year Matt campaigned his S13 to 33rd in points.  Lacking experience Matt had a tough time on his first Formula D tour and didn't qualify for 3 of the 7 rounds.  For his second time around, Matt and his team have attacked the season with renewed vigor, building a new car and having an aggressive pre season test schedule to enable Matt to become more familiar with his new ride.


GTA Road Atlanta: #teamcanada is Coming

by Frank Ewald

Canadians are known for their love of hockey. We are known for having a Tim Horton’s Coffee shop on every other corner of some cities.  We are known for putting the letter ‘u’ in words like neighbour and colour and doughnuts. We are known for being the small country above the United States of America – your northern neighbour with a much larger land mass yet a drastically smaller population. We are known around the world for being a country of polite and respectful people – accepted around the world in more places than American Express. Canadians are known for great Time Attack builds and drivers – whoa, you say! Things were going okay until that bit about Time Attack!


Project [Rotary] FD RX-7: Part 5 - Cooling Oil and Generating Spark

by M-P Spierer

Whether it's high RPM, high power density, or for some, high failure rate, the word "high" is regularly used to describe various attributes of the rotary engine.  Today we are fighting against the rotary engine's high inclination for dangerous oil temperatures and ignition break-up. This requires significant upgrades to both the oil cooling system and the ignition system...and by upgrades, we of course mean complete redesign.


Project E46 M3: Part 11 – Castro Motorsports Intake Manifold Installed and Dyno Tested!

by Pablo Mazlumian

We install and test the Castro Motorsport CSL-style airbox on the dyno with video clips of the new sounds.  We also get to check out a couple more of Modified by KC's projects, including one of the baddest BMW 335s in the country!


Sneak Peak-Tanner Foust's 2015 VW Passat Formula Drift Machine! 

by Mike Kojima

Tanner Foust is returning to Formula D and he bringing his GRC sponsors VW and Rockstar energy drinks with him. Unfortunately, Tanner is only going to be at selected events on the FD schedule that don't conflict with his other professional commitments.  Tanner's return to drifting is also significant as he is  teamed up with Star Driver Fredric Aasbo making a Rockstar dream team of drifting.


Extreme Engine Tech, Technosquare's Monster Naturally Aspirated Toyota 4AG - Part 3 (VIDEO INSIDE!

by Mike Kojima, Photos & Video by Jeff Naeyaert

Way back when the third and final installment of this build was part of our best of 2010 series. It's still a great article presented here for you to check out one more time. Follow the links, read all three parts and enjoy!

When we last left the Technosquare crew, they had completed the stroker 4AG engine's bottom end and assembled the cylinder head.  Now it was time for the engine's final assembly and installation into an AE86 time attack car.

Click Here for Part One

Click Here for Part Two


Wrench Tip: How To Plug A Tire

by David Zipf

Flat tires suck. They're always a hassle and they ALWAYS come at the most inopportune or annoying times. As a former tire changer/ tire repair man, I've seen all sorts of weird stuff in people's tires. Nails, screws, screwdrivers, spark plugs, large chunks of metal (I'm not making any of those up either).  In the old days I'd be going to a repair shop to fix my tires, but these days I just do it myself.


Project Mustang 5.0: Part 9 – Brake Overhaul with Hawk Performance and Disc Brakes Australia

by Vince Illi

You use your brakes a lot.  But do you really know how they work?  We test out Hawk Performance’s new HPS 5.0 pads and DBA’s 4000-series rotors and examine how brake pads and discs work together to stop your car!


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