There has been a war brewing in the past few years, not in the Middle East, but in the half ton truck market. In the past, a half ton truck was just that, a lightweight truck, one up from a mini truck that was capable of towing an open trailer with a little bit of stuff in the bed. A towing capacity of 5000 to 7000 pounds was the norm and old half tons were barely adequate for the upper ranges of that weight limit.
In case you missed it, the Indianapolis 500 celebrates a milestone this year. While the 100th anniversary of the great race occurred in 2011, the 100th running of the race is happening in 2016. The Indy 500 has been a racing institution for over a century and 2016 is arguably one of its biggest and most important years. With the largest paying crowd since The Split two decades ago, can the Indy 500 reclaim its place as the biggest race in the world? It all starts with qualifying and you can read about it here.
Nestled up right against the base of Mount Haruna is a little town called Ikaho which is known for its naturally high iron content hot springs and spectacular views over Gunma. In true crazy Japan fashion, this is also the location of one of my personal favorite museums: The Toy & Doll Teddybear Confectionery & Chocolate Automobile Museum. Yes, that is the complete name of the museum listed on the sign outside of the building. It is also the current home of the Yokota car collection as well as heaps of other car related memorabilia you never knew you needed to know about until you saw it!
We first took a look at the famous and controversial Elan Delta Wing a couple of years ago. At the time the car was a super radical departure from the norm that made headlines all around the world. If you have been living under a rock for the past few years, the DeltaWing is the brainchild of Ben Bowlby whose design concept is that less is more.
NASA’s American Iron series is the modern equivalent of the Trans Am Series of the 60's and 70's; where Ford, GM, and Mopar cars slug it out in American Iron (AI) and the cars follow a weight to power ratio much like our own MPTCC series. In addition to AI, NASA also has classes for American Iron Extreme (AIX), where rules are more lax and horsepower gets insane; and Spec Iron (SI), where cars are built to one specification with the 05-10 Ford Mustang being the only chassis allowed. Dave Martis competes in the AI class with his K&N Engineering Ford Mustang RTR and has allowed us to show you the details of his amazing ride!
The month of May means many things to many people. To some, it means breaking out the swimsuit and enjoying the sun for the first time in months. For others, it’s a reason to celebrate a popular science fiction series. And for plumbers it mean replacing toilets after they’ve been destroyed by a night of Corona and tacos. But for racing fans, all eyes turn to Indianapolis as the Verizon IndyCar Series visits one of the most famous racing venues in the world: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These days IMS hosts not one, but two races for IndyCar: the world famous Indy 500, and the growing Grand Prix of Indianapolis held on the infield road course. To kick off the month of May, we’re turning both left AND right.
There has been silence in my garage for almost a year. The NX GTi-R, when you last saw it, had rod knock and was parked until I had the time to work on it. Life intervened and many things have caused this project to get pushed to the background. Then Mike Kojima and I met in the paddock at Buttonwillow. It was not that I was stalking him (well, maybe I was sort of stalking him) but a chance to meet the man after years of online chatting and emails was something I knew had to happen. After very few pleasantries the conversation moved to cars and then Mike asked about the NX. With his suggestions and input, my future build took a change of direction with my intended stock build moving to a built engine. Believe me, it did not take very much persuading to make this move. Eagle Rods, CP - Carillo Pistons, JWT cams, Calico Bearings, and a Precision Turbo. There is a plan for the NX GTi-R. I have not put this much money into the car since I bought it! The end result, however, should be spectacular. Version 1 - GA16DE with almost all bolt-on options. Version 2 - SR20DET with boost controller. And now for Version 3 - with a built engine, larger turbo, and eventually a stand-alone ECU.
In Part 1 of Project STurdteen we discussed some of the future plans of the car as a purpose-built entry-level drift car that can be used for competitive purposes in ProAm. One of the big issues I experienced previously had to do primarily with heating and cooling issues. We decided to go with a complete Koyorad cooling system, which incudes a radiator and oil cooler. We also included a power steering cooler to address steering pumping up issues \i had experienced in the past once the car would get hot, which is a common complaint in many drift cars.
We have been watching Matt Field for the last few years. Matt originally was a hero of the "keeping it real" stretched tire scene but has evolved from the time we first noticed him in 2010 to become a fierce competitor whose time has come. Matt has always fielded (bad pun) really nice looking cars and his latest ride not only looks damn good but is packed with some of the latest state of the art drift technology.
KW Suspensions' 2016 VW Sale!
The KW Suspensions VW sale is going on May 16 - June 17. Don't miss the reduced retail price on their V1, V2, and V3’s for selected VW applications. Come take a look at their application sheet where you will find your promotional price. This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts.
After pouring over forums and websites the only company I kept seeing the words 'you won’t regret it' was with Fast Intentions. While there are others in this market that make a great product, it seems with exhausts you need to make the choice of compromising comfort in terms of interior noise for that last bit of horsepower.
Every year since 1978, Road Atlanta has been host to what has come to be known as the Classic Motorsports Mitty, a 3-day event that promises to “resurrect the past glories of sports car racing for a modern audience”.
In Part 3, we finally get this sucker running! So far in our SAE saga, we've showed you the design process that went into this car, as well as the work that it took to turn a pile of tubes into a rolling chassis. Today, we go from a rolling chassis to a running and driving racecar.
When the weather looks like this it's time to take your bike training indoors. Indoor bike training is an element of cycling that isn't always fun but can be instrumental to maintaining and even building off season fitness. Whether you use that fitness to further your two wheeled cycling pursuits or to enhance your performance when it comes to automotive contests of speed the process itself can be an interesting one. Read on to learn what's involved in indoor bicycle training.