With four project installments of our Project VehiCross, you would expect we would have done something insane to it. After all most MotoIQ projects don’t stay stock very long and so far the only aftermarket parts this truck has seen are an air filter, brake pads, and tires. After ranting and raving about how terrible replacing a power steering hose on a VehiCross is, we promised we would start putting on some sweet aftermarket parts. We lied.
Picture a sunny, Southern California day at a race track with a smorgasbord of Nissans, Datsuns, and Infinitis everywhere you look, with the not-so-feint sound of racecars in the distance. Sounds like a dream, right? Wrong! Nissfest proved itself to be the premiere event of the year for all Nissan owners and lovers alike.
Before this year, I had never been to SEMA (or Vegas for that matter). Well, the stars aligned with my calendar and wallet, so I decided that I would make the pilgrimage to what is considered the epicenter of the automotive aftermarket. The show had never really held much interest to me. I had always believed that it was a massive convention with an overwhelming sea of half-assed show cars and shelves packed with trendy bullshit. If you can’t tell, I’m not much of an optimist. I went into the unknown without much of a game plan, and having no past experiences to help shape a plan of attack I mostly just wandered around aimlessly for several days absorbing the sight and sounds. And honestly, I didn’t hate it. Yes, there was a disturbing amount of cars with big wheels and bolt-on fender flares that were laid out on air ride. There were also a lot of well-built cars, quality engineered parts, and interesting people to connect with. Read on for some quick observations of a SEMA-newbie.
The OEMs are getting serious about going fast around a track. See what new toys they had to show off in Part 2 of our Nerd’s Eye View of SEMA 2015.
I had the recent displeasure of being rear-ended in the Vehicross. Luckily, the accident wasn't too bad (and we will get into it more in a later project installment), but the bumper cover did need to be replaced. We decided to replace our damaged bumper with a used one. The used bumper was in good shape, but we found a number of the mounting bolts were rusted onto what was left of the bumper support. We would have to remove these bolts without damaging the new cover. This would require a delicate mix of power tools, cleverness, and a basic understanding of heat transfer.
It's been a while since Project Civic EF Racecar has had an update outside of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship race coverage articles. So here we'll take a closer look at the oil cooler upgrade thanks to Earl's Performance. The oil cooler setup which came with Project EF worked fine, but had some room to improve in regards to overall performance with the core, and durability with the lines. With the heat and abuse a wheel-to-wheel race car can put into the engine oil during 30 minute sprint races, having a cooler configuration with high levels of effectiveness is critical. Also essential is having lines sized correctly for proper flow and oil pressure.
The final rounds of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul brings the gang back to Buttonwillow Raceway Park, but this time running the popular time attack configuration Clockwise #13. With the track setup in such a manner, there's ample amounts of data and video on what it takes to be quick for such a configuration. The interesting thing for me was despite my many years of time attack and HPDE driving experience on the CW #13 config, I have 0% experience on it during a wheel to wheel race situation. So I was extremely excited to get a new perspective on a course I had so much seat time on. Another exciting factor was that the year end championship points winner would be decided also. With myself and Justin Taylor neck and neck in points, whoever finished higher both days wins the final championship. But if somehow both of us DNS or DNF, Martin Gonzales is close enough in points to win as well. With many possible outcomes, the race weekend's was to be an interesting one.
When TEIN released the EDFC controller nearly 14 years ago, the suspension tuning world hit a new level of technology. Now with its more current EDFC ACTIVE version, TEIN has stepped up its game again, and we got to install it on our 800 WHP Project MKIV Supra!
Our STI has been driving around as a daily for two years now with all of the typical bolt ons. It has been reliable at 318 whp with good driveability and fuel economy on regular pump gas, in other words a hassle free car that is very easy to live with. Of course if good was enough, more is better and we could not leave good enough alone.
I’ll start off with a little bit of background for those that don’t know me. I occasionally drive the Professional Awesome Evo, and in 2013, the first version of the car was wrecked at Road Atlanta. Wise decision or not, I still had a loan on the Evo and there was a significant balance still remaining at the time of the accident. The monthly payment was nothing to scoff at and therefore, I like to consider those years I spent paying off that loan as my time in the "Valley of the Poor." It left me a changed man. I went in a naive money waster, I came out a tightwad.
Mission: cover SEMA in only five hours on the ground. Go.
This year, I only had five hours to make it through the show, so I had to make haste like the road runner to try to see as much as possible. That ‘as much as possible’ turned out to only be one hall. At least it turned out to be a good one.
When you talk about prototype racing, images come to mind of the exotic, fast and unaffordable P class cars that race in IMSA,the P1 and P2 cars at Le Mans or the Daytona Protoypes of Grand Am. A lot of us have dreamed of racing one of these cars. However, Prototype racing is one of the most expensive racing classes and is usually reserved for corporations and OEM manufacturers that pump millions into racing programs as either part of a huge marketing campaign or as an extension of an R&D program.
This is all about to change with the introduction of the NASA/Elan NP01.
In Part 1 of our improvements to the Project V8 RX-7's oiling system last week we got an oil cooler, Ano-Tuff fittings and Pro-Lite 350 hose from Earl's and an oil thermostat from Improved Racing. In Part 2 we'll finish it off by walking you through how we put it all together.
Project: Fried Turkey
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Well, the holiday season is upon us and we decided we were going to cook something MotoIQ style which means it has to be technical and dangerous. What better thing to cook than a fried turkey? Frying a turkey gets the job done in only 45 minutes and leaves you with a succulent and tasty bird with very little hassle and an easy clean up.