How do you make a really good air fuel ratio gauge even better? Well that's easy, improve it in just about all measurable ways! That's what AEM Electronics did with the new X-Series air fuel ratio gauge. The new X-Series gauge has a larger, easier to read display, is more compact and is easy to calibrate and the most interesting feature of all is its industry leading response time.
Porsche probably had some fuel miser hybrid somewhere in their booth. But I was too distracted by all the go-fast goodies. And Porsche did bring some very fast hardware including a seismic shift in their 911 base engines.
We have been putting together the Suspension on Project VA WRX over the last few months with some top quality parts from Tein and Superpro. We were waiting on the few last brand new pieces from Superpro to finish our suspension setup. Well they have come in and now is our time to install and evaluate them.
In going through the LA Auto Show this year, I noticed a trend: electrification. And turbos. And cars getting faster than ever while still getting better mileage. And we all win. In this first part, we are going to check out some of the vehicles in the BMW booth.
Our VA WRX is becoming quite impressive thanks to the gains we have made in its performance. We are beginning to think that it will soon be knocking at and even exceeding the performance envelope of the much more expensive STI.
Since we have been working on the brakes and suspension of our STI killer VA WRX, it was time to take advantage of those parts with some bigger, grippier tires and wheels to accommodate them. We got the right hardware for the job with some wider wheels from ARK Design and bigger tires from Nitto Tire.
Following Time Attack you may see a car that demonstrates potential but simply is not reliable. And then there is the R-Division Integra Type R with James Houghton in the driver's seat. This team has prepared a package that over the past several years is consistently impressing fans and other competitors. Whether it is in action at a Canadian track with CSCS or crossing the border and challenging all comers in Global Time Attack on either the East or the West coast, this Type R is consistently pushing the envelope. The plan for 2016 is already being implemented so R-Division is not content to rest upon 2015's accomplishments.
The Performance Racing Industry 2015 show was back in full force at Indianapolis once again, and there was so much cool stuff that we've separated our coverage into five different articles. Take a peek at what's hot in the performance aftermarket and racing industry, especially if you love turbos, brakes, suspension systems, and electronic gadgets as much as we do!
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!
What's the best thing to do to re launch a performance brand in the USA? Go racing. That is exactly what Go Tuning, the official North American distributor of Spoon Sports parts has done in the world of Time Attack in a big way. In practice for the last Super Lap Battle, Dai Yoshihara, previous Formula D and MPTCC Champ peddled Go Tuning's Spoon Sport Civic to a blistering 1:46.3 second lap time around Buttonwillow's famed configuration 13 CW. This was faster than Chris Rado's long standing FWD Unlimited lap record in the high tech 1300hp F-Wing Scion TC, a record we assumed would be out of reach for a long, long time.
Modding late model Honda/Acura engines is somewhat problematic lately. Take for instance the late model K series engine. Once probably the best naturally aspirated inline four cylinder production engine by far, the K motor in it's latest variant, the K24Z7, is a neutered, decontented version of its former self. Found in the current 2012 and up Honda Civic Si and the Acura ILX, the K24Z7 still boasts a decent 205 hp and 174 lb ft of torque. This is slightly better power and much better torque than the much acclaimed bone stock K20A2 that everyone knows and loves.
Can the late model K motor be saved? We will give it a shot with help from the guys at Motovicity Distribution!
The most important part of your car is not the engine, suspension, or brakes. It’s the TIRES!!! This is because your car can only perform as well as the capability of its tires. I’m often asked which tire is best and what size to buy. In this article I discuss my methods for choosing and properly sizing the right tires. I’m not into the “hella-flush” or “stance” scenes so this article is focused towards those who care about the PERFORMANCE of their car, whether on the street or on the track.
A few weeks ago we got to get a close look at the car that we think is perhaps the most radical and innovative drift car ever built, Mad Mike Whiddett's Radbul Mazda MX-5. After a 5 year absence, Mad Mike is back on the US drift scene with a car built for today's exceedingly competitive Formula D environment.
I've joked in the past that "Time Attack" is the "Professional Wrestling" of Motorsports. Not in the sense that it's questionably real or has obnoxious intro music. More so, that it's over the top, a great show, and takes a high level of skill, guts, and charisma to be successful. As well as being dramatic, full of characters, and having a core fan base that truly respects and enjoys the sport, even if others just think its nothing more then "qualifying" (which I don't agree with at all). Having been on both sides of the coin with both time attack and wheel-to-wheel racing, without having done both at a high level of competition, judgements cannot be made.
As the holiday music fills the air on every freakin' street corner in the United States, the weather begins to turn cold and the populace begins to cower in fear of the dreaded flakes of solidified water that fall from the atmosphere. If you’re like most of the MotoIQ staff, you live in southern California where you have to drive hours to find a hint of the fluffy white stuff. Not all of us are so lucky unfortunately, and if you live in the northern part of the world, you will at some point have to deal with snow. And since we live in the age of the internet, there is tons of advice out there on how to prepare for winter, some of it good, some of it questionable, some of it horrible. So let’s do what MotoIQ does best and cut the crap and help you prepare for the winter the right way.