The final ALMS season is looking like the ashes from which the Phoenix of the USCC will rise. While there was a lot of great news for next year, P1 and P2 had small fields, and the PC, GTE and GTC provided the most entertainment during the Circuit of the Americas race weekend.
by Pablo Mazlumian
Aspiring to achieve 100whp/liter from this 3.2-liter, we put more performance upgrades to the test on the dyno and in real world performance situations. If you like dyno graphs, acceleration times and videos clips, this is a must read!
By Martin Gonzales
There comes a time in every gear heads life when he/she must ask themselves, "Why in St. Kojima's name am I driving my track set-up to work?". If you can relate, then no doubt you've been victim to the track-bug's high octane venom. Which also means the vehicle you use for daily transportation has been molested and tinkered with to the point that it no longer has what little refinement it had when it drove off the showroom floor. All done in the name of faster lap times of course, but your vehicle is now serving as a constant reminder that there really is no such thing as an all purpose vehicle. Well, enter KW's Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) system.
Performance cars need performance oils and filters and our Ticket to Ride vehicles are no exception. We went with Royal Purple as our supplier of choice for the cars. We have had plenty of good experience with Royal Purple in our own racing and time attack efforts in the days of the XS Engineering BNR32 and with advances in oil technology we expect the latest offerings from Royal Purple to be even better.
The WEC event at the Circuit of the Americas was all about firsts this year, and probably the most dramatic was the 3 inches of rain that fell between Thursday and Friday. This made for some rooster tails through practice, and soaking fans roaming the paddock and vendor areas. If you were lucky, you had quick access to shelter in the grandstands on the front straight, under the walking bridge, or in the SRT lounge with the “Rush” trailer blaring on several TV monitors. After an hour of downpours, I can recite the Rush trailer by heart. I am still looking forward to it.
By Mike Bonanni
The BMW M3 has always been touted as one of the best production sports cars ever and I would have to agree. From the current generation’s 4.0L S65 V8 to the fine Bavarian leather upholstery, everything about the BMW M3 exudes perfection. This is why it made perfect sense to tear one completely apart. Enter Project #YAE92, and yes I do pronounce the hash tag. To make a long drawn-out story short, this project is the brainchild of two race car drivers; myself and a good friend of mine Jordan Yost. Both of us have had our ups and downs over the years trying to make it to the professional ranks of North American sports car racing, neither of us ever quite getting the opportunity we were after to go racing in the big name series like Grand-Am or ALMS. After another failed start-up race team Jordan and I worked on together for someone else, we decided it was time to throw a Hail Mary and start our own race team for once.
by Clint Boisdeau
Proper technique, experience, and seat time are usually what gets you faster around a road course. But once a certain level is reached, finding time and consistency takes more then just instinct and a lap time. Lap telemetry and data acquisition used to be the dreams that race teams were made of. Such data loggers were either out of most grassroots drivers' budgets, and/or more complicated to use than sending a man into space. Within the last few years though, the combination of high market demand and cost reduction in technology have made way for many different lap telemetry products that are not only affordable, but also easy to operate with high levels of available tech support. Qstarz is one of these companies, and the LT-Q6000 is their flagship lap telemetry/data unit.
By Khiem Dinh
Did I mention there would be more hood hacking? Why yes I did. Somewhere along the other 18 parts of this project, I noticed the stock air box looked relatively well sealed along with having a location ideal for ram air. Ram air is used on practically every sport bike you can buy to coax as much power as possible from the engine. Even cars such as the Corvette Z06 and Dodge Viper use ram air.
By Mike Kojima
For maximum reliability we chose to run accessory drive belts from Gates new racing RPM line. All the trick cooling tricks in the world won't help you if your drive belt breaks!
By Emma Yvette
Despite there being so much controversy about the track layout and other dramatics throughout the season (like illegal mods) this was an exceptional event for being totally new. There was a great turn out of fans, the driving was never less than exciting, and it set the stage perfectly for the final round. Enjoy our bonus coverage from Round 6 of the Formula Drift Championship!
Just outside Madison, Wisconsin lies Columbus 151 Speedway. It's a family owned semi-banked quarter mile oval, a classic Midwest circle track, and home to Friday night stock car races throughout the summer. But every few weeks on a Saturday morning, as the staff are picking up the empty beer cans and hot dog wrappers from the last night's races, the track comes alive again.
By Justin Banner
Texas Motor Speedways debut for the Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by GoPro will become one for the history books, but not for the reasons drivers will probably want it to. As exciting as the event was and with the great finish we had, it will unfortunately be the controversy of protests that will mark the initial round at Fort Worth. However, we won’t gloss over anything here at MotoIQ as we give you coverage of the eliminations at Round 6 from Top 32 on down.
By Pablo Mazlumian
In our quest for an all-motor 100whp/liter, we install and dyno test a cat-back exhaust and under drive pulleys from industry leaders. How much power do you think these upgrades provided our M3?
Why are rotary engines often referred to as being unreliable? What is the advantage (if any) of using heat shields and turbo blankets on my engine?