Motovicity's Ticket To Ride Mustang Update- Stack Pro-Control Gauges
By Mike Kojima
Having a lot of trick parts on your car means nothing if you blow it up because you didn't know critical parameters were going out of range. Of course we don't want that to happen to the Motovicity Ticket To Ride Mustang so we enlisted the help of Stack with a set of their Pro-Control Gauges to ensure we would not accidentally burn the house down.
What sets Pro-Control gauges apart from other gauges is their ability to control switched devices that can be triggered whenever a pre programmed high or low setting is surpassed. Fans, pumps, nitrous, the list of things that can be switched on or off by a Pro-Control Gauge is only limited by your imagination.
By Mike Kojima
Our Project GT-R was originally going to be an early 2009 CBA model. We had acquired a low mileage first generation CBA and were about to start applying the normal MotoIQ tricks when we got to drive a 2014 model second generation or DBA GT-R at a dealer and were pretty amazed at the difference in refinement and performance that the newer car had over the old car.
The CBA was no slouch at all but the DBA was much faster, handled noticeably better and was much more refined from a NVH standpoint. Most of the differences came about during the car's mid cycle facelift in 2012 when the model changed from CBA to DBA. Even though most of the major changes happened in the switch from CBA to DBA, Nissan has been hard at work refining the GT-R and each model year comes with a list of continual refinements.
Ask Sarah: BOV's and Accusumps
By Sarah Forst
Jury is still out. Let's debate whether blow off valves are necessary and if Accusumps are effective enough at protecting your engine from oil starvation.
By Khiem Dinh
The Los Angeles area covers a huge swath of square mileage. To drive from top to bottom can take 90 minutes without traffic (when talking about driving around LA, you have to throw in this stipulation). Everyone knows of Cars and Coffee, but it can be difficult to attend as Joe will attest to. Issue #1: it’s at the very bottom of the LA area. Issue #2: you have to get there at the butt crack of dawn. For those who lived in the northern parts of LA and/or also didn’t particularly care for getting to a parking lot at 6am, SuperCar Sunday was born.
By Mike Kojima
We were lucky enough to get a close look at the only R35 Nissan GT-R being campaigned in a North American professional race series at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Although the the R35 GT-R is being raced successfully in other countries it has not had much exposure in the USA. Hawk Performance has teamed up with CRP Racing to change all of that by campaigning a GT-R in SCCA's Pirelli World Challenge series in GT Class with driver Tim Bell behind the wheel.
The WC GT GT-R is very interesting technically, the car has a front mid engine mounting configuration with a rear mounted transaxle and has been converted to rear wheel drive, much like the Sumo Racing GT-3 GT-Rs being campaigned in Europe. CRP has come up with plenty of innovations in an effort to bring the big GT-R up to speed. These things make for a pretty interesting car, read on and check out what's inside it!
MotoIQ Nerd-O-Vision: New Car Review - 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club
By The Nerds at MotoIQ
It seems everyone is producing car reviews these days (we hear Miss Utah is in development talks for a DIY educational series). Rather than jump on the rolling Russian Arm bandwagon we set out to produce a series of car review videos featuring our own special brand of nerd herd perspective. Allow us to present to you our first episode of MotoIQ Nerd-O-Vision, featuring the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Edition. Please give it a watch and let us know what you think in the comments.
Project E36 323is: Building the Poor Man's M3, Part 4 - Exhaust
By Jonathan Lawson
Now that our E36 323is is hustling through the corners a bit more sure-footedly, there's one thing that seems to be missing. A soundtrack! While our car is not packing the most powerful engine in the world, it's still got a bullet-proof and (potentially) great sounding BMW M52B25 inline 6, yet it's almost as if the factory put the whole car on mute. The engine loves to rev, and is sewing machine smooth at any RPM thanks to the motor's inherent balance, but it really feels like it wants to sing a bit louder, and who are we to stop it?
Project EVO MR - Engine Bolt Ons Part 2
By Cheston Chiu
In the last edition of Project EVO MR, we were at Cobb Tuning SoCal in the middle of bolting on a bunch of parts. As you may recall, we are wanting to give our EVO a nice boost but don't want to get too much beyond the basic bolt ons because we don't want to stress our SST transmission too much. We want to be able to daily drive our car with occasional track use without problems.
So far we are working on getting the AEM intake, ARC intercooler, Cosworth intake pipes, AMS downpipe, MXP exhaust and the Cobb boost control solenoid with Access port all fired up before some tuning to make it all work. How much power are we gonna make? Let's take a look and see.
Nerd's Eye View - Inside 10,000 horsepower!
By Pablo Mazlumian
How do they make so much power? We get a MotoIQ-exclusive, close-up look at the fascinating engine details of the 2012 Championship winning Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Antron Brown.
by Eric Hsu
Are you guys ready for the fastest Time Attack from all over the world, drama, suspense, controversy, and maybe some good old shit talkin? Check out WTAC's promotional video after the jump just released an hour ago.
Nerd's Eye View: Rowe Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
By Khiem Dinh
Take one big V8, place it in a front-mid engine position in an aluminum space frame chassis along with a rear transaxle for great weight distribution, and what do you get? The SLS AMG GT3 which served as the basis for Rowe Racing to go endurance racing in the VLN series. The Mercedes-Benz division AMG for creating all things fast put in some significant work to make the car safe for endurance racing along with Rowe Racing showing some of their tricks being as efficient as possible over a race weekend. Follow along to see what makes the car and team tick.
Project Gen 3 STi: Suspension upgrade with M7
by Wes Dumalski
When last we left off with Project Gen 3 STi we were enjoying the power and up to this point the only modifications we had done so far were to make the car go faster. It was time to change that as the GR STi is a bit soft around the middle. Our friends at M7 came to our rescue with their Super Street Performance Coilover setup. We were eager to put this new suspension through its paces to see what type of performance it really offered so step inside and read all about it.
Nerd's Eye View: Inside Fredric Aasbo/Papadakis Racing's Amazing V8 eating 2AR Toyota Engine
By Mike Kojima
A couple of years ago, a lot of knowledgeable people, myself included declared that the turbocharged small displacement 4 cylinder engine was dead in the sport of Pro Drifting. Dead, uncompetitive and obsolete. We sung the praises of the latest new generation of domestic V8's like the Chevy LS, the Chevy SB2 and the Ford Coyote. For a while it seemed so even though others like our own Eric Hsu predicted otherwise.
This year things are changing, turbochargers are coming back to the delight of fans and challenging the rule of the V8. One of the most intriguing and successful applications of new turbo technology is the Toyota 2AR engine developed by Papadakis racing and driven by Fredric Aasbo.
The 2AR is a 2.5 liter all aluminum inline 4 that is both lightweight and stout at the same time. Papadakis racing has proven that it can operate reliably for a long time at exceedingly high power levels. It's taken about 2 years for Papadakis racing to hone and develop the 2AR into the potent package it is today and the story and parts behind it are interesting indeed. Check it out!
MotoIQ Garage Fabrication: Introduction to Fab
(and how to mess with your friends)
By Steve Rockwood
There comes a time in every car nut's life where no one sells that much-needed part and it must be fabricated from raw materials. Taking it to a local machine or fabrication shop is an obvious choice, and can definitely yield excellent results. However, many times the scheduling doesn't pan out, the work is unsatisfactory, or the fabricator is extremely proud of his work with pricing to match. Most of us, to one extent or another, begin to realize that making parts at home makes sense from an economic standpoint. Unfortunately, in many cases our first attempts at "fabrication" are met with booger welds, frustration, pain and unwanted fires. Enter MotoIQ's Garage Fabrication Tips: helping you make probably safe parts at home.