Wrench Tips #14: Put Your Studs to Work
by Dave Coleman
Keeping Up with FX Motorsports!
We'd like to take a quick second to congratulate our Billy Johnson on his overall win at Super Lap Battle in Las Vegas, dominating over the next closest competitor by over FIVE seconds! Billy's time of a 1:43.145 was also good for a Super Lap Battle track record for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway outdoor road course. If you wanna read the full press release, see inside. Otherwise, take a minute (or nine) to watch Episode 1 of FX Motorsports' 2010 season--I guess they're gonna be doing several of these! Shot at the Redline Time Attack back in April when Matt Andrews was driving the NSX, John Naderi hosts a walkthrough of the recent changes to the car and talks with several members of the team. ...but they had me at the Asian strippers! :) MOAR!
Getting Your Life on Track
By Frank Ewald
Hot Rod. Road & Track. Car and Driver. MotoIQ. You have read them all and you have just dreamed about it … but now you are ready. It is time to head to the track yourself and drive the track, not just read about some journalist who has taken your dream car for a couple of days of track experience on the Nürburgring. But how?
By Mike Kojima
Being able to quickly attach a bung for a wide band 02 sensor is a big pain in the ass. I know a lot of you have probably tried to help a friend tune their car. No matter how many times you told them to have an O2 sensor bung welded into their exhaust before they show up at your place, then they arrive and you ask them where it is, they blankly look at you and go "what?" I know this happens to me all the time.
by Martin Gonzales
Though not right in our backyard this time, the American Le Mans Series came back to our home state of California for its third race of the season this past weekend. Along with the smorgasbord of cars that contend in the American Le Mans Series, the weekend treated race fans to wheel to wheel action from the USF2000, GT3, MX5, Prototype Lites and Star Mazda Series.
By Dave Coleman
The typical new tire introduction goes like this: The new Pazoosy Jaberwoky XR 745 Ultra R Super Star uses triple-inverted diagonal ply Inconel belts and a directional, asymmetrical tread pattern to optimize wet and dry grip, minimize road noise, increase your fuel economy and magnify your sex appeal. The sad truth is that neither the author, nor the PR team that fed him that line of technospew has any idea what triple-inverted diagonal ply Inconel belts are or what they do.
By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert
If you're into the Time Attack scene, no doubt you're well aware of Ryan Gates and his winning 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X; Ryan has been tearing up the Time Attack record book with an unheard of winning record. In the 2009 Redline Time Attack Season Ryan blew up the record book with an amazing 7 wins in 7 events in Modified Class. Ryan also scored wins at the Buttonwillow Superlap Battle Finale and at the NASA Road America Time Trial in the TTB class. That’s an amazing 9 wins in 9 events entered!
by Eric Hsu
Results after two days of time attack battle at the Superlap Australia's World Time Attack 2010. In some ways the results aren't surprising. Either way it was an awesome event that other organizations should aspire to.
For Friday's report click here
For Thursday's report click here
For Eric's first report click here
By Mike Kojima
During my trip to Germany to the 24 hours of Nurburgring last week I hung out with D Sport Magazine's publisher Mike Ferarra who was also traveling with us. Mike holds the same ideas about the green revolution as I do, perhaps even more extremely, hence last months "Green Sucks" issue of D Sport. Sharing rants, I realized that I forgot to finish my thoughts about being green here.
The Green Hell, Life at the Nordschleife
By Mike Kojima, Photos by Jeff Naeyeart
It's past 2 am and I am lost somewhere in the middle of the pitch black German countryside. I am stumbling around in the bush. My tiny LED mechanics light can hardly illuminate the sucking quagmire I am trying to escape. My boots which I am damn glad I packed, squish in mud and water. It is probably in the high 30's and the cold damp air penetrates several layers of North Face goretex and fleece. I now understand why multi time F1 champ Jackie Stewart called the Nordscheife The Green Hell.
by Eric Hsu
The cars from the USA and Japan have arrived in Australia safely. Look inside for some pics and some detailed pics of the RX-7s. The Superlap Australia World Time Attack event is surprisingly mainstream. The picture above is a billboard advertisement on one of the freeways between Eastern Creek International Raceway and Sydney. There are also plenty of printed ads and radio ads as well.
By Mike Kojima
In parts one, two and three of our series of the inner workings of clutches, we covered how the three main parts of the clutch, the pressure plate, the disc and the friction material work. Now that you probably have more than enough information about how basic clutch systems work, we will go on and explain the workings of some of the more exotic clutches and delve into the world of flywheels a bit. Finally we will talk about a little bit of clutch trouble shooting.
MotoIQ Staff Report, photos courtesy of Falken Tire
Dai Yoshihara and the SPD/Discount Tire/Team Falken Nissan 240SX fought to first place in the second round of the 2010 Formula D season at Road Atlanta after a challenging trip up the ladder. Perhaps his hardest battles were against fellow Falken teammates Darren McNamara and Vaughn Gitten Jr. both highly capable drivers driving potent high horsepower machines.
By Sarah Forst
I have a problem with my car and I'm too embarrassed to ask my friends. My problem is that I usually over-torque bolts/nuts on my car and I need your help. One of my strut tower nuts is over-torqued and when I tried to remove that nut, it started to round pretty bad. I even went to Sears to buy a socket set that removes rounded bolts/nuts but with no success. The nut looks pretty bad. What can I do? Thank you for any help.
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