By Annie Sam
As I was instructing a beginner session at Willow Springs, I discovered several common mistakes that beginner drivers would make. So, I decided to add a little extra to this month's article point these out and hopefully help new drivers correct them before you head out to the track.
EVENT COVERAGE: 24 Hours of LeMons - Buttonwillow Histrionics 2009
By Jeff Naeyaert
I took a trip to the high desert this weekend to shoot the 24 Hours of LeMons Buttonwillow Histrionics race and catch up with 4 of our MotoIQ editors who were racing their jalopies therein. Dave Coleman and his team of disturbingly dressed french maids (even for high desert standards) raced in the Eyesore Racing FrankenMiata while Chuck "Toadstool" Johnson, Annie "The Princess" Sam , Travis "Luigi" Englert and Martin "Racoon Mario" Gonzales took turns in the Team 1UP Sentra SE-R. While none of our guys brought home any trophies, everyone had fun and no ones car got too banged up. CLICK on to see pics from this weekend and stay tuned for more 24 Hours of LeMons features as well as an in depth look at LeMons car engineering by Dave Coleman. MORE
Inside the 800-hp X-Games Fiestas - Update 1
By Dave Coleman
An American rallycross is an autocross in the dirt. A European rallycross is an explosion of rally bundled up and barely confined within the grounds of a racetrack. Roughly speaking, take every european rally car that has ever been banned for being too fast, turn up the boost, and then run 6 of them, wheel-to-wheel, in a sprint race that alternates between pavement and dirt. When a team of Swedish rallycross fiestas crossed the pond to run Pikes Peak and the X-Games I wanted to know more. How exactly do they get these Miata engines (the Ford Duratec is also known as a Mazda MZR) to 800-hp, and how do they harness that power and make it usable? This story is everything I know, updated frequently as I learn more...
...Actually, we should probably call it a "film" and not a "video," as that nomenclature suggests a higher quality production. Here we have another killer "film" by Will Roegge and Joshua Herron (both notorious for their drifting videos) with something only slightly different. Rhys Millen, of Formula D, Pikes Peak and that Super Bowl Hyundai Genesis commercial fame, approached Will about putting together a short film on his latest Pikes Peak hill climb attempt. READ MORE
Project Pathfinder Part 2, Brake Upgrades
By Mari Umekubo
Even with our prior upgrades to Project Pathfinder, our brakes still had much room for improvement. Although we could now lock our wheels on clean dry pavement (amazingly the stock brakes could not lock our big sticky Yokohama tires!) it took pushing with all of our might and several revolutions of the wheels to get the pads hot enough so they could get enough bite to lock the wheels. This sort of braking added precious feet to our stopping distance and made pedal modulation difficult, critical for limit braking performance.
by Eric Hsu
Taco sent me an email with these pics. They're pretty brutal so if you're a wuss and cannot handle blood, do not view.
by Eric Hsu
Peter Windsor of the USF1 team says, "This team is about helping young Americans (drivers) as much as it is about anything else."
EVENT COVERAGE: Formula D Seattle 2009
By Jeff Naeyaert
We hit Evergreen Raceway this past weekend for Formula D's 5th "Breaking Point" event of the season. While our Mike Kojima helped Team Falken with car setup, I snapped pics and some video. CLICK for the official press release and some of our own commentary and photos.
Get Well Richey!
Our dear friend and Master Fabricator Richey Watanabe of Technosqaure was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer right after the Las Vegas Round of Formula D and has been hospitalized ever since. Richey has had to endure major surgeries in the last few weeks and faces a long and difficult recovery.
Formula D Coverage, Live From Seattle
Moto IQ Staff Report
What a day, MotoIQ is involved with the series on several levels, from Jeff wielding cameras to Mike spinning wrenches, we were all pretty busy. Sometimes event coverage is dangerous as well. When Ryuji Miki hit the wall with his FD, Jeff was nearly struck with aluminum wing endplate that came spinning at him like a Boomerang, MotorMavens.com camera ace Antonio Alvendia was fragged with hunks of carbon fiber and lexan and Mike ran.
by Eric Hsu
This one is for you loyal Beyond the Dyno readers. Click the title and read.
Project Pathfinder Part 1
By Mari Umekubo
Project Pathfinder started out as a necessity, not because we are into SUV’s or off road but because of a need. For the last two years we have been racing in NASA’s SE-R cup series and using our old 1993 Pathfinder SE as a two vehicle. This taught us a couple of things, 1 a stock old Pathfinder is not a good tow vehicle due to a lack of power and brakes and 2 a SUV is probably not the safest vehicle on the road for carrying your loved ones due to its tipsy handling.
by Dave Coleman
Electric cars are commuting appliances. With limited range and excruciating re-charge times, they are good for little more than your soul-crushing drive to and from work. Sure, commuting to work may be all you ever do, but that's not the point. You want to imagine that you'll actually decide to go somewhere fun, and gasoline enables this fantasy life. But in MIT's magical fantasy world (which they say they can deliver in less than 5 years), electric cars can do that too. Drive 100 miles, stop, plug in, take a leak, and keep going.
Not enough to get you excited? Try this: How about a turbocharged engine that runs on 87 octane swill, has 13:1 compression, and runs 20 psi of boost. The merry nerds from Massachusetts are working on that, too. It's almost enough to make you want to go to school. Almost...
Chuck's Bonneville Adventure Part 2 (In-car video inside!)
By Mike Kojima and Annie Sam
The cars that run out on the salt are very unusual; some like the Cobalt factory effort from GM Motorsports are high tech state of the art race machines. Others look to be the work of eccentric mad scientist types. Others are decades old cars that families have run and refined for several generations. Finally there are a few cars that seem to have come directly from the set of mad max. A wide numbers of classes with very interesting rules assures that everything from a wingless Bar Honda F1 car to a flathead Ford powered roadster has an appropriate class where it can be competitive and go for a speed record.