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2011 sema show first look!

2011 SEMA Show Sneak Preview!

by Chuck Johnson 

T-minus 24 hours 'til the doors open at the Las Vegas Convention Center to kick off the 2011 SEMA Show.  We’re so close I can literally taste it in the air.  The smoke filled casinos and the incessant sounds of a million slot machines, singing in harmony as they crush the life savings of our industry peers one dollar at a time.  Anyhow, our black ops team has infiltrated the convention center early to bring you a sneak preview of the 2011 SEMA Show.  Check it out inside!

Driver Profiles:  Michele Abbate

By Amanda Martin

Get to know Michele Abbate, driver of the number 30 Crawford Performance 2011 Scion tC.


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VIDEO: Chevy Camaro ZL1 Phase One - Track Tuning

Industry Press Release

See how GM engineers fine-tuned the Camaro ZL1 to be track ready straight off the lot - perfecting the electromagnetically controlled shocks that adapt to road conditions for a better drive.


Ford Focuses on the ST-R

Ford Focuses on the ST-R

By Bill Wood

About a month ago Ford gave all of us some indication of its intentions for the Focus here in North America. It introduced a full dress ST-R at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The car was designed for the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Street Tuner category. With a little massaging it will fit in the World Challenge Touring Car and Canadian Touring Car Championships.


BMW E90/92 M3, Brake Pads, Performance Friction, PFC, Race Pads, Street Pads
Industry Press Release
Performance Friction recently announced the release of Carbon Metallic® Race Pads and Z-Rated Street Pads for the 2007 and newer E90/92 BMW M3.


WRC Act II: Clarity

WRC Act II: Clarity

By Bill Wood

When we last looked in on the 2011 World Rally Championship season we were in the intermission between the second and third act of Winnin' Time. Seven-time defending champion Sebastien Loeb was tied with challenger Mikko Hirvonen at the sharp end of the standings after the tarmac of Rally France. Now jump to Act II where the storyline flexes and the challenger falls into the abyss of agony without the thrill of victory promised on Wide World of Sports.


Project V8 RX-7 Choosing a Transmission!  Tremec T56 Magnum

Project V8 RX-7: Part 5 - Choosing a Transmission, the Tremec T56 Magnum

By Mike Kojima

When we were contemplating the buildup of our E-ROD powered RX-7, we planned to bolt up the same T56 six speed transmission that we had in the car when it was LS1 powered.  This plan went to crap shortly before we decommissioned the 7 for the E-ROD swap when while driving under normal conditions--nothing abusive or even brisk for that matter--the transmission got itself jammed in 3rd gear and no amount of muscling could free it.


Tech House and Speed by Bill Wood: Episode 93

Tech House and Speed by Bill Wood: Episode 93

We keep globetrotting this week from Canada to Australia assuring Tech House & Speed as the web's only topical weekly webcast with international content specializing in sports car competition including rally, drifting and time attack. We talk with drivers in Toronto, Daytona, Scotland and Australia. It's another worldwide look at the sport!


new 2012 integra!

Honda Releases New 2012 Integra! Has Rear Wheel Drive!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Honda has stunned the world with the sudden unexpected release of a new 2012 Integra for  Europe,  marking a return of the much beloved Integra name to the vehicle market.  The compact Integra features Honda’s revolutionary six speed dual clutch semi automatic transmission that features ultra fast shifting by pre-selecting the next higher gear before disengaging the current drive gear.  Amazingly the new Integra is now RWD!

The Integra also features 17” alloy wheels, disc brakes, a lightweight alloy space frame and an efficient, high compression engine featuring PGM-FI injection. No word to whether or not a Type -R version would be released soon.


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Wrench Tips #26: Back Purge Your Welds The Cheap Way 

by Dave Coleman


Back purging is simply using a second bottle of inert gas to flood the inside of the tube and flush out the oxygen from the backside of your weld. Here are some back purging tricks that let you use less of your expensive shielding gas.

back purging stainless weld on Miatabusa collector




Honda Civic Skunk2 Suspension Upgrade

Project Honda Civic EJ: Skunk2 Suspension Upgrades Part 2

By Annie Sam

While Chuck Johnson goes to town on the internals of Project EJ Honda Civic, let's bring our attention back to the suspension modifications that we had lined up from Skunk2. You can find the first part of this insallment here where we talked about the Skunk2 Pro-C coilovers. For the weekend warrior, the following easy to install bolt on parts are a must-have. After all, bang for the buck, these upgrades not only improve suspension handling, they can potentially save you money by reducing abnormal tire wear depending on how you set the car up.


Pictures of Chris Rado's FWING 1.0 AWD Scion tC

by Eric Hsu

Now that Rado's World Racing team has seemingly moved on to the FWING 2.0 and the new body Scion tC, I don't think they'll mind if I share some detailed pictures of the FWING 1.0 AWD car. As like many of the fastest pro/unlimited time attack teams are always doing around the world, WR is constantly pushing the boundaries of useable horsepower.


Behind the Smoke Ep 28: Irwindale Season Finale!

By GT Channel for more car videos. Formula Drift 2011 comes to an end at Irwindale with Dai going in leading the championship by a small margin. Bad memories from last year still haunt Dai as he goes into the top 32 battle. With the 5 top ranked drivers still having a chance at the championship, any error can be critical. Will Dai be able to capture the title in front of the record smashing Irwindale crowd? See why this event will remain in the books as one of the best drifting events in history.


Rest In Peace Marco Simoncelli

Rest In Peace Marco Simoncelli

MotoIQ Staff Report

In another stunning blow to the world of Motorsports, Team Honda MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli passed away after a hard fall in today's Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.


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