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All Eyes on David Cheng

by Ashley van Dyke

David Cheng is quickly becoming an international racing superstar with a successful start already and an increasingly opportunistic future in the works. Cheng was born in 1989, in China where he spent the first six years of his childhood before moving to Washington. This is where his early interest in motor sports began. A self-titled adrenaline junkie, Cheng remembers his passion for racing beginning at age four when he saw a glimpse of a Formula One race on the television set.


Project V8 RX-7: Part 7 - Bringing the E-ROD LS3 to Life! (Almost)

by Jeff Naeyaert

Now that we've checked "mount the engine and transmission" off our E-ROD LS3 swap checklist we can turn our attention to all the little things needed to get our RX-7 on the road.  What's left?  We need a fuel pump, cooling system, shifter, driveshaft, exhaust and we still have all the wiring left to do.  In this episode, we figure we can tackle the fuel and cooling systems as well as the wiring before we put you to sleep.  Let's get to work!


TESTED:  Goodyear Eagle RS Competition Tire

By Steve Rockwood

The most important part of a race car, and likely the largest expense you’ll have in any given racing weekend, is tires.  As a result, I want to make those expensive gumballs last as long as possible without going slow.  In the never ending game of rubberized trade-offs, we installed a set of Goodyear Eagle RS DOT R-compound tires on Project G20 Racecar.


The Rock Store - Motorcycle Haven

By Khiem Dinh

For those who love everything with an engine, you already know about Cars and Coffee.  However, SoCal being the mecca of twisty roads, year-round moderate temperatures, and very few days of rain lends itself to a very specific type of gear head: the motorcyclist.

As a motorcyclist, a great day consists of riding some windy roads in cool temperatures (gearing up in the leathers can get toasty) with a few stops along the way to chill with your fellow riding buddies.  The mandatory stop in Malibu: The Rock Store.


Building the Long Rod Nissan SR20VE Engine

Building the Long Rod Nissan SR20VE Engine

By Mike Kojima and Chuck Johnson

We last left off our SR20VE engine repair job with Port flow Design fixing our head. Read about that here! Since our broken valve chopped up one of our pistons, we decided to go through the engine's bottom end at this time. Since we have been editorially discussing the effects of running a longer connecting rod at MotoIQ lately, what a better place to try a longer connecting rod than our race motor! Check out Khiem Dinh’s excellent article on the subject here!

Sneak Peak: A Look Inside Brandon Davis' ACS Express Ford Mustang Cobra

Sneak Peek: A Look Inside Brandon Davis' ACS Express Ford Mustang Cobra

By Mike Kojima

If you were at the Long Beach Grand Prix this last weekend, you would have seen Brandon Davis win the World Challenge Race in his GT class ACS Express Ford Mustang Cobra.  Brandon, the 2009 WC GT Champion, drove a controlled race and careful drive to victory.  We were lucky enough to be able to get a close look at the car during last year's Sonoma segment of the Redline Time Attack series and can now share some of the car's details with you.  A lot about the car is secret but we gleaned a lot from looking closely at what we were allowed to see.


Dai Yoshihara's Team Falken/Discount Tire 2011 Formula D Ride

Dai Yoshihara's Team Falken/Discount Tire 2011 Formula D Ride

By Mike Kojima

The 2011 Formula D pre season is heating up and we are getting in a bunch of last minute coverage on some of the new builds that we can get access to. Last week we showed you an early look at Dai Yoshihara's Team Falken/ Discount Tire car coming together at SPD Metal Works.  Now let us take you on a technical tour of the completed car as we caught up to it at Falken's pre season testing at Willow Springs Balcony.

For an earlier view of Dai's car under construction check here!


From LeMons to Le Mans - Eyesore Racing's Victory Tour

Part 1: Le Mans Night Practice

by Dave Coleman

If there's ever any chance we'll be able to just show up without reservations and dine on the Mulsanne (unlikely), Thursday practice is our best bet. I find a guide suggesting a bad Chinese restaurant that was actually in Steve McQueen's plotless masterpiece Le Mans (back before it was a Chinese restaurant), and giving long-form old-man-on-the-back-porch-style verbal directions. With no printer and no functioning smartphone, I take a picture of the directions on the laptop screen so I can read them off the back of my camera and announce that I'm headed to the track. Bitter Dan, Jay and Kyle are dumb enough to join me, while the lady-folk and Ryan stay back to eat, relax, and pretend they aren't missing anything.


revenge of the nerd, mike kojima

Revenge of the Nerds, At Least Someone’s Listening!

By Mike Kojima 
I just realized that it’s been over a year since I last wrote what is supposed to be a monthly column. Sorry about that but I have been pretty busy. In the past year we have grown MotoIQ tremendously, thanks to all of you for helping us grow more than 100% in the last 12 months. We have more than doubled our rate of publishing to keep you fed with content and we have increased the range of stuff we cover from our beginnings of just mostly tech to a wide gamut of subjects over a wide range of media. We have introduced our pod casts and videos from the GT Channel. We have also launched our own race series.


The Ultimate Handling Guide Part 8: Understanding Your Caster, King Pin Inclination and Scrub

The Ultimate Handling Guide Part VIII: Understanding Your Caster, King Pin Inclination and Scrub

By Mike Kojima

Understanding what caster does and how to use it is a powerful tool in the box of a suspension tuner.  Since caster is not adjustable on nearly all FWD cars and usually not adjustable for many late model cars as well, we saved its discussion until now.  Discussions of caster pertain to the front suspension only as caster comes into play as steering angle is induced.


VIDEO: Behind the Smoke 2011 Highlights put together a BTS season highlight video to hold you over the holiday season! Dai's back in Japan sipping some holiday sake but GTChannel is hard at work putting together highlight reels and preparing for next year!


Sneak Peak: GM’s ALMS GT Challenger, The Corvette C6.R

Sneak Peek: GM’s ALMS GT Challenger, The Corvette C6.R

By Mike Kojima

Dave Coleman gave you a sneak look inside GM’s Pratt and Miller built C6.R GT1 cars when he was at LeMans.  We also happened to get a close look at the ALMS GT version of the cars when we were in the pits at the Long Beach Grand Prix in April.  Although the Le Mans GT1 and ALMS GT cars look identical to the untrained eye they are actually pretty different machines under the skin.


Erika Detota

Driver Profile:  Erika Detota

By Amanda Martin

Meet Erika Detota, driver of the #91 Keep A Breast, Rally Armor, Exedy Racing Clutch, Last Minute Motorsports, Grand Prix NY, Big Boulder Park Subaru Impreza.  Erika is already a winner of the 2010 United States Rally Championship 2WD class in only her rookie year.


TESTED:  2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid 

By Greg Vogel 

380 HP. 428 lb.-ft of torque. 8 speed AT. 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. 200 MPH speedometer and 20 pistons of Monoblock braking goodness. Hybrid?


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