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Little Car vs. Big Car

by Eric Hsu

What happens when a small car collides with a big semi? WARNING: IMAGES ARE QUITE GORY! Do not click if you cannot handle gore.


Rahal Letterman BMW M3 ALMS racer

A Look Inside:  The Rahal Letterman ALMS GT BMW M3 Coupes

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

Thanks to our friends at Volk Wheels, the technical staff at MotoIQ had a special opportunity to get a close insider's look at BMW's uber-trick factory works BMW M3's that Rahal-Letterman racing campaign in ALMS's GT class.  If you do a google search on these cars, you will not find much information on them because until now, no one that cares has gotten a really close look at these amazing machines. Most reports have pretty pictures of the cars and stuff about the "Story of Joy" marketing campaign that the cars are promoting but in typical MotoIQ form, we will take you inside like no one else has before.


 

ROAD TEST:  2010 Hurst Performance Vehicle's Camaro

by Martin Gonzales, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

No need to check the address bar, yes you are still on MotoIQ and no we have not changed formats.  Last week the privilege to drive this beauty was extended to us and no way were we going to turn it down.  So follow us on a tour of the Hurst Performance Vehicle's 2010 Camaro. 


 

VIDEO: Project Scion tC at Long Beach!

Check out this sweet video of our Project Scion shot at the Long Beach Grand Prix.  Great in car camera shots show exactly how hard it is to drive on a street course.  Looking at how little the driver can see to aid in positioning the car and even work in traffic will give you reasons to respect what Dan Gardner and Robert Stout do!  This video is a must see.  If there is interest we can post some more raw in car video at a later date.


 

AEM Water Methanol Injection System

AEM Performance Electronics Water Methanol Injection System Evaluation

By Mike Kojima 

AEM gave us their latest version of a water methanol injection system and we agreed to install it on Project EVO IX.  The AEM system uses a powerful high pressure, 6amp, 72 watt 150 psi pump.  This is important because on a turbo car, the water system has to work against the boost pressure so a 20 psi windshield washer pump will actually not pump any water at all at 20 psi of boost unless the water tank is boost referenced. The pump also features chemical resistant fluroelastomer EDPM seals and a santoprene diaphragm so as not to be phased by ethanol or methanol in any concentration.



 

The Motorola Droid Does...

by Eric Hsu

I used to be a Blackberry user, but I gave in to Motorola's advertising campaign and decided to give the Motorola Droid a try. Thinking about getting a Droid? Read my review of the Droid and my comparison to the Blackberry and iPhone.


keep racing fun

Keep Racing Fun, a Fake Blog Road Trip Adventure

By Mike Kojima and Jeff Naeyaert

Warning!  We are not hipsters, we don't wear cool clothes, girl pants, expensive cheap sneakers, fancy hats or carry vintage cameras around.  We are kinda boring so this story might not be too interesting, but if you still want to read on, have fun!  We have been working really hard at the palatial MotoIQ corporate headquarters.  We have been out covering events and working on project cars nearly every day.  Too much work and no play makes for even duller nerds so we decided to hit the road to enter Redline Time Attack's round 3 in Las Vegas. 


 

MotoIQ Project EVO X

Project EVO X Part 2, Making Great Brakes Even Better!

By Mike Kojima

When we last worked on Project EVO X we installed a very comprehensive yet very streetable suspension system from KW and Whiteline. In continuing our theme for building the ultimate EVO X without compromising its daily driveabilty, we now turn our attention to the brakes, wheels and tires. 

For more on Project EVO X Click Here!


 

Project Infiniti G20 racecar race car P10 Primera SR20

Project Infiniti G20 Racecar - Roll Cage Additions & Final Interior Prep

By Martin Gonzales & Steve Rockwood

Last time you saw our G20 we were pounding the final nails on the coffin of its daily driven days with the addition of a roll cage.  This time around we'll be going over a number of safety improvements to our cage and will also get into the final prep and finish of the interior.


 

DG Spec Scion TC

DG-Spec & Scion Win Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (video inside)

MotoIQ Staff Report Photos by Jeff Naeyaert 

Team owner and driver Dan Gardner was the fastest Touring Car in MotoIQ's Project Scion tC, with Stout taking second position in its sister car.  Neither driver had ever driven the course before, with both of the DG Spec drivers coming up to speed quickly on the unforgiving Long Beach street course.


 

MotoIQ Project Sentra Spec V

Project Nissan Sentra Spec-V part 5; Lessons in Geometry

By Mike Kojima

Although Nissan hyped up the Sentra Spec-V as a performance sedan in its marketing campaign, in truth the car was a little more than a piece of basic transportation with a few performance enhancing bells and whistles.  The car was cursed with a crude beam axle rear suspension and a McPherson strut front suspension whose geometry was designed around efficient packaging and relentless understeer rather than performance.  Because of this, the Sentra is at a significant disadvantage in the handling department when compared to its FWD rivals, mainly Hondas, the Scion TC and even the Infiniti G20.  Despite of all this, we at MotoIQ are always up to an engineering challenge and we set about to rework the SE-R's suspension to attempt to make it a little more competitive.

To read more about Project Spec-V click here!


 

Understanding the EFI process

EFI 102- Understanding EFI Processes Through Detailed EFI Sub-system Analysis

By Christian Krahenbuhl

This is the second of four EFI articles from Cobb Tuning. This article will provide a more precise focus on modern EFI Systems; introducing you to various closed-loop control systems and explain how some of the basic calibration/tuning feedback systems are used. We will again introduce you to the new terminology and rhetoric used by tuners, engineers, & engine calibrators. This article will use more advanced animations and hands on exercises (with a spreadsheet) to educate you as to how calibration of modern EMS is done. We will breakdown the EMS into sub-systems; we will look at separately understanding and calibrating the Fuel System, the Ignition Advance System, the Boost Control System, the Camshaft Phasing System & Other Control Systems.

Read Part 1 here!


 

Eric Hsu Sierra Sierra EVO

Flashback Friday -  The Time Machine: Inner Secrets of Sierra Sierra's Record Holding Time Attack EVO VIII (video inside)

By Mike Kojima and Eric Hsu, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

We are taking a look back at 2010 and are bringing you some of our best stuff of the year this week. We feel that Sierra Sierra bringing the North American Time Attack record back into US hands by solidly beating the long standing record set by the HKS CT230R is the industries highlight achievement of the year worthy of revisiting,

At the 2010 Redline Time Attack season opener at Buttonwillow the Sierra Sierra EVO made history by turning the fastest lap by a time attack car around Buttonwillow Configuration 13 CW turning a 1:43.20 breaking the long standing North American Time Attack record set by the exotic HKS CT230R set in November 2007 of 1:43.523.


 

Museum Autovision Rotary nerd heaven

Technobabble - Rotard Heaven

by Dave Coleman

For about a decade, the rotary engine looked ready to take over the world. Dozens of companies were developing the powerplants in an effort to exorcise the rotary's demons and realize the potential of its simple concept and compact proportions. Almost all of them failed, and the whole exercise was relegated to a historical footnote.

Here, in a small museum about an hour south of Frankfurt, is a glimpse into just how big and complex that footnote should be.

 

 

  

 

 


 

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