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TESTED: Continental Tire ExtremeContact Sport

by Billy Johnson

“Same level dry performance as a Michelin Pilot Super Sport”. That is a HUGE statement by Continental when the PSS is hands down the segment leading benchmark.  Continental is extremely proud of their brand new ExtremeContact™ Sport tire that was just released earlier this month as a replacement for their ExtremeContact™ DW tire.  We logged nearly a thousand miles on the new Sport in both the wet and dry, and put it up against the outgoing DW in a back to back test at Palm Beach International Raceway to see if it lives up to Continental’s claims.


 

Project Viper GTS: Part 9 – RareFab/Roe Racing Oil Pan Baffle Kit

by Billy Johnson

Due to the high capabilities of the Viper, a huge strain is put on the factory oiling system on road courses and at the strip.  This can cause oil starvation and a spun rod bearing.  Using modern rubber can increase this risk, especially for 1996-1999 Gen-2 Vipers which have arguably the worst oil pan of any generation of Viper.  To combat this problem, we upgrade to the larger 10-quart oil pan and windage tray from the 2000-2002 Vipers and install RareFab/Roe Racing’s race-proven Oil Pan Baffle Kit.


 

 

MagnaFlow First to Market with Exhaust for 2017 Ford Raptor

MagnaFlow is recognized as being a leader in the performance exhaust segment for several reasons, namely its commitment to designing exhaust systems that will actually make real-world power thanks to strict design practices and over 30 years of performance exhaust knowledge. It’s with this in mind that MagnaFlow would like to announce its brand-new stainless steel exhaust system for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.


 

ACT Releases SFI-Approved Xtreme Clutch Kits for the 2007-2009 BMW 335i (N54)

Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) has released new Xtreme clutch kits for the BMW 135i (E8x), 335i (E9x), and 535i (E6x) with N54 engines.

ACT’s new clutch kits for the BMW N54 include a Xtreme pressure plate, a choice of disc and a alignment tool. The Xtreme pressure plate incorporates hardened diaphragm fingers for decreased wear and provides a 68% increase in clamp force over the stock unit.


 

Wrench Tip: The Ultimate Oil Filter Wrench That You Need to Buy Right Now!

by David Zipf

You've been using the wrong tool to change your oil filter. Read our latest Wrench Tip to find out what you've been missing out on!


 

Purple in Motion - Jackson Racing Supercharged Scion FR-S

by Alvin Miles Jr.

Car enthusiasts in this generation are always after the newest and hottest automobiles being released. When it came down to a sports car, Toyota was definitely behind in that department. Akio Toyoda, (the President of Toyota and grandson of the founder), wanted that feeling to come alive again. In spring 2012, the Scion FR-S (front engine rear-wheel-drive ‘sport’) was launched. Inspired by the mid 80’s Toyota Corolla, also known as AE86 and known to be any drifter’s eye candy, the FR-S was set to be agile, light, and most of all, affordable. That was the same feeling that Phil Chien felt with his AE86 that he once had. Once the GT86 (Toyota’s formidable version)/FR-S was released, he knew that he had to have one.


 

Turbo Tech: Internal vs. External Wastegates

by Khiem Dinh

Photos Courtesy of Bren Tuning and Killer B Motorsport

Every production street car comes with internally wastegated turbochargers. There are many reasons for this, but what is given up in torque and power compared to an external wastegate configuration which dumps the wastegate flow separately from the turbine exhaust flow? Luckily for us, Bren Tuning performed some testing on a 2015 Subaru WRX using exhaust manifolds from Killer B Motorsport configured for both internal and external wastegate configurations.


 

Project E90 M3: Head to Head with 2016 Mustang GT

by Billy Johnson

Packing more than 50whp over stock, our Project E90 M3 took to the track at Palm Beach International Raceway (ROAD COURSE) to see how it stacks up against a 2016 Ford Mustang GT.  Both cars have similar power, weight, and are equipped with similarly sized Continental ExtremeContact DW tires.  How will our modified 8 year old sport sedan benchmark compare to a modern “pony car” that’s transitioned away from its roots to become a corner carver? Read on to find out.


 

Project Sim Racer: Part 1 - Building the Rig

by Erik Jacobs

Today’s racing simulators are far from arcade games. They are extremely accurate representations of real world physics that can be paired with realistic controls to drive on real-world circuits that have been scanned with lasers, lidar and other cutting-edge technology- all in an effort to provide an extremely faithful representation of the real world. Even 2- and 3-dimensional motion simulators are “affordable”, depending on your budget.

So what does it take to get started, and where can you go for a reasonable sum? We decided to find out.


 

LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3-RS - UNBOXING

by Martin Gonzales

Looks like I will be the first one at MotoIQ with a Porsche 911 GT3-RS! This past holiday season I was the lucky recipient of this beautiful and very detailed LEGO Technic model. Ever since rumors of this model started circling the interwebs I've been keeping an eye on it, but never could bring myself to actually purchasing one. Why? Maybe it was the thought of being an almost 40 year old man and going out and buying a "toy". Maybe it was its $300 price tag that made it just a little bit more difficult to justify. Regardless, I got one! So let's take you through the unboxing.


 

Driver Development Title

DRIVER DEVELOPMENT: Learning Processes

by Billy Johnson

How do we become better at driving? Practice makes perfect, right?  Well not necessarily.  Without feedback and direction, additional practice won’t always improve your ability and can possibly lead to the development of bad habits.  So in reality, perfect practice makes perfect.  In Part 2 of the Driver Development series, we discuss how drivers learn to improve their craft through various methods from coaching to data analysis to simulators which all aid in the advancement of the skill of driving.


 

Diagnosing the Screech on a Silverado LB7 Diesel Engine

by Karla Pestotnik

Any car can eventually get a pesky squeak coming from the drive belt area under the hood. For many 1999-2007 General Motors V8s, this has become an infamous issue. However, this common issue is often more than just a belt change; it can be a little bit more complicated. In our case with the LB7 diesel Silverado, it was multiple sources contributing to some head-scratching pondering. Since this is the dedicated tow vehicle for the Karla Pestotnik Racing team and a big event is coming soon, we needed to get to work to diagnose and fix the tow rig. 


 

AEM AQ1 - Using Data to Develop a Car

by Ramitha Edirisinghe

The goal of this series of write-ups is to show how powerful data logging can be for race teams, and how AEM’s line of data acquisition products gives access to this to the grassroots racer at an affordable price point. In the first section we went over the various features of the AEM AQ1 and what they meant. In this section, we’ll go over how the Jager Racing Team uses data acquisition to improve both Mark’s driving and the development of the car. In Section 3 we’ll go over lessons we learned while using the AEM AQ1, and how we installed the system on our car.


 

Project GMW E46 Turbo: Part 1 - Introduction

by Mark Hutchison

When you think of a high-performance E46 3 Series BMW, you may automatically think of the ever popular M3.  It’s true that the E46 M3 produces great power with its fabled S54 inline six. It also looks amazing with its distinct fender vents and aggressive front fascia. While this 2001 325ci BMW may not be an M3, it will decimate all other cars with an affordable and reliable power plant from an American classic – the GM LS series engine.


 

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