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ARK Design Team America BNR32 GT-R Update

by Mike Kojima and Eric Hsu

The Team America crew has been busy and the car has really come together in the past couple of weeks.  The goal is to be able to have the car dyno tuned and track session tested before it has to go into a shipping container and hopefully end up in Australia this time (if you have been following our story, two years ago, instead of going to WTAC, the car ended up in China for a few months due to the freight forwarder making a huge mistake).

Eric Hsu and Gary Castillo have been working around the clock to get the car done with everyone else on the team pitching in on the weekends. The major fabrication is nearly complete and the engine has been started and run.  What's left is to finish up the top secret Andrew Brilliant designed aero package, do the final installation of the wire harness and to clean up and work on the cosmetics of the car like the Team America inspired wrap.


 

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20

DeatschWerks DW65v AWD Drop-in Fuel Pump

Industry Press Release

In a follow up to the successful DW65V fuel pump for VW & Audi, DeatschWerks has expanded the line to include a new version of the DW65V for All-Wheel-Drive Applications. This new variation (PN 9-655-1025) is similar to the original DW65v fuel pump, but has a newly designed end cap which allows it to function properly with the AWD fuel tank.


 

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19

CORSA Performance Exhausts And Cool Air Intakes For 2012-2014 Scion FR-S

Industry Press Release

Scion FR-S enthusiasts can enhance the performance, sound and appearance of their vehicles with acoustically-tuned exhaust systems and efficient cool air intakes from CORSA ® Performance.


 

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18

Project 240SX LSR Sets New Land Speed Record

MotoIQ Staff Report

Team MotoIQ in conjunction with 5523 Motorsports and Specialty Cars Fabrication set a new H/PS land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the recent USFRA World of Speed event. Their experience on the salt however was not entirely drama free.


 

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17

CRX 2000: Turbocharged & Rear Wheel Drive

by Frank Ewald - with Aaron Weir

I cannot imagine how Aaron felt when he pulled out the plasma cutter and watched it bite into the firewall. A combination of excitement, adrenaline, and pure fear that the car may never see the road again would be what most of us would experience. And most of us would have never made it to the point of having it on the road. That confidence in his own knowledge and creativity is what I am sure allowed Aaron to move forward with a massive hole in the CRX’s firewall and floor. Using a custom support that bolted to both the intake and exhaust on the S2000’s engine, Aaron was able to hang the drivetrain – both engine and transmission – into position in the car to make the necessary fitment.


 

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Project NSX Pt 6 Title

Project NSX: Part 6 – Building the Ultimate Fuel Pump Assembly

by Billy Johnson

The NSX’s stock 155lph fuel pump reportedly maxes out around 400whp which will not suffice for our turbocharged 500whp+ goal.  We upgrade the factory pump with the new Walbro 416 E85 compatible fuel pump and visit our friends at Brown and Miller Racing Solutions for motorsport-grade alcohol approved fuel lines, fittings, and electrical wiring.  We finish the build by taking our hanger to be PTFE coated by Calico coatings.


 

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15

Nerd-O-Scope: Keeping the Energy In Turbos Using PTP Turbo Blankets

by Khiem Dinh

Photos and Graphs Taken from “Performance Improvements of Turbocharged Engines with the Use of a PTP Turbo Blanket” by Steffen Bickle, Ronald D. Matthews, The U. of Texas at Austin

Everyone who has been reading MotoIQ has heard me say it time and again, heat = energy. Why is this especially important with turbos? Because the turbine wheel in the turbo takes energy out of the exhaust flow to spin up the compressor. The more energy available for the turbine to grab means there is more energy to spin up the compressor. Here is the proof.


 

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14

The Fabulous Flog: A Look Inside Dai Yoshihara's Falken Tire Subaru BRZ

by Mike Kojima

What is the Flog?  It is the nickname that the Falken team has given their BRZ drift car.  Driver Dai Yoshihara, commented when he first saw the completed car that it looked like a frog but with his Japanese accent it came out Flog and no one knew what he was talking about.  Dai had to pantomime a sitting frog and say riibit, riibit before anyone could understand that he meant Frog. 

The Falken Tire Subaru BRZ has been featured by a few other media outlets in the recent past but not like this.  Let us take you beyond the pretty pictures for a look inside the car which has been one of the most anticipated builds of a drift car to date.   One of the best looking cars on the Formula Drift circuit, the BRZ was built on a compressed time schedule by SPD Motorsports, the same folks who built Dai's iconic Discount Tire/Falken Nissan S13.


 

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13

DC-8070 EWP® 150 Alloy Electric Water Pump - Combo Pack

Industry Press Release

Davies Craig is proud to release their revolutionary new EWP®150 Electric Water Pump and EWP/Fan Digital Controller, now available in a value-priced combo pack. The EWP®150 has been developed for large displacement V8 engines, high output race cars, tow vehicles, and many more vehicle applications.


 

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12

Unorthodox Racing - The Original Pulley Maker is Expanding its Online Consumer Capability

Industry Press Release

Unorthodox Racing is unveiling its updated website, significantly improving consumer functionality. The new site expands upon UR’s visually oriented, product centric style by dramatically improving the product search function, making it easier than ever for the consumer to choose the product best suiting their needs.


 

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11

Are Burns' Bends Really Better?

by Vince Roman of Burns Stainless

We are often times asked why our stainless mandrel bends and tubing is expensive compared with our competition. There are several reasons including the fact that we use US-sourced ASTM certified tubing (in some rare cases we may use a Canadian or Japanese sourced product based on availability) and that we use the utmost care in the mandrel bending process.


 

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11

Controlled Chaos Episode 5 - Darren McNamara Wins Formula Drift Seattle

by GTChannel

The 2014 season has not been an easy one so far but the first podium and win came for Darren McNamara and Team Falken at Formula Drift Round 5 Seattle. Darren had to go up against his teammate Daijiro Yoshihara in the Falken Tire BRZ in top 16 but the real challenge was the battle against Chris Forsberg in the final four and of course the controversial tandem against Dean Kearney in the final.


 

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MotoIQ Radio: Mazda Miata ND Released!

by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz

The ND Miata has been released from its press embargo and we're starting to see some of the details. Kerryann and I will talk about what we expect from the new Miata along with your hopes! So be sure to give us some questions or comments tonight about the ND Miata. We'll also have some quick news and notes of the week all on MotoIQ Radio. Got comments or questions tonight? Use hashtag #motoiqradio on Facebook!


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10

Wrench Tip: Why Tire Age Really Matters

by David Zipf

Dave Coleman told you how to figure out how old your tires are by looking at the date code.  He also mentioned that older tires tend to be greasy when you push them to the limit.  However, there's one other thing he didn't mention that's rather important when shopping for used tires.


 

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09

Maxxis RC-1 Race Tire: The Prolonged Review

by Clint Boisdeau

Maxxis has been in the tire game for a long while, but only recently have they jumped into the road race DOT R-compound market with the RC-1.  The goal for the tire was to be an all-around performer as well as being durable and affordable.  Such characteristics will appeal to all crowds of motorsports whether it is wheel to wheel racing, time attack, or HPDE (high performance driving event) "track days".  The size availability covers a lot of the more popular ranges, with some niche sizes that will be out shortly.  The test vehicle was my own project 370Z, which represents a street car that gets tracked often being the norm for the majority of HPDE attendees.  Project 370Z is a full weight, relatively softly sprung, daily driven car.  So the RC-1’s had their work cut out for them in the wear and heat cycling capacity department.  Also, Project 370Z is driven to and from the track on the tires it uses for the event since I have only one set of wheels for the car.   So I have to get the tires mounted the day before I leave for events and changed back after the weekend which is a scenario that a significant amount of track day goers deal with regularly.


 

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08

Project V8 RX-7:  Part 14 - Going Wide with Rocket Bunny's new FD3S Widebody Aero Kit

by Jeff Naeyaert

If you follow us on our Instagram or Facebook page (and if you don’t why the F not?  seriously, click up there on the top right of the page and connect!) you know we received one of the first batch of FD RX-7 Rocket Bunny kits to come into the states!  If this seems out of character for us, it is—never in our history have we put a bodykit on one of our project cars—and for good reason, most of them look terrible, are molded poorly and are difficult to install. 


 

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07

The Road to World of Speed Part 5: From Bearings to Bones, We are Unstoppable

by Chuck Johnson

Each year before Speed Week, it seems like we face some serious obstacles in our speed week preparations. But each year, the team pulls together and manages to cheat Murphy’s Law of its satisfaction. This year has been no different.


 

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06

PTP Turbo Blankets Introduces Protection For The BMW S63 Engine

Industry Press Release

BMW’s S63 engine—happily situated in the M5 and M6 models—features twin turbochargers nestled in the V between cylinder banks. The proximity of each turbocharger to their respective exhaust outlets has reduced turbo lag by reducing exhaust heat loss. While this heat is great for the turbos, excessive heat radiating from turbochargers and high engine-bay temperatures is a well-known problem among street, race and performance car enthusiasts.


 

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05

Volk Racing's US Distributor Mackin Industries Is Proud To Present The Volk Racing ZE40's With New 19 Inch Sizes Added!

Industry Press Release

Volk Racing, produced by Rays Engineering, has long been the leader in modern wheel design. So, it should be no surprise that Volk Racing would release the new ZE40. The ZE40 is a completely new wheel design with each of its 10 spokes featuring an aesthetic finish that also helps reduce weight. Those spokes will also feature 4 different concave faces, depending on width and offset of the ZE40 you choose. The wheel center of the ZE40 incorporates a new overhang design for strength and looks.


 

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04

Restoring the Sport Compact Generation

by Per Schroeder

I am wearing a Casio G-Shock watch that dates back to the late 1980s—it was one of the first models with a full stainless steel case under the thick plastic bezel. I recently purchased it online in a fit of nostalgia—it is a twin to the one that I had back in college. It’s a cheap way to relive my youth, but what’s really cool is that the watch has an aftermarket reproduction bezel. The originals are no longer available from Casio and some enterprising folks made new ones.


 

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