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CARB Compliant mountune Upgrades For Your Focus ST Without Voiding Your Factory Warranty 

Industry Press Release

The mountune MP275 Focus ST Performance Upgrade consists of engineered components designed to optimize the performance of the vehicle without sacrificing reliability. Tested and validated on the notorious British B roads, Los Angeles freeways and countless laps of the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife, the mountune MP275 Focus ST upgrade delivers maximum reliable performance, without voiding your factory warranty! 


 

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Project Ford Fiesta ST - Improving the Shifting with mountune

by Mike Kojima

Although the Fiesta ST has fairly decent stock shift feel, which is quite positive for a cable shifter FWD car, we still thought that the longish throws could be shortened for a more performance oriented shift feel.  Traditionally we have never been fans of short shifters that the aftermarket is full off. Your typical short shifter shortens the throws too much destroying shift feel as well as sometimes overstressing syncros, to the point of damaging them.

With this in mind we were somewhat reluctant to install mountune's short shifter developed for the Fiesta ST.  If you haven't heard of the name mountune, it's because in this country tuning of Ford's FWD offerings has not been the popular thing to do.  Not so in Europe where compact Fords have been a mainstay of the enthusiast market for 3 generations.  In Europe the name mountune is closely associated with Ford Performance and with the new Fiesta and Focus ST mountune will become a mainstay for Ford performance in North America. 


 

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A Last Minute Letter to Mazda Engineers

by Per Schroeder

The global reveal of the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is scheduled for September 3, 2014.  The new ND-chassis has been promised to be lighter and more powerful than the current generation. Great—I can’t wait.  But I speak for all sports car enthusiasts when I say this: We're out there racing and wailing on these cars every weekend. Please don’t screw this car up for us.


 

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Why The Subaru WRX STI Gets Bad Gas Mileage And Why No One Cares

by Alan LaFrance

My 2011 STI hatchback get’s a stellar 17 MPG average and I couldn’t care less! If I baby it on the highway I might eek out 24 MPG. The fact of the matter is that no one buys these cars for the fuel economy, they buy them for the boy racer looks and the driving experience that a mountain of turbo torque and AWD grip can only provide. However, why DO these cars suck so much gas?! There’s really 5 main reasons; aerodynamic drag, engine dynamics, the drivetrain, weight, and lastly a unique PEBWAC error.


 

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Project IS-F: Getting New Shoes with Nitto Tires

by Mike Kojima

Project IS-F is a real daily driver, driven every day by a little old Asian lady back and forth to work. On weekends the car also hauls the family along, fast.  The car gets a lot of miles on it and day in and out wear and tear.


 

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ARK Design Team America BNR32 GT-R Update

by Mike Kojima

In this week's update for the ARK Design Team America BNR32 Time Attack car, we address air management issues around the front of the car with a unique intercooler arrangement  and some hopefully clever ducting. 


 

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Eliminate Cobra "Snake Bites" With A PTP Cobra Sleeve

Industry Insider

Tired of getting burned by the side exhaust of your AC Cobra or Cobra replica? Eliminate Cobra “snake bites” with a PTP Cobra Sleeve. Our Cobra Sleeves are made out of the same top quality materials as our Turbo Blankets, providing the ultimate in heat protection.


 

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KW DDC Plug&Play Coilovers: Adaptive KW Damping For The New BMW 2-Series And M235i

Industry Press Release

After the introduction of KW coilovers in Variant 1, Variant 2 and Variant 3 types, KW now also offer electronic damping options for the M235i. KW DDC coilovers are plug&play for the new BMW 2-series. The adaptive suspension comes with stainless steel coilover bodies and is compatible with the original BMW electronics.


 

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Controlled Chaos Episode 4 - Getting Sponsors Drifting

by GTChannel

What's it like to be a fully sponsored factory driver or a privateer working hard to make it out to each round? In this episode of Controlled Chaos, we interview all three Team Falken Tire factory drivers plus privateer Pat Goodin.


 

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Darren McNamara and Dean Kearney

Formula Drift 2014: Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway

by Justin Banner with Photos courtesy of Joey Redmond and Wrecked Magazine

Evergreen is usually home to the first timers; first time winners, first time qualifiers, first time on podium, you name it. It’s why it can be a very exciting round to watch on top of the fact that this is the start of the last push to make your way to becoming champion of the Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by GoPro. Who will we see start to make their mark and who would eat into Chris Forsberg’s lead? Read on to find out!


 

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JE Pistons Wants You!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Do you have what it takes?

JE Pistons, Inc., the leader in forged racing pistons, manufactures pistons for high performance engines, combining technical excellence with responsiveness to meet and exceed customer needs. We are seeking an Application Design Engineer who is passionate about the automotive or powersports performance industry.


 

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It's All About the Zinc - High Stress Wear Resistance with Penrite Oil!

by Mike Kojima

We get a lot of oils and lubricants to evaluate at the MotoIQ office and for the most part we have had good results with the latest high quality synthetic motorsports oils that come across our desks and into the crankcases of our various race and project cars.  When it comes to quality oils we get pretty uniform results, clean burning, low deposits and good wear of the engine's internal components.


 

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The Road to Speed Week 2014 Part 4: Return of the Sheet Metal Whisperer

by Chuck Johnson

I’m greeted by the sounds of classical music as I walk into the garage of Specialty Cars Fabrication which is nestled in a corner next to the Fullerton airport. A bright light strikes out from the torch of a tig welder and illuminates the front of a welding mask. The man underneath the mask is John Kuchta, owner and proprietor of Specialty Cars Fabrication. Calling John just a fabricator though, would be an understatement and a borderline insult in my opinion. Put simply, he’s in artist and metal is his canvas.


 

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DeatschWerks DW350iL – Think Outside The Tank!

Industry Press Release

DeatschWerks is excited to officially release the newest member of their world renowned fuel pump line, the DW350iL. This High Flow, 350 liter per hour fuel pump is DeatschWerks’ first externally mounted in-line fuel pump, expanding its line to continue as one of the most comprehensive in the industry.


 

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KW Reduces Prices For Legendary Scene Cars For A 3 Month Period - August 'till October 2014!

Industry Press Release

The oldschool tuning car classics of the eighties and nineties are already cult for quite a long time. From the 1st of August until the 31st of October 2014 KW has lowered the recommended retail price for KW coilover kits for more than 30 oldschool cars, (older than ten years). Tuning maniacs who order a KW coilover kit variant 1, variant 2 or variant 3 within this action period, have the possibility to save money, according to car application


 

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MPTCC '14 Round 2: Spring Mountain 

by Martin Gonzales

The second race weekend of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul was a much further drive than the usual SoCal events the series is used to participating in. This time around the MPTCC was taking a road trip to Nevada! But we're not talking about the bright city lights and nocturnal lifestyle of Las Vegas. No sir. The MPTCC was heading to lavish Pahrump, home of Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club!


 

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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Auto Enthusiast Day presented by Nitto Tire Review

by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz

We celebrate the close of the second annual Auto Enthusiast Day presented by Nitto Tire! We'll cover the event from where I was announcing to Kerryann checking out the crowds and we'll have Harry from Nitto to give us the low down of the event. 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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ARK Team America BNR32 GT-R Update Teaser

by Mike Kojima

An update has been a long time in coming but it is true, the ARK Team America BNR32 has not gone away or died, it's just that all of the principals have been busy with our other motorsports and industry jobs ranging from ALMS to Formula D.  With all of us so busy working the car kept getting pushed off but lately Eric Hsu has been rallying the troops and work has been progressing on the car all summer.


 

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Nerd’s Eye View: McLaren P1

by Khiem Dinh

The McLaren P1 represents one of the latest exotics to come to the market. The P1, Porsche 918, and Ferrari LaFerrari represent the newest hyper cars, cars that go beyond the previous super cars in not only performance but also price. You’ll need a solid seven figures in the bank to own and operate each of these cars. The cars have their own differences in flavor to the hyper car theme, but know they have all taken hybrid technology to develop cars with performance beyond anything imaginable previously.


 

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The Road to Speed Week 2014 Part 3: Gettin' Wired With Zombie Vampire!

by Joe Lu 

The countdown to Speed Week is well underway, which means that pretty much everything becomes secondary to getting the car put back together.  One of the most important additions to Project 240SX LSR this year is the new wire harness, the sole informational network responsible for making sure that the car is able to operate to its full potential, and also do it reliably.  As covered in a previous update, the old wire harness which was completed as the car was literally being loaded on the trailer accomplished the goal of getting the car to the salt. However, we knew that it would need to be upgraded in the interest of reliability for future seasons.  Well, the future is now, and the new wire harness is built to perform.  


 

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