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Project S2000: Part 20 - Stock Air Box Modifications And Not Going Faster

by Khiem Dinh

Everyone who has experienced trying to design parts to get more power of the S2000 naturally aspirated can attest to Honda not having left much on the table. Honda was of course limited by pesky general consumer things related to NVH. If you throw those concerns off the table, is there anything to be gained?


 

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Project Garage Part XII: Liquid Magic

by Sarah Forst

Who among us has not identified a fluid on the driveway or garage floor by color, smell, or even taste? (Don't drink the Kool-ant...) At any rate, you know you're a true gearhead when the intoxicating scent of a fluid can conjure up memories of changing transmission fluid or bleeding brakes. The only way to consider yourself an expert is if you have a few stock ingredients in your garage pantry. And not just the ones required for maintenance or to keep your engine running, but the ones that you need to clean up after yourself too. Find out what Project Garage uses.


 

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24

Irene Makeover – Part 3: Suspension, Initial Bodywork and Motor Build

by Edward Hu

In parts 1 and 2 of the Blacktrax Performance S2000 Motorsport Makeover coverage, Irene, the Blacktrax Performance S2000 was stripped down to the bare shell, was seam welded to increase rigidity, had the doors and hardtop roof gutted for weight reduction, and received a full multi-series legal racing cage from the front suspension to the rear suspension at CT Engineering in Rancho Cordova, CA. Then, the car was rolled away to be put back together between Blacktrax Performance in Milpitas, CA. and 5Fifteen Autobody in Burlingame, CA.


 

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23

Turbosmart Releases New Evo X Blow Off Valve

Industry Press Release

Turbosmart is proud to announce the newest model-specific blow off valve in their already robust lineup. This new 38mm dual port BOV is designed and built specifically for the ever-popular Mitsubishi Evolution. The Mitsubishi Evo is a car like no other, and needed its own blow off valve. 


 

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22

mountune Teams Up With Ford Racing in the USA to Offer CARB Compliant Performance Upgrades for the Focus ST That Keep Your Factory Warranty Intact

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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20

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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20

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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19

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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18

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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17

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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16

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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15

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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14

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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12

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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10

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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09

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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