Entries for January 2013

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Project Lexus IS-F, Improving the ride via the brakes with FIGS Engineering

By Mike Kojima

In our last edition of Project IS-F, we had gone through our brake system with NS compound pads and slotted rotors from Project Mu, which replaced the stock, well worn OEM Brembo parts.  We were pretty pleased with how the pads had a nice, well, Mu (or coefficient of friction in geek talk) and super low dusting with enough fade resistance so that we never noticed any in the car's daily driving routine.  Please note that Mrs Nerd has been observed driving back from her lunch break rather quickly at times.  She's a teacher so she absolutely can't be late and teachers only get 30 minutes to get some place, order eat and return.


 

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VIDEO OPTION Vol.166 Part 2 D1 All Star World Championship Irwindale 2007

By GT Channel

The legendary Japanese video magazine, VIDEO OPTION is finally here on GTChannel in English! We kick it off with the 2007 D1 World Championship that was held at Irwindale California on November 25th 2007. Many of the top drivers from Japan and around the world came together to put on this awesome event. Video Option Vol.166 Playlist: About Video Option: In Video Option you will find drift, drag, time attack, speed challenges and Wangan races featuring Daijiro Inada and many other JDM heroes such as Manabu Orido, Keiichi Tsuchiya, Tarzan Yamada and Ken Nomura. This is the video that started it all! The English version of Video Option is brought to you by GTChannel LLC under license by Sunpros of Japan. Music: "Epic Car Commercial Music" by Psicotropicodelia Music Available at Jamendo.com  


 

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Posted in: Magazine
30
MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Jeff Westphal of GST Motorsports, Chris Cobetto driver in American Iron, Kerryann covers the Grand National Roadster Show, and Billy Johnson from Roush Performance Racing

By Justin Banner & Kerryann De La Cruz

Week 2 of our new time slot and new format! So far it has been a sucess. This week, we'll start out with Jeff Westphal from GST Motorsports to talk about his 2013 season in motorsports. Then we'll have Chris Cobetto who drives in American Iron in a Mustang RTR. Road racer driving a chassis designed by a drifter, how does that work? Then Kerryann will join us to talk abot the Grand National Roadster Show and what she felt about the hot rod scene. Finally, we'll have Billy Johnson from Roush Performance Racing to talk about his win in the GS class Mustang and how he did in the 24 Hours of Daytona! Join MotoIQ Radio for this "hot rod" themed show on Google Hangouts OnAir!


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Suck Squish Bang Blow: All You Wanted to Know About How Headers Work - Part 1

by Mike Kojima

Headers are one of the most common and basic of your bolt on mods, however very little is understood about how they actually work. How and why headers work is an arena full of old hot rodders and internet keyboard guru’s tall tales and myths.  We can easily understand why this is true as there are not many accurate stories on the net on how headers actually work.  Most of us know that headers can produce substantial amounts of power on a motor with very few negative compromises.  Properly designed headers work well in producing extra power with without many of the typical negative side effects of power mods such as loss of low end drivability and mileage reduction. Headers are a rare, win-win modification with hardly any negative trade-offs.  This makes them a mod that is almost essential for any engine build-up from serious to mild bolt on.


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Sneak Peek: C7 Stingray Corvette (An Insider's Perspective)

Text by Merritt Johnson - Captions by Khiem Dinh

Chevrolet's iconic American sports car last experienced a redesign for the 2005 model year. Through the long drought Chevrolet managed to keep the Corvette relevant with special performance editions, but eventually the bag of tricks ran dry. On January 13, 2013 the seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette finally stepped out of the shadows to a hotly anticipated reveal. Now that all the photos and specifications are flooding the media we are ready to get our own  insider's perspective.


 

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27

Nerd's Eye View - Olsbergs MSE SuperCar Lites

By Efrain Olivares

The cars of the Global Rally Cross series – the fleet of Ford Fiestas, a few Subaru STI’s, a couple of Saab’s, and a Dodge Dart – are no doubt some of the wildest racing machinery that you can possibly see in North America. The racing they produce is unreal, with these compact and subcompact cars banging fenders and flying through the air.  However, to call up Olsbergs MSE and get into one of those Fiestas presents a financial challenge for most people. Enter the SuperCar Lites.


 

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27

OPTION VIDEO - D1 All Star World Championship Irwindale 2007

By GT Channel

The legendary Japanese video magazine, VIDEO OPTION is finally here on GTChannel in English! We kick it off with the 2007 D1 World Championship that was held at Irwindale California on November 25th 2007. Many of the top drivers from Japan and around the world came together to put on this awesome event.


 

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Posted in: Magazine
26

gta, shift s3ctor, shift sector

GTA Pro-Am Series by Shift-S3ctor - 2013 Season Info

Industry Press Release

The team at GTA is proud to announce a partnership with Shift-S3ctor.  Together they're launching a Southern California based “Pro Am” Time Attack Series for 2013.  Registration is open to everyone and as always they will limit registrations to ensure lots of open track time.  The first event of the season is Feb 2 at Buttonwillow - sign up right away!


 

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24

2012 Nissan Leaf: Test Drive

By Khiem Dinh

I was back home in Florida for the holidays and my dad had a Nissan Leaf sitting in the garage.  Being the engineering dork that I am, I had to give this thing a quick spin around the block as soon as I saw it.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  Would it be like driving a slow golf cart?  Or would it be more like the electric go-karts used at K1 Speed?  Well, there was only one way to find out.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: NEW NIGHT! NEW TIME! Randy Pobst, Ryan Eversley, and Jeff Mishtawy

By Justin Banner & Kerryann De La Cruz

If you came here to listen to MotoIQ Radio, well, you didn't listen to last week's show, did ya?! Yep, we're moving to a new night and a new time! From now on, you'll catch us at 8PM every THURSDAY, not Wednesday at 7PM PST. Our guests will be Tony Angelo to discuss his 2012 season and what he's looking forward to in 2013. Randy Pobst to talk about the story of a journalist getting sued for an engine blow up on a vintage Porsche. Then we'll talk 24 Hours of Daytona with Ryan Eversley, one of the drivers of the BGB Motorsports GX-class Porsche Cayman, then Jeff Mishtawy, director of motorsport at APR. APR will be campainging two Audi R8s in Grand Am's GT-class.


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22

Tokyo Auto Salon 2013

by Tatsu Tsuchida photos by Akio Hirano

For some reason I think when foreigners (the Gaijin) imagine the Tokyo Auto Salon they expect to see some multi-level parking garage filled to the brim with not only performance cars but also a dance club like atmosphere with music provided by "one-box" style wagons with booming sound systems. Then an orgy of drifting up the parking embankment, scantily clad women in school girl outfits, and J-Pop ensues.


 

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20

Driver Blog: Randy Pobst - PRI and the Track Drug

by Randy Pobst

Ed: Randy Pobst is a ten-time road-racing champion with over 70 professional wins. He’s also a friend of MotoIQ. When we bumped into Randy at the 2012 Performance Racing Industry Show last month we asked if he’d be willing to share some of his speed secrets in one of our driver’s blogs. And did he ever deliver. Sit back and read about what The Rocket has to say. It will do you good.   


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Columns
20

hps, isf intake hose

HPS - Post MAF Air Intake Hose for Lexus IS F

Industry Press Release

HPS Silicone Hoses Co. has released their silicone replacement intake hose kit for the Lexus IS F. The HPS intake hose for the IS F replaces the ribbed OE hose which causes turbulence and restricts airflow to the big 5.0 liter V8. Installation of the HPS intake hose will yield more power and improved throttle response.


 

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19

Tech House and Speed by Bill Wood: Episode 152

Tech House and Speed: Episode 152 - Guests Include: Richard Westbrook, Kevin Miller & Mark Miller

By Bill Wood

The global racing calendar is already underway and, here in the U.S., it's days away from an opening event. We start the webcast this week with one of the most successful drivers in last year's Rolex DP series, a winner of three races. This comes in the lead up to the Rolex 24 in Daytona in less than ten days. We also talk with a CEO from a major sanctioning body who's putting his foot in the rally pool as the Monte Carlo Rally opens the World Rally Championship in France. And we spend a couple segments with the highest finishing American ever at the Dakar Rally which grinds to a close this weekend in South America.


 

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m7, scion frs, subary brz exhaust

M7 T-TITAN SPORTS MUFFLER (Full Cat Back) for FRS/BRZ

Industry Press Release

The stainless steel, dual titanium tips, M7 T-Titan sports muffler is designed specifically for styling, performance, power, and sound. With applications for both turbocharged and normally aspirated vehicles, our designers carefully selected piping routing and diameters to link the offset muffler section.


 

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17

BMW Museum

Road Trip: Bavaria and the BMW Museum

By Sarah Forst

It's just another day in a gearhead's paradise as MotoIQ propels down the Autobahn in Germany, Salzburg, and the Czech Republic, then tours the immaculate BMW Museum outside Munich. Find out what driving is like behind the former Iron Curtain.  


 

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Project Scion FR-S Part 4- Exhaust and Tuning Frustrations

By Mike Kojima

When we last left off, we had just installed some bolt ons onto our Scion FR-S' motor and picked up some quick power. Our stock power levels were 145hp and 119 lb-ft of torque and after a few weeks of driving our power levels had returned to 147 whp and 122 lb-ft of torque for a big WTF. Determined to keep adding power, we continued with our testing and tackle the rest of the exhaust.


 

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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Vaughn Gittin Jr on his new deal at Nitto, Walker Wilkerson on the theft and recovery of his FD Car, and Kyle Mohan on testing a Rallycross Lites car

By Justin Banner & Kerryann De La Cruz

Hot off his announcement of switching to Nitto Tires for 2013, Vaughn Gittin, Jr. comes on to discuss what that means and what his 2013 season will look like on new tires. Walker Wilkerson will be next to talk about his S13 Formula Drift Car and how things are looking for him after the recovery. Finally, Kyle Mohan will round out the show talking about not drifting. Yep, Kyle's coming on to talk about his test in a Rallycross Lites car. Will he be the next driver to make the jump from Drifting to Off Road? Find out on MotoIQ Radio!


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APM Racing Scion FR-S

Sneak Peek: The APM Racing Scion FR-S

by Justin Banner

Sometimes, a person can really overlook what it takes to make a race car. When you think about it, the first thing that comes to mind is a car full of aero, hyper-horsepower, and so out of reach you wonder how they afford to race it without drug money. Every so often, we have to remind ourselves that this isn't the only definition of a race car. The APM Racing Scion FR-S is here to remind us what a race car really should be; simple, reliable, and easy to drive. Come check out the beauty in simplicity with the APM Racing FR-S as it just came off Thunderhill from the 25 Hour endurance race.


 

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2012 BMW M3 GT - Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan 

By Khiem Dinh

Since we last had a look at the car in 2010, it has undergone some aero changes along with a slight change in team name.  The team is now called Rahal Letterman Lanigan.  For those of you who don't follow road racing, Rahal is for legendary Indycar driver Bobby Rahal.  He is now of course a team owner and his son Graham races in IndyCar.  Letterman is for David Letterman, yeah, the infamous late night talk show host.  Did you know he was a pit reporter for ABC during the 1971 Indy 500?  Lanigan is for Mike Lanigan.  He ran the family business which happened to be Mi-Jack Construction Equipment which has been a familiar sponsorship name on the side of Indy cars since 1992.  The 2012 season was the fourth in ALMS for the RLL team having won the GT title in 2011 with the BMW M3.


 

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