Entries for January 2014

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Registration Is Now Open For The New OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Qualifying Series

Industry Press Release

OPTIMA Batteries Ultimate Street Car Qualifying series is the first national event series of its kind, putting street cars of every genre on famous tracks around the country in a televised series (OPTIMA Batteries Search for the Ultimate Street Car).


 

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Chris Jeanneret: Shocking New 2014 Formula Drift Ride

by MotoIQ Staff

The Import Meet crew just posted a video of Chris Jeanneret announcing his new FD ride. The chassis and engine combo will shock you. Yes, Virginia, even more shocking than an S chassis with an LS swap. Intrigued? So were we. Watch the video to see what Chris has planned for this season.


 

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Tested: S52 vs. M50 Manifold and the TMS Stage 2 & 3 Packages for the BMW E36 M3

by Billy Johnson

While named “The Best Handling Car In America” in 1997, the E36 M3’s only real drawback was a lack of power. We back to back test the stock S52’s restrictive intake manifold with the inexpensive and popular M50 intake manifold, as well as add the Turner Motorsport Stage 2 and 3 systems to boost the naturally aspirated output of our 3.2L motor.


 

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29

Frozen Beer and Rally Cars: Sno*Drift 2014

by Connor Harrison

Swarms of rally fans and competitors converged on northern Michigan last weekend for the first and most exciting event in the 2014 Rally America National Championship.  This was the 48th running of the Sno*Drift rally which takes place around Atlanta, MI and features over 130 miles of snow and ice covered roads broken up into 20 stages over two days.


 

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Posted in: Events
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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Danny George on 2014 and a review of the Rolex 24 at Daytona

by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz

If you don't know who Danny George is by now, holy crap there is no hope for you! We'll be interviewing the "People's Champ" tonight to talk about his outlook on the 2014 Formula Drift Season and his very unique proposal. Then, Kerryann and I will talk a little about the 24 Hours of Daytona. From the spectacular crash of Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli to the controversal call by IMSA against the Level 5 Ferrari, we'll talk about it! We're also going to do something a bit different!


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Plugging and Playing with AEM's Series 2 ECM and B-Series Coil on Plug Kit

by Joe Popovits

In this installment of Project Honda Civic EJ, we tell our factory ECU to take a hike and get engine management fit for this build through AEM's Series 2 Plug and Play EMS.  In addition, we also bring our B18C1 into the new millennium by tossing out the outdated factory ignition system in favor of AEM’s B-Series coil on plug conversion kit.


 

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27

APEX Arc-8 on M3

Project E36 M3: Part 4 - APEX Arc-8 Wheels and Michelin PSAS3 Tires

by Jonathan Lawson

I remember the first time I strolled onto a BMW lot back in the mid-90s to see the new E36 M3 in person. I fell in love with everything about it, including some of the factory wheel offerings. The wheels were considered large at the time, with 17" diameters, and no one knew that APEX would have their 18" x 9" Arc-8s within wheel wells. The M3s were also delivered from the factory with the then-impressive Michelin Pilot MXX3 tires, with no one ever thinking that the "all-season" Pilot Sport A/S 3 would not only perform even better, but allow you to drive in all but the most foul of winter weather conditions.


 

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Project E46 M3: Part 6 - We install the AEM Infinity Engine Management System!

by Pablo Mazlumian

At the heart of any engine is the engine management system.  We install AEM's latest and greatest and are blown away not only by the performance, but by all of the features that transform this car into so much more!


 

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CORSA® Performance Introduces Xtreme-Sound  Exhaust System For 2013 Viper SRT/GTS 

Industry Press Release

CORSA® Performance Exhausts has released a new exhaust system for the iconic 2013 Viper SRT/GTS. Engineered specifically for the 8.3L V10 Viper, CORSA’s cat-back Xtreme-sound exhaust system is designed to deepen the tonality of the Viper’s growl, enhancing the overall enjoyment of the driving experience for Viper aficionados.


 

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MagnaFlow Launches Performance & Off-Road Header Line

Industry Press Release

For more than a decade, MagnaFlow has been building high-performance custom headers for both on and off-road race drivers. Now, the same header technology and performance that’s been available exclusively to Team MagnaFlow is available for the enthusiast.


 

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Nerd’s Eye View: 2013 Performance Racing Industry Show

by Wes Dumalski 

If you were one of the more than 40,000 sets of eyes that had a chance to read through our first PRI article, here is the sequel. In our previous article we slaved from 8:00AM to 1:30AM to bring you 16 pages of goodness! That meant a whirlwind tour through specific booths and a map of what we needed to cover from start to finish. It also left ZERO time to walk around the show and soak it all in on Thursday. So on Friday and Saturday we strolled to bring you what WE thought was cool, the things that caught our eye, our Nerd's eye....


 

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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Tim Smith of Tim Smith Racing and Land Speed Record R/C

by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz

I had another interesting conversation while I was at Glen Helen Raceway this weekend. While watching some 1/10th scale Rock Racing on their awesome looking and narly track, I met Tim Smith. Tim Smith is best known in the RC world for his record setting and Guinness records in RC Land Speed and Drag Racing. He's done more than that so we'll talk to him about LSR, ovals, rock crawling, and what he's doing with a Vaterra Twin Hammers.


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21

350Z - Boosting Power With DC Sports and Berk Technology

by Mike Kojima

In the past installments of Project 350Z, we took a look at getting the car's suspension and brakes up to snuff.  With the car handling and stopping well, we turned our focus to freeing up some more power.  Since the car is mostly a budget track day beater, we decided against forced induction options for now because making a high power forced induction motor reliable under continual hot lapping conditions is a somewhat expensive proposition.

To keep a decent budget balance, we decided to focus on some good bolt on's to see what we could get from our 350Z.  For our first step we decided to free up the exhaust side of things with headers and an exhaust from DC Sports and free flow cats from Berk Technology.


 

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20

Turbo Tech: Size Matters!

by Khiem Dinh

The question everyone asks, “What size turbo should I get?” The answer is always, “What are you planning to do with the car?” As automotive enthusiasts, we all tend to be petrol heads and default to wanting as much power as possible. But do you really? As with nearly everything in life, there are compromises. We are here to show you a rough process for picking a turbo for your intended use along with some quick and dirty math for calculating potential power and compressor flow requirements.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech
19

Project Silvia's Girlfriend Part 2: Making it Handle

by Dave Coleman

Seems like this would be a re-hash of Project Silvia's suspension, doesn't it? Turns out turning a tight budget into a civilized daily driver that can play track warrior without a single setup adjustment requires a whole different setup.


 

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IMPROVED RACING Crank Scrapers For LS Engines

Industry Press Release

Improved Racing has just released a line of engine crankshaft scrapers for the GM LS and Vortec V8 engines. The company's crank scrapers help reduce oil starvation by closely contouring the crankshaft to remove excess oil, ensuring more oil makes it to the bottom of the sump.


 

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Design Dai Yoshihara's 2014 Formula Drift BRZ 

Industry Press Release

Falken Tire, a manufacturer of high performance on- and off-road tires, will continue its strong relationship with Microsoft in anticipation of the launch of Forza Motorsport 5 by conducting a special design contest for its newest Formula Drift entry.


 

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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Paul Leung for Redline Time Attack and NAIAS

by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz

Well, I had and interesting conversation with Paul Leung a few days after the show and he informed me about a recent change beyond just rules changes. Turns out that he's now the Chief Steward for Redline Time Attack for 2014! We'll introduce you to him on this episode of MotoIQ Radio and talk briefly about the North American International Auto Show. Looks like it was a far better show than the LA Auto Show with big announcements from Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Kia and more!


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Project Focus ST - Working on the basics with Eibach, Falken Tires, Rotiform and KW Suspension

by Mike Kojima

In today's market it seems like the Sport Compact car of just a few short years ago is dead, as in really dead.  Car enthusiasts at least in our Southern California locale are abandoning the segment in droves.  By my definition a Sport Compact is a small front wheel drive sedan.  You hardly ever see a fixed up car like this anymore on the street or at events.  Is the segment a victim of a fickle youth market?  Was the whole Sport Compact scene just a fad?

We think not and the New Ford Focus ST is just what the segment needs to breathe some life into it.  Check out how we make it faster with some help from KW, Eibach, Falken Tires and Rotiform Wheels!


 

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STi Weds SA15R Kartboy Crawford FMIC

Project Gen 3 STi - Wheels, Bars, and Bits 

by Wes Dumalski

It's single digit temperatures outside and the car is under the knife for a HUGE round of modifications! It doesn't run, we have gotten 14" of snow in the last 48 hours and what are we doing? Why using our daily driver to tow it out of the garage to shoot pictures of our new goodies from Weds Wheels, Progress Suspension, Go Fast Bits, and Kartboy. We risk frost bite to bring you this latest installment of Project Gen3 STi, luckily for you the Internet is warm.


 

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