Entries for December 2010

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Skunk2 Black Series Cam Gear Release

VIDEO: John Russakoff at Ken Block's Gymkhana Grid

John Russakoff is our hero.  In our opinion he is the best unattached driver in Formula D.  Period. It is always exciting to watch John take the battle to the sports best in his entirely self funded Turbo F20 powered AE86.  In last years Formula D season opener at Long Beach, John was shredding but was unfortunate to draw Dai Yoshihara as his first opponent in the Top 32 elimination. It was exciting to see John battle the Factory Works Team Falken S13 to a draw, then go one more time only to lose to one of the sports best, backed by the sports strongest team by the slightest margin sorta like David vs Goliath.  If one of you corporate marketing types are reading this, sponsor the man!  Your dollars will be well spent!

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Dai Yoshihara Discount Tire Falken LS powered Nissan S13 2010

The Best of 2010: Scoop! Dai Yoshihara's new Formula D ride for 2010

By Mike Kojima

As we continue our trip back to review the last year, who can forget our sneak peek at the insides of Dai Yoshihara's Team Falken S13. SPD gets the credit for building what is arguably the best S chassis car ever screwed together. Many felt that the "outdated and obsolete" S chassis could not be competitive in the high tech world of the top echelons of Formula D competition but Dai, SPD and Team Falken went on to prove the nay sayers wrong in 2010 by giving champion and Falken Teammate Vaughn Gittin Jr a heart stopping season long run for the championship by being the only competitor to consistently beat Jr in head to head battles.  Look for Dai to return in a greatly evolved and improving version of this iconic car in 2011.  Be sure and follow the links to the orignal build of the car as well.


 

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27

Turbosmart Comp-Gate40 Wastegate

by Eric Hsu

A trick, tiny, high flowing, new wastegate from Turbosmart Australia. I used a pair on the Sierra Sierra EVO. Good enough for Sierra Sierra, plenty good for you (or those of us with normal cars). The tiny package size means you can fit this wastegate in almost any engine bay.


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26

 Technobabble garden sprayer wins twice!

 

Technobabble: The Garden Sprayer That Won 2 Championships

By Dave Coleman

That free garden sprayer still travels with me to every race, and topping off the coolant with it is a standard part of every Eyesore Racing pit stop. The procedure is simple. Just pump it up to 20 or 25 psi before the stop, then plug it into the radiator hose when the car arrives and open the valve. The 20-psi water in the bottle flows into the 12-psi cooling system, blowing the relief valve on the radiator cap.


 

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26

Whiteline Press Release

INDUSTRY NEWS:  New Suspension Goodies from Whiteline Flat Out!

MotoIQ Staff Report

If you're a suspension tuning freak like we are, you have to check out these new additions to the Whiteline product line.  More details inside...


 

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25

Happy Holidays from MotoIQ!!

No new content for today, just this little piece I whipped up!   ...Let's not forget the real meaning of Christmas--baby Eric, born from the Virgin Kojima!


 

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Posted in: Magazine
24

Every Second Counts

VIDEO: Ken Block's Gymkhana Grid - Irwindale, California

Check out this video Josh Herron shot at Ken Block's Gymkhana event earlier this month!  If you missed our coverage you can find it HERE.


 

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ask sarah

Ask Sarah: Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Hi Sarah,
 

I saw your EVO project at SEMA 2010 this year- the white car with the KW suspension and carbon Seibon parts. I was just wondering who makes those fenders and also those sideskirts. I would appreciate your help on this as we would like to purchase them for our time attack car in Holland.

Got a difficult tech question? Email Sarah at asksarah@motoiq.com


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22

corner weighting

The Hows and Whys of Battery Relocation

By Mike Kojima

Many suspension experts have touted the value of relocating the cars battery in an effort to improve weight distribution of the chassis.  Many experts claim that battery relocation is the cheapest and most efficient way to make the biggest change in chassis balance.


 

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21

Garrett GTX Turbo Tech

An Inside Look at the New Garrett GTX Turbochargers

By Mike Kojima

One of the current rages in the turbocharger aftermarket is the billet compressor wheel.  The traditional compressor wheel for most turbochargers is made of cast aluminum.  Cast aluminum is a reasonably good material to make a complex part as a compressor wheel out of economically in large scale production.  However, cast aluminum is not as strong and does not have as good mechanical properties as billet aluminum.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech
20

Project Sipster safer sipster making it handle

Project Sipster Part 5 - Safer Sipster

By Dave Coleman

We are not the manly men that inhabited the earth back in 1981, fearlessly cruising the streets without airbags, side impact beams or any hint of structural integrity; in all honesty, driving around in this little box kinda scares us. Since making an old car actually crashworthy is beyond even our powers of exaggeration, we're avoiding the whole crashworthiness issue by making the car easier not to crash. Handling and good brakes are our airbags.


 

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20

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Enkei Wheels GIVEAWAY!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Any F1 McLaren fans on here?  Check out Enkei Wheels' next giveaway!!  No they're not tickets to the F1 race.


 

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19

ACT - SFI Approved Race Twin-Disc Kit for DSM Applications

ACT - SFI Approved Twin Disk Kit for DSM Applications

MotoIQ Staff

The ACT Race twin-disc kit offers DSM enthusiasts a true race-ready complete direct bolt in clutch kit that requires absolutely no modifications.


 

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VIDEO: Nismo Festival 2010 at Fuji Speedway

A friend of ours sent us this video shot at the Nismo festival at Fuji Speedway thinking it might be something our readers might enjoy...  we agreed! 


 

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Posted in: Magazine
16

AQ Motorpsorts Subaru

Time Bandit: JC Meynet's All Conquering 2006 Subaru STI

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

Would you be interested in a low mileage Subaru only driven on a few weekends a year by a Grandfather?  Probably not unless it was this one.  JC Meynet First bought the STI in 2006 because he wanted a practical 4-Door sporty car to drive his grandkids around in.  The STI stayed stock for 30,000 miles and a year until, JC a former motocross racer tried his hand at autocross and Redline Time Attack in Street class.  It was then the bug of speed bit and the car began its transformation into the Redline Time Attack Modified/ Super Lap Battle AWD Limited and NASA TTU class monster you see here.


 

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15

Revspeed Super Battle Time Attack 2010 - Tsukuba Japan

by Eric Hsu

This isn't full event coverage, but just some info on a few of the cars present at Revspeed's Super Battle Time Attack. The Garage Revolution FD almost beats the HKS EVO's time at Tsukuba. Some pictures and videos inside.


 

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15

Basic Aerodynamics Part One: What is Aerodynamics?

Basic Aerodynamics: Part One - What is Aerodynamics?

By Mike Kojima

Aerodynamics is the final frontier of tuning for production car tweakers.  In years past many hours were spent messing around with engines, then suspension and brakes.  Finally the tuning of drivetrains was perfected. All was good for a few years.  About the only attention that anyone paid to aerodynamics was to perhaps purchase and install “Aero” kits ranging from hideous “Combat Style” to more tasteful JDM stuff from companies like C-West and Varis.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech
14

The FlagShip Grand Opening

Come Party With Us at The FlagShip Society Grand Opening

MotoIQ Staff Report

Our good buddy Louie Contreras of L-CON fabrication is having the grand opening of his new very unusual shop, The FlagShip.  The FlagShip combines Louie's awesome motorsports fab shop with Rogue Status and other clothing, Suicide Machines custom bikes and other eclectic stuff.  It's sorta hard to explain so you just have to check it out.  Be there Sunday December 19 from noon onward and hang out with us.  Prepare to be amazed if you are into race cars, hot street cars and bikes.


 

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14

Is the D1GP Dead?

Is the D1GP Dead?

MotoIQ Staff Report

We normally don't webmine but after the loss of of a few key personnel last month the D1GP organization has been totally rocked by the departure of founders Keiichi Tsuchiya and Daijiro Inada.  We don't think the D1GP can continue as we know it.  Personally the D1GP has always been pretty political and controversial and in this country has been overshadowed by Formula D.  Perhaps the demise of D1GP will mean that some of our favorite Japanese drivers will return to compete here in Formula D.

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13

Project Honda S2000

Project S2000, Stiffening the Chassis

By Khiem Dinh

As with anything, a strong foundation is the key to success.  For a good handling car, that means a super rigid chassis.  The S2000 is blessed with a very stiff chassis from the factory, but when you chop the top off of any car it will be less stiff compared to a car with a roof.  The S2000 doesn’t have the bad cowl shake that is the tell-tale sign of a not-so-stiff convertible chassis, but there are a few creaks from the soft top roof as the chassis flexes.


 

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