Entries for December 2012

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Turbosmart, Nissan R35 GTR, Internal Wastegate Actuator

Turbosmart - Nissan R35 GTR Internal Wastegate Actuator

Industry Press Release

Turbosmart's Nissan R35 GTR Internal Wastegate Actuator (IWG) kit provides better turbo response and greater sensitivity when managing boost pressures. Designed as a direct bolt-on replacement for the factory part, the Nissan R35 GTR IWG kit is easy to install and requires no special tools or fabrication. It canʼt get any easier!


 

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Meguiars brake dust barrier

Keep Your Wheels Clean with Meguiar's Hot Rims Brake Dust Barrier

Industry Press Release

The leaders in car care introduce a new wheel spray that makes cleaning wheels easier.  Create a barrier between brake dust and your wheels with Meguiar's new Hot Rims Brake Dust Barrier!


 

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27

A Look Inside- Daigo Saito's Amazing Achilles Tire SC430

By Mike Kojima

After two years of rumors and plenty of gossip, it finally happened, Daigo Saito, reportedly the best drift driver in the world arrived on our shores with not just a splash but a bang.  Daigo, 2008 D1GP champ and 2011 Formula D Asia Champ came out of the gates hard at the Long Beach season opener with a third place.  Daigo has fought hard on foreign soil maintaining a solid second place in Formula D standings for much of the year.


 

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26

Hella Fail!

By Mike Kojima

One of my good friends works for a large respected tuner shop which shall remain nameless.  I was there working on a project the other day when I got to witness some stuff from the lifestyle side of our industry.  Probably most of you know about the stance "movement" .  Although I like a car with a good stance and good fitment of the wheels and tires, the latest trend is to take that look to the extreme.


 

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25

motoiq nemo evo

BEST OF 2012 - Sneak Peek: The NEMO Racing EVO, Part 1

Text by Eric Hsu, MotoIQ Photos by Jeff Naeyaert, all other photos by NEMO Racing

Unless you've been living under a Time Attack rock, there's no doubt you've heard of the amazing NEMO Racing EVO. At the recent 2012 World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney, Australia, the NEMO EVO piloted by Aussie V8 Supercars driver Warren Luff,  did it's best lap time of 1:25.020 which effectively destroyed the CyberEVO's record lap time of 1:28.851. That's 3.831 seconds faster than what was previously the fastest Time Attack car in the world. After the jump I break down exactly why this beautifully constructed EVO is the fastest Time Attack car in the world.


 

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24

walker wilkerson drift car stolen

Help!  Walker Wilkerson's FD LS7 Powered S13 has Been Stolen!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Walker Wilkerson's competition drift car and race trailer was stolen from an industrial storage area in Carson California. The thieves cut down a reinforced security gate and cut off the trailers wheel locks to steal it despite security cameras.  Please be on the lookout for unusual parts for sale. Spread the word!


 

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23

Dave Lemon RX-8

Sneak Peek: Dave Lemon's Mazdatrix RX-8

By Justin Banner

The Mazda RX-8, the last of the production rotary engined cars. An engine that has been around since the 1950s and in the Mazda lineup since 1967 and as a sports car chassis since 1971. The rotary engine and nimble chassis proved that lightweight ruled over more power. However, after 45 years Mazda pulled the plug on the engine and on the RX-8 in the summer of this year. That still won't stop enthusiasts from building and racing the incredible 4-door sports car. Mazdatrix is your answer for all things Rotary and RX and they offer the Mazdatrix RX-8 as proof. Take a look at what makes the Mazdatrix RX-8 such a wonderful car to race with!


 

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23

Burns Stainless

Burns Stainless - New Discount Pricing & Product Video 

Industry Press Release

Burns Stainless makes it easier for small motorsports businesses to take full advantage of their products and services. New website enhancements and pricing structures will provide discounts to any motorsports business, regardless of purchasing volume.  Burns Stainless will also continue to reward customers with additional discounts who maintain a significant purchasing volume.


 

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22

braille battery go puck, go-puck, lithium ion charging station, portable charger, USB charger

Introducing the Go-Puck from Braille Battery

Industry Press Release

The mad scientists at Braille Battery, who are better known for bringing Lithium-Ion technology to the motorsports world, are now putting their race proven Lithium-Ion technology right in your hands! The Braille Go Puck is a portable USB charging station designed to quickly charge all your electrical goodies while on the go.  The days of dead cell phones at the track are over!


 

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20

NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill - 2012

By Travis Wolcott

This year marked the 25th Anniversary of Thunderhill Raceway Park, a technical 3 mile road course outside of Willows, CA, comprised of 15 corners and one rather large hill we call the "ski jump". The weekend of December 8-9th was the 10th anniversary of the country’s longest endurance sports car race, the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.


 

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19

Christa's 2013 Ride- 2013 Top Kart Twister

By Mike Kojima

Karting is perhaps one of the best training aids for racing.  Karts are much cheaper to operate than cars and it's usually a simple deal to get your kart ready for a weekend of fun compared to your race car.  Most of us agree that Karting is probably harder than cars as well, more akin to a formula car than a sedan. The MotoIQ crew goes karting frequently to get a speed fix without spending a lot of money.

Karts are also good training for future drivers that are too young or small to drive a full sized car!  Christa Kojima has been karting ever since she was about 8 years old, starting in a 50cc kids kart, then moving up to a 100cc clutch kart at the mandatory age of 9.  Now as she approaches 12 she will have to move up again from her current class of HPV-1 to Jr's.


 

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18

 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Evo Crash PPIHC Jeremy Foley Evolution Dynamics

Evolution Dynamics Pikes Peak Edition Evo

By Sarah Forst & Wes Dumalski

F1 race car driver Stirling Moss once said "To achieve anything in this game, you must prepare to dabble in the boundary of disaster."  Of course, he also broke both ankles and chipped four vertebrae after falling three stories down an elevator shaft a few years back so accidents can happen to anyone...  

But how do you prepare for a floor routine that involves 14 somersaults 100 feet down a 45 degree abyss polluted with boulders?  They don't call Turn 16 of the Pike's Peak course "Devil's Playground" for nothing.  12,500 feet up the side of the summit - just 1500 feet shy of the finish line - the corner features a steep unprotected cliff.  Perhaps the asphalt leading up to the turn should be nicknamed Skidmark Alley.


 

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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Danny George on his role at the Hurricane Sandy Relief Drift and Tyler McQuarrie, Overall Winner of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill

By Justin Banner & Kerryann De La Cruz

A week before last we had Formula Drift's Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage come on to discuss why they were putting on the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Drift, now we talk to the guy who came all the way from Las Vegas on his own dime for the cause. Who Is Danny George? A man willing to drive four hours to help the American Red Cross, that's who and we'll talk to him about it! We then talk to the man who won it all at Thunderhill. We'll talk to Tyler McQuarrie about his overall win and what the 25 hours means to him.


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17

Nerd's Eye View: 2012 LA Auto Show

by Khiem Dinh

I have to say, attending a Press Day at the LA Auto Show is really nice.  The crowds are minimal and you have more access to all of the vehicles.  Pop the hood, poke around the engine bay, snap a bunch of pictures, spend all the time you want and no one cares.  It provides me the opportunity to bring you guys and gals geeky content like this.  On with the show!


 

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16

MotoIQ Project Subaru STI

Project GD STI- Improving the Fuel System with Injector Dynamics and Other Details

By Mike Kojima

When we had last left off on Project STI's engine, we had just upgraded the cooling system in anticipation of another round of tuning.  What was supposed to be just some routine installation of a few parts to get a little more power ended up being something a lot more complicated, time consuming and involved.


 

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16

Spoon - Type One Interview: S2000 - Type R Rigid Collar Gusset Plate

By GT Channel

A complete overview of the newly-remodeled TYPE ONE tuning shop in Japan. Tatsuru Ichishima, the owner and founder of both TYPE ONE and SPOON Sports, provides a detailed description of current and former car projects. Bonus footage included!  


 

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16

Hooker - LS Engine Swap Headers and Mount Kit for Nissan 240SX

Industry Press Release

Hooker Headers is pleased to announce the release of their new Engine Swap Headers and Engine Swap Mount Kit, allowing installation of GM’s LS engine into the S13 and S14 Nissan 240SX chassis (1989-1998 year models). 


 

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15

Tech House and Speed by Bill Wood: Episode 148

Tech House and Speed: Episode 148 - The Guest: Jim Downing, IMSA Racing Champion, Kudzu Prototype Creator & Co-Developer of the HANS Device

By Bill Wood

We've had success with our long form interviews the last month. So this week Tech House & Speed continues the format in an hour-long exclusive conversation with Jim Downing, a champion racer, track safety advocate and co-creator of the HANS head and neck restraint system. Downing is based in Atlanta and still races after his long career in IMSA where he won more than forty races and several Camel Lights championships a generation ago. Now he's concentrating on driver and track safety and we'll hear how that transition happened and the success it's been in his career. Tech House & Speed continues with The Best Guest List in Radio. Winners. Champions. Legends. Every week.


 

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14

Stillway Touge S2000 - In detail

By GT Channel

We take a look at Stillway's S2000 and hear from Stillway's Hidetoshi Seto. An in-depth look at what makes up this amazing car.  


 

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13

DROWsports Grand Axis Two Stroke Powered Ruckus

By Mike Kojima

The Honda Ruckus is a small 50cc scooter that has for some reason become the darling of the modified car crowd.  You would never think that car people would have become enamored of a 100 mpg, 35mph small scooter but nevertheless the Ruckus is huge.  MotoIQ has a project 50cc Ruckus that is probably the fastest stock engined Ruckus built so far.  

Of course in our circle, if some is good, too much is always better.  Andrew Horn, owner of DROWsports in Signal Hill is part of the MotoIQ crew and has helped us with many of our small powersports projects.  We helped him with the construction in his quest to build the ultimate Ruckus, check it out!


 

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