Entries for December 2013


Nerd's Eye View-a Look Inside Darren McNamara's Falken Tire Nissan S14

By Mike Kojima

Falken Tire's drift team consists of Justin Pawlak, Dai Yoshihara and Darren "DMac" McNamara.  Hailing from Ireland Darren has been doing well this Formula D season in a Nissan S14 built by Scott Dodgion of SPD Motorsports.  Darren had a tough 2012 season which started off badly with a hard crash at the season opening round at Long Beach, breaking his foot and totaling his beloved Saturn Sky which had been his trademark car for several years.  Nicknamed the Bullet, the Sky had the reputation of being one of the fastest cars in Formula D.


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Sneak Peek: Mike Essa and GSR Autosport's E46 Build

By Khiem Dinh

"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid."  That's what Han Solo told me at least.  To be fair, the crew at GSR Autosport only has the car halfway built.  But what she's showing  so far has potential!  Let's check out the new goodies on the new chassis.


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Performance Racing Industry 2013

by Wes Dumalski

Someone had the genius idea to move the PRI show from Florida to Indiana for 2013 right around the time the entire nation was giving Florida the middle finger for being one of the only states above freezing temperatures. Fitting given that this was my first PRI show, why send the midwest frozen tundra guy anywhere warm? Regardless, more than 1200 exhibitors braved the cold to display their wares and latest performance goodies at the show. Step inside for a taste of what MotoIQ's partners had on display and stay warm...


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STILLEN 2011-2014 Nissan Juke AWD Rear Sway Bar Now Available!

Industry Press Release

STILLEN is proud to announce the 2011-2014 Nissan Juke all-wheel drive rear sway bar is now available. The STILLEN 2011-2014 Nissan Juke AWD Rear Sway Bar is rear mounted and offers more rigidity than the factory rear sway bar to aid in cornering and vehicle stability. 


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AEM Releases Infinity Plug & Play ECU for 2003-’06 Nissan 350Z/Infiniti G35

Industry Press Release

AEM has released its Infinity Plug & Play programmable ECU for the 2003-’06 Nissan 350Z/Infiniti G35 equipped with a manual transmission. The Infinity ECU for the 350Z/G35 includes an application-specific start-up calibration and connects via a Plug & Play harness that is sold separately. It is designed to fit in the factory location.


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Nerd's Eye View: Tilton Interiors Mitsubishi EVO 9

by Eric Hsu

Right around the corner this weekend on October 18-19 is the 2013 World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC). I bring to you in great detail the Tilton Interiors EVO 9. It was the fastest EVO at the 2012 WTAC...sorry make that the fastest UNIBODY EVO and 2nd overall fastest car overall at Sydney's 2012 World Time Attack Challenge last year. This car was one of my favorites at WTAC 2012 because it is the embodiment of a true Time Attack car without all the random crazy flaps, wings, and panels sticking out all over the place and the rear half of the car cut off and replaced with tubes. Sure you'd need some money to recreate the Tilton EVO, but was still 100% pure Mitsubishi CT9A EVO. After the jump is the way you'd have your dream EVO if you had the right combination of builders, crew, driver, owner, and of course money.


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Nerd's Eye View: The MCA Suspensions "Hammerhead" Silvia S13

Story by Eric Hsu, Photos by Jeff Naeyaert and Josh Coote at MCA Suspension

The MCA S13 finished in 3rd place overall at the 2012 World Time Attack Challenge which is pretty amazing considering it's rear wheel drive. That's no simple feat in an event dominated by all wheel drive cars, big budgets, and world famous JDM tuners. What got the MCA S13 there was a great build by Murray and Josh Coote and their crew of friends with attention to detail exactly where it was needed. Of course great driving by ex-A1 GP Kiwi driving ace, Earl Bamber, doesn't hurt either. You've seen how crazy this thing looks and you've heard how fast it is. Now come and check out what's underneath the skin of the MCA S13 as I walk you through the car in detail. Best of all, IT DOESN'T HAVE AN LS ENGINE IN IT!

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Video: Happy Holidays from MotoIQ

MIQ contributors keep constant pipe dream lists of what they'd want if they won the jackpot or a genie appeared to grant three wishes, so it was a fair assumption they'd be setting out some California specially licensed cookies and spiked eggnog Christmas Eve, hoping to wake up to a well stocked garage of goodies.  See if you can pick up the themes!


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Nerd's Eye View: Inside Fredric Aasbo/Papadakis Racing's Amazing V8 eating 2AR Toyota Engine 

By Mike Kojima

A couple of years ago, a lot of knowledgeable people, myself included declared that the turbocharged small displacement 4 cylinder engine was dead in the sport of Pro Drifting.  Dead, uncompetitive and obsolete.  We sung the praises of the latest new generation of domestic V8's like the Chevy LS, the Chevy SB2 and the Ford Coyote.  For a while it seemed so even though others like our own Eric Hsu predicted otherwise.

This year things are changing, turbochargers are coming back to the delight of fans and challenging the rule of the V8.  One of the most intriguing and successful applications of new turbo technology is the Toyota 2AR engine developed by Papadakis racing and driven by Fredric Aasbo.

The 2AR is a 2.5 liter all aluminum inline 4 that is both lightweight and stout at the same time.  Papadakis racing has proven that it can operate reliably for a long time at exceedingly high power levels.  It's taken about 2 years for Papadakis racing to hone and develop the 2AR into the potent package it is today and the story and parts behind it are interesting indeed.  Check it out!


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HRE Wheels - A Record Year In Review

Industry Press Release

With 2014 just a few weeks away, HRE invites you to join them as they look back at some of the best highlights of 2013.


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WedsSport Introduces New 18" and 19" Sizes For The SA-15R In 2014

Industry Press Release

Weds have added some new sizes and specification for the WedsSport SA-15R for 2014. The SA-15R shares the same AMF Technology as all other WedsSport series wheels. It’s light weight, rigid and strong.


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Project Civic Si Coupe: Part 1 – Spec Stage 2+ Clutch Upgrade

by John Naderi

Introducing the latest addition to our stable - Project Civic Si Coupe. For this first installment, we upgrade power transfer matters with a Spec Stage 2+ clutch with a single Kevlar disc and lightened aluminum flywheel. Follow along as we look into exactly how the Spec Stage 2+ is a vast improvement over our factory Honda unit.


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Project FR-S: More Power Everywhere with an Intercooler from Innovate Motorsports

by Mike Kojima

With good handling and unbelievable brakes, our FR-S is really hurting for power. In one of our last stories we added an Innovate Motorsports supercharger and got a healthy boost of power across a really wide powerband, we gained power literally everywhere from idle all the way up to the redline.  We still wanted more so the next logical step was to add an Intercooler and run a little more boost all with parts from Innovate Motorsports.

As a bit of great news we were informed that the Innovate Supercharger has earned a CARB EO so in addition to making nice power, the Supercharger is now 100% smog legal!


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Project 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner: Part 2 - Got Armor?

by Emily and Brandon Campbell

Since our initial build article, we’ve had the opportunity to lightly test the truck’s capabilities. The ICON Vehicle Dynamics Suspension system is a radical departure from the stock suspension. The on-road performance is amazingly comfortable yet inspires a definite increase in speed through the city corners. The off-road performance is as prescribed by IVD: brilliant; and we’ve not even put her to the test. In early November, we captured this moment in crossing terrain rarely touched since the late 1800s in Slagel Hollow, KT and managed to win the #IVD17K photo contest!


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Nerd’s Eye View: 2013 LA Auto Show Part 2 - Cars & Stuff

by Khiem Dinh

In Part I, we had a look at engines, turbos, electric motors and stuff. Here in Part 2, we’re going to look at a few of the cars those engines and things drop into. On top of that, we’re going to show you a little bit of what goes on during media days at the LA Auto Show that does not happen during the general public days.


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The LoveFab Enviate: Picking Up The Pieces

by Connor Harrison

Just like every day during practice week, we woke up ungodly early on the first practice day to get into position in time.  I left the rest of the team at the start line to help prep the car while I headed up the stage to get some photos of all the cars.  Generally you should be in place about a half hour before sunrise, which is usually around 4:30AM. 


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Wilwood’s New Bolt-On Front & Rear Big Brake Kit for Subaru WRX

Industry Press Release

Wilwood Disc Brakes has recently introduced a new re-engineered rear high performance disc brake kit for the Subaru WRX that features the latest in disc brake technology. This upgraded brake kit is designed to enhance safety and performance while providing the ultimate in race technology to compliment the front Wilwood Big Brake kits recently introduced. The kit is designed to retain full functionality of the Original Equipment (OE) internal drum shoe parking brake system, and will work harmoniously with the original equipment master cylinder and ABS functions. 


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SPEC Clutches and Flywheels for the 2013 Ford Focus ST

Industry Press Release

SPEC, Inc introduces a line of performance clutches and flywheels for the 2013 ford Focus ST. 

SPEC Focus ST clutch kits are available in 7 different single disc stages, supporting all power levels and drivability requirements up to 580 ft-lbs torque in a street unit and 820ft lbs for track environments where drivability is less of a concern.


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Put A Legislator In Your Tool Box!

by Delegate Gary Howell of West Virginia

I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Howell at the SEMA show by accident. We have mutual friends that work at Eagle and while at the Eagle booth he overheard me complaining about emission laws and inconsistent enforcement of the vehicle code in California. He introduced himself and we had a good talk about everything from building Mopars to the state of our nation. Turns out we have many of the same core values and it was so refreshing to meet a politician who isn't afraid to stand up for the core views of his constituents. Gary also happens to own Howell Automotive, specializing in Mopar Tuning and hopefully I can talk him into writing for us in the near future!  - Mike Kojima


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The Lovefab Enviate: Prepping for the Peak

by Connor Harrison

There have been a few details circulating about this year’s running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Lovefab Enviate, but the full story hasn’t been told until now. 

Let's travel back to early June in Michigan, where a certain group of Lovefabbers were putting in the final push on the build for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Prior to this year I had never met Cody or any of the Lovefab crew in person before, so instead of being a bunch of awkward strangers when we met up in Colorado I made the eight hour drive to the shop for a ‘meet and greet’ while they worked on the car.


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