Entries for February 2016

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Project Fiesta ST, Improving the Drivetrain with mountune USA and SPEC Clutch

by Mike Kojima

If you have been following our series in the transformation of our Fiesta ST from a street car to a race car, we have addressed a lot of the basics involved from getting excess weight within the rules out to building a solid cage, fuel system and safety systems. 

In our prior driving of Project Fiesta ST on the track we noted that a lack of limited slip differential was a serious issue.  The car wanted to spin its inside front wheel on corner exit but the electronic nannys, namely traction control, stability control and electronic torque vectoring would kick in.

With the stock power levels and tires, this would not be so bad but with stiffer suspension, much higher cornering speeds and more power, the electronics were overwhelmed and the car would do something like a terminal shuttering understeer, not conducive to fast lap times. 


 

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28

GReddy Product Release - Evolution GT Exhausts for Evo X

Industry Press Release

The EVOlution GT for the 2008-14 Mitsubishi Evo X features full non-tapered 3” diameter piping with an aggressive dual angled muffler layout. The system is finished off with classic Evo 115mm laser engraved GReddy tips. Like all GReddy EVOlution GT systems this fully hand-welded 304 Stainless-Steel exhaust carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.


 

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27

KOYORAD - Universal Fit Oil Coolers

Industry Presss Release

Koyorad universal fit oil coolers are now available! The all new Koyorad universal oil coolers are extremely well built, highly efficient and tough. You can expect the same level of precision and attention to detail as with their all aluminum racing radiators ensuring the highest efficiency within the tightest of engine confines.


 

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25

Welcome to the Mike Kojima MotoIQ.com Show!

Watch this hilarious video of Mike and famous German tuner Sidney Hoffmann talking cars, KW Suspension, life, and sausages. It's well worth your four and a half minutes.


 

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24

How we Killed the Value of a Partnership

by Mike Bonanni & Jordan Yost

Partnership, sponsorship, what’s the difference right? Although most of the automotive industry uses “sponsorship” as a general blanket term there is a major difference between a sponsorship and a partnership and they should in no way, shape, or form be treated the same way.


 

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22

Nerd's Eye View: Exotics Racing LV02 and LV03

by Khiem Dinh

Say you’ve been to Exotics Racing and had a ton of fun romping on some of the fastest cars ever made. You’ve gotten that itch to take it to the next level and start racing wheel-to-wheel. Well, Exotics Racing has a path for you in the form of the EXR Racing Series. It makes getting into racing easy by taking away the stresses of race car prep, maintenance, and travel logistics. All you have to do is show up and drive.


 

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21

Performace Racing Industry: Part 6 (The Grand Finale!)

by Pablo Mazlumian

At last, we’ve reached the conclusion of the most extensive PRI 2015 coverage you’ll see anywhere. We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have so far, but fasten your seat belts again because we’ve got one more, wild ride! (Technically speaking). We'll start by checking out this ridiculous, 2000+hp Nissan GTR that eclipsed the quarter mile in 7.48-seconds, along with several other crazy Pro Mod cars and the like!


 

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21

Garrett by Honeywell - New Job Vacancies

Industry News

Are you looking for an opportunity to work in the automotive industry? Well, now is your chance. Honeywell, aka Garrett, currently has two openings in their Performance Aftermarket division. Follow the links for job qualifications and to apply.


 

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20

DeatschWerks Releases Two New Fuel Pump Kits for the Cadillac CTS-V

Industry Press Release

With over 90 unique fuel pump fitment kits covering hundreds of different applications, DeatschWerks (DW) is the leader in drop-in fitment fuel pump solutions. DeatschWerks is building on this reputation by announcing the release of two new fuel pump kits for the 6.2L supercharged LSA powered Cadillac CTS-V.


 

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19

Yost Autosport at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill & VIDEO

by Mike Bonanni

The 25 Hours of Thunderhill; North America’s longest endurance race is no joke. Yost Autosport team principle Jordan Yost has always said “You have to know in January that you’re going to race the 25 Hour in order to have any chance of making it.” The race itself takes place the first week of December every year at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California. Its cold and most years the race is thrown a curve ball by Mother Nature whether it be rain, fog, or both. The range of machinery spans from Spec Miatas and 100 horsepower Honda Fits all the way to factory GT3 spec race cars and top level prototypes providing an incredibly interesting race to not only watch, but be a part of, completely different from any other endurance race out there. Just finishing this race is something almost half of this year’s 65 car field didn’t accomplish.


 

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17

Project Professional Awesome Time Attack Evo: Part 4 - Drivetrain

by Daniel O'Donnell

Today, boys and girls, we’re heading back into the technical side of the Professional Awesome Evo. For your reading and viewing pleasure, we’ll be showing all the secrets in the drivetrain of the fastest Limited Class time attack machine ever to compete at Buttonwillow Raceway.


 

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16

Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show 2015 – The Engines, Electrons, and Extra Bits

by Khiem Dinh

Summary:

The automotive landscape is changing very quickly right now. Around a decade ago, direct injection was the big new technology to be common on the market. About half a decade ago, turbochargers made their way into the mass of vehicles sold. From what I’ve seen, the next mass play is electrification. Sure, the Prius hybrid has been around for twenty years now, but the OEMs are now launching plug-in hybrids galore. There are many more electric motors and batteries in our vehicular future.


 

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15

Keeping the BMW E92 M3 Cool With CSF Radiators!

by Mike Kojima

Although the BMW E92 M3 is a fantastic car, one of the best performance sedans made, it does have a few quirks. One of them, like most late model BMW's, is that the car's systems tend to run hot. Running hot on the track is one thing, but when you peruse user forums you find that for some drivers the cars can even run hot during street driving!


 

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14

Performance Racing Industry: Part 5

by Pablo Mazlumian

By now you've probably witnessed our extensive PRI 2015 coverage, which we've separated into no less than six huge parts. There's a reason why we enjoy PRI more than SEMA, so check out this fifth installment of PRI 2015, which promises more innovative, go-fast parts with a side of more crazy cars!


 

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14

Radium Engineering Dual Catch Cans & Air Oil Seperator​

Indusrty Press Release

Radium Engineering has released a Dual Catch Can system and Air Oil Separator (AOS) for Subaru owners who want to keep sludge out of their intake and intercooler, and improve performance and emissions through cleaner intake air. Radium's Dual Catch Cans for 2002-'14 Subaru WRX, WRX STi and 2002-'08 Forester XT are designed for high-performance street and light track Subarus, and its Air Oil Separator kit is designed for high horsepower Subarus that see extended track duty.
A simple fact of the modern internal combustion engine is that piston rings do not seal 100%. The vented gases caused by this contain oil vapor (blow by) that can coat the intake tract of the engine with oil and unburned fuel. Subaru engines are notorious for blow by, especially when modified, making Radium's Dual Catch Can or AOS system crucial for optimum engine performance (learn more about the advantages of catch cans here).


 

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13

NMCA Announces New Factory Super Cars Class

Industry Press Release

Since 2008, the factories have been turning out drag-spec muscle cars in low volume with the sole purpose of class drag racing. It began as a throwback to the '60s era programs that carried names like "Cobra Jet", "COPO" and "Drag Pak", but has since evolved into modern warfare for drag strip supremacy. For 2016, the NMCA muscle car drag racing series is bringing these factory super cars together to single out the king of the hill - where Ford, Chevy, and Mopar can throw down in a 160mph slugfest on the 1,320. 

 

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11

Tell the EPA to Withdraw Its Proposal to Prohibit the Conversion of Vehicles Into Racecars

Imagine a world where many of your favourite MotoIQ projects ceased to be. A world without ChumpCar or Lemons racing or many other forms of Grassroots Motorsport. That's what the EPA proposes and we need you to take action.


 

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07

Demystifying the Camshaft: Part 2 – Terminology

by Jonathan Spiegel

In the first installment of this series, we took a fairly in-depth look at valve events, which, simply put, are the actions that are caused by the camshaft with regards to opening and closing the intake and exhaust valves. Ultimately, these events determine the power characteristics of an engine, because they control the amount of air/fuel mixture that the engine ingests at any given rpm, and they also control the flow of exhaust gases leaving the combustion chamber. Hopefully, Part 1 helped you to understand the processes involved in developing a camshaft design, so at this point we’re going to discuss the terminology that directly describes the physical parameters of the camshaft itself.


 

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03

The Blitz Electronic Supercharged Toyota Yaris!

by Mike Kojima

The Toyota Yaris has been a vehicle that has pretty much been universally panned by the performance aftermarket. Can you really blame the aftermarket though, the Yaris was not designed for any sort of fun nor would it win any beauty contests.


 

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02

Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show 2015 – The Other Interesting Cars

by Khiem Dinh

Outside of the BMW and Porsche booths, there were a handful of cars which caught my attention. Of course, there were the track day toys from GM and Ford, but I’ve already shown you guys those cars back at SEMA. So what other cars caught my attention? Well, it’s an odd bunch likely due to my ADD.


 

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