Entries for March 2009

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Nissan Nismo 370Z

motoIQ Feature; Nissan's 350 hp Nismo 370Z Model Due in June!

by Sarah Forst

The Nismo 370Z is not only a looker but as you would expect from Nismo, has functional performance improvements over the base 370Z as well. The Nismo 370Z comes with an exclusive, unique and functional body kit that is not available as a Nismo accessory at the dealership. The wind tunnel tuned and racing-inspired body lines are fierce with sculptural fenders, upswept quarter windows, vertical door handles, and aluminum hood, door panels, and hatchback.

From our sister site 370z.com

 

 

 

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Redline Time Attack! Buttonwillow 3/29/09


It was a nice day today at Buttonwillow with the exception of some wind and dust here and there. I think I got a hardcore farmer's tan too. There were the most people (participants and spectators) I've seen at Buttonwillow to date so I believe the Time Attack sport is definitely growing. The standard time attack track configuration was used: clockwise #13. The American built unlimited class cars are definitely getting quicker with the Factor X NSX and Billy Johnson busting out a 1:45.5. They broke a turbo so were not able to run the last session. Second fastest for the day was the C-West S2000 and Tyler McQuarrie with a 1:46.7 (Khiem I didn't see the other S2k that was supposed to rock t...

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Crazy Week and Time Killers


This week is CRAZY busy. Daytime is Cosworth and we're cranking at 125% right now trying to finish up the multitude of projects that we have going on. In the evenings it is time attack help. Lucky for me I am not actively campaigning a time attack car so I am not ultimately responsible for entire cars. I get to play free agent so I can finish my work and gtfo. I remember the days of trying to run a shop and then having to get a race car ready: IT SUCKED.

Anyhow last night I ended up having dinner with Tarzan and Mr. Omoto who owns C-West. Tarzan is here to drive the Crawford STi and Omoto-san is here on vacation with his fami...

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EVENT COVERAGE:  2009 Motorgen Angeles Crest Cruise

By Martin Gonzales

What could possibly be better than cruising the freshly paved mountainous roads of Los Angeles?  Doing it with a great group of gear heads like the folks at Motorgen.com!  They truly are a unique group, unlike the majority of car groups, the Motorgen crew has set out to satisfy the cravings of every car enthusiast by combining all the colors of the car rainbow.


 

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Hot Import Nights 2009

EVENT COVERAGE:  2009 Hot Import Nights - Where Dreams Are Reality Tour

By Aaron Guardado and Mari Umekubo; Photos By Mari Umekubo unless where noted

Hot Import Nights cruised through comfortably on a clear sunny day at Angel’s Stadium in Anaheim, CA.  Throngs of car enthusiasts and automotive media stood patiently in line to enter into a realm of exotic and audaciously modified cars, scantily dressed car models, cycle, scooter, and race car showcases, scratchy DJ music, and hour long bathroom lines!

 

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Project Spec-V Time Attack Car

No Respect- Project Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec-V: Part One

By Mike Kojima

It seems like the B15 Sentra SE-R Spec-V just doesn’t get any respect.  Unlike previous models of SE-R poAwered by the SR20DE engine whose owners seem to love them and drive them until their shells decay into loose piles of metallic oxides, the owners of the new generation of SE-R seem to be eager to get rid of them, trading them in for the WRX, EVO, Si or SRT as soon as their incomes grow enough to afford the payments of these more expensive cars.


 

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Specialty Z 1009whp Z32 300ZX TT


I'd love to have a Z32 one of these days. I still have fond memories of the Z32 even though I haven't driven one in a long while. Back in the day when I was 20 (circa 1993), Jeff the Tokyo Pimp and I did several Z32 NA and TTs with 150 shots of direct port nitrous. Those were my first experiences with involuntary lane changes and smoking tires at 80mph. While I probably didn't have the driving skills back then, I was too dumb to lift either. Youth and ignorance are awesome. Those were the days...I'll have to dig up those pictures. Even with all the fond memories, I still wouldn't build a Z32 myself (no time or patience). I'll j...

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Louie Contereas L-Con Project 300zxtt

Project Nissan 300ZXTT: Part One

By Mike Kojima

I have more cars than I can store easily on my property or the motoIQ headquarters. It’s also a well known fact that most of them don’t run at any particular time because, I only have so much bandwidth and more importantly money to work on numerous projects. The fact that our house is in a pretty decent part of the OC and looks like a rednecks doublewide pisses off my wife to no end. My neighbors probably don’t like me very much either.


 

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Design Craft STi


How buff does this look? Lanny and Gary at Design Craft fabricated the bumper and splitter. Gary is talking about making them out of dry carbon in the near future. They're thrashing away at this car and the C-West S2000 in preparation for this weekend's Redline Time Attack this at Buttonwillow. I guess this means I'll be on the chassis dyno at XS some late nights again this week...

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Cosworth Subaru Inlet Manifolds RELEASED!


The Cosworth Subaru Plenums/Intake Manifolds/Inlet Plenums started shipping last week finally. Depending on who you talk to, it seems intake manifolds go by different names. The British like to say "inlet" whereas we Americans tend to say "intake". A "plenum" is defined as "a space in which a gas, usually air, is contained at a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure" and a "manifold" is defined as "a chamber having several outlets through which a liquid or gas is distributed or gathered" so it's really both in our case. Whatever you c...

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I'm not sure if the EVO IX was just way faster, the GT-R driver was out of talent, or if it's the laws of physics (which dictate that a 4000lb whale cannot hang with a 3200lb rally derived platform in the twisties regardless of technology):

R35 GT-R Out of Talent


I'm not sure if the EVO IX was just way faster, the GT-R driver was out of talent, or if it's the laws of physics (which dictate that a 4000lb whale cannot hang with a 3200lb rally derived platform in the twisties regardless of technology):

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Project Scion TC

Project Scion TC Racer: Part One

So when Scion was launched as the brand of Generation Y, after looking at the cars specs, I sighed a yawn seeing that they were probably designed for cool kids and those who emulate them that were more into clothes, hair product and music than cars or at least the performance part of it. I immediately dismissed the brand as something I was not interested in and never paid attention to it again.


 

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Paintless Dent repair

motoIQ Tech Exclusive! Paintless Dent Repair

If you are into cars, it’s inevitable that your nice shiny new ride will accumulate its share of ugly and annoying dents and dings no matter how careful you are when parking.  Even the stored garage queen is not immune to this sort of damage.  Some of you have kids, some have crowded garages full of stuff that falls over.  Some of you have spouses or SO’s that think your obsession with cars is dumb and park the car any old where when you are not around.


 

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Project Subaru STi: Part One 

In this project we are going to improve on the STi's strong point, acquiring more torque and power but still keeping it street and road race friendly.  A lot of attention will be given the cars weak points, handling and braking.  Project STi's goals will be to be able to keep its easy streetability while being able to rip the ¼mile in the 11's in drag racing while winning a Time Attack on a road course, opposing yet possible goals.


 

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Project Mitsubishi EVO VIII: Getting Rid of the Bling to Give it Some Sting

From the second we first drove an EVO VI on loan from Mitsubishi 8 years ago, we have been in love with the EVO series of cars.  The small relatively light 4-Door sedan reminded us of another favorite car.  It was lot like a super tuned Turbo Sentra SE-R but with it's 4WD drivetrain, it could actually put the power to the ground at high boost.  Unfortunately the EVO was not available for sale in the USA. 


 

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Epic Failures


Andy from Cosworth UK sent me a link to a thread on Scoobynet which is a UK Subaru forum. His email simply said, "omg-must-see-poor-workmanship. W T F ?" and a link to the thread. Normally Andy and I shoot the shit back and forth a bit about the happs with Subys in the UK or Time Attack stuff, but with the absence of the chit chat I knew this one had to be good. The Brits like to use the word "epic" so I titled this post in honor of my UK friends.

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Hyundai Genesis 2.0L Turbo & Differences


There seems to be a lot of buzz starting regarding the coming Hyundai Genesis coupe. Hopefully it will be a solid foundation that people can easily modify and beat the crap out of without breaking too easily. Anyhow, last week I was working on the 32 over at XS and Gary from Design Craft stopped by in a blue decked out Genesis 2.0L turbo. He already had it decked out with wheels, Stoptech brakes front and rear, custom Apexi coilovers, Turbonetics turbo, intercooler, Sparco seats, Design Craft custom roll cage, etc. It turns out its a 0-60 Magazine project car so look out for ...

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Trust Japan's Successful "Chapter 11" Filing


Trust Japan has had their "Minji-Saisei-Hou" (US equivalent of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing) reorganization plan successfully approved. This basically means that the government has accepted Trust's plan to become solvent again. While they haven't solved all their problems yet, it is a big step in getting back on solid ground. Good luck to the guys at Trust. Here's a press release that Mike from Greddy sent out:

News Release 03/11/2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TRUST CO. LTD, JAPAN, BANKRUPTCY REORGANIZATION FILING IS SUCCESSFUL!

GReddy Performance Products Inc., Parent Company Successfully Undergoes Reorganization Through Minji-Saisei-Hou, Japanese Equ...

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Project Nissan 200sx 1.6 GA16DE-Putting a potato under the hood

By Wes Dumalski

OK so the title is not literal... In our last installment we talked about our planned turbo and injector upgrades. In particular we chose to install the now infamous GT28RS aka the Disco Potato turbo! Let's not waste any time with small talk eh? Lets get down to what we did and how we did it.


 

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