Entries for March 2011

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STM and HD2's New Drag EVO

by Eric Hsu

photos by Ben at Speedtech Motorsport

Pro-stock style import drag racing is nearly dead in the US, but it's still going strong in Australia and New Zealand. Click to see build pictures of Mike Bradley's 4G63 powered pro-stock style drag EVO 8. Tons of build pictures inside and 3 videos inside also.


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Video: Behind the Smoke- Dai Yoshihara in Abu Dhabi

VIDEO: Behind The Smoke - Dai Yoshihara in Abu Dhabi

MotoIQ Staff Report

If you are a MotoIQ reader you have probably been following the written adventures of Dai Yoshihara and Mike Kojima in the Middle East with Formula D.  Taro Koki of the GT Channel was also on the trip with us as they have been following Dai Yoshihara in a frequently updated docudrama for their video channel.


 

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Dai Yoshihara's 2011 Formula D Ride

An Early Look at Dai Yoshihara's 2011 Formula D Ride

By Mike Kojima

Our orignal article is back!  Team Falken's Dai Yoshihara will once again be driving his Chevy LS powered Nissan S13 in the 2011 Formula D season.  The car has been undergoing a complete rebuild at SPD Metalworks, a rebuild so intensive that it is basically going to be an all new car.  A lot of the rebuild was needed to bring the car up to 2011 Formula D specs.


 

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28

Project S2000 Part 7 - Cold (For SoCal) Weather Fun

By Khiem Dinh

Our previous track day was in the middle of the freakin desert during the heat of summer to see how the car's various systems handled the almost 100F temps. The upgrades of the Koyo radiator and StopTech brakes took the heat thrown at them and didn’t even break a sweat, but the stock oil system wasn’t up to the task and probably wished it could have sweated to get rid of some heat.


 

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27

VIDEO: Onboard with Stephan Verdier at Global RallyCross Irwindale

We got a chance to stick our ContourHD cameras into Stephan Verdier's WRX STi last Saturday during the first ever Global RallyCross event at Irwindale.  Unfortunately, the first time Stephan went out with the cameras he broke an axle!  Thankfully, Costa Gialamas, Verdier's crew chief and fabricator was able to replace it in a matter of minutes and the car was ready to go back on track.  This video is the final "heat" or race of the competition.  Verdier, a privateer, came in 3rd place just behind Tanner Foust (2nd) and mutliple WRC champion Marcus Grönholm (1st).  Enjoy!


 

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27

Rallycross Debuts at Irwindale!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Irwindale, CA (March 26, 2011 | GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP) – A new to the US Motorsport rocked Irwindale's House of Drift this weekend as the Global Rallycross Championship opened with a bang, the machine gun like bang of anti-lag and launch control that is!


 

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27

Precision Turbo

Precision Turbo & Engine New T4-Flanged Divided Turbine Housings

MotoIQ Staff Report

Precision Turbo & Engine release their new T4 flanged divided turbine housings and an all new 66mm external wastegate.  Come inside for more details on these two new and exciting products!


 

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26

AEM EMS-4 Universal Standalone Engine Management System

MotoIQ Staff Report

Advanced Engine Management (AEM) is proud to introduce its EMS-4 Universal Standalone Programmable Engine Management System (part#30-6905) for modified Powersports and four-cylinder race car applications. The EMS-4 was created using AEM's powerful Series 2 hardware and includes all of its advanced features without the unneeded ancillary components.


 

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24

Testing Fastbrake's Bigger Brake Kit

Testing Fastbrakes' Bigger Brake Kit

By Mike Kojima

Fastbrakes is an Arizona company whose claim to fame is making affordable brake upgrade kits for many cars and having applications for niche models like the Nissan Sentra SE-R.  Since some of us race SE-Rs as they are a cheap and sturdy platform, we have a lot of experience with Fastbrakes' upgrade kits for the car.


 

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23

Hard as F*ck!- Mike Essa's BMW Z4 Drift Monster

Hard as F*ck!- Mike Essa's BMW Z4 Drift Monster

By Mike Kojima

In the 2010 Formula D season, GSR Autosport/Nitto Tires driver Mike Essa grabbed plenty of Media attention with his shrieking V10 M5 powered E92 BMW.  The BMW was probably the best sounding car in Formula D and looked pretty killer as well.  The car's baller profile, killer looks and glorious sounds made Mike a darling of the media.  Now Mike is building a potent Z4 for the 2011 season.


 

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23

Stephan Verdier's 2011 Rallycross Subaru STI

A Quick Look at Stephan Verdier's 2011 Rallycross Subaru STi

By Mike Kojima

We spend a lot of time at Costa Gialamas's shop GTI Tech Innovations.  Costa is Dai Yoshihara's Time Attack crew chief, Matt Powers Crew Chief and is also Stephan Verdier's Crew Chief.  Costa is also one of the fabricators that MotoIQ uses on our various projects including some fab work on refitting the Dog II.

We have been around while Costa has been hard at work building Stephan Verdier's Rallycross Subaru STi over the past few months and we thought that it would be cool to share some of the build details with you.  Look for a full feature on this car later.


 

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22

DeNofa begins XDC Championship Defense with a win in Irwindale

March 12, 2011 (Irwindale, CA) – Chelsea DeNofa, from Seabrook, Texas, defeated Aurimas ‘Odi’ Bachkis from Wrightwood, California, in the final round of tandem competition at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale to win the first Xtreme Drift Circuit event of 2011.


 

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21

The Three Day Wonder, Building a Nissan VQ35DE in Just 3 Days!

The Three Day Wonder, Building a Nissan VQ35DE in Just 3 Days!

By Costa Gialamas

If you have been following our adventures with Dai Yoshihara in the Middle East, then you have probably read the story of how we converted his mildly built time attack car into a Formula D drift car in just a few days, sending it to Abu Dhabi to compete in a Formula D expansion event.  You can read about our adventures from building the car to where we last left off here.


 

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20

 

Twins Exposed!  The McLaren MP4-12C

by Khiem Dinh

Everyone should know by now about the McLaren MP4-12C, the next supercar from one of the most successful Formula 1 teams.  If you’ve been reading our forums, you’ll have already seen details of the suspension bits.  One of the questions I had surrounding the car was the engine setup and the potential for power upgrades.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
19

Chris Alston’s Chassisworks Billet Quick-Release Steering Wheel Hubs

Chris Alston’s Chassisworks Billet Quick-Release Steering Wheel Hubs

MotoIQ Staff Report

From the broad range of products by Chris Alston’s Chassisworks comes a selection of billet quick-release steering wheel hubs that feature a unique polygon-indexing mechanism with a positive-locking collar latch to create a hub system that eliminates play.


 

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18

Turbosmart Hyper-Gate45 External Wastegate

New Turbosmart Hyper-Gate45 External Wastegate

MotoIQ Staff Report

Completely redesigned for 2011, the new Hyper-Gate45 is a 45mm external wastegate designed with minimum size and maximum flow in mind.


 

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17

Formula D Abu Dhabi

The Road To Abu Dhabi Part 3: Disappointment in the Desert (cont.)

By Mike Kojima

When we last left off, we had just finished a demo shredding the shit out of the 5 star Yas Hotel.  The action was so intense that the Hotel management asked us to stop!

For previous installments of our adventures click here!


 

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16

K&N Pledges to Stand Behind Their Customers

K&N Pledges to Stand behind Their Customers

By Mike Kojima

We were in a meeting with K&N, makers of the iconic high performance air filter and air intakes recently and one of the discussions that really made an impression on us was K&N’s stand on protecting its customers.  The measures that K&N has taken so impressed us that we were compelled to write about their policies.

 


 

 

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16

Cosworth R35 GT-R VR38DETT Components

by Eric Hsu

Some images and a summary of Cosworth's newly released VR38 stock stroke internal engine components. If you plan on modifying your GT-R for serious use, you need to read this. Dyno queen owners and show car owners need not read.


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A Preview of Matt Powers Formula D 2011 Rebuild

A Preview of Matt Powers Formula D 2011 Rebuild

A Preview of Matt Powers Formula D 2011 Rebuild

By Mike Kojima

Our Friend Matt Powers has been rebuilding his S14 Nissan 240SX for the 2011 Formula D season.  If you don't know Matt, he was one of the top seeded guys in the 2010 Formula D points standings without huge dollar backing and our favorite underdog. Matt is solidly backed by Need For Speed and Nitto Tires but his yearly budget is still a fraction of what some of the other top teams spend.


 

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