Entries for March 2017

30

CafeIQ Debut: Every New Beginning is Some Other Beginning's End

by Erik Jacobs

When Nick recently left us to go take care of the family coffee and espresso equipment repair business, we didn’t think much of it. But recently, founder Mike Kojima attended a NASCAR Xfinity series event and lamented on the emptiness of the stands. It was clear from this singular, isolated experience that racing is, in fact, dying, and dying quickly. So, it was time to make a change. Enter, CafeIQ.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are hanging up our driving gloves in favor of aprons and bar rags. Sorry Patrick Stewart fans, but there’s no Earl Grey (hot) where we’re going. It’s all about coffee.


 

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Posted in: Magazine
29

Tech Tip: How to Fix a Broken Mazda Door Handle

by David Zipf

It is important that we start off this Tech Tip be noting that it mostly applies to Mazda 3 owners, but also likely applies to 5 and 6 owners as well.  Mazda built the doors of all of these cars in a similar way.  If you own one of these vehicles (specifically the first generation from 2004-2010 or so depending on the model), you WILL have to deal with this problem at one point or another.  At some point your door handle WILL break, and you WILL have to replace it.  This will be a 100% failure rate over time and if you fix it early, it will make your life a bit easier.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech
28

Project Sim Racer: Part 2 - Let's Go Racing!

by Erik Jacobs

When we left Project Sim Racer in Part 1, we had just finished constructing our cockpit and outfitting it with controls from Logitech. Now it is time to get to gaming! I mean driving! I mean driving in the games! OK, whatever!

In this segment we will evaluate two extremely popular simulators: iRacing and rFactor 2. If I had to choose between these two titles, I would have a very, very tough time. They both are excellent, both have their advantages, and both have their disadvantages. It really depends on what you’re after. Read on and make your own decision.


 

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28

AEM AQ1 - Installing & Setting Up the AQ1 Data Logger

by Ramitha Edirisinghe

In Article 1 we went over the features of the AQ1. In Article 2 we showed the power behind the data logging. In this final section, we’ll go through our installation of the AQ1 into the Jager Racing car, and some lessons we learned in the process.


 

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26

Japanese Cars Suck!

by Mike Kojima

As a hardcore Japanese car enthusiast, it pains me to write this. I have seen the Japanese car phenomena go full circle first hand. When I was a little kid, adults used to snicker and the funny little weird crap boxes that were first imported from Japan by Datsun, Toyota and then Honda. The cars were small, underpowered and quirky. There were some standouts like the Datsun 240Z, the Toyota 2000GT and 510 that were pretty cool cars but for the most part, no one cared.


 

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26

Improved Racing Releases Remote Oil Filter Mount with Integrated Oil Cooler Thermostat

Industry Press Release

Improved Racing has released a unique remote oil filter mount that features a built-in oil cooler thermostat. By combining two functions into one compact unit, Improved Racing's new device saves both space and cost.

Improved Racing Remote Oil Filter Mount with Thermostat
The filter mount features a large M22x1.50 filter thread that can accept a variety of large oil filters for maximum filtration with minimal pressure drop. Intended for use with an oil cooler, the integrated thermostat (available in 185°F or 215°F) will ensure that warm-up times are quick and that safe minimum oil temperatures are maintained.



 

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25

AEM Validates 52 More 3rd Party Devices to Communicate with CD-7 Digital Dash CAN bus!

Industry Press Release

AEM has hardware-validated 52 new 3rd party devices that will communicate with the CD-7 Digital Dash Display, including ECUs from FAST, Holley and MoTec (Hundred Series), MSD Grid system, Racepak data loggers and individual Racepak V-Net modules. A list of newly validated applications is below, and a complete list of the 77 validated 3rd party applications is available on the company’s website (click the “Supported Apps” tab on the CD-7 Dash page).


 

 

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23

The Continual Beginner

by Christy Carlson

Repetition leads to boredom. Boredom leads to unrest. Unrest leads to new beginnings. Well, that, and running out of means will force a person to "reconsider the options available" in a fairly brisk manner. I've been precariously balancing the pocketbook of life for a while, be it health or wealth, youth and unrest, ambition and means. This is my life in motorsports, starting at 25.


 

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22

Markos’ Snail Performance WRX: Attacking Time with a Message

by Khiem Dinh

Markos Mylonas just kicked a lot of ass in his Snail Performance WRX. See how he put the hurt on his Street AWD competition and threatened the times of GT-Rs with a smart selection of bolt-on components.


 

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21

Honeywell Garrett Boost Festival 2017: Part 1- Global Time Attack

by Karla Pestotnik

Global Time Attack is known to be the premier Time Attack series in Northern America, and arguably, in the western hemisphere of the globe. This isn’t MotoIQ’s first rodeo at another wildly successful GTA event, and it is far from being Global Time Attack’s first highly publicized, sold out competition. GTA teamed up with Honeywell Garrett for Boost Fest 2017, taking place at Southern California’s Streets of Willow Springs Raceway. Hundreds of teams and spectators made the trek to cold and windy Rosemond, CA, in order to pursue and find out who can put down the quickest lap times.

Drivers that are willing to risk it all for one hot lap are heavily rewarded at this track, however, isn’t that the very nature of Time Attack? This is why we love the sport, so let’s see what crazy competition there was and who brought their best!


 

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20

Project E46 M3: Part 18 – Project M3 vs E90 M3 V8

by Pablo Mazlumian

We were pleased with our S54 3.2-liter in stock form, and the goal was to bring it up to V8 M3 performance. Was a 12% power improvement and 90-lb fat reduction enough? Find out inside! We test them to speed and in the quarter-mile. We also compare them from 30-100 MPH in third gear to compare low- and mid-range torque for you track guys! And why not--we even throw in a Mustang GT 5.0 in there...


 

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19

Performance Car Engines That Suck- The Porsche M96

by Mike Kojima

A few months ago we did an article on 5 performance car engines that suck. This story was highly popular, and we have had many requests for more. So here we go, in more detail, the next performance car engine that sucks, the infamous Porsche M96 engine.


 

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18

StopTech Brake Options for Early Porsche 911

Industry Press Release

StopTech has introduced a comprehensive new program of StopTech Big Brake Kits for the iconic 1969-1989 Porsche 911 model range. The program covers the most common stock wheel sizes such as the 15" Fuchs, all model year variations, and supplements the comprehensive range of OE replacement parts offered by Centric Parts. StopTech brake components require little-to-no vehicle modifications and offer significantly improved braking performance, feel and modulation over stock systems, as well as reduced fade.


 

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16

JMS Racing Subaru WRX STi at the Texas Mile

by Erik Jacobs

JMS Racing is no stranger to AWD performance, having been in the Mitsubishi Evo game for some time. They also have been around the block when it comes to drag and other straight-line racing, having built the first 9-second Evo in Texas. At a customer's request they turned their attention to Subaru mile performance racing and built this 200+ MPH capable beast.


 

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15

10 Ways To Prepare Your Car For Spring And Summer

by Pablo Mazlumian

Most of us have a daily-driven vehicle that sees year-round driving. In an area where the temperature delta can exceed 100F in a given year, that starts to play a significant role in the vehicle’s wear and tear, as well as fuel economy. We’ve compiled 10 things to consider when readying your car for the upcoming warm season. Doing these things will not only ensure better fuel economy and overall performance, but increased life of the vehicle itself.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech
14

Sneak Peek: Global Time Attack Cars Round 1

by Khiem Dinh

The first round of Global Time Attack 2017 was held at Streets of Willow as part of the Honeywell Garrett (formerly Air Research, Allied Signal, Garrett, Turbo by Garrett, Garrett by Honeywell, and maybe a couple other names I’m forgetting) Boost Fest. The thing we like about the cars and drivers at GTA is it’s still all very grassroots. Not many people with crazy budgets, a lot of homebrew economic performance enhancers, you know, stuff your average car nut can relate to in their own garage. 


 

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13

Project E46 M3: Part 17 – The preferred exhaust setup and more AEM tuning by MKC

by Pablo Mazlumian

Life would be a lot easier if we'd stayed with the stock headers, but when we tested our VAC headers in Part 3, the increase in power was too much to let go. Since then, we've tried different header-back systems but they either were too loud, droned at low RPM, or didn't fit all too well. Today, however, we think we've found something that works great and doesn't break the bank. Dynos graphs and video clips inside!


 

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12

A Ride with VCMC AutoCross!

by Frank Ewald

Like most of you, everyone here at MotoIQ loves automobiles and motorsports have obviously been an interest for years. Taking our cars out for a track day are an absolute highlight. Time Attack. ChumpCar World Series and ChumpCar Canada. Simply attending races of various levels over the years and even being privileged enough to photograph some of these events. However, unlike some of the enthusiasts at MotoIQ who have participated in everything, this writer has never attended an AutoCross event.  Anywhere. Not even as a spectator! So when VCMC provided an invitation to join in their Autocross Warm-Up, signing up was not a question.


 

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12

Radium Releases Billet Catch Cans & Coolant Expansion Tank Kits for Ford Mustangs

Industry Press Release

Radium Engineering has released billet PCV and Crankcase Catch Can kits and bolt-on Coolant Expansion Tank kits for 2011+ Ford Mustang owners! Catch Can kits for the PCV and crankcase are available individually or together for the ultimate prevention of oil buildup along the intake tract. Radium's aluminum Coolant Expansion Tank is designed to de-aerate hot coolant coming from the cylinder head for more efficient cooling in extreme conditions. Coolant Expansion Tanks are available for 2011-up GT, V6, EcoBoost and Shelby GT350 Ford Mustangs.


 

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08

Grassroots Drifting: Tennessee Based & Battle Tested

by Taylor Haney

Grassroots drifting or automotive racing in itself already creates a sense of camaraderie through sportsmanship and love for the sport. If you add in being a military veteran on top of that, you create a strong melting pot that resembles more of a family than a team. The Clarksville, Tennessee-based drift organization Battle Tested Motorsports did just that with 15 out of 16 members being military veterans, active duty or reserve.


 

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