Entries for April 2011

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First Circuit Battles Episode to Air Saturday, April 30th at 2 pm Eastern!

 

Redline Track Events is excited to announce the updated broadcast date for the highly anticipated show Circuit Battles airing on VERSUS. The first of episode to air on VERSUS premieres Saturday, April 30th, at 2 p.m. ET., featuring all of the action from Round #1 of the 2011 Season: Willow Springs International Raceway.


 

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Posted in: Magazine
28

What the Hell?  HKS to Close US Operations!

MotoIQ Staff Report

We were shocked and dismayed to see this notice come across our desks yesterday afternoon.  HKS the iconic Japanese manufacturer of some of the best engineered tuner parts on the market is ceasing US operations.  HKS will start winding down operations and be done here sometime this summer, around August.


 

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Scuderia Algar/Sierra Sierra Enterprises 2011 Ferrari Challenge Team

Story by Eric Hsu

Photos and captions mostly by John Naderi

What does one of the world's fastest time attack teams do in their off time? Why they run a Ferrari Challenge team of course! Algar Ferrari of Philadelphia and Sierra Sierra join forces to run a F430 Challenge and a 458 Challenge in the 2011 USA Ferrari Challenge series which is coming to a track near you. Details on the car, program, and about 900 pictures after the jump.


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Event Coverage: MFEST V "The Ultimatum" -- Las Vegas

By Laura Heng, Photos by Anthony Massie and Brian Nguyen, European Auto Source

MFEST is a journey all BMW ///M owners should take at least once in their life.  People travel from all over the country to participate in this spectacular event that goes down every year in Sin City.  MFEST is not only an event to showcase your M, it is a trifecta of events that encompasses several acts of car related hedonism. The weekend starts in SoCal with a single file caravan all the way to Las Vegas for some Friday night drag racing.  Saturday is the car show and track day held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The track day also gives shops and manufacturers the opportunity to compete in a Time Attack style MFest Tuner Shootout.  MFEST concludes with the ultimate lifestyle party at TAO Beach at the Venetian Hotel.  This was our first trip behind the MFEST curtain and organizer Chris Naguit has proven once again that he is the man with the masterplan!


 

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Tuners: Test Your Injectors!

Tuners: Test Your Injectors!

By Jim Wolf

Oh my God, what a mess this has become! As race engine development moves forward, aftermarket fuel injectors seem to be moving sideways. About ten years back a trend started to modify stock injectors for higher flow rates. This was done by either drilling out the spray orifices or removing the spray plate all together! While some of the companies attempting this seemed to be making a serious effort, actual flow testing in many cases would indicate otherwise. No doubt someone will eventually figure out how to do this accurately, but in the mean time, they at least need to be willing to do actual flow testing, static and dynamic on each injector (no duplicated flow sheets please). Add this twist to the already diverse methods used to state injector flow values and you have a bit of a mess to sort out.


 

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25

Behind the Smoke Episode 2: Flying Drift Car

MotoIQ Staff Report

Our friends at the GT channel have just released episode 2 of the series Behind the Smoke,  The series follows Team Falken Pro Drifter Dai Yoshihara, his Crew Chief Scott Dodgion and Engineer Mike Kojima throughout the 2011 Formula D season. 

More inside!

Please visit Dai's charity web site Relief For Japan!


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Videos
24

Project V8 RX-7: Part 3- Inside the GM LS3 Cylinder Head

Project V8 RX-7: Part 3- Inside the GM LS3 Cylinder Head

By Mike Kojima

In the last edition of Project V8 RX-7 we looked into the bottom end of our EROD LS3 engine to find that the modern Chevy V8 is a far cry from the old small block Chevy of years past.  Lately on some forums that cater to import performance, there has been a huge backlash against the LS swap, particularly into Nissan S chassis and RX-7’s.  All sorts of bleating noise from uninformed sheep decry putting “NASCAR” engines and the like into the S chassis. Purists claim that putting in a domestic engine somehow is making their favorite cars all the same and causes them to lose their soul and other things not defined by logic.  Such is the garbage cluttering the net these days.  Like many FFF facts on the interwebz, their are many fundamental inaccuracies to these statements.


 

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act subaru legacy clutch kit

ACT - High Performance Clutch Kits for the 08-09 Subaru Legacy Spec B

MotoIQ Staff Report

Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) has released a new Xtreme performance clutch kit and components for the 08-09 Subaru Legacy GT Spec B.  The new kit is also SFI approved.


 

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22

VIDEO:  Benefits of Water/Methanol Injection for Gas Engines

MotoIQ Staff Report

Our friends over at AEM Electronics put together this video explaining the basics and benefits of Water/Methanol injection on gasoline engines.  Come check it out!


 

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21

Project EVO IX Part 8: Tuning for AEM Water Injection

Project EVO IX Part 8: Tuning for AEM Water Injection

By Mike Kojima

When we last left our project we had just installed some Cosworth M2 cams and had tuned around that with excellent results.  Some time ago we had installed an AEM water injection system and warning monitor system and had been running the water, mostly just for thermal control when running hard.  We knew to get best results we would have to tune our ECU to take advantage of the detonation suppression capabilities of water and to nullify the water's quenching properties which reduce power. 


 

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21

Billy Johnson to Compete in 2011 One Lap of America

The Tire Rack One Lap of America Presented by Motor Trend is proud to announce the entry of ROUSH Performance for the 2011 One Lap of America. ROUSH Performance will be entering two production 2012 Roush vehicles in this year’s competition. The 2011 event is the 28th edition of Brock Yates’ cross country challenge for driving enthusiasts.

Roush has also announced a stellar driver lineup of Jack Roush Jr. and Billy Johnson who, most recently, have been competing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, posting top five finishes in every race bar one.


 

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20

37th grand prix of long beach race coverage

37th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

By Martin Gonzales

Being based in Southern California we are lucky to have the opportunity to cover a wide variety of motorsports events and the 37th Grand Prix of Long Beach is one that is at the top of our lists, as it has something for almost every race fan's taste.  Not to mention that unless you have ESPN "the Ocho" you probably didn't see or hear about the race, so I'm sure you will all enjoy a little race coverage. 


 

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20

VIDEO: DSPORT DVD 19 - Formula Drift Round 1 Preview

Check out this sneak preview of the Formula Drift Round 1 coverage which will be featured in the upcoming DSPORT DVD 19. DVD comes free with the purchase of the July 2011 issue.  Buy it!


 

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Posted in: Magazine
19

How I Became Addicted to Motorsports

By Vince Illi

When I purchased a new Mustang 5.0 about a month ago, my plan was to participate in motorsports that required more than accelerating in a straight line for a quarter mile.  Recently, I began my quest by participating in an autocross event organized by a local club.


 

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Behind the Smoke: Episode 1 - Drifting According to Dai

Behind the Smoke: Episode 1 - Drifting According to Dai

MotoIQ Staff Report

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a Pro Drifter with a Factory ride?  Is it all action, girls and glamor or is is it a bunch of hard work?  Our friends at the GT Channel will be following team Falken's Dai Yoshihara around throughout the 2011 Formula D season to report on his and the rest of his team's trials and tribulations in the reality series "Behind the Smoke".

More inside


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Videos
17

AQ Motorsports STI Getting the GTX Upgrade

By Khiem Dinh, photos by JC Meynet

Heading into this year's racing season, JC Meynet needed more power than his trusty two year old Garrett GT3582 could provide.  What was the answer?  A GTX3582 of course!  There are a few reasons why the GTX upgrade made a lot of sense, but most importantly it had to deliver on the power.  To find out the reasons, keep on reading.


 

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Fidanza V-series clutch kits

Fidanza's new V-series Line of Clutch Kits

MotoIQ Staff Report

Fidanza introduces their new line of Clutch Kits.  The V-Series line features two different levels to fit a wide variety of vehicles and applications. The V1 Clutch Kit features a sprung hub full face organic street disc designed for ultimate drivability and performance. 


 

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15

AEM's 4-Channel Wideband UEGO Controller

MotoIQ Staff Report

AEM's 4-Channel Wideband UEGO Controller will allow you to monitor individual cylinder air/fuel ratios.  Unit allows for sensor mounting pre-turbo and Includes laboratory-calibrated Bosch sensors that never require free-air calibration!


 

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Project Toyota Tundra- Installing the TRD Supercharger Part 1

Project Toyota Tundra- Installing the TRD Supercharger Part 1

By Mike Kojima

When we last left off on Project Tundra we had installed a TRD cold air intake and TRD exhaust system.  We were enjoying the high quality, warranty friendliness and smog legalness of our TRD factory engineered performance parts.  However being how we are we still wanted more.  In our search for the ultimate tow and work vehicle, we obtained one of TRD's awesome supercharger kits.


 

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Motegi Racing's Killer AE86 Corolla GTS

Motegi Racing's Killer AE86 Corolla GTS

By Mike Kojima

The Iconic Toyota Corolla AE86 is one of our all time favorite cars.  The last of the RWD econoboxes, the AE86 had timeless styling which still looks good today 26 years after it was first created.  The rare GTS variant had the then radical 4AG engine which had an unheard of for its time, 4 valves per cylinder and dual overhead cams with a 7500 rpm redline.  Its 1600cc's pumped out 114 hp at a time when your typical econo car revved to around 6000 rpm and put out 80 something hp.


 

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