Entries for April 2013

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The Project Evo X MR is back!

By Cheston Chiu

Just when you thought all was lost, the MotoIQ Project Evo X MR is back on track.
As previously stated back in the November 2011 article Project Evo X GSR - Testing the K&N Cold Air Intake.  "The owner", aka. ME, was fairly reluctant to venture beyond simple engine bolt-ons mainly due to concerns with the twin-clutch SST transmission and its ability to hold power.  The other excuse, which I think would supersede anything else, was the fact that the project stalled because my wife and I were trying raise our one-year old daughter at the time.  All we did was go to work and then come home to take care of her (and the dog)—which didn't allow a whole lot of time for hobbies.  Now, let's fast forward to today, I have a little bit more free time since Mike wrote that article, my daughter is getting easier to manage, and during the hiatus I've stockpiled a bunch of awesome parts that I'd like to chronicle for MotoIQ.

 


 

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29

Mazda Motorsports Media Day

By Khiem Dinh

For the better part of a decade, Mazda Motorsports has hosted a media day highlighting their racing activities.  They also bring out some pretty cool hardware from their racing history.  This year, the headliner of the show was the new SKYACTIV-D ('D' stands for diesel if you hadn't figured that out already) racing in Grand-Am.  Mazda Motorsports not only showcased the car, but also had Sylvain Tremblay of SpeedSource along with one of his engineers to do a tech deep dive.  Follow along to find out a few of the details on the new SKYACTIV-D power plant along with some gratuitous pictures of their other racing hardware.


 

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29

Formula Drift Long Beach Finals 2013 - BTS3 - Daijiro Yoshihara

By GTChannel

The final day of Formula Drift Long Beach has arrived. Will Daijiro Yoshihara and his Discount Tire/America's Tire, Falken Tire Nissan S13 take him to the podium? Dai will have to get through Fredric Aasbo, Chelsea Denofa, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. if he wants the carbon fiber trophy.  


 

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28

Fast Fridays - Just Another Friday Night in Kansas

By Pablo Mazlumian

Cars, cars and more cool cars...in Kansas?  Coastal American residents likely wouldn't expect to see such an assortment of muscle cars and exotics in the KC suburb of Overland Park, Kansas.  Shoot, it's adjacent to a town called Prairie Village.  But when spring arrives, a slew of local enthusiasts get together every other Friday to cruise and talk shop.


 

 

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27

Tech House and Speed by Bill Wood: Episode 166

Tech House and Speed: Episode 166 - The Guests: Lucas Luhr, Bobby Rahal, John Edwards, Nick Heidfeld, Alessandro Del Piero & Scott Speed

By Bill Wood

A huge show this week with headlining Winners, Champions and Legends on Tech House & Speed. We have former Formula One drivers, a former F1 team manager, a history making driver from Grand-Am, a former World Cup winner from the world of international football. And a driver who may one day change the paradigm in Global Rallycross.


 

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27

 

APR Performance Brake Cooling System for Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ

Industry Press Release

Excessive heat can cause major and expensive damage to critical components in a car. Engine bays, radiators, brakes, transmissions, and differentials all need good air flow to help transfer away unwanted heat. APR Air Ducts help bring fresh cooling air to different areas that need additional cooling. Built using pre-preg. carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite materials for superior strength-to-weight ratio, APR Air Ducts add both function and "lightness" where it counts.


 

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25

Driver Blog: Randy Pobst - The Agony of Defeat

By Randy Pobst

You punk kids won't remember that line, from the intro of the old hit TV show ABC's Wide World of Sports (see youtube). “The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat”, and then some poor schmuck falls on the ski-jump ramp and launches butt-first. Yikes, looked like it hurt. Hate to admit this publicly, but that's pretty much how it felt for the K-PAX Volvo team at Long Beach last weekend. Agony.


 

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24

2013: The LoveFab Enviate, Presented by: Turbo by Garrett

By Cody Loveland

The 2012 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb was our first major racing event as constructors, drivers, sponsor hunters, and podium celebrators.  The enormity of what was accomplished with our time and budget still hasn't hit home.  Join us as we detail the construction of the 2013 LoveFab Enviate.


 

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24

MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: The Long Beach Grand Prix, Michael Essa of GSR, GMG Racing Interview, and we talk about the MegaShop

By Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz

The Long Beach Grand Prix was this weekend, so Kerryann and I will do a little review on it. Then Michael Essa will come on to talk about his crazy angle E46 M3 and the Motegi Super Drift Challenge. Then James Sofronas of GMG Racing will join us to talk about the R8 LMS and his LBGP weekend. Then Kerryann and I will talk about the new home of MotoIQ, the MegaShop. I'll probably surprise one of the heads of the company with a cold call. Have questions for our guests or want to add your comments to the discussions? Type them in the comments or on the MotoIQ Facebook Page!


 

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23

Long Beach Grand Prix, 2013

39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

By Martin Gonzales

We're back to the Roar by the Shore for another weekend full of 4 wheeled entertainment.  The gourmet food trucks were out in full force and the libations were flowing, but even then it was very difficult to keep our eyes off the on-track action.  There really is something to keep every type of motorsports enthusiast or gear head entertained for hours on end. The 39th annual Toyata Grand Prix of Long Beach showcased racing from the American Le Mans Series, Firestone Indy Lights, IZOD Indy Car Series, and the Pirelli World Challenge.


 

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22

Turn in Concepts TiC X Brace CarLab Development

Tested: TiC WRX Suspension Components 

By Wes Dumalski

Here at MotoIQ we really love our jobs; despite the pay or lack thereof we get the chance to play with some really cool toys, see some really cool cars, and test some cutting edge parts! One of the difficult things we face is having parts we really want to test that do not apply to one of our immediate project cars. When we have those scenarios we are forced to improvise by finding a guinea pig vehicle and having our way with someone else's ride for our own sick pleasure and for the sake of filling this web-site with real world content.  In this case the bovine friendly folks at Turn in Concepts wanted us to put some of their latest products through the proverbial MotoIQ paces and report back with our rants and raves. 

For this test TiC wanted our review on the CarLabs Development X Brace and Super Sexy bushing set for the 02-07 Impreza Sedan platforms.


 

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21

What's In My Pack?

By Mike Kojima

Dora the Explorer has a magic back pack that holds just about anything she might need.  I have a back pack too, except it's not magic or cool.  I often wish it had the ability to come up with stuff I need, like a spare engine, corners of a car, a frame table and other things for tricky situations when I am out in the field.


 

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21

Holley, LS Oil Pan Baffle, LS Accessory Drive Kits

Holley - New LS Oil Pan Baffle & LS Accessory Drive Kits

Industry Press Release

Holley’s Accessory Bracket Kits for GM LS engines have already become a popular product in the LS world, and now they're proud to offer them for the popular Sanden A/C compressors.  They have also recently released their 302-10 Oil Pan Baffle Kit which fits Holley’s popular cast aluminum oil pan (p/n 302-1) that was designed to retro-fit LS engines into trucks, muscle cars, and more.


 

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18

Driver Blog: Jeff Westphal

You may know Jeff Westphal, everyone’s favorite David Beckham look-alike, as the one-time G-Stig – and as the driver of the GST Motorsports Subaru Impreza that lights up Time Attack events around the country. However, last weekend, Jeff got a call that put him into a Ferrari F458 Italia in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. To top it off, Jeff qualified fourth and led the race before his co-driver Alessandro Balzan brought the car home in second place. Score one for the Time Attack guys! Look for Jeff in the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari F458 Italia all year in the Rolex Sports Car Series.


 

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18

MotoIQ VIDEO:  What Is the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship

MotoIQ Staff Report

Come take a closer look inside one of the most exciting wheel to wheel racing series out there, the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul.  You've read our event coverage, seen close up looks at the race cars, now come see exactly what racing with us is all about.  Think you got what it takes to compete?  Only one way to find out!


 

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17

MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Robby Gordon for Stadium Super Trucks, Review of Round 1 of Formula Drift, Jeff Westphal, and Mike Kojima

By Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz

On this episode of MotoIQ Radio, we have Robby Gordon to talk about his new series and give you guys a glimpse into what he has planed for Stadium Super Trucks. Then, Kerryann and I will do a quick review of Formula Drift Round 1 at Long Beach. Lots of carnage, lots of excitement, and a great preview for the 2013 season. Then, Jeff Westphal will come on to speak about his recent announcement of joining Scuderia Corsa. He's hitting the big time and we can't be more excited for him! Finally, Mike Kojima will be on to talk about his weekend at Formula Drift as Dai's Spotter and Chassis Engineer. Have questions for our guests or want to add your comments to the discussions? Type them in the comments or on the MotoIQ Facebook Page!


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16

Sneak Peek: The Engines of Formula D 2013

By Khiem Dinh

Formula Drift might just have the most diverse field of powertrain combinations out of any professional motorsport series.  In fact, trying to find a car with the original engine type as the car had off the showroom floor is the exception and not the norm.  In Formula Drift, we have old cars with new engines, new cars with old engines, four to eight cylinders, single and twin turbos, and a shot of nitrous for good measure.  Follow along as we take a quick look at some of the various setups we saw at Formula Drift Long Beach.


 

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16

Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Live Stream Promo

By GT Channel

GTChannel will be broadcasting the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge live from the Streets of Long Beach this weekend, April 19-20! Watch as 16 of your favorite drivers go head-to-head in an all-out battle for a $25,000 prize. Qualifying begins at 7pm PST on Friday and final eliminations start at 7pm PST on Saturday. Don't miss out on the action!  


 

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15

Formula Drift 2013 Long Beach

Formula Drift 2013 Round 1: Long Beach

By Justin Banner

Cars breaking, crashing, scraping the Great Wall of Bil, blowing engines up, and pushing hard. This only describes what happened at Media Day! The rest of the event will end up topping all of this and will be one of the First Rounds to remember for some time. Join us as we cover the first round of the Formula Drift Championship presented by GoPro. It's a finish many were not predicting.


 

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VIDEO: Behind The Smoke 2013 - Formula Drift 2013 Long Beach Tech-Day

By GT Channel

The 2013 Formula Drift season has arrived. We follow 2011 Champion Daijiro Yoshihara and crew around the track on Tech-Day. The Behind the Smoke crew is back to their antics and we walk the track to see where Dai's head is at, going into round 1. 


 

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