Entries for April 2015


Behind the Smoke Season 4 Trailer - Dai Yoshihara Formula Drift 

by GTChannel 

Dai Yoshihara's Behind the Smoke is back for the 4th season on GTChannel! 
Dai has his own team this season to compete in the 2015 Formula D championship. He also has a wife and a baby to support now.  Watch the new Dai face challenges and come along on his journey to reach the top of the podium again in 2015!  
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Posted in: Videos, Drifting

GTA Road Atlanta: #teamcanada is Coming

by Frank Ewald

Canadians are known for their love of hockey. We are known for having a Tim Horton’s Coffee shop on every other corner of some cities.  We are known for putting the letter ‘u’ in words like neighbour and colour and doughnuts. We are known for being the small country above the United States of America – your northern neighbour with a much larger land mass yet a drastically smaller population. We are known around the world for being a country of polite and respectful people – accepted around the world in more places than American Express. Canadians are known for great Time Attack builds and drivers – whoa, you say! Things were going okay until that bit about Time Attack!


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Project [Rotary] FD RX-7: Part 5 - Cooling Oil and Generating Spark

by M-P Spierer

Whether it's high RPM, high power density, or for some, high failure rate, the word "high" is regularly used to describe various attributes of the rotary engine.  Today we are fighting against the rotary engine's high inclination for dangerous oil temperatures and ignition break-up. This requires significant upgrades to both the oil cooling system and the ignition system...and by upgrades, we of course mean complete redesign.


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Project E46 M3: Part 11 – Castro Motorsports Intake Manifold Installed and Dyno Tested!

by Pablo Mazlumian

We install and test the Castro Motorsport CSL-style airbox on the dyno with video clips of the new sounds.  We also get to check out a couple more of Modified by KC's projects, including one of the baddest BMW 335s in the country!


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Sneak Peak-Tanner Foust's 2015 VW Passat Formula Drift Machine! 

by Mike Kojima

Tanner Foust is returning to Formula D and he bringing his GRC sponsors VW and Rockstar energy drinks with him. Unfortunately, Tanner is only going to be at selected events on the FD schedule that don't conflict with his other professional commitments.  Tanner's return to drifting is also significant as he is  teamed up with Star Driver Fredric Aasbo making a Rockstar dream team of drifting.


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Street Driven Tour Kicks Off May 2nd At VIR 

Industry Press Release

Street Driven Tour marks the shift towards an immersive fan experience within the industry’s event market. Each event’s various activities are designed to enhance guest participation and enjoyment


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AEM Releases Flex Fuel Ethanol Content Sensor Kits

Industry Press Release

AEM's Flex Fuel Ethanol Content Sensor Kits measure a vehicle's fuel ethanol content percentage and fuel temperature, which allows users with programmable engine management systems (capable of tuning for flex fuel) the ability to optimize an engine's tuning calibration for fuel ethanol content. 


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Extreme Engine Tech, Technosquare's Monster Naturally Aspirated Toyota 4AG - Part 3 (VIDEO INSIDE!

by Mike Kojima, Photos & Video by Jeff Naeyaert

Way back when the third and final installment of this build was part of our best of 2010 series. It's still a great article presented here for you to check out one more time. Follow the links, read all three parts and enjoy!

When we last left the Technosquare crew, they had completed the stroker 4AG engine's bottom end and assembled the cylinder head.  Now it was time for the engine's final assembly and installation into an AE86 time attack car.

Click Here for Part One

Click Here for Part Two


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Project Mustang 5.0: Part 9 – Brake Overhaul with Hawk Performance and Disc Brakes Australia

by Vince Illi

You use your brakes a lot.  But do you really know how they work?  We test out Hawk Performance’s new HPS 5.0 pads and DBA’s 4000-series rotors and examine how brake pads and discs work together to stop your car!


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Event Coverage: ChumpCar Canada

by Frank Ewald

Newly formed on January 1, 2015, ChumpCar Canada is now a distinctly separate organization from the Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series. Months of planning, working behind the scenes, and a lot of sweat, tears, and laughter resulted into the roar of motors firing up as forty-two cars participated in the inaugural race. Held at Ontario's storied Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, you could sense the excitement in the air. Photo-journalists from several publications, yours truly included, were present to witness this new race organization's first race.


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Project Ford Fiesta ST- Making the Jump to a Race Car with SPD Motorsports Part 2!

by Mike Kojima

When we last left our Project Ford Fiesta ST it was being converted into a race car by the capable hands of SPD Motorsports.  As progress continues, SPD  is working on installing a crash resistant fuel system using components from Fuel Safe, Deatschwerks, and Aeromotive. Other details like Lexan windows, brake ducting and the interior are coming together as well.


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NOW SHIPPING: Auto Meter LCD Competition Race Dash

Industry Press Release

The Auto Meter LCD Competition Race Dash is the next evolution of driver communication and data acquisition. Our 7” LCD panel ensures easy visibility under all circumstances with unmatched brightness and an optically bonded lens for extreme glare suppression. 


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HKS Sponsors Championship Winning Formula D Driver, Daigo Saito

Industry Press Release

HKS, the iconic automotive performance parts manufacturer, is announcing the official sponsorship of Formula D driver Daigo Saito, and his HKS powered GTR.

Saito is an accomplished drifter and has won numerous events throughout his career including the 2008 D1 Championship. His entry into Formula D in 2012 launched his career to international success when he became the Formula D Grand Champion and the only person ever to win both a D1 and FormulaD championship.

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Extreme Engine Tech: Technosquare's Monster Naturally Aspirated Toyota 4AG - Part 2

Extreme Engine Tech: Technosquare's Monster Naturally Aspirated Toyota 4AG - Part 2

by Mike Kojima

In our last edition of the building of Technosquare's monster Toyota 4AG, we mainly looked at the details of the bottom end.  Now we will finish our tour of the bottom end and delve into the engine's cylinder head which is the heart of any high performance engine.

The 83mm x 83 mm stroker motor gives 1800cc.  The 200 extra cc's makes a huge difference, fortifying the 4AG's notoriously narrow power band. The engine cranks out over 250 crank hp, more than the most highly developed Formula Atlantic engines of yore and 30 more hp than the previous 1600 cc version of this motor. Here it is, re released again for your reading pleasure!



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Nerd’s Eye View: Erik Buell Racing 1190RX

by Khiem Dinh

When your average guy thinks of a sport bike, typically Honda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki come to mind from the land of the rising sun. For those with more means, Ducati, Aprilia, and MV Agusta from the land of love are the crotch rockets of choice. Even the Germans have jumped into the fray in relatively recent times with BMW launching an assault on the established players from Japan and Italy. When it comes to America, Harley Davidson comes to mind with big rumbling V-twins in big hogs. But there is a glimmer of hope.


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Vetting the Vet's Vettes – A Look Inside MTI Racing

by Erik M Jacobs

Reese Cox cut his teeth behind the wheel of a Corvette, and his experience shows. In 1993, during the heyday of his time as team manager for Tommy Morrison Racing leading ZR-1 Corvettes through the 24 HRS of Daytona and other IMSA series, Reese founded MTI (Motorsports Technologies Incorporated) Racing. The 1998 SCCA World Challenge Rookie of the Year knows a thing or two about making these sleek bowties fast and powerful, and he was kind enough to open the doors of their shop to MotoIQ. Inside, we found a lot more than just some fast coupes.


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'64 Corvette: 2015 Edition!

by Frank Ewald

The lines on this C2 Corvette are stunning. Whether you are looking at it from the front, the back, the top, or the sides this car is an incredible work of art. The one that I am currently looking at and writing about is a 1964 Corvette StingRay and is now a fifty-one year old automobile. While this particular car has undergone a frame off restomod the paint and body have not been touched. The body on this car is in amazing shape and the paint is almost perfect. The only sign that this car has had any changes made are the massive brake rotors and calipers peeking out from behind the wheels and replacing the original drum brakes. That is, until you see under the hood or have the car up on a hoist.


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Project Tundra: Leveling it out with a Hellwig Big Wig Air Lift

by Mike Kojima

In the last edition of Project Tundra, we had installed Hellwig's adjustable rear antisway bar in an effort to improve our truck's balance and limit body body roll to help keep our stability control from activating prematurely. 

Now to finish up our chassis tuning we wanted to address a problem all trucks that tow have. With tongue weight in place the back of a trucks sags lower and the front lifts higher.  This makes the handling a little squirrely at times, the steering getting light a lot due to the geometry changes of the front end when under droop. The heavily loaded rear suspension is also prone to bottom out with bigger enclosed trailers which can make things interesting and possibly damage the trailer jack.

To fix this by leveling out our truck without hurting our ride, we decided to go with a set of Hellwig Big Wig air bags.  The air bags can increase the rear suspension's capacity by 2700 lbs and restore the proper ride height improving stability and laden ride.  When finished towing, the bags can be depressurized for a stock ride height. and smooth ride.


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AEM Air Intake Boosts 2015 Ford Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost Turbo Horsepower & Torque

Industry Press Release

For the first time in nearly thirty years, Ford is offering a turbocharged inline-four cylinder engine in the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. Despite the already impressive power numbers of the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, owners searching for an extra boost in horsepower, torque, and acceleration can easily do so with the installation of an AEM air intake system.


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DeatschWerks DW300c Compact In-Tank Fuel Pump  

Industry Press Release

DeatschWerks is introducing their latest in-tank fuel pump, the DW300c, the industry’s first and only drop-in fitment 340LPH fuel pump for the Subaru WRX/STi, Nissan GTR, Mitsubishi EvoX, BRZ/FRS and many more.


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