Entries for June 2016

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Nerd's Eye View: The Dyson Mazda ALMS P1 Prototype

By Mike Kojima

I am old enough to have been around during what I consider to be the golden era of American road racing in the 80's.  In this time we saw the rise of IMSA with the outrageous GTP prototypes and the exotic sort of production based GTO and GTU cars.  SCCA had Trans Am and even CART Open wheelers were sporting awesome technology rivaling Formula One but with closer more exciting racing.  I was lucky enough to have been a fan during this time and later on in the decade a participant.


 

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28

Formula Drift Wall Speedway

Event Coverage: Formula Drift - Round 4

by Sarah Forst

Formula Drift returned to Wall Speedway for Round 4 and gives new meaning to smoking (in) a bowl. The 33 degree bank has a gravitational force that can pull a car onto its can opener guardrail and "speedbumps" in the infield crossover that toss a car so haphazardly it can cause the driver to over-rotate or lose drift. If timed perfectly, it can also launch a car into a wicked flawless angle around the final sweeper for a win. Who is going to take this battle?


 

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27

Industry Insider: Pro Line Racing

by Erik Jacobs

The Atlanta metro area is quite a big place. But, despite its size, most residents wouldn't know where Ball Ground, Georgia is. To anyone wanting to get down the drag strip with 4,000+ horsepower, however, this exurb 50 miles outside of the city is special, because that is where Pro Line Racing calls home.


 

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26

E46 BMW M3 Turbo: Part 3 – Clutch Masters twin-disc clutch, and more MKC cars!

by Pablo Mazlumian

Not only do we install a much needed twin disc clutch from Clutch Masters in this 700 WHP beast, but we feaure several more heavily boosted cars at Modified by KC that were in for some tuning. If you like boost, read on...


 

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26

ACT Releases Multi-disc Clutch Kits for the 8-Bolt GM LSX Engines

Industry Press Release

ACT twin-disc clutch kits offer a wide range of street-friendly to race-ready options with torque capacities ranging from 875-1515 ft.-lbs.  These kits offer two discs, which results in nearly twice the disc surface area compared to a conventional clutch design, and that means better wear characteristics, a higher heat capacity and longer life. The twin-disc kits include ACT’s proprietary Positive Lift Floater system, which automatically compensates for disc wear.


 

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25


KW Racing Technology Adapted for the Street: KW 3-Way Clubsport Coilovers for BMW M2

Industry Press Release

The new BMW M2 is designed for uncompromising driving dynamics and it sets new standards in the compact sports car segment. The KW 3 Way Clubsport will be available directly with the market launch of the first ever BMW M2. With the KW high performance 3 way dampers, KW racing spring system and adjustable KW top mounts, the 3 way Clubsport coilover is a consistent implementation of the successful KW Competition technology which has been forged from international motorsports. It is based on the expertise of the suspension manufacturer whose equipment comes standard on numerous BMW factory race cars such as the BMW Z4 GT3 or the BMW M235i Racing from the VLN


 

 

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23

Mad Mike in Twin Turbo 4 Rotor RX-7 Wins Formula Drift Japan

by GTChannel

G-Shock presents Formula DRIFT Japan headed to the mountaintops of the famed Ebisu Circuit for the second round of the Formula DRIFT Japan Championship and third round of the Formula DRIFT World Championship. Mad Mike Whiddett takes the victory in his Humbul Mazda RX-7 built by TCP Magic of Japan. This one's worth it for the sound of the engine alone!


 

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22

Champion ATM Nissan 240SX at the Texas Mile

by Erik Jacobs

When Joshua was 12 years old he won his first karting championship. The “Champion” moniker stuck. Every venture since has had it in the name. Father (Randy Hora) and son (Joshua Hora) have done lots of things together, and a trip to Bonneville gave them the crazy idea to go land speed racing. The Champion ATM 240SX is the result of that teamwork.


 

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21

Wrench Tip: How to Fix a Bumper Cover

by David Zipf

Fender benders suck.  Even a light knock can craze paint, crack light lenses, and put holes in bumpers.  While the damage usually isn’t structural, replacing all those plastic bits can be a real hassle and it gets expensive fast.  And then there’s paint: not only do you lose your car, but a respray is never quite as good as the factory paint.  Surely, if you have been in a minor parking lot scuffle, there’s a better way of dealing with plastic damage than to chuck the bumper and start from scratch?  Luckily enough, there is.


 

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20

Building a NASA NP01 Prototype the Right Way with StopTech!  Part 1

by Mike Kojima

Last November we had the chance to drive and evaluate NASA's NP01 Prototype built by Elan. We loved the car and eagerly awaited its availability. Fast forward a few months and our friends at StopTech were able to get one of the first NP01 kits.  Since StopTech's facility was undergoing expansion it was agreed that the car would get built at the palatial MotoIQ mega shop and that we could do a series of articles on what it takes to build a winning NP01.


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Burns Stainless Announces Modern, Paperless X-Design Web Portal

Industry Press Release

Burns Stainless is pleased to announce a new web portal to assist customers in obtaining the best custom designed racing exhaust available. Racers and fabricators simply and conveniently enter engine specifications online, completing a new 100% paperless version of the iconic Burns Stainless Race Engine Specification Form. The form can be found at www.Burnsstainless.com or directly at www.ExhaustEngineer.com/technical/race-engine-spec-form.


 

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17

Honeywell Turbo Technologies Lead the 2016 Field for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Race

Industry Press Release

Honeywell, the leading global developer of automotive turbochargers, is once again supplying a range of turbo technologies to many of the world's best endurance teams at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. Honeywell cutting-edge turbo technology, which delivers unmatched performance and reliability, will boost all the top Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) entries from Porsche, Audi and Toyota using hybrid powertrains as well as both privateer teams using traditional powertrains.


 

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16

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Is Faster and Stronger Than Ever

The 2017 Nissan GT-R was revealed at the New York International Auto Show in March. Nissan Chief Product Specialist Hiroshi Tamura and CVP, Product Planning Keno Kato look back in history to when they first experienced the ultimate performance of the GT-R.


 

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Wrench Tips #31: Cardboard Aided Design

C.A.D. - Cardboard Aided Design

by Dan Barnes

It was an epiphany when I walked into a race shop and saw the interior tin work of an under-construction Rolex GT car mocked up entirely in white illustration board, clecos and blue tape. I made a mental note: I can do that! I can even afford that! Now my projects turn out better with the use of old cereal boxes, scissors and tape.


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14

Project Autocross BRZ:  Finding More Grip with KW Clubsports

by Bart Hockerman

It has been some time since we last saw the MotoIQ Project Autocross Subaru BRZ.
Over the winter months here in the Midwest it gets really cold, our roads turn to asphalt crater fields and those of us who like to keep our cars free from rust allow them to hibernate for winter.
During this time we plan for the next season acquiring parts and pieces that will allow us to attempt to become even more competitive. During our latest off season there was much discussion on what would allow this project to take another step forward.


 

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13

Project [Rotary] FD RX-7: Part 6 - V-Mount Cooling System (Overview and Intercooler)

by M-P Spierer

The cooling system in the FD RX-7 is widely regarded as its most glaring weakness. Many of the engine's cooling components are constructed out of plastic, the intercooler is wildly undersized, and the orientation of the radiator does not allow for proper airflow to the intercoolerIn the next two installments of Project [Rotary] FD RX-7 we tackle these issues by implementing a 100% custom V-mount cooling solution. 


 

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12

Improving Towing Capability with Hellwig and Bilstein Part Two

by Mike Kojima

In part one, we had installed Hellwig air springs, rear anti sway bar and Bilstein 5100 series shocks on our workhorse 2014 Chevy Silverado truck.  We were super impressed with what the rear suspension did to make our towing experience more pleasant and much safer. However, due to time constraints we did not have time to do the front suspension.


 

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11

Hellwig Suspension Products announces new tubular front and rear adjustable sway bars for the 6th Generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

Industry Press Release

Hellwig Suspension Products, the leading manufacturer of sway control products for classic and late model muscle cars, just released its tubular front and rear sway bars for the all new 6th Generation Camaro. These bolt-on adjustable sway bars are available for the 2016 Camaro SS V8 and improve handling and driver control without affecting ride quality.


 

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09

Mucking Off with Muck Daddy, Green Style

by Mike Kojima

There is always plenty going on at the palatial MotoIQ HQ.  A lot of that involves race cars and high mileage street cars.  This means that we're constantly dealing with dirty and grimy hands of the worst order.


 

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08

Nerd’s Eye View: Standing Mile Turbo ‘Busa

by Khiem Dinh

A lot of people like to go fast. For many, a quarter mile is just not enough. The need for speed has bred the standing mile competition. The power levels have gotten so high that the RWD cars have stream rollers for rear tires. Many others have gone to AWD cars for more traction. And then there are guys like Hussain Alsowaigh who puts all the power down through a single tire.


 

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