Entries for July 2011

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Ruby's Classic Car Show - Redondo Beach

By Khiem Dinh

LA is all about car culture.  I'm sure everyone has heard about Cars & Coffee, but there are dozens if not hundreds of other car gatherings.  Ruby's in Redondo Beach holds a classic car show every Friday afternoon.  Some friends and I were going to hit up a happy hour near it, so we figured we'd check out the car show.  I'm glad we did as there were some pretty amazing vehicles there of a great variety.  Enjoy the pictures!  (Sorry they are of the crappy cell phone variety…. my bad)


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
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X Games 2011 Test Recap with Marcus Gronholm

X Games 2011 Test Recap with Marcus Gronholm

By The GT Channel

Click gtchannel.com for more X Games rallycross videos. Ford Racing's Vaughn Gittin Jr. interviews rally legend Marcus Gronholm who will be piloting the Best Buy Ford Fiesta at this weekend's X Games 17 in Los Angeles.
 


 

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Cusco Rollcage Roll Cage Honda Fit

New Product from CUSCO for Honda Fit GE8 Model

MotoIQ Staff Report

CUSCO USA is proud to release new rollcage options for the Honda Fit GE8 Model. Come inside to take a look at the specs and details of these new high perfomance additions!


 

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29

HKS Has Selected Motovicity as US Master Distributor!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Just a few months ago we had the unfortunate duty of announcing HKS' decision to close the doors of its US operations.  Now we have the pleasure to announce some extremely exciting news delivered by the knights in shining armor at Motovicity.  Come take a look at the memo we received just a couple days ago!


 

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28

Formula Drift Round 5 - Evergreen Drifting

by Justin Banner

After carnage at New Jersey, who could come out on top?  Justin Pawlak is starting to have a dominant year, but could the modified tire rule really shake things up? Could Rhys Millen play a dark horse role? Can Vaughn Gittin Jr. keep up his Epic Comeback Tour of 2011? Read on to find out!



 

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28

Crankcase Ventilation Explained - N/A Edition

by Ben Fenner

If you're reading this you've likely asked a question about crank case ventilation, catch can placement, correct PCV hose routing, or similar.  Grab yourself a beverage of your choice, sit back and relax. Keep reading to have all of your questions answered.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech, Engine
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 Ken Block Pre-X Games Testing - Interview by Vaughn Gittin Jr. -Ford Racing TV ‪http://gtchannel.com‬ for more X Games and Ford Racing videos. T...

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Posted in: Videos
27

Sierra Sierra EVO Pre-WTAC 2011 Update

by Eric Hsu

The World Time Attack Challenge is coming up pretty fast next week on August 5 and 6. There have been some changes made to the EVO since winning the 2010 Source Interlink Superlap Battle final at Buttonwillow, but we've been pretty quiet about updates mostly because we've all been pretty busy concentrating on other things. Mike, Jet, Richard, and Ron have been able to squeeze in some work between the Ferrari races and I've been able to get up to Sierra Sierra a couple times for some engine testing in between my 900 other tasks and travels. The results are pretty cool I think considering what little time we've been able to spend on the EVO. Will the changes be enough to fend off the new domestic Australian and Japanese competitors? I sure as hell hope so. Pictures are inside after the jump.


 

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 Ken Block Pre-X Games Testing - Interview by Vaughn Gittin Jr. -Ford Racing TV http://gtchannel.com for more Ken Block videos. Formula D champio...

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VIDEO: 7 1/2 Laps with Dai Yoshihara (MPTCC Race @ WSIR)

MotoIQ Staff Report

Ride with Dai Yoshihara in the Team MotoIQ Dog II during round 4 of Redline's MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Challenge at Willow Springs. The Dog II is a modified Nissan B14 Sentra powered by a SR20VE engine. Dai’s rear suspension was starting to fail during the previous day's race where he came in second place, but with no spare rear dampers, the team instructed him to try his best.

Dai managed to put the ailing car on the pole Sunday but the car's handling had deteriorated to the diabolical point with Dai reporting via radio the car to be almost undriveable with unstable oversteer slowing the car by 4 seconds a lap over the previous day's lap times.


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25

Behind the Smoke Episode 15: New Jersey Show

GT Channel has just released episode 15 of 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.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Videos
24

Does Length Matter?  - Part Deux

By Khiem Dinh

In part I, we looked at the effect of connecting rod length on dwell time of the piston around top dead center.  This was determined by plotting the position of the piston in relation to crank angle.  Using some physics and calculus, we can also determine the velocity and acceleration of the piston in crank angle.  If we assume an angular velocity (or revolutions per minute), we can determine the velocity and acceleration in the time domain which is what everyone is more familiar with.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech, Engine
24

Meziere Electric water Pump Camaro and Corvette

Meziere - New Electric Water Pumps for late model Camaro & Corvette

MotoIQ Staff Report

Camaro and Corvette owners will be glad to know Meziere has been hard at work to produce an electric pump for their new performance vehicles. No shortcuts were taken when it was time to design and build this beauty. Boasting an industry topping 55 GPM flow rate and a two year warranty unmatched by any other manufacturer.


 

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23

Holley inline fuel pumps

Holley Performance Products - New Billet HP and Dominator In-Line Fuel Pumps

MotoIQ Staff Report

Holley’s new HP™ and Dominator™ In-Line Billet Fuel Pumps are designed to be the perfect companion to your carbureted or fuel injected street vehicle, race car, off-road truck, or any engine that needs fuel.


 

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21

LISTEN NOW!! MotoIQ and Will Cannady bring you MotoIQ Radio!

On this, the very first episode of MotoIQ Radio, Will Cannady of Will's CarCast will be interviewing IKON/APD Racing. Guests will include Johnathan Donner, Lisa Kubo, Jerrold Rhodes and representatives from HPD, AEM and MotoIQ.com. That's just the first hour!  In the second hour, MotoIQ's finest will be on the call taking questions! 


 

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Posted in: MotoIQ Radio
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The Tires? Falken Ziex

Formula Drift Mid-Season Report: Is It Really The Tires?

by Justin Banner

With three events left, Formula Drift will be enforcing a new Tire Rule. Will things change or will it be more of the same? Continue reading to get the information on the new Rule, opinions of the drivers, and opinions of the engineers! Then, you can get my take on the whole situation! Do I agree or think it's all going to be one big mess? Read on!


 

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WPC Treatment saved our engine!

WPC Treatment Saved Our Engine!

By Mike Kojima

We had just installed a freshly built SR20DE engine for the Dog Car.  This is the B14 Nissan Sentra race car that we have been campaigning for many years in road racing and time attack which had been sitting dormant since 2006.  With the advent of Redline’s MPTCC race class we decided to dust the car off, freshen it up and have Formula D drifting ace Dai Yoshihara campaign the car in the TU class.


 

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 ‪Skyline GT-R (R32) Nissan Heritage Garage Volume 1‬ ‪http://gtchannel.com‬ captured the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R at the Nissan heritage garage i...

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Posted in: Videos
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physics of tires, project ford mustang

The Physics of Tires - Project Ford Mustang 5.0

By Vince Ili 

In Part I of his Ultimate Guide to Suspension and Handling, Mike Kojima says that one of the biggest ways to improve a car's handling is to improve its tires.  I experienced this first-hand recently when I upgraded the wheels and tires on my Mustang.

But how do tires improve your car's handling and performance?  In order to discuss that, we need to talk about a little thing called traction, also known to us engineering geeks as friction.


 

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