Entries for September 2015

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Ciao Bella: Part 2 – More Italian F1 GP, Rally Cars, AMG Driving Academy, and more!

by Pablo Mazlumian

We're back with our second report from the Italian GP week, including Formula 1 and WRC Rally car tech, as well as our experience at the AMG Driving Academy at the Franciacorta race circuit, driving some real fast AMG cars.  Plus, we include an "on location" movie trivia question we're not sure anyone will get!


 

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29

Plastic is Fantastic – Part 5, the Eagle Has Landed

by Jonathan Spiegel

In installment 4 of the Polystrand GT-Lite Project, we made our deadline and had the car ready for a couple of trade shows. Granted, we had some issues that we needed to take care of – we checked the rulebook, and it turns out the wheelbase was a bit too long – and the rear of the unibody was found to have been pushed over to the left about an inch from an on-track incident in the CRX’s storied past. In addition, since we made so many changes, the rear portion of the cage was no longer tied in to anything structural.


 

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Project 5.0 Mustang: Improving the Breathing With Ford Racing and Cooling with CSF

by Mike Kojima

In previous installments of our Project Mustang we had installed most of the common bolt ons for our 5 liter Coyote engine.  We had gotten a pretty decent boost in power but we had noted that our power would really fall off at higher RPM, more that what we thought a free breathing 4 valve motor should.


 

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Ciao Bella: Part 1 - Italian F1 GP, V.Rossi's GP bike, Alfa Giulia, and Magneti Marelli stuff!

by Pablo Mazlumian

We're sent to Italy on a trip of a lifetime and get to experience the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Monza.  In this first of a two-part series you'll see plenty of tech stuff, including Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike, Magneti Marelli racing parts, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, and more!


 

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26

All-New Super Twin SPEC Clutch for 2005-2010 S85 BMW M5/M6   

Industry Press Release

SPEC, Inc introduces a revolutionary new Super Twin multi-disc clutch and flywheel assembly for the E60 M5, E61 Touring and E63/E64 M6.   

These units are specially designed to install with the standard BMW re-learn process and, after future rebuild or replacement with a SPEC unit, NOT require a new re-learn process.


 

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25

AEM Releases Direct-Fit 320lph E85-Compatible High Flow In-Tank Fuel Pump

Industry Press Release

AEM Releases Direct-Fit 320lph E85-Compatible High Flow In-Tank Fuel Pump for Honda Civic/S2000, Acura Integra, Mitsubishi EVO/Eclipse, Subaru WRX, Scion FR-S/tC and more! Two versions available with and without mounting hangers for drop-in fitment with no additional modifications.


 

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23

7 Steps to Build a Successful SEMA Show Car

by GTChannel

Veteran SEMA Show car builder John Pangilinan tells us what it takes to build a successful SEMA Show Car in just 3 minutes.


 

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Posted in: Videos
22

Tested: Socal Supermoto!

by Khiem Dinh

Riding on two wheels is fun. It can be even more so when there’s something besides human power motivating it. Throw in some dirt, as playing in the dirt is always more fun, and you have supermoto bikes. I wanted to try my hand at riding a supermoto bike so I made the trek out to Riverside, CA for an event with Socal Supermoto.


 

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21

Supercharging the Nissan VQ35DE with Vortech!

by Mike Kojima

The Nissan VQ35DE in all of its variations is one of the best six cylinders on the market, light compact and smooth it has a lot of potential for modification. The VQ35DE and its variants in the VQ family is found in the G35 and 350Z.  Although the VQ is a nice performance engine, in the US market it is only available in naturally aspirated form.  Naturally aspirated limits your power, especially when you are talking about a streetable engine on pump gas. 

In our search for more power we decided to try another direction: supercharging.  For our test mule we used a G35 coupe which already had a lot of the basic bolt ons. To this we applied Vortech's bolt on intercooled VQ35DE kit.  The Vortech kit is a relatively easy bolt on and has the advantage that if installed exactly as is, it is a CARB approved 50 state legal system with an EO number.  This is a huge advantage if you live in California or any area that requires smog testing for registration.


 

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19

Whiteline Releases New Rear Lower Control Arm For S197 Mustang

Industry Press Release

Fixed position lower control arm for the S197 chassis Ford Mustang features forged ends designed to house new patented MAX-C bushings. Replaces stock rubber bushings found on stock control arms that are too soft or squishy.


 

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18

Aeromotive Releases 1.8L Turbo Volkswagen Fuel Rails

Industry Press Release

Aeromotive, long known for high-end bulletproof fuel systems, is proud to introduce our new billet aluminum fuel rails for the popular Volkswagen 1.8L Turbo engine.


 

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18

vw thug lifeIN THE NEWS: VW Cheated on the EPA Test - Cool or No?

by Jeff Naeyaert

So if you haven’t already read it on Jalopnik, VW just got busted by the Environmental Protection Agency today for programming software in the ECM of nearly half a million TDI diesel models from 2009 to 2015 specifically to cheat emissions testing when on a dyno!  READ ON...


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
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Road Trip: Commie Style

by Sarah Forst

Find out what happens when Sarah treks behind the Iron Curtain, gallivanting through Central Europe from the Adriatic Sea to the top of the Julian Alps to the center of Budapest, and getting owned by the rental car company, a Hungarian border checkpoint, and a parking garage. Can she find any street races between the former Communist supercar sellers Yugo and Skoda?


 

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16

Sneak Peek: A Glance At Chevrolet's NASCAR Engine

by David Zipf

Let's preface this article with the following statement: Yes, we know MotoIQ's readership are not NASCAR fans.  But when we saw this motor sitting on a stand at the Chevrolet booth, we got intrigued.  It turns out while we weren't paying attention, NASCAR teams have been sneakily turning their stock cars into full blown racing monsters!  Chevy's NASCAR engine is really advanced, despite being limited by NASCAR's rules.  Tanner Foust and Papadakis Racing realized the potential of these NASCAR motors and slipped a TRD unit into Tanner's old and very controversial Scion tC.  Unfortunately the juiciest bits were hidden away, but we learned some rather interesting things while we looked around.


 

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15

Project Legacy GT - An Introduction

by Connor Harrison

I’d like to get something off my chest. I am enamored with the idea of hopped up, ass kicking, rip snorting, high performance wagons. V8-powered shooting brakes, high revving hot hatches, and bi-turbo estates (for our euro readers) all seem to get my juices flowing. I can’t quite pinpoint exactly why that is, but there is just something so scandalous about an unassuming five-door giving more pedigreed performance machines a run for their money. Now, I need you to understand that I am absolutely smitten with this car, and have been for the past several years. It is, in my eyes, the perfect vehicle. So please excuse me if I become a bit over-zealous at times. Enter Project Legacy GT, it is Subaru’s mid-size performance vehicle which is equipped with the usual all-wheel drive system, 5-speed manual transmission, and a typical 2.5L turbocharged flat four engine.


 

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14

Matt Powers and the AEM Infinity 58X LS Plug and Play System

by Mike Kojima

It's been a long time coming and we have been eagerly anticipating it but now its here. AEM has introduced a plug and play version of the Infinity ECU with a full wire harness to support engine swaps or to make switching to an Infinity ECU on a Chevy LS V8 powered car a piece of cake.


 

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Project Viper GTS: Part 5 – Radiator Fan & Wiring Upgrade

by Billy Johnson

The Viper is a “racecar for the street” in more ways than one; and like a racecar, it does not like to sit in stop and go traffic and can run hot and overheat without proper airflow on a hot summer day. To combat this we upgraded the radiator fan on our 1997 Viper GTS with the higher flowing, larger fan from the 1998-2002 cars. In addition, we safeguarded the potentially flawed wiring and relay box by running standalone relays with dedicated power and ground wires.  To further extend the life of the relays we used a trick pair of “NOsparc®” spark suppressors in the harness.


 

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12

Vibrant Performance New Manual Boost Controller

Industry Press Release

Vibrant Performance has served the performance aftermarket for nearly 20 years, from accessories to now being the source for professional fabrication components. With our redesigned Manual Boost Controller, which is CNC machined from T6061 billet aluminum, Vibrant provides better control and accuracy when you want to dial up the boost.


 

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11

DeatschWerks Modular 2.5L and 3.5L Surge Tanks – Race Proven Flexibility

Industry Press Release

DeatschWerks (DW), the leader in application specific fueling solutions, has been thinking outside the tank, and outside the box.  In the past 12 months DW has released 2 high performance in-line fuel pumps: the 250 liter-per-hour DW250iL, and the 350 liter-per-hour DW350iL


 

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It's All About the Zinc - High Stress Wear Resistance with Penrite Oil!

by Mike Kojima

We get a lot of oils and lubricants to evaluate at the MotoIQ office and for the most part we have had good results with the latest high quality synthetic motorsports oils that come across our desks and into the crankcases of our various race and project cars.  When it comes to quality oils we get pretty uniform results, clean burning, low deposits and good wear of the engine's internal components.


 

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