Entries for 'M.Bonanni'

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The Yost Autosport BMW M4: Part 3 – Feeding the Beast

by Mike Bonnani

The Yost Autosport BMW M4 endurance race car gets some power and cooling upgrades from GIntani and CSF Racing! Plus, we feed the beast with a massive custom Fuel Safe fuel cell and Aeromotive fuel system components. And more!


 

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The Yost Autosport BMW M4: Part 2 – Controlling the Chassis

by Mike Bonanni

A proper race car is nothing without control and control comes in the form of a number of components that help one another work to their maximum efficiency. Tires of course are a huge part of control but just putting sticky tires on an otherwise stock car wont do you as much good as you think. You need a proper suspension setup to match.


 

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The Yost Autosport BMW M4: Part 1 – The Foundation of a Proper Race Car

by Mike Bonanni
photos by Garrett Wade & Eddie Long

Many of us out there, new or otherwise to our beloved car culture, don’t realize the difference between a track car and a race car and it has nothing to do with lap time. What makes a proper race car is not horsepower or giant tires it’s all about optimization of a given platform the only limitations being budget and a rule book. A proper race car has thousands of man hours into it on things that you’ll never see unless pointed out. A proper race car is re-built and re-imagined from the ground up.


 

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Project #YAE92 M3: Part 6 – Roll, Stop, and Stick

by Mike Bonanni

Like aerodynamics, the suspension on a car is highly specific to the cars setup and modifications. Our E92 M3 is so different than a stock E92 M3 that many off-the-shelf aftermarket parts just won’t work for our application. Read along to see how we used bolt-on products designed to suit a completely custom race car.


 

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Project #YAE92 M3: Part 5 – Basic Aerodynamics

by Mike Bonanni

Now that we’ve brought you back up to speed on the Yost Autosport E92 M3 endurance race car in our last article, it’s time to start diving into details on the current version of this beast. I figured we would start with the part of any race car that is the most intriguing to me; aero. Read along as we discuss the details and thought process behind Version 1 of our endurance racing aero package.


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Project #YAE92 M3: Part 4 – Let’s do some catching up.

by Mike Bonanni
title photo by: Garrett Wade

Remember that blue E92 M3 build that we were featuring here on MotoIQ a while back? The one that seemed to fall off the face of the Earth? Good news, it’s still out there and many of you may have already seen recent photos of that project bouncing around the internet without even realizing it’s the same car. Unfortunately the car has progressed so drastically and quickly that I just couldn’t keep up with the articles. Now that the car is largely “done” I have some time to get our faithful MIQ readers caught up.


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Project #YAE92 M3: Part 3 – It’s The Little Things

by Mike Bonanni

If you haven’t noticed, things are moving quickly with us and the Yost Autosport Project #YAE92 M3 endurance race car build! It seems like yesterday this car was sitting on a set of rollers with everything removed but the engine yet in this part of our build journal it actually looks like a race car! Over the past few weeks our lives have been absolutely consumed by this project as the racing season bears down upon us. If you’ve never built a full blown race car before let me tell you this, there are a lot of small things that need to be done that are seldom on the front of your mind.


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Project #YAE92 M3: Part 2 - Why Do We Have All of These Extra Bolts?

by Mike Bonanni, photos by European Auto Source

I know I know, it’s been months since we first introduced you to Yost Autosport’s Project #YAE92 M3 endurance race car build, but we have a good excuse.  Truth be told, the past few months have been slow moving on this project as we entered the R&D phase.  We’re helping a number of companies develop new products for the E9X M3 platform and when you do that, things tend to end up in an engineering black hole.


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You're Doing It Wrong: Part 2 – Basic Rules for Acquiring Sponsorships

by Mike Bonanni

First off, let me start by saying that I am not a fan of the word “sponsorship.”  “Sponsorship” suggests a one-way exchange, like sponsoring someone in a walk-a-thon. You give them something and you expect nothing in return except the gratification of knowing that the chubby neighbor kid you sponsored actually has to be active for an afternoon.  Unfortunately that’s not how it works in the motorsports world; “sponsorship” is a marketing tool and those “sponsors” definitely expect something in return. So from now on, let’s call it a partnership.  Partners have an equal share in the deal, giving as much as they receive, like a marriage but with a mutually agreed upon divorce date.


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Yost Autosport #YAE92 M3: Part 1 – We Officially Void the Warranty

by Mike Bonanni

The BMW M3 has long been touted as one of the best production sports cars ever and I would have to agree. From the current generation’s 4.0L S65 V8 to the fine Bavarian leather upholstery, everything about the BMW M3 exudes perfection. This is why it made perfect sense to tear one completely apart. Enter Project #YAE92, and yes I do pronounce the hash tag. To make a long drawn-out story short, this project is the brainchild of two race car drivers; myself and a good friend of mine Jordan Yost. Both of us have had our ups and downs over the years trying to make it to the professional ranks of North American sports car racing, neither of us ever quite getting the opportunity we were after to go racing in the big name series like Grand-Am or ALMS.  After another failed start-up race team Jordan and I worked on together for someone else, we decided it was time to throw a Hail Mary and start our own race team for once.


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