Entries for 'Chuck Johnson'

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Project Honda Civic EJ Finale: Dyno Results and Lap Times

by Chuck Johnson

Back in 2011, we introduced Project Honda Civic EJ to the readers of MotoIQ.  Originally, the goal of the project was to take Annie’s beat down 1997 Honda Civic with over 260,000 miles on it and restore it back to the formidable yet reliable street and track machine it once was.  All this, while keeping to a reasonable budget. However, what could only be described as massive scope creep ensued. Now four years later, Project Honda Civic EJ has finally come to an end... or to a new beginning?


 

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Bonneville World Of Speed Part II:  200 MPH or Bust!

by Chuck Johnson, photos by Joe Lu

In our last update, we left off having just set a new Bonneville H/PS land speed record at 184.1 MPH.  On the second of the two record passes, Project 240SX LSR and its 600 plus horsepower 1.5 L engine, had recorded a fastest speed of 191.9 MPH.  With more than enough power on tap, our goal of pushing the record to over 200 MPH seemed well within reach. Did we get the coveted infamous red hat? Or did we just spin trying? Read on to find out.


 

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Project Land Speed Racer 240SX: Chassis Prep and Roll Cage Fabrication

By Chuck Johnson
 
Remember when Project Land Speed Racer 240SX first came into the hands of Chuck Johnson? In this Flashback Friday see where the record breaking first got started...  The beginning of any good sedan type racecar build almost always starts with ruining a perfectly decent streetcar. In the case of Project Land Speed Racer 240SX though, I'm not sure if we are really ruining a perfectly good streetcar. Honestly, from the looks of things, it must have been owned by a series of wannabe dorifto hacks before falling into my hands. 

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AEM Infinity EMS: The Power to Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control

by Chuck Johnson

When it comes to building cars, I've always tried to maintain a "keep it simple, stupid" approach. At the center of my dead reliable formula was my factory re-flashed ECU. When I decided to get serious about land speed racing, along with that came an exponentially growing need for more capability. I reluctantly dug my heels in denial, touting my "keep it simple stupid" argument. Ironically, that very argument was what would convince me to finally make the change to a standalone ECU. It comes down to this one question. Is a race car running a re-flashed ECU in tandem with a plethora of standalone systems for boost control, wide band sensors, variable valve lift, and data logging really simple? No. Enter the AEM Infinity 8 EMS.


 

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The Road to World of Speed: A Multimedia Recount Part 1

by Chuck Johnson

The 2014 season has been a tough one for land speed racers in general, with high winds cancelling events at El Mirage and thunderstorms flooding the Bonneville Salt Flats.  On the home front, Team MotoIQ has had its own series of struggles to overcome with Murphy’s Law wreaking havoc every step of the way.  Nevertheless, we managed to overcome the odds and set a new H/PS land speed record at Bonneville.  Recounted through data logs, videos, photos and of course text, here’s our World of Speed story.


 

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The Road to Speed Week Part 2: The Progress Continues

by Chuck Johnson

When last we left off, Project 240SX LSR was under the knife again, in the midst of an entire electrical system and engine management revamp. In this update, we'll continue to follow 5523 Motorsports, Specialty Car, and the rag tag Team MotoIQ as they continue the build with parts from AEM, Fastbrakes, and Earl's Performance Products.


 

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Road to Speed Week 2014 Part 1: The AEM Infinity 8 EMS and AQ-1 Data logger

Road to Speed Week 2014 Part 1: The AEM Infinity 8 EMS and AQ-1 Data Logger

by Chuck Johnson

If this past year's Speed Week taught us anything, it was that Project 240SX LSR's electrical system needed a complete overhaul.  Our previous harness had been built in haste during the few days leading up to Speed Week 2012.  At the same time, we also knew that if we were going to top the land speed record we set last year, we needed traction control, data logging, and the ability to control any parameter of the engine whether we were on the dyno or on the dry lake beds of EL Mirage or Bonneville.  We found the answer to our needs in the form of AEM's AQ-1 data logger and Infinity 8 stand alone programmable EMS.


 

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In-Car Video: DIYAutoTune's 240SX Breaking a Land Speed Record

Got a minute?  Why not check out this video of our boys over at DIYAutoTune breaking a land speed record in their 2JZ powered 240SX?


 

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Project 240SX Land Speed Racer:  Better Living through Volumetric Efficiency

by Chuck Johnson

After removing more than one cylinders' worth of displacement from an SR20DET, the need to improve the volumetric efficiency of our engine through forced induction became absolutely critical. In other words, if we were going to have any chance at breaking land speed records, we'd need a badass turbo system and there was simply no room for scrimpin' here.  So, we stocked our turbo system with the best components we could find:  A Borg Warner EFR turbo, dual Turbo Smart Hyper Gates, and a stainless steel Full Race Motorsports turbo manifold.  Then, we made all the right connections with Earl's Performance Products.


 

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The Heart of a Record Breaker III: Completing the VVL Head Swap and Engine Assembly

by Chuck Johnson

In this installment of Project 240SX LSR, we'll follow Nick Hunter of 5523 Motorsports as he completes the build of our record breaking engine dubbed the SR15VET 20V.  Read on for more on our de-stroked SR15VET, the VVL head swap, and the completion of our engine. 


 

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The 2013 SEMA Show:  A Glimpse at the Past, Present, and Future

By Chuck Johnson

It's T minus zero and the 2013 SEMA Show has officially opened its doors.  Sometime in the wee morning hours beforehand though, the MotoIQ black Ops team infiltrated the Las Vegas Convention Center, ninja outfits and all, to bring you a quick glimpse of what this year's SEMA Show has in store.


 

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The Heart of a Record Breaker II:  The Doctor Is In

by Chuck Johnson

In our last story, we covered the basic design of our land speed record breaking engine we've dubbed the SR15VET 20V.  This time around, we'll take a deep look inside the engine and detail its build with none other than our resident Nissan guru, Nick Hunter of 5523 Motorsports.


 

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Japanese Classic Car Show: The Pristine, Eclectic, and Perhaps a Tad Bit Psychotic

by Chuck Johnson

Living in Long Beach, California has its perks.  I can literally get to some of the best automotive events in the state within a ten minute drive to downtown.  Never mind the drive-by shooting that rendered someone dead less than 50 yards from my house a while back.  Who cares about personal safety when you've got Formula D and Long Beach Grand Prix at your doorstep?  OK, so maybe those two events don't quite justify worrying about stray bullets and sleeping in a Kevlar vest at night.   Throw in some of the smaller, niche events like Toyota Fest and Japanese Classic Car Show though and maybe it's worthwhile… surely only for a gear head.  


 

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The Heart of a Record Breaker Part I: Enter the SR15VET 20V

by Chuck Johnson

In the last three years, it seems that I've said it over a thousand times. When it comes to land speed racing, take most everything you know about racing and throw it away. There are so many generally accepted practices in motorsports and preconceived notions about racing that just don't apply when it comes to land speed racing. In fact, much of the time these common practices are the polar opposite of the practices standard to that of building a car for Bonneville. Where most racers would consider changes in displacement only in one direction (larger), the land speed racer will do whatever it takes to set a land speed record even if it means decreasing an engine's displacement. Why did we choose this route? Read on to find out!


 

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Project Land Speed Racer 240SX: Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

By Chuck Johnson
Photos by Joe Lu
 
The last chapter of Project 240SX LSR left Team MotoIQ sleep deprived and malnourished with just a handful of days to spare before Speed Week 2012.  However, the ever persistent team had just completed the install of a donor SR20DET and the fabrication of the Spearco air to liquid intercooler system.  In terms of the powertrain, things were looking up.  On the chassis side though, there was still a long list of modifications that needed to be completed to meet SCTA rules.  While we are currently preparing for Bonneville Speedweek 2013, read on to see the final push we made for last years' Speed Week.

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The Hail Mary: The Build Story Behind Speed Week Part 1

By Chuck Johnson
 
Defined as a very long, low percentage pass made in sheer desperation, the term Hail Mary is perfectly fitting of Project 240LSR’s journey to Speed Week. While Eric Hsu and "Team America" were making their own Hail Mary attempt to make it to World Time Attack, the perhaps lesser known, yet equally determined team behind MotoIQ’s Project 240LSR were simultaneously in pursuit of their own Hail Mary pass. Let’s face it though; this is par for the course. If it wasn’t for race day, almost every race car would be forever damned to a hellish state of incompletion. This is the story of how we made it.

 

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Project 240SX Land Speed Racer:  Racecar Livery, the Function Behind the Form

By Chuck Johnson  Photos by Joe Lu

I’ve put together a lot of cool project cars over the years and would like to think that with each one, I push the envelope a little bit further and get a little better at what I’m doing.  I’ve learned a lot from building racecars and a good portion of that learning in most recent years I’d say, is far beyond that of just turning a wrench.


 

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Project Honda Civic EJ: Building the B18C1 Part V

By Chuck Johnson

In our last installment of Project Honda Civic EJ, we thoroughly explored the Harlem Shake phenomenon and also partially completed the assembly of our B18C1’s valvetrain.  Now equipped with Skunk2 valve springs and titanium retainers; the cylinder head of our B18C1 engine is ready for completion.  Next on this list? A set of Pro1+ camshafts, Skunk2 adjustable cam gears, and an ARP stud kit. 


 

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Project 240SX Land Speed Racer:  Flat Out on the Bonneville Salt Flats (Video)

By Chuck Johnson

It’s really easy for people to discredit going fast in a straight line.  Hell, I myself have been guilty of snickering at the thought of "run what you brung" night at the drag races.  I mean how much skill could it really take to hold a steering wheel straight and mash on the throttle for a ¼ mile?  The truth is though, it doesn’t matter if it’s driving in a straight line or around the same damn circle for hours. Click on the link to see the in-car video!


 

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Project Honda Civic EJ:  Building the B18C1 Part IV

By Chuck Johnson

In our last installment of Project Honda Civic EJ, we had just begun the assembly of the bottom end of our B18C1 engine.   With the bottom end complete, we could now shift our attention towards the assembly of our B18C1’s cylinder head and the completion of Project Honda Civic EJ’s engine build.


 

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