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Project SC300 Road Racer: Part 12 - Cabin Fever

by Erik Jacobs

The trunk harness was complete. The engine bay harness work and modifications were complete. Now it was time to finally get after the main cabin. And, oh what a project it would be.


 

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Posted in: Project SC300
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PRI 2017 - What's New and Cool Edition

by Erik Jacobs

It’s been almost two weeks since the 2017 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show finished its last day, and this coverage is just now coming out. This should serve as a testament to just how much is at this truly racing-oriented trade show. Unlike the party time vibe that the SEMA show fosters, PRI is all about serious racing business. Sure, there’s a few models here and there, but, for the most part, the wares are the star of the show. Here are a number of things that the MotoIQ staff found interesting this year.


 

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06

Project Sim Racer: Part 4 - Project Cars 2 Review

by Erik Jacobs

Having constructed a quality sim rig and then upgraded it with even better controls, I’ve spent a fair bit of time putting in laps on both iRacing and rFactor 2. A while back, an associate offered to make an introduction to the folks at Slightly Mad Studios, the creator of Project Cars. The introduction came very early in the development cycle of Project Cars 2, but the conversation was fruitful. Not long after the release, I received a copy to review.


 

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04

Project Lexus SC300 Road Racer: Part 11 - Engine Bay Wiring

by Erik Jacobs

When we left Project SC300 last, we had done most of the preparation work in the engine bay getting ready to start pulling the engine harness work. Now it was time to actually do the engine bay harness. Of course, some ancillary components needed to be wired and set up, too. Take a look at what we did.


 

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25

Breaking Records with the Solo Motorsports 624HP Time Attack BMW 135i

by Erik Jacobs

Solo Motorsports has been at it in the Atlanta scene for a solid 10 years. At Formula D Atlanta’s Global Time Attack round, driver Tony Fuentes scored a win in Limited RWD with a 1:31.270 - faster than many Limited AWD cars, and even some of the Unlimited RWD ones, too. Want to learn more about Solo Motorsports' Euro-fighter 135i? Read on.


 

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Posted in: Feature Vehicles
21

2017 Formula Drift Pro - Road Atlanta

by Erik Jacobs

14 years. It has been 14 years since Formula D first came to Road Atlanta. It's the first place the series ever went, and yours truly even got to drive in it. But, things have changed a lot since that first event long ago. The cars, the drivers- it has all come a long, long way.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Events
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2017 Formula Drift Pro2 - Road Atlanta

by Erik Jacobs

Formula Drift's Pro2 series is a relatively recent creation, in comparison to the big show's 14-year history. But do not mistake its youth for innocence. The level of attention to detail in the preparation of the cars and the skill of the drivers are nothing to shake a stick at. Making it to the Pro2 show represents a significant achievement, and the competition is fierce. Here's how the Road Atlanta round of the 2017 Formula Drift Pro2 series shook out.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Events
16

2017 Global Time Attack - Road Atlanta

by Erik Jacobs

For the past few years, Formula Drift weekend at Road Atlanta has brought the Global Time Attack series in tow as a support event. By day, Road Atlanta sees lap after lap of GTA's classes pounding the pavement in pursuit of fractions of a second. By night, the machines of Formula Drift take the stage.


 

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Project Lexus SC300 Road Racer: Part 10 - Finish Wiring the Back and Prep the Front Harness

by Erik Jacobs

We finally had begun wiring Project SC300 in the last installment. With the main trunk harness mostly complete, it was time to start buttoning things up. We still had the matter of the wheel speed sensor harness to attend to and probably a few thousand other things, too, like getting the engine bay prepped.


 

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Posted in: Project SC300
10

Project Sim Racer: Part 3 - Enhancing the Experience With Fanatec

by Erik Jacobs

After spending a good number of hours behind the Logitech G920 controls on our GT-R Simulator GTA-F cockpit, we wanted to see if we could enhance our experience. There wasn’t anything wrong with the Logitech setup, but there is a whole lot more high-end gear out there that we wanted to try. Enter Fanatec and another pile of boxes!


 

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CafeIQ Debut: Every New Beginning is Some Other Beginning's End

by Erik Jacobs

When Nick recently left us to go take care of the family coffee and espresso equipment repair business, we didn’t think much of it. But recently, founder Mike Kojima attended a NASCAR Xfinity series event and lamented on the emptiness of the stands. It was clear from this singular, isolated experience that racing is, in fact, dying, and dying quickly. So, it was time to make a change. Enter, CafeIQ.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are hanging up our driving gloves in favor of aprons and bar rags. Sorry Patrick Stewart fans, but there’s no Earl Grey (hot) where we’re going. It’s all about coffee.


 

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Posted in: Magazine
28

Project Sim Racer: Part 2 - Let's Go Racing!

by Erik Jacobs

When we left Project Sim Racer in Part 1, we had just finished constructing our cockpit and outfitting it with controls from Logitech. Now it is time to get to gaming! I mean driving! I mean driving in the games! OK, whatever!

In this segment we will evaluate two extremely popular simulators: iRacing and rFactor 2. If I had to choose between these two titles, I would have a very, very tough time. They both are excellent, both have their advantages, and both have their disadvantages. It really depends on what you’re after. Read on and make your own decision.


 

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16

JMS Racing Subaru WRX STi at the Texas Mile

by Erik Jacobs

JMS Racing is no stranger to AWD performance, having been in the Mitsubishi Evo game for some time. They also have been around the block when it comes to drag and other straight-line racing, having built the first 9-second Evo in Texas. At a customer's request they turned their attention to Subaru mile performance racing and built this 200+ MPH capable beast.


 

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06

Project Lexus SC300 Road Racer: Part 9 - Begin Rewiring at the... Back?

by Erik Jacobs

After over a year of slow and methodical removal, preparation, and planning, it is finally time. We held our noses and closed our eyes and clicked the button to place an order with MilSpecWiring. Dozens of connectors, hundreds of feet of wire, heat shrink tubing, buttons, pins, tools, and other supplies were finally on their way. And on the day they arrived, the panic truly set in. We actually had to finally build everything.


 

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Project Sim Racer: Part 1 - Building the Rig

by Erik Jacobs

Today’s racing simulators are far from arcade games. They are extremely accurate representations of real world physics that can be paired with realistic controls to drive on real-world circuits that have been scanned with lasers, lidar and other cutting-edge technology- all in an effort to provide an extremely faithful representation of the real world. Even 2- and 3-dimensional motion simulators are “affordable”, depending on your budget.

So what does it take to get started, and where can you go for a reasonable sum? We decided to find out.


 

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Project Lexus SC300 Road Racer: Part 8 - Planning for Performance

by Erik Jacobs

So far in the epic rewiring saga of Project SC300 we’ve managed to write thousands and thousands of words, and we don’t even have any wires pulled or harnesses assembled. It just goes to show how much work and planning goes into doing wiring right. While there is still a lot of fabrication to be done, and little odds and ends to take care of, it’s time to talk about planning a wiring job. Get your reading glasses ready- this article is going to get wordy.


 

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Posted in: Project SC300
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Project Lexus SC300 Road Racer: Part 7 - Sealing the Things

by Erik Jacobs

When we last left Project Lexus SC300, we had been fabricating panels to secure all of the electronics. Even for something as simple as installing a few electronic components, it takes quite a bit of planning and execution in order to do it correctly. That planning and execution continues in this installment of the rewiring series, where we secure the Autosport Labs Racecapture/Pro2 data logger and construct other block-off panels.


 

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Project Lexus SC300 Road Racer: Part 6 - Practical Panels

by Erik Jacobs

After mounting the core electronic components (ECU, wideband, Racepak Smartwire, and so forth) it was now time to start to place controls and build panels for them. The factory SC300 dashboard has some interesting surfaces and we need to ensure that all controls are accessible from a proper seated position. But, first, we have to handle the main kill switch.


 

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Project Lexus SC300 Road Racer: Part 5 - Placement Makes Perfect

by Erik Jacobs

The interesting thing about a massive (re)wiring project is that a really, really large portion of the project does not even involve touching wires. Think about it for a moment. Once the car is completely gutted, and you’ve made your electronic components selection, and you’ve plunked down your hard-earned pennies to get the electronics into your hands, you now have to figure out where to place everything. And, if you want to do it right, that means fabrication. Double stick tape only goes so far.


 

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Project Lexus SC300 Road Racer: Part 4 - Beginning the Epic Rewire

by Erik Jacobs

Mr. Cooper was the teacher for my 8th grade math class, and he always used to say “there’s the right way, the wrong way, and the Army way.” When it comes to wiring, there are even fewer choices: right, and wrong. Here we begin an epic rewiring series on the MotoIQ Project SC300 Road Racer.


 

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Posted in: Project SC300
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