Entries for 'KP1.5'

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Nerd Alert Part 2! SKYACTIV-X: Were Our Predictions Correct?

by Karla Pestotnik

When Mazda first announced its infamous, new SKYACTIV-X engine, we made some preliminary guesses about its workings before any information was released. Guesses are guesses, but now that Mazda has released more official information about the all-new and exciting Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engine, it seems that we weren’t too far off. We recently got to poke around and even test drive their ten million dollar prototypes!


 

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All-Season Versus Winter Tires: A Racecar Driver's Consensus

Presented by Tire Rack and Michelin

by Karla Pestotnik

I think I can comfortably say that I’ve used all-season tires in almost any creative scenario that I can think of. I’ve used them on a racetrack countless times in several different cars, trying to drive as cleanly as possible with minimal grip in search of the best possible lap time for each given platform. I’ve used them as “rain tires” because that is what was available at the time and had better water dispersion than race slicks in a sprint race with down pouring rain. I’ve done some off-roading with them on trucks, SUVs and even vans, and had my fair share of times getting stuck in sand and/or mud with them (a few occasions with a trailer connected even). I have even used them for what they are generally intended for- you know, normal driving in a regular passenger car on public roads and highways. However, after attending the Winter Driving Event that Tire Rack and Michelin hosted, I can now say that I have used all-season tires in ice drag racing!

We did several comparison tests to evaluate whether or not it's worth it to buy winter tires, considering how versatile all-season tires can be. What does a racecar driver have to say about it? Click to find out!


 

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Project AP1.5 S2000: Introduction, Installation of AEM Infinity & Dyno Tuning!

by Karla Pestotnik

Okay, we know what you might be thinking. We already have two Honda S2000 projects at MotoIQ- why have a third? Plus, this one looks modified already- what else would you do to it that would be interesting? And, why call it an AP1.5? What is that?

Let us address all of these concerns. And, while we are at it, we show you step-by-step how to install an AEM Infinity, how to wire and pin multiple AEM sensors, and show you the results of our dyno tuning. Click to read more!


 

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TESTED: CXC Simulations Motion Pro II Driving Simulator!

by Karla Pestotnik

Let's say you are a serious or professional racecar driver with a race coming up at a track that you have never been to, or perhaps it has been years since you drove there last. You wouldn't show up to the track without doing any research about the course. You wouldn't expect to qualify first while learning where the course turns left and right in that field of 35 very talented and hungry racers for that top podium step. You do whatever your routine is for learning a new course and do your best to prepare before you strap in the racecar for the first practice day at the track. 

Many serious and professional racers spend hours on a driving simulator to help aid in this preparation. However, the more accurate and realistic the simulator is, the more that can be learned. In search of the most accurate driving simulator virtually possible, we stopped by our friends at CXC Simulations in Los Angeles to give their Motion Pro II Simulator a try. What contributes to higher accuracy in a simulator? Read on to find out!


 

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WATCH: Project DC2 Integra Baseline Track Test 

We did some baseline track testing of Project DC2 Integra in almost 100% stock form with our friends at Global Time Attack. This test will allow us to find out just how much faster our future upgrades will make the car go around Buttonwillow Raceway’s 13CW configuration. With over 150,000 miles on the chassis, all original suspension components and bushings, no LSD, and OEM replacement tires of an unknown age, our GSR Integra was put to work on a harsher track that requires compliance and balance. We were, however, granted with upgraded street composition brake pads, rotors, and stainless steel lines for the test.

How did the Integra hold up to the tall task? Which upgrades do we predict to make the largest improvement in lap time? Watch the video to find out!


 

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WATCH:  MotoIQ Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51 Introduction

If you’ve kept up with us for a while, you know what we are about.  We’ve perfected the art of turning our "daily drivers" into "barely streetable" for the sake of best possible lap times on the tracks we rarely have time to visit.  Will this new Stingray project be any different?  

Watch as Mike Kojima goes underneath the Stingray to give his take on the engineering inside the C7 Corvette and get a little preview of what the future holds for our newest project vehicle!  For those of you who still like to read, stay tuned for our intro article next week!


 

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Project AP1 S2000: Installing Forbidden Side Diffusers

by Karla Pestotnik

Project AP1 S2000 has specific plans to be the ultimate, fun street car that can hold its own performance-wise, without losing its street-ability factor by turning into a full-blown racecar or track dedicated car. However, what is a good handling street car without its good looks? We clean up the S2000's rocker panels with a set of Forbidden USA's carbon fiber side diffusers.


 

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How Magical is Black Magic Intense Wheel Cleaner? We Test it Out!

by Karla Pestotnik

With a word such as 'magic' in the name, it's easy to assume that you're getting some really good wheel cleaner. We are slightly more skeptical, however, and we had to see for ourselves. What if Black Magic wheel cleaner didn't live up to its name? 

Okay, enough quirky jokes. Let's get to scrubbing! Or do we even need to scrub? Looking at the directions...


 

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Honeywell Garrett Boost Festival 2017: Part 1- Global Time Attack

by Karla Pestotnik

Global Time Attack is known to be the premier Time Attack series in Northern America, and arguably, in the western hemisphere of the globe. This isn’t MotoIQ’s first rodeo at another wildly successful GTA event, and it is far from being Global Time Attack’s first highly publicized, sold out competition. GTA teamed up with Honeywell Garrett for Boost Fest 2017, taking place at Southern California’s Streets of Willow Springs Raceway. Hundreds of teams and spectators made the trek to cold and windy Rosemond, CA, in order to pursue and find out who can put down the quickest lap times.

Drivers that are willing to risk it all for one hot lap are heavily rewarded at this track, however, isn’t that the very nature of Time Attack? This is why we love the sport, so let’s see what crazy competition there was and who brought their best!


 

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Diagnosing the Screech on a Silverado LB7 Diesel Engine

by Karla Pestotnik

Any car can eventually get a pesky squeak coming from the drive belt area under the hood. For many 1999-2007 General Motors V8s, this has become an infamous issue. However, this common issue is often more than just a belt change; it can be a little bit more complicated. In our case with the LB7 diesel Silverado, it was multiple sources contributing to some head-scratching pondering. Since this is the dedicated tow vehicle for the Karla Pestotnik Racing team and a big event is coming soon, we needed to get to work to diagnose and fix the tow rig. 


 

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SEMA Sneak Peek 2016 - An Exclusive Chevrolet Event

by Karla Pestotnik

One of my uncles who lives in western Nebraska just bought a brand new Silverado to replace his old Silverado that he bought brand new when I was a child. However, he didn’t get rid of the old Silverado- he still has it. When he first bought the old Silverado, he was so proud of it. It was the first vehicle that he and my aunt were able to buy brand new. As humble, hard-working Americans with three kids in an area and a time where you could buy two or three houses for today’s cost of a new, decently optioned full size truck, this was a big deal. He let my cousins, my sister, and myself stop for ice cream while driving us home when he first got it- being the cool uncle that he is and as long as we promised to not spill any of it in his truck. Well, I was the one that accidentally spilled a drop of ice cream on his brand new bench seat in his brand new truck. Little eight-year old Karla felt so terrible, and honestly, I still feel bad about it today- the little ice cream stain is probably still there. It's possible that perhaps karma will have revenge on me if I end up taking his grandson out for ice cream when he is old enough.


 

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Zestino Gredge 07RS Race Track Tire Test

by Karla Pestotnik

It would be pretty comical if we saw Usain Bolt running the 100 meter dash in the Olympics without shoes. He would most likely not be breaking any world records or winning any gold medals without shoes on. Undoubtedly, a good pair of track spikes has helped Usain gain the traction he needs to push himself forward and eclipse the run in record breaking pace. The same can be said for someone looking to whip up some quick lap times with just wheels and no tires on. A good set of high-performance tires can make or break the handling capabilities of any vehicle. This concept applies even more so on a purpose-built vehicle designed to push the limits of lateral g's around a race track.


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