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Project Porsche 991 GT3 RS- Improving the Aero with a 911R Rear Diffuser

by Mike Kojima

How do you improve a supercar? It is not easy, but leave it to us to give it a try. We recently got to add a Porsche GT3 RS to our project car fleet. If you don't know much about Porsches, a GT3 RS is a limited production model, part of the current 991 platform family and the last of the great naturally aspirated 911's. 


 

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12

Project DC2 Integra- Getting More Grip With OS Giken and Better Response With Centerforce

by Mike Kojima

With our DC2 Integra rocking a state of the art suspension, it was time to get our drivetrain in order for our anticipated track use and increased power. To get the power to the ground, we needed a limited slip differential, and we selected what we feel is the best FWD limited slip on the market- the OS Giken 1 way differential.


 

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11

Out of the Meat Locker - Cameron Moore’s Formula Drift Scion FR-S

by Andrew Jennings

Blood, sweat, tears. Words that are often used to describe the intense struggle that is in any form of motorsport. For meat butcher turned Formula D Pro drifter, Cameron Moore, they couldn’t be more accurate. As a privateer, his challenge for success in the sport has been a growing process each year. The 2017 season saw him jump up a notch into some more serious metal, a highly-tuned Scion FR-S. Read on to see the full story behind this incredible build, featuring a turbocharged, anti-lag firing, nitrous-injected 2JZ motor, one that even the most seasoned of veterans would have been eager to pilot.


 

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07

Dai Yoshihara's 2018 Formula Drift Rebuild

by Mike Kojima

After 3 years of Formula Drift competition, our team had pretty much developed the BRZ chassis to where we were satisfied with its performance. After some post-season testing to try out a few new ideas we decided that with the development stable, it was time to completely go through the car, repair some minor damage incurred during three seasons of hard use and to rethink the car's layout.


 

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07

Project E39 M5: Yokohama Advan GT Wheels and & Nitto Invo Tires 

by Martin Gonzales

After installing the StopTech Trophy Brake System on our Project BMW E39 M5 we unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, had to say goodbye to our stock wheel package. The OE mesh wheels were not designed to clear huge multi piston calipers and neither the front or rear wheels would clear our new brake kit. So we had no other choice but to do a long-needed upgrade to our project's wheels and tire package. Enter Yokohama Wheels and Nitto Tire!


 

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05

Ridden: Energica Eva Electric Motorcycle

by Khiem Dinh

Electric cars are already common place on the streets of many cities. In Los Angeles, you have to check your surroundings carefully should a quiet Model S, Model X, Model 3 (I’ve actually seen a handful now), i3, Bolt, Volt, Leaf, 500e, or bazillion Prii be sneaking by. Electric motorcycles are still working their way into more general acceptance. The line of motorcycles from Zero Motorcycle are probably the best known, but they basically the Prius of electric motorcycles, i.e. they are great for commuting but not exactly that exciting. Enter the electric motorcycles from Energica which are the equivalent Teslas.


 

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04

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Putting the Suspension All Together With SPL Parts and Whiteline 

by Mike Kojima

Now we are in the home stretch for upgrading our GT-R's underpinnings with our quest to improve its on-track staying power and to reduce its propensity to understeer. In previous editions, we did the suspension basics and upgraded the brakes on the car. Now it was time to finish this part of our project off.


 

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LA Auto Show 2017: Nerd’s Eye View – Unique Cars, Engines, and Things

by Khiem Dinh

The LA Auto Show always has some unique new vehicles that budding automotive companies want to show off. For example, this new Saleen mid-engine and turbocharged car. It’s got the right recipe in my mind for an awesome performance car platform. It’s good to see Saleen back out making products. The big OEMs sometimes like to show off a little flair too along with new technologies. Then there are the other random going-on stuff at the show which I find amusing.


 

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29

Project "My Fiancée's" Miata: Part 10 - Nitto NT05 Tires, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch & Flywheel, Two Track Tests and Road Trip Bonanza!

by Daniel O'Donnell

Take a seat and come along for the most epic road trip in MotoIQ project car history! Thirty hours each direction across the United States, with Buttonwillow Raceway being the halfway point, definitely brought some great excitement and photo opportunities. However at MotoIQ, we don’t just take leisurely road trips; we had to make sure that we made it in time for Global Time Attack’s Super Lap Battle. Click to read more! 


 

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28

Building an FA20 Race Engine for Michele Abbate: Part 2

by Mike Kojima

So when we last left off, we were putting together some awesome parts for Michele's engine and were about to embark on assembling it. In the interest of long-term durability, we added a few tricks to our build over the last one we did for the Stay Crushing car.


 

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Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show – Go-Fast Vehicles

by Khiem Dinh

The motorsport scene has undergone large technical changes over the last half decade with the implementation of high-efficiency technologies. Some of the technology has shown up in concept cars. Some of the technology in road going cars have been eliminated from the race car version. Then there’s just good ole big displacement with forced induction on top. There was even a bit for the off-road guys. 


 

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23

Project S2000 AP1: Deatschwerks Fuel Pump Install

by Vincent Soto

All was not right with our Project AP1 S2000. It was making some louder than normal sounds that were coming from the fuel pump. The car would struggle to start as if the car had low gas or no gas at all. After some forum research and some diagnosing with a fuel pressure gauge, we had come to a conclusion that the fuel pump was bad.

After having the car for 5 years now, it was expected for it happen eventually. Since we got the car from the auction for 3200 dollars, there were no records of the fuel pump being changed or of any (well there was some records for tires bought in 2003) maintenance at all. With that being said, we started to look at fuel pumps on the market. In the end, we decided the go with Deatschwerks DW200 fuel pump (9-201-1000). 


 

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22

Project EP3 Civic Si: Why the Suspension Sucks and How to Fix It! 

Since us MotoIQ nerds have a heightened perception of what is "an acceptable" level of handling in a car, we realize that we bit off quite a bit to chew with (arguably) Honda's worst handling Civic- the EP3 generation. What have we done to correct it and did it work? Watch to find out, with MotoIQ's chassis engineer, Mike Kojima, and test driver, Karla Pestotnik!


 

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WATCH: Best New Stuff from the 2017 PRI Show! 

Did you not make it to the 2017 PRI show? Not to worry, MotoIQ has you covered! We love everything about the PRI Show in Indianapolis, from the snowy grounds to the best companies and new products within the Performance Racing Industry!


 

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17

Project Golf R MKVII: Finding More Power with COBB Accessport

by Isaac Sandoval

In our last update on on this project, we started preparing for power modifications by installing a Fluidampr crankshaft pulley. That modification went much better than expected with the car picking up a few horsepower in the process. Despite that small bump in power from the pulley install, having near stock power levels on the Golf R all this time has definitely become a little bit boring, especially knowing the potential of the hardware under the hood. We have been waiting patiently for COBB to release their Accesstuner for the Golf R, and they have finally delivered. The Accessport tuner and hard parts are now available for the MKVII Golf R, and we are going to test out the gains on our Project Golf R.


 

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16

Project E39 M5: StopTech Front & Rear Trophy Kit Installation

by Martin Gonzales

In our Brake Refresh Article we maximized the capabilities of our E39 M5's OE braking system by using StopTech's Sport Axle Pack, which includes slotted rotors, stainless steel braided brake lines and Sport brake pads. Front brake ducting was also added in order to improve on our project's susceptibility to brake fade. Though these improvements left us with a braking system that performed better than stock, the E39 M5's brake system has a lot of room for improvement. We will turn the knob to 11, with StopTech's Trophy kit!


 

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15

Project BOSS 302Revival: Introduction

by Mark Gearhart

Sometimes it’s a disgrace to let a vehicle perish. When crashed beyond their means, some vehicles can cost more than it’s worth to provide a second chance at life. After seeing a 2013 BOSS 302 that was destined to be parted out and discarded, we knew this one couldn’t be left to the vultures. Meet MotoIQ’s latest project vehicle, Boss 302Revival.


 

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14

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Upping Stopping Power with Brembo and Race Technologies

by Mike Kojima

As you can see so far in this series, we are doing a lot of things to fight the weight of the GT-R.  At 3800 pounds, the GT-R wheels throw around a lot of mass with a great deal of speed and grace, but it can only do it for short periods of time before the weight takes its toll, mostly on the brakes and tires.


 

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WATCH: Best New Stuff from the 2017 SEMA Show (Part 2)

Did you not make it to the 2017 SEMA show? MotoIQ has you covered! This year the show was full to the brim. We stopped by the booths of many of our supporters to give you an insider's look at their new products and technologies on display. Here are all the videos in one place, enjoy!


 

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LA Auto Show 2017: Nerd’s Eye View – BMW

by Khiem Dinh

So, what was going on in the BMW booth? A lot of electric stuff. A lot of ‘M’ stuff. A lot of carbon fiber. It seems you can get a M Performance version of just about any model BMW now- much like how you can get an AMG Mercedes everything. What do you get for the extra Benjamins dished out for the M Performance packages? Fancy carbon fiber exhaust temps with the M logo etched into the tips for one.


 

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