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Nerd's Eye View: Inside Fredric Aasbo/Papadakis Racing's Amazing V8 eating 2AR Toyota Engine 

By Mike Kojima

A couple of years ago, a lot of knowledgeable people, myself included declared that the turbocharged small displacement 4 cylinder engine was dead in the sport of Pro Drifting.  Dead, uncompetitive and obsolete.  We sung the praises of the latest new generation of domestic V8's like the Chevy LS, the Chevy SB2 and the Ford Coyote.  For a while it seemed so even though others like our own Eric Hsu predicted otherwise.

This year things are changing, turbochargers are coming back to the delight of fans and challenging the rule of the V8.  One of the most intriguing and successful applications of new turbo technology is the Toyota 2AR engine developed by Papadakis racing and driven by Fredric Aasbo.

The 2AR is a 2.5 liter all aluminum inline 4 that is both lightweight and stout at the same time.  Papadakis racing has proven that it can operate reliably for a long time at exceedingly high power levels.  It's taken about 2 years for Papadakis racing to hone and develop the 2AR into the potent package it is today and the story and parts behind it are interesting indeed.  Check it out!


 

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MPTCC Round 1 Auto Club 1

Event Coverage: MPTCC 2013 Round 1 - Auto Club Speedway 1

By Justin Banner

If there is one good thing about starting at Auto Club Speedway in March it's this: it ain't so freakin' hot! Well, it wasn't hot anywhere except Autoclub Speedway where the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul was kicking off the 2013 Season. Would we see a repeat performance by Edik Stepanyan or would 2012 Champion Michele Abbate pull ahead this time? Could one of our new competitors make a charge?  Find all this out and more as you continue to read on about the first round of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul!


 

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Tony Angelo FR-S

The Bloodmaster's Axe: Tony Angelo's Scion FR-S

Text by Justin Banner, Photos by Tony Angelo/TAngelo Racing

You hear it coming. It's getting closer. Before you know it, you feel it as it chops through you with the carnage of shredding tires and gore of broken bumpers and bent wheels. The turbo shreiks by like a banshee wailing as another opponent falls to the Bloodmaster, Tony Angelo. With the tC dulled by time, a new axe is being prepared for him, this time in the form of the Scion FR-S. Join us as we take a peek into the preparation for Long Beach and the 2013 Formula Drift Season.


 

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MPTCC Round 4 - Buttonwillow II

MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Challenge Round 4 - The Finale at Buttonwillow II

By Justin Banner

After a season of controversy, action, and excitement, it's come down to the final race to determine who takes the Big Trophy for the 2012 MPTCC Tuner Under Championship. Will it be NASA Rookie Michele Abbate in the heavy hitting Gruppe-S tC or Edik Stepanyan in the hard charging Acura Integra? Or could there be a monkey in the system with a new comer in the final race? You'll only know if you read on!


 

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Global Time Attak Round 6 - Buttonwillow II

Global Time Attack Round 6 - Buttonwillow II

By Justin Banner


Here it is! The grand finale of the 2012 Global Time Attack series. Not only is a new track record set, but also a champion is crowned to complete the 2012 GTA season. So, who takes it all and who takes the track?


 

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Sneak Peak: Michell Abbate's 2012 Scion tC

Sneak Peek: Michele Abbate's 2012 Scion tC

By Justin Banner

What do you get with a tenacious young driver and a well built car? You get Michele Abbate and the Gruppe-S 2012 Scion tC! While she has proven herself as a driver thus far in the 2012 MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship, what did it take to make her 2012 Scion tC capable of getting her to this point? We dive in, head first, in this heavy-weight car and will also show you why it's actually more attainable than at first blush! 


 

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Christian Rado, Chris Rado, Driver Blog, motoiq

Driver Blog:  Christian Rado - GTA @ PBIR

By Christian Rado

The weather wasn’t looking good heading into the first day of Global Time Attack at Palm Beach. The clouds were threatening and it felt like they could open up at any moment, but when the car was ready to go...


 

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