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How to Pass Tech Inspection for The Drift League and Other Events!

By Mike Kojima

As the Technical Director for The Drift League, I was pleased that the quality of many of the Pro-Am cars that myself and Nikita Rushmanove were high and we have plenty of solid cars in the series. On the other hand, I was dismayed at the fact that NONE of the cars we inspected passed tech the first time through!


 

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Bringing the Heat: Under Control!

by Frank Ewald

With our first track day and Knox Mountain Hill Climb 2018 now behind us, we can say without question that the HeatShield Products and the Koyorad have absolutely increased the cooling capacity of the NX GTi-R on the track. Our benchmark temperatures were set last October on a cool and sunny day. The daytime high was 16°Celcius. The temperatures we checked on May 5 and it was a sunny day and the ambient temperature was 22°Celcius (that's about 72°Fahrenheit). The temperatures were checked after the car had been out for the second session and, as this was a CACC Time Attack event here at Mission's River's Edge Road Course, you can appreciate that the car was being pushed. Two weeks later the NX was at the 61st Annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb; the runs up the hill showed an amazing difference one year later. The extensive improvements to the cooling system absolutely worked.


 

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The MotoIQ Hellafunctional Showdown Presented by KW

by Martin Gonzales

Being the very first event of its kind the obvious question is, what exactly is the MotoIQ Hellafunctional Showdown presented by KW? Simply put, It is the anti-hard parking car show. Here at MotoIQ we build fast cars, love fast cars and want to see/drive nothing but fast cars. We're not exactly the car show going type and neither are our fans. So we wanted to create an event that would allow like-minded gearheads to display their builds and, most importantly, prove they are more than just good looking cars. This would require combining elements of a car show, car meet, track-day, and autocross.


 

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13

ProAm Drifting Returns to Irwindale Speedway - The Drift League Round 1 Recap

By Rathyna Gomer

Just in case you've been living in a cave, MotoIQ has ventured into the drift world with a new competitive, ProAm series called The Drift League (TDL). TDL's inaugural year is set to have four rounds of competition that will all take place at Irwindale Speedway. At the end of the season, the top three drivers will earn their Formula DRIFT PRO2 licenses and will be eligible to compete in FD next year. 


 

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11

A Proper Primer on Personal Protection

by Erik Jacobs

In the time between the SC300 getting dyno tuned and our first track day (complete with transmission soup), I had some extra shopping to do. It turned out that all of my personal safety equipment had timed out, and it all needed to be replaced with current gear. This is not an inexpensive proposition. For the average track day, a brain bucket is all that’s needed. But we had built a full-on race car and were intending to go wheel-to-wheel -- more would be required. And, generally speaking, it doesn’t hurt to have all the safety gear you can afford / bear to purchase.


 

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07

Event Coverage: 2018 Indianapolis 500 in Photos

By David Zipf

Longtime readers should know by now that I have a love affair with the Indy 500.  I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: the Indianapolis 500 is the race that got me interested in cars and motorsports.  Going is always a special event for me, whether it’s as press or as a fan.  Going as press has been an amazing experience and I end up taking a few thousand photos during the race weekend.  It’s rather a shame that we only publish a few dozen on MotoIQ, so instead of doing a normal race recap I thought it would be more interesting to pick out some of the coolest pictures I captured during the weekend and share them with some thoughts, observations, and notes.  By the time this has gone live you’ll either know what happened, or you won’t care, so hopefully, this approach brings a different perspective to the race.


 

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05

The King of Speed, PZ Tunings Amazing Time Attack Civic

By Mike Kojima

William Au-Yeung has been changing the course of history as of late, time attack history that is with his amazing 2012 Honda FB6 Civic Si. Not only has William been dominating the FWD Unlimited class but he has been taking the overall top times at GTA's Buttonwillow and Road Atlanta events.


 

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Inside the 1000 hp LS, Dai Yoshihara's Formula Drift Powerplant

By Mike Kojima

MotoIQ Garage has taken over the development of Dai Yoshihara's engine program for the last two years from a famous high dollar engine builder. The previous engine had decent power but the reliability was lacking. We were experiencing some sort of engine related issue every few events and halfway through the season, the engine performance would degrade and a fresh engine would need to be installed.  


 

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Event Coverage: 2018 IndyCar Grand Prix

By David Zipf

It’s May!  And that means MotoIQ is back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, covering the IndyCar Grand Prix and the Indy 500.  As has been the tradition for the last five years, the Month of May kicks off with the Indy GP held on IMS’ ex-Formula 1 road course.  Let’s dive into the race and see what went down!


 

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Curly's Corner: A Nerd's Eye on Formula 1 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix

By David Zipf

Welcome back to our post-race breakdown of Formula 1! MotoIQ is bringing you its own particular nerdtastic take on the latest news and developments in F1. Impress your neighbors, stun your friends, and woo the ladies with your newfound F1 knowledge!


 

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Ryan Passey's Amazing Mazda Hyper Miata

By Mike Kojima

We have always liked the super-efficient cars of Moti Almagor's Blackbird Fabworx. His cars have a distinct signature; lightweight, elegant, very fast with very little horsepower. Focus is put on maximizing handling, braking and cornering grip in a simple package. Recently at the last Global TIme Attack event at Buttonwillow raceway we got to check out Ryan Passey's, of Goodwin Racing, 1990 Mazda Hyper Miata that was built by Ryan in collaboration with Blackbird Fabworx.


 

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Curly’s Corner: 2018 Bahrain & Chinese Grands Prix

by David Zipf

Welcome back to our post-race breakdown of Formula 1! MotoIQ is bringing you its own particular nerdtastic take on the latest news and developments in F1. Impress your neighbors, stun your friends, and woo the ladies with your newfound F1 knowledge!


 

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Dai Yoshihara's 2018 Formula Drift Rebuild Conclusion

by Mike Kojima

So if you have been following along with our mini-series on what an end of season refresh on a Pro Formula Drift car looks like, you have followed us from stripping the car to a bare chassis, to additional updates, and lastly, the final assembly of the car.


 

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Racewars 2018- Top Speed Racing Done the Australian Way!

by Blake Parry

Nestled in the Western Australian town of Albany, lies a runway – normally used for a quick transit to avoid the 5 hour drive from capital city Perth, or for handful of crop dusters and the local flying doctor service. Once a year, with the support of the local government and townsfolk, this airport is shut down, and transformed into what is now Australia’s only 1000m (3280ft) V-max event. This is Racewars.

Originally conceived by a group of WA locals over maybe one too many beers, Racewars is now in its 5th year, showing that a dedicated bunch of people, supported by a strong car community can achieve great things. Welcoming all comers – irrespective of vehicle type as long as it’s fast, to put man and machine to the test over 1000m of prime tarmac.


 

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Curly's Corner: A Nerd's Eye on Formula 1 - Australian Grand Prix

by David Zipf

It’s been five months since we got to talk Formula 1...and quite frankly, that’s five months too long. With Easter nearly on us, it’s finally time to polish up those new paint jobs, warm up the 1.6L hybrid V6s, and get racing once again. Formula 1 is back!


 

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Team America BNR32 GT-R First Update in a Long Time!

by Mike Kojima

So most of you probably thought that the Team America GT-R was dead, long abandoned to the scrap heap or maybe left in a pile somewhere in Australia. Not so! After a humiliating first appearance at the 2014 running of WTAC down under, the car has been under reconstruction.


 

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WATCH: MotoIQ Approved Feature Car! A Track Ready, Comptech Supercharged 1991 Acura NSX

We take a detailed look at Regan Yu’s very well built Acura NSX that he uses for frequent track days and casual street driving. How do you make one of the best Japanese classic cars even better? Grab a seat and get ready to learn from MotoIQ’s Editor-In-Chief and Engineer, Mike Kojima, as he goes step-by-step through this well thought-out build.


 

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Improving Dai Yoshihara's Formula Drift Engine Wear With WPC Treatment!

by Mike Kojima

The world of Pro Drifting is a brutal place for machinery. Since I started my involvement with Pro Drifting 10 years ago, I have been amazed by the appetite for parts a pro car possesses. In all of my engineering career, I have yet to be involved with a motorsport that eats more expensive stuff on a regular basis.


 

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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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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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