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08

Hooman Rahimi's 350Z: Pro 2 and the Cost of Drifting

by Taylor Haney

At the end of a long day or week, we all have our own way of unwinding and loosening the shackles of responsibility. For some of us, it might be alcohol or working out at the gym, but for Hooman Rahimi, it’s always been about roasting some tires.


 

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28

Forrest Wang's Get Nuts Lab! Nissan Silvia S15 Drift Car

by Mike Kojima

If you are a fan of drifting, then you know all about Forrest Wang, who is renowned for his spectacular high angle and smoky driving style. His car builds have a lot of style as well and we have been trying to catch up with him for a year to be able to capture one of his masterpieces in a story. 


 

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27

Attacking Time with the LYFE Motorsports Nissan R35 GT-R

by Mike Kojima, action Photos by GTA and Snap Studios

When Cole Powelson set out to build an R35 GT-R he initially didn't have the ambitious plans to build one of the world's fastest time attack cars. The 2012 GT-R originally was built as a modified but streetable time attack car which was run for fun.  Then the car was repurposed and underwent a metamorphosis, eventually being rebuilt into the sophisticated machine that appears on our site here.


 

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26

A Look Inside Alec Hohnadell's Get Nuts Lab Nissan S14

by Mike Kojima

Do you want to see a future Formula Drift Champion? Look no further than Alec Hohnadell.  At only 20 years old, Alec already has 3 seasons as a pro under his belt and is the youngest driver in Formula Drift. 


 

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12

Best of the Best: Corey Brosk’s 2010 Nissan GT-R

by Aaron Litchfield

We imagine owning a GT-R is a bit like dating a supermodel. It requires a lot of attention, and money to keep it happy. We had the opportunity to meet this lovely lady, and get to know the man who knows what it takes to keep this lady happy. Cory admitted that he loves the “best of the best,” No surprise then when he got bored with his 600 WHP Subaru, he ended up behind the wheel of a 2010 Nissan GT-R. His all-or-nothing approach to tuning has turned the stock car he bought, into the one-of-a-kind machine, you are currently drooling over.


 

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04

Project 350Z - Testing Jim Wolf Technology C2 Camshafts

by Mike Kojima

So far we have tried some easy bolt ons like a manifold spacer, headers, high flow cats and exhaust on our 350Z all with good results.  Naturally at this point it is time to change camshafts to get more bolt on power out of our VQ35DE engine.  One thing that discourages many people from going this route is that changing cams on a VQ engine is quite a big job. Having two banks of cylinders and 4 cams is a lot of the reason.  It's not super hard technically but it requires at least a couple days of wrenching and some care has to be taken to avoid problems.

Time consuming or not, camshafts are the next logical progression in the evolution of Project 350Z so we asked our friends at Jim Wolf Technology or JWT to provide us with some of their excellent C2 cams.  We chose the C2 because they were probably the biggest practical camshafts that would work in the stock bottom end engine. 


 

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02

The Amazing HKS R35 GT-R

by Mike Kojima Photos by Andrew Perry and Mike Kojima

When Motovicity Distribution announced The HKS Speedring Time Attack at Cal Speedway, the unique draw besides the guaranteed purse for the winners was announcement that HKS would be bringing their Time Attack R35 GT-R to the states, throwing down the gauntlet and offering a $20,000 prize to any team that could beat the car.


 

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05

OnPoint Dyno's 350Z: 420 NA WHP

by Frank Ewald

When your business allows you access to a dyno 24/7 and your mind is always in overdrive trying to find new ways to make horsepower, then you are in the perfect spot to be coming up with ideas, developing these ideas, and testing these ideas. Meet Sasha Anis, owner of OnPoint Dyno and a true racer at heart. His naturally aspirated 420 wheel horsepower Nissan 350Z and its individual throttle body set-up is one of those ideas. However, before we get into that let's take a look at the car and groundwork that Sasha is building on.


 

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15

Inside Matt Field's Drift Assassin Nissan S14 

by Mike Kojima

We have been watching Matt Field for the last few years.  Matt originally was a hero of the "keeping it real" stretched tire scene but has evolved from the time we first noticed him in 2010 to become a fierce competitor whose time has come.  Matt has always fielded (bad pun) really nice looking cars and his latest ride not only looks damn good but is packed with some of the latest state of the art drift technology.


 

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28

Vehicle Importation: Understanding the 25 Year Old Rule

by Sean Morris

I get this question about once a week these days, “Are the Skylines really going to be legal when they are 25 years old?”  It’s a loaded question. The answer is actually yes, and no, as it all depends where you live. In North America, Canada is an exception, but even in the United States the rules have some variance. Since I live in California, the answer is actually yes, but no.  Yes, because the 1989 Nissan Skyline will be federally legal to import once it’s 25 years old in 2014, but no because vehicles 1975 or newer are subject to direct import laws in California.  These direct import laws make it very expensive to bring a car into California compliance. However, for the purposes of this article, I won’t get too far into the downside of the upside of 25 year old vehicle import.


 

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05

350Z Track Monster - from Bling to Brute in 12 Easy Steps!

by Frank Ewald

In just a few years this 350Z has transformed from a pristine example of a Nissan 350Z to a mean and lithe example of an incredibly effective track car. Aesthetics being tossed aside in the aim to gain that fraction of a second to attain the top of the podium. The question that I asked, and likely some of you are wondering also, is how did Mike go from being a hard parker to being one of the most focused time attack drivers that I have met. I mean, he is so intent and tenacious at the track that it is difficult to have a conversation with him. When the competition is over, he is more than ready and willing to talk about his car and his journey into the world of Time Attack. Sorry for misleading you, though, it actually took a lot more than 12 steps to build this race package and none of them were easy!


 

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06

Project STurdteen:  Building the Competitive Drift Car from a Pile

by Mike Kojima

Rathyna Gomer is MotoIQ's sales manager but in her other life she is a Pro-Am drifter.  We are in the process of rebuilding her 350Z competition car and due to its complexity the process is taking a while.  In order for her to have a ride for the 2016 season, we decided to do some upgrades to her practice car, an S13 with the venerable SR20DET.  For a practice missile car, her S13 is pretty decently built but since it is a missile car, it has seen better days.  The car has been worked over by a conveniently placed practice lot pole and by doing tandem with a random on a drift day.  That and Rathyna's habit of doing body repairs by backing her car into the wall at balcony has left the old S13 in a state of ugly.


 

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21

Performace Racing Industry: Part 6 (The Grand Finale!)

by Pablo Mazlumian

At last, we’ve reached the conclusion of the most extensive PRI 2015 coverage you’ll see anywhere. We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have so far, but fasten your seat belts again because we’ve got one more, wild ride! (Technically speaking). We'll start by checking out this ridiculous, 2000+hp Nissan GTR that eclipsed the quarter mile in 7.48-seconds, along with several other crazy Pro Mod cars and the like!


 

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19

Testing Competition Clutches Stage III Clutch and Lightweight Flywheel

by Mike Kojima

Of the cars we have around the palatial MotoIQ Megashop one of our daily drivers was in need of a clutch. The car is a B13 Sentra SE-R with a 200 whp SR20VE swap.  This car is a workhorse, it is used as a daily commuter but it also sees a lot of track day use.


 

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31

Nerd Vacation - The Nissan Engine Museum

by Joe Lu

This non-descript looking building in Yokohama, Japan was recently a vacation destination for a MotoIQ contributor, and is much more than meets the eye.  Aside from currently containing the Nissan Engine Museum, you're also looking at the world headquarters building that housed Nissan during it's formative years.  Come check out what's inside those doors!


 

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21

Supercharging the Nissan VQ35DE with Vortech!

by Mike Kojima

The Nissan VQ35DE in all of its variations is one of the best six cylinders on the market, light compact and smooth it has a lot of potential for modification. The VQ35DE and its variants in the VQ family is found in the G35 and 350Z.  Although the VQ is a nice performance engine, in the US market it is only available in naturally aspirated form.  Naturally aspirated limits your power, especially when you are talking about a streetable engine on pump gas. 

In our search for more power we decided to try another direction: supercharging.  For our test mule we used a G35 coupe which already had a lot of the basic bolt ons. To this we applied Vortech's bolt on intercooled VQ35DE kit.  The Vortech kit is a relatively easy bolt on and has the advantage that if installed exactly as is, it is a CARB approved 50 state legal system with an EO number.  This is a huge advantage if you live in California or any area that requires smog testing for registration.


 

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24

Project 350Z- Building a New Engine Part 3

by Mike Kojima

In our last edition of Project 350Z we started to assemble our VQ35DE and got the bottom end pretty much done.  Now we finish off our engine and take it to Church Automotive Testing to get our factory ECU tuned using the UpRev Osiris tuning package.


 

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09

Project 350Z: Buidling a New Engine - Part 2

by Mike Kojima

When we last left off on Project 350Z, we were in the process of assembling a group of parts to enhance the durability of our project car.  As we stated before we were not looking at building the ultimate naturally aspirated VQ35DE but simply a more durable one that could hold up to a life of track days, drift days and stunt driving practice days. If we could get a little more power out of the engine while we were in there, all the better.


 

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21

Upgraded NX: Breaking 10!

by Frank Ewald

Breaking the ten second barrier in the quarter mile in any vehicle is an accomplishment. In a front wheel drive car perhaps even more so. The challenge is even greater for Carlos Joseph, who has his sights aimed at breaking the ten second mark in his 1993 Nissan NX2000. There are very few Nissan's with the FWD SR20 based engine that have accomplished this, but I think that Carlos is going to make it happen in his AES Automotive built NX2000.


 

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13

Project 350Z: Building a New Engine - Part 1

by Mike Kojima

Our Project Z was a pretty good example of what a naturally aspirated VQ35DE could do. However, our  VQ had become old and tired. It was worn out from a lot of minimal maintenance street miles, track days, drift and professional stunt driving practice and had started to develop some rod knock.  Luckily we were able to stop before serious damage to the engine internals resulted.  However an engine rebuild was in order. 

Our objective in building this engine is not to build the most awesome NA VQ possible or even to get tons more power, but rather to perform an economic build to address some of the VQ's durability shortcomings, replacing stock parts when necessary with some good quality aftermarket bits.


 

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