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Auto Talent M3 - A Cheetah In Zebra's Clothing

By Khiem Dinh

The BMW M3 has been the performance enthusiast’s choice within the BMW lineup for generations.  The E36 generation is still an extremely popular track day vehicle due to its performance and value.  The current generation E92 coupe could be considered the German equivalent of a muscle car packing a 414hp, 4.0L, V8 that eclipses the magical 100hp/L mark for a normally aspirated engine.


 

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The Kid Rocks!   A Look Inside Walker Wilkerson’s Nissan S13

The Kid Rocks!   A Look Inside Walker Wilkerson’s Nissan S13

By Mike Kojima

Walker Wilkerson has suddenly burst upon the Pro Drift scene.  At the Long Beach season opener, the 21 year old College student made a sudden appearance on the 2011 Formula D tour in his striking lavender hued Nissan S13, qualifying well and beating out many seasoned pros.  In his rookie year, Walker has surprised many drift fans by getting several high qualification rounds and decent finishes thus far in the season and looks to be a shoe in for rookie of the year honors.


 

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A Look Inside - APD's MPTCC TU Class Killer Acura TSX

By Jonathan Donner and  Mike Kojima

Race Car Fabricators APD had a goal in mind when building their Acura TSX, to build a car that would be competitive in MotoIQ’s Pacific Coast Tuner Challenge in the TU class.  Currently most of the cars competing in the series were built to be competitive under the rule sets for different classes such as NASA and SCCA.  APD’s car is the first car built specifically for our series so we just had to take a closer look at it.


 

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Fredric The Great, a Look Inside the Papadakis Racing Scion tC of Fredric Aasbo

Fredric The Great, a Look Inside the Papadakis Racing Scion tC of Fredric Aasbo (VIDEO INSIDE)

By Mike Kojima

We had never heard of Norwegian Fredric Aasbo before Formula D's Long Beach Round last year.  Suddenly out of nowhere a red privateer Toyota Supra driven by a guy whose last name we could not pronounce almost stood on the podium bettering the efforts of many seasoned and well backed Formula D veterans.


 

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Professionally Awesome- A look inside Professional Awesome's EVO VIII Street Class Time Attack Challenger

Professionally Awesome - A look inside Professional Awesome's EVO VII Street Class Time Attack Challenger

By Mike Kojima

We first spotted Team Professional Awesome's EVO VII at last year's Redline Time Attack at Cal Speedway.  To be honest, it was not the car that first attracted us but the name of the team.  After looking the car over, we knew at once that this was a well constructed and balanced car.


 

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Sneek Peak: A Look Inside Magnus Racings ALMS Porsche GT3

Sneek Peak: A Look Inside Magnus Racing's ALMS Porsche GT3

By Mike Kojima

While we were at this year's Long Beach Grand Prix, we had an opportunity to get a close look at the Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 ALMS GTC race car.  A little known fact about Porsche is that you can buy a turn key race car from the factory, a highly competitive fully developed race car at that.  A good part of the appeal of running a Porsche is that instead of developing a car for the series, the well heeled can simply buy one without the risk of being uncompetitive.


 

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Motegi Racing's Killer AE86 Corolla GTS

Motegi Racing's Killer AE86 Corolla GTS

By Mike Kojima

The Iconic Toyota Corolla AE86 is one of our all time favorite cars.  The last of the RWD econoboxes, the AE86 had timeless styling which still looks good today 26 years after it was first created.  The rare GTS variant had the then radical 4AG engine which had an unheard of for its time, 4 valves per cylinder and dual overhead cams with a 7500 rpm redline.  Its 1600cc's pumped out 114 hp at a time when your typical econo car revved to around 6000 rpm and put out 80 something hp.


 

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Update!  Matt Powers Formula D LS7 Powered S14

Update!  Matt Powers Formula D LS7 Powered S14

By Mike Kojima

We last left Matt Powers in the middle of retrofitting his car for the 2011 Formula D season.  We dropped back in on Matt earlier this week to see how he was doing and were pleased to observe a bunch of progress being made.


 

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STM and HD2's New Drag EVO

by Eric Hsu

photos by Ben at Speedtech Motorsport

Pro-stock style import drag racing is nearly dead in the US, but it's still going strong in Australia and New Zealand. Click to see build pictures of Mike Bradley's 4G63 powered pro-stock style drag EVO 8. Tons of build pictures inside and 3 videos inside also.


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Dai Yoshihara's 2011 Formula D Ride

An Early Look at Dai Yoshihara's 2011 Formula D Ride

By Mike Kojima

Our orignal article is back!  Team Falken's Dai Yoshihara will once again be driving his Chevy LS powered Nissan S13 in the 2011 Formula D season.  The car has been undergoing a complete rebuild at SPD Metalworks, a rebuild so intensive that it is basically going to be an all new car.  A lot of the rebuild was needed to bring the car up to 2011 Formula D specs.


 

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Hard as F*ck!- Mike Essa's BMW Z4 Drift Monster

Hard as F*ck!- Mike Essa's BMW Z4 Drift Monster

By Mike Kojima

In the 2010 Formula D season, GSR Autosport/Nitto Tires driver Mike Essa grabbed plenty of Media attention with his shrieking V10 M5 powered E92 BMW.  The BMW was probably the best sounding car in Formula D and looked pretty killer as well.  The car's baller profile, killer looks and glorious sounds made Mike a darling of the media.  Now Mike is building a potent Z4 for the 2011 season.


 

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A Preview of Matt Powers Formula D 2011 Rebuild

A Preview of Matt Powers Formula D 2011 Rebuild

A Preview of Matt Powers Formula D 2011 Rebuild

By Mike Kojima

Our Friend Matt Powers has been rebuilding his S14 Nissan 240SX for the 2011 Formula D season.  If you don't know Matt, he was one of the top seeded guys in the 2010 Formula D points standings without huge dollar backing and our favorite underdog. Matt is solidly backed by Need For Speed and Nitto Tires but his yearly budget is still a fraction of what some of the other top teams spend.


 

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Preparing for Endurance: Racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Preparing for Endurance: Racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

By Efrain Olivares

Magnus Racing is a second year team that has quickly made an impact in endurance racing in North America. The team, which will compete in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series, achieved a number of standout performances throughout its rookie season last year.


 

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No It's Not an STI: GST Motorsports Mighty Subaru Impreza

No It's Not an STI: GST Motorsports Mighty Subaru Impreza

By Mike Kojima

We have always been fans of the GST Motorsports 1996 GC8 Subaru Impreza L.  The car with driver Jeff Westphal is the current reigning Redline Time Attack Super Modified AWD Champion.  The GST car has been around forever and has been in a continuous state of development since 2006.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...  Video: GST Motosports Record Breaking Run at Cal Speedway with Data!


 

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Project CRG Go Kart: From Basket Case to Bitchin

By Mike Kojima

Lately the MotoIQ staff has been Karting a lot to get our speed fix for few bucks.  Running MotoIQ is an expensive endeavor and we have had to mostly give up racing cars for now to keep MotoIQ growing and strong. Looking for cheap used Kart parts on Craigslist one day, we happened upon an ad for what seemed like a lost cause.


 

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Dai Yoshihara Discount Tire Falken LS powered Nissan S13 2010

The Best of 2010: Scoop! Dai Yoshihara's new Formula D ride for 2010

By Mike Kojima

As we continue our trip back to review the last year, who can forget our sneak peek at the insides of Dai Yoshihara's Team Falken S13. SPD gets the credit for building what is arguably the best S chassis car ever screwed together. Many felt that the "outdated and obsolete" S chassis could not be competitive in the high tech world of the top echelons of Formula D competition but Dai, SPD and Team Falken went on to prove the nay sayers wrong in 2010 by giving champion and Falken Teammate Vaughn Gittin Jr a heart stopping season long run for the championship by being the only competitor to consistently beat Jr in head to head battles.  Look for Dai to return in a greatly evolved and improving version of this iconic car in 2011.  Be sure and follow the links to the orignal build of the car as well.


 

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AQ Motorpsorts Subaru

Time Bandit: JC Meynet's All Conquering 2006 Subaru STI

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

Would you be interested in a low mileage Subaru only driven on a few weekends a year by a Grandfather?  Probably not unless it was this one.  JC Meynet First bought the STI in 2006 because he wanted a practical 4-Door sporty car to drive his grandkids around in.  The STI stayed stock for 30,000 miles and a year until, JC a former motocross racer tried his hand at autocross and Redline Time Attack in Street class.  It was then the bug of speed bit and the car began its transformation into the Redline Time Attack Modified/ Super Lap Battle AWD Limited and NASA TTU class monster you see here.


 

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Ken Block

Block Buster, Inside Ken Block's Monster Gymkhana Killer

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

Not one to bring a knife to a gunfight, Ken Block has the ultimate weapon to bring to the show, his Ford Fiesta rallycross car.  This car is a marvel of technology with a multitude of state of the art systems.  It's something for the car nerd to drool over, drool for a long time. 


 

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Performance Friction’s Killer BMW 135i Brake System

Performance Friction’s Killer BMW 135i Brake System. Track Tested, Street Durable!

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

In a Time Attack car, the brake system is just as critical for a winning car as the engine.  The same is true for a street car but under differing parameters.  A successful race car has to slow down rapidly and repeatedly from high speeds. A street car has to do the same but for 100,000 miles with little maintenance.


 

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Conrad Grunewald camaro drift car

Bitchin Camaro: A look inside Conrad Grunewald's pro drift car 

By Mike Kojima

Unlike the Song by the Dead Milkmen, Conrad Grunewald's Hankook Tire 2010 Formula D pro drift car really is a Bitchin' Camaro.  Conrad like many top pro drifters comes from a road racing background.  He won the 2002 Skip Barber Mid West Championship with further success in Grand Am cup and Rolex GT racing before starting his career in Formula D.  We first ran into Conrad when he was the driver of the Technosquare built Tanaka Racing Z06 C5 Corvette drift car.


 

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