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Matt Powers 2012 Formula D ride Part 4

By Mike Kojima

When we last left off Costa Gialamas and his crew were pounding away to get Matt's car done by the Formula D season opener at Long Beach.  Due to some last minute delays in getting sponsorship dollars in place the work to construct the car had gotten a late start leaving the GTI Technical Innovations crew little time to build a complete car.  It was a huge challenge to get a sophisticated competition car built in just a few weeks but Costa and the gang buckled down and dug in.  Here is part 4 of the build.


 

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Matt Powers 2012 Formula D ride Part 3

By Mike Kojima

When we last left off, Matt's crew chief Costa Gialamas had just begun the heavy fabrication and had just about finished the cage.  The team's funding had come in quite late from title sponsors and with a late start there were only six weeks to finish the car!


 

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Tested: 999 Motorsports Supersport Racer!

By Mike Kojima, Photos by Dave Karey

What is as fast as a Smallbore GT race car and cheaper to operate than a Spec Miata? I recently got a call last week from Jackson Stewart, President of 999 Motorsports.  Jackson had called to see if I was interested in driving their new Supersport race car.  The Supersport is designed to be a user friendly and cheap to maintain purpose built race car that is fast enough to be fun but not so edgy as to be scary.  A sort of poor man's Daytona Prototype.  We eagerly made the trip down to Willow Springs to give the Supersport a spin.


 

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COBB Tuning Ford Focus Cover

Sneak Peak: COBB Tuning's 2012 Ford Focus - Part 1

By Steve Rockwood

The new Focus has finally brought Ford the sport compact they had been looking for since the introduction of the Focus over a decade ago.  Eager to get a head start on the platform, COBB Tuning partnered with Ford to build up a Focus SE to turn some hot laps as a Modified class time attack car.  Take a look with us inside the COBB Tuning Focus.


 

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A Look at Dai Yoshihara's 2012 Formula D S13

By Justin Banner

The Falken Team was spotted at Willow Springs Balcony a few days ago shaking down Dai Yoshihara's 2012 S13 drift car.  There has been little public information about the car in the off season.  Basically Dai will be driving the same Nissan S13 that he has been campaigning for the last 2.5 years.


 

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Matt Powers Formula Drift Ride, 240SX, S14

Matt Powers' 2012 Formula D Ride Part 2

By Mike Kojima

In our first article we showed you how Matt Powers Crew Chief and fabricator Costa Gialamas prepped the Nissan S14 chassis for its conversion to pro drift car spec.  Now we watch as Costa shows the right way to build a cage.


 

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Walker Wilkerson's 2012 Formula D Ride

By Mike Kojima

In 2011 Walker Wilkerson blasted out of the Pacific Northwest and took the Pro Drifting world by storm.  The 21 year old college kid sponsored mainly by his family was able to make his mark as a privateer in  the most competitive and hard fought Formula D season in history. With his spectacular reverse entry driving style, Walker clutch kicked his powerful but pipey SR20DET powered S13 through the season.


 

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Driver Blog: Tyler McQuarrie

Driver Blog: Tyler McQuarrie

By Tyler McQuarrie

Hey MotoIQ readers, I'm Tyler McQuarrie and I'm very excited to be writing my first blog for MotoIQ. Some of you may know me from Formula D, or time attack, or even Grand Am. I simply love cars and love manipulating them to do what I want them to do, whether it's drifting or racing. I have a packed schedule for 2012 with a full season of Grand Am in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in the Insight Racing BMW, a full season in Formula Drift (announcement soon), and Global Time Attack with the FXMD NSX. I will post up a blog on MotoIQ after every event and give you guys an inside look at my event or race and how I switch from each discipline.


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Greddy 35RX GT-R + Tarzan Yamada at Fuji Speedway, December 2011

by Eric Hsu

Back on December 10 last year, I took a short trip with Tarzan in his right hand drive PT Cruiser to Fuji Speedway so he could spend the afternoon testing the Greddy 35RX on the world famous Fuji Speedway. Greddy's goal was to hit 338kmh at the end of Fuji's front straight. But would Tarzan be able to do it with the new Bensopra body kit? A short feature on the car and that afternoon at Fuji with plenty of pics after the jump.


 

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Project Trailer Part 2 - Building the Ultimate Open Deck Hauler

Project Trailer Part 2 - Building the Ultimate Open Deck Hauler

By Mike Kojima

When we last left off, our Project Trailer was just starting to take shape with the main layout of the framework in place.  As the project progresses, Shadow Trailers is continuing to add features to make our trailer more convenient for us to use.  Check it out as our super single car hauler comes together.


 

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Garage Revolution's Time Attack FD3S RX-7, Part 2

By Eric Hsu

Part 2 of the Garage Revolution's Time Attack FD is after the jump. Since Jeff took over 800 pictures of this car, we had to pick the best of them and split the story into two parts. If you want to build the ultimate time attack car, study the following pages carefully and absorb the buffness that is the Garage Revolution FD RX-7.


 

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Sneak Peak: A Look Inside Brandon Davis' ACS Express Ford Mustang Cobra

Sneak Peek: A Look Inside Brandon Davis' ACS Express Ford Mustang Cobra

By Mike Kojima

If you were at the Long Beach Grand Prix this last weekend, you would have seen Brandon Davis win the World Challenge Race in his GT class ACS Express Ford Mustang Cobra.  Brandon, the 2009 WC GT Champion, drove a controlled race and careful drive to victory.  We were lucky enough to be able to get a close look at the car during last year's Sonoma segment of the Redline Time Attack series and can now share some of the car's details with you.  A lot about the car is secret but we gleaned a lot from looking closely at what we were allowed to see.


 

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Dai Yoshihara's Team Falken/Discount Tire 2011 Formula D Ride

Dai Yoshihara's Team Falken/Discount Tire 2011 Formula D Ride

By Mike Kojima

The 2011 Formula D pre season is heating up and we are getting in a bunch of last minute coverage on some of the new builds that we can get access to. Last week we showed you an early look at Dai Yoshihara's Team Falken/ Discount Tire car coming together at SPD Metal Works.  Now let us take you on a technical tour of the completed car as we caught up to it at Falken's pre season testing at Willow Springs Balcony.

For an earlier view of Dai's car under construction check here!


 

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Sneak Peak: GM’s ALMS GT Challenger, The Corvette C6.R

Sneak Peek: GM’s ALMS GT Challenger, The Corvette C6.R

By Mike Kojima

Dave Coleman gave you a sneak look inside GM’s Pratt and Miller built C6.R GT1 cars when he was at LeMans.  We also happened to get a close look at the ALMS GT version of the cars when we were in the pits at the Long Beach Grand Prix in April.  Although the Le Mans GT1 and ALMS GT cars look identical to the untrained eye they are actually pretty different machines under the skin.


 

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Garage Revolution's Time Attack FD3S RX-7, Part 1

Text by Eric Hsu and photos by Jeff Naeyaert.

Finishing in 3rd place at the 2011 World Time Attack in Sydney, Australia makes the Garage Revolution FD3S RX-7 the world's fastest time attack RX-7. Without a doubt, this car is also the world's nicest RX-7 road race build to date having been designed and built around sound race car principles and not the usual JDM hype. Even the engine program was developed in house on GR's own in house engine dynamometer. After the jump you can see for yourself that no detail was overlooked.


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new 2012 integra!

Honda Releases New 2012 Integra! Has Rear Wheel Drive!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Honda has stunned the world with the sudden unexpected release of a new 2012 Integra for  Europe,  marking a return of the much beloved Integra name to the vehicle market.  The compact Integra features Honda’s revolutionary six speed dual clutch semi automatic transmission that features ultra fast shifting by pre-selecting the next higher gear before disengaging the current drive gear.  Amazingly the new Integra is now RWD!

The Integra also features 17” alloy wheels, disc brakes, a lightweight alloy space frame and an efficient, high compression engine featuring PGM-FI injection. No word to whether or not a Type -R version would be released soon.


 

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More Power for the APD Acura TSX K24 A2 Engine!  Video Inside

By Jonathan Donner

In the continuing development of  the HPD sponsored, APD Motorsports Acura  we will focus on the next stage of engine development of the car.


 

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The Story Behind the Bergenholtz Racing 2009 Mazda RX8 Formula D Pro Drift Car

The Story Behind the Bergenholtz Racing/Nitto Tire 2009 Mazda RX8 Formula D Pro Drift Car

By Ron Bergenholtz with Mike Kojima

Bergenholtz Racing has always been a fan of Drifting since the very beginnings of its introduction at Irwindale.  We have always enjoyed the entertainment value as well as had the utmost respect for the skill of the Joons (Ron’s nickname for driver Joon Maeng).  We knew we wanted to get involved, and in a big way.  In 2007 we were first able to enter pro drifting with our long-time sponsor Apex Integration USA.


 

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K&N’s Super Unlimited Infiniti G35 Circuit Battle Slayer

K&N’s Super Unlimited Infiniti G35 Circuit Battle Slayer

by Mike Kojima

We have been witness this year to the sheer power and speed of the K&N Infiniti G35 driven by Paul Brown, which is currently tied for second place in Redline's Pro Track Challenge.  What is unusual about this G35 is that it is a corporate car owned and constructed by K&N as an in house engineering effort.  Usually cars like this are regulated to dressing up the floor at the SEMA show then making rounds at car shows but in K&N’s case it is heartening to see the car out on the track kicking ass and taking names!


 

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Inside Look: Dino Crescentini's StopTech Porsche 911 GT3

By Steve Rockwood

Carroll Shelby once said that to make a small fortune racing, you must first spend a large one.  Of course, Mr. Shelby was also the spokesperson of some snake oil company that combines the last letter of the alphabet with the shortened version of the word maximum when Global Motorsports Group (GMG) became more than a twinkle in its founders' eyes.  Founded in 2001 by James Safronas and Fabryce Kutyba, GMG started its existence in a 1200 sq ft facility, and has since grown to fill its current 15,000 sq ft stable with high-end hardware that features charging bulls, prancing horses and a slew of crests from Stuttgart.  One of the many purebreds GMG looks after is the Pirelli World Challenge GT #4 StopTech Porsche 911 GT3, driven by Dino Crescentini, CEO  of Centric Parts and StopTech.


 

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