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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 Many felt that the "outdated and obsolete" S chassis could not be competitive in the high tech world of the top echelons of Formula D competition but Dai, SPD and Team Falken went on to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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MotoIQ Pacfic Tuner Car Championship

Announcing the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship Series!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Are you bored with track days and HDPE events? Ever wanted to see what you have and go wheel to wheel with other tuning enthusiasts? Ever wanted to see who's the best driver and who could build the best car?  Ever then go to a legal sanctioned racing event only to find that your lovingly built street car is only legal in some super unobtainable class because of your tuning and the parts you installed?  Ever then find out that you can only race if you took off 80% of your hard earned parts only to race in some boring close to stock class?


 

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Berk Technology's BMW 135i Time Attack Demonstrator

Text and photos by Jeff Naeyaert

When Berk Technology set out to build a time attack car, their intent was not to build some sort of exotic open class killer; it was more to build a rolling test bed for their exhaust products and something that their high performance street customers could relate to.  Thus it was decided that their efforts would evolve around building a car to compete in Redline Time Attack's Rear Wheel Drive Street Class.  Street Class is something that Berk's customer base could identify with and would be a more powerful marketing statement.


 

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Sarah Forst's Turbo Sentra

Sarah's Ride

By Annie Sam

If you have been a fan of  MotoIQ, you have probably been reading The Queen of Questions, Sarah Forst's tech column from day one. Our statistical tracking software has shown that Sarah's works are the most highly trafficked of all of our features.  So some of you are probably wondering, how did she get to know all of this stuff.  Well if you know Sarah, you understand that she is very thorough and loves to research things. She has a financial background and complicated analysis and number crunching are natural for her. She learned much about extreme tech from building up her own car many years ago, meeting some of the countries top Nissan tuners and becoming a master of tuning herself in the process.  Now Sarah has several cars in her arsenal ranging from a G20 winter beater to a G35 daily driver and a NX2000 track car but none are as interesting as her super Sentra.

Read Sarah's Column Here!


 

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Project Garage: Part II

The Marvelous Monster: Nobuhiro Tajima's Pikes Peak Destroyer

By Mike Kojima

It's no wonder why Nobuhiro Tajima's Nickname is "Monster".  We don't think it's because of his history as one of the most winning drivers in Hill Climb history, we don't think it's because of his wild driving style.  We don't think it's because of his shredding in WRC rally and rallycross either.  We think it's because Mr. Tajima is simply the biggest Japanese guy in Japan or certainly the biggest guy we know.


 

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Rhys Millen's Hyundai Genesis PM580 Pikes Peak Hill climb car

Skyscraper, A Technical Look Inside Rhys Millen's Hyundai Genesis PM580 Pikes Peak Open Class Slate Cleaner

By Mike Kojima, Photos and video by Jeff Naeyaert

We had heard rumors that Rhys Millen was working with Hyundai and Red Bull to build something fantastic, an unlimited class supercar for Pikes Peak.  Since we are on the Formula D Circuit with Rhys, we asked him what was up and he invited us to his shop for a closer look and to go testing with his team as he rolled the car out for the first time at El Toro.

Video inside!


 

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N1 Concepts S2000

J's Racing/N1 Concepts Time Attack Honda S2000

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

N1 Concept's striking S2000 Time Attack car has caught our attention at this years Redline Time Attack events with both its speed and sharp looks. N1 Concepts is a Northern California tuner and purveyor of rare JDM parts. N1 purchased the car in the fall of 2008 from renowned Honda tuner J's Racing and set about converting it to US Time Attack configuration for Super Lap Battle's Unlimited RWD and Redline Time Attack's Super Modified RWD class.


 

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Ryan Gates Modifed Class EVO X

Doing More with Less: Ryan Gates Time Attack Mitsubishi EVO X

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

If you're into the Time Attack scene, no doubt you're well aware of Ryan Gates and his winning 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X; Ryan has been tearing up the Time Attack record book with an unheard of winning record.  In the 2009 Redline Time Attack Season Ryan blew up the record book with an amazing 7 wins in 7 events in Modified Class.  Ryan also scored wins at the Buttonwillow Superlap Battle Finale and at the NASA Road America Time Trial in the TTB class.  That’s an amazing 9 wins in 9 events entered!


 

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Rahal Letterman BMW M3 ALMS racer

A Look Inside:  The Rahal Letterman ALMS GT BMW M3 Coupes

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

Thanks to our friends at Volk Wheels, the technical staff at MotoIQ had a special opportunity to get a close insider's look at BMW's uber-trick factory works BMW M3's that Rahal-Letterman racing campaign in ALMS's GT class.  If you do a google search on these cars, you will not find much information on them because until now, no one that cares has gotten a really close look at these amazing machines. Most reports have pretty pictures of the cars and stuff about the "Story of Joy" marketing campaign that the cars are promoting but in typical MotoIQ form, we will take you inside like no one else has before.


 

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ROAD TEST:  2010 Hurst Performance Vehicle's Camaro

by Martin Gonzales, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

No need to check the address bar, yes you are still on MotoIQ and no we have not changed formats.  Last week the privilege to drive this beauty was extended to us and no way were we going to turn it down.  So follow us on a tour of the Hurst Performance Vehicle's 2010 Camaro. 


 

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Eric Hsu Sierra Sierra EVO

Flashback Friday -  The Time Machine: Inner Secrets of Sierra Sierra's Record Holding Time Attack EVO VIII (video inside)

By Mike Kojima and Eric Hsu, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

We are taking a look back at 2010 and are bringing you some of our best stuff of the year this week. We feel that Sierra Sierra bringing the North American Time Attack record back into US hands by solidly beating the long standing record set by the HKS CT230R is the industries highlight achievement of the year worthy of revisiting,

At the 2010 Redline Time Attack season opener at Buttonwillow the Sierra Sierra EVO made history by turning the fastest lap by a time attack car around Buttonwillow Configuration 13 CW turning a 1:43.20 breaking the long standing North American Time Attack record set by the exotic HKS CT230R set in November 2007 of 1:43.523.


 

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Brian Lock's Cobb Tunning GOTO racing Nissan R35 GTR

Locked and Loaded, Cobb Tunings Time Attack Nissan R35 GTR, videos inside!

By Mike Kojima, Photography by Jeff Naeyaert

We have been keeping an eye on the GTR that has been campaigned by Brian Lock and GOTO racing under the Cobb tuning banner.  Although the car runs in modified class, we noticed that it was starting to come together and was turning lap times just a few seconds a lap slower than the big guns in unlimited class like Sierra Sierra, Crawford and FXMD.  We expected to find some really exotic hardware when we examined the car; after all we could not see how the huge GTR with its crushing weight of 3800 lbs could even come close to being competitive in any sort of racing without some exotic work.


 

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Christa Kojima's Top Kart

Christa's first Racer

By Mike Kojima

What does a 9 year old girl want, a pony? An all-you-can-carry gift certificate from Hello Kitty?  No, apparently she likes carbon fiber.  OOOH! Carbon fiber!  My daughter Christa squealed when she saw the Noonan Racing foot box that I got so she could reach the pedals on her Top Kart, racing go kart.


 

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