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Sneak Peak: Michell Abbate's 2012 Scion tC

Sneak Peek: Michele Abbate's 2012 Scion tC

By Justin Banner

What do you get with a tenacious young driver and a well built car? You get Michele Abbate and the Gruppe-S 2012 Scion tC! While she has proven herself as a driver thus far in the 2012 MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship, what did it take to make her 2012 Scion tC capable of getting her to this point? We dive in, head first, in this heavy-weight car and will also show you why it's actually more attainable than at first blush! 


 

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Sneak Peek: The NEMO Racing EVO, Part 2

Story by Eric Hsu, MotoIQ photos by Jeff Naeyaert, other photos by NEMO Racing

In Part 1 we covered a little of the history behind Chris Eaton and the NEMO Racing EVO, some of the build process, and the car's exterior features including the balls out aero. This time in Part 2, we'll cover what's going on inside and some of the awesome details that makes this EVO the fastest Time Attack EVO in the world.


 

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Mad Mike's 500 Horsepower N/A Rotary V8 Slayer

By Tatsunori Tsuchida

In 2008 a very special shipping container arrived in Tokyo harbor. Its final destination would be various drift circuits throughout the islands. The contents of the container, a RX-7, highly tuned by New Zealand’s best. Now this wouldn’t be the first time foreigners have drifted in Japan, but it would be the first time a foreigner had done it on such a large stage as D1GP.


 

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Garrett Turbo NMCA West Report

Team Garrett Turbo NMCA West Race Report

By Justin Banner

Hot temperatures and a hotter track can make for some difficult times down the strip. Team Garrett Turbo cars from Modular Mustang Racing and the '70 Garrett Volkswagen Turbo Beetle came out swinging none the less! See how the event went down at the 2nd Annual NMCA West at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona for Team Garrett.


 

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Sneak Peek: Edik Stepanyan's DA Acura Integra

By Justin Banner

It's running away from you, that little, old DA Acura Integra. It's got to be cheating, there is no way your car, with a bigger engine and the same power to weight ratio is losing! Or is there? We take you into the machine that has nearly dominated both rounds of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship and shows that sometimes it is what is in the car that counts the most.


 

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Under Suzuki’s  Scorch Racing S15-The DIY Time Attack Otaku

By Ellie Nikolova
Do you remember Under Suzuki from the winter time attack season here in Japan? Under is Tomohiko Suzuki’s nick name, which came from the car’s prior understeer problems and his status as a self funded privateer. Suzuki san is the builder, owner and driver of the all-carbon Scorch Racing S15 Silvia, the fastest privateer time attack car on Tsukuba Circuit. Suzuki is aiming for victory this year in the WTAC (World Time Attack Challenge). He finished 5th last time and he is determined to become World Champion. With the RE Amemiya RX-7 and Top Fuel S2000 participating, the Cyber Evo back in the game and of course MotoIQ’s own Team America Skyline GT-R BNR32, it is going to be one very tough fight for sure!

 

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Modern Classic:  Impulse's Street-Tuned AE86

by Tatsunori Tsuchida

They’re usually very anal about their cars here. One can probably attribute this to the lack of necessity for private transportation. As much as cars in our society are a status symbol, it takes on a different plateau in a country where busses and trains are accepted as being normal modes of transportation. Couple that with a real estate market where homes always depreciate in value; and you get people living in shoddy homes with trick rides in the driveway.


 

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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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