Feature Vehicles

 

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Nerd’s Eye View: Ducati 1199 Superleggera

by Khiem Dinh

Sport bikes are the closest things you can easily buy that are track ready. They come with adjustable suspension, titanium valves, sticky tires, and typically lightweight aluminum frames. You can basically take off the mirrors, get rid of the lights, swap tires and brake pads and go racing in AMA Supersport class. But then there are bikes like the Ducati Superleggera. Actually, the Superleggera is really the only bike of its type that you can buy.


 

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Loren Healy Nitto Tires KOH

Sneak Peek: Loren Healy’s Ultra4 Unlimited Truck

by Justin Banner

When Nitto Tires sent us the release on Loren Healy’s win at the 2014 King of the Hammers, it was a momentous occasion. When you consider what it takes to win the King of the Hammers, it is amazing any truck survives. We take a moment during Nitto’s celebration of Loren Healy to look at the truck and do a Sneak Peek to see what it takes and what you bring back other than a trophy.


 

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Nerd's Eye View-a Look Inside Darren McNamara's Falken Tire Nissan S14

By Mike Kojima

Falken Tire's drift team consists of Justin Pawlak, Dai Yoshihara and Darren "DMac" McNamara.  Hailing from Ireland Darren has been doing well this Formula D season in a Nissan S14 built by Scott Dodgion of SPD Motorsports.  Darren had a tough 2012 season which started off badly with a hard crash at the season opening round at Long Beach, breaking his foot and totaling his beloved Saturn Sky which had been his trademark car for several years.  Nicknamed the Bullet, the Sky had the reputation of being one of the fastest cars in Formula D.


 

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06

Nerd's Eye View- Inside Evasive Motorsports Scion FR-S!

by Mike Kojima

You have probably seen photo spreads of this car in Speedhunters and the magazines. You might have ogled it at the SEMA show. In our opinion the Evasive Motorsports Scion FR-S is the most beautiful FR-S built so far.  It's mean looking bodywork looks like it was taken right from a JGTC GT300 car.  Although the car, like so many other FR-S projects rushed to completion for last year's SEMA show, certainly looks the part, many of you might dismiss it as being simply a show car.


 

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02

Project Trailer-All Done and Using It!

By Mike Kojima

We have gotten a few emails asking about the status of Project Trailer and to be honest we had kinda forgotten to write about it in the mad rush that life in our world is about.  The truth is that our trailer works quite well and that we are pretty happy about going with a custom trailer built to our specs by Shadow Trailers in Cypress California.


 

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Keep Racing Fun- Bonneville Speed Week-2013

By Mike Kojima

Every once in a while we do a behind the scenes story about some of our Motorsports adventures and stuff we do on the road.  Although this might look like we're living the life according to what a lot of our readers think, when you try to perform on a high level, it actually takes a lot of blood, sweat, hard work, and passion to do what we do.  We are often too busy making things happen in the Motorsports world to document our adventures but this time we decided to focus on one of our main projects for this year: Editor Chuck Johnson breaking the H/PS world land speed record at Bonneville Speed Week 2013.


 

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Motovicity's Ticket To Ride FR-S Update- Exedy Stage 2 Clutch

By Mike Kojima

In anticipation of more added power to the Motovicity Ticket to Ride FR-S from the HKS Supercharger it was decided to also upgrade the clutch.  What we wanted is something that could take the abuse of the extra power and doing some occasional drift clutch kicking fun while maintaining as much daily driven ability as possible.


 

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05

The DeltaWing: The Look of Things To Come?

By Mike Kojima

The DeltaWing is a love it or hate it sort of car.  You can either love its space age looks or hate it because it looks like something out of a Speed Racer Cartoon.  For sure the car is very different.  For sure it's as innovative as hell but does it work?  Does it have advantages over conventional wisdom?  If you are curious come with us for a close look at this car.  Our up close look at the DeltaWing left us with more questions than answers.


 

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BMW RLL Z4 GTE

Nerd’s Eye View: BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE

By Khiem Dinh

2013 brought big changes to the BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan with the introduction of a new race car, the Z4 GTE. The M3 from previous years was getting a bit long in the tooth along with its production coming to a halt. BMW had already developed the Z4 into a GT3 race car in Europe, so it was a logical step to develop a GTE version of the car. Furthermore, the dedicated coupe silhouette of the Z4 fit in much better with the low-slung competition versus the tall and narrow sedan based chassis of the M3. Developing a new race car is never easy and even starting with the GT3 variant required many changes. Despite the short development time for the new race car, BMW Team RLL has been able to garner a few podiums along with a win in 2013. Follow along to see what makes the Z4 GTE tick.


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Motovicity's Ticket To Ride Mustang Update- Stack Pro-Control Gauges

By Mike Kojima

Having a lot of trick parts on your car means nothing if you blow it up because you didn't know critical parameters were going out of range.  Of course we don't want that to happen to the Motovicity Ticket To Ride Mustang so we enlisted the help of Stack with a set of their Pro-Control Gauges to ensure we would not accidentally burn the house down.

What sets Pro-Control gauges apart from other gauges is their ability to control switched devices that can be triggered whenever a pre programmed high or low setting is surpassed.  Fans, pumps, nitrous, the list of things that can be switched on or off by a Pro-Control Gauge is only limited by your imagination.


 

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Nerd's Eye View- The Hawk Performance CRP Racing Nissan GT-R

By Mike Kojima

We were lucky enough to get a close look at the only R35 Nissan GT-R being campaigned in a North American professional race series at the Long Beach Grand Prix.  Although the the R35 GT-R is being raced successfully in other countries it has not had much exposure in the USA.  Hawk Performance has teamed up with CRP Racing to change all of that by campaigning a GT-R in SCCA's Pirelli World Challenge series in GT Class with driver Tim Bell behind the wheel.

The WC GT GT-R is very interesting technically, the car has a front mid engine mounting configuration with a rear mounted transaxle and has been converted to rear wheel drive, much like the Sumo Racing GT-3 GT-Rs being campaigned in Europe.  CRP has come up with plenty of innovations in an effort to bring the big GT-R up to speed.  These things make for a pretty interesting car, read on and check out what's inside it!


 

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Science of Speed S2000 Turbo Kit AP1 Ap2 Chris Wilson NASA TT

Nerd's Eye View: Science of Speed S2000

By: Sarah Forst 

Images by Sarah Forst and Wes Dumalski

Back in March while covering the Modified Streetcar Shootout, this S2000 was tearing up the track. The car was clean but sounded dirty and upon inspection under the hood, the engine looked like it was put together by techs in white lab coats. What struck us about this car was the very exotic appearance! Surely this one off piece of art must cost a bajillion dollars and be impossible to re-create! As we looked closer we were absolutely shocked by what we found within this build.


 

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The Rest of the Story: Tony Angelo's Scion FR-S Feature

By Justin Banner

You've followed along with the build and now it's time to see what came out of the Sandy Salvage FR-S! We dive into the details of the US Air Force Scion FR-S that Tony Angelo will be piloting for the 2013 Formula Drift Season. We'll look a bit further than the build up articles were able to and show you the parts that make this FR-S the beast that it will be this season!


 

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UMS Evo Feature Global Time Attack

Nerd's Eye View:  UMS Time Attack Evo

By Wes Dumalski

Like all car stories this one starts as a tale of insanity… The 2003 Mistubishi Lancer Evolution VIII you see before you was one of the first Evos to hit the States and ever since it landed it has been within the sites of Tony Szirka. While he did not own the car when it arrived, his hands have been on it ever since several Arizona based shops were unable to deliver on the previous owner's requests. Like many cars despite the fact that the title is held in someone else's name the car belongs to the one that works on it, slaves over it, and pours their heart and soul in to making it all that it can be, and in this case that person is NOT the owner.


 

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Tony Angelo Scion FR-S

The Assembly: Tony Angelo's Scion FR-S

By Justin Banner, Photos by TAngelo Racing

When we last left Tony Angelo and the Scion FR-S, it was getting down to the wire. The car was taken apart one last time to be primered and finally painted. Now, the chassis has just come back from the paint shop and the car needs to be put back together and loaded for Formula Drift Round One at Long Beach. Did our intrepid Drift Alliance Ace make it? Guess you'll have to keep reading, eh?


 

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Tony Angelo FR-S

Quenching and Tempering: Tony Angelo's Scion FR-S - Part 3

By Justin Banner

Coming down to the wire, Tony Angelo's FR-S is starting to look more like a professional Formula Drift car. Just a few weeks ago, this was once a stock FR-S that was a Sandy Salvage car. Now, it is nearly the perfect head for the axe. However, before you can sharpen it, you must first quench the head to harden it, then temper it to keep it from being too brittle. See now, the quenching and tempering of the FR-S!


 

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 Modified StreetCar Shootoout Full Race S14

2013 Modified StreetCar Shootout - The Rules, The Cars, The Big Tease.

By Wes Dumalski and Sarah Forst 

Like all good stories, this one starts on the airplane while on line for the shitter. I hear a voice come up behind me “my GOD this woman won’t shut the hell up”... I turn to fund the animated Bill Caswell and we begin bantering about this woman on the plane who had been talking about absolutely nothing at all for 2 hours. I am on this plane and talking to Bill Caswell because I could not get a refund on my Expedia package and rather than let the tickets go to waste I figured I could still head to Arizona and cover the UMS tuning time attack event and find some good feature cars. As luck would have it two complete car nuts are on the same plane heading to the same place to do the same damn thing; be geeks. 


 

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Tony Angelo FR-S

The Forging: Tony Angelo's Scion FR-S  - Part 2

Written by Justin Banner, Photos by Tony Angelo Racing

When we last left Tony Angelo, he had just received his new FR-S, began the tear down process, Bloodmasters showed up, and he transported it to MA Motorsports. Now, we catch up with him from MA Motorsports and begin to see how the build will take shape and become a far better, forged weapon of mass drifting.


 

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Brian Fitzpatrick Comp Eliminator

The Eliminator: Brian Fitzpatrick's Lucas Oil Competition Eliminator Rail

By Justin Banner

In the NHRA Sportsman category, there exists a heads up class that is unlike any. In this class, it's V8 vs I4 vs V6 vs I6, turbo vs nitrous vs NA, rails vs door slammers vs roadsters. That class is Competition Eliminator. While the start is much like bracket racing, where the slower car leaves first; that's where the similarity ends. From there it's heads up and the fastest car wins. It's like having your cake and eating it too! Today, we'll take a closer look into on of the few non-V8 cars in Comp Eliminator, Brian Fitzpatrick's Lucas Oil/Tap It Brewery Rail powered by a 2JZ-GTE. If you like drag racing where restrictions are little, you'll like Comp Eliminator and the Fitzpatrick Lucas Oil/Tap It Brewery Rail!


 

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05

Stillway S2000

Stillway S2000: FR Taught Here

By Tatsu Tsuchida

Seto describes meeting Ryusho Konishi (Ryu for short) this way; a punk-ass street racer rolls into Stillway for the first time roughly 7~8 years ago. Seto didn't know this at the time but Konishi had built his reputation up as a pretty famous local touge racer. Both each had an EVO at the time: Seto, a 350 HP one, and Konishi one that as per his own request Seto built to do 500 HP. Shortly there-after they headed to Central Circuit. For Seto this was one of his many shakedown runs, but for Ryu he was out to prove something. Konishi had Seto in his cross-hairs, but lap after lap Seto, underpowered though he might have been, kept beating Konishi consistently by 2~3 seconds per lap.


 

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