Feature Vehicles

 

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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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04

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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03

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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03

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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08

FXMD Acura NSX driven by Billy Johnson

Time Attack Terror: FXMD's Record Setting Acura NSX (Video Inside!)

By Mike Kojima and Billy Johnson

If you follow Time Attack at all you are probably very familiar with FXMD's Acura NSX Unlimited RWD killing machine piloted by our own Fast Lap Editor, Billy Johnson.  In the 2009 Time Attack season the NSX has given the competition the business in every event it has entered for an undefeated 2009 Redline Time Attack season. Lets take a deep technically based look inside the fastest Time Attack machine in North America.


 

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Robispec Badass 370z street class time attack car

Robispec’s Street Class Time Attack Nissan 370Z, Simple is Better?

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

Robispec is a Southern California tuning shop whose specialty is a rather unusual one. Instead of the typical shop in search of speed via the quest for more and more power, Robispec’s game is increasing lateral G’s, of the cornering kind. The proprietor of Robispec is Robert Fuller or Robi, one of our favorite people. Robi is always willing to lend a hand or give advice to whatever project we have asked him, either formally as in our Project EVO IX or by helping us swing wrenches at the track. Robi is on our short list of people we call for help if we have a problem that needs solving.

About six weeks ago we got a call from Robi telling us he would have something special, a Nissan 370Z he was building for the SEMA show and the annual Source Interlink Super Lap Battle. As there has been a lack of serious Nissan 370Z parts development due probably to its sluggish sales, we eagerly awaited checking out what Robi could cook up in short order.


 

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Dai Yoshihara's GT Channel Nissan 350Z time attack car

Dai Yoshihara’s Two Week Wonder, GT Channel’s Time Attack Nissan 350Z

By Mike Kojima

Pro Drifter and Formula D ace Dai Yoshihara is used to working on tight deadlines. Perhaps you have read our story on his 8 day wonder S13 that we covered in detail. To tell this story, and appreciate it, you have to rewind to a week before the 2009 SEMA show. Dai got the request from his long time supporters, The GT Channel to build one of their show cars into a time attack car for Source Interlink's 2009 Super Lap Battle Finals. The folks at the GT channel had a Nissan 350Z roadster that had been originally built as a SEMA show car two years ago, it had been gathering dust and the GT Channel wanted to do something with it. Dai was contacted and a deal was struck to give him the car to build into a time attack car.


 

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A Look Inside Dai Yoshihara’s Team Falken Pro Drift Machine

By Mike Kojima

A comment from one of my road racing friends prompted me to write this article. He said as a snide remark "I heard you are now involved with drifting, too bad those are not real race cars". No amount of arguing could convince him that a typical pro drift car is a sophisticated machine, one several times more massaged and engineered than his own race car.  So lets take a look inside Dai Yoshihara's Lexus IS350 that he drives for Team Falken and Discount Tire on the Formula D Circuit.


 

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Girl Gone Green: Verena Mei’s Time Attack Nissan 350Z

MotoIQ Staff Report

Photos by  David J. Dowling

A little understood fact about prepping a turbo car for reliable track use is that extreme cooling is needed and the off the shelf performance radiators and oil coolers on the market are not enough to keep a turbo engine cool under actual track conditions. The VQ35DE engine is kept cool by a custom Ron Davis C&R core dual pass radiator with swirl tank and large 13 row Setrab oil cooler.


 

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Inside the X-games fiesta lead art

Inside the 800-hp X-Games Fiestas - Update 1

By Dave Coleman

An American rallycross is an autocross in the dirt. A European rallycross is an explosion of rally bundled up and barely confined within the grounds of a racetrack. Roughly speaking, take every european rally car that has ever been banned for being too fast, turn up the boost, and then run 6 of them, wheel-to-wheel, in a sprint race that alternates between pavement and dirt. When a team of Swedish rallycross fiestas crossed the pond to run Pikes Peak and the X-Games I wanted to know more. How exactly do they get these Miata engines (the Ford Duratec is also known as a Mazda MZR) to 800-hp, and how do they harness that power and make it usable? This story is everything I know, updated frequently as I learn more...


 

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06

 Mode Racing Time Attack Hyundai Genesis

In the Beginning... 

By Jeff Naeyaert

With a rear wheel drive, dual pivot front independent suspension system, multi-link rear suspension, limited slip differential, Brembo brakes and best of all a version of Mitsubishi's powerful 4B11 2 liter turbo motor or a 306 hp V6, the Genesis has all the makings of a serious performance coupe.  We at MotoIQ are excited to bring you one of the first purposely modified Hyundais that we know of in existence. 


 

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motoIQ Nissan 370Z Feature: The KillerBee

motoIQ Nissan 370Z Feature; The KillerBee(NEW VIDEO!) 

 by Jeff Naeyaert

The beginning of a project often begins with a disaster. The owner of this Nissan 370Z was previously into Mitsubishi EVO’s having a nice example of an EVO IX. The EVO was totaled in an unfortunate rear ender leaving our owner with a chance to pursue a new dream with a brand new car.

From our sister site 370Z.com

 

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Chuck Johnson's Bonneville Adventure Part One

By Annie Sam and Mike Kojima

Many of us can remember the heydays of the salt flats and have dreamed of one day running there.  I can remember as a 4 year old, having my Dad read me stories from the newpaper about Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons duels on the salt. I even had a toy model of Breedlove's Sprit of America jet racer.


 

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How Not to Take Part in a Rally

By Aaron LaBeau and Mike Kojima

For those of you not familiar with Dave's pile, it is a rusting, dented, Krylon painted and smashed 1969 Datsun 510 immortalized on the pages of Sport Compact Car and on Speedchannel's crappy rally coverage.  However ugly it is, the old dog is packed full of state of the art stuff like a DMS long travel rally suspension and a modern SR20DE engine and transmission.


 

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