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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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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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Tony Angelo FR-S

The Bloodmaster's Axe: Tony Angelo's Scion FR-S

Text by Justin Banner, Photos by Tony Angelo/TAngelo Racing

You hear it coming. It's getting closer. Before you know it, you feel it as it chops through you with the carnage of shredding tires and gore of broken bumpers and bent wheels. The turbo shreiks by like a banshee wailing as another opponent falls to the Bloodmaster, Tony Angelo. With the tC dulled by time, a new axe is being prepared for him, this time in the form of the Scion FR-S. Join us as we take a peek into the preparation for Long Beach and the 2013 Formula Drift Season.


 

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APM Racing Scion FR-S

Sneak Peek: The APM Racing Scion FR-S

by Justin Banner

Sometimes, a person can really overlook what it takes to make a race car. When you think about it, the first thing that comes to mind is a car full of aero, hyper-horsepower, and so out of reach you wonder how they afford to race it without drug money. Every so often, we have to remind ourselves that this isn't the only definition of a race car. The APM Racing Scion FR-S is here to remind us what a race car really should be; simple, reliable, and easy to drive. Come check out the beauty in simplicity with the APM Racing FR-S as it just came off Thunderhill from the 25 Hour endurance race.


 

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A Look Inside- Daigo Saito's Amazing Achilles Tire SC430

By Mike Kojima

After two years of rumors and plenty of gossip, it finally happened, Daigo Saito, reportedly the best drift driver in the world arrived on our shores with not just a splash but a bang.  Daigo, 2008 D1GP champ and 2011 Formula D Asia Champ came out of the gates hard at the Long Beach season opener with a third place.  Daigo has fought hard on foreign soil maintaining a solid second place in Formula D standings for much of the year.


 

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BEST OF 2012 - Sneak Peek: The NEMO Racing EVO, Part 1

Text by Eric Hsu, MotoIQ Photos by Jeff Naeyaert, all other photos by NEMO Racing

Unless you've been living under a Time Attack rock, there's no doubt you've heard of the amazing NEMO Racing EVO. At the recent 2012 World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney, Australia, the NEMO EVO piloted by Aussie V8 Supercars driver Warren Luff,  did it's best lap time of 1:25.020 which effectively destroyed the CyberEVO's record lap time of 1:28.851. That's 3.831 seconds faster than what was previously the fastest Time Attack car in the world. After the jump I break down exactly why this beautifully constructed EVO is the fastest Time Attack car in the world.


 

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Dave Lemon RX-8

Sneak Peek: Dave Lemon's Mazdatrix RX-8

By Justin Banner

The Mazda RX-8, the last of the production rotary engined cars. An engine that has been around since the 1950s and in the Mazda lineup since 1967 and as a sports car chassis since 1971. The rotary engine and nimble chassis proved that lightweight ruled over more power. However, after 45 years Mazda pulled the plug on the engine and on the RX-8 in the summer of this year. That still won't stop enthusiasts from building and racing the incredible 4-door sports car. Mazdatrix is your answer for all things Rotary and RX and they offer the Mazdatrix RX-8 as proof. Take a look at what makes the Mazdatrix RX-8 such a wonderful car to race with!


 

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Christa's 2013 Ride- 2013 Top Kart Twister

By Mike Kojima

Karting is perhaps one of the best training aids for racing.  Karts are much cheaper to operate than cars and it's usually a simple deal to get your kart ready for a weekend of fun compared to your race car.  Most of us agree that Karting is probably harder than cars as well, more akin to a formula car than a sedan. The MotoIQ crew goes karting frequently to get a speed fix without spending a lot of money.

Karts are also good training for future drivers that are too young or small to drive a full sized car!  Christa Kojima has been karting ever since she was about 8 years old, starting in a 50cc kids kart, then moving up to a 100cc clutch kart at the mandatory age of 9.  Now as she approaches 12 she will have to move up again from her current class of HPV-1 to Jr's.


 

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 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Evo Crash PPIHC Jeremy Foley Evolution Dynamics

Evolution Dynamics Pikes Peak Edition Evo

By Sarah Forst & Wes Dumalski

F1 race car driver Stirling Moss once said "To achieve anything in this game, you must prepare to dabble in the boundary of disaster."  Of course, he also broke both ankles and chipped four vertebrae after falling three stories down an elevator shaft a few years back so accidents can happen to anyone...  

But how do you prepare for a floor routine that involves 14 somersaults 100 feet down a 45 degree abyss polluted with boulders?  They don't call Turn 16 of the Pike's Peak course "Devil's Playground" for nothing.  12,500 feet up the side of the summit - just 1500 feet shy of the finish line - the corner features a steep unprotected cliff.  Perhaps the asphalt leading up to the turn should be nicknamed Skidmark Alley.


 

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 Datsun 260z

Mike Kojima Inspired Datsun S30

By Aaron LaBeau

When you fall in love with a car sometimes it doesn’t matter how long or how much money it takes to achieve your goal.  Every editor at MotoIQ has been down that path in some form or another and it turns out our fans are pretty smitten also.  On the other side of the globe, Nino Karotta from Budapest and the team at PWRacing in Hungary are building a stunning 1974 260Z.  Nino plans on using the car for drifing, time attack and what he calls “generic” recreational activities.


 

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Garrett Turbo Bug

Sneak Peek: Craig Gibbs 1970 Volkswagen Beetle

by Justin Banner

The Volkswagen Beetle, a timeless car that is popular to this day despite its early and rather, evil, beginnings. The Volkswagen was supposed to be the "People's Car" and hippies loved them. Then the car nerds got a hold of one and found out they made a great jack of all trades car. From Baja to Sand Drags, from drag racing to road racing. "Bugs," as they are affectionately known, are the most versatile cars on the planet. This story will be one of versatility, as you'll soon discover this Bug has lived many lifetimes even while under the care of its second owner, Craig Gibbs, Technical Manager from Garrett Turbo. Yep, it's got a turbo, too.


 

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Overdose: The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Invasion of SEMA Show 2012

By Chuck Johnson and Annie Sam

Each year at the SEMA Show, there is always one model car that dominates the spotlight. This year, there is no doubt that the Scion FR-S's and Subaru BRZ's are dominating the 2012 SEMA show. A bit of an overdose to say the least. To spare you from the blisters on your feet, we've walked the show for you to bring you this compilation of Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ's from the SEMA show.  Enjoy.


 

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Dyno Detectives: Edik Stepanyan's Dyno Results

By Justin Banner

So, did he do it? Did Edik Stepanyan's DA Integra really pull too much power or was it a fluke? We go to Road Race Engineering to find out just what Edo was really pulling at Sonoma! What did Mike, Martin, and I see that day and what are the consequences? Read on to find out!


 

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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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Edik Stepanyan

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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