Feature Vehicles

 

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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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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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motoiq nemo evo

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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