To start off 2014, the TunerPlayground and BlackTrax Performance team have huge plans for overhauling their time attack Honda S2000, nicknamed “Irene.” In the past few years, Tom Tang, TunerPlayground founder, has showcased just how capable he and the car are at events such as Global Time Attack at Buttonwillow, where it ran a 1:56 in the CW13 configuration, all while retaining street-driven status. Above is a “before” photo.
This year, however, Irene is going all out. TunerPlayground Motorsports is aiming to participate in wheel-to-wheel, hill climb, and time attack events. These include, but are not limited to: NASA USTCC, Honda Challenge, SCCA Run-Offs, Global Time Attack, Redline Time Attack, Super Lap Battle, MotoIQ MPTCC, Hoopa Hill climb, and eventually, even Pikes Peak.
You may remember when we were battling the power steering in our Project VehiCross, that the biggest reason we got so hosed (no pun intended) was I had no way of getting myself to the parts store for things like crush washers, coolant, or big buckets. With only one functioning car, we needed something else to get us around when we were wrenching on our daily driver. See how we rescued and resurrected a forgotten scooter that hadn't turned a wheel in over a decade.
In the pages of MotoIQ, we have partnered with Pure Performance in Laguna Hills California for many of our BMW projects. Why? Because Pure Performance, eats sleeps and breaths BMW performance both on the street and through racing with customer cars and their own shop race car.
The NSX’s stock 155lph fuel pump reportedly maxes out around 400whp which will not suffice for our turbocharged 500whp+ goal. We upgrade the factory pump with the new Walbro 416 E85 compatible fuel pump and visit our friends at Brown and Miller Racing Solutions for motorsport-grade alcohol approved fuel lines, fittings, and electrical wiring. We finish the build by taking our hanger to be PTFE coated by Calico coatings.
We have been putting together the Suspension on Project VA WRX over the last few months with some top quality parts from Tein and Superpro. We were waiting on the few last brand new pieces from Superpro to finish our suspension setup. Well they have come in and now is our time to install and evaluate them.
Our VA WRX is becoming quite impressive thanks to the gains we have made in its performance. We are beginning to think that it will soon be knocking at and even exceeding the performance envelope of the much more expensive STI.
Since we have been working on the brakes and suspension of our STI killer VA WRX, it was time to take advantage of those parts with some bigger, grippier tires and wheels to accommodate them. We got the right hardware for the job with some wider wheels from ARK Design and bigger tires from Nitto Tire.
Finding the right balance of performance and civility when upgrading a street car can be difficult. It all comes down to finding the perfect compromise between daily drivability and “because racecar”. Go too far and a car can become too loud, too rough, and too unreliable. With the goal of eventually increasing the power output of our Subaru Legacy GT wagon beyond what the stock VF40 turbo can efficiently produce, we knew that we would need to upgrade some of the other components in preparation. Our clutch disc and pressure plate were the first items on the list of things to replace. While everything was apart for the clutch job we decided to also replace the heavy stock flywheel with a lightweight alternative, to bolster the transmission with help from Moore Performance, and reduce slop with some polyurethane bushings.
Many of our MotoIQ Project Cars feature top of the line or even exotic suspension parts, exactly the kind of stuff you want to use in cars that see mixed track/street use with a heavy track bias. However, not all of our cars are set up like this, some of our cars are more street oriented and set up towards hassle free daily use.
With four project installments of our Project VehiCross, you would expect we would have done something insane to it. After all most MotoIQ projects don’t stay stock very long and so far the only aftermarket parts this truck has seen are an air filter, brake pads, and tires. After ranting and raving about how terrible replacing a power steering hose on a VehiCross is, we promised we would start putting on some sweet aftermarket parts. We lied.
It's been a while since Project Civic EF Racecar has had an update outside of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship race coverage articles. So here we'll take a closer look at the oil cooler upgrade thanks to Earl's Performance. The oil cooler setup which came with Project EF worked fine, but had some room to improve in regards to overall performance with the core, and durability with the lines. With the heat and abuse a wheel-to-wheel race car can put into the engine oil during 30 minute sprint races, having a cooler configuration with high levels of effectiveness is critical. Also essential is having lines sized correctly for proper flow and oil pressure.