You use your brakes a lot. But do you really know how they work? We test out Hawk Performance’s new HPS 5.0 pads and DBA’s 4000-series rotors and examine how brake pads and discs work together to stop your car!
We test out Auto Meter’s incredibly advanced Elite gauges and examine the technology that makes some gauges better than others.
Everyone "knows" that rod-ends and spherical bearings are best for handling, but do you know why that is? And those rock-hard bearings totall suck on the street, right? Well, maybe not... Project Mustang 5.0 tests out some of BMR Suspension's components and learns a bit about the streetability and performance of spherical bearings in the process!
We eliminate Project Grey Mustang 5.0's rowdy and too-loud exhaust with an aggressive yet drone-free setup for Corsa Performance and find out a little bit about just how Corsa makes an exhaust that is both awesome-sounding and quiet at cruise.
Project Mustang 5.0 replaces its worn-out clutch-type limited-slip differential with a much more robust gear-type unit from Eaton and learns how LSDs work in the process!
Project Mustang gets a bunch of parts for the next season to improve throttle response, braking, and gauge information!
Project Car Update: The V8 Edition
By Colin Holte
A quick glance at the project car column should tell you that MotoIQ has a large (and ever expanding) roster of project vehicles. With all these vehicles it can sometimes be tough to keep the updates flowing for each. In some cases vehicles may have even been sold but we still keep them on the project roll for posterity. These articles are intended to share a little bit of the details with you of where some of the project vehicles that haven't seen the spotlight in a while are at in their evolution. In this installment we check in with the V8s: Project Mustang V8 5.0, Project Tundra, Project V8 RX-7, and Project Lexus IS F.
Project Mustang 5.0 Part 3: Optimizing Weight Transfer and Roll Steer
By Vince Illi
In the last installment, we tightened down Project Mustang 5.0's chassis with Whiteline sway bars and strut bracing, dramatically increasing its tarmac-holding capability and making the chassis much less prone to being "upset" in quick transitions such as slaloms.
Project Mustang 5.0, Part II: Controlling Body Roll with Whiteline
By Vince Illi
Earlier this year, I dramatically improved Project Mustang 5.0's handling and added a degree of adjustability by installing Steeda springs, Koni adjustable dampers, and caster/camber plates from Maximum Motorsports. The result was a well-balanced chassis with neutral handling. There was, however, still a bit of body roll when taking very fast corners.
Improving a Pony Car's Handling - Part 1: Suspension Adjustability on a Budget
By Vince Illi
Apparently I’m weird. (I just told you something you didn’t already know, right?) MotoIQ people think I’m nuts for driving a domestic vehicle with too many cylinders under the hood. Fellow Mustang owners think I’m nuts for racing my car around corners. Road Racers think I’m nuts for dodging cones in parking lots and calling it “autocross” instead of a “driver’s license exam.”
The Physics of Tires - Project Ford Mustang 5.0
By Vince Ili
In Part I of his Ultimate Guide to Suspension and Handling, Mike Kojima says that one of the biggest ways to improve a car's handling is to improve its tires. I experienced this first-hand recently when I upgraded the wheels and tires on my Mustang.
But how do tires improve your car's handling and performance? In order to discuss that, we need to talk about a little thing called traction, also known to us engineering geeks as friction.