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Project Infiniti G20 Racecar: More Power!

By Steve Rockwood

Road racing is a thrill that has few equals in the wide world of wheels.  Drag racing, unless you're talking nitro cars, is a thrill that quickly loses its lustre.  Losing a drag race while road racing, however, is an exercise in abject frustration.  Nothing will make you hate your car more than nailing that apex and throttle point perfectly to extract every ounce of momentum coming out of the corner, only to watch your opponent sail right past you on a long straightaway and park it in front of you in the next corner.  Project G20 Racecar's tired engine, with over 130,000 miles on it, was destined to only let us down.  We needed to fix it.


 

Dynomax VT Muffler Test! Does Quiet Mean Slow?

Dynomax VT Muffler Dyno Test!  Does Quiet Mean Slow?

By Mike Kojima

We had been bolting stuff onto our web guy Frank’s Infiniti G35 sedan, including a really cool prototype exhaust system from Berk Technology.  All this did was cause Frank to complain about how loud the car was.  Did we even know this guy anymore?  Anyways, to appease Frank who also happens to be the best web guy we know by far, we had to do something about the noise.


 

Project Infiniti G20 Racecar: Keeping it Running

By Steve Rockwood

Engine problems are not a good time, and there is usually a period of denial where you keep flooring your already toast motor, thinking it'll somehow "clear up" and fix itself. Eventually, you hear the bang, and you're greeted by the sound of once meticulously formed pieces of metal, now turned slag, bouncing around under the car. Then the smoke. Lots of smoke. Sweet Mary, this car's on fire smoke.

It's amazing how fast you can exit a vehicle that's on fire.


Project Infiniti G20 Suspension Goodies

Project Infiniti G20 Racecar - Suspension & Handling Goodies

By Martin Gonzales & Steve Rockwood

Manufacturers of econoboxes – in our case, luxury econoboxes – don’t seem to have racing in mind when designing suspensions. In this article, we will take you through the daunting task of turning a luxury econobox into a luxuriously handling machine.


 

Project Infiniti G20 Racecar - Making It Stop, Every Time

By Martin Gonzales & Steve Rockwood

Loud engines, big horsepower, gratuitous tire smoke, and high cornering speeds are why we love and watch motor sports. Most people, when they watch racing on TV, listen for the engines, stare at the gruesome crashes or marvel at the speeds drivers carry through the corners. However, much like the scrappy player on a basketball team that gets all the rebounds and never scores, brakes just don't get the attention they deserve.


Project Infiniti G35 Part 2: Improving Stopping Power with Brembo, Project Mu and DBA

Project Infiniti G35 Part 2: Improving Stopping Power with Brembo, Project Mu and DBA

By Mike Kojima

In our last edition of Project G35 we set out to improve our handling with some suspension by KW.  To keep things in line with having a balanced performance daily driver we next turned our attention to the brakes.


 

Project Infiniti G35 Sedan: The Poor Man's M3

Project Infiniti G35 Sedan: The Poor Man's M3

By Mike Kojima

Not all of the cars in the MotoIQ stable are cutting edge performance machines.  Sometimes we do have to have cars that are practical.  Our current office car is a 2004 Infiniti G35 Sedan.  The G35 is an excellent car for daily driving, it gets reasonable mileage in the low 20 mpg range and has 4 doors and plenty of inside room for taking the staff to lunch or meetings. The automatic transmission for dealing with bumper to bumper daily commuter traffic makes jumping into the G35 to go somewhere a no hassle proposition.


 

Project Infiniti G20 racecar race car P10 Primera SR20

Project Infiniti G20 Racecar - Roll Cage Additions & Final Interior Prep

By Martin Gonzales & Steve Rockwood

Last time you saw our G20 we were pounding the final nails on the coffin of its daily driven days with the addition of a roll cage.  This time around we'll be going over a number of safety improvements to our cage and will also get into the final prep and finish of the interior.


 

Project Infiniti G20 Racecar - Roll Cage

By Martin Gonzales and Steve Rockwood

Accidents, the downers of all motor sport related activities, and reminders that things don't always go as planned.  Though spinning out of control or taking Dukes of Hazard jumps are not part of anyone's dreams of racing glory, it doesn't mean shit has to happen before preparing for the worst..


 

Project Infiniti G20 Racecar - Intro/Gutting

by Martin Gonzales & Steve Rockwood

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.  Life handed us a wrecked car (and a mild case of whip-lash), so we're making a race car!  That pretty much sums up how we came to the idea of transforming the ultimate grocery getter into a formidable road racing machine.  The manual transmission, multi-link front suspension, independent rear suspension and SR20 engine may have persuaded us a bit too.


 

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