Project Cars

Project Focus ST: Getting More Power with Cobb Tuning!

by Mike Kojima

In our last segment of Project Focus ST, we reviewed some parts from Cobb Tuning for our car. To get a nice safe boost in power, we got a Cobb Stage III upgrade which includes a V3 Access port ECU flasher, larger more efficient intercooler, larger charge pipes, a cold air intake, a larger freer flowing downpipe, a freer flowing exhaust and a heavy duty motor mount.  In this installment it's time to put these parts to the test!


 

Project G37S Sedan Introduction

Project G37S Introduction

by Aaron LaBeau

When the Infiniti G35 coupe came on the scene in 2002-03 it was an overwhelming success for Infiniti.  I remember when our very own Mike Kojima drove a pre-production model to a race day at Buttonwillow...


 

Tested: Nitto's new 555 G2 High Performance Tire!

by Mike Kojima

It seems like only yesterday but it was actually 20 years ago in 1996 that the Nitto 555 was first launched. Aimed at the center of the growing, red hot sport compact market, the 555 was the new kid in town, the performance leader of a new tire company that burst upon the scene right as it exploded into the mainstream. As Nitto's flagship tire, the 555 was a summer ultra high performance or UHP tire that offered excellent all around grip with good wear to boot.


 

Project Integra DC2: Introduction

by Clint Boisdeau

MotoIQ has long been synonymous with Nissan oriented project and race car builds. Proof can easily be found in the "Projects" drop down menu on the site.  However, when our Project VW Golf TDI suffered a major fuel system failure, Jeff--its owner--was without a daily driver and got the itch for a reliable, inexpensive spare daily driver he could also take to the track for some road course fun.  I've been hanging around the shop a lot lately working on my 90's Hondas and telling Jeff all the positive aspects about them, giving him just enough interest to start combing the classifieds for a solid condition, wishbone suspension era, front wheel drive Honda.


 

Project Isuzu VehiCross: Part 6 - Getting Sprung With OME

by David Zipf

One of the biggest complaints about the Isuzu VehiCross, even when new, is its ride.  It is very stiff; much stiffer than your average SUV.  Part of the reason for this is the stiff springs and motorsports derived shocks (Isuzu did run VehiCrosses in the 1998 Dakkar Rally).  While the ride is stiff, the handling is reasonably sprightly for a two ton, body on frame truck.  The other reason for the stiffness is the very long, hard rubber bumpstops that help prevent body roll.  While these work in keeping the trucks upright, the hard rubber makes for a jarring ride over speedbumps, bumps and potholes.  Cutting down the bumpstops is an easy way of improving the ride quality on most Isuzus.  However our VX has a third reason for a crappy ride: those awesome shocks are completely worn out from 170,000 miles of hard use.  So to kill three birds with one stone, we turned to Old Man Emu's 3" lift kit.


 

Project STurdteen:  Building the Competitive Drift Car from a Pile

by Mike Kojima

Rathyna Gomer is MotoIQ's sales manager but in her other life she is a Pro-Am drifter.  We are in the process of rebuilding her 350Z competition car and due to its complexity the process is taking a while.  In order for her to have a ride for the 2016 season, we decided to do some upgrades to her practice car, an S13 with the venerable SR20DET.  For a practice missile car, her S13 is pretty decently built but since it is a missile car, it has seen better days.  The car has been worked over by a conveniently placed practice lot pole and by doing tandem with a random on a drift day.  That and Rathyna's habit of doing body repairs by backing her car into the wall at balcony has left the old S13 in a state of ugly.


 

Project Fiesta ST, Improving the Drivetrain with mountune USA and SPEC Clutch

by Mike Kojima

If you have been following our series in the transformation of our Fiesta ST from a street car to a race car, we have addressed a lot of the basics involved from getting excess weight within the rules out to building a solid cage, fuel system and safety systems. 

In our prior driving of Project Fiesta ST on the track we noted that a lack of limited slip differential was a serious issue.  The car wanted to spin its inside front wheel on corner exit but the electronic nannys, namely traction control, stability control and electronic torque vectoring would kick in.

With the stock power levels and tires, this would not be so bad but with stiffer suspension, much higher cornering speeds and more power, the electronics were overwhelmed and the car would do something like a terminal shuttering understeer, not conducive to fast lap times. 


 

How we Killed the Value of a Partnership

by Mike Bonanni & Jordan Yost

Partnership, sponsorship, what’s the difference right? Although most of the automotive industry uses “sponsorship” as a general blanket term there is a major difference between a sponsorship and a partnership and they should in no way, shape, or form be treated the same way.


 

Yost Autosport at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill & VIDEO

by Mike Bonanni

The 25 Hours of Thunderhill; North America’s longest endurance race is no joke. Yost Autosport team principle Jordan Yost has always said “You have to know in January that you’re going to race the 25 Hour in order to have any chance of making it.” The race itself takes place the first week of December every year at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California. Its cold and most years the race is thrown a curve ball by Mother Nature whether it be rain, fog, or both. The range of machinery spans from Spec Miatas and 100 horsepower Honda Fits all the way to factory GT3 spec race cars and top level prototypes providing an incredibly interesting race to not only watch, but be a part of, completely different from any other endurance race out there. Just finishing this race is something almost half of this year’s 65 car field didn’t accomplish.


 

Project Professional Awesome Time Attack Evo: Part 4 - Drivetrain

by Daniel O'Donnell

Today, boys and girls, we’re heading back into the technical side of the Professional Awesome Evo. For your reading and viewing pleasure, we’ll be showing all the secrets in the drivetrain of the fastest Limited Class time attack machine ever to compete at Buttonwillow Raceway.


 

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