Mike Kojima posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:11 AM
Last week we got a text message from Subaru tuner extraordinaire Quirt Crawford. Quirt was pretty excited about one of his company's, Crawford Performance's new products, a set of Power Blocks intake manifold spacers for the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ FA20 engine.
Colin Holte posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:42 PM
Tires on a truck are often ho-hum items. Most truck owners aren’t interested in shaving tenths off of lap times, nor are they generally interested in how well they perform at the limit of adhesion. Generally speaking, as long as it’s comfortable, doesn’t feel too dangerous, lasts long enough and generally holds air, most are happy to let them be. For our Nissan Xterra, while we’d like to say otherwise, we were of about the same mindset. When Nitto approached us with a set of their new Dura Grapplers, however, we were amazed at what happens when a manufacturer strives to make something better than just "good enough".
Pablo Mazlumian posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014 3:39 PM
"So you guys are really going to test that thing?"
"Of course, we're from MotoIQ. Now make like a tree."
With five simple steps that will work for any car, we take a high-mileage minivan and make it run better on the dyno and in the quarter mile. Yes, really.
Colin Holte posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:35 PM
If you’ve been hooked on the go-fast crackpipe long enough, you probably have a binder full of old race notes somewhere, even if it’s just some basic tire temp and pressure data scribbled on a scrap piece of paper. Maybe it’s in your trailer in a box labeled ‘spark plugs’, maybe it’s in your home office in a folder labeled ‘receipts’, or if you’re like me, your notes are in an old envelope in a duffle bag down in the basement.
Pablo Mazlumian posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 8:09 PM
by Pablo Mazlumian
We install a Magnaflow system in hopes to quiet the car down a little further, given car's cat-delete setup. Find out how the test goes--with video included!
Mike Kojima posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:54 AM
To be honest we were not big fans of octane boosters. In the past, we have not been able to get good quantifiable results with them over the years. Older boosters ate up the fuel system or left weird deposits on the plugs and chamber. Engines that usually need higher octane are generally expensive so we have always just used racing fuel in them, Pump gas with conservative tuning for street cars and race fuel for race cars.
Meanwhile, Royal Purple had been bugging us about testing some of their new Max Boost octane booster. They told us that it would give us 3 points in octane for sure and burn clean. Not being too enthusiastic about octane booster in general we let it sit around for about a month.
Pablo Mazlumian posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 3:11 PM
At the heart of any engine is the engine management system. We install AEM's latest and greatest and are blown away not only by the performance, but by all of the features that transform this car into so much more!
Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, December 01, 2013 5:29 PM
Paint used to be the preferred and just about the only method of refinishing a race car. Paint looks nice but it takes a long time to apply and costs a lot to do. In the sometimes rough and tumble world of Motorsports cars end up having to be refinished frequently.
A lot of guys don't care about how their track car looks and just bang her out so the wheels clear fenders when things get bent. However, sanctioning bodies like NASA and SCCA have appearance rules and if you are sponsored, sponsors expect your car to be presentable so the beat ass race car look wont fly.
Since painting can be a significant expense, any means available to reduce the time and money spent keeping a car looking good is a godsend. One of the ways to keep your car looking its best relatively inexpensively is through a wrap. Wraps used to be pretty hard to apply with mixed results but with new technology, they're becoming easier and easier.
Check out how we wrapped the Dog Car giving it a fresh look with the help of 3M and Skyprint media.
Pablo Mazlumian posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:21 PM
by Pablo Mazlumian
We test a wheel and tire package with eye opening results! The M3 is now quicker, handles better, stops on a dime, and also turns more heads. Check out our numbers!
Jonathan Lawson posted on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 7:06 PM
Now we’re getting into the exciting bits of Project E36 M3. It’s been a joy to drive in mostly-stock form, but it’s time to get into the real fun: Suspension!
The groundwork for our suspension project began a few months ago when I had a meeting with Brian Hanchey of Hanchey Vehicle Technologies (HVT) while we were at Kansas Speedway’s GRAND AM race weekend. The prospects of our discussion had me bouncing off the walls with excitement.