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.
Wes Dumalski posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 12:23 AM
Tested: GrimmSpeed Subaru Top Mount Intercooler
Around here we appreciate quality and well thought out parts that fill a void in the marketplace. Regardless of company size or the expanse of their market reach it is refreshing to see a company and its collective mindset introduce a product that doesn’t re-invent the wheel but goes a long way to making it much more efficient. In this case that company is GrimmSpeed and that product is their Subaru Top Mount Intercooler.
Jonathan Lawson posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:51 PM
We managed to get the handling of our E36 M3 back up to a stock-like feel in Part 1, so the car has been feeling almost new. With some exciting parts on the way, we decided to keep ourselves busy while we wait by adding a bit of convenience which the Germans didn’t seem to have as a priority. We also wanted something a little fun to help us pass the time, so we increased the crisp feel of our chassis with a simple but effective part from the BMW Motorsport division...
Martin Gonzales posted on Sunday, September 29, 2013 4:36 AM
By Martin Gonzales
There comes a time in every gear heads life when he/she must ask themselves, "Why in St. Kojima's name am I driving my track set-up to work?". If you can relate, then no doubt you've been victim to the track-bug's high octane venom. Which also means the vehicle you use for daily transportation has been molested and tinkered with to the point that it no longer has what little refinement it had when it drove off the showroom floor. All done in the name of faster lap times of course, but your vehicle is now serving as a constant reminder that there really is no such thing as an all purpose vehicle. Well, enter KW's Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) system.
clint boisdeau posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 7:58 PM
by Clint Boisdeau
Proper technique, experience, and seat time are usually what gets you faster around a road course. But once a certain level is reached, finding time and consistency takes more then just instinct and a lap time. Lap telemetry and data acquisition used to be the dreams that race teams were made of. Such data loggers were either out of most grassroots drivers' budgets, and/or more complicated to use than sending a man into space. Within the last few years though, the combination of high market demand and cost reduction in technology have made way for many different lap telemetry products that are not only affordable, but also easy to operate with high levels of available tech support. Qstarz is one of these companies, and the LT-Q6000 is their flagship lap telemetry/data unit.
Pablo Mazlumian posted on Sunday, September 15, 2013 3:12 PM
By Pablo Mazlumian
In our quest for an all-motor 100whp/liter, we install and dyno test a cat-back exhaust and under drive pulleys from industry leaders. How much power do you think these upgrades provided our M3?
Mike Kojima posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 2:15 PM
We have gotten a few emails asking about the status of Project Trailer and to be honest we had kinda forgotten to write about it in the mad rush that life in our world is about. The truth is that our trailer works quite well and that we are pretty happy about going with a custom trailer built to our specs by Shadow Trailers in Cypress California.
Jonathan Lawson posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 6:06 PM
I'm an addict. A full-fledged, mainlining, E36 M3 addict, and I haven't been able to lift myself out of it since 1995 when the E36 M3 was released in the U.S. By the summer of 1999 I jumped in at the tail end of the production run. I'll save you from all of the boring in-between details for now, but after trying to shake the chassis out of my system, my fourth example now sits in our garage.