Faster. There is something ingrained in many of us where we just want to go faster. It doesn’t matter the method or the machine, whether it be human powered, accelerated by gravity, propelled by electrons, or some type of chemical reaction. The ultimate expression of faster while still being bound to the earth is a land speed racer.
To start off 2014, the TunerPlayground and BlackTrax Performance team have huge plans for overhauling their time attack Honda S2000, nicknamed “Irene.” In the past few years, Tom Tang, TunerPlayground founder, has showcased just how capable he and the car are at events such as Global Time Attack at Buttonwillow, where it ran a 1:56 in the CW13 configuration, all while retaining street-driven status. Above is a “before” photo.
This year, however, Irene is going all out. TunerPlayground Motorsports is aiming to participate in wheel-to-wheel, hill climb, and time attack events. These include, but are not limited to: NASA USTCC, Honda Challenge, SCCA Run-Offs, Global Time Attack, Redline Time Attack, Super Lap Battle, MotoIQ MPTCC, Hoopa Hill climb, and eventually, even Pikes Peak.
Engine Downsizing and Turbos: More MPG and More Power?!
By Khiem Dinh
In an extremely rare instance, government regulations have actually made two seemingly conflicting goals both better. "To have one's cake and eat it too" as they would say. With rising fuel costs and environmental concerns, regulatory bodies across the world are demanding reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions. Previously, this would imply smaller engines with reduced horsepower; two things counter to the wants of performance enthusiasts. Enter the modern turbocharged engine. Through turbocharging, engines can now deliver a wider torque curve, more power, and substantially improved fuel economy. The fuel economy gains are through engine downsizing and downspeeding. We're going to show you how turbos achieve all of these goals.
In the first installment of this series, we took a fairly in-depth look at valve events, which, simply put, are the actions that are caused by the camshaft with regards to opening and closing the intake and exhaust valves. Ultimately, these events determine the power characteristics of an engine, because they control the amount of air/fuel mixture that the engine ingests at any given rpm, and they also control the flow of exhaust gases leaving the combustion chamber. Hopefully, Part 1 helped you to understand the processes involved in developing a camshaft design, so at this point we’re going to discuss the terminology that directly describes the physical parameters of the camshaft itself.
The Toyota Yaris has been a vehicle that has pretty much been universally panned by the performance aftermarket. Can you really blame the aftermarket though, the Yaris was not designed for any sort of fun nor would it win any beauty contests.
Outside of the BMW and Porsche booths, there were a handful of cars which caught my attention. Of course, there were the track day toys from GM and Ford, but I’ve already shown you guys those cars back at SEMA. So what other cars caught my attention? Well, it’s an odd bunch likely due to my ADD.
And so, the PRI saga continues. If you thought we might have run out of crazy cars and new go-fast parts to show you after Part 3, stop crying. The 2015 PRI show was so packed full of neat stuff, it would have been a disservice to our readers if we'd left anything out. So sit back and relax as we continue our tour of the show!
From the founders of the Exotics Racing supercar experience comes a brand new take on motorsport. It's racing -- made easy. The arrive-and-drive EXR Racing Series takes care of all the details so racers can focus on driving.
The Toyota Celica is a car that, if you are like me, you have probably admired and enjoyed over the years. And then wondered why it vanished from the lineup. Over the decades that Toyota produced this model they have been both fire breathing dragons and then merely enjoyable sporty type cars. Kyle Beaty's Celica GTS was the later. A sporty type car that began it's life with him nine years ago, as his first car and basic get around vehicle. The chassis of Kyle's Celica now has 380 000 kilometres or 236 000 miles on it. He has owned this 1990 model since he was seventeen. His first car. The one he drove to high school.
We continue our PRI 2015 journey through this third installment. If you love modified street and racing cars, and prefer to end a year well, there's no better place to be than at PRI. We covered dozens of companies' trick products in our first two installments, and today we bring loads more!