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Polystrand GT-Lite CRX: Part 4 - Bringing the Design Concept to Life!

by Jonathan Spiegel

As we left off in the previous installment, we’d completed our prototype suspension design, done some analysis on the springs and arms, and sent the dissected chassis off to the body shop to get some much needed love. Now comes the part that is almost as much fun as driving – bringing the design concept to life!


 

Event Coverage: 2015 Indianapolis 500

by David Zipf

The Indianapolis 500 is an American icon.  For 104 years, a 2.5 mile rectangular oval set in the Indiana countryside has been host to one of the longest enduring motorsports events in the world.  The challenge is simple: build the fastest car you can.  Tune it for maximum speed. Then, make it last for 500 miles at 225 miles an hour.  Oh and make sure you do that faster than 32 other drivers.  But cross that single yard of historic paving bricks first, and you join racing royalty.  Drink the milk.  Kiss the bricks.  Have your likeness and name engraved on an antique silver cup.  Be written into history as an Indianapolis 500 champion.


 

NX GTi-R - The Search For Traction: Finale

by Frank Ewald

We quickly got our car through tech, got the Volks and RRs mounted, and headed onto the recently redesigned Driver’s Development Track at CTMP. It took three to four laps to get the car warmed up, a couple of more to be sure that it was ready, and then – with the GFB Electronic Boost Gauge set to 12 lbs – with Katie in the passenger seat we went hot. And literally started laughing and high fiving. On the way down in the RV Katie had a discussion with me that the car simply was not working. It was not fun. It was not reliable. All of that was forgotten as we could step on the gas and it would simply take off. Exiting the corner… at the apex… even before the apex. The Nismo LSD was literally better than I had even imagined – the car pulled like mad through the corners. After two laps I had to pull off. Katie knew it was to give her a turn behind the wheel – when in actuality it was because I was on such an adrenaline buzz that I had to park.


 

Event Coverage: 2015 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

by David Zipf

The stories going into qualifying for the 99th running of the Greatest Spectcle in Racing were supposed to be grand.  New aero kits.  Ed Carpenter going for a record setting third straight 500 pole.  Chevy's dominance in racing.  Team Penske's dominance in qualifying.  Honda's desperate attempt to close the gap to Chevy.  And the biggest story of all: would the long standing 1996 track record finally fall?


 

Victoria Day Speedfest

by Frank Ewald

The weather was clear and sunny for the four days at the Castrol Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Qualifying began on Thursday and continued throughout the weekend, with racing taking place on Saturday and Sunday. The range of cars was incredible as the events included Formula 1600 Super Series, Canadian Supercar Series, Canadian Touring Car Championship, Porsche GT3 Challenge, and the Pirelli World Challenge with three classes running. This was also the first event for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series - so there was a huge range of cars to capture the attention of race fans.


 

Help For Yukio Taira!

Industry News (please share): This Thursday a good friend of MotoIQ and a well known face in the industy, Yukio Taira the Aftermarket Marketing Manager at Turbo By Garrett, had a stroke on his flight to Road Atlanta where he was headed to handle race support. If you're someone that Yukio has helped with sponsorship or just a caring person please show your support as the medical and family expenses will be piling up during his recovery time.

Please visit Yukio's Go Fund Me page and help out.  Every little bit counts.

MotoIQ has in its thoughts the Taira family, Yukio's friends and everyone in the industry that is impacted by this tragic incident.

God Speed.


 

Event Coverage: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

by David Zipf

The Verizon IndyCar Series decided to fluff up the Month of May by hosting a road race on the former Formula 1 circuit that runs through the infield of Indy.  The first event was best remembered for its disastrous start when pole sitter Sebastian Saavedra’s car stalled on the grid and was rear-ended at speed.  In 2015, the boys and girls of IndyCar returned to the speedway’s road course to put on another show.  Only one week after showing off their fancy oval kits, the teams strapped on road course bodywork and took to the flowing roval circuit.


 

Nerd Vacation - The Nissan Engine Museum

by Joe Lu

This non-descript looking building in Yokohama, Japan was recently a vacation destination for a MotoIQ contributor, and is much more than meets the eye.  Aside from currently containing the Nissan Engine Museum, you're also looking at the world headquarters building that housed Nissan during it's formative years.  Come check out what's inside those doors!


 

New Drift Team Owner Dai Yoshihara - Behind the Smoke 4 Ep. 1

by GTChannel

Dai Yoshihara's Behind the Smoke is back for the 4th season on GTChannel! Dai is now an owner of his own professional Formula DRIFT team for the first time.   He also has a wife and a baby to support now.  Watch the new Dai face challenges and come along on his journey to reach the top of the podium again for the Formula Drift 2015 season!

Share this video to support DAI and BTS4!


 

Sneak Peek: Inside IndyCar's Oval Aero Kits

by David Zipf

IndyCar's new oval aero packages are here! In February Chevy and Honda both unveiled their road course aero kits, which have been used at the first four IndyCar races in the 2015 calendar. However Indy runs on huge superspeedways and if you know anything about IndyCar, you know the granddaddy of all IndyCar races is the Indianapolis 500.  On Sunday May 3rd, the first public test of the new oval aero kits happened at the Brickyard and MotoIQ was there, spying on teams and getting the scoop on these new aero kits.


 

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