Features

The Alley, Enrique Perez's LS-1 powered TE72 Toyota Corolla

by Mike Kojima

In keeping with our new tradition of using our secret photoshoot location behind the palatal MotoIQ Mega Shop, our next Alley feature is a very special car. Enrique Perez's 1980 TE72 Toyota Corolla. The TE70 series Corolla produced from 1978 to 1983, is one of our favorites as it is a classical Corolla with a front engine and rear wheel drive.  Much of our youth was spend modding these cars.  With their near bulletproof 3TC engine they could take a lot of hard use and we spent a lot of time boring them to 2 liters, strapping on dual sidedraft carburetors and hosing them with Nitrous Oxide. 


 

Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show 2014: Part 2 – Race Cars and Engines

by Khiem Dinh

It’s an auto show, so race cars are displayed. Race on Sunday, sell on Monday right? The manufacturers also like to show off their new engines on stands. This is great for us geeky nerd types as we can see many details that we would otherwise be unable to see with the engine crammed in the car. The manufacturers are getting very efficient at stuffing as much engine as possible into the smallest engine bay possible making a lot of the cool stuff hard to see.


 

GarageLove How To: Tire Testing

by Per Schroeder

The neck-twisting grip that modern performance tires deliver was once the territory of just limited-production race compounds. Couple that delightful evolution with the rise of affordable data acquisition systems and more track-capable cars than ever before—and you just have to wonder—are we in the era where anyone can find the absolute best tire for their car? Can the hardcore enthusiast simply buy several sets of tires and figure out which brand works best for their car, track and driving style?


 

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MotoIQ: DRIVEN – 2012 McLaren MP4-12C (With In-Car Video)

by Billy Johnson

We spent two days with the McLaren MP4-12C on the street and hot lapped it around Buttonwillow’s 13CW configuration to see if the 12C really is the best supercar that you can use as a daily driver.  Is it a modern day NSX in this regard?  Did it turn the fastest production car lap at Buttonwillow?  Read on to find out…


 

Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show 2014: Part 1 – Street Cars and Show Stuffings

by Khiem Dinh

So it’s the LA Auto Show. Cool stuff is there. Some famous people show up. I eat a lot. Oh, and I take blurry pictures as I’m distracted by food and beverages and too much caffeine. And my camera battery died. I have to say, I was particularly impressed with one German make this year for their cars and another Asian make for their booth during the Media Days.


 

Keep It Simple - Go Tuning's Spoon Sports Civic

by Mike Kojima

What's the best thing to do to re launch a performance brand in the USA?  Go racing. That is exactly what Go Tuning, the official North American distributor of Spoon Sports parts has done in the world of Time Attack in a big way.  In practice for the last Super Lap Battle, Dai Yoshihara, previous Formula D and MPTCC Champ peddled Go Tuning's Spoon Sport Civic to a blistering 1:46.3 second lap time around Buttonwillow's famed configuration 13 CW. This was faster than Chris Rado's long standing FWD Unlimited lap record in the high tech 1300hp F-Wing Scion TC, a record we assumed would be out of reach for a long, long time.


 

Performance Racing Industry: Part 3

by Pablo Mazlumian

As we wrap up the show’s three-part coverage we're left with only one regret—that we couldn’t show you more.  Still, we’ve got plenty to see here in Indianpolis, Indiana, so please follow us once again as we walk through the greatest aftermarket car show in America.  Big turbos, big brakes, and big engines here we come!


 

Steve’s STi: Doing It Right!

by Frank Ewald

When talking with Steve about his car you can sense the passion he has for his STi but also for amateur motorsport. Our discussions went on and on as we chatted about the car, friends we have met at the track, the challenges of building a car that performs how you want it to, and the joy of volunteering and seeing newcomers get inspired by track events. The heart of this story, however, is this 2004 STi which, when you get right down to it, has had almost every component and body panel modified in the pursuit of performance. And boy has it worked!


 

Performance Racing Industry: Part 2

by Pablo Mazlumian

In our second part of this amazing show, we showcase more suspension setups, more big brakes and turbos, our dream steering wheel, some killer formula racecars, what it’s like to walk the show with Mike Kojima, and a whole lot more!


 

Killer Conquest - LS Powered Conquest Starion 

by Mike Kojima

We are starting a new feature at MotoIQ called "The Alley". The Alley is our ultimate photo location area, which also happens to be the alley behind the palatial and luxurious MotoIQ Megashop. With its mix of legit urban backdrops, great lighting and convenient location, it's perfect for our lazy ass photographers! The Alley moniker will be used when we feature street builds that we would be proud to drive ourselves.

When I first saw John Lazorack's 1988 Conquest TSi at the Japanese Classic Car show, I immediately did a double take and backtracked to get a closer look.  You see I have always had a soft spot in my heart for these cars after having wanted one really badly when I was a young man.  Well not a Conquest but but its badge engineered sibling, the Mitsubishi Starion ESi-R.


 

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