Oh boy. If you like Hondas, Corvettes, crazy boosted motorcycles and trucks, fuel injectors, superchargers, compound turbo systems, and nitrous, you've found the right article to browse!
It is one thing to leave a car in pristine condition or to heavily modify it to live out a JDM dream. With Albert and his high-powered machine, he did both of those things. In fact, Albert has built this beast to a staggering, 912 horsepower and 693 foot-pounds of torque, daily driver!
Porsche has gone and done it now. Personally, I think Porsche should have just transitioned to the Cayman for their GT race car, but I’m no Porsche ‘purist’. And in the interest of not getting their butts kicked, apparently neither are the heads of Porsche Motorsports.
If you like turbos, superchargers, other engine parts, wheels, aero, and electronics, this is a must see. We’re back with our third installment of the show, with plenty from Precision Turbo, AEM, Burns, Dynojet, CSF, Steve Morris Engines, Arias, Radium, CPE, and more!
James Houghton has been to Buttonwillow three times over the last four years. You are forgiven if you assumed he's been there every weekend practicing, because his 2016 time was almost six seconds faster than his 2015 time! He knows the track, but as he is from Canada, it is far from his home track. He took almost 6 seconds off of his 2015 lap time and yet his horsepower levels are almost the same as 2015. There are many other aspects of the car that have been tweaked between then and now and in this article we will look at some aspects of this fine tuning. It is not an understatement to say that James eats, sleeps, and breathes racing. He is constantly looking at ways to expand his capabilities as a driver. Over the years he has been carefully honing his Integra Type R into the incredible machine that it is now- a car that terrorizes in all the Time Attack events that it enters. Forget the fact that it is running in the Unlimited Front Wheel Drive class, as he is right on the heels of or beating the RWD and AWD competition! That this Type R has evolved from an incredibly solid street car into this record breaking beast is a testament to the hard work that James and R-Division's Eric Lavigne have put into this project. Driver, Car, and Mechanic combine to create a team that is, well, almost unbeatable.
If you have been a long time MotoIQ reader, then you have probably read about our tour of performance suspension giant KW Automotive's production and R&D facilities in Germany. KW has had a North American operation for some years now, but has recently expanded their facilities from their first location in Sanger California to a new location in Clovis California.
KW's old Sanger facility was mostly dedicated to warehousing and service of their suspension stuff. The new location is being put together to have additional flooring space for R&D, engineering and Manufacturing. This includes all of the KW Automotive brands consisting of ST Suspensions, Belltech, LSD Doors and of course, KW Suspension.
There’s always some track car goodness at SEMA. Many of these vehicles are based off of street vehicles. Depending on the race series, the cars vary little from the road legal street cars with not a whole lot more than gutted interior and roll cage installed. Then there are other race cars that only share the exterior semblance to the street car with everything underneath the skin completely changed. SEMA had a bit of both along with a classic.
We are going to go out on a limb and make a lot of fanboi's angry. They will call BS and burn us in effigy. However we are still gonna express our opinions which were developed over the years in the school of hard knocks and talk about real issues we have seen when racing and developing many of our industries' favorite and even legendary engines. Now don't get us wrong, these engines can be turned into successful racing platforms when some major engineering and big dollars are applied but a lot of it is beyond the easy to figure out, easy buy and bolt on stage that most street tuners dream about.
If you are a fan of drifting, then you know all about Forrest Wang, who is renowned for his spectacular high angle and smoky driving style. His car builds have a lot of style as well and we have been trying to catch up with him for a year to be able to capture one of his masterpieces in a story.
When Cole Powelson set out to build an R35 GT-R he initially didn't have the ambitious plans to build one of the world's fastest time attack cars. The 2012 GT-R originally was built as a modified but streetable time attack car which was run for fun. Then the car was repurposed and underwent a metamorphosis, eventually being rebuilt into the sophisticated machine that appears on our site here.