Feature Cars

Tested: EBC Brakes Long Term Review

by David Zipf

Most CR-V owners will go to their nearest dealership or trusted mechanic’s shop and get whatever brake deal is being offered.  But this is MotoIQ…why would we put boring old Honda or off-brand parts on one of our cars?  Besides that, the plan for this CR-V was to be a useful trucklet.  It needed to be able to go off-road, haul people, drive cross country, and tow small trailers.  With that in mind, it seemed prudent to install something better than what Honda originally gave the car.  Civics and Integras are popular platforms and have a seemingly endless supply of brake options.  The CR-V?  Not so much. Luckily EBC came to the rescue.


 

Nerd’s Eye View: Ducati 1199 Superleggera

by Khiem Dinh

Sport bikes are the closest things you can easily buy that are track ready. They come with adjustable suspension, titanium valves, sticky tires, and typically lightweight aluminum frames. You can basically take off the mirrors, get rid of the lights, swap tires and brake pads and go racing in AMA Supersport class. But then there are bikes like the Ducati Superleggera. Actually, the Superleggera is really the only bike of its type that you can buy.


 

Miatas Take Over Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

by Ashley DeLuca

What’s not to love about the Mazda Miata?  They are lightweight, rear wheel drive and affordable enough for almost any type of car enthusiast to own. There is almost a cult following for this car, and it showed during the first weekend of September for the 25th anniversary of the Mazda Miata.  Miata enthusiasts from all over the world including Canada, Philippines, Germany, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and many US road trippers descended into Monterey, California for the fifth annual Miatas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track event and world record attempt. 


 

ARK Design Team America BNR32 GT-R Update

by Mike Kojima and Eric Hsu

The Team America crew has been busy and the car has really come together in the past couple of weeks.  The goal is to be able to have the car dyno tuned and track session tested before it has to go into a shipping container and hopefully end up in Australia this time (if you have been following our story, two years ago, instead of going to WTAC, the car ended up in China for a few months due to the freight forwarder making a huge mistake).

Eric Hsu and Gary Castillo have been working around the clock to get the car done with everyone else on the team pitching in on the weekends. The major fabrication is nearly complete and the engine has been started and run.  What's left is to finish up the top secret Andrew Brilliant designed aero package, do the final installation of the wire harness and to clean up and work on the cosmetics of the car like the Team America inspired wrap.


 

Project 240SX LSR Sets New Land Speed Record

MotoIQ Staff Report

Team MotoIQ in conjunction with 5523 Motorsports and Specialty Cars Fabrication set a new H/PS land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the recent USFRA World of Speed event. Their experience on the salt however was not entirely drama free.


 

CRX 2000: Turbocharged & Rear Wheel Drive

by Frank Ewald - with Aaron Weir

I cannot imagine how Aaron felt when he pulled out the plasma cutter and watched it bite into the firewall. A combination of excitement, adrenaline, and pure fear that the car may never see the road again would be what most of us would experience. And most of us would have never made it to the point of having it on the road. That confidence in his own knowledge and creativity is what I am sure allowed Aaron to move forward with a massive hole in the CRX’s firewall and floor. Using a custom support that bolted to both the intake and exhaust on the S2000’s engine, Aaron was able to hang the drivetrain – both engine and transmission – into position in the car to make the necessary fitment.


 

The Fabulous Flog: A Look Inside Dai Yoshihara's Falken Tire Subaru BRZ

by Mike Kojima

What is the Flog?  It is the nickname that the Falken team has given their BRZ drift car.  Driver Dai Yoshihara, commented when he first saw the completed car that it looked like a frog but with his Japanese accent it came out Flog and no one knew what he was talking about.  Dai had to pantomime a sitting frog and say riibit, riibit before anyone could understand that he meant Frog. 

The Falken Tire Subaru BRZ has been featured by a few other media outlets in the recent past but not like this.  Let us take you beyond the pretty pictures for a look inside the car which has been one of the most anticipated builds of a drift car to date.   One of the best looking cars on the Formula Drift circuit, the BRZ was built on a compressed time schedule by SPD Motorsports, the same folks who built Dai's iconic Discount Tire/Falken Nissan S13.


 

Controlled Chaos Episode 5 - Darren McNamara Wins Formula Drift Seattle

by GTChannel

The 2014 season has not been an easy one so far but the first podium and win came for Darren McNamara and Team Falken at Formula Drift Round 5 Seattle. Darren had to go up against his teammate Daijiro Yoshihara in the Falken Tire BRZ in top 16 but the real challenge was the battle against Chris Forsberg in the final four and of course the controversial tandem against Dean Kearney in the final.


 

The Road to World of Speed Part 5: From Bearings to Bones, We are Unstoppable

by Chuck Johnson

Each year before Speed Week, it seems like we face some serious obstacles in our speed week preparations. But each year, the team pulls together and manages to cheat Murphy’s Law of its satisfaction. This year has been no different.


 

TUDOR United Sports Car Championship: Road America

by Andy Noggle

One year ago, the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series were at this very track, Road America for the first and only time together as two separate series.  This year, Road America played host to the newly formed combined series of TUDOR United Sports Car Championship.


 

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