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How Magical is Black Magic Intense Wheel Cleaner? We Test it Out!

by Karla Pestotnik

With a word such as 'magic' in the name, it's easy to assume that you're getting some really good wheel cleaner. We are slightly more skeptical, however, and we had to see for ourselves. What if Black Magic wheel cleaner didn't live up to its name? 

Okay, enough quirky jokes. Let's get to scrubbing! Or do we even need to scrub? Looking at the directions...


 

Daily Driven, HKS Supercharged Scion FR-S Autocross and Track Car

by Frank Ewald

Simon Chan's Scion FR-S attracts attention. Just sitting in a parking lot or driving by on the street, you will take a second look. We certainly did - and then contacted Simon and asked if he was interested in doing an article for MotoIQ. He was and so a meeting was set up at River's Edge Road Course, part of Mission Raceway Park in Mission, B.C. where he would be participating in a track day. A nice balancing point from the Autocross event that first brought this FR-S to our attention. The weather was initially overcast with some light rain on the way to the track, however, by early afternoon the sun was drying off the track and, by mid-afternoon, was out in full force. This was certainly a more balanced day than the early spring autocross event which blew us away with snow in the first few hours before the sun also came out to stay.


 

Global Time Attack Round 2: Buttonwillow Raceway Park

by David Kim

Global Time Attack returns to Buttonwillow Raceway Park to challenge the legendary 3.1 mile road coarse for GTA’s Pro Am Speed District round 2 event. With the weather predicted to hover around a beautiful mid 70 degrees throughout the race day, drivers arrive ready to attack the clock, reset records, and set a new standard of performance in their respective classes.

From completely stock Ford Mustangs and lightly modified Subaru BRZs, to the heavily modified unlimited class where one could stumble upon a J35A1 swapped Honda Civic Coupe built specifically for the circuit, a plethora of different types of cars can be found at any Global Time Attack event. Yes, you read it correctly, a stout V6 Honda Odyssey motor- in a Civic! This is the series where not only the world’s fastest and most dedicated drivers come to play, but a series where an enthusiast can find some of the most creative tuners in the industry. With this in mind, welcome to Global Time Attack! Let’s get started.


 

Turbo Tech: Calculating Turbocharger Compressor and Turbine Performance Advantage with the New Honeywell Garrett GTX Gen2

by Khiem Dinh

In our Turbo Tech series, we have covered a lot of segments of turbocharger performance. We have looked at various aspects of compressor efficiency and performance, turbocharger mapping, and turbo sizing and matching among other things. This time around, we are going to do some more calculations on the turbine side, calculating pressure ratio and wastegate flow along with estimating power gains from the Honeywell Garrett GTX Gen2 turbos over the first generation GTX. You better get your Excel spreadsheets warmed up.


 

The Blackbird Fabworx Morpheus Miata!

by Mike Kojima

The cars created by Moti Almagor of Blackbird Fabworx have always caught our attention. More for less has always been the theme his creations. The Blackbird Fabworx cars have always eked amazing speed out of stock, very low powered engines. Lightweight, meticulous care in chassis setup, balanced brakes and carefully thought out aerodynamics have had a harmonious interplay in developing incredible speed from very little horsepower.


 

The Nissan Figaro: Back to the Future

by Alvin Miles Jr.

In 1989, The Figaro was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show that’s held every other year at the largest convention and exhibition center in Japan, the Tokyo Big Sight. Naoki Sakai and Shoji Takahashi’s “Back to the Future” design really soaked up many and all possibilities and made something that one wouldn’t know which generation it belonged in.


 

Keep Drifting Serious: ProAm Competitor Andrew Attalla

by Rathyna Gomer

The editorial series, Keep Drifting Serious is intended to shine some light on what it takes to build a competitive drift car (some of you may have read the first Keep Drifting Serious article featuring Vaughn Gittin Jr. a little while ago). 

If you've been following Formula Drift (FD) for the last few years, I'm sure you've made note of how quickly the cars have been evolving. The competitiveness has trickled down into many ProAm series as well. Nowadays, ProAm cars are what FD cars used to be 8+ years ago. 

So as we continue looking at what it takes to build a professional drift car, we take a look inside ProAm driver, Andrew Attalla and his LS1 E46.


 

Project Sim Racer: Part 3 - Enhancing the Experience With Fanatec

by Erik Jacobs

After spending a good number of hours behind the Logitech G920 controls on our GT-R Simulator GTA-F cockpit, we wanted to see if we could enhance our experience. There wasn’t anything wrong with the Logitech setup, but there is a whole lot more high-end gear out there that we wanted to try. Enter Fanatec and another pile of boxes!


 

anti lag rocket beyond the dyno

External Combustion Rocket Anti Lag System + JDM Spec C Impreza STI

By Eric Hsu 

The external combustion anti-lag "rocket" combustor was used on the factory Prodrive built WRC STi Subaru cars to improve the EJ20 engine's inherent mediocre torque and engine response. The rocket is so good that a version of it is still in use today in the 2012 Japanese Super GT GT300 STi BRZ which also uses an EJ20. Last time I wrote a teaser article, but this time we'll take a look at some of the details of the rocket combustor anti-lag system as it applies to my buddy Ben's JDM Impreza STi Spec C street car over in the UK. 


 

Japanese Cars Suck!

by Mike Kojima

As a hardcore Japanese car enthusiast, it pains me to write this. I have seen the Japanese car phenomena go full circle first hand. When I was a little kid, adults used to snicker and the funny little weird crap boxes that were first imported from Japan by Datsun, Toyota and then Honda. The cars were small, underpowered and quirky. There were some standouts like the Datsun 240Z, the Toyota 2000GT and 510 that were pretty cool cars but for the most part, no one cared.


 

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