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LA Auto Show 2017: Nerd’s Eye View – Porsche

by Khiem Dinh

I was short on time this year at the LA Auto Show, so I had to do a bit of a blitzkrieg. The one booth I have to visit every year is Porsche because the cars are simply awesome. In addition to the GT2RS, Porsche was highlighting the Cayman and Boxster GTS siblings, 911 Carrera T, and a few 4-door sedans. I got sucked into the GT2RS and almost completely ignored all the other cars. 


 

WATCH: GTA Super Lap Battle 2017 - Spoon Sports Civic & New Type R

The Spoon Sports came loaded to Global Time Attack's Super Lap Battle with their Unlimited FWD FD2 Civic and their new Limited FWD 2017 Civic Type R. Both cars put down some impressive times in the hands of Dai Yoshihara! Come get an inside look at the team's two car effort from team engineer, and chief nerd, Mike Kojima. Relax and let the knowledge come down over you.


 

Honda S1000: How To Install A Motorcycle Engine in a Car

by Matt Brown

It is well established that:  Small Car + Big Engine = Hot Rod. The bigger the engine and the smaller the recipient vehicle, the hotter the rod. Putting a 1.8 liter in your Honda CRX? Mild hot rod. Putting a Space Shuttle SRB in your Peel P50? The hottest of rods. Installing a motorcycle engine in a car seems to be a violation of this rule. I hope you will agree with me after reading this article: it is anything but.


 

Project Fried Turkey

Project: Fried Turkey

MotoIQ Staff Report

Well, the holiday season is upon us, and we decided we were going to cook something MotoIQ style, which means it has to be technical and dangerous. What better thing to cook than a fried turkey? Frying a turkey gets the job done in only 45 minutes and leaves you with a succulent and tasty bird with very little hassle and an easy clean up.


 

All-Season Versus Winter Tires: A Racecar Driver's Consensus

Presented by Tire Rack and Michelin

by Karla Pestotnik

I think I can comfortably say that I’ve used all-season tires in almost any creative scenario that I can think of. I’ve used them on a racetrack countless times in several different cars, trying to drive as cleanly as possible with minimal grip in search of the best possible lap time for each given platform. I’ve used them as “rain tires” because that is what was available at the time and had better water dispersion than race slicks in a sprint race with down pouring rain. I’ve done some off-roading with them on trucks, SUVs and even vans, and had my fair share of times getting stuck in sand and/or mud with them (a few occasions with a trailer connected even). I have even used them for what they are generally intended for- you know, normal driving in a regular passenger car on public roads and highways. However, after attending the Winter Driving Event that Tire Rack and Michelin hosted, I can now say that I have used all-season tires in ice drag racing!

We did several comparison tests to evaluate whether or not it's worth it to buy winter tires, considering how versatile all-season tires can be. What does a racecar driver have to say about it? Click to find out!


 

WATCH: Installation and Test Drive of the Pedders eXtreme XA Coilovers for the Chevrolet SS

Coilover installation and test drive. Pedders eXtreme XA Coilovers on a Chevrolet SS. Angel Robles of Pedders Suspension gives us some insight on Pedders and their suspension offerings.


 

Nerd-O-Scope: Honeywell Garrett’s G-Series Turbochargers

by Khiem Dinh

The new Honeywell Garrett G-Series turbo line is the most exciting product launch since the infamous Disco Potato. Everyone knows the GT-Series turbos were getting very long in the tooth. The GTX launch was an upgrade with updated compressor aero and new families of v-band, T3 divided, and v-band divided turbine housings. The GTX Gen2 launch was a further improvement in compressor flow along with new compressor housing castings. But overall, the foundation of the turbos had stayed the same for two decades. Enter the G-Series which is a clean sheet design to address and upgrade every aspect of the GT/GTX series turbos. This is a true motorsports grade turbo for the masses. 


 

Curly's Corner: A Nerd's Eye on Formula 1 - Mexican Grand Prix

by David Zipf

Welcome back to our post-race breakdown of Formula 1! In case you missed it, MotoIQ will be bringing you its own particular nerdtastic take on the latest news and developments in F1. Impress your neighbors, stun your friends, and woo the ladies with your newfound F1 knowledge!  In this edition, we take a look at the Mexican Grand Prix and look forward to the final two races of 2017.


 

TESTED: Ford Mustang GT Power Packs 1-3

by Billy Johnson

Ford Performance offers three different 50-state legal “Power Packs” for the 2015-2017 Mustang GT that increases horsepower without affecting the factory warranty*.  We back-to-back test Power Packs 1, 2, & 3 on a stock Mustang GT to see if Ford’s claim of 13-37hp increases are legitimate.  We then analyze the GT350 intake manifold’s effect on the torque curve to see if it really has less low-RPM torque than stock in favor of high-RPM power.  Finally, we determine which packages would be best for street and track use through in-depth torque and gear ratio analysis.


 

The Worst Cars Are the Best Cars

by Matt Brown

There are no bad cars, there are only cars that cost more than they should. My first car was a Plymouth Volare. It did not cost me more than it should; it cost me $600, and it was worth every penny.


 

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