Follow champion drifter Daijiro Yoshihara's crazy weekend as he jet sets from Montreal competing in Formula Drift to playing video games with YouTube stars and finishing off with drag racing exotic cars. Who wouldn't want to be in Dai's shoes?!
By Mark Zimmerman
You develop Porsche’s racing program in the late sixties, rewriting their racing history from race to race, win to win. Your team is developing faster and wilder racers, putting you in reach of the company’s first Le Mans outright victory. So what do you do when you are handed the responsibilities of developing the company’s new entry car platform? If you are Ferdinand Piëch, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, you jam the biggest racing engine in it that will fit.
When thinking of the 24 Heures du Mans that takes place at the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe, Gainesville, Georgia is not the first place that comes to mind. Even though Georgia may conjure associations with the Petit Lemans, a 12-hour enduro that takes place in the fall of each year at Road Atlanta, the storied French endurance event and metro-Atlanta aren't exactly synonymous. Those who fail to make the association between Mulsanne and Gainesville Highway are overlooking a crucial part of Ford's GT racing history, as this is where you will find the current home of Robertson Racing.
The good old stock SR20DE in our Project G20 Racecar has been doing yeoman duty, reliably lasting for the last few years racing in the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship and doing many for-fun track days. The stock SR20DE in our Project G20 Racecar came from a Japanese engine importer and has never been opened up, other than to add big cams back when we used to run the car in N/A trim. For the past three years the engine has been turbocharged which has greatly increased the strain it's experienced.
How do we become better at driving? Practice makes perfect, right? Well not necessarily. Without feedback and direction, additional practice won’t always improve your ability and can possibly lead to the development of bad habits. So in reality, perfect practice makes perfect. In Part 2 of the Driver Development series, we discuss how drivers learn to improve their craft through various methods from coaching to data analysis to simulators which all aid in the advancement of the skill of driving.
Do you want to see a future Formula Drift Champion? Look no further than Alec Hohnadell. At only 20 years old, Alec already has 3 seasons as a pro under his belt and is the youngest driver in Formula Drift.
We visited iconic street machine shop Rad Rides by Troy and spoke with owner Troy Trapanier with @motorheadjapan last month. The "Blowfish" is a door slammer race car built for the Bonneville top speed challenge at the Salt Flats. Base model is a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda.
There aren't a lot of off the shelf parts available for a Nissan Juke. In part 2 of this series Lars Wolfe fabricates or adapts many parts and updates the shifting pattern to get Opy further race ready.
by KW Automotive
We visit our friends of MotoIQ.com, our German KW Brand Ambassador Sidney Hoffmann met Mike Kojima in his garage. Mike has written several books on Honda Tuning and General Tech and is a kind of "Tech Nerd" in regards to Race Cars and suspension engineering. He also takes care of Dai Yoshiara's Drift and Race Cars. GT Channel provided us with the drift scenes. Thank you Guys!
Watch this one for Mike being akward on camera or maybe just for the rare look inside the MotoIQ Megashop.
In Part 3 of our SAE saga, we finally got our beast running and driving, then promptly threw the diff out like bad Taco Bell. We then jammed to get the chassis welded back together in time for a powdercoating appointment while we took our final exams. With the chassis at the paint shop, we pretended to be students long enough to actually graduate. We then hopped into my trusty old CRV and headed down to see what we got. If you’ve been reading our first three parts, you’ll remember this was an ambitious redesign, with a split chassis, heavily revised suspension, and large weight saving goals. We also had a greatly expanded budget and needed to have a car that was not only fast, but looked good too, hence the powdercoating.