MotoIQ Motorsports Coverage

MPTCC '14 Round 1:  Buttonwillow Raceway

by Steve Rockwood

With the inaugural MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship race postponed by rain and relegated to a local indoor karting arena, the first real race at a real track was much anticipated.  Would Edo Stepanyan continue his MPTCC dominance this season?  Would Justin Taylor improve on his second place points finish last season and put the heat on Edo?  Would Project G20 fulfill its promises as a MotoIQ project car and push for the lead as well?  Or would the addition of yet another Honda mix the podium up?


 

K&N Mustang American Iron RTR

Fully Filtered: Dave Martis’ K&N Engineering Ford Mustang RTR

by Justin Banner

NASA’s American Iron series is the modern equivalent of the Trans Am Series of the 60's and 70's; where Ford, GM, and Mopar cars slug it out in American Iron (AI) and the cars follow a weight to power ratio much like our own MPTCC series. In addition to AI, NASA also has classes for American Iron Extreme (AIX), where rules are more lax and horsepower gets insane; and Spec Iron (SI), where cars are built to one specification with the 05-10 Ford Mustang being the only chassis allowed. Dave Martis competes in the AI class with his K&N Engineering Ford Mustang RTR and has allowed us to show you the details of his amazing ride!


 

Cycling: A Year Later, Getting Faster

by Khiem Dinh

The MotoIQ crew has been busy this past year on two wheels of the self-powered variety. One of the goals was to get in better shape to be more effective at motorsports. The other goal was just to have fun and being relatively safe while we were at it. Cycling helped me in other ways too. See what I learned this past year doing the pedal-power thing and the data to back up my claim of better fitness.


 

Formula Drift Long Beach Round 1 2014

Formula Drift 2014 Round 1 – Long Beach

by Justin Banner

Formula Drift was on a good roll with Qualifying going off without too much of a hitch. The pace of the event was perfect and despite the huge power numbers, cars were holding together so far. Will competition day continue this trend or would there be bumps due to new cars, drivers, and engines?


 

FD Long Beach 2014

Formula Drift 2014 Long Beach – Qualifying

by Justin Banner

With what seemed like such a long winter, the 2014 Season of the Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by GoPro is finally here! We’re starting off at the concrete canyons of Long Beach. How is 2014 shaping up? Qualifying should give us a small clue.


 

Blacktrax Performance S2000 Motorsport Makeover: Part 1 - Basic Chassis Preparation

by Edward Hu

To start off 2014, the TunerPlayground and BlackTrax Performance team have huge plans for overhauling their time attack Honda S2000, nicknamed “Irene.”  In the past few years, Tom Tang, TunerPlayground founder, has showcased just how capable he and the car are at events such as Global Time Attack at Buttonwillow, where it ran a 1:56 in the CW13 configuration, all while retaining street-driven status. Above is a “before” photo.

This year, however, Irene is going all out. TunerPlayground Motorsports is aiming to participate in wheel-to-wheel, hill climb, and time attack events. These include, but are not limited to: NASA USTCC, Honda Challenge, SCCA Run-Offs, Global Time Attack, Redline Time Attack, Super Lap Battle, MotoIQ MPTCC, Hoopa Hill climb, and eventually, even Pikes Peak.


 

Project G20: Making it Stick With APR’s Wing and Splitter

by Steve Rockwood

Project G20’s an aerodynamic disaster. It’s blockish shape leads to a car that makes masonry look sleek. As a result of poor aero combined with suspension balance in line with “loose is fast, don’t be a <sissy>”, we needed all the APR aero help we could to tame this bronco.


 

TESTED: Laptimizer Race Data Management iPad App

by Dave Pratte

If you’ve been hooked on the go-fast crackpipe long enough, you probably have a binder full of old race notes somewhere, even if it’s just some basic tire temp and pressure data scribbled on a scrap piece of paper. Maybe it’s in your trailer in a box labeled ‘spark plugs’, maybe it’s in your home office in a folder labeled ‘receipts’, or if you’re like me, your notes are in an old envelope in a duffle bag down in the basement.


 

K1 Torrance MPTCC

MPTCC at K1 Speed in Torrance

by Justin Banner

We constantly complain about how NASCAR doesn’t like racing in the rain. It’s the butt of every joke about the biggest racing series in North America. So, we at the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championships will always race come snow, sleet, hail or… Wait, we canceled Round 1 because of rain?! Well, what are we to do? Go karting at K1 Speed in Torrance, CA, that's what!


 

Redline Time Attack Round 1

Redline Time Attack Round 1 – Buttonwillow Raceway

by Justin Banner

Buttonwillow Raceway, a track synonymous with Time Attack in North America. With its multiple configurations, it's a favorite among track enthusiasts as well. So, there couldn't be a more fitting place to hold the first round of the Redline Time Attack Series than this legendary track. What records would fall? You'll have to read on to find out!


 

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