Colin Holte posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:32 AM
Faster. There is something ingrained in many of us where we just want to go faster. It doesn’t matter the method or the machine, whether it be human powered, accelerated by gravity, propelled by electrons, or some type of chemical reaction. The ultimate expression of faster while still being bound to the earth is a land speed racer.
Edward Hu posted on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 6:20 AM
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.
Frank Ewald posted on Monday, January 25, 2016 7:20 AM
The Toyota Celica is a car that, if you are like me, you have probably admired and enjoyed over the years. And then wondered why it vanished from the lineup. Over the decades that Toyota produced this model they have been both fire breathing dragons and then merely enjoyable sporty type cars. Kyle Beaty's Celica GTS was the later. A sporty type car that began it's life with him nine years ago, as his first car and basic get around vehicle. The chassis of Kyle's Celica now has 380 000 kilometres or 236 000 miles on it. He has owned this 1990 model since he was seventeen. His first car. The one he drove to high school.
Frank Ewald posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 9:24 PM
In 2013 Jimmy set multiple track records in the Canadian Sports Car Series (CSCS). Including a time at Toronto Motorsports Park of 1:14.376 in the unlimited Front Wheel Drive (FWD) class, besting his own record of 1:16.52 that he had set in 2012. Car and driver still hold the street car track record for CSCS, set in 2011 before it had forced induction. Not content with this season, Jimmy hauled his car 4000 kilometres to Buttonwillow to compete with Global Time Attack. He switched around his setup so that he could compete in the Limited FWD class. He placed second with a time of 1:55.685.
Colin Holte posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 1:27 AM
All of you MotoIQ readers may remember we visited Exotics Racing in Los Angeles about a year and a half ago. You may also remember I said I had to go back to drive the Ferrari 458 Italia. Christmas vacation provided the right time to take the red prancing horse out for a spin. Santa would be jealous.
Frank Ewald posted on Monday, January 04, 2016 3:56 PM
Following Time Attack you may see a car that demonstrates potential but simply is not reliable. And then there is the R-Division Integra Type R with James Houghton in the driver's seat. This team has prepared a package that over the past several years is consistently impressing fans and other competitors. Whether it is in action at a Canadian track with CSCS or crossing the border and challenging all comers in Global Time Attack on either the East or the West coast, this Type R is consistently pushing the envelope. The plan for 2016 is already being implemented so R-Division is not content to rest upon 2015's accomplishments.
Mike Kojima posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 3:33 PM
What's the best thing to do to re launch a performance brand in the USA? Go racing. That is exactly what Go Tuning, the official North American distributor of Spoon Sports parts has done in the world of Time Attack in a big way. In practice for the last Super Lap Battle, Dai Yoshihara, previous Formula D and MPTCC Champ peddled Go Tuning's Spoon Sport Civic to a blistering 1:46.3 second lap time around Buttonwillow's famed configuration 13 CW. This was faster than Chris Rado's long standing FWD Unlimited lap record in the high tech 1300hp F-Wing Scion TC, a record we assumed would be out of reach for a long, long time.
Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, December 27, 2015 5:23 PM
A few weeks ago we got to get a close look at the car that we think is perhaps the most radical and innovative drift car ever built, Mad Mike Whiddett's Radbul Mazda MX-5. After a 5 year absence, Mad Mike is back on the US drift scene with a car built for today's exceedingly competitive Formula D environment.
clint boisdeau posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 4:45 AM
I've joked in the past that "Time Attack" is the "Professional Wrestling" of Motorsports. Not in the sense that it's questionably real or has obnoxious intro music. More so, that it's over the top, a great show, and takes a high level of skill, guts, and charisma to be successful. As well as being dramatic, full of characters, and having a core fan base that truly respects and enjoys the sport, even if others just think its nothing more then "qualifying" (which I don't agree with at all). Having been on both sides of the coin with both time attack and wheel-to-wheel racing, without having done both at a high level of competition, judgements cannot be made.
clint boisdeau posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2015 7:33 PM
The final rounds of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul brings the gang back to Buttonwillow Raceway Park, but this time running the popular time attack configuration Clockwise #13. With the track setup in such a manner, there's ample amounts of data and video on what it takes to be quick for such a configuration. The interesting thing for me was despite my many years of time attack and HPDE driving experience on the CW #13 config, I have 0% experience on it during a wheel to wheel race situation. So I was extremely excited to get a new perspective on a course I had so much seat time on. Another exciting factor was that the year end championship points winner would be decided also. With myself and Justin Taylor neck and neck in points, whoever finished higher both days wins the final championship. But if somehow both of us DNS or DNF, Martin Gonzales is close enough in points to win as well. With many possible outcomes, the race weekend's was to be an interesting one.