MotoIQ Motorsports Coverage

2015 Season Opener: Redline Time Attack - Round 1 at Buttonwillow

by Danny Nguyen

With winter finally departing, for most of us car guys, that means racing season is back! F1 and Moto GP will soon get back on track and local time-attack and racing series kick-off their season as well. 


 

Sneak Peek: Bothwell Motorsports Pro Mod Camaro

by Khiem Dinh

The Bothwell Motorsports Pro Mod Camaro plays in the National Muscle Car Association drag racing series where it won the West Division in 2014. The series mandates engines that are either small block or big block V8s with power adders being nitrous, roots blowers, centrifugal blowers, or turbos. You know us at MotoIQ, we like turbos. A pair of turbos is even better.


 

MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul, Round 1 & 2, Willow Springs International Raceway

by Clint Boisdeau

The first MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul was an interesting start to my 2015 wheel to wheel race season.  The combination of scrambling to get Project Civic EF ready enough to race,  the predicted rainy weather in the forecast, and new unproven setup changes put a significant amount of stress on my shoulders.  The added factor of being on a provisional race license and rookie status with the sanctioning body NASA left me in a mindset of "Finish without incident" above all else.  The more positive aspects going into the opening rounds was that the competitors in the field mostly consists of friends so the likelihood of a bonehead maneuver causing contact or a wreck was lower, and Willow Springs International Raceway is my favorite local track.


 

Round 1 Global Time Attack Speed District ProAm Results

Industry Press Release

When the teams and their trailers rolled into Buttonwillow for Round 1 of Global Time Attack ProAm Speed District the clouds followed closely behind them. Would the weather hold out and allow some new records or would Mother Nature display her powers and keep the drivers under her spell? 


 

Rally America Round 2: Rally in the 100 Acre Wood

by Connor Harrison

Last weekend the second event of Rally America’s national championship took place.  The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood takes place on the smooth, flowing gravel back roads surrounding Salem, Missouri, and is one of the fastest events of the championship.  It is a favorite event that is looked forward to by many of the drivers.  Last year had ideal conditions with temperatures hovering just below 70 degrees during the day and stages that were dry and grippy.  This year was quite the opposite.


 

Jef Groff's Castro Motorsports LSM3 Drift Car

Jef Groff's Castro Motorsports LSM3 Drift Car

by Jonathan Lawson

Headed up by Chris Castro, Castro Motorsports has a knack for putting out some high-quality work. If you haven’t seen the airbox on Pablo Mazlumian’s Project E46 M3, take a moment and give it a gander. It’s a beautifully crafted piece of art. Castro Motorsports is full of true die-hard enthusiasts with performance oozing through their blood. They do everything from custom fabrications to motor swaps and big-turbo builds, and speaking of motor swaps, who wouldn’t love flinging an LS3-powered E36 M3 around? Well, drifter extraordinaire and professional stunt man Jef Groff sure doesn’t mind… 


 

Truck? Did you say TARGA TRUCK!

by Frank Ewald

For about a year now this 1971 GMC 1500 Long Box has been known as the Targa Truck. Mark Bovey and navigator Miles Markovic participated in the Classic category and finished in 2nd place. This truck has gone through more life cycles than Disney ever thought when they penned the song “Circle of Life”. It has been a farm truck, a teenager's cruising truck, a drag truck, a land speed record candidate truck, an autocross truck, a family hauler, and most important, at this time, a Targa Truck. When you hear the Targa Truck you are just in awe of the vibration inducing bass notes which pour out of the side exit exhaust. Lift the hood and you see a massive engine. It is a Chevrolet Performance LSX Race Block with 427 cubic inches that has been built for endurance and power.


 

An Inside Look at mountune's GRC Ford Duratec Engine!

by Mike Kojima

The current engines used in today's GRC Rallycross racers are some of the highest stressed production based engines in all of Motorsports.  Only Import Drag Racing engines see more stress and perhaps no production based race engines not even Time Attack engines are stressed for as long a period of time as Rallycross powerplants.

Breathing through a 45mm restrictor that limits power to "around" 550 hp, the mountune Ford Duratec puts out 625 lb/ft of torque.  Because of the restrictor, the Garrett Turbo pumps in 45 plus psi absolute of boost to make that power, generating an amazing 3200 psi of cylinder pressure.  To put this in perspective, this is more cylinder pressure than the Audi LMP1 Diesel!


 

Quick Chat: Nasa Rally Sport's Anders Green

by Per Schroeder

If you ask anybody under thirty years of age about the sport of Rally, you’d be hard pressed to get an answer that’s doesn't include something about Ken Block.  Thanks to his not-quite-rally-and-not-quite-autocross online videos, he’s mashed the two most esoteric motorsports into something that doesn’t really exist, but is now “Rally” to the masses.


 

Project Professional Awesome Time Attack Evo: Part 2 - Engine Details

by Daniel O'Donnell

We last left you with the chassis in progress and weeks worth of prep and fab ahead of ourselves to have the car ready to start bolting parts on to it. While this was going on in our shop, we had a whole new engine project being worked on by Steve Schmidt Racing Engines in Indianapolis, IN. The goal of the new engine was to improve reliability, make more power and try some new ideas we had been tinkering around with in our heads.


 

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