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3.5 Seconds: Street FWD Record Obliterated at SuperLap Battle!

Global Time Attack: SuperLap Battle at Buttonwillow!

by Frank Ewald

If you follow Global Time Attack, you will likely recognize this car and driver. Boersma Racing is no newcomer to GTA or the SLB. In 2013 he was at Buttonwillow and won street FWD class - even though it was his first time on the course. Chris won street class at Road Atlanta in the spring of 2015. Dominating the class with a fastest overall time of 1:35.8 and breaking the previous Street FWD record by over nine seconds. His time was the fastest Street time - period. Better than both RWD and AWD. Any question of his intentions were made completely evident when, during the first timed session at Buttonwillow on Wednesday morning, before the track was really even warmed up, he broke Ken Suen's long standing Street FWD record of 1 minute 55.6 seconds with a time of 1:53.962. And, then, almost every time he went back out onto the track he further obliterated the former record.


Project Professional Awesome Time Attack Evo: Driver Safety Part 1 (Being Safe and Looking Like a Million Bucks While Doing It)

by Daniel O'Donnell

There’s an interesting thing I’ve learned when it comes to safety in racing. It’s never a priority until you’ve had you first experience with a concrete barrier. Concrete puts a new perspective on life. One starts to plan and prepare to reduce chances of injuries if a second experience were to occur. An accident will also have you reevaluating the quality of equipment you use. Gone are the days when a borrowed motorcycle helmet with a missing visor and paint chips seem like a wise tool to protect your noggin.


Chasing the F-Wing: How Spoon Sports USA Beat the FWD Unlimited Record

by Mike Kojima

Last week at the annual 2015 GTA Super Lap Battle at Buttonwillow Raceway, Chris Rado's long standing FWD Unlimited Time Attack Record was shattered by Dai Yoshihara driving the Spoon Sports USA Honda Civic to a blistering lap time of 1:45.585 seconds to Rado's 1:46.730 set in 2010.


Nerd’s Eye View: Porsche 962

by Khiem Dinh

The original Cars & Coffee in SoCal is no more, but a number of smaller ones have sprung up filling the void. One is hosted by Pelican Parts (Porsche specialists) every three months in Palos Verdes, located roughly between LAX and Long Beach. This is actually relatively close to me, so instead of having to wake up at 5:30am to hop into the car to drive down to Irvine, I woke up at 6am to hop on the bicycle to ride down to PV.


Pocket Size Terror - Building a CRG ICC Shifter Kart

by Mike Kojima

If you are a long term reader of MotoIQ you have probably seen some of our stories on karting. We think that karting provides excellent low cost training for racing cars and for some of us it's actually harder than driving a car.

So we have several karts in our palatial shop, everything ranging from 100cc air cooled HPV karts to 125cc senior Tag karts.  These karts are all pretty good and the 125's are really fast.  So of course we had to do something even more extreme by building a shifter kart.  Not just any shifter kart but an open class ICC kart.


Road Racing Tire Setup Part 1: Compound Selection & Sizing

by Steve Rockwood

Tires. Every road racer has them on his or her mind. If things are going well, tires are the car’s only interface with the track, making tire choice the single most important decision a road racer can make. Unsurprisingly, their price reflects their importance: over a season, short of wrecks and major mechanical overhauls, more money is spent on tires than on any other item for the car. Better make it count.


Rally America Round 8: Lake Superior Performance Rally

by Connor Harrison

Heralding the end of another Rally America season, the north woods of Upper Michigan came alive with the sounds of Subarus, anti-lag systems, spraying gravel, and cheering fans that turned out for the Lake Superior Performance Rally. Known as the oldest, meanest, and toughest rally on the circuit due to its rough and rocky terrain, LSPR would be the final hurdle for the Subaru Rally Team’s attempt at a perfect season. Its worth mentioning here that nobody has achieved a perfect season since John Buffum did it in one of those beautifully boxy Audi Quattros… 28 years ago!


Sneek Peek: K-PAX Flying Lizard McLaren 650S GT3

by Mike Kojima

Earlier this year we were able to get a close look at the K-PAX Flying Lizard McLaren 650S GT3 that races in the Pirelli World Challange series in GT class. 

If you are not familler with the GT class, the allowed body styles within this class are coupe, sedan and convertible. The cars permitted in GT are typically sold in the market as “sports” cars, “sport touring” cars, or performance versions of “luxury” cars.  The GT class allows FIA GT3 homologated cars like this McLaren. Forced induction is permitted on cars that come equipped with forced induction stock, or on cars that SCCA Pro Racing has determined need help reaching the target horsepower range. Power output for the GT class ranges from 425 – 525 hp. The allowed weight varies depending on power output and tire size. All of the vehicles in GT are either rear or all-wheel drive. 


Verena Mei: One of America's Only Female Rally Race Car Drivers

Rally race car driving is a multi-million dollar industry and it is considered by many to be one of the most treacherous sports of its kind. Unlike Formula One racing, rallying doesn't take place on a track, and crashing and car flipping are common occurrences. Verena Mei is one of the only female rally race car drivers in America. A trained stunt driver, with former careers in modeling and acting, she has managed to penetrate the male dominated sport, gain respect, and become a serious threat to the competition.


Sneak Peek: Team R-Colt Time Attack Mitsubishi Ralliart Colt

by Khiem Dinh

A Ralliart Colt? Most of us here in the US of A are probably unfamiliar with this car but this vehicle did exist in North America way back when. An uncle of mine had a Dodge Colt, you know, back in the day when it seems half of the Dodge products were rebadged Mitsubishis. Anyway, in the regions of the world retaining right hand drive, the Mitsubishi Colt lived on. On top of that, there was a Ralliart version!


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