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The Ultimate Guide to Suspension and Handling Part I: Wheels and Tires

by Mike Kojima

Here is a Flashback Friday article to the beginning of our Ultimate Guide to Suspension and Handling. This long running (10 parts and counting) series has everything you need to make your car handle.

Horsepower is sexy and chicks dig it, at least a lot of meatheads think that way. Making horsepower is relatively easy. A lot of competent people know how to make power, lots of it. Until drifting became the rage in this country, handling and cornering prowess was for geeks, the road racing elite and autocrossers. Handling was for dweebs that raced around cones in parking lots, or loners prowling canyon roads at night, not for cool people in the scene.


 

Project Ford Fiesta ST, Getting Done-More Details 

by Mike Kojima

It takes balls to tear into a brand new car and turn it into a race car but that's exactly what the owner of our Project Fiesta did after just a short few thousand miles of street driving.  First it was the track day bug and now the car will be campaigned in our MPTCC race series in the TU class!

Our Ford Fiesta ST's conversion to a full time track car at SPD Motorsports is moving along and we are almost ready to address the motor with a bunch of parts from mountune.  The craftsmanship and attention to detail of SPD's Scott Dodgion is superb.  What is also cool is Scott's ability to do great work within a reasonable budget.  We are getting excited as our car is getting closer and closer toward it's track debut.  It will probably be one of the first racing Fiesta ST's in the country. Check it out!


 

Watch the Mackin Industries/Turn 14 Distribution Scion FR-S Tackle Pikes Peak

Scion Racing

In 2015, we returned to the famous race along with Mackin Industries, Evasive Motorsports and GReddy Racing, enlisting Robert Walker to pilot the Mackin Scion FR-S, which has been specially rebuilt for the rigors the car was put through on such a challenging event. Enjoy the sights and sounds as the Mackin FR-S tackles the infamous Pikes Peak.  Check it out and check out the link to our story on the car inside!


 

Racing a JDM Civic Type R in the US at Redline Time Attack - Track Life Episode 7

by GTChannel

Rob races the StreetLightz JDM Civic Type R and his Chewerks S2000 in Redline Time Attack.


 

Race Tires Versus Street Tires - Nitto - Track Life Episode 6

by GTChannel

Rob tests the NT01 race tires and the NT05 street tires from Nitto at a VTEC Club USA track event.


 

Sneak Peek: Ford GT Street Car vs. Race Car

by Khiem Dinh, photos courtesy of Ford Media Center

Back in 2005, Ford brought back the Ford GT as a halo car. Ten years later, Ford dropped a new GT at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. It features a carbon fiber monocoque with a 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine not far removed from the Roush Yates engine used in the IMSA Daytona Prototypes. So it came as no surprise when Ford showed off a race version at the 2015 24 Heures du Mans. After all, being in France, there’s the whole romance of 2016 being 50 years since Ford won Le Mans. There’s not much in the way of photos, but we can glean a little bit in what it takes to convert a street car into an endurance race car.


 

Dai Struggles at Formula D Orlando - Behind the Smoke 4 Eps.3

by GTChannel

A challenging season continues for Daijiro Yoshihara and his new team in the Formula Drift 2015 championship series.  At this event Dai's Turn 14/Falken Tire Subaru BRZ suffers mechanical issues during practice.  Can Dai put in clean runs to qualify and advance to the Top 32 tandem battles? Watch to find out!


 

Get Out on Track: SCCA’s Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack

by Vince Illi

This year, SCCA has started Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack—a new program aimed at getting you out on a real race track for cheap!  MotoIQ takes the grey Project Mustang 5.0 to a Track Night at Pitt Race to discover what all the fuss is about!


 

Upgraded NX: Breaking 10!

by Frank Ewald

Breaking the ten second barrier in the quarter mile in any vehicle is an accomplishment. In a front wheel drive car perhaps even more so. The challenge is even greater for Carlos Joseph, who has his sights aimed at breaking the ten second mark in his 1993 Nissan NX2000. There are very few Nissan's with the FWD SR20 based engine that have accomplished this, but I think that Carlos is going to make it happen in his AES Automotive built NX2000.


 

Mission Raceway: For Those 12 Seconds or Less!

by Frank Ewald

I am sure that there is no other form of auto sport that combines the aromas of oil, gasoline, and rubber quite so well as drag racing. Then there is the sound! There is an adrenaline rush as the whine of superchargers, the whistle of turbochargers, and the ear drum crushing thump of massive V8 engines roar off the line. And you had better be ready at that line or your time will not be near 12 seconds (it was a test and tune night. I could have used Dom's 10 second line, but not that many cars were running 10's!) and your timesheet will reflect your poor reflexes. There would undoubtedly be a few comments when you returned to the paddock.


 

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