Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, September 21, 2014 12:39 AM
The Team America crew has been busy and the car has really come together in the past couple of weeks. The goal is to be able to have the car dyno tuned and track session tested before it has to go into a shipping container and hopefully end up in Australia this time (if you have been following our story, two years ago, instead of going to WTAC, the car ended up in China for a few months due to the freight forwarder making a huge mistake).
Eric Hsu and Gary Castillo have been working around the clock to get the car done with everyone else on the team pitching in on the weekends. The major fabrication is nearly complete and the engine has been started and run. What's left is to finish up the top secret Andrew Brilliant designed aero package, do the final installation of the wire harness and to clean up and work on the cosmetics of the car like the Team America inspired wrap.
Colin Holte posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:47 AM
Team MotoIQ in conjunction with 5523 Motorsports and Specialty Cars Fabrication set a new H/PS land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the recent USFRA World of Speed event. Their experience on the salt however was not entirely drama free.
Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014 1:37 PM
What is the Flog? It is the nickname that the Falken team has given their BRZ drift car. Driver Dai Yoshihara, commented when he first saw the completed car that it looked like a frog but with his Japanese accent it came out Flog and no one knew what he was talking about. Dai had to pantomime a sitting frog and say riibit, riibit before anyone could understand that he meant Frog.
The Falken Tire Subaru BRZ has been featured by a few other media outlets in the recent past but not like this. Let us take you beyond the pretty pictures for a look inside the car which has been one of the most anticipated builds of a drift car to date. One of the best looking cars on the Formula Drift circuit, the BRZ was built on a compressed time schedule by SPD Motorsports, the same folks who built Dai's iconic Discount Tire/Falken Nissan S13.
Colin Holte posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 11:47 PM
The 2014 season has not been an easy one so far but the first podium and win came for Darren McNamara and Team Falken at Formula Drift Round 5 Seattle. Darren had to go up against his teammate Daijiro Yoshihara in the Falken Tire BRZ in top 16 but the real challenge was the battle against Chris Forsberg in the final four and of course the controversial tandem against Dean Kearney in the final.
Colin Holte posted on Sunday, September 07, 2014 2:21 AM
Each year before Speed Week, it seems like we face some serious obstacles in our speed week preparations. But each year, the team pulls together and manages to cheat Murphy’s Law of its satisfaction. This year has been no different.
Andy Noggle posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:23 PM
by Andy Noggle
One year ago, the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series were at this very track, Road America for the first and only time together as two separate series. This year, Road America played host to the newly formed combined series of TUDOR United Sports Car Championship.
Mike Kojima posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 7:35 PM
It's time to think about suspension. Some of the most common handling problems that you are the most likely to see on modified street cars and race cars based on production chassis, especially in racing classes that do not allow relocation of suspension pick up points are bump steer and toe steer related handling issues. Bump and toe steer can have significant negative effects on a car's handling which is manifested by steering pull, twitchiness, instability, steering inaccuracy and unpredictability. All of these things are scary for drivers to deal with.
Edward Hu posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014 3:23 PM
In parts 1 and 2 of the Blacktrax Performance S2000 Motorsport Makeover coverage, Irene, the Blacktrax Performance S2000 was stripped down to the bare shell, was seam welded to increase rigidity, had the doors and hardtop roof gutted for weight reduction, and received a full multi-series legal racing cage from the front suspension to the rear suspension at CT Engineering in Rancho Cordova, CA. Then, the car was rolled away to be put back together between Blacktrax Performance in Milpitas, CA. and 5Fifteen Autobody in Burlingame, CA.
Per Schroeder posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:52 PM
The global reveal of the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is scheduled for September 3, 2014. The new ND-chassis has been promised to be lighter and more powerful than the current generation. Great—I can’t wait. But I speak for all sports car enthusiasts when I say this: We're out there racing and wailing on these cars every weekend. Please don’t screw this car up for us.
Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014 2:07 AM
In this week's update for the ARK Design Team America BNR32 Time Attack car, we address air management issues around the front of the car with a unique intercooler arrangement and some hopefully clever ducting.