Per Schroeder posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 2:10 PM
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.
Daniel O'Donnell posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 1:28 AM
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.
Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:06 PM
Some of the cars at Australia's World Time Attack or WTAC for short are so amazing and so exotic that for most of us, we can just look and drool. We were looking at cars to feature and we wanted to show what could be done for a moderate amount of cash by regular people. Clean solid work by smart people but nothing that needed open wheel or prototype levels of engineering and fabrication skill. In short, something that most of us or a good local shop could build with a regular person reachable budget.
Daniel O'Donnell posted on Sunday, February 08, 2015 9:40 PM
Hi! For those that don’t know me, I drive the Professional Awesome Evo from time to time. That being said, I am no engineer, I don’t weld, I don’t fabricate, but when it comes to pushing the broom around the shop and holding things while the guys tack important bits of metal in place, I’m a champ. This should be kept in mind when reading this article. I may not be a complete dip sh!t, but I don’t know everything there is to know on this topic. Please don’t hesitate to comment and add to this conversation, let me know where I’m right and where I should get to studying!
Colin Holte posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:11 AM
Here it is, one of the most iconic cars in Formula Drift and you can race and drift it for yourself! Mike takes us through the unboxing video of this RC car with his unique dry humor and Dai himself makes a cameo appearance.
Mike Kojima posted on Monday, January 12, 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.
Frank Ewald posted on Monday, January 05, 2015 2:22 PM
When talking with Steve about his car you can sense the passion he has for his STi but also for amateur motorsport. Our discussions went on and on as we chatted about the car, friends we have met at the track, the challenges of building a car that performs how you want it to, and the joy of volunteering and seeing newcomers get inspired by track events. The heart of this story, however, is this 2004 STi which, when you get right down to it, has had almost every component and body panel modified in the pursuit of performance. And boy has it worked!
Mike Kojima posted on Thursday, January 01, 2015 8:08 PM
We are starting a new feature at MotoIQ called "The Alley". The Alley is our ultimate photo location area, which also happens to be the alley behind the palatial and luxurious MotoIQ Megashop. With its mix of legit urban backdrops, great lighting and convenient location, it's perfect for our lazy ass photographers! The Alley moniker will be used when we feature street builds that we would be proud to drive ourselves.
When I first saw John Lazorack's 1988 Conquest TSi at the Japanese Classic Car show, I immediately did a double take and backtracked to get a closer look. You see I have always had a soft spot in my heart for these cars after having wanted one really badly when I was a young man. Well not a Conquest but but its badge engineered sibling, the Mitsubishi Starion ESi-R.
Billy Johnson posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 9:04 PM
Braking late, hitting apexes, and powering out of corners: The goal of driving a car quickly requires keeping the tires at their limit at all times. Having good car control is a crucial skill in the development of a driver to not only drive a car fast, but also to have the ability to get up to speed quickly in a new car and on new tracks. However, without self control and discipline, having good car control can actually work against you.
Mike Kojima posted on Monday, December 29, 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.