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.
Our E90 M3 is starting to look a bit dated now that its twin turbo successor is on the streets. We turned to our friends at European Auto Source to help us update the look of our M3 by replacing the Angel Eyes’ original yellow halogen bulbs with a set of bright white LUX H8 LED bulbs that will give our M3 the modern look it deserves.
In this installment of Project SC300 we wrap up our fuel cell installation. But that's not all, the sway bar needed relocation brackets made, hoses had to be made, and, finally, the fuel filler assembly was fabricated and mounted. We also discovered more disasters along the way. Damnit!
Meet Chris’ white E46 BMW M3. In the back is our own Project E46 M3, which makes a healthy 328 WHP. However, the white car makes well over twice that. Check out how we add our own finishing touches to this magnificent crotch rocket-challenging machine!
Industry Press Release
King Engine Bearings has just released two new oversized main bearing kits for the Subaru EJ series engines. Due to the nature of the Subaru split-block boxer engine design, where two halves of the engine are fastened together around the crankshaft, there can often be distortion or misalignment even on new engine blocks. This distortion can lead to uneven main bearing wear and occasionally bearing failure due to insufficient lubrication and overloading of the bearing surface material. Main line bore distortion can also occur in new blocks that have been assembled using high strength case fasteners, which are common in racing and high performance engine builds.
Industry Press Release
Motovicity Distribution, a leading automotive performance aftermarket distributor, formally launched a new industry first contingency sponsorship program earlier this year to support and recognize the racing efforts of its customers.
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!
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.
Check out how a couple of small upgrades start to transform the look and feel of the car from the inside. Plus, we've made a short video not only showing you our new gauges, but also what it's like to rip around in this car at a 700+whp setting!
In Part 1 of our Wheel, Brake and Tire miniseries, we ordered a set of SSR Professor SP4 wheels for our RX-7 from Tanabe and were patiently enduring the two month wait for them to be built in Japan. During that time we fitted our car with a Stoptech Trophy big brake kit (in Part 2) hoping they would clear the wheels. Right on schedule our wheels arrived and we were able to pick them up from Tanabe's facility in Torrance! In Part 3 we’ll finally see how close all our guesses were to being “good enough”!
by Bart Hockerman
“Who is GT Radial?”
That was the 1st words out of everyone's mouth when reading the SCCA Solo Contingency Program page.
What seemed to be a more known name on the West Coast was virtually unknown throughout the rest of the country. The next big question is “What tire do they have that we will want to use?”
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.
Remember that blue E92 M3 build that we were featuring here on MotoIQ a while back? The one that seemed to fall off the face of the Earth? Good news, it’s still out there and many of you may have already seen recent photos of that project bouncing around the internet without even realizing it’s the same car. Unfortunately the car has progressed so drastically and quickly that I just couldn’t keep up with the articles. Now that the car is largely “done” I have some time to get our faithful MIQ readers caught up.