The Toyota Yaris has been a vehicle that has pretty much been universally panned by the performance aftermarket. Can you really blame the aftermarket though, the Yaris was not designed for any sort of fun nor would it win any beauty contests.
Outside of the BMW and Porsche booths, there were a handful of cars which caught my attention. Of course, there were the track day toys from GM and Ford, but I’ve already shown you guys those cars back at SEMA. So what other cars caught my attention? Well, it’s an odd bunch likely due to my ADD.
You may remember when we were battling the power steering in our Project VehiCross, that the biggest reason we got so hosed (no pun intended) was I had no way of getting myself to the parts store for things like crush washers, coolant, or big buckets. With only one functioning car, we needed something else to get us around when we were wrenching on our daily driver. See how we rescued and resurrected a forgotten scooter that hadn't turned a wheel in over a decade.
And so, the PRI saga continues. If you thought we might have run out of crazy cars and new go-fast parts to show you after Part 3, stop crying. The 2015 PRI show was so packed full of neat stuff, it would have been a disservice to our readers if we'd left anything out. So sit back and relax as we continue our tour of the show!
Cleaning small parts can be a real hassle. If you’re rebuilding, say, a carburetor, with lots of little jets, needles, and pins and screws, it can be very easy to break or lose something. Some parts refuse to come clean, even when scrubbed with strong solvents (brake calipers are a great example of this). So what’s a car guy to do?
In the pages of MotoIQ, we have partnered with Pure Performance in Laguna Hills California for many of our BMW projects. Why? Because Pure Performance, eats sleeps and breaths BMW performance both on the street and through racing with customer cars and their own shop race car.
The Toyota Celica is a car that, if you are like me, you have probably admired and enjoyed over the years. And then wondered why it vanished from the lineup. Over the decades that Toyota produced this model they have been both fire breathing dragons and then merely enjoyable sporty type cars. Kyle Beaty's Celica GTS was the later. A sporty type car that began it's life with him nine years ago, as his first car and basic get around vehicle. The chassis of Kyle's Celica now has 380 000 kilometres or 236 000 miles on it. He has owned this 1990 model since he was seventeen. His first car. The one he drove to high school.
We continue our PRI 2015 journey through this third installment. If you love modified street and racing cars, and prefer to end a year well, there's no better place to be than at PRI. We covered dozens of companies' trick products in our first two installments, and today we bring loads more!
Industry Press Release
Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X owners can now benefit from a Fluidampr crankshaft damper. The premium viscous style damper upgrade creates a long lasting foundation for durability and performance by protecting against a broad range of destructive crankshaft torsional vibrations. Both new Fluidampr performance dampers were developed under the ISO 9001:2008 Design and Development certified standards set by parent company, Vibratech TVD, a torsional vibration solutions provider to OEM powertrain manufacturers.
Industry Press Release
The Trans Am Race Company and AEM Performance Electronics have finalized an agreement that will see AEM become the official and exclusive provider of ECUs (engine control units) for the Trans Am Series' TA2 class starting in 2016. In turn, AEM will assume the presenting sponsorship of the TA2 class, entitled "TA2, powered by AEM Performance Electronics". TA2, Trans Am's fastest growing class, has surged in popularity over the past two years- propelled forward by a focus on cost control and parity with an emphasis on driver competition.
In 2013 Jimmy set multiple track records in the Canadian Sports Car Series (CSCS). Including a time at Toronto Motorsports Park of 1:14.376 in the unlimited Front Wheel Drive (FWD) class, besting his own record of 1:16.52 that he had set in 2012. Car and driver still hold the street car track record for CSCS, set in 2011 before it had forced induction. Not content with this season, Jimmy hauled his car 4000 kilometres to Buttonwillow to compete with Global Time Attack. He switched around his setup so that he could compete in the Limited FWD class. He placed second with a time of 1:55.685.
Of the cars we have around the palatial MotoIQ Megashop one of our daily drivers was in need of a clutch. The car is a B13 Sentra SE-R with a 200 whp SR20VE swap. This car is a workhorse, it is used as a daily commuter but it also sees a lot of track day use.
The NSX’s stock 155lph fuel pump reportedly maxes out around 400whp which will not suffice for our turbocharged 500whp+ goal. We upgrade the factory pump with the new Walbro 416 E85 compatible fuel pump and visit our friends at Brown and Miller Racing Solutions for motorsport-grade alcohol approved fuel lines, fittings, and electrical wiring. We finish the build by taking our hanger to be PTFE coated by Calico coatings.
If you’ve read our PRI Part 1 coverage, you saw that PRI had a lot in store for us this year. However, there’s so much stuff it’s simply too much to cover in just one article, unless you wanted to flip through 90 pages. So, welcome to MotoIQ's Part 2 of our five-part PRI 2015 coverage! Let's resume the most in-depth PRI coverage you’ll find online!