If you haven’t noticed, things are moving quickly with us and the Yost Autosport Project #YAE92 M3 endurance race car build! It seems like yesterday this car was sitting on a set of rollers with everything removed but the engine yet in this part of our build journal it actually looks like a race car! Over the past few weeks our lives have been absolutely consumed by this project as the racing season bears down upon us. If you’ve never built a full blown race car before let me tell you this, there are a lot of small things that need to be done that are seldom on the front of your mind.
So far we have tried some easy bolt ons like a manifold spacer, headers, high flow cats and exhaust on our 350Z all with good results. Naturally at this point it is time to change camshafts to get more bolt on power out of our VQ35DE engine. One thing that discourages many people from going this route is that changing cams on a VQ engine is quite a big job. Having two banks of cylinders and 4 cams is a lot of the reason. It's not super hard technically but it requires at least a couple days of wrenching and some care has to be taken to avoid problems.
Time consuming or not, camshafts are the next logical progression in the evolution of Project 350Z so we asked our friends at Jim Wolf Technology or JWT to provide us with some of their excellent C2 cams. We chose the C2 because they were probably the biggest practical camshafts that would work in the stock bottom end engine.
The suspension on our FR-S was originally done over a year ago when we were prepping the car for the 2012 SEMA show. At the time the car was pretty new on the market and our choices were limited to a few prime items plus stuff we made work from the Subaru STI that shares some parts with the FR-S/BRZ. Since the time when we first built the car, Whiteline has come out with a bunch of parts dedicated to the FR-S/BRZ chassis that we have been eagerly awaiting.
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AEM has released several Honda/Acura Plug & Play solutions for its new Infinity-6 and 8h programmable ECUs, including manual transmission equipped 1992-95 B/D/H Series Honda racing engines (OBD1), 1999-01 B/D/H Series Honda racing engines (OBD2B), 2001-05 K Series Honda racing engines and 2000-05 2.0L F20 and 2.2L F22 Honda S2000 racing engines.
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The GT Widebody Aerodynamic Kit for the Mustang 5.0 gives an aggressive look while enhancing the smooth and subtle lines. This 10 piece kit helps to improve overall handling and traction.
We constantly complain about how NASCAR doesn’t like racing in the rain. It’s the butt of every joke about the biggest racing series in North America. So, we at the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championships will always race come snow, sleet, hail or… Wait, we canceled Round 1 because of rain?! Well, what are we to do? Go karting at K1 Speed in Torrance, CA, that's what!
When Nitto Tires sent us the release on Loren Healy’s win at the 2014 King of the Hammers, it was a momentous occasion. When you consider what it takes to win the King of the Hammers, it is amazing any truck survives. We take a moment during Nitto’s celebration of Loren Healy to look at the truck and do a Sneak Peek to see what it takes and what you bring back other than a trophy.
by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz
After all the breaking news about Nexen last week, drivers were still in shock by the time MotoIQ Radio was to be aired. Now that a week has passed, we'll now see what two former Nexen drivers are doing for 2014. We'll first have Joon Maeng on to discuss what the next step is for him after some pretty big changes from last year. Then we'll have Kyle Mohan on to talk about his program and see how progress is being made on the Mazdatrix RX-8. While the MPTCC couldn't play in the rain, Global Time Attack's ProAm Shift Sector decided that Buttonwillow was dry enough to hold their first two rounds. We'll talk to Stephanie Cemo and Yukio Taira about that and how wet Buttonwillow really was.
The second event in the 2014 Rally America series took place last weekend in the foothills of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, with stages spread amongst the towns of Salem, Steelville, and Potosi. The scenic backdrop named after the fabled home of Winnie the Pooh is a favorite for spectators, with drivers enjoying the fast, flowing, and dusty gravel roads. The weather seems to be dramatically different every year, fortunately last year’s snow and ice wasn’t repeated for this event, although passing heavy rains on Thursday would leave some stages rather slippery throughout the weekend.
I know I know, it’s been months since we first introduced you to Yost Autosport’s Project #YAE92 M3 endurance race car build, but we have a good excuse. Truth be told, the past few months have been slow moving on this project as we entered the R&D phase. We’re helping a number of companies develop new products for the E9X M3 platform and when you do that, things tend to end up in an engineering black hole.
Project Mustang gets a bunch of parts for the next season to improve throttle response, braking, and gauge information!
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Hooker Headers new Builder Series is designed to help header fabricators build their own custom exhaust systems. For GM LS engines, Hooker offers both 3/8” mild steel and investment cast stainless steel warp-resistant flanges. Proprietary 304 stainless steel merge collector with Hooker’s revolutionary internal attenuation spear is perfect for not only LS engine builders but a wide range of engine applications.
If you don't understand this secret code on your sidewall, you'll crash and die until you're dead!
Welcome to the Caffeine and Octane show. This show started a few years ago with just 4 cars and has since grown to an average crowd of ~800 cars. That is, ~800 cars of every shape, size, demographic, make, model and persuasion.