In our last edition of Project 350Z we started to assemble our VQ35DE and got the bottom end pretty much done. Now we finish off our engine and take it to Church Automotive Testing to get our factory ECU tuned using the UpRev Osiris tuning package.
by Colin Holte
MotoIQ has had plenty of German representation on the project car front as of late, but there's one problem: it's all been BMW! Arriving from Ingolstadt in all of its bone stock glory our new project is a 2006 B7 chassis Audi A4 Quattro. In this introduction we'll share some tips on what to look for when purchasing your own A4, identify some typical problem areas, and outline our project goals.
Scheduled. Maintenance. To car people, these two words usually mean a weekend under your pride and joy, with a visit or two to the parts store, getting good and greasy, and finishing up with a beer (or soda if you're a younger wrencher) as you admire your handy work, basking in the glory of a job well done. Or...maybe sulking in the defeat of a stripped bolt head. For everyone else however, "Scheduled Maintenance" means "Do I choose between getting overcharged at the dealership or getting ripped off at Jim-Bob's Tire, Lube, Dry Cleaning, and Horse Shoeing?"
It takes balls to tear into a brand new car and turn it into a race car but that's exactly what the owner of our Project Fiesta did after just a short few thousand miles of street driving. First it was the track day bug and now the car will be campaigned in our MPTCC race series in the TU class!
Our Ford Fiesta ST's conversion to a full time track car at SPD Motorsports is moving along and we are almost ready to address the motor with a bunch of parts from mountune. The craftsmanship and attention to detail of SPD's Scott Dodgion is superb. What is also cool is Scott's ability to do great work within a reasonable budget. We are getting excited as our car is getting closer and closer toward it's track debut. It will probably be one of the first racing Fiesta ST's in the country. Check it out!
In this latest installment of Project E39 M5 we will be outfitting our M5 with a set of KW V3 coilovers. We will not only be giving you our usual evaluation, but will also be spending some time explaining our basic theory of basic shock adjustments. It's no secret the grand majority of the MotoIQ staff are huge proponents of KW Suspension's products. Either from personal experience in their own cars or from simply test driving one of our KW equipped project cars. I fell in the latter category.
Now that we’ve brought you back up to speed on the Yost Autosport E92 M3 endurance race car in our last article, it’s time to start diving into details on the current version of this beast. I figured we would start with the part of any race car that is the most intriguing to me; aero. Read along as we discuss the details and thought process behind Version 1 of our endurance racing aero package.
When we last left off on Project 350Z, we were in the process of assembling a group of parts to enhance the durability of our project car. As we stated before we were not looking at building the ultimate naturally aspirated VQ35DE but simply a more durable one that could hold up to a life of track days, drift days and stunt driving practice days. If we could get a little more power out of the engine while we were in there, all the better.
Isuzu VehiCross. If you have no idea what that is, well you're just like the DMV, insurance company, mechanic's shops, and about 95% of the general population. Also, you're not reading MotoIQ enough, because astute readers will have already seen this particular VehiCross (or VX for short). So what is a VehiCross and how did we end up with this latest project?
In our last update, we left off having just set a new Bonneville H/PS land speed record at 184.1 MPH. On the second of the two record passes, Project 240SX LSR and its 600 plus horsepower 1.5 L engine, had recorded a fastest speed of 191.9 MPH. With more than enough power on tap, our goal of pushing the record to over 200 MPH seemed well within reach. Did we get the coveted infamous red hat? Or did we just spin trying? Read on to find out.
It has been so long since our last update that you could be forgiven for dismissing Project Miatabusa as dead and forgotten. It is not.
It has, in fact, moved forward in such complex bursts of productivity that there was little time to document it as it happened. And then, frankly, I forgot some of it. What follows is my best recollection of what the hell just happened.