Project Cars

Project Vehicross Part 8: Pinion Angle 101

by David Zipf

It’s been awhile since we’ve done anything with our funky Isuzu project. There’s a simple reason for that: I was planning to replace it with a Mazdaspeed 3 (in 2016) and have a fun, practical, and incognito hatchback to replace the fun, tough, and weird Isuzu. Due to a series of unfortunate events (some relating to a lazy previous owner, and some relating to unfortunate shortcomings in Mazda’s quality), we decided to offload our 3 and keep the Isuzu. That meant dealing with some of the issues we’d been ignoring for months while we fussed with the Mazda.


 

Project Corvette Stingray C7 Z51: Body Modification

by Mike Kojima

Typically aftermarket aero parts are lame; they don't fit and have gaps. They require you to drill holes in your body panels for sheet metal screws. The carbon deteriorates in the sun and gets cloudy. Not so for these Chevrolet Performance offerings. They fit perfectly and are built to the same OEM durability standards as the car!


 

"My Fiancée's" Miata: Part 8 - Whiteline Roll Bars and Track Test

by Daniel O'Donnell

In Part 6 of our ongoing Miata project, we got to spend a lovely day tracking the car and finding out its good and bad traits. One of the most glaring problems, at least from the driver’s confidence standpoint, was a massive amount of body roll in the corners. Body roll, in and of itself, isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the world, especially as our Miata is at the stock ride height. It didn’t appear that we were running out of shock travel and we didn’t notice any exaggerated or strange tire wear, confirming that the suspension was working more or less as designed. That being said, it didn’t exactly inspire confidence. The car would set into a turn and take significant time to transfer load if I had quickly change directions. To improve the dynamics of the Miata and not feel like we’d roll over and off the track, the body roll had to be rectified.


 

Project E39 M5: K&N Filters and HPS Intake Hoses

by Martin Gonzales

In this installment of Project BMW E39 M5 we will test two very easy to install intake upgrades- the high flow K&N drop-in filters and HPS Performance Parts silicone intake hose kit. We will be doing individual dyno tests for each part to see if they can free up the S62's intake tract and yield some measurable power gains. 


 

Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51: Suspension Upgrades

by Mike Kojima

In previous articles about our Project C7 Corvette, we got into the high tech chassis construction of the C7 that rivals the stuff found in exotic cars for a fraction of the price. We also did our baseline testing of the car at Buttonwillow Raceway to get an initial impression of the car. We were quite impressed with the results. In stock form, the Corvette is one of those cars that is so good from the factory that heavy-handed, poorly conceived aftermarket suspension mods can ruin.


 

Project Sim Racer: Part 4 - Project Cars 2 Review

by Erik Jacobs

Having constructed a quality sim rig and then upgraded it with even better controls, I’ve spent a fair bit of time putting in laps on both iRacing and rFactor 2. A while back, an associate offered to make an introduction to the folks at Slightly Mad Studios, the creator of Project Cars. The introduction came very early in the development cycle of Project Cars 2, but the conversation was fruitful. Not long after the release, I received a copy to review.


 

Project AP1 S2000: DIY Oil Filter Stopper 

by Vincent Soto

Most S2000 owners know about the oil filter problem on AP1 S2000's. At high RPMS, the engine vibration causes the filter to loosen up (our Project AP1.5 S2000 knows this well, as the F22 swap happened due to this happening on track with the original F20 engine). After a nice Sunday drive, before heading home I decided to check the oil. A gut feeling casued me to check if the filter was tight- which is a good thing that I checked because it was loose. After re-tightening the filter, I was back on my way home- only to find it slightly loose again.


 

An inside look at the Feal 441 Suspension for the B13 Sentra SE-R!

by Mike Kojima

The original B13 Sentra SE-R has always held a dear spot in many of our hearts. Produced from 1991 to 1994, the SE-R combined the lightweight shell of the Sentra coupe with the sparkling performance of the beloved SR20DE engine. For its time, the SE-R offered a great performance bang for the buck, and to this day, it has scores of hardcore devotees who treasure them.


 

Project AP1.5 S2000: Introduction, Installation of AEM Infinity & Dyno Tuning!

by Karla Pestotnik

Okay, we know what you might be thinking. We already have two Honda S2000 projects at MotoIQ- why have a third? Plus, this one looks modified already- what else would you do to it that would be interesting? And, why call it an AP1.5? What is that?

Let us address all of these concerns. And, while we are at it, we show you step-by-step how to install an AEM Infinity, how to wire and pin multiple AEM sensors, and show you the results of our dyno tuning. Click to read more!


 

Project MKIV Supra: Part 16 – New Body Parts and Going in for Paint!

by Pablo Mazlumian

The Supra is back to grace the MotoIQ.com pages, this time with some new TwinZ Design body parts from MVP Motorsports, as well the first part of its fresh blue paint job from Lucky Devil Paint Works. We also feature a few of MKC's projects that came trolling into the shop while we were there. Get ready for body parts, paint, tuning, dyno graphs, and videos!


 

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