Project EVO MR - Engine Bolt Ons Part 2
By Cheston Chiu
In the last edition of Project EVO MR, we were at Cobb Tuning SoCal in the middle of bolting on a bunch of parts. As you may recall, we are wanting to give our EVO a nice boost but don't want to get too much beyond the basic bolt ons because we don't want to stress our SST transmission too much. We want to be able to daily drive our car with occasional track use without problems.
So far we are working on getting the AEM intake, ARC intercooler, Cosworth intake pipes, AMS downpipe, MXP exhaust and the Cobb boost control solenoid with Access port all fired up before some tuning to make it all work. How much power are we gonna make? Let's take a look and see.
Nerd's Eye View: Inside Fredric Aasbo/Papadakis Racing's Amazing V8 eating 2AR Toyota Engine
By Mike Kojima
A couple of years ago, a lot of knowledgeable people, myself included declared that the turbocharged small displacement 4 cylinder engine was dead in the sport of Pro Drifting. Dead, uncompetitive and obsolete. We sung the praises of the latest new generation of domestic V8's like the Chevy LS, the Chevy SB2 and the Ford Coyote. For a while it seemed so even though others like our own Eric Hsu predicted otherwise.
This year things are changing, turbochargers are coming back to the delight of fans and challenging the rule of the V8. One of the most intriguing and successful applications of new turbo technology is the Toyota 2AR engine developed by Papadakis racing and driven by Fredric Aasbo.
The 2AR is a 2.5 liter all aluminum inline 4 that is both lightweight and stout at the same time. Papadakis racing has proven that it can operate reliably for a long time at exceedingly high power levels. It's taken about 2 years for Papadakis racing to hone and develop the 2AR into the potent package it is today and the story and parts behind it are interesting indeed. Check it out!
MotoIQ Garage Fabrication: Introduction to Fab
(and how to mess with your friends)
By Steve Rockwood
There comes a time in every car nut's life where no one sells that much-needed part and it must be fabricated from raw materials. Taking it to a local machine or fabrication shop is an obvious choice, and can definitely yield excellent results. However, many times the scheduling doesn't pan out, the work is unsatisfactory, or the fabricator is extremely proud of his work with pricing to match. Most of us, to one extent or another, begin to realize that making parts at home makes sense from an economic standpoint. Unfortunately, in many cases our first attempts at "fabrication" are met with booger welds, frustration, pain and unwanted fires. Enter MotoIQ's Garage Fabrication Tips: helping you make probably safe parts at home.
Project E36 323is: Building the Poor Man's M3, Part 3 - Brakes, Wheels, Tires
By Jonathan Lawson
Next up on our Project E36 323is is giving it more grip and better braking. Stopping distances will almost always come down the moment you put good rubber on a car, but for short and repeatable braking, you want to maximize the braking system itself, and that's where the StopTech brakes come in.
When we last left off, we had just gotten a load of AEM stuff for the Motovicity Ticket To Ride Scion FR-S. For this week we will be looking into the suspension, mainly some sweet street coilovers from Eibach.
Eibach's new Pro Street-S coilovers are meant for durable daily driving use on the street. They are a monotube, gas charged damper with an all weather, durable stainless steel body. It is great to see this sort of quality on a basic street coilover.
Turbo Tech: Intercooler Testing
By Khiem Dinh
An intercooler is essential for maximum performance on a highly boosted turbocharged vehicle (no duh right?). However, just putting an intercooler into the system does not guarantee it will cool down the charge air (air compressed by the turbocharger) efficiently. A number of variables contribute to the efficiency of an intercooler: size, design, end tank design, and volume of cooling air moving through the intercooler to name the big variables. You can try to calculate efficiency, or you can just measure it. Ain't nothing better than the real thing, so I opted to measure it using a portable thermocouple data logger.
TESTED: Achilles Tire R1-X
I've driven on a lot of tires, some of them horrible, some of them great. All of them have been DOT legal. Until now. When we were approached by Achilles Tire to try out their new R1-X racing slick on Project G20 Racecar, we predictably jumped at the opportunity.
Nerd's Eye View: Science of Speed S2000
By: Sarah Forst
Images by Sarah Forst and Wes Dumalski
Back in March while covering the Modified Streetcar Shootout, this S2000 was tearing up the track. The car was clean but sounded dirty and upon inspection under the hood, the engine looked like it was put together by techs in white lab coats. What struck us about this car was the very exotic appearance! Surely this one off piece of art must cost a bajillion dollars and be impossible to re-create! As we looked closer we were absolutely shocked by what we found within this build.
The Rest of the Story: Tony Angelo's Scion FR-S Feature
By Justin Banner
You've followed along with the build and now it's time to see what came out of the Sandy Salvage FR-S! We dive into the details of the US Air Force Scion FR-S that Tony Angelo will be piloting for the 2013 Formula Drift Season. We'll look a bit further than the build up articles were able to and show you the parts that make this FR-S the beast that it will be this season!
Project Honda Civic EJ: Building the B18C1 Part V
By Chuck Johnson
In our last installment of Project Honda Civic EJ, we thoroughly explored the Harlem Shake phenomenon and also partially completed the assembly of our B18C1’s valvetrain. Now equipped with Skunk2 valve springs and titanium retainers; the cylinder head of our B18C1 engine is ready for completion. Next on this list? A set of Pro1+ camshafts, Skunk2 adjustable cam gears, and an ARP stud kit.
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