Project E46 M3: Part 1 - Dyno and Acceleration Testing
By Pablo Mazlumian
It's raining BMWs at MotoIQ all of a sudden. Introducing our next project, a 2002 E46 BMW M3 with a six-speed manual gearbox, and an engine rated at 333 bhp and 262 lb-ft of torque from the factory 3.2-liter inline-six. It's dirty but it's also silver so who cares. In Part 1 of our project we take our bone stock M3 and already start running it through a series of acceleration and dyno tests in hopes of extracting a normally-aspirated 300 whp from the 8000 rpm 3.2-liter.
By Jonathan Lawson
The BMW 3-series has been widely accepted as one of the best handling cars for many decades. That holds particularly true for the E36 chassis, which had some nice technological advances in suspension layout over its E30 predecessor, and could also still be considered fairly light and "tossable" by modern standards. Of course, ending production in the late-90s, the E36s have grown a little long in the tooth...
The Eliminator: Brian Fitzpatrick's Lucas Oil Competition Eliminator Rail
By Justin Banner
In the NHRA Sportsman category, there exists a heads up class that is unlike any. In this class, it's V8 vs I4 vs V6 vs I6, turbo vs nitrous vs NA, rails vs door slammers vs roadsters. That class is Competition Eliminator. While the start is much like bracket racing, where the slower car leaves first; that's where the similarity ends. From there it's heads up and the fastest car wins. It's like having your cake and eating it too! Today, we'll take a closer look into on of the few non-V8 cars in Comp Eliminator, Brian Fitzpatrick's Lucas Oil/Tap It Brewery Rail powered by a 2JZ-GTE. If you like drag racing where restrictions are little, you'll like Comp Eliminator and the Fitzpatrick Lucas Oil/Tap It Brewery Rail!
Project GD STI - Checking Out The Development of KW's New 3-Way Adjustable Clubsport Coilovers
By Mike Kojima
A few months ago we visited KW Suspensions' factory in Germany to learn about the development of their new 3-way adjustable Clubsport coilovers. We feel that the 3-way Clubsport is a pivotal product for KW. It promises the flexibility in tuning of expensive elite Motorsports only shocks that are priced out of reach of most enthusiasts in a package that is 50% less than the custom uber dampers.
Project Supra (Extreme Engine Tech): Part 3 - The Cylinder Head
Project Scion FR-S: Suspension Part 1 - Getting the Basics with KW Suspension, Cusco and Race Comp Engineering
With the FR-S engine giving us fits we decided to turn our attention to something different on the car, the suspension. We were surprised with the FR-S, the ride in stock form was pretty darned stiff for a stock car, the car felt oversprung for the amount of low speed damping from the stock shocks but the ride felt harsh. The car was also really tail happy, fun to drive but not the fast way around turns, especially on corner exit. Perhaps the worst fault the car had was an odd shimmy on the freeway. The car felt like it was following the rain grooves much like a motorcycle does. It was a very unsettling feeling.
Project Garage IX: More Garage Tools
By Sarah Forst
Equip your garage with all the tools that will help you perform a number of jobs. Project Garage gets fitted with specialty tools from soldering irons to pulley pullers to oil filter wrenches that will make completing many jobs a breeze and get you back on the road more quickly.
Industry Insider - Seibon Carbon
Seibon Carbon is what we are defining as a second wave Asian performance parts company. A few years ago, our booming performance industry was decimated by several factors, one of which was the economic downturn, another of which was a big influx of fly by night Asian companies that made cheap rip offs of established parts, distributing them with little overhead cost on Ebay and marketing them for free on Forums.
Project S13 Silvia: Shaving 2 Pounds off the Bouncy Bits!
by Dave Coleman
Read this story if you want to learn all kinds of previously unexplained details about the K1 rod / JE piston long-rod SR20 party all the MotoIQ nerds are having, or if you just want to understand how the sentence "I am a mammal, and as such, I'm smart enough not to shit on my own dinner plate" pertains to the resurrection of Project Silvia
Project EVO X GSR- More power with Garrett, Full Race and Cosworth
In the last edition of Project EVO X, we upgraded the fuel system in anticipation of more serious mods. Well the time for more serious mods has come and we are going to see exactly what can be done to the 4B11 with bolt ons. In this go around, we are going to install some camshafts by Cosworth, Garrett's direct bolt in upgrade turbo and a tubular exhaust manifold by Full Race Motorsports.
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