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Project DBA R35 GT-R: Upping Stopping Power with Brembo and Race Technologies

by Mike Kojima

As you can see so far in this series, we are doing a lot of things to fight the weight of the GT-R.  At 3800 pounds, the GT-R wheels throw around a lot of mass with a great deal of speed and grace, but it can only do it for short periods of time before the weight takes its toll, mostly on the brakes and tires.


 

WATCH: Best New Stuff from the 2017 SEMA Show (Part 2)

Did you not make it to the 2017 SEMA show? MotoIQ has you covered! This year the show was full to the brim. We stopped by the booths of many of our supporters to give you an insider's look at their new products and technologies on display. Here are all the videos in one place, enjoy!


 

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Getting More Grip with Advan and Toyo!

by Mike Kojima

One of the issues with the R35 GT-R is that it is a big heavy car that gets an amazing amount of performance out of its tires.  The stock tires are a 285/35-20 in the rear and a 255/40-20 in the front. For most cars, this is an impressive amount of rubber but for the 3850 lb GT-R, the car works exceedingly well at first, but the tires quickly fade away.  With some ham-fisted driving, the fading away happens pretty fast.


 

Project Corvette Stingray C7 Z51: Keepin' it Cool(er)

by Mike Kojima

Corvettes have always been notorious for overheating on the track. The Z51 shod from the factory with additional cooling capacity is much better in this respect, but it can still run hot under the worst conditions. For this reason, Chevrolet has come out with an auxiliary radiator kit to supplement the engine cooling on the C7. Since we plan to drive our car on the track, you can bet we are going to install this!


 

Project MKIV Supra: Part 17– Back in Blue with TwinZ Design

The Supra is out of the paint shop, and ready for action

by Pablo Mazlumian

Our Supra is back with a completed paint job and new TwinZ Design body parts. We're happy with the updated, yet factory-inspired look. Check it out and let us know what you think!


 

Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51: Drivetrain Improvements

by Mike Kojima

The C7 Corvette is truly an exotic car, and we cannot believe the amount of state-of-the-art super trick features it has to offer for the price it commands. One of these features is its rear-mounted transaxle.  Mounting the heavy transmission in the rear of the car and combining it with the differential is a cool way to save weight and helps the Stingray achieve its 50/50 weight distribution.  


 

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Starting the Suspension Revolution with KW Suspension and Forged Performance

by Mike Kojima

It's been a long time since we even mentioned anything about our Project R35 GT-R. We had plans for the car but never could find the time to work on it. The other issue was that the R35 is a world-class supercar, and it is very hard to improve on a car like this without messing it up. It is easy to make it worse with ill-conceived aftermarket parts. 


 

The Spoon Center Drive Civic: 2017 Changes

by Mike Kojima

2016 was a pretty disappointing Super Lap Battle for Spoon USA.  In the rush after the Formula D season to upgrade the cage, repair the broken transmission and switch to a center seat driving position, the car was not fully ready for the 2016 Super Lap Battle and it showed with a slower lap time than it's winning 2015 speed. A little time was needed to finish the car off and that was not happening due to the end of the FD season, SEMA and everyone's time commitments. 


 

So You Want To Use Nitrous Oxide Without Blowing Up Your Engine

by Matt Brown

Nitrous oxide has a bad rap, and the reason it has a bad rap is the same reason it is so great: it’s easy. Too easy; for about $500 and a few hours of work, you can add basically any amount of power you want. If you are a reasonable person with self-control and a nitrous controller, you can add 35 horsepower to your Ford Mustang and be totally content. This is, of course, a fictional situation because nobody who drives a Mustang has that kind of self-control.


 

Project Unpimp My Ride: Pedders Easyfit Suspension and Swaybars, Street Performance for the Toyota86/BRZ/FR-S

by Mike Kojima

Not all of us want a race car for the street. Although many of us are hardcore track day participants, autocrossers or canyon runner nuts, there are a lot of enthusiasts who don't want a super edgy race car with a license plate as a commuter or daily driver.  


 

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!


 

Honda S1000: How To Install A Motorcycle Engine in a Car

by Matt Brown

It is well established that:  Small Car + Big Engine = Hot Rod. The bigger the engine and the smaller the recipient vehicle, the hotter the rod. Putting a 1.8 liter in your Honda CRX? Mild hot rod. Putting a Space Shuttle SRB in your Peel P50? The hottest of rods. Installing a motorcycle engine in a car seems to be a violation of this rule. I hope you will agree with me after reading this article: it is anything but.


 

Building an FA20 Race Engine for Michele Abbate: Part 1- Planning the Internals

by Mike Kojima

We have known Michele Abbate ever since she was a college student doing track days with her trusty Mazdaspeed Protege and have followed her career as friends as she has progressed up the ranks from recreational driver to a Scion Sponsored driver in SCCA's GT1 class. 

Up to now, Michele has been running her car with a bone stock FA20 engine at a very low boost street blower drive ratio. Although this is decent power, she needs a lot more to be competitive in one of SCCA's fastest classes for production-based cars. 


 

Project Fried Turkey

Project: Fried Turkey

MotoIQ Staff Report

Well, the holiday season is upon us, and we decided we were going to cook something MotoIQ style, which means it has to be technical and dangerous. What better thing to cook than a fried turkey? Frying a turkey gets the job done in only 45 minutes and leaves you with a succulent and tasty bird with very little hassle and an easy clean up.


 

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