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Inside the 1000 hp LS, Dai Yoshihara's Formula Drift Powerplant

By Mike Kojima

MotoIQ Garage has taken over the development of Dai Yoshihara's engine program for the last two years from a famous high dollar engine builder. The previous engine had decent power but the reliability was lacking. We were experiencing some sort of engine related issue every few events and halfway through the season, the engine performance would degrade and a fresh engine would need to be installed.  


 

Controlling the Heat: HeatShield Products

by Frank Ewald

In the last article on the NX GTi-R there should have been no doubt in anyone's mind that the temperatures in the engine bay and the engine itself were bordering on the extreme. Temperatures that were under control in 30 minute track day sessions were now spiraling upwards. The larger turbo, the tighter clearances when the engine was built with forged parts, and the loss of the mystical factory manifold heat shield when I transported the NX across the country have all conspired against me.


 

Project R35 GT-R, Really Improving the Aero with Verus Engineering

By Mike Kojima

While its somewhat bulky looks are deceiving, the DBA R35 GT-R is one of the most aerodynamic cars currently in production with a Coefficient of drag of .26.  This puts in in the top 10 of production sedans with low drag coefficients. 


 

Can an Oil Change Make More Power? We Test Idemitsu ZEPRO Eco Medalist and Find Out!

By Mike Kojima

Can you make significant power gains just by changing oil?  In the past, we have proven that switching from a lower grade mineral oil to a premium synthetic oil can be good for a couple or three hp. However, is it possible to make serious gains in power from just an oil change by changing the viscosity of the oil as well as the type? 


 

Project Hyper-Miler Jetta MKIV TDI Part 4, Upgrading the Turbo with Garrett

By Colin Clyne

For this 4th installment, the long-lost Project Hypermiler gets some ponies! We install a turbo from Garrett to take care of the hot side, and injectors and a tune from KermaTDI to take care of the cold side!   


 

Ryan Passey's Amazing Mazda Hyper Miata

By Mike Kojima

We have always liked the super-efficient cars of Moti Almagor's Blackbird Fabworx. His cars have a distinct signature; lightweight, elegant, very fast with very little horsepower. Focus is put on maximizing handling, braking and cornering grip in a simple package. Recently at the last Global TIme Attack event at Buttonwillow raceway we got to check out Ryan Passey's, of Goodwin Racing, 1990 Mazda Hyper Miata that was built by Ryan in collaboration with Blackbird Fabworx.


 

How to Build a 5.0 Coyote Engine on Any Budget

by Mark Gearhart

Many people look at the 2011-current Coyote 5.0 engine platforms as a complex and expensive engine to build. In reality, they are actually very cost effective and can be tailored from mild to wild with ease. Want to make 350 horsepower or 1,500+? No problem. In this article we are going to explain the different levels of Coyote engine building. We teamed up with a host of manufacturers and L&R Engines to build us a Coyote engine for road racing duty on Project BOSS 302Revival.


 

WATCH:  IMPROVING the R35 GT-R! Part4 - Brembo Brake Rotors and Pads

MotoIQ Video

Join us on our multi-part journey to improving what is arguably the best car ever made. Inexperienced "tuners" can easily ruin the R35 GT-R's performance prowess by just throwing parts at it without giving any thought to how all the parts are going to work together. That is NOT how we do things here at MotoIQ!

In Part 4 of our series we install Brembo rotors and pads!


 

Nerd Alert Part 2! SKYACTIV-X: Were Our Predictions Correct?

by Karla Pestotnik

When Mazda first announced its infamous, new SKYACTIV-X engine, we made some preliminary guesses about its workings before any information was released. Guesses are guesses, but now that Mazda has released more official information about the all-new and exciting Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engine, it seems that we weren’t too far off. We recently got to poke around and even test drive their ten million dollar prototypes!


 

WATCH! In-Depth Look: Fredric Aasbo's 2018 Formula Drift Toyota Corolla Hatchback

MotoIQ Video

Last fall, we took a long look at Fredric Aasbo's Formula DRIFT Toyota Corolla iM, but he's back for the 2018 season with a brand new late model Corolla hatchback. With a new car we had to make another trip to Papadakis Racing to take a deep look inside. Once again, Mike Kojima walks around the new Corolla Hatchback with builder and team owner Stephan Papadakis. We also take a peek at Steph's shop and some of the genius stuff going on inside one of the smallest, lightest, and most powerful pound per pound powerplants in all of Formula DRIFT, the Toyota 2AR.  Come with us and see the details up close of one of the most well thought-out Formula DRIFT machines.


 

IMPROVING the R35 GT-R! Part 3 - Whiteline Bushings and SPL Arms, Links & Spherical Bearings

by MotoIQ Video

Join us on our multi-part journey to improving what is arguably the best car ever made. Inexperienced "tuners" can easily ruin the R35 GT-R's performance prowess by just throwing parts at it without giving any thought to how all the parts are going to work together. That is NOT how we do things here at MotoIQ!

In Part 3 of our series we install Whiteline bushings and SPL Parts arms, links and spherical bearings!


 

Dai Yoshihara's 2018 Formula Drift Rebuild Conclusion

by Mike Kojima

So if you have been following along with our mini-series on what an end of season refresh on a Pro Formula Drift car looks like, you have followed us from stripping the car to a bare chassis, to additional updates, and lastly, the final assembly of the car.


 

Basic Drift Car Chassis Setup: The S-Chassis Tension Rod

by Nikita Rushmanov

The rear tension rod is probably the most overlooked suspension arm on an s-chassis. A lot of people don’t understand how it works, and there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet to add to the confusion. Because of this, when most people get adjustable arms for the rear of their car, they just set their tension rod to the same length as factory and leave it.


 

WATCH! IMPROVING the R35 GT-R! Part 2 - Forged Performance Sway Bars

MotoIQ Video

You've read the article, now watch the video! Join us on our journey to improving what is arguably the best car ever made. Inexperienced "tuners" can easily ruin the R35 GT-R's performance prowess by just throwing parts at it without giving any thought to how all the parts are going to work together. That is NOT how we do things here at MotoIQ! In Part 2 of our series, we install a set of Forged Performance sway bars.


 

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