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Project Vehicross Part 9: Beefing Up the Brakes

by: David Zipf

I’m not going to bullshit here:  The Isuzu VehiCross’s brakes suck.  They are by far the worst part of the truck.  While Isuzu was kind enough to install four-wheel disc brakes all around, they are far too small to really pull down the 2-ton truck at speed.  Not long after we picked up out VX, we installed a set of EBC Greenstuff brake pads to try and help our brakes out.  They were a mild improvement over the original pads, but despite loving them on our old CR-V, they were not up to snuff in the VX and when we saw them getting low, we decided to do something about the whole mess.


 

Who is the best? Calling all Road Racers, Drifters, Autocrossers, Drag Racers, Canyon Runners, Time Attackers and Track Day Enthusiasts!

By Mike Kojima

Get any group of drivers together, give them a few beers and the smack talk starts. Usually, drivers from many different disciplines all think they are the best. Road racers look down on drifters, drifters see themselves as the kings of car control, drag racers rule acceleration, canyon runners seem to feel they are soul drivers and autocrossers smugly feel that parking lot contests of low-speed agility put them on top. We have created an even playing field where the talking can stop and the real bragging rights can be earned!


 

Product Test: Chipex Paint Chip Repair System

by Ainsley Jacobs

When my C-package 1993 Mazda Miata was totaled in a head-on collision (caused by another driver on the wrong side of the road) in November of 2016, I was devastated and didn’t know how I could ever replace the car that I loved so much. I was fortunate to find a low-miles and nearly flawless 2006 BMW Z4M, but an unexpected and quite deep paint chip caused me some concern.


 

Curly’s Corner: A Nerd's Eye on Formula 1 Spanish & Monaco Grand Prix

by: David Zipf

Welcome back to our post-race breakdown of Formula 1! MotoIQ is bringing you its own particular nerdtastic take on the latest news and developments in F1. Impress your neighbors, stun your friends, and woo the ladies with your newfound F1 knowledge!


 

We Check Out AMS Performance's Turbo Test Rig

By Khiem Dinh

A couple years ago, AMS Performance became a Garrett turbo distributor. In order to best serve their customers, they needed a way to test all the turbos to determine how they performed. A turbocharger gas stand is extremely expensive. An engine dyno cell is very expensive. An old Evo shop car? That could be made to work as the turbo test rig.


 

How to Pass Tech Inspection for The Drift League and Other Events!

By Mike Kojima

As the Technical Director for The Drift League, I was pleased that the quality of many of the Pro-Am cars that myself and Nikita Rushmanove were high and we have plenty of solid cars in the series. On the other hand, I was dismayed at the fact that NONE of the cars we inspected passed tech the first time through!


 

Bringing the Heat: Under Control!

by Frank Ewald

With our first track day and Knox Mountain Hill Climb 2018 now behind us, we can say without question that the HeatShield Products and the Koyorad have absolutely increased the cooling capacity of the NX GTi-R on the track. Our benchmark temperatures were set last October on a cool and sunny day. The daytime high was 16°Celcius. The temperatures we checked on May 5 and it was a sunny day and the ambient temperature was 22°Celcius (that's about 72°Fahrenheit). The temperatures were checked after the car had been out for the second session and, as this was a CACC Time Attack event here at Mission's River's Edge Road Course, you can appreciate that the car was being pushed. Two weeks later the NX was at the 61st Annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb; the runs up the hill showed an amazing difference one year later. The extensive improvements to the cooling system absolutely worked.


 

The MotoIQ Hellafunctional Showdown Presented by KW

by Martin Gonzales

Being the very first event of its kind the obvious question is, what exactly is the MotoIQ Hellafunctional Showdown presented by KW? Simply put, It is the anti-hard parking car show. Here at MotoIQ we build fast cars, love fast cars and want to see/drive nothing but fast cars. We're not exactly the car show going type and neither are our fans. So we wanted to create an event that would allow like-minded gearheads to display their builds and, most importantly, prove they are more than just good looking cars. This would require combining elements of a car show, car meet, track-day, and autocross.


 

ProAm Drifting Returns to Irwindale Speedway - The Drift League Round 1 Recap

By Rathyna Gomer

Just in case you've been living in a cave, MotoIQ has ventured into the drift world with a new competitive, ProAm series called The Drift League (TDL). TDL's inaugural year is set to have four rounds of competition that will all take place at Irwindale Speedway. At the end of the season, the top three drivers will earn their Formula DRIFT PRO2 licenses and will be eligible to compete in FD next year. 


 

Project DC2 Integra, Testing the Fluidampr Crank Pulley

By Mike Kojima

We have big plans for Project Integra B18C engine.  Instead of swapping to a K Series engine to make easy big power, we are going to build up the older but still noteworthy B Series engine that the car comes with. Something that is relatively easy due to this engines huge level of aftermarket support.


 

A Proper Primer on Personal Protection

by Erik Jacobs

In the time between the SC300 getting dyno tuned and our first track day (complete with transmission soup), I had some extra shopping to do. It turned out that all of my personal safety equipment had timed out, and it all needed to be replaced with current gear. This is not an inexpensive proposition. For the average track day, a brain bucket is all that’s needed. But we had built a full-on race car and were intending to go wheel-to-wheel -- more would be required. And, generally speaking, it doesn’t hurt to have all the safety gear you can afford / bear to purchase.


 

Event Coverage: 2018 Indianapolis 500 in Photos

By David Zipf

Longtime readers should know by now that I have a love affair with the Indy 500.  I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: the Indianapolis 500 is the race that got me interested in cars and motorsports.  Going is always a special event for me, whether it’s as press or as a fan.  Going as press has been an amazing experience and I end up taking a few thousand photos during the race weekend.  It’s rather a shame that we only publish a few dozen on MotoIQ, so instead of doing a normal race recap I thought it would be more interesting to pick out some of the coolest pictures I captured during the weekend and share them with some thoughts, observations, and notes.  By the time this has gone live you’ll either know what happened, or you won’t care, so hopefully, this approach brings a different perspective to the race.


 

Ultimate SR20 Rebuild Guide: Part 1 - The Teardown

by Nikita Rushmanov

Hello and welcome to the Ultimate SR20DET Rebuild Guide! In this series we will be covering the disassembly, blueprinting and reassembly of a S13 SR20DET engine in extreme detail. We will explain how each measuring tool works and how you can use it to precisely blueprint an engine. We will also cover some of the custom tools we need to make along the way.


 

The King of Speed, PZ Tunings Amazing Time Attack Civic

By Mike Kojima

William Au-Yeung has been changing the course of history as of late, time attack history that is with his amazing 2012 Honda FB6 Civic Si. Not only has William been dominating the FWD Unlimited class but he has been taking the overall top times at GTA's Buttonwillow and Road Atlanta events.


 

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