Global Time Attack at Road Atlanta

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart

Road Atlanta and Global Time Attack are a match made in heaven. If you combine a 2.54 mile road course that rolls through the green hills of Georgia with an open rule set where maximum speed and minimum lap times are all that matters, you’re bound to have an incredible event.

Thanks to GTA series sponsors like Continental Tire, Whiteline Suspension, Garrett Turbo, Spec Clutch and Meister Watches, the battle for Road Atlanta certainly did not disappoint, with new competitors in the mix, newly set fastest lap records, and even big crashes!

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 Evo7 Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart

From the perspective of Professional Awesome Racing, Road Atlanta was a shakedown and tuneup for the heavily revised 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII. Gone were the Active Center Differential and Super Active Yaw Control rear differential, replaced with mechanical differentials front, center and rear.

Having switched from Street Tire to Limited class at the Global Time Attack finale in November 2012, it was also a time to learn the nuances of driving differences of the Hankook Ventus TD in comparison to the Ventus RS-3.

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 Evo7 Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart

Unfortunately, Day 1 proved to be a challenge from start to finish. Chasing issues of excessive oil consumption, the car would not run consistently enough to put together one flying lap. Having a never-say-die attitude, team members Grant Davis, Mike Lewin and Jordan Gilsinger embarked on a parts search throughout the greater Atlanta area, devising a solution that proved to work extremely well by the end of the day.

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Tony Szirka Unlimited Class Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Jason Dienhart Kyle Lewis

With the problem solved, the crew proceeded to help fellow competitor, Tony Szirka, replace a transmission in his Unlimited Class Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Tony Szirka Unlimited Class Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Jason Dienhart

Szirka and Professional Awesome have a long history of working together under the most adverse circumstances to fix record breaking cars at the last possible moment!

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 Evo7 Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart

A threat of rain was in the forecast for the second day of competition, but feeling confident that all major issues had been addressed, Professional Awesome hit the track hard looking to gain lost time from the previous day.

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 Evo7 Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart

The car performed flawlessly in the first sessions of the day, and I with became even more comfortable with the vehicle changes as the day progressed. Minor tire pressure and alignment changes were all that was needed to maximize grip and to dial in the balance for optimal performance, though a new issue had peaked its head.

The car was running perfectly, but low on boost at only 22psi. The car had already set the new limited record with a time of 1:31.717, but quick adjustments were made to the tune to see if more power could be coaxed from the Evolution. Based on the previous year’s data, the team believed a 1:29.xxx  lap was possible and expectations were high for the fifth session.

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 Evo7 CRASH Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart Kyle Lewis

The fifth session proved to be the final session of our 2001 Evolution’s life.

Following another 1:31 second lap, I entered turn 1 and lost control of the car after an outside tire dipped into the Georgia clay. A hard crash ensued, but luckily I walked away with only minor bruising and a good headache.

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart

Following the crash, the final session ran and everyone prepared for the awards ceremony.

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart

At the podium ceremony, champagne was sprayed, big checks collected and fast lap Meister watches given to competitors.

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart

Much to the surprise of Professional Awesome, new Limited Front Wheel Drive record holder Doug Wind (left) gave his event winnings to the team to help the rebuilding process and Tony Szirka (right) followed suit, also donating his winnings.

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart

It was an incredible ending to an incredible event which saw competitors from the West Coast, East Coast and everywhere in-between.

New lap records were set in Street Rear Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive, Limited All Wheel Drive and Limited Front Wheel Drive which will give new goals for 2014 competitors to strive for.

Global Time Attack Road Atlanta GTA Professional Awesome Racing Dan O'Donnell Jason Dienhart

At the end of the day, it was amazing to see how tightly knit the time attack community is, helping out fellow competitors from start to finish! We look forward to seeing what will happen in November at the Global Time Attack Finale in Central California’s Buttonwillow Raceway on November 15, 2013.

MotorMavens has thousands more photos from GTA Road Atlanta! Stay tuned to MotorMavens for the next GTA photo update!

:: Dan O’Donnell

Mad Max Honda At Speed Ventures

Honda N360 N600 Vintage Mad Max Time Attack Car Streets Of Willow Speed Ventures

Can you guess what kind of car this is? If Mad Max drove a vintage Honda in a time attack series, is this what you would imagine his car to look like?

We were carspotting at the most recent Speed Ventures event at Streets of Willow, and saw this old school Honda with monstrous box flares, front lip spoiler and a huge front bumper. Let’s not forget the big wing up top, and the center mounted driver seat and steering wheel!

It looks something like a classic Honda meets time attack car built by Mad Max meets a dekotora meets Mater from the Pixar film Cars. This thing looks ridiculous, and we LOVE it.

Can you think up a good caption for this photo? The winner gets props and a shout out on our Facebook page and/or Instagram!

 

 

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ALMS Long Beach Street Circuit

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach kicked off this morning with the American LeMans cars circling the track. At 7:30AM, the pleasant sound of birds chirping was interrupted by an even better sound – a symphony of exhaust notes produced by the thirty three competition cars of the ALMS Series. All the people in the neighboring apartments definitely woke up to the sound of screaming engines if they weren’t awake already!

The Streets of Long Beach get transformed into a race track about 2 months before the annual Long Beach Grand Prix and as it gets closer to race day you can almost feel the excitement in the air. This will be the last year in which the ALMS will be running as a stand alone series, merging with Grand Am racing in 2014, and ultimately becoming the United SportsCar Racing Series.

If you get a chance to see ALMS racing this season, I urge you to go out and get out to the racetrack!

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

This morning, right before ALMS practice ended, the engine of the Dyson Racing Lola B12/60 started smoking right as it approached Turn 9, and as it passed under the Firestone bridge, I noticed these flames erupting from the rear of the car! Our friend Rex Torres told us it was caused by an injector O-ring! Man, such bad luck… :(

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

The GT class has to be one of the most interesting to watch because there are so many different manufacturers competing with essentially a race modified street car! The class consists of car manufacturers from Ferrari to BMW to Chevrolet all competing at the same time as the GTC, P1, P2, and PC classes, which are a group of various cars from Porsche GT3 Cup cars to Prototype racecars.

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

This yellow topped SRT Viper GTS-R is being driven by Jonathan Bomarito from Monterey CA and Kuno Wittmer from Montreal QC. Both of the Vipers sound pretty mean out on the track!

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

This Weathertech Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 is being driven by Cooper MacNeil and and Jeroen Bleekemolen. Everyone at MotorMavens LOVES Weathertech. We were invited to the Weathertech party at SEMA, and it was seriously one of the best parties we attended all week! (And we attended at least 10-12 parties that week!) They had awesome entertainment and an amazing seafood buffet with mountains of jumbo prawns and tuna sashimi! Oh, and Weathertech makes awesome weatherproof floormats too! :)

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

The two Ferrari 458 Italias competing this year are clad in more traditional colors than last years Tequila Patron Liveries. They look REAL good this way! This 458 is being campaigned by Risi Competizione, North America’s leading Ferrari GT team, privately owned and managed by Giuseppe Risi. The Houston-based team has competed with the Ferrari 458 Italia GT in the GT class of both the ALMS and Grand-Am series.

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

Here’s a slow pan from Mike Kim, which helps to illustrate the speed of the 458 Italia as it rockets through Turns 9, 10, and 11. If only the photo could capture the SOUND!

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

Through the break in the fences, I captured a rear shot of this TRG Porsche 911 heading into the sun. I’ll have to check it out closer in the pits.

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

Everyone who follows Falken Tire on Facebook has seen this 911 GT3 RSR, which is being driven by Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers. This is probably one of the most publicized cars in the ALMS Series!

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

This #52 ORECA FLM09 prototype car driven by Luis Diaz posted a 1:34.763, the best lap of the session in the PC class!

ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix American Le Mans Series

We’ll end this installment of Long Beach ALMS coverage with a rear panning shot of this SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R with a Fast & Furious 6 sticker on the door. Ironically enough, the car is being driven by a certain Dominic Toretto… oh wait, I mean Dominik Farnbacher… and Marc Goossens.

I guess we better get back to the track now… there are more cars for us to shoot!

:: Antonio Alvendia

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1993 Honda Civic CX – Hard White

To be completely honest with you, there isn’t very much we know about the owner of this Championship White 1993 Civic CX. We know that his name is Joshua Antolin and he hails from the great state of Hawaii-and that’s about it. Instead of going the traditional route of telling you a story behind an enthusiast’s build, we’re going to try something a little different. Let’s break the “fourth wall”, so to speak, for a different twist on what you’re used to reading. If you don’t know what the hell the “fourth wall” is, try to remember an episode of Saved by the Bell when Zach Morris freezes time, turns to the audience and speaks directly to them-that’s what’s considered “breaking the fourth wall”. (Still clueless? Clearly you’re too young to know what SBTB or who Kelly Kapowski is.) What I’m trying to do today is something similar-sort of. Breaking the fourth wall usually means that you’re being pulled out of an imaginary scenario but in the world of automotive publication, what you’re seeing and reading is very real.

In the years that I’ve been writing for Super Street, we’ve seen it all; all types of cars, different styles of tuning and getting to know each personality that makes up our crazy world. How these features come together before they hit print is pretty predictable. We see a car, find the owner, arrange for the car to be shot and have them fill out various forms, one of them being the ‘tech sheet’. These tech sheets open the lines of communication between the owner and the writers for the magazine, and usually includes every important piece of info you’ll need, from knowing which parts were used, right up to the entire back story on how the car came together. Some tech sheets are filled out in an incredibly detailed fashion, with every important aspect of the build documented, but sometimes you get little to no information at all, with the questions we ask responded to in one or two words. In those instances, it is our job to get in touch with them to see if they can give us some sort of story about their build. If for whatever reason we can’t get a hold of the owner, we then have to proceed to use the power of the worldwide web to dig up any information we can on the owner and their car-(begin sarcasm) the part we love most (end sarcasm).

If Joshua was planning on living off the grid, he’s done an incredible job of it because there is little to no information on his Civic. He doesn’t peruse any internet forums, doesn’t have a cool internet nickname that people would immediately recognize, and (gasp) the guy is non-existent on any social media outlet. A decade ago, it would be considered “normal” but in the information-age, the guy is practically a ghost. The age-old phone call and email were also extended but with no response. We noticed his car was spotlighted one other time on a popular car website but after a thorough reading, they, too, weren’t able to squeeze a whole lot of information out of the guy. To offer you a better understanding, one of the main questions on the tech sheet was “Why did you build this vehicle?” Joshua’s response was simply, “To be cool.” We agree that his Civic is indeed cool but it would have been great had he tossed us that proverbial bone.

The only other tidbit of info is that he’s from Hawaii, and let’s not kid ourselves, you’ve read plenty features about vehicle builds from Hawaii. Let’s not forget the cliché play on words to try to manipulate something Hawaiian into the opening title. All you need to know about Hawaii is that they produce some great cars and that they’ve been doing so for years now. Some of the most inspirational and memorable Hondas from the past have been from the 808. The island may be small but buried in all that beautiful scenery are some true gems-you just have to find them.

Devoid of any sort of backstory, all we are left with are visual depictions of a story left untold. The Civic itself is a very well-executed build that represents the clean and simple style that Hawaiian enthusiasts have come to be known for. You’ll rarely find extensive race-bred Hondas there because it’s not what they are about. Hondas assembled on the island are built to be clean street cruisers and Joshua’s is just that. Outside, the entire 19 year-old chassis has been massaged, door dings and minor damage repaired before being sprayed the ever-classic Honda Championship White. A BackYard Special front lip and rear duckbill spoiler serve as the only aftermarket additions to the body while OEM J-spec lighting all-around give it some Japanese chic. Both front and rear fenders have been significantly altered to house an aggressive set of staggered 16×8/9.5-inch JLine wheels. Fitting the wheels required some trickery and a lot of help from negative camber adjustments. Providing the appropriate ride height is essential to pulling of this type of wheel fitment so Function & Form was called upon for their Type 2 adjustable dampers.

As stated, an everyday street Honda in Hawaii is rarely built with a full track car appeal in mind, it just has to function and look good doing so. Joshua’s engine bay reflects that. Under the hood, you won’t find any forced induction components or custom oil catch cans and breathers. There isn’t anything but the bare necessities like your typical air intake, header, and exhaust. The rest has been stripped down and the only major addition other than the 2000 ITR motor is negative space. Helping to free this space is a custom radiator that hides beneath the core support. On the firewall, the factory brake booster has been eliminated and mounted in its place is a Wilwood brake master cylinder. The bay was then shaved smooth and color-matched to the rest of the shell. All electrical connections deemed unnecessary are disregarded by utilizing a Rywire engine harness. The cockpit of this CX hatchback mirrors the exterior and engine bay’s minimalism. Besides the MOMO steering wheel and NEXT Miracle X bar, there isn’t much to go nuts about. A near complete JDM SiR interior has been supplemented but only the Honda-lover with a keen eye would catch that.

While the info for Josh’s Civic is sparse, perhaps this story doesn’t need to be about a car that’s been stuffed to the brim with as many parts as a given tech sheet can handle. Its overall simplicity speaks volumes on its own. I’d drop another random Saved By the Bell reference but my sleep deprivation is starting to kick in; I’d better end it here.

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1993 Honda Civic CX

Owner Joshua Antolin

Hometown Honolulu, HI

Occupation Painter

Engine 2000 Honda 1.8L B18C5; Innovative engine mounts; Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold; AEM fuel rail; PLM header; Password:JDM dry carbon fiber Power Chamber intake; All-In Fab radiator, coolant lines; shaved engine bay; Rywire engine harness; Odyssey battery

Drivetrain Honda S80 manual transmission; Exedy clutch

Engine Management Chipped P28 ECU

Footwork & Chassis Function & Form Type 2 coilovers; Wicked Tuning front camber plates; Blox rear camber plates; Function7 rear lower control arms; ASR subframe brace; NEXT Miracle X bar

Brakes Chasebays brake line tuck; OEM 2000 Civic Si brake proportioning valve; Wilwood brake master cylinder, cluster master cylinder reservoir

Wheels & Tires 16×8″ +5/16×9 +0 JLine SDMSL2; 205/40R16 Falken Ziex 912; Blox lug nuts

Exterior PPG Championship White paint; BackYard Special front lip, rear spoiler; Vision TC side mirrors; JDM OEM window visors, headlights, corner lights, taillights; rolled and pulled front/rear fenders

Interior JDM EG6 SiR front seats, rear seats, interior panels, instrument cluster; MOMO steering wheel; JDM OEM Gathers head unit

Thanks You New City Fender, Jake, Chang, Marc, Dexter, Alex, John, Guillermo, Roger, uncle Herbert, and my dad

Nexen/Mazdatrix RX8 & Kyle Mohan

Formula DRIFT, Formula D, Drift, KMR, Kyle Mohan Racing, Motormavens, Oliver Petalver, Yoshi Shindo, Nexen Tires, Mazdatrix, Mazda USA, Mazdaspeed,  Exedy Clutches, Eibach Springs, Mishimoto, Turbonetics, AIT Racing, XXR, Haltech, Idemitsu, Gatorz Eyewear, TCSportline, F&L Racing Fuel, Baker, Dstroyr, Drop Engineering, EF1 Motorsports, Kognition, Antonio Alvendia

I’m Kyle Mohan, and I drive the Nexen Tires/Mazdatrix RX8 in the Formula Drift Championship. It’s hard to believe that 2011 was already the fifth season for Kyle Mohan Racing (KMR) in Formula Drift. We started with an FC3S RX-7 that I built from the ground up with my dad in his driveway, and now we have our team, a title sponsor, and our first Top ten finish in the Formula Drift Championship!

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It’s been a very fun year for us! We achieved our best championship result in Formula Drift and won the Team Drift competition at the Long Beach Grand Prix, but we’ve also had a lot of setbacks. We had several on-track collisions (both in competition and in practice) this year, including a very big crash in Vegas.  It always felt like we were behind, trying to repair damage instead of making improvements to the car. However, I guess that’s just part of pushing the limits; it paid off with some really strong runs in Long Beach and Seattle.

Formula DRIFT, Formula D, Drift, KMR, Kyle Mohan Racing, Motormavens, Oliver Petalver, Yoshi Shindo, Nexen Tires, Mazdatrix, Mazda USA, Mazdaspeed,  Exedy Clutches, Eibach Springs, Mishimoto, Turbonetics, AIT Racing, XXR, Haltech, Idemitsu, Gatorz Eyewear, TCSportline, F&L Racing Fuel, Baker, Dstroyr, Drop Engineering, EF1 Motorsports, Kognition, Antonio Alvendia

The motor was built by Mazdatrix, their drifting street-port 13B is specifically built for the needs of professional drifting. The engine was balanced, blue printed and side cut to handle high boost and high rpm. Mazdatrix milled the entire block, and replaced the OEM tension bolts with oversized hardened studs, which limits the block from expanding under extreme conditions. Internally, we are running mostly WPC treated factory parts aside from Iannetti ceramic apex seals. One very important part of a rotary build is knowing the proper specs for the setup you’re running. I set up the motor with Mazdatrix, and my good friend Nelson does all my tuning. As a result, the engine always runs flawlessly.  The oil system has been ported and had the pressure increased for optimum performance. We also modified the block’s cooling system and water passages to handle more heat during back-to-back tandem drift runs. This is the same block we have been running in the RX8 for almost 2 seasons now! Obviously we do regular maintenance, but you never see us doing engine work at the track!

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The Mazda RX8 is spacious and roomy compared to most drift cars! We gutted it to achieve our weight goals for Formula Drift competition. Sparco seats and seat belts and custom-built roll cage (made by long-time friend, FC3S drifter Henry Shelley) kept me safe during the 103-MPH tire barrier kiss in the Vegas round. The factory dash was stripped to the frame and retrofitted with carbon fiber/kevlar parts. I fabricated some other light-weight custom parts  such as an e-brake handle, seat mounts, and shift knob. I made them not only to save weight but also to make me as comfortable as possible in the driver seat. Literally everything was built around me.

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We spent a lot of time saving weight on the car; the weight savings were amazing compared to anything we had before. Carbon roof, hood, trunk and doors were all done by AIT Racing. We wanted to lighten up the dash, but there weren’t really any lightweight dash parts available, so I decided to make a few myself. I’m not a composites master at all, so after some trial and error, I ended up making the final gauge mount, cover and airbag cover out of carbon kevlar. It was the crew’s idea to overlay the Kyle Mohan Racing print on it – we’re definitely always trying to add personal touches to my cars.

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It doesn’t matter how good the car feels on track without the data to back it up. There is always more to be found in the performance, setup, and handling of any race car. The Racepak dash lets us see the data behind our runs and learn exactly what the Nexen/Mazdatrix RX-8 is doing on each track day. Between the Haltech P1000 engine management and Racepak dash (which are linked together), we can see all the needed parameters of the car’s performance on track.  Whether it’s looking for the edge over other competitors or doing diagnostic work, it makes life a lot better.

I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. I’ve been to every Long Beach Grand Prix (LBGP) since I was born (thanks to my dad, Joe), so it has been great that Formula Drift hosts its opening round in my hometown. With all the friends and family in town and at the event, it definitely puts the pressure on! But I love the track and crowd. I forget about all the pressure once I’m in the car strapped down; I just drive as hard as I can! The track is unique since it’s a street course that’s built for the LBGP. Personally, it’s one of my favorites. It’s very technical and if you make a mistake anywhere, the walls will let you know all about it!

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Getting strapped in the car and ready to do a run is almost calming. There isn’t a lot of excitement, I just look down the track and visualize how I want the run to go. I will have a last second chat on the radio with my spotter or crew chief or we will review some of the suspension changes we’ve made and what I should expect. Since everything we do comes down to getting behind the wheel for just that one moment – one lap – I try to be really calm and focus on the run.

Formula D Kyle Mohan Mazdatrix Mazda RX8 Yoshi Shindo

I’ve always done really well driving the inner bank at Irwindale. I don’t know why but I never really have to warm up to it, I can just go and drag the bumper right away. I’ve always drifted there so it’s almost like a home track. The Mazda RX8 has great chassis balance right from the factory, but my crew has been nailing it all year on the setup. That just gives me more confidence to go and hang it out there and put on a good show for all of the fans that show up at Irwindale. That track is truly a crazy ride.

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Las Vegas is the only round battled at night, which is fun but problematic. It is a difficult track because the temperatures fluctuate drastically. During the day, it’s blazing hot and the track soaks up the heat so when night comes we have to adjust different setups on the car. It kinda reminds me of a fast Long Beach so I’ve always liked it.

I never thought I would be in one of those crashes. When we built the car, we tried to build everything really safe. When I hit the wall, it definitely knocked the wind out of me! I was happy to have walked away unharmed, but was still quite dazed. The incident has crossed my mind since then, but when I’m in the car and on the starting line, I forget all about it.

To be completely honest, the crash hurt a lot! That was the biggest crash I’ve ever had! I thought for a moment when I was in the air that the car was going to flip over, but then it landed right-side-up on the ground and that hurt too. My spotter, Efrain – who is also my manager – asked me before I got out of the car if I felt okay, and if I did, I should wave to the crowd. I felt good enough to wave but as the evening went on, I progressively felt worse and decided to go to the hospital to get checked out. The doctors said everything was okay and they let me go after a couple of hours, and after about a week most of the soreness was gone.

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I like to give the crowd a show and qualify big. A big part of drifting is rubbing the walls and taillights are collateral damage. Sometimes a lucky fan will get a piece and if they’re in the right place, I’d be happy to sign it.

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Up front, I usually run 18×8.5 XXR 522 or 527 wheels , wrapped with 245/40/R18 Nexen N9000 tires, which are Nexen’s top of the line performance tire. I love the grip they give me up front. We run a 245 or 255 to maximize steering angle and help keep the car balanced. In the rear, we are running Nexen N6000 performance tires. Currently, a 265/35/R18 N6000 gives us the smoke, consistency, and traction we are looking for in competition.

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The Mazda RX8 rear suspension is very adjustable.  Aftermarket arms give us a massive amount of room to play with. As drifting has evolved, alignments have become extremely important in the car’s performance and handling; it’s important to have the right setup at each track. We are still running a lot of stock parts in our car, such as the factory differential, axles, and brakes, although all have been modified in some way to suit the needs of drifting.

This year we really moved up into a nice coilover setup–the new Eibach Pro2 coilover kit with remote reservoirs that are double adjustable. The first time I drove on these was Long Beach and I was blown away. It was amazing how much better the car felt with high quality suspension. Suddenly, I could feel the car in a whole new way, and on top of that, the adjustments were much more noticeable then anything I had used before. Now I feel we can really dial in the RX8 for any condition. On top of providing us with a great product, Eibach has been at the track with us this year helping us make the most out of our new shocks.

In the front, we’ve done a lot to maximize the steering angle and performance on the RX-8. We relocated the steering rack and made custom KMR lower control arms that allow for more wheel clearance and have installed spherical bearings to eliminate bind.

Formula DRIFT, Formula D, Drift, KMR, Kyle Mohan Racing, Motormavens, Oliver Petalver, Yoshi Shindo, Nexen Tires, Mazdatrix, Mazda USA, Mazdaspeed,  Exedy Clutches, Eibach Springs, Mishimoto, Turbonetics, AIT Racing, XXR, Haltech, Idemitsu, Gatorz Eyewear, TCSportline, F&L Racing Fuel, Baker, Dstroyr, Drop Engineering, EF1 Motorsports, Kognition, Antonio Alvendia

Proper suspension tuning is becoming more and more important. A few years ago, I rarely made a change after qualifying; now we have qualifying setups and tandem setups. Compression and rebound adjustments really help with fine-tuning and finding the right setup more quickly.

Formula DRIFT, Formula D, Drift, KMR, Kyle Mohan Racing, Motormavens, Oliver Petalver, Yoshi Shindo, Nexen Tires, Mazdatrix, Mazda USA, Mazdaspeed,  Exedy Clutches, Eibach Springs, Mishimoto, Turbonetics, AIT Racing, XXR, Haltech, Idemitsu, Gatorz Eyewear, TCSportline, F&L Racing Fuel, Baker, Dstroyr, Drop Engineering, EF1 Motorsports, Kognition, Antonio Alvendia

When we started with the RX8 in 2009, there really wasn’t any support or developed parts for the car available.  A lot of the parts we are currently using are either collaborations with our partners or are custom KMR parts. The rear strut mounts are a design we have worked on with Eibach. Originally the piece was designed for a Mazda MX5 and after a little grinding, we had an RX8 shock mount. Eibach is currently working on a piece that’s very similar for the street RX8 performance kits.

Formula DRIFT, Formula D, Drift, KMR, Kyle Mohan Racing, Motormavens, Oliver Petalver, Yoshi Shindo, Nexen Tires, Mazdatrix, Mazda USA, Mazdaspeed,  Exedy Clutches, Eibach Springs, Mishimoto, Turbonetics, AIT Racing, XXR, Haltech, Idemitsu, Gatorz Eyewear, TCSportline, F&L Racing Fuel, Baker, Dstroyr, Drop Engineering, EF1 Motorsports, Kognition, Antonio Alvendia

The rear wing comes from Kognition. I made the connection with Kognition when I was running in Redline Time Attack last year. You can find their wings on tons of time attack and road race cars. Kognition is a great company with outstanding products and craftsmanship. The wings are so nice and well put together and I feel bad when we damage one and need to get another one! I think people really underestimate what a wing can do on a drift car, especially a functional one. Sprint cars and dirt cars all use aero aids to help them, and I believe they help in drifting as well. The Kognition wing is very finely tunable and I can really feel the differences at different tracks. We actually have 2 different wings and 6 end plates.

Formula DRIFT, Formula D, Drift, KMR, Kyle Mohan Racing, Motormavens, Oliver Petalver, Yoshi Shindo, Nexen Tires, Mazdatrix, Mazda USA, Mazdaspeed,  Exedy Clutches, Eibach Springs, Mishimoto, Turbonetics, AIT Racing, XXR, Haltech, Idemitsu, Gatorz Eyewear, TCSportline, F&L Racing Fuel, Baker, Dstroyr, Drop Engineering, EF1 Motorsports, Kognition, Antonio Alvendia

I still have my day job at Mazdatrix in Signal Hill, California – ten minutes from downtown Long Beach. Every day, I am putting together rotary engines for our customers from around the country. Sometimes it’s a simple carbureted 13B with a street port for a first-gen RX7, or it can be something as wild as the turbocharged 20B 3-rotor that is in the Bergenholtz Racing Mazda RX8.

Mazdatrix has been in business since 1981. Not only are they known as legends in Mazda rotary engine building and tuning, but the company is one of the largest mail-order houses for Mazda rotary parts in the world, shipping parts daily around the globe. The company’s founder, Dave Lemon, has competed in IMSA, Trans-Am, SCCA, NASA, and Redline Time Attack in Mazda RX7s and RX8s. We’re always pushing what is possible with rotary engines, always looking for more power and more reliability.

For fashion, I don’t rock a clock, I rock a carbon-fiber door! LOL! For the 2012 Formula DRIFT season, fans can expect more noise, more smoke, and better results! We pushed the envelope quite a bit with our RX8 this year, but we have a whole lot of improvements planned for next year. We also have a substantial amount of re-engineering to do. The car is currently on the lift and the guys are pulling it apart. What you won’t see from us is a V8. Nothing against V8s, but WE ARE STAYING ROTARY and we want to continue to not only be the best Mazda in Formula Drift, but we want to prove that we can stay with the V8 cars with only a 1.3 liter engine. Our car and Rhys Millen’s Hyundai Genesis were the only non-V8 cars in the Formula D Top-10 in 2011, but I’d like to be at least in the Top-5 for 2012.

Formula DRIFT, Formula D, Drift, KMR, Kyle Mohan Racing, Motormavens, Oliver Petalver, Yoshi Shindo, Nexen Tires, Mazdatrix, Mazda USA, Mazdaspeed,  Exedy Clutches, Eibach Springs, Mishimoto, Turbonetics, AIT Racing, XXR, Haltech, Idemitsu, Gatorz Eyewear, TCSportline, F&L Racing Fuel, Baker, Dstroyr, Drop Engineering, EF1 Motorsports, Kognition, Antonio Alvendia

In closing, I’d just like to say that KMR wouldn’t be possible without the support of my awesome family. My mom and dad have been supportive the whole time, and even my grandma – who may be the oldest person to attend a Formula Drift event and might be my biggest fan. I’d like to thank Mike, John, and everyone else at Nexen Tires that believed in us; all of the guys at the shop – Kenny, TJ, Royce, Justin, Rudy, Smokey, Calvin, John, and Mark – who make the car perfect after I break stuff and bash in the body panels; Dave Lemon at Mazdatrix has been a huge help and a big supporter to KMR since we built the first RX7 for Formula Drift five years ago. I can’t forget my tuner Nelson, and of course, my girlfriend Adrienne for putting up with all this!

 

 

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MFest VI Brings Heat to Las Vegas

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Whether you own a BMW or not, it’s really tough to not be blown away by the sheer number of high quality cars that made it to MFest VI in Las Vegas. Even though we didn’t even get an ounce of sleep the night before, the caravan, event, and parties were so fun that we had no problem going nonstop throughout the weekend!

MFest weekend started off with the epic, world record setting caravan up from Barstow CA and ended with an equally epic pool party at the Tao Beach Club in Las Vegas. MFest Chris and his team could not have been any more hospitable or welcoming – nor could the weekend have been more mind blowing. No wonder we have TONS of photos!

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The BMW 1 series M coupe is a seldom seen car on the streets due to its high demand and low availability so it was nice to see a good handful of them make it out to Vegas. The nice wide fenders and aggressive bumpers give the car a mean look when it’s rolling down the street. At almost $10,000 less than the BMW 335i, the 1 series M coupe is one hell of a good deal for the amount of car you’re getting.

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This slammed BMW Z4 looked suuuuper fresh, sitting right up front when we entered the event. This is one of the best looking Z4s we’ve seen in recent times. Very classy build.

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Red is just such a classic, sporty color. It’s bright without being over the top. No wonder we absolutely loved this Eurosquad 335i. All class.

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It doesn’t even matter how old you are… everyone can appreciate a clean red BMW.

Mfest VI 6 Las Vegas caravan track event carshow las vegas motor speedway

One nice thing about MFest is the fact that there are actually LOTS of attractive females in attendance. Most car events are just filled with dudes, but MFest is a bit different. Females actually look forward to MFest because of the whole Spring Break-style party atmosphere all weekend, and who doesn’t like that?

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Many of the ladies that go to MFest dress pretty classy, too. It’s a bit different than the hoodrats* that you normally see at carshows. (*Scantily clad girls sitting on car hoods)

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Lots of girls were circulating around the car show area and the trackside pit area, checking out the cars… or maybe they were just looking for BMW ballers with the dopest cars? You tell me.

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Nicole Reckers and Xena Kai were two of the models who came out to cheer on the MFest crowd. Somehow, I think many in the crowd were cheering for them!

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Here’s Nicole again, but this time with Michelle Yee. For more photos of these ladies, Follow @MOTORMAVENS on Instagram.

Mfest VI 6 Las Vegas caravan track event carshow las vegas motor speedway

We always have fun hanging out with Eva Skye and Beckie Joon. Again, for more photos of these ladies, Follow @MOTORMAVENS on Instagram.

Mfest VI 6 Las Vegas caravan track event carshow las vegas motor speedway

The BMW M3 is one of the most iconic sports cars on the market and is often times used as the standard for comparison with other sports cars. The quad exhaust tips on the M3 serve as the best “quick glance” identifier of one of these beauties on the road.

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I’ll be honest. We are pretty sick of matte wraps and paint jobs… especially on BMWs. Living in Los Angeles, you see matte wrapped cars ALL THE TIME, especially with nondescript black wheels. It’s just soo played out.

However, this matte gray E46 M3 from Las Vegas-based Eurosquad really pulled off the matte look well. It actually restored our faith in matte cars, because this E46 looks AWESOME. Love it. We just posted this photo on the @MOTORMAVENS Instagram feed, and instantly, it got hundreds of Likes. No doubt!

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The track fun at MFest was being organized by Speed Ventures, so there were more than just Bimmers on the track. There were also other makes and models on the track running the time attack – like this R35 Nissan GTR, for example. This Hard-Driving Motorsports liveried GT-R was making minced meat of some of the other drivers!

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Here’s a shot of the Hard-Driving GT-R and the Hybrid-themed Porsche 911 GT3 R. The livery on this Porsche was one of my favorite themes of the GT3 class race cars.

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I spotted Chris from MFest driving this BMW M3 E46 which was rocking some red wheels and matching side mirrors. The black, red and yellow theme of the MFest logo was completely coordinated with the accents on this car. Co-Ord-In-Ate!

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When the car show awards were being given out, we were given a nice surprise from the MFest Crew. This mirror finished MFest Trophy is going to make a nice show piece for the MotorMavens Crew!

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Although BMWs are the main focus of the MFest weekend, Lexus and Cadillac also came out to show their support! This FiveAxis designed Lexus GS350 was one of the best looking cars out out there, without question. We even spotted Victor from Emergency Hookers towing it up from SoCal during the caravan on Friday morning.

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Normally, when you see a DTM inspired massive wide body conversion on a street car, it’s usually for show purposes. However, it was nice seeing this BMW M3 E92 making full use of its wide body conversion on the track. It was definitely a pleasant surprise – you don’t see cars like THIS hitting the track every day.

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One of the main sponsors of MFest is Solar Transmission Management or STM. Their E92 was a hard car to shoot on the caravan up from Barstow, because our chase car just could not keep up!

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In my opinion, gold and black color schemes have always looked great on any car. Ever since the John Player Special Lotus driven by Ayrton Senna in Formula 1 racing hit the pavement, this scheme has always been a classic. Although this 1 series coupe wasn’t fully JPS-themed, it was close enough to make the car look great!

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Chris’ BMW M5 E60 was one hell of a beast on the drive up to Vegas. The twin-supercharged V10 is no joke when it comes to putting down power! I was trying to snap a rolling shot on the freeway but Terry Pham‘s Lexus IS just could not keep up.

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Las Vegas natives, Melinda and Tony Ibraheem, brought out their Euro Squad E92 M3 for the track day. The car definitely was hauling ass down the straight where I was standing. This particular shade of orange usually evokes images of Lamborghini – probably one of the reasons this E92 stood out from the crowd when I spotted it on the track.

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There were a few instructor-led runs on the track where they went over a few different driving techniques such as passing and proper cornering.

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This Porsche 996 911 Turbo must have been a blast to drive around the circuit. I was truly surprised to see so many Porsches represented at a BMW meet – pleasantly, of course.

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And here’s another beauty from the wizards at Porsche – this time showcasing our friends at PASMAG. This car is soooooo SICK.

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This BMW M3 E36 yellow 1 series M coupe is a native of SoCal and definitely had the best rear in the shot. Be on the look out for more of this car very soon!

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When it comes to FAST track cars the Horse Power Freaks/Renner Motorsports M3 E46 was the one to watch. It easily overtook the Savini Wheels Lamboghini Murcielago in the first few laps of the sponsor race. This E46, from what I was told, is a 900+ hp track car!

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This E39 with BMW M-Parallel wheels kept on catching our boy Terry Pham’s eye at the track. He kept on saying, “Damn, that paint job is sooo shinyyyyy…”

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Here’s a spy shot of Terry hard at work, shooting photos for the MotorMavens MFest Gallery!

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MFest VI 2012 was surely one of the most fun car shows and events I have been to in a long time. The great venue, amazing selection of cars and especially the people involved made the whole trip worthwhile. I cannot wait to go to MFest VII next year! On behalf of the entire MotorMavens Crew, I would like to extend a special thanks to Chris and his crew for the invite and all the hospitality in Las Vegas!

DO NOT MISS THE NEXT MFEST EVENT!!!

:: Mike Kim

 

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