Posts Tagged ‘KW Suspension’

GALLERY> Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle

Global Time Attack's annual Super Lap Battle event at Buttonwillow Raceway is one of our favorite events to attend and shoot every year. GTA's Time Attack Finals always brings out the top tier time attack competitors in North America. Some times, cars are even shipped over from overseas just for this epic event, which is covered by all the top automotive media outlets online and in print. Since our friends at Super Street Magazine will be printing the actual results and complete coverage of this year's GTA Finals in their next issue, we decided that we'd bypass the reporting of all the hard numbers and just post some of our photos of the event, as a teaser to their full report.   Read more...

COVERAGE> The Formula D Atlanta Experience Pt.1

For the MotorMavens Crew, Round Two of the 2011 Formula Drift Championship at Road Atlanta represented a lot of hard work, and about 6 or 7 total hours of sleep for the entire weekend. Since our Associate Editor Jonathan "J-Mac" McWhorter lives in the Atlanta area, he volunteered to be the team leader for the weekend, and coordinated everything for the out-of-state crew members that would be flying in for the event.

Some people may not realize this, but Road Atlanta is a very special place for the MotorMavens Crew. Anyone who knows MotorMavens co-founder Andy Sapp can tell you that he has a very fond place in his heart for Road Atlanta. Even though Andy coined the now famous phrase Keep Drifting Fun, he has been drifting competitively at Formula D events in Atlanta ever since 2004 - the very first event in the Formula Drift series. Ever.
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COVERAGE> Formula D Tech Day at UTI

There sure were a lot of car events to hit up this weekend in Southern California, and the Formula D season hasn't even started yet. Man, it's going to be a super hectic year for sure. On Saturday morning, Formula Drift held their annual pre-season tech inspection at Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. This tech inspection is open to the public, and it gives drifting fans an up close and personal glimpse at the cars that will be running in the series before the season starts.

For those who don't know, Universal Technical Institute is a mechanic's training school, located out in the IE (Inland Empire), right across the street from the old Falken Tire headquarters, and right next to Kumho on Sixth Street and Haven. I've had an increasingly extremely full personal calendar, filled with things I need to do and places I need to be... and this weekend was no different. As much as I wanted to, I couldn't even make it out to the tech day myself, so I am super appreciative that new MotorMavens contributors Horacio Flores and Mike Kim (no, not the Mike Kim from UrbanRacer) offered to go to UTI and see what was going on. Thanks a lot guys! Enough about these details though - let's have a look at the cars!   Read more...

VIDEO> The Spirit of Irwindale Formula D


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There’s just something about Irwindale Speedway at the end of the season. After all the teams in the Formula Drift Championship have faced countless trials and tribulations, dealing with mechanical problems and financial stress of how to get their cars and teams from event to event as the series travels all over the country; the Formula D homecoming at Irwindale Speedway for the last event of the year has a different feeling to it than the other events in the series.

The drivers and teams in the points race are anxious, knowing that they must be on point and professional every step of the way, as even the smallest mechanical hiccup or driver error could take them out of the running and give the advantage to an opposing team.

At the same time, the fans are excited to see the cars and drivers return to the birthplace of American drifting after they have spent the whole year on tour, cutting their teeth and taking their epic fender-to-fender dogfights to race tracks across the nation in an attempt to attract more sponsors, build more publicity, and most importantly… attract new drifting fans.

I’ve been traveling with the Formula Drift series since the very first event; since the series started in 2004… and every year, as the season ends at Irwindale Speedway, there’s a shared feeling of excitement and pride of accomplishment running through the pits.

This video, by Motor Mavens shooter Travis Hodges, is our attempt to capture that feeling. And it was captured entirely with two cameras, the new Canon 7D digital HD SLR and the Twenty20 ContourHD.

We hope you enjoy the video, and CONGRATULATIONS to all the teams, drivers, umbrella girls, and FANS that make the Formula D series what it is. RESPECT!!!

:: Antonio Alvendia

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CARSPOTTING> Tyler McQuarrie’s E90 BMW M3

On the morning after the 2009 Formula D Finale, most of the people who were at Irwindale the night before were either still in bed resting from the exhausting event or packing their bags and heading back to the airport. While normal, smart people stayed in bed to sleep in that Sunday... I exchanged a volley of text messages with a hungover Tyler McQuarrie, who still had a pounding headache from all the alcohol pounding that took place at the "FD Official Hotel" the night before, as he and Forsberg and Hampshaa and everyone else in the lobby celebrated their Formula D wins from the night before. Right after I congratulated Tyler on reaching the podium, I assured him that I didn't give two sh!ts about his pounding headache... and he should drink some coffee because we had plans to shoot photos of his newly done up E90 BMW M3 sedan! (LOL, I didn't really say that. He's super cool, and wouldn't flake anyway.) Cheerful despite his hangover, Tyler manned up and drove his car out to meet up with me and the MotorMavens Seattle fam at our meeting spot, which luckily wasn't too far from the hotel where he was staying.

I know what some readers may be thinking... this car looks super basic. It doesn't have a crazy aftermarket aero kit or anything... but I think that's one of the reasons why I was drawn to it when I first saw it. Although I'm huge fan of aggressive BN Sports or Goodline aero kits for cars used on the racetrack, I tend to prefer the understated cleanliness and class of OEM bodywork and "factory option" parts when it comes to daily driven street cars. Apparently, Tyler has the same opinion when it comes to daily driven cars, as his M3 looks clean, classy, basic, and understated... that is, until you hear the powerful rumble of his exhaust.   Read more...