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August 14, 2012

Live from MTM | AMF HQ: Engines Galore!

Filed under: — Tags: 370Z, 500, 650cc, AMF, autobianchi, AutoMotoFoto, , Boost, Ferrari, FIAT, G37, general motors, GM, Infiniti, LS, Maserati, Mazda, Miata, MT Motorsport, MTM, Nissan, Twin Turbo, V6, V8, vq37vhr — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 1:00 PM
This week at the MT Motorsport | headquarters, we take a look at some of the engines scattered around the shop waiting a good (engine bay) home. By now most are aware of the incredible capabilities of our affiliate MT Motorsport ranging from regular vehicle maintenance, custom project builds, full fabrication, and race car setups. Reinforcing the fact that MTM is quite possibly one of the most unique shops in Canada let alone North America, is the wide assortment of vehicles that pass through the garage doors. If the cars on the engine hoists don’t speak volumes, then the power plants being built should – have a look.

The first engine and most noted at the shop is this 6.0-liter LS-engine sitting in the Project LS Miata. Yes, this very same engine was once twin turbocharged making it not only a death wish behind the wheel, but also the 1st twin turbocharged LS Miata in Canada! Version 2.0 of Project Miata will be naturally aspirated and putting down serious power thanks to a new camshaft, GM Performance Parts ported cylinder heads, and an MTM custom stepped long tube header system.

This little putt-putt of an engine is a Fiat 126 650cc, 2 cylinder that puts out 24 horsepower! It may not be ranked high in way of performance figures, but it is enough to move the tiny and rare Autobianchi Bianchina.

If you can’t tell already, this is an Italian V8 based on the number of spark plug holes and the incredible red textured valve covers. This Maserati 4.2-liter V8 engine has four valve per cylinder, overhead cam, dry-sump, and is tuned for 400 horsepower revving to 7,600 rpm! The most impressive thing about this all-Italian power block is that it delivers 333 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm – something which few engines could ever achieve. The engine is currently in tear down mode and ready for a full rebuild for some forced induction goodness! Once the engine is complete, it will be put into a fully custom tube chassis car and hitting some prestigious concours d’elegance events.

Nearby the exotic V8 is the more commonly found V6 amongst tuners, the VQ37VHR. This 3.7-liter V6 from Infiniti (Nissan) is also getting a full rebuild for a 370Z – the rest will be mystery for now.

There is also another VQ37 sitting nearby complete with transmission and all the fixings. This fully built power plant boasts low compression in way of pistons, connecting rods, etc. for an Infiniti G Coupe and some much needed boost!
From the common to the exotic, the MT Motorsport crew has their hands in everything so long as it needs fuel and spark to produce power. From a little 24-horsepower Fiat engine to pushrod GM V8 and high-revving Italian engineering 8-cylinder, there is no feat too great for these unique techs! While most shops turn away customers with vintage or rare projects, MTM embraces the opportunity and delivers beyond expectation – then again, who else is capable of the same in Toronto let alone Canada? Thought so.
Stay tuned next week as we give you more insight as to the happenings at the MTM | AMF HQ each and every Tuesday!
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Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec

August 8, 2012

TOPP Drift Day

Filed under: Events — Tags: 180SX, Audi, BMW, Boost, Canada, drift day, drift posse, drifters anonymous, Drifting, FR-S, JDM, M3, Mazda, Miata, Nissan, Ontario, Pat Cyr, RHD, S13, S14, s15, Scion, Shannonville Motorsports Park, Silvia, SR20DET, topp, Toyota, Turbo — Ben Fry @ 3:00 PM
TOPP Drift Day
Shannonville Motorsports Park
Shannonville, Ontario, Canada
August 6th, 2012
It was the round two of the TOPP’s drift events for 2012 at Shannonville Motorsports Park and you couldn’t of had a better day. It was beautiful as there were only a few clouds in the sky, but it was fairly windy so smoke and dirt flew everywhere. I swear I came home with at least a pair of tires in my hair. It was a pretty huge turn out with the home team Drifters Anonymous out along with Drift Posse and several other drivers. As per usual, with drifting comes accidents and there were a few wall taps, crashes, mechanical issues, but everyone was okay!

Drift Posse team mates Patrick Cyr (FR-S) and Francisco Becerra (180SX) were getting getting close on turn 14 by the notorious wall. Pat seems to be loving the new car and I’ve heard there is some amazing stuff to come, just imagine what he will be capable of in the new car!

When I first arrived to the track, there was a lonely purple 240SX sitting in a littered paddock looking very sleeping. It needs the rest as it has a huge day of tire slaying ahead of it!

I was happy to finally see a Miata out there drifting, it was quick through the corners and could just fly through the entries with no problem. Miata’s usually have a bad name in way of drifters especially as everyone fetches for the Nissan 240SX / Silvia first, but by the looks of it they can stand their ground.

Drifters Anonymous team mates started a team drift train, as you can see in the photo Miguel was leading the train with Marin closely trailing him! Brent and Jordan were following behind Marin out of frame and holding their own. There truly is nothing like drifting at the home track!

This wasn’t even half of the cars in attendance, there were over 62 drivers and 222 spectators for the day. It was a different then most drift days as there was a large mixture of cars from the usual 240SX to even a BMW M3. Drifting and lapping held together at the same track is always a rarity, I actually even saw a Honda Civic E-brake on one of the corners resulting in a tandem drift with Dugan in his Nissan S14 – truly epic.

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