RC’s Garage Honda Civic CX – EH Standout

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Before he was a household name inside the Honda community and well before he continued a tear producing probably the most highly regarded and recognized builds the magazine has ever featured, RC Chacon of RC’s Garage fame started off with this 1992 Civic CX hatchback.

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I’d spotted the car at Eibach’s Corona, Calif., facility back in 2010 during a meet and instantly gravitated toward it. White B-series powered EH hatchbacks aren’t exactly uncommon, specifically in SoCal, but this one warranted a closer look. Engine bay boosted and tucking Bs were very popular and RC had those taken care of. Stripped and nicely painted interiors were almost expected, as were nice wheels, and again the 1992 Civic CX checked those off of thethe interest to detail and the way everything came together. It just made perfect sense both aesthetically and mechanically.

From the looks department, the Championship White paint that covered the exterior and interior in the 1992 Civic CX was immaculate. Beneath the hood however, is where many paint jobs fall lacking perfection. Or even better than the exterior, in RC’s case the bay looked as good. A Darton sleeved B18A block was fitted with a B16A head and a top-mount turbo kit from JDL Auto Design was attached. Vibrant Vanjen clamps, a custom intake manifold and hood exit/dump tube finished off of the look and gratificationfront and rear brake conversion. Rather than choosing some of the most popular wheels being used at the time, RC chose a set of pristine SSR Dori Dori rollers. Looking to focus all eyes toward the engine bay, he’d taken the minimalist procedure for the exterior additions with a Mugen EG6 front lip, carbon fiber rear wing and single Vision Type DC side mirror.

In 2010, RC’s 1992 Civic CX graced the cover of Honda Tuning having a Back To Basics main blurb that I chose as a nod to cars like this that seemed to be fading away from the Honda community. In every honesty, I felt similar to this car will help light a fire. A highly-built, clean hatch with an engine that makes solid power along with a look that won’t seem comedic in 10 years – that’s what grabbed my attention inside the very beginning.

After his story ran, RC kept plugging away and ultimately opened RC’s Garage, then built another car that caught national attention, then another, along with the rest as we say is history. Busier than ever, the Arizona native has afittings and lines; Trick Flow 10 micron fuel filter; Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator; custom -16AN radiator hoses; Y80 transmission w/LSD; 6-puck sprung clutch kit; 11-lbs flywheel; Drive Shaft Shop 5.9 axles; pearl orange powder-coated valve cover, subframe, and battery tray; Locash Racing prototype breather tank w/-10AN hoses and fittingsfront and rear anti-sway bars; NEXT Miracle X bar; Function 7 subframe brace, lower control arms

Braking 4×114 OEM ITR front/rear disc brake conversion; Fast Brakes front rotors, rear rotors; Hawk pads; Wilwood master cylinder; RCG booster-delete plate, custom lines

Wheels/Tires 15×7 SSR Dori Dori 23; Toyo Proxes 194/45-15; ARP extended wheel studs; Project KICS lug nuts

Exterior Championship White paint; Mugen front lip; Vision driver’s side mirror

Interior Buddy Club bucket seats rewrapped w/orange stitching, shift knob; Nardi wood grain steering wheel; OEM Honda black interior swap, optional audio console, optional armrest

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How to Save A Bunch of money Getting That New Car

Even if you’re just saving a few bucks a month on a payment, we all want to find the best bargain we can possibly get. It’s our human nature to think like we’ve vanquished a enemy and gotten them to give us a deal they didn’t wanna give. Sometimes we’ll spend more on gas getting the deal than we will actually save, but the point is that we’ve argued our way into wealth by paying less that we initially thought we were going to. When buying a car, we all know there is room to negotiate the sticker price. The fact of the matter is that if they give you the deal, they’re making money and you’re getting the shaft. Every single time.

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So how can you get a great deal on a new car? Firstly, you have to do your homework. Not only where you live but also check out both nearby markets and also other places across the country. Before heading into the dealer, your plan is to be as informed as you can be about the vehicle you want. Don’t let any feature be a surprise, know it inside and out. You have to know the features that come stock on every car. For example, if they say that the car is going to cost more because it has a CD player, you will know that actually, all cars of that model come with a CD player- can’t sneak one past the old gipper.

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The way to do that is to call dealers before you actually go in. The worst thing to do is to show up at the dealer uninformed. Call the Nissan Moreno Valley and talk to a guy about the car you want. If they start gabbing about deals and ask you to come in, you should just hang up the phone. But take note of all the info they give you and then call Metro Nissan Redlands and ask tall of the same questions. IF there are any differences, things they claim Nissan corporate mandates that they can or cannot do, you know someone is blatantly lying. Then you can phone some other dealers and find out the truth – tell them you heard two different stories from different dealers and you can call them out on it.

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auto business, car sale, consumerism, gesture and people concept – happy woman with car dealer making deal and shaking hands in auto show or salon

When you have what you think are the options and all the info and the features you want, and you know the features and package you want, you can then go to the dealer and do the negotiating with an informed background. If you come prepared, the dealer will know that they can’t mess around with you. Remember, they know the behind the scenes facts, and if you show that you’re also knowledgable, they’ll know they’re dealing with someone who did research and won’t be fooled. They’re going to let you get the best deal you can get because they know thy have to at least just close a deal with you and then they can get that sale. Also when it comes to trading in a vehicle, there is so much wiggle room there, many thousands of dollars even. Use that to your advantage as well.

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Evasive Motorsports Honda S2000 – S2K V.2

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Twelve years ago, the name Evasive Motorsports didn’t command the type of respect that it does now. Over a decade of race development based on countless track hours, a business that continues to progress incredibly quickly, and a loyal customer base that’s grown exponentially year after year has undoubtedly helped to foster their current status that goes well beyond the Honda aftermarket. Actually, some might argue that their successful campaign of a highly developed and competitive Scion FR-S that Evasive Motorsports built in-house was their breakthrough build. To the Honda community, however, the Evasive name was elevated to a household level prior to the Scion project using this type ofaround the cover of Honda Tuning. Working with Evasive Motorsports from your very beginning, the team had set the Street FR class record of 1: 56.7 after besting the former champ, a Supra that had produced a 1: 57.711. The achievement was remarkable, especially when it absolutely was revealed that the car’s powerplant had never been opened and sported mere bolt-on upgrades along with a healthy combination of aero and suspension tuning-both areas that thewith all the first S2000 really wasn’t much of a secret at all. research, Theory and development and testing had culminated in a potent performer that, aside from a few custom touches, was comprised almost entirely of parts you’d find about the inventory shelves of their Santa FeCalifornia and Springs, storefront. Having reached their initial goal of making the record, the next step was, of course, to advance and go even faster. Working in conjunction with HKS to aid develop their supercharger system for the United states market, they jumped in to the forced-induction realm and when all was done and said, they topped their own record having a 1: 53.9. The icing on the cake was an announcement that Hot Wheels ended up being to immortalize the car in die-cast form, and they even designed an additional red version from thea whole lot success by using a build? Not surprising, the Evasive Motorsports crew felt like something was missing not long after the blue car had been shipped to its new owner overseas, though mike Chang of Evasive Motorsports says, We felt we had accomplished all of our goals with the car, so it was put for sale and we moved on to the next project. It appears simple enough. We merely started to miss having a fast Honda S2000 around the shop, so we figured why not build another? The color this time around around is always to mimic the red version that Hot Wheels put out. We thought it would be cool to obtainthe idea of the V.2 build came about, Evasive relied on the attributes who had brought them this far, never veering away from the group’s theory of obtaining a proper balance. Mike says, We’re always about building cars that represent an entire package. Our focus has always been on aero, suspension, and chassis setup more than anything else. Not unlike the original build, V.2 starts with an AP2 chassis and internally stock F22C heart. The same HKS supercharger kit that Evasive helped develop is bolted on, as is an HKS header, and EVS Tuning 70-SSP exhaust system. It’s more than enough to push the roadster around the track at breakneck speeds, though power output comes in at under 350 whp, which, in today’s peak number drunk import community, doesn’t sound like much.ZE40s and Advan AD08R rubber lie Eibach R2 coilovers with ERS springs built specifically to Evasive specs. Standard Eibach S2000 sway bars, J’s Racing roll center adjusters, and Mugen bushings complete a suspension package that’s been proven on course over and over again. Together with the added go and side-to-side defense come crucial braking needs, that have been met by aa major player within the Evasive Motorsports formula, aero was addressed much like those of the first car, albeit a little more on the mild side. This car could be even more ‘street’ than Ken’s blue Honda S2000 as that one had a custom, chassis-mounted rear wing, and a flat belly tray, although mike adds, The setup and philosophy behind the aero is the same. This version is going to be strictly street style so far as aero goes. We wished to prove that you can build a really quick car through the use of nothing but off-the-shelf parts. Again, Voltex aero was utilized and includes Suzuka front bumper, Version 1 side steps, flares at all four corners, and a rear diffuser. Mounted to the carbon-fiber trunk is a Voltex Type 2 GT wing and K1 Laboratory duckbill. The entire car was then vinyl covered with red by Aerowerks in order to match the new Wheels variant.

It’s the performance on the right track that has people shaking their heads in disbelief, as effective as the car looks. Having already topped their old Street FR Class record with a 1: 53.6, Evasive has their sights set on a new record, this time in the Overall Street class that’s currently ruled by an Evo. Mike adds, We’re hoping the car will go even faster for Super Lap Battle 2014. The present Street Overall record is really a 1: 53.we’re and 068 gunning for the this year… Continue reading

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2015 Porsche Macan – First Drive

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Highlights

0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds with Sport Chrono
Sports car handling
Excellent quality and comfort
Aggressive styling
Good off-road ability
Comfort for four people and luggage

Technology 400 hp 3.6L V6 biturbo engine or… | 340 hp 3.0L V6 birtubo engine | Standard PDK dual-clutch auto | Active AWD | PASM active suspension | Optional air suspension

Electronics Porsche Traction Management | Torque Vectoring option

+ Pros Excellent performance and handling | Wonderful interior | Good looks | It’s a Porsche

– Cons Options add up quick
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When Porsche announced the Cayenne back in 2002, you could argue the company deserved the flak it got from enthusiasts who were upset at the apparent dilution of the brand and rather dismayed by its challenging design.

Of course, sales justified Weissach’s decision and perhaps kept the 911 assembly lines open during the recession. However, you can’t help but think things might have gone smoother if they started with the Macan.

Undoubtedly, time has softened opinions, but still the Macan’s smaller dimensions seem better suited to the sports car company. Its lower weight also makes it a more convincing sport truck.

Obviously, the new Macan is a product of the lessons learned from the Cayenne, so it’s a stronger proposition from the outset. However, I’d suggest the new Turbo model is perhaps the first truly practical sports car Porsche has ever built (please address letters of dismay to the editor, Mike Febbo, who disagrees).

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You don’t want to talk about the Macan’s Audi Q5 genes around any Porsche personnel because they’ll take a swing at your ear. Very little of it remains, although the platform is obviously shared. Porsche’s designers and engineers did a thorough job of separating them.

Visually, the Macan appears far wider and lower, thanks to its 38-pound aluminum, clamshell hood that houses wide-set 911-style headlights. Then there’s the wide center air intake and brake ducts pushed into the corners of the front bumper; the claw-like strakes giving the car extra menace.

From the rear, the Macan has 911 Turbo-esque hips, with the narrow glasshouse flaring out around the 918-style horizontal taillights. The profile shows a sloping roofline, reminiscent perhaps of the company’s sports cars, while the trim insert on the lower door panels can be finished in black, carbon fiber, or color-matched to suit your taste.

In the right body color, with the black trim package and 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels, the Porsche Macan is an attractive car that will undoubtedly dominate the style-conscious crossover segment, outgunning the Evoque with more power, and being more distinctive than BMW’s offerings.
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The interior is typically Porsche and an interesting alternative to the aforementioned machines. The driver sits 2.75 inches lower than in the Cayenne, and you feel more integrated into the machine.

Where most manufacturers are taking the minimalist approach, the Macan cabin is still unashamedly button-heavy. The console is lined with a dizzying array of buttons that require you to take your eyes off the road for a considerable time when first searching for a particular function. Familiarity will inevitably alleviate the problem, and the styling is undoubtedly sporty in nature.

Yet Porsche has never been solely about appearance or style. Form follows function and, by definition, the Macan has to perform at the highest level. But how do you demonstrate the breadth of capabilities of a machine like this?

Fortunately, Porsche had devised a test that would let us go from city to freeway to canyon roads. We’d then climb steep, rocky hillsides and take high-speed laps of a demanding racetrack, sampling the Macan in almost every environment imaginable.

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Fitted with the optional $2,745 air suspension, the vehicle can be raised to increase ground clearance. It has a series of off-road traction and hill descent technologies that allowed it to tackle some very challenging terrain on the same tires we’d use on the track. The off-road button affected gear selection, traction control, and ride height, making it surprisingly adept in difficult terrain. Its ability to clear large ruts and straddle troughs was impressive, as was the way it found grip despite a very loose, dusty surface. We had the active all-wheel drive and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) systems to thank for our forward momentum and we can only imagine that, with the right tires, the Macan will be a useful tool in winter.

The same air suspension, when equipped with the $1,490 Torque Vectoring system, made the Macan unbelievable nimble on the handling course, being able to turn tightly at high speed without suffering understeer-something that wasn’t true of models without this technology. But at 4,300 pounds (depending on spec), some understeer is inevitable when pushed really hard. And yet, the most remarkable memory of the experience was the Macan’s agility. It really was like a taller, heavier car rather than a lowered SUV.

Our choice of engine would undoubtedly be the 400hp 3.6L V6 biturbo in the Macan Turbo. But with an MSRP starting at $72,300, and several of the well-equipped test vehicles exceeding $100k, the Macan S will inevitably be more popular.

Boasting a respectable 340 hp from its 3.0L V6 biturbo engine, the S starts at $49,900, which compares well to the $51,900 Audi Q5 3.0TFSI Prestige model.

If you’re going to buy the S, we advise you not to sample the Turbo. In fact, don’t go anywhere near one. It’s better looking with its deeper chin spoiler, and the performance is intoxicating. In fact, the Sport Chrono package fitted to the Turbo model will propel it from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Even the S will reach 60 mph in 5 seconds with the Sport Chrono pack, making it capable of terrifying the wife, kids, and dog!
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Although these cars will rarely find a racetrack, we couldn’t resist a few hot laps, and were extremely impressed at the Macan’s poise and stability. There were times when its weight was an encumbrance, but the optioned Torque Vectoring allowed you to hold a tight line and throw the SUV into turns with merry abandon.

The cars are equipped with staggered wheels to give the handling a rear-wheel bias for mid-corner balance. And it works, but again, it’s the ability of the Torque Vectoring that’s worth its weight in gold if you intend to drive the Macan hard.

The S model comes with standard, non-adjustable suspension, while the Turbo is equipped with Porsche’s PASM active suspension, which adapts to road conditions, creating a significantly more capable machine. Yet the optional air-ride is the ultimate solution for sports handling, being 15mm lower and seemingly better able to respond to hard cornering.

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The Macan is a handsome, capable, efficient means of transport that will do extremely well in the compact SUV segment. It brings oodles of class and delivers in every respect. Inevitably, it will become the ultimate family car for school runs, but it’s prowess is probably better suited to the 911 owner who likes to get away with the family, or sometimes needs extra cargo capacity for work.

Make no mistake, the Porsche Macan is a sports car with a tailgate. It will humiliate the vast majority of cars in any environment you care to name, and be more stylish, comfortable, and enjoyable.

The only thing I’ve found that comes close to the Macan Turbo would be the Range Rover Sport or BMW X5M, which will probably option out at a similar price once you’ve specified all the toys. It’s also the four-door, four-seat Porsche I’d choose over the Cayenne and Panamera.

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How to Save A Bunch of money Getting That New Car

Even if you’re just saving a few bucks a month on a payment, we all want to find the best bargain we can possibly get. It’s our human nature to think like we’ve vanquished a enemy and gotten them to give us a deal they didn’t wanna give. Sometimes we’ll spend more on gas getting the deal than we will actually save, but the point is that we’ve argued our way into wealth by paying less that we initially thought we were going to. When buying a car, we all know there is room to negotiate the sticker price. The fact of the matter is that if they give you the deal, they’re making money and you’re getting the shaft. Every single time.

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So how can you get a great deal on a new car? Firstly, you have to do your homework. Not only where you live but also check out both nearby markets and also other places across the country. Before heading into the dealer, your plan is to be as informed as you can be about the vehicle you want. Don’t let any feature be a surprise, know it inside and out. You have to know the features that come stock on every car. For example, if they say that the car is going to cost more because it has a CD player, you will know that actually, all cars of that model come with a CD player- can’t sneak one past the old gipper.

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The way to do that is to call dealers before you actually go in. The worst thing to do is to show up at the dealer uninformed. Call the Nissan Moreno Valley and talk to a guy about the car you want. If they start gabbing about deals and ask you to come in, you should just hang up the phone. But take note of all the info they give you and then call Metro Nissan Redlands and ask tall of the same questions. IF there are any differences, things they claim Nissan corporate mandates that they can or cannot do, you know someone is blatantly lying. Then you can phone some other dealers and find out the truth – tell them you heard two different stories from different dealers and you can call them out on it.

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auto business, car sale, consumerism, gesture and people concept – happy woman with car dealer making deal and shaking hands in auto show or salon

When you have what you think are the options and all the info and the features you want, and you know the features and package you want, you can then go to the dealer and do the negotiating with an informed background. If you come prepared, the dealer will know that they can’t mess around with you. Remember, they know the behind the scenes facts, and if you show that you’re also knowledgable, they’ll know they’re dealing with someone who did research and won’t be fooled. They’re going to let you get the best deal you can get because they know thy have to at least just close a deal with you and then they can get that sale. Also when it comes to trading in a vehicle, there is so much wiggle room there, many thousands of dollars even. Use that to your advantage as well.

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“SEMA 2014 Preview – Ballast Point Kia Sedona Beer Wagon “

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Ballast Point Kia Sedona Preview Details:

Kia & Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits create 2015 Sedona Beer Wagon

LGE*CTS Motorsports tasked with building the rolling beer tap

Project will likely sport a fishing theme

Other features include custom wood paneling, jockey box & room for 4 kegs

The SEMA Show is surely an unadulterated exercise in excess. This can be encouraged by the fact that it goes down in the city of Sin (Sin being an erotic dancer from Henderson). Do you need an all you can eat cheesecake buffet? You already know the reply toMany thanks, 2015 Sedona, for giving of yourself so that we could enjoy a frosty cup (or four) of Ballast Point beer.

Most SEMA Show feature vehicles follow a similar theme (among excess, not cheesecake). Brodozers lifted with increased reservoir volume than Lake Mead sprout up from the convention center floor like so many AT-AT walkers. These too are no doubt equally susceptible to the perils of the common tow cable. Guy. That is in the other end of the spectrum. You realize, the one that provides us all a bad name, rolling a hatch slammed on bags with theyou will find two more kegs back there.

Apart from creating some IG-worthy fodder that include the requisite hashtags – #lol, #wtf, #fail as well as even #wcw, if you’re into that sort of thing – exactly what do these builds do for the remainder of us? Nothing. Like an anime girl shipped to our doorstep, Kia has answered our prayers with not one, but two ambitious SEMA projects which provide us what we really want – ice beer and cream.to raise the roof, as they say.

Kia took the food truck and turned it up to 11 with these two builds. The Smitten Slinger is definitely an ice cream parlor on wheels that started life like a 2015 Soul EV. While the Ballast Point Spirits and Brewing Beer Wagon you see here was once an extremely refined, very luxurious 2015 Sedona using aJust enough room to get a designated driver, as long that driver isn’t us. Hey, somebody has to drink the beer.

Smitten and Ballast Point were founded on the same premise that Kia has placed on these functastic food trucks. By asking if there’s a better way to create something, both rejected the status quo. For Ballast Point, that craft began with a home brewing hobby that blossomed into an obsession to easilyTake a close look, those are three-inch strips of South African mahogany, painstakingly glue-lam’d together.

LGE*CTS Motorsports in San Dimas, California started from the same humble beginnings as a successful body shop that grew to create custom fabrications, restorations and all around wild builds. Today, most of the top manufacturers turn to LGE*CTS to turn their SEMA project dreams into reality. Kia’s dream of a 2015 Sedona beer wagon is grander than most, however.to complement the shape in the Sedona.

Because it’s out of our typical realm, explained Theresa Contreras, the project manager at LGE*CTS, this is definitely one of the most complex builds we’ve ever done. Typically we do paint, tires, suspension and wheels, and maybe a couple of modifications. This build is comprised of chopping off the roof, making new framework, etc. There’s a good deal engineering involved as far as the clamshell concept, with a wood top that opens up into apaint and graphics on a test panel to achieve the look she wanted.

A lot of their beers are named for fish with like-minded labels, for the reason that Ballast Point crew loves fishing almost as much as brewing. Theresa and also the LGE*CTS team continued this theme to theis ready for paint, while we’re ready to get a nap.

Joe Marino from Highline Cabinets created custom wood panels, starting with three-inch strips of South African mahogany, painstakingly glue-laminated together. The finished product feels and looks very nautical, like that of anyJust think, Theresa, only 200 more hours of the and you’re done!

In addition to being the project manager, Theresa is also the resident custom painter at LGE*CTS. When all is done and said, she will have put in a lot more than 200 hours of work to the custom paint that includes reproductions of much of the Paul Elder artwork from yourThis really is all impressive, but we really want to know how to get that tasty Ballast Point nectar through the Sedona into our bellies. To this end, the Beer Wagon will likely be equipped with a jockey box (essentially a cooler loaded with 120-feet of coil to chill the beer) along with a gray water tank. But the most important part is the four Ballast Point kegs residing beneath the taps.

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Favorite European Car Feature Builds of 2014 – Staff Picks

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At the core of european car magazine are the builders and owners of tuned platforms. With the end of the year knocking at our door we thought it time to reflect back on those select euro builds presented in print during 2014.

Below you will find, in no particular order, personal staff favorites, ranging from full-out supercar builds to people movers and upgraded retros. Since you willtime and money, I would be building something like this when we speak. I grew up trying to catch every glimpse of 90s DTM I could possibly find. Back then, the internet was barely existent and YouTube or torrents weren’t even a glimmer in a nerd’s eye; DTM was as exotic as it reached a American car fanatic. This M3 brings all of those feelings rushing back. As I think e30s are getting to this point where you really have to weigh a factory correct restoration next to a performance build, I’m glad Sean went the way from thesteering wheel 02

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Choice 2: John Mendoza’s 2011 Porsche GT3 RS

Issue: May 2013

Reason: “This is near how I would build a GT3 if I had the funds. I needed a 911SC in white, with a full cage and racing seats, so this would feel like the place to find me. I like the clean simple approach to tuning, the admission that this factory does things properly and sometimes you have to leave things alone. That doesn’t make them better.?, even though you will find certainly faster 911s out there?visual appearancewhile they come. It’s a bit of a cheat to pick one story about two cars, but if we had to select from them it’d be Camarador’s M3-aping E91 – so baller, he has two different sets of E88s for his grocery getter.”is an additional one of those shoots that I had the chance to be a part of. Alex Bernstein and I hopped in this RS4 Converted S4 at 7am and drove out to the middle of nowhere for this particularfor 2 very simple reasons: 1) Big things DO come in small packages and two) Euro’s always get extra points within my book when swapped correctly. This little 135i was transplanted using a heart of the lion. As an alternative to trying to extract the most level of power through the 3.5 Turbo engine, the owner made a decision to raise the badass level and put in a 4.0L M3 V8! An ASA supercharger then bumped power to 600hp. Add to that a killer cage, and some epic Recaro’s and you have my dream Euro build. On top of that, everything works: A/TC, radio and Cin the street as well as attestament to having your cake and eating it too. It’s a cleanly modded Euro that we would proud to cruise and roll-up in, plus giving me the utility for all thehead to space and also the Aventador appears like it can take you there. I really like Lambo: from white Countach to SV Diablo. This year I had the opportunity to track one of these $400k hypercars, under instruction, and it blew me away. Add in Vorsteiner carbon aero and forged wheels and also thisin the street is fun…but sooner or later after logging the miles creature comforts take larger priority. This wild R8 looks as fast as it is but also retains an upgraded stereo, backup camera and AC. It strikes a tuner-centric balance between white-knuckle date and excitement night cruiser.

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Tips To Keep Your Car Running Better For Longer

For the majority of the time our cars take us to wherever we want to go without a hiccup – they take us out and they bring us home without any trouble at all. It’s little wonder then that we tend to take things for granted after a while. It’s well worth remembering however, that even the most trustworthy of vehicles relies upon us to complete a few basic maintenance steps in order to help them run better for longer.

If you remember these top tips it will not only help your vehicle to last longer but also cut down on repair bills in the future and ensure that your vehicle is safe and reliable for the long term.
Read the Manual . . . Then Follow The Instructions – every new car is supplied with a manufacturers manual and although nobody can force you to follow the advice it’s a really smart thing to do. The manual will tell you the recommended maintenance tips for your specific car including:
• How often you should change the oil, and how to do it
• The color and levels of fluids
• The type of fuel which should be used for your particular vehicle
Keep An Eye On Your Tires – auto manuals will also have recommendations about how often your tires should be rotated. You need to check over your tires regularly to make sure that they are at the correct pressure and that have sufficient tread for them to be safe. This not only gives you a smoother ride but also can help to maximize fuel efficiency and reduce the risk of suffering with a blowout.

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Driver Broken Down On Country Road

Read the Signals – you need to learn how to listen to your car and recognize when things are not quite right. Listen out for unusual grinding or squeaking noises which could mean that your brakes need checking. If your steering wheel gets the shakes even when you are driving along smooth roads it could also be a sign that something serious is going on. It’s important that you don’t ignore these pointers, address them as soon as you notice them because if something feels wrong with your car then there probably is something wrong with it.
Be a Good Driver – good drivers are kind to their cars. They don’t treat them like race cars and see if they can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a couple of seconds. If you set off slowly it causes less strain to the engine, change gears smoothly and don’t brake too hard which can cause damage. Everything should be smooth and slow in order to get the best out of your car for longer.

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Keep it Clean – and that means on the inside and the outside too. The outside of your car can become a carrier for lots of debris including dirt, bugs and hot tar during the summer time and salt during the winter time. All of these things will have a detrimental effect on your car over a period of time including both the motor parts and the structure of the body. Keep it clean and tidy inside and out.

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Just following these very simple tips can help you to get many more years and many more miles out of your car, as well as help it to retain a good re-sale value.
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“Andretti Autosport VW Beetle GRC – Racing Bug “

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It’s not every day a Volkswagen Beetle goes flying with the air. However, during one September weekend in Los Angeles, rallycross fans were treated to just this type of sight. It was the seventh and eighth round of your Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC), where Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross unleashed the auto on which its pinned its hopes for next year and beyond: the VW Beetle GRC. It’s not just a literal leap, but also a figurative one from the beginning of the 2014 season, when the team fielded two Polos rented from a Swedish team, Marklund Racing.The thought was to make use of this year like a learning process to build up the team and infrastructure. The driver choices were an excellent start: Scott Speed (the last American Formula One driver and experienced NASCAR racer) and Tanner Foust, Top Gear U.S. co-host, renowned stunt driver, rally driver, and drifter. Foust has enjoyed considerable success in this series, having been champion for the first two years and runner-up last season.

Speed won his first-ever race in GRC at the beginning of last year’s season, prompting what was meant to be a one-off drive into a full calendar and scoring another victory toward the end. “”I adore (racing in GRC),”” Speed says. “”It brings me back to as i was racing karts being a kid. The cars are simplyduring the X Games in La in 2010 and began its first full season in the year 2011. The 2014 season ran 10 main races, all in the United States-except for the opener, that was part of the Top Gear Festival in Barbados.

A typical race weekend includes practice then qualifying for several six-lap heats of four cars, allowing drivers to earn a bonus point or three based on where they finish. Right after the heats come the two semifinals. The top three from each semifinal advance to the main event. The remaining cars get into a Last Chance Qualifying (LCQ) session, where the top four move on to the final.

All of the tracks, ranging in length from half a mile to some mile, are temporary. So, there’s a variety of layouts with dirt or tarmac surfaces, a signature jump, and a “”joker”” lane. The joker lane tends to have a faster inside line that adds a level of strategy, as it can only be used once. Leading drivers tend to take it in the first lap to extend their advantage, and some wait to work with it as their very best chance for a late pass.

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944 Tuning

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A Porsche for the Masses.

We have a few Porsche owners among our members and quite rightly so, the 944 offers good amounts of fun in a great price.

All 944s are good, practical cars. 2.5s are the common ones and are easiest for home mechanics. These come with 160bhp as standard but not much tuning potential. If they get it wrong, the 2.7 engine was better but has some specific parts which are expensive.

The more modern 3.0ltr S2 is certainly a good all rounder and entry into Porsche ownership. 211bhp standard so plenty for most people. If you wish tuning potential though then your turbo model is the ideal solution. Originally 220bhp first of all, then in 1988 they did the 250bhp S model which became a standard model in 1989.

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A highly regarded ‘sweet spot’ for this engine is around 330bhp. Achieved fairly reasonably (should spend around £2.5k) and is reliable. After this you begin changing turbo’s and Maf kits etc and also you jump to 400bhp for another £3k ! There are 600bhp cars on the market! !

Some of our members have used Porsche engines in other projects including a Morris Minor and a number of Classic VW Beetles so there are plenty of mods that you can do to a Porsche engine. Boosting the handling must be your first priority in your 944 tuning project. Drop the car by as much as 35mm and fit stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances.

Turning our attention to the 944s engine we need to get a bit more power out of the top end.

Following our techniques for tuning your 944 you are going to end up with a practical scorching hatch that will embarrass bigger cars.

When looking at a condition, history and car is more important than mileage (they are all at the very least 18-27 years old these cars! ) Sills are notorious for rust, blocked drainage tubes are also rust traps. Belts, rollers, tensioners etc ought to be done every four years along with water pump every other belt change.

Porsche 944 Tuning modifications.

One of the best mechanical mods you could do is to fit a speedy road cam and get your head ported and polished. When pushing within the power you will have to pay attention to the fueling. More power needs more fuel. Enhance your cars response to the throttle with a Fuel pressure boost valve. Uprating the injectors is another beneficial modification and will deliver sufficient fuel. A fuel pump will only deliver a finite amount of fuel, so you may want to uprate this.

Porsche 944 Intake and Exhaust.

Now we move on to the exhaust and intake and ensure proper flow with the engine. Induction kits work nicely on turbo engines and larger engines, for the smaller 944 engines you should go with a sports panel air filter. Do not go with the largest exhaust you can get – the ideal for power gains tend to be between 2 to 2.5 inches but this largely depends upon the engine you have with your 944.

An effective fast road power clutch will help to keep that power going where it should. If power has been increased by 30% or more, never skimp or expect a standard clutch to cope. Remaps offer significant power gains on all turbo charged 944’s. On NASP engines the benefits are doubtful, and can help unleash the potential in case you have done a great deal of mods. Adding forced induction will see big power gains but normally, this is too expensive to get cost effective.

Superchargers are generally easier to add than turbos. It is harder to map a turbo because the boost comes on exponentially with engine speed. Superchargers however will offer a boost which can be proportional to engine speed so is simpler to map. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to reduce the compression ratio of the engine.

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Porsche 944 Wheel modifications.

The benefits of alloy wheels feature a lower unsprung weight and a lot more efficient brake cooling. The downside to large alloy wheels on your 944 is that you alter your effective final drive ratio and this will possess a detrimental impact on performance. They will also weigh more and this unsprung weight is not good for handling. We know some of our members go larger than this with no problems., although for this reason we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 18 inches

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