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HKS Introduces New V3 Supercharger Kit for FR-S and BRZ

Industry Press Release

HKS, the iconic Japanese performance parts manufacturer, is announcing the introduction of its new V3 Supercharger Kit for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.

The V3 Supercharger kit includes some significant changes over previous versions. The inlet pipe has been redesigned to have a larger inside diameter, allowing for more airflow. The restrictor plate has also been removed.

MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championships Presented by Motul, Round 5&6 Coverage plus 7&8 Preview

by Clint Boisdeau

With the final race weekend of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul coming up quickly in less than 2 weeks, we are due for a much needed recap and what the teams have been busy working on in preperation for the final round of the season. Let's take a closer look at the last race weekend which ultimately shaped the close championship points chase. 


Ciao Bella: Part 2 – More Italian F1 GP, Rally Cars, AMG Driving Academy, and more!

by Pablo Mazlumian

We're back with our second report from the Italian GP week, including Formula 1 and WRC Rally car tech, as well as our experience at the AMG Driving Academy at the Franciacorta race circuit, driving some real fast AMG cars.  Plus, we include an "on location" movie trivia question we're not sure anyone will get!


Plastic is Fantastic – Part 5, the Eagle Has Landed

by Jonathan Spiegel

In installment 4 of the Polystrand GT-Lite Project, we made our deadline and had the car ready for a couple of trade shows. Granted, we had some issues that we needed to take care of – we checked the rulebook, and it turns out the wheelbase was a bit too long – and the rear of the unibody was found to have been pushed over to the left about an inch from an on-track incident in the CRX’s storied past. In addition, since we made so many changes, the rear portion of the cage was no longer tied in to anything structural.


Project 5.0 Mustang. Improving the Breathing With Ford Racing and Cooling with CSF

By Mike Kojima

In previous installments of our Project Mustang we had installed most of the common bolt ons for our 5 liter Coyote engine.  We had gotten a pretty decent boost in power but we had noted that our power would really fall off at higher RPM, more that what we thought a free breathing 4 valve motor should.


Ciao Bella: Part 1 - Italian F1 GP, V.Rossi's GP bike, Alfa Giulia, and Magneti Marelli stuff!

by Pablo Mazlumian

We're sent to Italy on a trip of a lifetime and get to experience the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Monza.  In this first of a two-part series you'll see plenty of tech stuff, including Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike, Magneti Marelli racing parts, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, and more!


All-New Super Twin SPEC Clutch for 2005-2010 S85 BMW M5/M6   

Industry Press Release

SPEC, Inc introduces a revolutionary new Super Twin multi-disc clutch and flywheel assembly for the E60 M5, E61 Touring and E63/E64 M6.   

These units are specially designed to install with the standard BMW re-learn process and, after future rebuild or replacement with a SPEC unit, NOT require a new re-learn process.


AEM Releases Direct-Fit 320lph E85-Compatible High Flow In-Tank Fuel Pump

Industry Press Release

AEM Releases Direct-Fit 320lph E85-Compatible High Flow In-Tank Fuel Pump for Honda Civic/S2000, Acura Integra, Mitsubishi EVO/Eclipse, Subaru WRX, Scion FR-S/tC and more! Two versions available with and without mounting hangers for drop-in fitment with no additional modifications.


Building the Ultimate Turbo Small Block Chevy-Part 1

by Mike Kojima

The Small Block Chevy is a dead outdated hunk of iron that is best left to old guys puttering around restoring muscle cars in their garages, or is it?

The venerable Small Block Chevy was first introduced to the motoring public in 1954 and was installed on the assembly line until 2003 and is still in production as a replacement motor.  This means that the good old small block has been around for 60 years, making it one of the longest lived and most produced engines of all time with over 100,000,000 being built to date.


7 Steps to Build a Successful SEMA Show Car

by GTChannel

Veteran SEMA Show car builder John Pangilinan tells us what it takes to build a successful SEMA Show Car in just 3 minutes.


Tested: Socal Supermoto!

by Khiem Dinh

Riding on two wheels is fun. It can be even more so when there’s something besides human power motivating it. Throw in some dirt, as playing in the dirt is always more fun, and you have supermoto bikes. I wanted to try my hand at riding a supermoto bike so I made the trek out to Riverside, CA for an event with Socal Supermoto.


Supercharging the Nissan VQ35DE with Vortech!

by Mike Kojima

The Nissan VQ35DE in all of its variations is one of the best six cylinders on the market, light compact and smooth it has a lot of potential for modification. The VQ35DE and its variants in the VQ family is found in the G35 and 350Z.  Although the VQ is a nice performance engine, in the US market it is only available in naturally aspirated form.  Naturally aspirated limits your power, especially when you are talking about a streetable engine on pump gas. 

In our search for more power we decided to try another direction: supercharging.  For our test mule we used a G35 coupe which already had a lot of the basic bolt ons. To this we applied Vortech's bolt on intercooled VQ35DE kit.  The Vortech kit is a relatively easy bolt on and has the advantage that if installed exactly as is, it is a CARB approved 50 state legal system with an EO number.  This is a huge advantage if you live in California or any area that requires smog testing for registration.


Sneak Peek- A look Inside Mad Mike Whiddett's Radbul MX-5

by Mike Kojima

A few weeks ago we got to get a close look at the car that we think is perhaps the most radical and innovative drift car ever built, Mad Mike Whiddett's Radbul Mazda MX-5.  After a 5 year absence, Mad Mike is back on the US drift scene with a car built for today's exceedingly competitive Formula D environment. 


vw thug lifeIN THE NEWS: VW Cheated on the EPA Test - Cool or No?

by Jeff Naeyaert

So if you haven’t already read it on Jalopnik, VW just got busted by the Environmental Protection Agency today for programming software in the ECM of nearly half a million TDI diesel models from 2009 to 2015 specifically to cheat emissions testing when on a dyno!  READ ON...


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