350HP Volkswagen Scirocco From Sportec

Thursday February 19th, 2009 at 6:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Sportec VW Scirocco

Dear God, that’s a lot of horsepower for a car this small. Not to mention it’s all going through the front wheels. The torque-steer must be massive … and fun! What we have here is VW’s latest Scirocco that has been tuned by a Swiss outfit by the name of Sportec. So much for the Swiss being a bunch of buttoned down boring bankers huh?

Does this sound boring:

A sports suspension, alloy wheels rims and engine upgrades that boost the 2.0-liter turbocharged output from 240HP to 350HP. And the torque? How about a massive 354 lbs/ft in the top of the line version?

Sportec’s engineers modified the 2.0 TFSI’s supercharger, ran some updates to the ECU and ditched the stock exhaust system with one that breaths better. for looks, they added a carbon-fiber engine cover . On the handling front, they developed an in house sports suspension that drops the coupe 35 mm, and stuffed 20-inch alloy wheels shod in 245/30 high-performance sport tires into the wheel wells.

Of course they fiddle with the interior. 4-part floor mats made of soft velour and a multi-part carbon interior with the Sportec logo, nice, but it doesn’t make the car faster.

So, fill me in VW, have you made up your mind about bringing the Scirocco to our shores? It’s on again, off again, on again … I can’t keep track. If you’re not, you should. And if you do, send me the contact info for Sportec, will you?

Source: CarScoop

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Jlevi Steetwerks BMW 335i project car – Enter the dragon

Thursday February 5th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: Derek

In June of 2008, the team at JleviSW.com embarked on a new project car – code name, “Red Dragon”. Keeping the aftermarket scene in mind, they chose to modify the extremely popular E92 335i, as it had significantly higher production numbers than the nascent E92 M3. Furthermore, having thoroughly enjoyed their VF Engineering Supercharged E46 328Ci, the team was simply unable to resist the temptation of a Twin-Turbo Inline 6, and immediately saw the immense potential of this tuner car. From the outset, the goal was clear: the company would showcase its expertise and product line in an effort to inspire customers, inviting them to share in every step of the process.

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820 Hp Turbo Upgrade For Nissan GT-R From South Side Performance

Thursday January 22nd, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

south side performance turboIn the land of aftermarket “tuning” there’s no such word as excessive.

Or so it would seem when it comes to South Side Performance and their 820 hp turbo upgrade for Nissan GT-R. Obviously what the GT-R lacks is power, right?

The tuning firm, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, of all places, is offering a set of upgraded stock turbochargers for the GT-R that could boost output to 820 hp when used with other unspecified performance mods.

The technical details go like this: You swap out the stock turbos’ center section with a remachined compressor and turbine housings, (sized 68mm and 53.8mm, respectively, in case your interested). The aluminum compressor wheel is good for up to 32 psi of boost. Yikes! Counterintuitively, the swap appears to be a simple bolt-on affair since the basic hardware is the same. South Side Performance says the turbos make more power at stock boost levels and provide a linear power band throughout the rev range. Right. Color me skeptical, but I’m betting the throttle response is like a light switch.

If you’re interested and have $6,499 for the upgrade, you can get the GTR820RR kit from GT-RR.com who distributes the kits for South Side. Owners can send their stock turbos for the upgrade, and the approximate turnaround time of one week.

Best of luck explaining this to your wife, your judge and/or your insurance rep.

Source: AutoBlog

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B&B's VW Eos 500HP V6 Turbo

Thursday January 15th, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

VW EosVolkswagen’s Eos is not the first car you’d think of if someone were to say the words “frighteningly fast” or “outrageously overpowered”. No, you might think of words like “I’d like it more if … ” or “flight attendant”.

But if you hand over the VeeDub’s drop top to the lunatics at B&B, you’ll be saying more than “WOW!”

B&B is a German tuning firm with a long and storied past. The first gained attention for modifying all sorts of German iron, Porsches, Mercedes, BMWs etc., to put down huge amounts of HP and they also got known for making some custom retractable hardtops decades before anyone had thought of it.

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Smart Car Safety: How Does It Rate?

Thursday January 15th, 2009 at 7:11 AM
Posted by: goofshow

2009 Brabus smart fortwo 112Hey smart car—how smart are you? Since the late 90’s, thousands of smart cars found homes in European towns, villages, and sometimes apartments, before steering their way (smartly mind you) on to our roads. Lately, I’ve been seeing them pop up in abundance, navigating on our streets of San Francisco. Well, the U.S. roads are about to get even smarter next month when the Brabus-tuned version of its fortwo hits the roads in February 2009. Yes, microcar fanatics you’ve heard it hear first (except, of course if you’ve heard it elsewhere before this moment). Sure the car looks like a Fischer Price toy—but hey, who doesn’t love Fischer Price toys?

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Hot Rodded Hybrids

Tuesday December 9th, 2008 at 12:1212 PM
Posted by: tonyb

prius hybridFinally!

Look, I think of myself as a pretty eco-aware, green guy. I was born & raised in a part of the world that invented gorp and REI and looks like something from Lord of The Rings. I got no problem with saving the environment from our own greed and stupidity.

I’m also, ironically, a car guy. I got no problem with things like the Prius and the Tesla (especially the Tesla), but jumpin’ Jerry on a pogo stick, if I see one more “green alternative” car that’s little more than a golf cart with pretensions, that can’t do more than 40 MPH or drive across town without needing a charge, I’ll have to start drinking. More.

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Gemballa Avalanche 600 GT2 EVO

Monday June 2nd, 2008 at 11:66 AM
Posted by: Derek

Gemballa Avalanche 600 GT2 EVO

The German tuning firm, Gemballa, is offering a new kit for both the GT2 and the Porsche Turbo, in the form of the Avalanche 600 EVO. As the name implies, Gemballa has coaxed 600 hp (not to mention 619 lb.-ft. of torque) from Porsche’s turbocharged flat-six through the use of a new intercooler, race exhaust and a retuned ECU. The race to 60 mph is accomplished within a few heartbeats or 3.5 seconds. The top speed has been increased to 199 mph.

The body kit consists of the Avalanche body kit, a GT hood, Avalanche front skirt with additional cooling openings, GT2 front spoiler lip, GTR EVO tailgate skirt with diffuser and hot air outlets and GT2 EVO rear spoiler.

Of course power is nothing without control dynamics, thus Gemballa also fits a variable ride height coilover suspension and a performance brake system with 380/350 mm or 405/380 discs. Inside you will find plenty of aluminum details, sports steering wheel (F1 shift paddles optional) and a leather interior overhaul if your donor vehicle didn’t have it already.


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Dinan teaser

Thursday June 7th, 2007 at 8:66 PM
Posted by: Derek

Steve DinanYesterday I got the rare privilege to tour the Dinan R & D facility in Morgan Hill and meet the mastermind behind the operation – Steve Dinan. The knowledge gain about Dinan’s business operations and Steve’s personality was invaluable and a great learning experience.

It was an incredible tour while trying to absorb all the daily activities that take place at Dinan. From the design and testing of new products to the in-house manufacturing capabilities, I was impressed by the amount of work involved to produce and sell a world-class product. Dinan’s basic philosophy is to build and sell a product that is straightforward to install and improve a car’s performance without any compromises or sacrifices. This means that your car is going to run better than when it came from the factory with no issues after the product is installed and no check engine lights.

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