Shave And A Haircut: How To Go About Cleaning Up That Mess Of An Engine Bay

There’s nothing like a shave and a haircut to get to yourself feeling new and fresh, so why not apply that same logic to your car? No one likes lifting their hood to a rat’s nest, especially a judge who’s ticking off a score sheet. With less attention being shown to what’s under the hoods at some shows these days, shaving engine bays and tucking wires away seems to have become something that’s slowly being forgotten, so we thought it would be best to revisit the topic. This time, we enlisted the help of Jean-Francois Bernard of InTech Performance, in…

Audi Sport Limited Edition Audi R8 is an Aesthetics Package Only

When Audi’s Quattro division changed its name to Audi Sport, they announced that some new models were on the way. Debuted at the New York Auto Show, the Audi R8 seems to fall into the sub-brand’s wheelhouse with the reveal of an Audi Sport Edition of the Audi R8. However, despite the sporty name, the limited edition R8 doesn’t feature any bolstered performance figures, but rather a flashy cosmetic makeover. Immediately noticeable is the addition of a liberal dose of red. The R8’s signature side blades and mirrors get the same high-gloss red plaint treatment that the brake calipers do.…

McLaren Is Reportedly Considering A 2+2 GT Model

During the Shanghai Motor Show, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt got onto the topic of a four-seat GT McLaren model, which he hinted at while talking to press. While careful not to reveal any official plans, he did hint that any future GT model from McLaren would remain a two-door. “It could be either Sports Series or Ultimate Series and I could see the GT further enhance its usability and further move in that direction if that vehicle could have at least a 2+2 configuration,” he said. “We’d look at it, see if it’s what the market wants and see if…

DKM MS Series Twin Organic Clutch Kit

The DKM MS Twin Disc Clutch Kit are designed to hold 100 to 200% more torque capacity to the wheels with sprung organic discs. The two organic disc setup provides additional contact surface area for higher torque capacity and longer life cycle. Each kit is comprised of a pressure plate, organic discs and steel flywheel. Additional parts such as pilot bearing/bushing, throw-out bearing (are included when applicable) and alignment tool are also included. Style vary by application. Applications: German - VW, Audi, BMW MSRP: $1295.00 USD http://dkmclutch.eu…

Overtake Saikou Rear Differential (High Power Version)

For owners of modified GT-Rs that frequent the circuit, the limits of the OEM differentials have become points of frustration. Overtake’s Saikou Diff was created to fix these problems, and create faster lap times for high power GT-Rs. The Saikou Diff is produced by Drexler Motorsports, using their decades of DTM, WTCC, and Formula experience to Overtake's exacting specs of improved circuit performance, at no compromises for the GT-R. MSRP: $5295.00 USD http://gt-rr.com http://www.bulletproofautomotive.com…

Prosport JDM Series 52mm Wideband Air Fuel Ratio Gauge

The JDM Series (Japanese Dual Movement) gauge by Prosport is one gauge that will display Amber & White Analog & Blue Digital at the same time. It utilizes the latest Bosch wideband O2 sensor with a 5-wire heated LSU 4.9. Featuring a Dual color (amber, white) Analog readout in the center of the gauge with trailing LED's around the outside of the scale plate AND a Blue Digital display for immediate reference to AFR. This is a complete wideband kit. Gauge, Sensor, plug & play harnesses, weld in bung and mounting cup. MSRP: $209.00 USD http://prosportgauges.com…

Vipdout VIPtrays - Signature Line

Vipdout has brought back real wood into car interiors! Vipdout offers over 150+ different finishes and exotic woods. Here is a Walnut Burl Type1 Signature Line Viptray with their Double Diamond stitched Beige base with White stitching to match the rest of their handmade interior products. Quality is second to none, and the products are amazing in person! (Photo by Nick Rico) MSRP: $450.00 USD http://vipdout.com/shopping…

Varis 2017 Version Magnum Opus Kit for R35 Nissan GT-R

For 2017, famed Japanese aero parts manufacturer Varis debuted their Magnum Opus carbon fiber aero kit for the highly-revised 2017+ Nissan GT-R. Varis is one of leaders for high-quality aftermarket aero parts, and their pieces are renowned specifically for their OEM-like fit. The kit includes a front lip spoiler, front double canard set, side under skirt set, rear side diffuser set, as well as a revised version of their popular vented hood, specifically to match the 2017 GT-R’s sharp lines. http://gt-rr.com http://www.bulletproofautomotive.com…

Varis Japan Arising-I Aero Kit for 2017+ Toyota 86 (Kouki)

For the 2017 model year, Toyota refreshed the ZN6 86 / GT86 with a completely new front end, as well as other small exterior tweaks. In step with these updates, Varis promptly got a hold of one of the updated cars and worked their magic. The result, a completely new aero kit for the updated hachi-roku. The Arising-I kit includes a front lip spoiler, side skirt set, rear diffuser and rear wing. Also fitted to the Varis demo car is their popular vented Cooling Bonnet [hood]. http://varis.co.jp http://www.bulletproofautomotive.com…

2017 Tuner Battlegrounds Championship

The annual Tuner Battlegrounds Championship competition provides automotive enthusiasts with an opportunity of a lifetime - to compete against other passionate enthusiasts in North America* for the ulitmate award: to be featured on the cover of PASMAG. Hundreds of enthusiastic competitors register each year but only 1 will be left standing. Seeding for the 2017 Tuner Battlegrounds Championship begins immediately, and inclusion and placement for the Top 64 depends on votes earned throughout the 2017 Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE Season. The #TBGLIVE competitors will be seeded 1 to 32 in relation to their total number of votes accumulated in the 2017…

Back In The Game: Steve Nodarse's 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

Steve Nodarse spent a long time as a truck and low-rider enthusiast before arriving where he is today. After a hiatus from modifying vehicles, Nodarse is back in the game with a cool custom Corrado. “Every show or meet I went to I always saw the Jettas, GTIs, and Golfs,” he tells us. “I rarely ever saw Corrados, but when I did see one, it always caught my eye and my interest. I just liked the look of it and always thought if I ever build something, that would be the car.” [As seen in PASMAG issue #140] Fast-forward to…

Step Up: Mark Berentson's 2008 Lexus ISF

Mark Berentson is one of many enthusiasts who were inspired by the likes of Paul Walker and the crew in the first Fast and Furious movie. It wasn’t long after that when he built a 1989 R32 GT-R powered by a 2JZ. Unfortunately, that Skyline was the victim of a highway incident, and was subsequently totaled. Berentson didn’t let that get him down, and now it’s on to the next one. Since then, he has picked up the 2008 Lexus ISF, and gone down the inevitable modification path. “My original intentions were to just leave the car alone and daily…

JL Audio C5 653 Component Review

Any avid car audio enthusiast knows that the choice of loudspeakers for your system is perhaps the single most critical decision of the system design. It’s a well-known fact that the speakers you choose make more difference in the final sound of the car than any other component. For anyone who is looking for true high fidelity loudspeakers, the JL Audio brand is almost always near the top of the list. What began way back in the 1970s as a fun hobby for Jim Burch and Lucio Proni (JL Audio, get it?), grew into one of the world’s most respected…

Morel Virtus Nano 602 Speaker Review

Every once in a while you come across a product that simply defies logic and makes you re-think everything. The Morel Virtus Nano 602 shallow-mount speaker system is such a product. First of all, “shallow” doesn’t begin to describe the incredibly thin profile of the 6.5-inch woofer. Think about this: when I mounted the woofer in a 0.75-inch-thick baffle it did not protrude through the back of the baffle. Now that’s shallow! The actual mounting depth of the woofer is an incredible 0.67 inches or just 17 mm! In fact, the woofers are so thin that as soon as I…

JL Audio RD400/4 Amplifier Review

If you are one of those people who think all amplifiers work and sound the same, the folks at JL Audio and I have news for you; they don’t. Not only are there big differences in amp designs (even within a specific topology), the sonic signatures of some of these amps can be as different as chalk and cheese. Case in point are the RD series of amplifiers from JL Audio featuring their NexD switching technology. The RD series of amplifiers offer perhaps the best value of any amp in the JL Audio lineup, and are designed to meet the…

QVIA T790G Dashcam

The QVIA T790G is a top of the line 1-channel dash camera featuring a Sony IMX322 sensor. The 1080p HD resolution gives the user the ability to distinguish even the smallest details on the recorded footage. The QVIA T790G also features Wi-Fi connectivity so you can view, edit and record with your smartphone or computer (Windows, Mac, iOS and Android compatible.) The dash cam also features built-in GPS for added security and peace of mind. Industry-leading storage capacity; up to 256 GB. MSRP: $209.00 USD www.importel.com…

Philips X-tremeVision LED Fog Lamp

Philips X-tremeVision LED Fog Lamps are direct replacements for vehicles equipped with H8, H11 and H16 halogen fog lamps. Delivering extremely bright, white 6000K light that perfectly match the color of Xenon and LED headlights, these advanced LEDs are great for a wide range of late model vehicles. SafeBeam technology eliminates glare to other drivers by delivering the same beam pattern as standard halogen fog lights. MSRP: $149.99 USD philipsxtremevisionled.com…

Momento M5 Dash Camera

The Momento M5 dash camera adds up to 270º of surveillance coverage at the front and rear of your vehicle. All footage is captured in stunning 1080p high-definition resolution with a Sony Exmor-R sensor that improves image stability and low-light visibility. Watch incident footage on the camera's interactive LCD or on your desktop computer. MSRP: $299.99 USD http://momentocam.com…

Formula Drift Round 3: James Deane Takes Back the Lead with the Event Victory

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Road Atlanta, home of the inaugural Formula DRIFT event 14 years ago. James Deane in the Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240 takes the victory to regain the lead in the chase for the championship. “This event showcased the global talent within the Series,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Each round has been highly competitive and with only three events remaining it will be exciting to see how it unfolds.” The Advance Auto Parts Round 3: Road to the Championship was…

Holley LS Fest: West 2017

Holley LS Fest has become the go-to event for fans of GM’s high performance do-it-all LS engine platform. For 2017, Holley introduced an additional LS Fest event – LS Fest West on May 5th at the world famous Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada! If an LS based (or current generation LT) engine is powering your ride or if you are considering a swap to LS power, this is your event! Race cars, street rods, muscle cars, trucks, late models, drift cars – you name it, if it is being powered by an LS there…

Hot Import Nights: Hawaii

Hot Import Nights presented by Valvoline returned to the Neil Blaisdell Exhibition Center for their annual HIN Hawaii event! With an action-packed weekend including POWER 104.3 radio interviews, PC Gamerz Tournament, and an epic boat party, HIN took the island of Hawaii by storm. Drag Tech Racing showed up with brand new builds to take home the coveted Hottest Team Award while Chris Calimlim’s wide body Toyota Supra – made up of 80% carbon fiber – took home the Hottest MOD’s Award presented by Valvoline. From domestic to import, low riders to lifted trucks, either your ride has 2 wheels…

FR-Slow No More: Vortech V3 Supercharger FR-S Install

Performance Installs
There’s a magical moment when you get into your new FR-S or BRZ for the first time, where you’re convinced you’re behind the wheel of the pinnacle of simple sportscar engineering. The car is light, nimble, and above all, a blast to drive. “Never mind what the haters have to say about a sportscar with only 200 horsepower,” you say to yourself, grinning away. And for quite a few of you Toyobaru Twin owners out there, you’ll stay happy with that for quite some time, laughing your way down twisty lanes. There are also those of us out there who…

Engine Swap 101: Haute AG's Infiniti V8 Swap

Performance Installs
As car enthusiasts, we have all thought about our dream car, on several occasions. Along with that, some of us have also dreamed about the perfect engine inside of our favorite chassis. So, what does it take for that dream to become a reality? Luckily, we have some of the necessary steps it takes to get your project to go from paper to pavement. In this write up we will be referencing an LS V8 swap into an Infiniti G35 Coupe. Keep in mind that this is strictly a guide, however all of the planning and approach should be carried…

Neo-motorsport Coil-Over Install

Performance Installs
The Scion FR-S offers a true sportscar experience at a very affordable price point and is complimented by aggressive styling. For those looking to enhance and tighten up the handling of this coupe, there are a variety of aftermarket options available. One such company is NEO Motorsport, which offers a complete coil-over suspension kit. NEO’s passion and motorsport experience ensures that all of its products are tried, tested and true, both for track use and daily commuting. The following is a step-by-step guide for installing this fully-adjustable (ride height and dampening) suspension system on the FR-S. 1. Lift vehiclePrepare vehicle…

Spot The Differences: Apr/May 2017 (#142)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our April/May 2017 #142 issue. Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle at…
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Spot The Differences: Formula Drift 2017

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of the official 2017 Formula Drift event program, available at all 2017 Formula Drift rounds (see schedule). Can you spot the 10 differences in these photos (left and…
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Spot The Differences: Trucks, 6th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Trucks 6th Edition issue. Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle at…
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