Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 Tire Review (One week in)

Ah, November; the transitioning month for all Canadian auto enthusiasts where we all must choose whether to drive on through, or give in to vehicle storage for the coming winter. Personally, I prefer to slap on some snows because my car is a blast to drive in the winter, but I always procrastinate putting away the summer tires and nice wheels. The past few Novembers have actually been fairly mild and allowed those of us to enjoy driving our pride and joys for just that little bit longer. Now, Cooper Tire, it seems, has given us even more of an…

Baja Blast: Valvoline, Cummins, And A Couple Drifters Take On The Baja 1000

You know those moments you have when you’re sitting around with a couple friends and come up with some crazy idea and think about just how cool it could be to pull off? According to John Nachdigal and Michael Wedding, project leads on Valvoline’s newest exciting endeavor, that’s exactly the spark that started the building of two trucks to compete in the infamous Baja 1000. “We were sitting around a cafeteria table one day – there were about four of us – and we were talking about all sorts of racing,” recalls Wedding. “Our Vice President of Technology, Fran Lockwood,…

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: More Torque, Horsepower On Deck

When it begins landing in dealerships late this year, the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will boast more horsepower and torque – and better fuel economy! – than its predecessor. All of these gains are coming from the switch to a smaller engine, with Ford swapping out the 2011-14 era 6.2L V8 (411 hp) in favor of a 3.5L twin-turbo high output EcoBoost V6. Despite being smaller, the EcoBoost V6 will deliver a decent bump in horsepower (450) and leap in torque (510 lb-ft.), the latter representing a 76 lb-ft. increase over the V8 (434 lb-ft). As is the case…

Cerwin-Vega Mobile SRPM1100.5D Amplifier Review

Anyone who has an interest in audio will be very familiar with the name Cerwin-Vega. The Cerwin-Vega Mobile brand has continued the 50-year legacy of delivering high performance audio products to the most demanding customers. Now, in addition to the regular car audio products, there is a line of marine/off-road oriented amplifiers. Known as the RPM series, for Recreation, Powersport, and Marine applications, these amplifiers have been designed and built to stand up to the rugged demands of the marine and off-road markets. This time we’ll be taking a closer look at the five-channel SRPM1100.5D amplifier, designed to be the…

Axxera AVN6446BT Multimedia Receiver Review

You’ve been saving for that epic road trip for months and getting your car ready for the adventure of a lifetime. As usual, money is tight and you need to stretch the bucks as much as possible. Having good music along for the trip is essential, and it would be nice to have navigation to easily guide you through strange new places. Lucky for you, Axxera has just what you need to make your trip fun and stress-free. The new Axxera AVN6446BT is a feature-packed double-DIN multimedia receiver that’s great for any budget. FEATURES Built around a quality 6.2-inch TFT…

JVC KW-V820BT Multimedia Receiver Review

If you are a dedicated iPhone user, the JVC KW-V820BT should be right up your alley. The new receiver from JVC includes Apple CarPlay so you can control most of your iPhone’s functions directly from the unit’s 6.8-inch TFT screen. FEATURES AND FUNCTIONS The KW-V820BT is a double-DIN chassis DVD receiver with all of the expected bells and whistles. The design of the receiver is very smooth and, with the exception of a power button, there no hard buttons or bright chrome trim that scream “steal me.” When powered off, the unit non-descriptly blends into the dash. With the power…

Spring Break Nationals 2017 at Spring Turkey Run in Daytona Beach, FL

By popular demand the 31st Annual Spring Break Nationals Car Audio Expo will be held at the Daytona International Speedway on March 24-26, 2017 in conjunction with the Spring Turkey Run, (STR) a car show that draws in excess of 15,000 consumers. According to SBN Founder Paul Papadeas, “This move makes a lot of sense. We’ve been talking about doing this for years. With our industry’s demographics skewing to a more mature audience and further away from the youthful male, STR is a great place to breed consumer awareness. Car guys in attendance from the southeast region and beyond come…

Hot Import Nights 2016: Houston, TX

Gillman Subaru’s Hot Import Nights presented by Valvoline returned to Houston, Texas, with a sold-out event of 14,024 in attendance at NRG Center on Saturday, December 10th. The final car competition of HIN’s 2016 year featured 306 vehicles - the top vehicles and car teams, who showed up in full force. Javier Rodriguez took home the Best of Show award with his impressive Infinity G35 and Ducky Tysdal took home the Hottest Performance Award presented by Valvoline with his 1,230-whp twin-turbo LS-swapped Genesis. The Suicide Stage filled the massive hall with electrifying visuals, DJ battles by DJ Pri Yon Joni,…

StanceWars 2016: Houston, TX

After two years of planning and lots of hurdles, StanceWars finally made a show that wasn't on the West Coast, and it just happened to land in Houston, Texas. How do you take the vibe of a really cool car meet and turn that into a car event? That’s what StanceWars is all about. If you've seen the hundreds of videos on YouTube, you get a sense of what they're trying to accomplish: amazing cars, different locations, and just plain fun. At the event, the Top 100 were spaciously setup underneath the freeway. All the cars that came close to…

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: Tuning 365, 4th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Tuning 365 (4th Edition) issue (available on newsstands in January 2017). Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the…
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Spot The Differences: Dec/Jan 2017 (#140)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our December/January 2017 (#140) issue (available on newsstands in November 2016). Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10…
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Spot The Differences: Ultimate Performance Guide, 4th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Ultimate Performance Guide, 4th Edition (available on newsstands in October 2016). Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the…
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