Throughout The Car Industry
“To showcase the performance capabilities and aftermarket potential of its innovative three-door coupe, Hyundai has teamed up with ARK Performance to transform Veloster into a sleek and sporty rally car.”
Finally a car company comes out with a press release that doesn’t require distilling and translating and—as I’ve heard Brits say—“mucking about.”
I don’t usually “phone in” my articles, but, as it turns out, those nice folks at the Car Company Nobody Saw Coming pretty much did my work for me. It continues…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auto Shows, Special / Limited Edition, Concept Cars
Tags: Hyundai, Veloster, sports car, tuner, tuned, ARK, performance, aftermarket
Once in a while I get a letter from someone asking a question that typically says, "I love my car—it gets great mileage, but from time to time I find myself in situations where a little extra power would sure make a big difference. How can I get more power from my engine?" Sometimes you need more power to go up an especially steep hill, get onto a fast moving highway, or simply to avoid hitting or getting hit by someone. If you've ever seen Steven Spielberg's first film, "Duel" you'd know what I mean. This was a movie about a sinister tanker trunk, which, for no apparent reason, tries to get a guy driving a Plymouth Duster off the road.
My typical response has usually been, "Sell your car and get another one." That is the easiest way to get a faster car. However, that is rarely possible, so this week, I'll outline what steps you can take to get a little more ooomph from your engine from the least expensive to the most.
A spark plug is one of the three indispensable items an engine must have in order to run. The other two are air/fuel and compression. Of these, the easiest to change or modify is the spark plug. You’ll often see ads in some automotive catalogs about some super-duper type of spark plug that will give you more horsepower and better mileage. Most of these don’t work and are a waste of money.
I have to admit that wheels make the vehicle. Take any car or truck, put a set of nice wheels on it and—presto!—you’ve got a vehicle that stands out. It’s especially true if your car originally came with wheel covers. Some wheel cover designs are visually interesting, to be sure, but they still look like what they are—pieces of painted plastic.
Some cars, of course, already come from the factory with aluminum wheels. You’ll find that practically every top-of-the-line model from every car maker is equipped with eye-catching wheels.
But, if you are not the proud owner of one of those vehicles, and you want to add some pizzazz to your drive, then a nice set of wheels will make a tremendous difference. Not only will your car look better, but it will perform better too.
There are a bewildering variety of wheel designs to choose from in various widths, diameters, colors, and finishes. It’s easy to make an expensive mistake here.
With winter just around the corner and the possibility of heavy snowfall, the question arises—do you need a dedicated set of winter tires? The answer is, it depends. It depends on how bad this coming winter will be and how often you must drive in the snow. Purchasing a set of winter tires is an expensive proposition; on the other hand, it’s the best way to go if you don’t want to end up in a ditch.
If you’ve ever taken a really close look at your tires, you’d probably noticed lots of letters and numbers on the sidewalls. There’s lots of information there and the best way to explain what they mean is to decode the most important numbers found on a tire. In our example, we’ll use 205/65R 15 89V.
Tags: tires, tire, tread, side wall, rim, treadwear, tread, rims
Billed as offering 1,000 vehicles and featuring “Muscle Cars and Corvettes, Open to ALL Collector Cars,” Mecum’s September 15-18 St. Charles sale is named for the Illinois city that’s home to its sale’s base at the Pheasant Run Resort.
With that many cars to offer, the fact that there’s nearly 60 Chevy Camaros of almost every stripe on sale might seem statistically insignificant. But if you’re in the market for a special edition—or just special—Camaro, having 60 of them in one place at one time (OK, the sale’s three days, but still) is an opportunity not to be missed.
For this installment I’m starting where the Camaro’s original timeline ended, with Mecum’s offerings of limited-edition Camaros built from 1993 to 2002. We’re talking eight Pace and Anniversary cars, including FOUR 1997 30th Anniversary Edition Z28 coupes. Speaking of which…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Camaro, Chevy, Chevrolet, pace car, auction, sale
Think that you stand behind the work you do? You may change your mind after watching this video clip.
Trent Kimball, president and CEO of Texas Armoring Corporation, an armored car outfitter, had a particularly hard day at work. Actually it wasn't that hard, it was just kind of scary as hell.
In attempting to "redefine what it means to stand behind his product," Kimball put on his safety glasses, got behind one of his bulletproof armored windshields, and let one of his employees fire away with an AK-47 assault rifle. This, despite the disclaimer at the end of the video that there's no such thing as 100-percent bulletproof glass. Scary stuff.
Kimball did live to tell the tale, with three shots spider-veining, but not penetrating, the windshield glass. Shards spraye everywhere, but it appears that the backside of the windshield is still fully intact.
If I were Kimball, I might have gone with something a little less potent than an AK-47—a paintball gun, perhaps. But luckily for us, Kimball sacked up and made a great piece of video.
Researching and navigating to your destination just got a little easier for GM owners—at least those GM owners whose cars are equipped with OnStar. GM has a brand-new app that makes identifying a destination and programming it into your car more seamless than ever.
A new function of the OnStar RemoteLink app lets OnStar users find addresses via Android and iPhone devices and then send them wirelessly to the navigation system. So instead of having to research the address on your phone and then punch it into the GPS—or wading through the points of interest just hoping the destination you need is listed—you can find the address and zap it with one simplified process. The app lets you store up to five addresses, which can be accessed via voice command.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Technology
Tags: apps, GM, technology, OnStar, RemoteLink, safety, iPhone, Android, Droid, iOS, navigation, smart phones, hands free
Over the years, I’ve bought parts from a number of automotive recyclers (junkyards) with excellent results. You can too! Considering the price of new parts, especially when you consider the cost of a brand new part, it makes good sense to get a used part. Why? Because you can save a lot of money, you’re helping the environment by recycling, and it can be fun, too. Of course, it depends what you’re looking for.
There are differences in junkyards. Some will let you wander through rows and rows of dead cars. Some won’t. Typically, if you’re looking for a specific part, call ahead and ask if they’ve got it. Some of the better organized ones inventory their parts while others will tell you they think they’ve got it in the “back” somewhere. Again, it depends what you’re looking for.
Of course, there is risk involved, depending on the part. You might spend a lot of time installing a part, only to find it doesn’t work. Even though most places guarantee the part (so you can exchange it), you’ve still invested a lot of time. There’s also the risk of injury if the part doesn’t work so it definitely doesn’t pay to buy certain junkyard parts. Let’s take a look at some of the parts and the risk you may be taking:
Rolls-Royce had a problem. Turns out that so many of the people that bought new Rollers wanted to spend untold riches right away on “personalising”—as the Brits say (or at least spell)—those cars that the firm couldn’t keep up.
And as Rolls-Royce isn’t about to turn away (over)paying customers, what else could they do other than expand the operation that handles such matters. Known in Rolls-speak as “Bespoke,” it is the department that converts your cubic Dollars, Pounds, Euros, etc. into the customized—I mean personalised—Rolls-Royce of your dreams.
As the saying goes, “All it takes is money, honey…”
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Exotics
Tags: Rolls Royce, Bespke, custom, luxury, personalising, Phantom, Ghost