2015 McLaren 650S – Exotic Redefined »

In only a couple of years, McLaren has created an exotic that raises the bar on the competition.

F1 For the Road – The Ferrari F50 »

It’s not often one gets handed the keys to a million dollar car. Well in this case, about 1.6 million, but who’s counting.

Performance Redefined: Nissan GTR »

The Nissan GTR is a bit of an enigma. It’s one of the rare few that satisfies more than one personality traits. It’s nearly untouchable at the Ring, only beat by the million dollar Porsche 918 when counting series production vehicles.

Life Lessons, Courtesy of Mercedes »

Before we start, I need to apologize for being late. Partly due to real life getting in the way, but mostly due to the fact that I struggled to write this.

Canadian JDM Invasion – Honda Integra Type-R »

This week, I had a chance to check out NRGie’s 1996 Honda Integra Type-R. While GTRs have dominated the JDM imports, the ITR is a bit of a hidden gem out of Japan.


May 5th, 2016

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Nurburging lap records is the bragging rights for all manufacturers. There’s a number of classes you can select to participate in, so Volkswagen brought out their all new Golf GTI Clubsport S to have their try at the front wheel drive production car record. Well, as the saying goes, they came, they saw, they conquered setting a blistering record lap time of 7 minutes, 49.21 seconds.

The GTI Clubsport S was designed with one purpose in mind, track time! The car is 66 pounds lighter than the regular GTI Clubsport thanks in part to a light weight battery, and light weight manual transmission. Unsprung weight at each corner is lightened by an additional 22 pounds with the use of aluminum brake covers. Light weight wheels at each corner continue the weight saving theme. The Clubsport S also packs a hefty 305hp and 280lb/ft of torque which helps around the track. Going fast also requires a balance to slow down when you need to and thanks to special brake pads the GTI Clubsport does that very well.

The Golf GTI Clubsport S will be produced in very limited numbers, 400 to be precise. So if you are lucky enough to get them in your country, Canada and the US are not among the lucky ones, you better grab one quick.


May 5th, 2016

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Those who buy Fords all new Focus RS typically are performance freaks. That said, a large majority of Focus RS owners will likely purchase the car, drive it for a few months, get comfortable with the car, then the bug bites hard and the craving for more power kicks in.

That’s where renowned tuner Mountune comes in. They are well known for their abilities to massage power out of the Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST, and now they have a host of upgrades that are available for the new Focus RS. The only catch is that the initial parts list form the tuner will not generate more power, but rather help the driver better utilize the factory power. Parts like silicone boost hoses for the turbocharger, high-flow air filter, upgraded rear engine mount a short-shift linkage, and a Quaife limited-slip front differential are all available to give the driver more direct connection to the car, and to allow the car to more directly transfer power to the road.

Engine performance upgrades are going to follow shortly as an ECU upgrade is already in the testing phase. But if you can’t wait, you can go to Mountune’s website and start picking up the currently available parts and start to appease that pesky modifying bug.


May 5th, 2016

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A concourse condition classic Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 can command prices north of $200,000. However, when you find the same car but not in concourse condition, or very nice condition, but a hepatitis inducing condition, you might be able to score one for a relative steal.

The Shelby-tuned Mustang fastback you see here has just 55,000 miles on the clock. It did its run as a factory demo vehicle back in the 70’s and then it was stored away. The problem is with how this car was stored, which apparently looks like it was sitting under a deck without a cover and just rotted itself away over the past few decades. But it is all original and like many muscle cars of its days, can be restored back to its former glory.

Now I did mention that the price for a model like this could be a “relative” steal. That’s because even in its current condition, Bonhams auctioneers still expects it to sell for between $90,000 and $120,000. The owner is not putting a reserve price on the car so the prices really is going to be dictated by interested parties in the room, and on the phone.


May 5th, 2016

takata

Takata has been in the news for quite some time now because of their faulty airbag inflator crisis. The information that has come from the company in the past has pointed to a degraded airbag inflator which can explode with excessive force during a crash and shoot shrapnel into the cabin of the vehicle. Millions of these inflators are in cars which are being recalled as the automaker and regulators determine which cars on the market are impacted.

Now, after lengthy testing and searching, federal safety officials know the exact cause of the deadly shrapnel shooting inflators. Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said “ongoing investigations have determined that a combination of time, temperature fluctuations and moisture make chemicals in the airbag inflator degrade. The science now clearly shows these inflators can become unsafe over time. When the airbags deploy in a crash, the damaged propellant burns more rapidly than intended, and over-pressurizes the inflator’s steel housing causing fragmentation.”

So far, the faulty inflators have been responsible for 13 deaths and over 100 injuries. People who have older cars and live in hot, humid areas are at the greatest risk.


May 5th, 2016

mclaren f1

The McLaren F1 is undisputedly the most iconic high performance supercar of the 90’s. It was the car that was on the posters hung up on the walls of teenage motorheads. Funny enough that the same supercar is now being kept alive by a 20 year old computer that is less sophisticated than the iPhone you have in your pocket.

It was recently disclosed that the McLaren needs to be hooked up to an obsolete Compaq LTE 5280 laptop which contains a custom car in the computer which interfaces with the F1 to run all the engine diagnostics for maintenance. The problem is that particular laptop is no longer manufactured and the interface card is no longer available which creates quite the maintenance nightmare.

McLaren realizes that this is clearly a problem and they are working on updating the F1 so it can interface with modern day computers.


May 4th, 2016

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It has been 20 years since his death but you can still buy some of his new music today. And that’s not all, if you are a Tupac super fan and collector of his memorabilia, then seeing Tupac AM General H1 go on sale must surely get your blood flowing.

This particular vehicle is the last vehicle Tupac every purchased. Over the years, it has traded hands quite a few times. First it was raffled away by BET during one of their sweepstakes. Later it changed hands privately a few times before ending up with its current owner here in Canada.

Now it looks like it may trade hands once again at the RR Auction between May 12 through the 19th. Tupac memorabilia always goes for a premium and this Hummer is expected to be no different. Initial guess is that it’ll hit six figures before the hammer drops on this very rare piece of history.


May 4th, 2016

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Shooting brakes, or wagons as we know it in North America, isn’t a big market that the automakers have tapped into as the demand by customers is really calling for more SUVs. This makes Porsche’s announcement that they will be brining the Panamara Shooting Brake to North America that much more interesting.

According to Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Cars of North America, he says that “We have to have some patience for the wagon to arrive in the U.S. But we are confident that this car will be well received here, despite the fact that this country doesn’t really like hatchbacks or wagons.” Zellmer goes on to hint that the Panamara Shooting Brake may find its way to dealership as early as 2018.


May 4th, 2016

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Fiat’s all new 124 Spider is a brilliant little car. The small little convertible has a sporty visual appeal and a sporty underpinnings to make it a fun little car to boot around in. The 124 Spider packs a 1.4L turbo four cylinder motor that produces 160hp and 184lb/ft of torque. The Abarth version get a slight power bump up to 165hp.

The official pricing has been released by Fiat and it’s a very tempting starting rate of $25,990 USD with the Abarth pushing the price to $29,190 USD. Interested customers can choose between various trim levels for an additional cost.

Either way, the Fiat 124 Spider is a beautiful little car which packs just enough power to make it a economical but fun drive!


May 4th, 2016

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Carbon fiber is a super light weight material that’s as light as a feather but as strong or stronger than steel. But its still no match for a trunk of a tree as a new owner of a McLaren 650S recently found out the hard way. The owner took delivery of his brand new super car, and not 10 minutes later introduced it to the local trunk.

The McLaren was spotted with its entire front end shattered to pieces after colliding with the tree. It should go without saying that poor control of a 641 horsepower car and a heavy right foot is probably a poor combination of things to happen. What more, when the car can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3 seconds, drivers really don’t have that much time to react when they don’t know what they are doing.


May 4th, 2016

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International Vehicle Importers in Ontario, CA have been bringing Nissan Skylines to American customers for some time now. Let’s be clear here, I’m not talking about the current Nissan GTR that anyone with enough cash can buy from a dealership. I’m talking about those ultra exclusive first generation Hakosukas, R32, R33 and R34s all of which were never brought to the US by Nissan.

So what makes this such a sad story is that a fire broke out at one of IVI’s locations and all 24 Nissan R32 GTRs they had in stock were destroyed by the inferno. Even more unfortunate is that the owner, Sean Morris’ two shop dogs were also lost in the blaze.

Cars can be replaced, and Morris actually has other warehouses full of GTRs, but the loss of a mans best friend is something no money can buy.

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