2016-2017 SASC Winter Driver Training »

This weekend, the Southern Alberta Solosport Club (SASC) held their first Winter and Ice Driving School for the 2013 season and we were invited to check it out.

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.


August 19th, 2016

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It’s been over 10 years since we last got a hatchback version of the Civic in North America. Civics at that time, and still are, developed as an economical car. With it’s simple design, lightweight body lending well for fuel economy, the last hatchback also made for a perfect platform for weekend racers. Now, 10 years later, Honda is bringing back the hatchback to their Civic lineup.

The major difference, the car is all grown up. Gone are the boy racer looks and in comes a more sophisticated car to suit the masses. The new Civic hatchback has lost some of the edge which was presented in the concept form. Typical as cars make their way into production, the soon to be for sale version isn’t quite as aggressive in styling, but it still maintains those chiseled lines. This will suit the car well should the Civic also get a Type R version.


August 10th, 2016

the rock

Dwayne Johnson is easily identifiable as one of those individuals who have the highest level of work ethics and a laser beam focus and drive to perfection. Just look at his relentless drive on perfecting his physique, and watch some of his online motivation videos. So when you work with Johnson and don’t bring your A-Game, you will be called out. And Johnson did so publically.

He took to Instagram, where he has a huge online following, to vent his frustrations with his male co-stars on the movie Fast 8. Johnson used the online platform to call out his co-stars as “candy asses.” These words were directed at his male co-stars, but he had nothing but praise for his female co-stars. Johnson alleged that the male actors were unprofessional and lacked professionalism while on set. He doesn’t call out specifically who he was targeting his words towards, but does say that the behavior on set was making his “blood boil”.


August 10th, 2016

le bug show

The Le Bug Show is one of Europe’s largest, if not the largest, aircooled Volkswagen events which spans over three days at the legendary Spa Francorchamp race course in Belgium. The Spa track is typically home to Formula One cars travelling at over 200 mph. This past weekend in August, it was overtaken by cars that can barely make it up and through Eau Rouge. But what a sight to behold.

The show attracts the best of the best aircooled from all around Europe. From home garage builders, to the top notch shops all putting their spin on creating the fastest, lowest, oldest, rustiest Beetles, Buses, Karman Ghias and other rare Volkswagens. The show not only has a amazing showcase of cars in the car show, but it brings together all the aircooled gear heads for a huge swap meet event to help car owners find those rare OEM parts to keep their cars on the road.


August 10th, 2016

fca zf transmission

The company ZF is finally issuing a recall on their transmissions which have received numerous complains of unexpectedly shifting into neutral. The recall will impact over 500,000 vehicles in the US and will expand further from there. Although many automakers use the ZF transmission, only FCA has participated in this recall campaign thus far. The problem is a result of a poorly produced crimp on the transmission’s wiring harness which ZF is issuing a software update recall to fix the problem and not doing an actual fix to the crimp.

This latest recall campaign by FCA is in addition to the ongoing ZF transmission recall that’s related to a poorly designed shifter where owners accidently leave the vehicle out of gear thinking they actually selected “Park”. That particular recall has resulted in a number of injuries and one death of actor Anton Yelchin.


August 10th, 2016

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Bisimoto has made quite a name for themselves over the past few years in the US. The company has been known for their freakishly powerful creations. To name a few, they’ve created a few 1000 plus horsepower cars like a 70s Porsche 911, and a Honda Odyssey which packs ample amounts of power to tow around the kids and grab groceries. Not only does Bisimoto create gut punching powerful cars, they also do it with unconventional platforms. So dabbling in the untouched territory isn’t something new for the company.

Now they are prepared to work on another Porsche project, but it will sure ruffle a few feathers now that they released a statement that the car will be powered by a Hyundai powerplant. You heard that right, the company is ripping the legendary Porsche drivetrain out of the car and dumping in the heart of a Hyundai. Well, it isn’t just any engine, it’s their V6. As odd as this combination sounds, I must admit it sounds like another mad scientist creation about to happen. Lets just say we don’t expect the power output to be any where near stock and it should be something quite wild when its done.


August 10th, 2016

VB Exhaust

The name Balboni by itself might not ring a bell to many people out there. But linking it with the brand Lamborghini and immediately you are met with the great Valentino Balboni who has been test driver at Lamborghini for the past 40 years helping the brand create some of the most highly sought after supercars in automotive history. Baboni has since retired from the brand, but that hasn’t stopped him from being connected to all things Lamborghini. With his wealth of experience of everything Lamborghini, Balboni is now creating his own company specializing in the development of aftermarket components for Lamborghini.

His company, named VB, will be creating limited production pieces for modern day Lamborghinis. First up was a set of titanium exhaust for the Lamborghini Aventador LP-750 SV which was debuted at the Concours d’Elegance. The masterpieces are hand designed and created and weighs in at a mere 13.8 pounds. VB will be making a limited run of 30 units and prices have not yet been announced. But judging by the 350 labor hour it takes to create these works of art, expect the to put a nice dent in your wallet.


August 9th, 2016

possible-porsche-cayenne-coupe

It seems like all manufacturers today are getting into the SUV game. And for those who have been in it for a while, they’ve dabbled into the cross over space. So it’s not surprising that Porsche is trying something new with their Cayenne and created a coupe version of the SUV. The vehicle does have a sleeker profile with the sloped roof line.

Testing photos have made their way onto the internet that show’s Porsche’s new car without much camo to hide away what there are designing. On the outside is where most of the changes to the Cayenne is happening. While the inside, specifically in the engine compartment, things will likely stay close to what we already know.

Development of the new car will continue to move forward and we’ll likely get more details from Porsche when the release date of the vehicle gets closer. For now, we know that a refreshed Cayenne is up and coming, so the coupe version will more than likely come with the next set of major updates for the Cayenne.


August 9th, 2016

camaro zl1

Chevy’s Camaro ZL1 is amongst a limited breed of muscle cars that are making its way to the top of the North American powerhouse food chain. The ZL1 puts down a solid 650 hp, sprints to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds, and covers the quarter mile in a mere 11.4 seconds. This puts the Hellcats right in its targets, and we are awaiting more details on Fords’ GT500 which looks to be in its development and testing phase right now.

The new Camaro ZL1 will be offered with a few optional packages which allows buyers to choose different powertrain, suspension, and driveline packages. The ZL1 will be a potent competitor for other manufacturers with it’s combination of power and track focused design. According to Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, “You’ll be hard-pressed to find more track-capable cars in their respective classes for the money.”


August 9th, 2016

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Volkswagen’s dirty diesel scandal has mainly been on their 2.0 TDI motor. We have heard that their 3.0L V6 diesel motor was also being investigated for having a cheat software installed. Specifically, vehicles using the company’s 3.0L diesel motor has been installed with a software that turns off emission control equipment after a predetermined period of time.

So far, the 3.0L diesel engines are not part of the larger recall and buy back program which recently got approved and solidified at Volkswagen. That program is restricted to their 2.0L diesel motor only. How customers will receive compensation for this scandal is yet to be determined as Volkswagen will need to come up with a fix and recall plan for those impacted vehicles as well.


August 9th, 2016

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Faraday Future has one sole purpose, to be the number one EV manufacturer in the world. The compay recently made a big move bringing in Peter Savagian, former chief engineer for General Motors’ EV1, to help lead the company’s powertrain division. As the head of engineering and operations for Faraday, Savagian will be responsible for development on all powertrain items, battery, and related high voltage systems.

Savagian has his share of experience in the EV world having lead the EV division at GM when he joined back in 1998. Before joining Faraday, Savagian was the General Director of the Electric Drive Systems and New Products Development division at GM.

Faraday has continued to build their empire from within by first getting all the right people on board to help the company achieve its vision. Judging by the talent at the company now, we know there’s a lot coming in the future from this company.

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