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|Interview with Doug Mitchell of Fever Racing Tampa, Florida||
Doug Mitchell of Fever Racing takes a few minutes to speak to Automotive Addicts about the incredible cars he is building at his Tampa, Florida based custom shop. Fever Racing has been repairing, racing, building, and tuning Nissan’s for over 20 years. The shop also does ground breaking performance and one of a kind fabrication work. The in-house dyno allows the shop to custom tune Nissan, Infiniti, and other import cars. Fever Racing is not your typical shop, not only do they take care of the Tampa locals, but they specialize in working on cars for folks all over the world! You can ship Fever Racing your car and they will post detailed videos and photographs as the work is being completed.
In the interview Doug tells us about the amazing custom work that Fever Racing is doing on vintage Datsun and late model Nissan, Infiniti, and yes, 300 horsepower golf carts. You’ll have to listen for yourself!
4715 N Clark Ave, Tampa, Florida 33614
|A 300 HP Ford Focus ST Is John Hennessey’s Daily Driver: Video||
John Hennessey’s company, Hennessey Performance Engineering, specializes in making fast cars go a lot, lot faster. It also builds the Venom GT supercar, which may be the best example of “too much horsepower” we’ve ever seen. As the head of the company, you’d expect Hennessey to pick a Venom GT, a 1,000-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V or perhaps a Ford F-150 Velociraptor as a daily driver.
Instead, Hennessey’s ride of choice for the work week grind is a Ford Focus ST. If this sounds like blasphemy, Hennessey manages to construct a solid argument for the hot hatch; it’s (relatively) good on gas, serves up plenty of room for hauling stuff, and it’s fun to drive, especially with a few Hennessey enhancements.
After a few weeks of driving the car in stock form, Hennessey and his crew designed a high-flow intake (good for about 13 horsepower to the front wheels) and a custom ECU reflash (good for about 27 horsepower and 40 pound-feet of torque) to give the car a bit more thrust. Looking for a bit more sound (and another seven horsepower), Hennessey bolted on a Magnaflow exhaust system, too.
The net result is a car that’s still practical, yet even more fun to drive. As the legendary tuner explains, the car will spin its tires through second and into third gear, and now makes “about as much horsepower as I’d want to drive,” at least in a front-wheel drive car.
If you have a Focus ST of your own, Hennessey Performance Engineering will sell you its HPE 300 kit, containing the intake, ECU reflash and custom badging, for a reasonable price of $995. That doesn’t include the stainless steel Magnaflow exhaust, (which Hennessey sells for $695), but we’d want to bolt one up just for the improved sound alone.
Interested? Head on over to Hennessey Performance Engineering for complete details.
|A Preview of BenSopra Nissan GT-R In ‘Fast and the Furious 6′ Movie w/Video||
The upcoming sixth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise has kept us playing guessing games as to what type of performance cars we will see in the movie. With a movie cast basically carried over from Fast Five, we already know what to expect from the human acting department. What we can now confirm, thanks to MotorAuthority, is one of the other stars of the Fast and the Furious 6 movie is a Bayside Blue BenSopra Nissan GT-R with a whole trick-bag of aftermarket modifications.
SP Engineering, the infamous tuning crew responsible for turning out 1,000+ horsepower Godzilla’s will be the turner of choice for the Nissan GT-R movie star, which will feature a respectable 685 horsepower and 603 lbs. ft. of torque. Of course in Hollywood numbers those figures could be exaggerated to well over 1.000 horsepower.
The fine details of the upcoming Fast and the Furious 6 movie have been sketchy at best, although, we should expect to see a Subaru BRZ and an onslaught of other highly-sought after vehicles in the most recent highly anticipated car movie.
Fast and the Furious 6 will star Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris and Dwayne Johnson. The movie is set for a release date of May 24, 2013. Look for the first movie trailers to be released in the coming weeks.
|MORR Wheels Project Judgement Day Spices Up 2013 BMW M5 w/ 21″ Wheels||
MORR Competition Wheels is making their mark known by featuring their Project Judgement Day 2013 BMW M5 sporting a set of their new 21-inch MORR Multiforged MS5.2 Wheels.
What you see here isn’t your ordinary 2013 BMW M5, it has several tasteful modifications making it truly unique and visually pleasing to not only enthusiasts, but whoever can appreciate a really good looking vehicle.
Although the new 2013 BMW M5′s aftermarket game is just starting to see the light of day, it has launched into hyper speed with new projects like Judgement Day.
Quick 2013 BMW M5 Modifications list
• 2013 BMW F10 M5 Individual
• 21″ MORR Multiforged MS5.2
• KW Variant III Coilovers
• Akrapovic Evolution Titanium Exhaust (Carbon Tips)
• Black Side Fender Grilles
• Black Front Kidney Grilles
• Color matched Reflectors
• BMW Individual Azurite Black
• BMW Individual Platinum Interior
For additional information on MORR Competition Wheels or this particular vehicle, please contact sales@MORRWheels.com.
|Matt Farah Drives A 350 Horsepower Scion FR-S: Video||
While we like the Scion FR-S and its fraternal twin, the Subaru BRZ, as much as anyone writing about cars, we’d also admit that we’d like it even more if it had more power. Despite a 30+ horsepower advantage over the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Toyotabaru coupes feel slower to us, and – dare we say it – less precise.
That’s what the aftermarket is for, and to be fair, the Scion FR-S was always intended to be a blank canvas. Give enthusiasts a solid (and affordable) base to build from, and the end result is limited primarily by budget and imagination. The FR-S built by VCMC and Shift Autosport for Canada’s Scion Tuner Challenge is a prime example of this, as the end result is both fast and relatively affordable for a race car.
How fast? Farah doesn’t spit out numbers like 0-60 or lap times, but he does give it praise for its velocity and its balance, and Matt Farah is a guy you can trust behind the wheel. Thanks to a Full Blown Motorsports turbo kit pushing nine pounds of boost, the engine is putting out some 350 horsepower, which translates to about 320 at the rear wheels. “Run more boost,” most people would say, but that is going to impact engine life unless you beef up the internals. Besides, more power translates to more heat, and this particular FR-S still needs development work in the cooling department.
As for the “how expensive” part, the car costs around $25,000 new, and the engine, aero and suspension work have added roughly $20,000 to the tab. If you’ve priced new race cars lately, for any class, you’ll understand how much of a bargain this car really is.
We completely agree with Farah on one other point, too – the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ are indeed destined to become the next spec racer craze, at least until Mazda moves forward with the next generation of MX-5.
|The Ultimate Engine Swap: A Z06 Powered Chevy Spark||
Stuffing a bigger engine into a smaller car has been the recipe for increased performance since automobiles first appeared on the planet. Over the years we’ve seen some fairly crazy swaps, like a Taurus SHO V-6 stuffed into a Ford Fiesta, a small-block Chevy shoehorned into a Porsche 911 and even a 27-liter Spitfire fighter V-12 stuffed into a vintage Rolls-Royce frame.
All pale in comparison, however, to the sheer madness of a creation found on Corvette Blogger (via Motor Authority). The evil geniuses at Fourdin Auto Sport figured out a way to stuff the 7.0-liter, 550-horsepower V-8 from a donor Corvette Z06 into a Chevy Spark minicar. Judging from the engine’s orientation, we’re guessing the tiny terror is rear-drive, and it relies heavily on donor parts from the Z06 to strengthen the subframe and enhance braking and steering.
The uber-Spark can sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 260 km/h (161 mph), so we’re guessing the aero body kit and massive real wing serve more than a cosmetic purpose. Even with the wide 18-inch wheels used for the build, the car still has a narrow track and a narrow wheelbase, meaning that it won’t be very forgiving of driver errors.
The car was briefly for sale on eBay’s German site, at a price of 43,000 euros ($55,225), but lasted just a day before being taken down. We hope the car found a new home, because madness like this should never be locked away.
|New Standing Mile Record Set By 283 mph Ford GT||
The standing mile, for many years now, has been a highly competitive event for those willing to push their exotic car to the limit on closed airfields across the United States of America. Not only do enthusiasts set out to see how fast they can get their sports car or exotic up to within the full distance of a mile, but very few make it a point to set the Guinness World Record. One particular Performance Power Racing Twin Turbo 2006 Ford GT took home the record at 283.232 mph at Kennedy Space Center over the weekend.
The standing mile requires participants to start from a dead stop and accelerate to their hearts content through a one-mile mark. At the mark the vehicle’s speed is recorded. There is no doubt that this is a horsepower battle and the Ford GT to take home the new world record has plenty of it, about 1,700 horsepower. Another astonishing point about this ubber-fast Ford GT is that it is still street legal and has working air-conditioning to boot.
We know what you are thinking, this car is faster than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Yes, you would be correct to make that point, which is probably why Bugatti is introducing a “SuperVeyron” with 1,600 horsepower – More on that in another post!
|Bisimoto Builds Hyundai A 600 Horsepower Elantra GT For SEMA||
If we had to pick a favorite front-wheel-drive Hyundai model, chances are good the nod would go to the new Elantra GT, Hyundai’s answer to the Mazda3 and VW Golf. It’s got plenty of room inside, handles impressively well for a non-hot hatch and gives buyers a surprising amount of luxury at a bargain basement price. While the 148 horsepower cranked out by the GT’s 1.8-liter four is enough for commuting duties, it really isn’t enough to provide solid entertainment value.
Enter Bisimoto Engineering, a California tuner that will soon be answering the question, “exactly how much horsepower CAN you get from Hyundai’s 1.8-liter Nu four cylinder?” For SEMA 2012, Bisimoto is building an Elantra GT that promises to deliver 600+ horsepower, which works out to be a truly impressive 333 horsepower per liter.
As for the “how” part, Bisimoto will use forged pistons and connecting rods to ensure structural integrity before adding a Turbonetics turbcharger, water-methanol injection and high-pressure fuel injectors. We suspect there’s a high pressure fuel pump delivering that fuel, along with Bisimoto-developed ECU programming.
There are no details on suspension or brake mods, but we suspect the car will ride on coilovers and benefit from a big brake kit, larger wheels and stickier rubber. If there’s a body kit, it’s a tasteful one, even though the paint job is a bit less than subtle.
While a 600 horsepower FWD hatchback is a bit extreme for street use, it’s good to know that tuners can extract that much horsepower from a basic 1.8-liter Hyundai mill. Making a reliable 250 horsepower, then, should be no trouble at all.
|Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust System Released for BMW M6 Applications Boasting 10 HP Gain||
Now available from our sponsor Precision Sport Industries, is a new exhaust system from Akrapovic for the new BMW M6 F12 (and M5 with similar application). In this particular application, the new Akrapovic exhaust system allows the twin-force-fed V8 engine of the M6 breath better for an astonishing gain of about 10 horsepower and over 12 lb-ft. of torque.
Attention to detail pays homage to Akrapovic exhaust systems where the newest Evolution system boasts a weight savings of 27 pounds over the stock exhaust system. Through countless hours of research and development, the Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system for the new BMW M6 keeps noise levels on par with the stock unit and works in synch with the M6’s built-in Active Noise Cancellation system.
We welcome owners of the new BMW M5 or M6 to contact our friends at PSI to get complete pricing on the new Akraprovic Evolution exhaust systems.
Akraprovic Evolution Exhaust (BMW M6 application) release information
The engineering masterpiece in the form of the new M TwinPower Turbo M6 has been a welcome challenge to the Akrapovič R&D department, which is responsible for developing truly amazing exhaust system that offer more power, weighs less, and have an EC type-approval stamp at the same time.
The new Evolution exhaust system consists of newly developed dual-outlet mufflers with exhaust valves, flow-optimized pipes, and a unique cast titanium X-shaped part with resonators. The X-pipe, valves, and flange assembly are produced in our foundry.
To top off this work of art, we’ve got polished titanium and aerospace-grade carbon fiber tail pipes to choose from.
The Evolution system lowers the back pressure and gives the M6 more power and torque through the whole range of rpms. It increases responsiveness. The Evolution system offers an even greater difference in weight, improving the power-to-weight ratio. Gains are achieved without removing the catalytic converters.
While developing this system, we especially focused on sound. An M6 with the Evolution system delivers a deep, aggressive roar when driven hard, coaxing bangs out of the unique tail pipes when shifting and going off the throttle. To top it all off, the Evolution system is drone free and works well with the M6′s Active Noise Cancellation system—just like the valve system, which is regulated through the M6’s settings.
|Heffner Performance Builds Twin Turbo Gallardo Breaking 8.72 Seconds in Quarter Mile||
It is almost common-placed to peruse the internet and Youtube for videos featuring ridiculously fast twin-turbo Lamborghinis, especially when it comes to forced-fed Gallardo creations birthed by tuner shops such as Underground Racing and Heffner Performance. One thing that was lacking -was a Lamborghini Gallardo to break 8 seconds in the quarter mile. Usually, running record-breaking quarter mile times is not on the mind of every twin-turbo Lamborghini owner. One exception happens to be a customer of Heffner Performance who had his sights on an 8 second run in his 2008 Gallardo Superleggera.
Jason Heffner and his mad scientist team were in for a challenging to please a customer, who happens to be an avid drag racer of exotic cars. No compromise would be made in this build, which required a pair of custom-built ball bearing turbos and MoTec electronics to produce around 1,400 (estimated) wheel horsepower. No this was not Hollywood prepping the latest Fast and Furious film, this was a real test of the engineering foundation of Lamborghini and Jason Heffner’s 14+ years of experience in tuning some of the most exotic vehicles on earth.
The build for the first Twin-Turbo Gallardo to hit 8 seconds in the quarter mile has been successful so far recently concluding with the best pass out of 8 recorded at 8.72 seconds at 169.8 mph. To our surprise, the owner and Jason’s crew all agree that there is yet even more to be had out of this monstrous twin-turbo bull. They plan on pushing the envelope even further. Be sure to visit Heffnersperformance.com for the latest happenings and build projects to come out of this one-of-a-kind shop.
Heffner Performance World’s First 8 Second Lamborghini Gallardo Release Information
A few months ago we were approached by one of our customers, who happens to be an avid drag racer of exotic cars, and asked if we could build him a Gallardo that would be capable of running eight second quarter mile times. We formulated a plan and a short while later a gorgeous grigio telesto Superleggera showed up on our doorstep. This car received our full engine treatment with CP pistons, Carrillo billet steel connecting rods, fully ported and polished intake manifold and cylinder heads and upgraded valvetrain components. We are using MoTec electronics to manage every aspect of the engine.
The turbo system makes use of a pair of custom ball bearing turbos that were built by the guys at TIAL products, a four inch downpipe, four inch air inlet plumbing, an incredibly labor intensive custom water to air intercooler and a pair of TIAL wastegates.
When it came to the wheel and tire selection we contacted the guys at ADV.1 who made us an awesome set of 18 inch 5.2.1′s which we finished in matte black and wrapped with four Mickey Thompson radial tires.
The car was driven to and from the track. We made a total of eight passes on the car, each one quicker and faster than the last. By the end of the day we had recorded an 8.72 at 169.8 mph which is quicker than any previously posted time by anyone in the world for a Lamborghini Gallardo.
I would like to thank the team here at Heffner Performance, TIAL Products, ADV.1, Sakata Motorsport Electronics and the crew at Bradenton Motorsports Park for helping make this possible. Most significantly, I want to thank our customer, Shawn (nutcase) for having us build him this incredible machine.
After reviewing the data from yesterday, one thing that we are certain of is that there is a lot more left in this car. I’m pretty sure that I actually had my foot resting on the clutch pedal which caused it to slip a bit in fifth gear. We will be posting more details on this car soon and will keep you all up to date as the car progresses. Thanks and enjoy.
|Matt Farah Pilots Turner Motorsport’s BMW M3 Race Car & 535HP Frozen Gray M3: Video||
Sometimes horsepower isn’t everything, which Turner Motorsports is known for demonstrating in many vehicles that they build for the racetrack and for customers. Matt Farah, once again gets to pilot some rare nicely modified vehicles – this time its Turner Motorsport’s 535 horsepower Frozen Gray BMW M3 (Will Turner’s personal car) and the 2011 Continental Tire Series Championship-winning E92 M3 Race Car driven by Bill Auberlin and Paul Dalla Lana.
The BMW M3 is already a well-balanced contender among big-power sports cars and even exotics. Turner Motorsports is known for many years of race-proven experience to take the E92 M3 to new levels extracting additional performance with carefully selected modifications, including the recently released KW DDC (Dynamic Damper Control) Coilovers. Check out the exclusive DRIVE network TUNED video with Matt Farah behind the wheel of both Turner Motorsports BMW M3s.
|An Icon Derelict Visits Jay Leno’s Garage: Video||
There’s one problem with driving a nice car, particularly one worth a lot of money: parking it generally produces a sense of paranoia. At the very least, you’re likely to return to fingerprint-smudged windows and paint, as others check out your ride. Worse, you can return to find your car keyed or other wise vandalized, since some don’t respect the better fortune of others. Far, far worse, you can return to find your car gone, regardless of the precautions you’ve taken to prevent its theft.
Driving a nice car can pose an equal number of risks, as other motorists get dangerously close to see if that really is a Ferrari, Lamborghini or other exotic. What is you could have a modern performance car that no one would give a second look to? Wouldn’t that be the best of both worlds?
Enter Icon’s Derelict series, which are a cross between a resto-rod and a rat-rod. From the outside, they look like rolling wrecks that no self-respecting car thief would be caught driving. Inside, period correct upholstery and pitted chrome tell others to move along, there’s nothing to see here. Start the car, however, and those in the know will realize that all is not what it appears.
Jonathan Ward, owner of Icon (best known for its stunning Toyota FJ and Jeep CJ rebuilds), has a 1952 DeSoto Derelict for his daily driver. Under the hood lurks a 6.1-liter Hemi V-8, pulled from a 2010 Charger SRT8, and the car rides on a custom frame and custom suspension. Behind the brown steel wheels lie Wilwood rotors and six-piston calipers, ensuring that this derelict stops as if it had hit a wall. It’s got all the comfort features you’d expect in a modern car, like air conditioning (which blows through the dash-mounted speaker grille), a killer audio system, a tilt steering wheel and even Bluetooth connectivity.
Look closer, and you’ll see some really impressive attention to detail: the DeSoto hood ornament was drilled hollow and is now illuminated by an LED, the airbox is a repurposed breadbox and the radiator catch tank is a vintage whisky bottle. There’s Icon’s trademark blue lizard, too, this time on the hood.
The best thing about the derelict series is that you can park it anywhere, and spend you time driving it instead of washing and waxing it. Icon will build one for you, too, but plan on spending big money to park one in your garage or in your driveway.
|2013 Volvo C30 Polestar Limited Edition Gets The Green Light||
This is one of those good news, bad news stories: after teasing us with the 405 horsepower, all-wheel-drive Volvo C30 Polestar concept last year, the automaker best known for building safe grocery getters has decided to put a version of the car into limited production.
If that’s the good news, here’s the bad: the C30 Polestar that you’ll be able to buy at your local Volvo dealer will come packing 250 horsepower instead of 405, and only the front wheels will be driven. On the bright side, that makes Volvo’s Smurf-blue (Rebel Blue, technically) hot hatch affordable by a much wider range of buyers.
In addition to the 250 horses, the turbocharged 2.5-liter in-line five will also make 273 pound-feet of torque. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s a gain of 23 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque, thanks to Polestar-revised engine management software. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox, and Volvo’s Sport Chassis (with monotube dampers, stiffer springs, harder bushings and quicker steering) is standard.
Inside, there’s upgraded leather seating surfaces (in black or two-tone), aluminum chronograph-style instrumentation and a plaque identifying your car as one of just 250 built. Outside, buyers get any color they’d like, as long as that choice is Rebel Blue (which, honestly, looks just like Ford’s Grabber Blue to us). There’s a tasteful body kit, too, plus 17-inch matte black wheels and Polestar badging to remind others that this is no ordinary C30.
While it’s easy to pan the car as being a sheep in wolf’s clothing, Volvo is in the business of building safe and reliable cars first, and providing entertainment value isn’t it’s primary mission. Sure, Volvo could have produced the 405 horsepower C30 Polestar concept, but that’s a lot of strain to put on a 2.5-liter engine, especially one with a factory warranty. Then there’s the cost to consider, and we can’t imagine too many buyers willing to spend Porsche 911 money to buy a tuned, entry-level Volvo.
We’re fine with Volvo’s choices for the C30 Polestar Limited Edition, and we’re sure it will have no trouble selling all 250 copies. If you want one of your own, the price starts at $32,445, including the required $895 destination charge.
|TMCars Puts Neo-Retro Style Into BMW E30 3 Series with TM concept30 Modifications||
Let’s face it; there is a certain appeal that we all recognize in classic automobiles. As enthusiasts, we respect original designs and auto makers continue to pay homage to their classic design roots in today’s retro-styled vehicles. A Hungarian outfit, dubbed TMCars Design, took it upon themselves to conjure up a retro concept of their own all out of the E30 BMW 3 Series Coupe – the TM concept30. TMCars Design takes an approach that BMW could have adopted when it was time to redesign the E30 3 Series. Of course, in the era of the E30, BMW took a path to revamp the complete design headed towards a more modernized concept to birth the E36 3 Series. The folks at TMCars Design are literally turning back the hands of time and serving up a retro dish with ingredients consisting of BMW’s own neo-retro M1 Homage concept.
This one-of-a-kind customization would offer owners of E30 Coupes a chance to be different without departing too far from BMW’s classic heritage. Customers of TMCars Design’s TM concept30 modification would be given a choice between two retro designs taking the E30 Coupe’s original design to ‘old-new’ heights. Some of the original E30 Coupe’s roofline and greenhouse aspects remain the same in the modification. What is notably different, is the front shark nose sculpted back through the hood and fenders. Race-spec suspension and wider C-pillars would also accentuate the design concluding with the unique rear-end housing eccentric LED lights to mimic the front LEDs.
The images of TMCars Design TM concept30 are most certainly a change-up from the norm that speak for themselves. Some will like it, others… it may take time. Currently TMCars Design offers-up this “kit” in European countries complying to their regulations to be used on the road or track.
|Matt Farah Drives Titan Motorsports’ 700 Horsepower Supra: Video||
Last-generation Toyota Supras weren’t exactly the most common cars in the tuner world, since their steep new-car price tag limited the quantity sold. Still, Supras can be tuned to make serious horsepower, and their rear-wheel-drive platform ups the handling factor considerably. As Matt Farah points out, the cars got a big boost in popularity after the Fast and the Furious franchise became a hit, and “everyone wanted a ten-second Supra.”
Enter Orlando, Florida’s Titan Motorsports, one of the country’s premier Supra specialists. No matter what you want, from a stock restoration through a 2,400 horsepower Supra drag motor, Titan will be happy to hook you up. They know a thing or two about fast, since Titan has bragging rights to the world’s fastest Supra, a six-second NHRA drag car.
While street-legal, 1,000 horsepower Supras aren’t uncommon, as Farah points out, they can suck to drive on the street thanks to massive turbo lag followed by explosive, tire-shredding power. Sometimes, less is more, as is the case with the 700 horsepower, newly restored example feated in this episode of Tuned. With 600 horsepower at the rear wheels in a 3,400 pound car, there’s a lot to like; yes, there’s still turbo lag below about 3,500 rpm, but cross the 4,000 rpm barrier and you’d best be ready to shift. Quickly.
The Toyota Supra disappeared from the U.S. market after the 1998 model year, so clean (or even salvageable) examples are getting harder and harder to find. If you do come across one that’s too good to pass up, you probably want to have Titan Motorsports’ website bookmarked.