Monday, August 29, 2016

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RacingOne Audi R8

The Bavarian mid-engine sports car is named after the Le Mans prototype Audi R8. It is produced by Quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm since 2006. The first study of a Le Mans Quattro dates back to 2003. Racing one, motor sports service provider and event organizer from Rhineland, has helped an Audi R8 V10 – the stock version is certainly not insufficiently motorized – gaining a total of about 610 horse powers through discreet changes in hardware as well as systematic adjustment of the engine mapping. An exhaust system made of titanium, naturally flip-controlled by Akrapovic plays the role of communication with the outside world.

Tech: TWM Performance EVO X Short Shifter Install

For those fans of the Mitsubishi Evolution X, this week's #TechThursday piece features a short shift install. The Evo X is a beast of a machine with it's powerful 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, however like any factory vehicle it lacks refinement for endless thrashing be it on the street or race track. A simple swap of the long-throw shifter in way of a short-throw piece from TWM Performance will turn the spirited Evolution into a menacing one cutting down the throw by as much as 30% if not more! The overall install is a one-hour job that takes patience more than skill as there are many pieces to the disassemble and re-assemble unlike the previous tech install on the 370Z. Follow these step by step guidelines and you'll soon be banging gears quicker than your competitors!

Koenigsegg Agera R

The exclusive world of supercars and hypercars is one filled with fine edge automotive engineering, exotic materials, and brilliance in marketing. Koenigsegg is one such company which strives for perfection in every aspect of their fine vehicle having been able to capture many top honours around the world since its inception in 1994. Founded by Christian von Koenigsegg in Sweden, Koenigsegg first produced their street-legal supercar in 2002 after years of development resulting in the CC and the later version CCX. The niche company is also humble with its operations despite being a publicly traded company with roughly 90 shareholders at any given time. Fast forward to 2010 and the company was set to unveil its second official model – the Agera, which translates to “take action” in Swedish.

Blue Demon: Mitsubishi EVO IX GSR

What do you get when you mix a bit of column A (show) and column B (track)? This perfectly tuned Evolution 9 GSR from New York!

Cool Blue: Yamaha R6

Only great things could ever be said about the Yamaha YZF-R6...

Tech: TWM Performance 370Z Short Shifter Install

Other than installing an air intake system, a short shifter is the next easiest and must-have modification for any vehicle. From factory most manual transmission vehicles are fun to drive with the only complaint being a long throw between gear changes, this is where a short shifter kit like this one courtesy of TWM Performance makes all the difference. As TWM Performance puts it, "By reducing the angle that the shaft travels through between gears, the distance that your hand needs to move between gears is also reduced. In many cases, the shifter shaft is also re-designed to be shorter than stock thus creating a sportier look and feel, as well as aiding in reducing the linear throw length when coupled with the reduced angular throw." In this week's #TechThursday piece we install this beautiful kit in the AMF Nissan 370Z project car and show you a step-by-step on how you too can do it with readily available tools in just over an hour.

Tech: K&N Air Intake System on Corvette C6

Installing a cold air intake system is one of the simplest modifications to do on any vehicle and also the most fun in way of end result. Surely there are never any major power gains as most people would expect, but throttle response and that signature suction sound is enough to make anyone a fan. The car in question is a Chevrolet Corvette C6 with the potent 6.0-liter, V8, LS2-engine that needed some help breathing better in way of a K&N intake air system.

Track Attack: Nissan GT-R R35 (Kaizen Tuning)

The Nissan GT-R is quite possibly the best bang-for-buck vehicle of all time. Surely, it might not get the attention of some gold-digging Barbie doll or a wave of acknowledgement from exotic car owners...

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