Prancing Horse, Drifting Eighty-Six: Ryan Tuerck's Toyota GT4586

When you think “JDM supercar,” visions of Supras, GT-Rs and RX-7s probably dance around in your head. You’re probably not fantasizing about a Scion FR-S (“Toyota GT86” abroad, and now “Toyota 86” in North America after Scion’s demise) with its burbling two-liter flat-four. Sure, you could swap in a turbo’d 2JZ or an all-American LS, but that’s been done a few times. Ryan Tuerck knows all about swapped 86s, as he currently owns two: one personal and one business, both with a 2JZ under the hood. Other than being a Top 10 professional drifter, Ryan has always had it in…

Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 Tire Review (One week in)

Ah, November; the transitioning month for all Canadian auto enthusiasts where we all must choose whether to drive on through, or give in to vehicle storage for the coming winter. Personally, I prefer to slap on some snows because my car is a blast to drive in the winter, but I always procrastinate putting away the summer tires and nice wheels. The past few Novembers have actually been fairly mild and allowed those of us to enjoy driving our pride and joys for just that little bit longer. Now, Cooper Tire, it seems, has given us even more of an…

Baja Blast: Valvoline, Cummins, And A Couple Drifters Take On The Baja 1000

You know those moments you have when you’re sitting around with a couple friends and come up with some crazy idea and think about just how cool it could be to pull off? According to John Nachdigal and Michael Wedding, project leads on Valvoline’s newest exciting endeavor, that’s exactly the spark that started the building of two trucks to compete in the infamous Baja 1000. “We were sitting around a cafeteria table one day – there were about four of us – and we were talking about all sorts of racing,” recalls Wedding. “Our Vice President of Technology, Fran Lockwood,…

JL Audio RD400/4 Amplifier Review

If you are one of those people who think all amplifiers work and sound the same, the folks at JL Audio and I have news for you; they don’t. Not only are there big differences in amp designs (even within a specific topology), the sonic signatures of some of these amps can be as different as chalk and cheese. Case in point are the RD series of amplifiers from JL Audio featuring their NexD switching technology. The RD series of amplifiers offer perhaps the best value of any amp in the JL Audio lineup, and are designed to meet the…

DD Audio 3510-ESP Subwoofer Review

Some people agonize for months over their choice of subwoofer. Do you go more sound quality or SPL? High power handling or high efficiency? Sealed or vented? Well, if you ask the folks at Digital Designs, they’ll tell you that you don’t really have to compromise. To prove the point, they sent us one of their amazing Power Tuned 3500-ESP series dual voice coil woofers. FEATURES The Power Tuned woofers are constructed with additional mechanical and electrical damping to handle the daily rigors of any bass enthusiast. DD Audio’s 3500 series woofers are some of the most sonically accurate woofers…

Memphis Car Audio VIV900.5 Amplifier Review

Brand-new from the folks at Memphis Car Audio comes a line of DSP-powered amplifiers, with all-new looks and leading edge technology. The new series is known as the Six Five Series, and is Memphis’ first real foray into the DSP world. There are seven different models in the series with one-, two-, four- and five-channel variations. All of the amplifiers have a cool new cosmetic treatment and have the controls hidden behind a magnetically-latched cover panel. For the purposes of this review, they sent us a pre-production prototype of the five-channel version, called the VIV (Six Five, get it?) 900.5.…

JapFest 2015: Heemstede, Netherlands

On Sunday, May 10th, auto enthusiasts enjoyed the display and competition of Japanese vehicles at the annual JapFest in Heemstede, Netherlands. Thousands of fans, near and far, came to the Circuit of Zandvoort to attend the event. During the day, there were several demonstrations: drift , car limbo (sponsored by santoso.com), Show and Shine (sponsored by Meguiar's), Time Attack Championship (sponsored by Toyo Tires; 2nd round) and drag races when the Time Attack was on hold. All attendees of JapFest got to see their favorite drivers and cars with access to the paddocks, and shopped (or window shopped) at vendor…

Fitted Toronto 2015: Brampton, Ontario

Whether you’re static or on bags, poked or flush, Japanese, Euro or USDM, as long as you’re an enthusiast of the aggressive fitment movement, Fitted Lifestyle is the show for you. Yet again, the event took over the steel buildings of the Brampton Fairgrounds, as well as the vast outdoor parking lot, filling each to the brim. It seems that each year, there are more and more competitors coming out with harder, better, faster and stronger iterations of what they showed the last year. This is true for both inside and outside and what makes Fitted such a unique event.…

Community Of Speed 2016: Corpus Christi, TX

The local tuner car scene organized the Community of Speed automotive show at Dunkin' Donuts in Corpus Christi, TX on December 12 to benefit Timon's Ministries, a non-profit group, with charitable contributions from event participants of toys, clothing, and blankets, for those less fortunate. "The best part about coming together for the Community of Speed event is being able to help those less fortunate, by providing for a brighter holiday season. Not everyone has the ability to provide for their families, so we wanted to help as many families as possible," stated Wayne Raqueno of tuner shop - GS Motorsports.…

FR-Slow No More: Vortech V3 Supercharger FR-S Install

Performance Installs
There’s a magical moment when you get into your new FR-S or BRZ for the first time, where you’re convinced you’re behind the wheel of the pinnacle of simple sportscar engineering. The car is light, nimble, and above all, a blast to drive. “Never mind what the haters have to say about a sportscar with only 200 horsepower,” you say to yourself, grinning away. And for quite a few of you Toyobaru Twin owners out there, you’ll stay happy with that for quite some time, laughing your way down twisty lanes. There are also those of us out there who…

Engine Swap 101: Haute AG's Infiniti V8 Swap

Performance Installs
As car enthusiasts, we have all thought about our dream car, on several occasions. Along with that, some of us have also dreamed about the perfect engine inside of our favorite chassis. So, what does it take for that dream to become a reality? Luckily, we have some of the necessary steps it takes to get your project to go from paper to pavement. In this write up we will be referencing an LS V8 swap into an Infiniti G35 Coupe. Keep in mind that this is strictly a guide, however all of the planning and approach should be carried…

Neo-motorsport Coil-Over Install

Performance Installs
The Scion FR-S offers a true sportscar experience at a very affordable price point and is complimented by aggressive styling. For those looking to enhance and tighten up the handling of this coupe, there are a variety of aftermarket options available. One such company is NEO Motorsport, which offers a complete coil-over suspension kit. NEO’s passion and motorsport experience ensures that all of its products are tried, tested and true, both for track use and daily commuting. The following is a step-by-step guide for installing this fully-adjustable (ride height and dampening) suspension system on the FR-S. 1. Lift vehiclePrepare vehicle…

Spot The Differences: Tuning 365, 4th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Tuning 365 (4th Edition) issue (available on newsstands in January 2017). Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the…
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Spot The Differences: Dec/Jan 2017 (#140)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our December/January 2017 (#140) issue (available on newsstands in November 2016). Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10…
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Spot The Differences: Ultimate Performance Guide, 4th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Ultimate Performance Guide, 4th Edition (available on newsstands in October 2016). Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the…
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