Reimagining the Buster

You may recognize Ryan Jones as the owner of the Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R that’s picture perfect to the one that Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor hit the streets in in Fast & Furious, the fourth movie in the franchise. That's because the down-to-the bolts Bayside Blue GT-R is that car! However, Jones still isn’t satisfied with how it sits, and is now setting his sights on the future. “In short, what I’m doing is a modern take on the car,” Jones explains. “I mean, the car honestly looks a bit dated with its style. Basically, I want it to look…

Streetcar Named Desire: The LMS-Built R8 Daily Driver

Those of us with octane flowing through our veins have definitely dreamed of taking a purpose-built racecar out on the town, waking up the neighbors with an unrestricted exhaust, flying down empty residential streets and wide open country roads, and feeling the wide, sticky tires grip against the asphalt into a corner or out of a roundabout. It’s even something we daydream about when we get a section of open road in our daily drivers, imagining our engines with a few more cylinders and an invisible clock to race against (hopefully with no cops around). For one enthusiast in Vancouver,…

Garry Springgay’s Top Three Performance Vehicles Available Today On An Enthusiast Budget

While PASMAG #143 (June/July 2017) this issue has focused on some ultra-high-performance exotics that few of us will ever be able to afford, I thought it would be a good time to point out some really great deals that exist for the everyday enthusiast on a more down-to-earth budget. Here are my top five picks in no particular order, from all across the spectrum, and available with a vast catalogue of aftermarket options. Ford Mustang GT I just couldn’t put this list together without including one of the best performance values for a traditional V8 muscle car guy. While the…

AWE Tuning Porsche 991.2 Switchpath Exhaust

Less is more with the straight-through design of AWE Tuning’s Switchpath exhaust for 991.2 series Porsche Carreras. Exhaust flow is continuously routed through the integrated X-pipe, delivering a constant exotic tone regardless of valve position. Boasting max gains of 14 horsepower and 17 ft-lbs of torque to the crank, this exhaust kit will fit all 991.2 Carrera coupe, Cabriolet and Targa models. MSRP: Starting From $2,874.95 USD www.awe-tuning.com As seen in PASMAG #143 (Jun/Jul 2017)…

AWE Tuning BMW F3X 340i Exhaust Suite

Straight-through design featuring AWE Tuning's proprietary drone-canceling solution, 180 Technology®, for the BMW 340i, BMW 440i. Max gains of 9 hp and 11 ft-lbs of torque at the crank. Options include Touring Edition Axle-back Exhaust and Performance Mid Pipe. Tips available diamond black or chrome silver, 90mm or 102mm Handcrafted from US-sourced mandrel-bent T304L stainless steel. Engineered, designed and manufactured in-house at AWE Tuning. No Check Engine Light Guarantee. Perfect Fitment Guarantee. Lifetime Warranty MSRP: $1,461.95 USD www.awe-tuning.com…

Unitronic Carbon Fiber Intake System With Air Duct For VW/Audi 1.2/2.0 TSI Gen3 (MQB)

Unitronic developed a Carbon Fiber Intake System that maximizes performance of vehicles equipped with the 1.8/2.0 TSI Gen3 (MQB) engines. This translates into an intake system that is sure to perform to the maximum, providing increased power, air velocity, and throttle response, while also decreasing air intake temperatures and turbo lag. The Carbon Fiber Air Duct also helps to increase power and air flow by taking advantage of both air inlets available in the OEM grill. MSRP: $789.99 USD http://getunitronic.com…

Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: Steven Jackson's 2015 Lexus RC F

Steven Jackson stumbled upon Lexus’ RC F by accident, but it was love at first sight. “My girlfriend and I were purchasing her car from Lexus in 2014, when a salesman asked if I had seen the new sports car Lexus was introducing in 2015 (the RCF). After looking over the brochure and what not, I knew I had to have one,” he says. “As soon as they became available I looked into buying one.” It wasn’t long before he saw other RC Fs with wide body kits, and he was dead-set on his end goal. [As seen in PASMAG…

The Very First Time: Shad Alaimo's 2012 Subaru WRX

Shad Alaimo considers himself a die-hard Subaru fan, and it’s no wonder he’s become infatuated with the brand. His friend Russel taught him to drive in a 2004 WRX, and from that moment on he fell in love with Subaru. He held a particular affinity for the hatchback models, and wanted to create something from his build that was completely different, and that’s where the journey started. [As seen in PASMAG Issue #143] After picking up the 2012 Subaru WRX, his very first build, Alaimo began planning out the build’s vision. He knew he wanted to build a complete show…

Underdog: Brandon Hamid's 2006 Toyota Matrix

Brandon Hamid grew up playing with Hot Wheels and toy cars, but he would change little things about the cars whenever he could. The modification bug started at a young age, and continued to his very first built, the Toyota Matrix you see here. “I decided to get the AWD Matrix because I wanted a car that not many people had,” he says, “I wanted something that would stand out and draw a different kind of attention.” Once he took possession of the Matrix, he intended to make it an underdog show car. “You go out to most shows and…

Orion HCCA5000.1DSPL Amplifier Review

Over the last 30 years, the Orion brand of car audio has garnered a high level of respect from folks who insist on high quality, high performance products. The marque has a proven track record for performance and reliability that only a handful of brands can match. Over the years, their flagship product series has been the HCCA series, and in this review we are going to take a look at a very powerful example: the new HCCA5000.1DSPL. FEATURES One look at the outside of the box tells you this is a serious piece of kit. A large warning sticker…

Memphis Car Audio VIV60C Component Review

From a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee, is famous around the world as the home of blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. Home to famous places, such as Beale St., the Gibson guitar factory, and Elvis’ Graceland mansion, the musical history is rich, deep, and abundant. Another historical company in the music business not only calls Memphis home, but it’s the company’s namesake. Founded in Memphis in 1965, Memphis Car Audio has been a leader in the car audio marketplace for decades, and has won “Best Overall” brand from Inside Track for eleven consecutive years. You…

JL Audio C5 653 Component Review

Any avid car audio enthusiast knows that the choice of loudspeakers for your system is perhaps the single most critical decision of the system design. It’s a well-known fact that the speakers you choose make more difference in the final sound of the car than any other component. For anyone who is looking for true high fidelity loudspeakers, the JL Audio brand is almost always near the top of the list. What began way back in the 1970s as a fun hobby for Jim Burch and Lucio Proni (JL Audio, get it?), grew into one of the world’s most respected…

QVIA T790G Dashcam

The QVIA T790G is a top of the line 1-channel dash camera featuring a Sony IMX322 sensor. The 1080p HD resolution gives the user the ability to distinguish even the smallest details on the recorded footage. The QVIA T790G also features Wi-Fi connectivity so you can view, edit and record with your smartphone or computer (Windows, Mac, iOS and Android compatible.) The dash cam also features built-in GPS for added security and peace of mind. Industry-leading storage capacity; up to 256 GB. MSRP: $209.00 USD www.importel.com…

Philips X-tremeVision LED Fog Lamp

Philips X-tremeVision LED Fog Lamps are direct replacements for vehicles equipped with H8, H11 and H16 halogen fog lamps. Delivering extremely bright, white 6000K light that perfectly match the color of Xenon and LED headlights, these advanced LEDs are great for a wide range of late model vehicles. SafeBeam technology eliminates glare to other drivers by delivering the same beam pattern as standard halogen fog lights. MSRP: $149.99 USD philipsxtremevisionled.com…

Momento M5 Dash Camera

The Momento M5 dash camera adds up to 270º of surveillance coverage at the front and rear of your vehicle. All footage is captured in stunning 1080p high-definition resolution with a Sony Exmor-R sensor that improves image stability and low-light visibility. Watch incident footage on the camera's interactive LCD or on your desktop computer. MSRP: $299.99 USD http://momentocam.com…

USDrift Round 1: The First Time Isn’t Always The Hardest

USDrift returned to Summit Point Motorsports Park, the site of the very first USDrift competition in 2002, to kick off the 2017 season on one of the hardest courses USDrift has ever held events on. Rookie USDrift competitor Ricky Hofmann, in his Onward Flipzco Nissan 240SX took the win and made the victory even more impressive considering it was his first time driving the course. FULL PHOTO COVERAGE AVAILABLE ON FACEBOOK FULL PHOTO COVERAGE AVAILABLE ON FACEBOOK Summit Point is situated just inside West Virginia a few miles past the state line from Virginia, about an hour from Washington, DC.…

For the first time ever, AutoCon is coming to the East Coast!

On Saturday, June 10th, 2017, the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center will open its doors and welcome thousands of passionate enthusiasts to AutoCon: New York 2017. More than just a car show event, AutoCon is a celebration of life, individuality and community. An automotive experience like no other. The show features the world’s top show vehicles and notable industry brands all under one roof while creating a unique experience allowing attendees the opportunity to connect and share common interests with one another. From classics to concepts, there’s a little something for everyone to see during the event. With its…

CC2k17: Corpus Christi, TX

One of the largest automotive weekends just concluded in South Texas as the Cricket Wireless CC2K17 show presented by Authentic NY Pizza brought together enthusiasts from both the race world and the car show world in Texas. The event, benefiting the Food Bank of Corpus Christi as well as Junior Achievement through Cricket Wireless, was a huge success with hundreds of high horsepower cars and show cars making their way to Corpus Christi. The weekend started off early Saturday with a Dyno Day at well known performance shop, Unlimited Performance. With a gorgeous Meister Racer Watch being awarded to the…

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: Jun/Jul 2017 (#143)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our June/July 2017 #143 issue. Can you spot the 10 differences in the photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and win…
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Spot The Differences: Apr/May 2017 (#142)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our April/May 2017 #142 issue. Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? CONTEST HAS EXPIRED. Here are the 10 differences:…
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Spot The Differences: Formula Drift 2017

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of the official 2017 Formula Drift event program, available at all 2017 Formula Drift rounds (see schedule). Can you spot the 10 differences in these photos (left and…
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