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In any form of design and construction, there has to be an adequate structure for the task. In architecture, considerations like wind, earthquakes and snow loads make the rules, but in the automotive world, forces like torsion and dynamic loads gal [ … ]

Power from the Gods: Maxxsonics' 2003 Hummer H2


Photos by Rich Karbowiak

It’s no mystery that the hardest hit market in the days of this gas crisis is the SUV market. More specifically the luxury SUV market, which are used for nothing more than braving traffic on the 405 rather than anythin [ … ]

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Until you have driven an S2000, there isn’t really much else out there to compare it to. Especially if that S2K happens to have a built stroker motor in which case, the high revs make you wonder if you are driving a nitro radio controlled car as op [ … ]

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Bet on the “Favorite to Show” and you’ll win almost every time. That’s advice I received from this recovering gambler who by all appearances wasn’t the best cat to take advice from. He was weathered, beaten down and had a wardrobe that would be more [ … ]

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The debate between NA and forced induction is something that will never die. It’s fair to say if you want power you go forced, if you want response you go NA. If you want big power with response you get some stupid displacement V8 or V10 but then a [ … ]

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Written by Michael Semira / Photography by Josh Mackey

The last time we came across an M2 Motoring creation, we drooled all over its camo-covered Scion xB and affectionately dubbed it the ‘Bento Box.’ The project had a unique Japan-meets [ … ]

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As with any project, it’s the finishing moves that define how people will judge it. In the field of Architecture, you can design the most structurally sound and advanced framework but if you cut corners on the fit and finishing, the completed work [ … ]

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Back in the day, it seemed the center of the universe for car audio was located around Phoenix, AZ, but things seem to have shifted out to the coast of sunny California over the past few years. There, you find pretty much all of the major source un [ … ]

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The majority of people outside the industry believe SEMA is nothing but pre-parties, parties, afterparties and general mayhem. They have this image nothing happens during 9-5 each day other than wandering the halls gazing at the leading-edge produc [ … ]

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Southern California has really seen it all. As the hub of the automotive aftermarket over the last half century, they are anywhere from 18-24 months ahead of other urban megacities and anyones guess how far ahead of smalltown USA. So in the SoCal a [ … ]

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