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One of my first professional assignments in the magazine biz was tracking down motorsports legend Steve Millen for an interview. Since Millen had accomplished so much on  the racetrack, in the desert and in the aftermarket performance business ther [ … ]

winter 09 020_optWhen it comes to ultimate handling machines for low budgets, classic BMWs are an excellent choice. Hop in a 3-series, either a 84-91 E30 chassis or the replacement E36 and you have one great handling car right out of the gate for next to nothing. With a stiff chassis and some of the sharpest steerin [ … ]
ME_opt With many sports and compact cars today the task of creating high quality aftermarket sound can be difficult. One of the biggest problems is trying to capture high quality low frequencies without losing the already limited space in these type of cars. Who says you can’t have both “room and boom.” [ … ]
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VEHICLE 2009 acura tl & TL SH ENGINE V6 3.5L & V6 3.7L 



There is nothing better than picking up a new mod for your car that will unlock more power. The benefit of installing an air intake system is that not only will your car be quicker but also sound better as well. Opening up the a [ … ]

Originally, Nissan North America was supposed to give Huang a brand new Nissan Cube to build after they recognized his achievement with the Scion Tuner Challenge from 2006 to 2007. “The Cube was not released until the L.A. Auto Show last year,” says Huang. “So my plan changed and I decided to shift focus toward this demo-VIP project aiming to strengthen the aftermarket capability for the Infiniti brand,” he explains.Many enthusiasts forget that Infiniti actually makes quite a few different luxury cars, SUVs and crossovers. There were some highlights over the years like the G35 coupe and some low points like the old school J30. There were also some great cars that never gained any traction like the legendary Q45 [ … ]
The system was tuned with a Kenne Bell computer by Lyndon Wester at Wester’s Garage and Maguire maintains, “He’s a genius.” The intake is a custom cold air box with a carbon fiber air box. Custom long tube headers were fabricated by Focuztech into a custom Magnaflow exhaust by Dave’s Auto Service. Then James at Shinny’s Sweatshop got to work on the endless amounts of polishing in and around the engine bay. With every crisis, there is a silver lining. Regardless of the state of the company, GM has had some great highlights in their line-up, especially the aggressive-looking Pontiac Solstice roadster. Mike Maguire of Lloydminster, AB has made his Solstice a labor of love. He has even named the vehicle “ [ … ]
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Written by Dave Pankew / Photography by RCH Designs

The name TEIN, stands for TEchnical INnovation and not many people know that. Their mascot is also a gangster-looking damper with an external reservoir and eyeballs – not many people know that either. I’ve rarely met anyone who pronounced the comp [ … ]

At the beginning of the year, the plan for the Drift Emporium team was clear – high displacement, torquey V8 GO9G8149_optmotors were going to be the theme under the hood. Originally, both G35’s and Kenji’s S15 were converted to Nissan-powered VK56 engines, a motorswap pioneered by Chris Forsberg just three short years ago.Ask any Nissan enthusiast and they will tell you an S-Chassis cars should be powered by a turbo-4. Not an NA truck motor and certainly not a V8 but an SR20 with a small, responsive turbo hanging off it. But at the competition level, drivers complain that these motors make less torque than a rider mo [ … ]
Street Smart: Bill Vitale's 2006 Subaru STi


Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Chaz Boyd 

If you need practicality buy an SUV. If you want tire shredding performance buy a sports car. But if you need a combination of the two there are a few stout platforms on the market to build up. A few that come to mind are the Mitsubishi Evo an [ … ]