Given the Volkswagen Beetle’s history with the tuner crowd, it makes sense that VW would be pushing its latest model at SEMA. And at this year’s show, you’ll find plenty of examples of the quirky hatchback, with modifications as subtle as a suspension drop and a bold paint job, and as extreme as a chopped roof and all-wheel-drive drivetrain swap. European Car “Beach Battle-Cruiser” Recalling the “Cali-look” Beetles of the old days, European Car magazine’s SEMA show car (pictured above) is a beach-going bug with a modern twist. The staff began by adding a larger Revo Technik turbocharger along with the appropriate software upgrade, then installed other go-fast bits like an intake and exhaust system. Combined, the upgrades are estimated to bring the Beetle to 400 hp. Complementing the car’s power mods are upgraded brakes and suspension, also from Revo Technik. The show car rides on 19-inch Fuchs Performance retro alloy wheels, and … [Read more...] about Volkswagen’s 2012 SEMA Show Presence is Beetle-Heavy
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E-Mail: [email protected] * Mail: Hot Rod Pit Stop, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 * Fax: 323/782-2223 * Message Board: HOTROD.Com Street rod, musclecar, race car-whatever you drive, if you are reading HOT ROD, it means you just can’t resist the urge to make it stronger, faster, and better. But unlike a typical government contract, you’d like to get the job done on time and within budget. To that end, Pit Stop is here to help resolve your technical problems. Whether it’s theory, resolving a thorny driveability problem, recommending the best combination, or helping to locate a hard-to-find part, we’ll answer as many questions in these pages as space permits. When e-mailing, don’t forget to include “Pit Stop” in the subject line, as well as your real full name and hometown or military unit, base, or ship in the message. If you have quality digital photos of the car or problem, and if they’re at least 300 dpi at 4×4 inches … [Read more...] about Pit Stop – Chevy L88 Heavy-Duty 427 Big-Block
Some engines have a certain sound. Fury. Hate. Anger. They emanate total power. This engine makes that sound. It makes that power. When the throttle goes WFO on this thing, the little hairs on your arm stand straight up, and you get that special feeling that lets you know something really good is happening. Like listening to Metallica’s “One,” it just builds and builds and you can’t help wanting more. Once the final notes have played, the silence that remains is just as deafening. Before breaking down the notes on this engine, let’s first take a little trip back in time. In 1967, GM began selling high-performance engines over the counter and their line of offerings has steadily grown into the full-blown GM Performance Parts array of crate engines that we see today. Dr. Jamie Meyer of GMPP says the 572 that they based their build on was originally offered for sale in 2003 and has been a number one hit ever since. He also stresses that GM is the only source … [Read more...] about 572ci Big-Block Chevy – Heavy Metal
Quick now: Just how full is your refrigerator at this precise moment? I mean, it is kinda full, is it sorta full, is it totally full, is it almost empty, does it have the bachelor’s portion of beer and Cretaceous takeout? The reason I ask is because when I visit my more successful friends I’m simply bowled over by the amount of empty refrigerator space they have. Double and triple Northlands or Vikings with nothing in them. Deep stacks of empty shelves. Sometimes they have empty sections, doors behind which the air is chilled to 33 precise degrees but where nothing is stored.My friends tell me that they need the space for the parties and gatherings they are going to have. I refrain from pointing out that in the modern suburban era nobody ever goes to anybody else’s house unless it is on pain of death/shunning/shaming. That gregarious age documented by Updike and Cheever is long gone. My friends won’t be hosts. Nobody’s coming to the parties that they … [Read more...] about Ask Jack: Mustang Salty!
(Note to readers: This was the piece on Clessie Cummins that should have appeared first. Unfortunately, Part 2 of the series ran first and will be rerun later this afternoon — Aaron.)admission by Volkswagen that it has been using a software device to cheat on government emissions testing of at least some of its diesels may taint compression ignition, oil-fired engines in the passenger car market. The trucking industry, however, will continue to use diesels. That’s mostly because of a guy named Clessie Lyle Cummins.If you’re an automobile or truck enthusiast you likely know his last name, but just as likely know nothing about him.His accomplishments date to building a working steam engine for his family’s Indiana farm as an 11 year old in 1899, casting the engine parts from molten iron poured into hand-carved molds. As a teenager, he started to take odd jobs including fixing machinery, which led to a job at the maker of Marmon automobiles — Nordyke and … [Read more...] about Clessie Cummins Made Diesels the King of the Road … and Almost at Indy Too. Part One.
Bloomberg published an interview with hacker-slash-inventor George Hotz earlier this week where it showcased his efforts in building autonomous car technology. While many readers might be quick to jump on his ideas as the first coming of affordable autonomous vehicles, we need take a step back and look at the details.The Bloomberg article labels Hotz as “the first person to hack the iPhone,” but many in the iPhone hacking community dispute the label and state Hotz was merely the first person to perform a carrier unlock to allow the phone to be used outside of AT&T.I contacted a few of the researchers that worked on the iPhone in 2007 and received a response from Jonathan Zdziarski. He states that the iPhone had already been hacked before Hotz came along. He also confirmed that Hotz was the one to figure out a baseband unlock for the phone, but he was eventually ousted from the hacking groups “due to his strong desire for recognition … [Read more...] about George Hotz and Our Self-Driving Future
2016 Chevrolet Impala 2LT 3.6-liter DOHC V-6, direct injection, CVVT (305 horsepower @ 6,800; 264 lbs-ft @ 5,200)Six-speed automatic19 city/29 highway/22 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)21.8 (Observed, MPG)Base Price: $27,970*As Tested: $31,950** Prices include $875 destination charge The Impala exists in an odd segment of its own. The full-sized Chevy is one of the largest sedans on sale in America, yet its base engine is only a 2.5-liter four cylinder. Based on the pricing and feature options, the Impala is designed to be a semi-step above the Malibu, yet the number of true competitors the Impala has is extremely small. That’s because GM’s philosophy in the large sedan segment is different from the rest. Most of its competitors have two entries in this segment: one mass-market option and one luxury option. GM, however, slices its pie three ways with the Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS.That puts the Impala … [Read more...] about 2016 Chevrolet Impala Review – Buick’s Second Fiddle (Video)
Atieva has a luminous new name for its company and a lightning-fast sedan without one.That, the future of autonomous driving doesn’t need to include stopping for red lights, defective Takata airbags have claimed another life, and the E-Class is helping keep Daimler filthy stinking rich… after the break! Atieva loses its name but gains a sedanAfter showboating a video of their blisteringly fast all-electric van beating high-performance sports cars for a few weeks, Atieva changed its name and held an intimate media gathering to show off their new car. CNET reports that Atieva — now “Lucid Motors” — has come up with a spacious midsized sedan with a low nose and large greenhouse. But will it be as fast as the super-van?More or less, with an emphasis on more. The electric’s 87 kWh power source has an output of more than 900 horsepower. That’s down on the van’s 1200 hp, but Lucid’s Chief … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: Atieva Has a New Name and a New Sedan That Desperately Needs One
(Please give a warm welcome to Ian, who has 40,000 miles on his Jetta GLI! — JB)About three years ago, I was the owner of a 2004 Ford Focus SVT two door and simultaneously the dad of a one-year-old child. Our family car was a 2008 Saturn Vue. One day I got a call from my wife telling me that the Saturn wasn’t shifting into second anymore. Thankfully the Saturn’s powertrain warranty covered what ended up being a clutch pack failure.Thanks to the factory warranty, at first it seemed like the biggest hassle of the incident was going to be the sketchy tow truck guy who didn’t have a parking brake on his truck and had to resort to using part of a broom handle wedged against the brake pedal and the truck’s bench seat to keep the truck from moving while the Vue was loaded onto the bed. It turns out this wasn’t the biggest hassle. That was reserved for a week of loading my daughter in and out of a rear facing seat on a two door hatchback.A week of that … [Read more...] about Reader Review: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
The year is 2010. Hope and Change still lingers in the air. The water in Flint, Michigan is passably safe to drink. And Donald Trump doesn’t have a single pledged delegate to his name.This year saw $8 billion from the $831 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriated to dozens of so-called “high speed rail” projects across the country. The projects were said to be “shovel-ready” — and some were — but many are still ongoing, er, creating jobs today.The high-speed train money went to projects big and small, ranging from a few thousand dollars to spruce up a local Amtrak station to over $2 billion towards a TGV-style line from San Francisco to Los Angeles.Some projects focused on top and average speeds, others on congestion mitigation to help trains adhere to existing schedules.Some of these projects never got off the ground, killed by newly elected state governments. Some are complete, carrying … [Read more...] about Follow the High-speed Rail Money: $8 Billion and 6 Years Later