Plug In Power and Performance

Diablosport PredatorWhen I bought my first car I couldn’t wait to get it home so I could start working on it. A new intake, a carburetor, a set of headers and some glass pack mufflers were just the beginning steps to making that car my own. A lot of things have changed since those days. With the invent of on-board computers and electronic controls the ability of the average new car owner to make changes like those, without adversely affecting the car, became less owner friendly. Programmers provide a user-friendly solution to performance upgrades. Continue reading “Plug In Power and Performance”

Cars I’ll Never Get to Drive: The McLaren MP4-12C

Great artists take their time.  Michelangelo spent four years carving the David, and another four painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Modern carmakers, despite the technology and resources available to them, generally take even longer to sculpt their own works.  The Lexus LF-A, for example, took ten years.

But if time invested determines the quality of the art, only one car firm can claim Renaissance status:  McLaren. Continue reading “Cars I’ll Never Get to Drive: The McLaren MP4-12C”

Enter the Man Van

For the 1989 model year, Dodge released something rather daring–a turbocharged minivan.  What could have possessed them to turbocharge the 2.5 liter four is lost to the pages of history, but the 150 hp ’89 Turbovan has become a legend.  Though Dodge built many caravans that year with manual transmissions, finding one today paired with the turbo is extremely rare.  Those who have found them add intercoolers and tend to run 12 second quarters, shaming Mustangs and Camaros alike.

Last week at the Chicago Auto Show, Dodge pulled the sheet off their newest Caravan, the R/T. Continue reading “Enter the Man Van”

Off-Road Tires

The right tire makes all the differenceSelecting the Right Tires for the Job
So you need a new set of tires for your off-road vehicle–where do you start? Before you go and buy the biggest baddest tires you can throw on your truck, let’s look at a few things to provide the best match to your driving style. Almost any aggressive set of tires is going to improve the look of your vehicle, but how about performance? There are many different tire styles available. Continue reading “Off-Road Tires”

Tire Pressure Guide

How Well Do You Handle Pressure?

Tire PressureWe all know that tire pressure matters, but how do you really know what tire pressure is right for your vehicle? Proper tire pressure is a must for long tire life and optimum traction. Many drivers simply inflate to the pressure that is denoted on the sidewall of the tire—big mistake! The pressure rating you see on the side of the tire is the maximum cold inflation pressure for which the tire is rated. Continue reading “Tire Pressure Guide”

Lighten Up!

Have you ever been walking down the hallway in the middle of the night, cautiously feeling your way along, only to walk directly into a door (or something else) because you just couldn’t see it?  Now, imagine running into something you can’t see at 60 mph. It is easy to take the lighting systems in your vehicle for granted until you have to do without them. Continue reading “Lighten Up!”

What To Do After An Accident

Be prepared if this happens to youA harsh reality of driving is that, no matter how careful you may be, accidents can and will happen. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there were 5.8 million traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2008. Do you know what to do when life throws you this wicked little curve ball? We want to help make this unpleasant situation a little less stressful for you with a few tips.
Prepare for the accident before it happens.
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Driving in a Winter Wonderland

driving in winterAs this winter shapes up to be one of the worst in recent memory, we find ourselves watching the forecast intently for the next storm.  In turn, we may be neglecting the one thing that takes the biggest beating during this time of the year: our vehicles. Driving in winter weather can have a significant negative impact on a poorly prepared vehicle.  We offer a few tips to help you get ready for the next blast of snow and ice. Continue reading “Driving in a Winter Wonderland”