One of my favorite vehicles on the road today, the Ariel Atom, is getting freshened up with a few mechanical changes and more interior room. The third-generation Atom gets an upgraded chassis with diagonal side rails to allow 3.9 inches of elbow room and an additional 2.4 inches of hip room inside the cockpit. The Ariel Atom 3 suspension will now receive optional 10-way adjustable Bilstein shocks while non-adjustable Bilsteins as standard. The Atom 3 also has a slightly lowered seating position which should lower the center of gravity and make the overall ride quality a little better. The Honda
If you’ve been waiting for Nissan’s GT-R V-Spec, you’ll have to keep waiting. Nissan has just delayed the launch of the lightweight GT-R V-Spec until early 2009. However, Nissan is getting ready to launch their NISMO performance parts catalog for the GT-R on august 20th. We can expect many of the popular tuner companies, such as Stillen and GReddy, to produce performance products for the GT-R as well. However, there is a new company stepping into the ring – GT-RR.com, GT-RR.com is a distributor of “high-end boutique” performance parts for the Nissan GT-R. On its Web site, you will find
German BMW tuner, AC Schnitzer, has just announced their styling and performance package for the BMW X6. Schintzer’s first order of business was to address the aerodynamics and bodywork of BMW’s first Sports Activity Coupe. In the X6 by AC Schnitzer the front skirt with its diagonal air intakes and repositioned fog lights are exposed. The skid-plate protection has been removed in favor of a more dynamic contour of the spoiler edge. The rear carries a massive skirt with framed edges. In contrast to the original, all components are painted body-color throughout, so the body appears down stretched and more dominant.
Ok, so you just dropped $230,000 on a new Ferrari Scuderia only to get it home and realize it only has 510 hp. Heck, Ford’s Shelby GT500 will put out more than that with nothing more than a K&N air filter swap. Well, help is on the way from Novitec Rosso, a leading Ferrari Tuner. Novitec introduces a sophisticated tuning program for the new Ferrari 430 Scuderia. At its heart is the Novitec Rosso Supersport Bi-Kompressor engine that bumps power output from stock 510 hp to 717 hp and increases top speed from 199 MPH to 217 MPH. Peak torque improves
A suite of new supercharger kits has emerged for Dodge, Chrysler and classic Mopars. Vortech has introduced a high-output, charge cooled supercharging system for the 5.7L and 6.1L Hemi V8 Dodge and Chrysler vehicles. Paxton has also stepped up with their new blow-through supercharging system for carbureted Mopar vehicles. Late-Model Chrysler and Dodge Hemi Complete supercharging systems for 2006-2007 5.7L and 6.1L Chrysler/Dodge Hemi vehicles are now available from Vortech Engineering. Applications include Chrysler 300C, Dodge Magnum and Charger. No piggyback control boxes, supplemental injectors, fuel lines or “add-on” fuel rails are required. The Vortech system uses the factory fuel
The country’s top award for a performance based Street Machine was presented to Erv Woller at the Goodguys 11th PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH on July 12th. Ringbrothers, the same team that produced last year’s Street Machine of the Year winner, built Woller’s 1969 Camaro, known as “RAZOR”. That’s the first time in the fourteen-year history of the award the winning car was produced by the same build team in consecutive seasons. Featuring a two-tone gray and orange design, “Hunter” leather interior, carbon fiber hood and decklid, a Detroit Speed & Engineering “Quadralink” suspension and one-off custom Budnik wheels,
ProCharger is now offering their legendary intercooled supercharger system for the 2007-2008 “new generation” GM trucks. Producing 50-55% power gains on stock motors with 7-8psi of intercooled boost from the P-1SC-1 ProCharger, this system is sure to get you that extra power you’re looking for. GM truck and SUV ProCharger systems deliver the ultimate performance and power increase for towing, daily driving and sport truck applications. In the lower rpm towing range, Intercooled ProCharger systems will deliver more rear-wheel torque because the intercooled charge air is extremely dense (virtually at ambient temperature), the engine is running full timing, and
Even since I met with STRUT at the 2007 SEMA show, I have been looking forward to their new line of carbon fiber components. The first in this series is a beautiful one-of-a-kind appearance package for the Lamborghini Gallardo. STRUT, the originator of the “jewelry collections for your car” concept, has created an elegant Collection made from aerospace grade carbon-fiber and 316L stainless steel that gives owners the flexibility to further personalize their special automobile. Available for the 2004-2008 Gallardo, this Collection features eleven individual components: two primary grilles with carbon-fiber surrounds and stainless steel, diamond-woven mesh with the distinctive