Oooh yeah! Anyone out there excited for a factory turbo Honda Civic Type-R? Finally! Honda revealed the 2015 Honda Civic Type-R at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, and the part that caught our eye was the 2.0 VTEC Turbo engine making about 280 horsepower stock. Honda had a factory 4 cylinder turbo for a while with the Acura RDX, but it never made it's way into the sport compact market until now.
The 2015 Civic Type-R is going to have a more aggressive looking body kit with day time running lights. 20 inch wheels and Brembo brakes with cross drilled and slotted rotors will round out the list. With a quad tip exhaust, the 2015 Civic Type-R is one of the best looking yet.
Unfortunately, the Civic Type-R will likely not make it to the United States, but you never know!
Previously, we covered the difference between a turbo and a supercharger, but we didn't get into lag between the two as one of our readers pointed out. We decided to create a new post about this, because turbo lag and what causes it can be a whole discussion in itself. However, there is a misconception that only turbo setups have "lag", and that a supercharger does not have any lag. We'll explain here a bit further.
What is turbo lag?
Turbo lag is simply the amount of time required for the turbo to spool up and hit max boost. During a race, when both cars hit the gas at the same time, the one with a turbo will require a second or more until their engine produces maximum power from the turbo boost.
How can you reduce turbo lag?
There's no real way to reduce turbo lag except to properly size your turbo to your engine. There are some small ways you can reduce turbo lag, but if you put a big turbo on a small engine, there's no way to avoid it easily. This is one of the reason that factory turbos are generally so small. The smaller turbo spools up quicker, and has more power available than a bigger turbo, but has much less top end power than said big turbo.
If a turbo has lag, a supercharger doesn't, right?
The thought is that people want to go with a supercharger because it doesn't have any of the lag associated with having a turbo. However, this is actually not true. Superchargers still require to be at a certain rotational speed until they are able to produce maximum boost. Until you hit that max boost, there is still that dreaded lag.
We could keep talking about turbo lag and supercharger lag forever, and there are many cases where you can use a dual turbo/supercharger setup, or nitrous/turbo setup to reduce lag, but in the end, there is still that lag that you have to overcome. However, with that said, we still love our boost!
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Being in the automotive performance business, we see some pretty cool aftermarket and performance modifications that people do to their cars and trucks. While some parts, modifications and labor can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, there are ways that you can increase horsepower on a budget. Below, we highlight some modifications that you can do to your car to improve power for under $100! Not a bad way to spend an afternoon than to wrench on your car. If you know of other modifications that you can do, please share it with us in the comments below.
Drop In Air Filter
A drop in air filter, such as a K&N air filter is a simple and easy way to improve power without much work. You can typically install this modification within 15-30 minutes and most air filters cost under $50. The nice thing about a drop in air filter, is that you don't need to replace the entire intake system such as with a cold air intake or a short ram intake to improve horsepower. You are also able to keep the factory air box, so the the engine bay looks completely stock.
Aftermarket Exhaust Muffler
Some mufflers can be pretty pricey, while others are way under $100. An example would be Megan Racing Mufflers, which sound great and help to improve exhaust flow by replacing that stock restrictive muffler. A good muffler not only improves horsepower, but it also adds aesthetics to your car and gives your car a modified look. Great alternative to buying an exhaust system, and much less expensive. With a muffler you are essentially replacing one of the most restrictive areas of your exhaust for a fraction of the cost.
High Flow Catalytic Converters
We just talked about mufflers, which are one of the most restrictive parts of your exhaust. However, usually a factory catalytic converter is THE most restrictive part of your exhaust. If it's legal in your state, you can replace your factory catalytic converter with a high flow catalytic converter and feel an immediate increase in power. The good thing about a quality high flow catalytic converter is that they are generally safe for the environment, and can be had for under $100.
Aftermarket Exhaust Headers
You might be thinking that headers are over $100, but not all of them are. Depending on your application, you can find headers for way under $100. Check out some examples such as the DNA Motoring Headers. The factory header is generally not designed for power, so replacing it can improve horsepower and torque while still not breaking the bank.
High Performance Engine Oil
We've seen tests where a high quality performance engine oil such as Royal Purple has improved horsepower and torque significantly. A performance synthetic oil reduces friction and heat in your engine which can rob it of power. Using a quality oil can help you gain some power while being way under $100. And the best part is... you need to do an oil change every 5,000 miles or so, why not use a performance synthetic oil?
So here are 5 easy ways for under $100 each to improve horsepower on a budget. This is a great way to start when modifying your car or truck. With the headers, muffler and high flow catalytic converter, you replaced every restriction section of your exhaust except for the piping. Usually the piping isn't the most restrictive part, so bang for the buck, these three components are worth the upgrade. Once you have the exhaust done, you can improve your air flow with a high quality air filter to improve airflow coming into the engine, since now the airflow is improved going out of the engine. Finish it off with a performance synthetic engine oil, and you have a performance upgrade that didn't break the bank.
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Here's not something you see every day. A classic Chevy Camaro SS with an engine swap from a 93-98 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo. The 2JZ engine is fitted with an Innovate single turbo, and likely makes a lot of power. This must have been done with custom one off engine mounts as I personally have never seen this swap before, so there is likely no swap kit available. However, with the passionate Camaro purists, this is likely not going to go over well, so I doubt this is going to be a popular swap. Nonetheless, we applaud the swap, and love seeing something different.
A customer shared this picture with us, so we don't know much about this car but we'd love to learn more. If you know more about this Camaro, please let us know in the comments.
We recently had a customer tell us that he was excited about a car he just bought because he knew he'd be able to "pick up chicks". The discussion of what exactly is a "chick magnet" was all over the place, so we thought it would be fun to put together a list of what the consensus was for the top 10 picks. We went back and forth on these a few times, but feel pretty good about this list. We decided to stick to cars under $40,000 so that the Ferrari's and Lamborghini's wouldn't be the obvious picks. Here's what we thought were the top 10 chick magnet cars under $40,000... let us know what you think in the comments below!
#10 Toyota Prius
Not obvious, but deserves to be on the list
We're crazy right? Everyone agreed that a Toyota Prius is in fact a Chick Magnet. Think about it - The Prius is gentle on the environment, is economical, saves fuel, drives comfortable, and isn't a race car. A Prius shows you are sensible and responsible, and that's a trait that would attract many "chicks".
#9 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD
... it's a truck, it's "compact", and it's rugged
The Toyota Tacoma is a classic truck and the TRD 4x4 is a more masculine version that fits all of the criteria of a "chick magnet". It's great for daily driving and rugged enough to be an offroad contender.
#8 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
it's a Jeep
The Jeep Wrangler has always been a tough truck. The go anywhere and do any thing Wrangler is highly regarded as a tough truck for a tough enthusiast. A tried and true pick as a chick magnet.
#7 Ford Mustang GT
c'mon... it's a Mustang!
We're careful here to mention the Ford Mustang GT specifically. We feel that for the Mustang to be a true chick magnet, it has to the at least the GT and up, and have a V8. Can't beat that classic Mustang muscle car sound either.
#6 Chevy Camaro SS
just barely beat the Mustang
The Camaro is definitely a chick magnet, but like with the Mustang, we felt it was important to call out the SS. The SS is a classic trim, and especially with the latest body style, the SS just stands out. The V8 grumble is a necessity.
#5 Dodge Challenger SRT8
Not as popular as Camaro or Mustang, so it's more exclusive
The Dodge Challenger SRT8 just barely edged out the Camaro and Mustang here. We feel that since it's not as popular, it's got some what of an exclusivity feel. Also, that Hemi sound, and the classic lines of the Challenger make sure the car gets noticed.
#4 Corvette C6 Convertible
Drop the top and pick up the chicks
We wanted to pick a Z06, but to stay under the $40,000 limit, we would have to pick a C5. We thought the C6 was so much more of a chick magnet, that we decided it would even be the #4 contender as a base Corvette and not the Z06. We took it one step further and thought that a Corvette C6 Convertible would be the even more of a magnet. This car sure did cause quite as ruckus as we worked on this list - strong opinions.
#3 Audi A5
it's those daytime running lights...
The Audi's just have something sexy about them. The daytime running lights, the smooth lines, and the prestige make the Audi A5 nudge into our top 3 spot.
#2 BMW M3 E46
It's a BMW M3
Just about any BMW can be classified as a chick magnet, but an M3 is a no brainer. Since we wanted to find chick magnets under $40,000, we had to go the older route, so we picked the E46 M3. Can't go wrong.
#1 Ford F150 Raptor
#1 selling truck for a reason
And here's our winner... our top pick for the top 10 chick magnets is the Ford F150 Raptor. The F150 could have probably won in a different trim, but the Raptor is what we thought would be the better choice. You would need to get one a few years old to get it under $40,000, but this truck definitely turns heads attracts chicks.
What are your thoughts?
Are we spot on? Have lost our minds? Remember, we had to stick to a $40,000 and under budget. Tell us what you think in the comments below!
The aftermarket is quickly picking up steam for the all new 2014 Corvette Stingray. One of the biggest tuners for the Corvette has been Callaway, so when the C7 was released, Callaway wasted little time in getting ready to start releasing their performance packages. Recently revealed is the Corvette C7 SC610 package which develops 610 horsepower and 555 ft/lbs of torque.
The incredible thing about this SC610 package is that Callaway claims that even wth an extra 160 horsepower and 105 ft/lb torque, the C7 has the same fuel economy and CO2 emissions as a stock vehicle. Very impressive. They managed this feat by using an active fuel management system and modulated supercharged valving. The supercharger has a 4 lobe high helix rotor pack, but with a new housing and manifold to dramatically improve airflow and efficiency. To top it all off, Callaway offers a high flow intercooler to keep temps low and the car happy.
To add to some visual appeal, Callaway includes a carbon fiber hood with integrated air extractor to not only be good looking but also functional.
Pricing has not yet been announced, but we expect it to be a premium offering. It would be interesting to compare the price difference between the C7 Callaway SC610 package and the C7 Z06 which was recently released, since the C7 Z06 actually offers greater performance.
Now we're talkin'. This 2013 Scion FR-S is fitted with a 2JZ Twin Turbo engine found in the 1993-1998 Toyota Supra Turbo. They did a custom single turbo setup and what looks like a lot of modifications on this thing, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's making in excess of 1000 horsepower. We've also seen the FRS and BRZ platforms with V8 swaps, so it appears this lightweight RWD car is going to be the recipient of many donor motors to come, and we love it.
Previously, we've discussed the Subaru STi 2.5L swap into the FRS/BRZ, and if this car would come with a turbo motor from the factory. Doesn't look like it'll happen soon, so these types of swaps will likely become more popular over time.
New emissions regulations have taken effect that require shops to install OEM, or OEM-equivalent, catalytic converters and certified emission compliant systems.
For example, effective Jan. 1, 2014, in the sate of New York, shops are now required to install either OEM or “Aftermarket Catalytic Converters” (AMCCs) that are certified to meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions standards.
Installing even a used catalytic converter could result in fines of up to $500 for the first offense, and upwards of $26,000 for subsequent violations.
It’s a complex issue that the folks at MagnaFlow have taken the lead on, having redesigned their replacement catalytic converter systems and certifying them for use in the three current “zones” of regulation: Federal, California (CARB), and New York compliance, which is now quite similar to CARB regulations.
“We’re working to help customers find the right replacement converter for their customers’ applications, regardless of where they do business,” said MagnaFlow’s Kathryn Reinhardt. “That’s why we’ll release constant updates on specific model fitments on a monthly basis to help dealers select the right converter for their location and application.”
MagnaFlow’s catalytic converter selection can be found here.
Retailers and service shops need to know what regulations are required in each state and what type of emissions system the vehicle has. For vehicle emissions information, refer to the OEM emissions certification tag on the vehicle or check with an authorized dealer or service center.
Bottom line: You need to check with your state regulators to ensure regulatory compliance and that you have selected the correct type of converter to meet the regulations in effect where you are selling and/or installing the system.
Among the different types of catalytic converters there are OEM, Heavy-Metal, or Standard Grade catalyst, and pre-OBD-II and OBD-II compliant.
Catalytic converters are then divided between direct fit or universal fit. Depending on the application and the intended use of the vehicle, you may want to consider if the particular exhaust system needs a certified catalyst or not.
As for the performance of the MagnaFlow direct fit catalytic converters, they utilize high-quality stainless steel construction on both the casing and flanges. OE-like functionality and fitment, and a "better flow" design.
Next in line to dominate race tracks, turn heads and make admirer's drool, is the 2014 Lamborghini Huracan. There's not too many details going around about this car yet, but we have found some of them.
Powered by a 5.2L V10 that will make 610 horsepower at 8,250 RPM and 580 nM torque at 6,500 RPM. Weighing just over 1400 kg, this car is expected to flash through the 60mph in 3.2 seconds from a dead stop. 124mph comes around in just 9.9 seconds. That's pretty fast in my book. and all of this power comes down through all 4 wheels with an awesome dual-clutch transmission.
Lamborghini is continuing with their heritage of using only the highest quality materials and this Huracan is no exception. Body and chassis is made from carbon and aluminum. There's also several driving modes - Strada, Sport and Corsa (from civilized to track) and will have awesome carbon-ceramic brakes and electromagnetic shocks.
The interior is no slouch either, and features all of the latest gadgets such as a 12.3" TFT display, comfortable and supportive bucket seats, and the best materials available. We'll share more details as Lamborghini makes them public.
Check out the awesome sound clip of the Huran:
We've had a lot of customers interested in the Cipher Auto Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S Seat Belt Harness Bar. Lots of you wanted to see the install instructions before ordering, so we decided we'd post about it here. We'd love to see your installs... please submit them in the comments below!
For more info on this bar, please click here: Cipher Auto Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S Harness Bar
1) Tilt seats forward toward front of car.
2) Remove upper B-Pillar Trim.
a. Uncover top bolt using a pick or small screw driver, and use 10mm socket to remove bolt
b. Carefully pull back lower B-Pillar trim to remove bolt on bottom of upper B-Pillar trim using 10mm socket.
c. Repeat for opposite side.
3) Remove Rear Seat Cushions
a. Remove 10mm bolt from front of seat cushion
b. Seat cushion can now be removed.
c. Repeat for opposite side
4) Remove Rear Side Panels
a. Remove all covers to access rear lower seat belt anchor.
b. Repeat for opposite side
5) Install Support Bar Bracket
a. Remove bolt holding rear seat belt anchor
b. Install “L” shape bracket under anchor with slotted side down and threaded side facing opposite side of vehicle.
c. Re-install bolt and tighten at this time
6) Re-Install Rear Side Panels
a. Repeat for both sides
7) Install B-Pillar Trim
a. it may be necessary to trim b-pillar cover to allow access to shoulder belt bolts once installed
i. install of main harness bar can be done without trimming b-pillar covers but is much more difficult.
8) Install Main Harness Bar
a. Position main harness bar ends into the B-Pillar shoulder belt bolts using supplied and original hardware.
b. Hardware order is as fallows starting from the head of the bolt: Bolt, Washer, Harness bar end bracket, ½” spacer, seat belt anchor, OE spacer, OE washer.
c. Repeat for opposite side; do not fully tighten fasteners.
9) Prepare Tension Rods:
a. Install a rod end with jam nut into each Upright Tension rod
10) Install upright Tension Rods
a. Install bottom of tension rod first.
b. Position rod so that the bottom rod end is flat against the inside of the “L” shape bracket installed in step 5
c. Install supplied bolt through holes with a washer on each. Do not tighten completely
d. Repeat for opposite side.
11) Install Tension Bar Rod Ends into Main Harness Bar
a. Determine final position of Main Harness Bar
i. Bar should be level and evenly spaced in the car.
b. Move tension rod into position to bolt into the lower bracket of the Main Harness Bar.
c. Adjust Rod End to desired height in order to match holes in Main Harness Bar.
d. Install supplied bolt through holes with a washer on each. Do not tighten completely
e. Repeat for opposite side
12) Tighten all Bolts
a. Do a bolt check
b. Ensure that Main Harness Bar is in final desired position and tighten all bolts to the B-Pillar Brackets, Upright tension Rods, Floor Brackets, and tighten the jam nuts on the Rod Ends.
c. Install Seat Trim removed in Step 2.
13) Re-Install Rear Seat Cushions
a. Slide seat cushion back into place
b. Re install 10mm screw to front cushion bracket
c. Repeat for opposite side
14) Install Seat Belts
a. Install you seat belts as desired onto Harness Bar.
For more info on this bar, please click here: Cipher Auto Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S Harness Bar
We'd love to see your installs... please submit them in the comments below!