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40 years after the launch of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the German manufacturer introduces the GTI TCR, a production-based touring car for customer racing teams and drivers. All 20 cars have already been accounted for, as teams are prepping for the 2016 season that will take them to 16 national and international TCR touring car championships. The Golf GTI TCR sits on 18-inch racing rims and a chassis that is about 40cm wider than the production Golf. Aerodynamics further complement the looks of the GTI, utilizing a front splitter and carbon rear wing that help stick the car to the…

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. unveiled the Subaru Global Platform, a work-in-progress that will result in a shared architecture for Subaru vehicles. As part of Subaru’s long-term plan to rebuild its branding, we’ll likely see the debut of this new architecture in the upcoming Impreza later this year. The redesigns of this generation have been made with the future in mind, with this platform expected to carry into 2025. Subaru’s checklist for its Global Platform come down to safety, performance and cost-effective means of production and maintenance. Subaru already included that it aims to reach the world’s highest levels of safety,…

Pirelli World Challenge is kicking off its 2016 season at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas. This series, which comprises of 500-plus horsepower exotic supercars, 100 horsepower econoboxes, and everything in between, pits the world’s largest auto manufacturers against each other among seven different racecar classes. This weekend, the Touring Car (TC), Touring Car A (TCA) and Touring Car B (TCB) categories bring BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Mini, Nissan, and Porsche to the fight. However, Mazda delivers a huge presence this weekend with 24 drivers entered among these three touring car classes. Seeing that the new Mazda MX-5…

There’s a good chance you’ve already seen Ken Block’s latest Gymkhana EIGHT video that dropped a few days ago, but did you catch the teaser at the end and the announcements that followed? While Block has been showcasing the 1965 “Hoonicorn” AWD Mustang and Fiesta rally car in recent videos and appearances, it’s the hyped up Focus RS that he’ll be piloting next. This model will not only headline the next Gymkhana video, but it will also be Hoonigan Racing Division’s official racecar in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The all-wheel drive Focus RS racecar produces 600 horsepower and is…

2017 Acura NSX Appears in Jay Leno’s Garage For many of us, the Acura NSX was love at first sight. This beauty, produced from 1990 to 2005, excited enthusiasts everywhere with its timeless looks, an aluminum 3.0-liter V6, and developed with the help of famous Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna. The NSX’s is not without its own shortcomings, but the car still stands out a strong example of the manufacturer’s ability to produce a competitive sports car that rivals the European makes. Finally, nearly a decade after the car’s original announcement, the second generation NSX came to life. Many…

Just when you think Ken Block & company couldn’t possibly outdo themselves, they surprise you once again. Enjoy the premiere of Gymkhana Eight: Ultimate Exotic Playground; Dubai. Make sure to watch to the end for a special sneak peek of things to come, as well.

When Bugatti debuted the 1,000 horsepower Veyron in 2005, it was the highlight topic of automotive circles everywhere. On paper, this hypercar stomped on its competition in terms of power and top speeds, trumping Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche and others. Here we are, just over a decade later, and Bugatti decides to shock once again. The manufacturer just rolled out the numbers at Geneva International Motor Show for the 1,500 horsepower Chiron. That’s right, 1,000 horsepower wasn’t enough, so they added a Ferrari 430’s worth of power on top of that. Let’s talk specs. The Chiron, in all its rarity of…

EKanoo Racing took to social media this morning to announce that they had once again set the world record for the fastest & quickest GT-R with a quarter mile time of  7.366 @ 206 MPH. As expected, this all-wheel drive machine launched off the line like a rocket, laying down rubber and winding up the glorious-sounding turbochargers along the way. Check it out in the video below, and make sure to turn up the volume. From EKanoo Racing: “No better start of the racing weekend than breaking our previous world record on the first pass . 1.29 60ft 1/8 mile…

We’ve witnessed Ken Block rip through abandoned airfields, retired racetracks, and the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles in the famous Gymkhana videos. Block, Toyo Tires and Hoonigan announced today that he’ll be back at it again in the 650hp Ford Fiesta ST, this time dressed in an all-new livery. Although the color scheme is stated to be black-on-black, it will actually change colors and design depending on the angle it’s viewed from and how light hits it. Beyond aesthetic changes, the eighth installation of Gymkhana premieres Block’s new multi-year partner Toyo Tires. For those that really dig the…

If you’re a fan of Ken Block’s stunt driving antics and have an extra $358,000 lying around, you might be the right bidder for this Ford Fiesta Rally Car, nicknamed the HFHV (Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle), being auctioned by Hoonigan Racing Division on the website Motorsport Auctions. The foundation of the HFHV is a M-Sport built Ford Fiesta World Rally Car. What makes it a hybrid is not a fuel-efficient gasoline/electric powertrain, rather its ability to be configured and optimized for rally, rallycross and gymkhana. This Fiesta comes equipped with a Pipo Moteurs 2.0-liter engine capable of producing 600hp and…

Toyota may have just shut the doors on Scion, but the Lexus brand is charging onward. The luxury brand revealed the new LC 500 at the Detroit Auto Show in January, presenting a new direction for Lexus in looks and performance. This new design branches away from the infamy of big engines in heavy cars, led with a front grill that best resembles an electric shaver. The LC 500 features a chassis optimized for better handling, the already proven 467hp RC F powertrain, and an appealing body redesign. This leads us to believe that the LC 500 shows promise in…

TRA-Kyoto’s Kei Miura has been busy at his workshop. After announcing the new Pandem series aero kits in October and showcasing several of the new kits at the 2015 SEMA Show, Miura released images of his latest creation on the company’s Facebook site on February 8. A new Rocket Bunny kit for the Honda EG Civic.  Although no text was included other than “coming soon” and some shots of an EG Civic hatch with Miura’s signature styling. Hopefully though the kit won’t cost more than the car.

HOLD ON TIGHT ENGINE INTERNALS TAKE A LOT OF ABUSE IN THE FORM OF HEAT, VIBRATION and friction. Keeping the engine internals together under these conditions requires strong fasteners. With intentions set on ensuring high strength and durability, Automotive Racing Products (ARP) now offers its ARP2000 Connecting Rod Bolt Kit for Subaru 2.0L (FA20) DOHC 4-cylinder applications. The cap screw style rod bolts are rated at 220,000 PSI tensile strength and can be reused, unlike OEM Torque to Yield rod bolts that require replacement after each use. Automotive Racing Products 800.826.3045

PACKIN’ GEAR GOPRO IS THE GO-TO STANDARD FOR COMPACT, ACTION CAMERAS. FOR THOSE that carry numerous GoPro cameras in order to capture footage from every angle, Incase offers its Kelly Slater Pro Pack. The Pro Pack contains a large volume main compartment with customizable divider to house multiple GoPro cameras and accessories. An integrated mount on the left strap allows the wearer to attach a camera and continue recording, hands-free. The included Tensaerlite Canister fits two more cameras for extra protection. For extreme weather conditions, a removable rainfly stores in its own pocket at the bottom, ready to quickly cover…

PUNCH OUT THE BOXER AS THE SAYING GOES, THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR DISPLACEMENT AND L.A. Sleeve has made it easier for Subaru owners to up the displacement of their EJ25 engines with its Big Bore Sleeve Kit. L.A. Sleeve’s kit is made from proprietary Moly2000 centrifugally spun cast ductile iron, a hardened material that can be bored out to a bore larger than the factory 99.5mm piston size. According to L.A. Sleeve, the increase in bore size can efictively increase the displacement of the EJ25 to 2.8-liters. In addition to the increase in engine size, the sleeve kit offers…

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