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In the automotive world, heat creates a ticking time bomb. Different vehicle components demand target temperatures for ideal performance, but you’ll run into trouble quick if things get too hot. In the search for performance, items like cooling components and tires must be closely monitored to create an ideal setup. Although tools like infrared temperature guns provide vital information, they only deliver tiny snippets of a bigger picture. This is where infrared cameras and thermal imagers come in, offering users the ability to view temperature differences of an entire area on a digital screen. We received Milwaukee’s M12 102 x…

Bent or warped valves and reduced engine efficiency have plagued our 1,300+whp RB26DETT engine ever since we pushed beyond the 1,000whp mark a few years ago. For the longest time, we chalked up the bent or warped valves to extreme temps and the rigors of life at 600 horsepower per liter. Thanks to new discoveries made in our Club DSPORT engine development center we’ve not only isolated the true cause of these issues, but also have discovered a solution to eliminate the issue at this power level. To see if your engine can benefit from this solution, we will first…

What’s the point in upgrading your car if you don’t know how to drive it? There are countless options in improving your performance on track, yet improving the driver is one of the most commonly overlooked. It can be a tough task, as it requires you to set your ego aside and learn how to do something you may think you’re already good at. It doesn’t sound as sexy as a bigger turbo or a shiny new set of coilovers, but once driving techniques start to click in your mind and become second nature, you’ll discover an entirely new element…

No one would argue that the RB26DETT is one of the best inline six-cylinder engines to come out of Japan. Depending on the qualities that you prioritize in an engine, some could make a valid argument that it is even superior to Toyota’s 2JZ-GTE. The engine’s success in motorsports and the records it has set in the tuning world have put it in the upper echelon of performance engines. While it is one of the most expensive engines to build, it does offer some options unavailable in other platforms. In fact, it is the only Japanese performance engine where the…

While you can always turn up the boost on a forced induction application to mask a poor parts selection, an All-Motor combination relies upon the proper matching of camshafts, header, cylinder head and intake manifold. Among these four components, headers usually represent one of the first upgrades for any All-Motor build. The relative low cost and ease of installation leads to its popularity. When it comes to the Honda B-series engine, the number of header choices is overwhelming. BLOX Racing recently introduced titanium versions of its Hi-Flow and Max-Flo 4-2-1 headers and we decided it was time for a quick…

This article just might save your life. Many of us forget that when we crawl under a car to perform any sort of repair or upgrade, we’re trusting a lift, jack stands or a simple hydraulic jack to support thousands of pounds of metal from falling on us. It’s a scary thought. Without these tools, wheel and tire changes, transmission swaps and other jobs that take place around and underneath the car would be impossible. The task of enabling these types of jobs without you getting crushed makes lifting equipment one of the most important types of tools you’ll ever…

It’s no secret that higher boost pressure translates into higher torque and power outputs. Crank up the boost pressure, get more power. While many understand the merits of increasing the pressure of the air going into the cylinders, fewer understand the virtues of decreasing the pressure within the crankcase. While many high-end classes of racing from Formula One to Pro Stock rely upon dry sump oiling systems that run the crankcase at negative pressure (vacuum), few entry-level racecars and even fewer street cars benefit from the negative crankcase pressures of a dry sump oiling system. The cost and complexity of…

WHETHER OR NOT YOU WANT TO ASSOCIATE BLUE AND purple headlights with the tuning market, the truth remains that many enthusiasts resort to plug-and-play high-intensity discharge (HID) light kits to increase headlight output. While some enthusiasts have begun to realize the shortcomings of dropping in these cheaply made HID kits, others simply don’t know where else to turn for proper, effective lighting solutions. OEM manufacturers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars researching, developing and testing new ways to improve headlight output without blinding traffic. While most of us may not be able to afford a brand-new luxury vehicle equipped with…

We’ve entered a new age of technology in modern cars which in some ways is for the better and other ways for the worse. In terms of feel and response, electric power steering systems are efficient, but remove the level of detailed feedback that manual and hydraulic-assisted steering systems provide. We find the same problem in modern throttle by wire systems, where a series of sensors and an electric motor replace a simple physical cable to the throttle body. In driving environments like canyon runs or track days, accurate throttle inputs and feedback are essential for consistent performance and confidence…

Manual transmission elitists need to get with the times. Driving an H-pattern gearbox is fun and makes you feel connected to the car, but it doesn’t hurt to leave some of the work to automated systems. This rings especially true if your main goal is improved performance, such as a sequential gearbox and its ability to change gears in only a few milliseconds. Manual transmissions require more input from the driver, which also results in more room for error with grinding gears, lengthy shift times and poor rev matching. Not everyone can afford a dual clutch transmission, and not everyone…

Back in 2012, driver Jeremy Foley and co-driver Yuri Kouznetsov found themselves flying off the edge of a mountain during their run up the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The 550whp Mitsubishi Evo 8 took flight from the infamous “Devil’s Playground” corner at 70 MPH as the EVO glided into a 45-degree slope covered in boulders that rolled the chassis more than 10 times. After throwing body panels and various parts in all directions, the car finally came to rest, exposing a mostly bare roll cage and the vehicle occupants inside. Despite the harsh and violent nature of this crash,…

We’ve all seen videos of race leaders stumbling over the last drops of fuel in their tanks, their engines sputtering and misfiring as fuel flow sporadically cuts out. Sometimes they are lucky enough to coast past the checkered flag in first place, other times the competition catches up and blows past them at full tilt, watching their victory get snatched away at the last possible second. Text by Stanley Yee // Photos by Joe Singleton and Courtesy of Holley In racing, fractions of a second in lap times can make the difference between winning and losing. Teams don’t waste any…

Many racing sanctioning bodies require drivers to be able to exit a stopped car in only seven seconds in the case of an emergency. This may not sound like a long time, but it can feel like forever when flames fill the vehicle cabin. All the while, the driver must shut off the car, cut the power, engage the fire suppression system, release the six-point harness, remove the steering wheel, unhook the window net and open the door to get out. Each of these items play a key role in keeping a driver safe in different ways, while allowing them…

Whether it’s computers, phones, tablets, operating systems or music applications, Apple excels in treating its users like idiots but gets away with it by way of clever marketing. It removes control and functionality from its products while branding the changes as features. Thankfully, there are still people wiser than this on both a business and consumer level. In a world where tech companies remove features and jack up prices, AEM Performance Electronics proves that there is still hope. AEM’s CD-7 Digital Racing Dash Display give control back to the users, offering one of the most comprehensive feature-sets in the dash…

Even though today’s vehicles require less maintenance than ever before, there are still a number of items that need regular attention to keep them running just right. In this Tune-up Basics guide, we’ll cover the fundamentals that every car enthusiast should know from changing oil to setting tire pressure. Follow the steps in the individual sections and your car will be running strong for years to come. Ignition There’s No Fire Without a Spark Fluids Happy Engines are Lubed and Cooled Filters Capturing Contaminants Brakes Solid Stopping Power Electrical Voltage to Drive Settings Important Factors for Everyday Driving Car Paint…

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