High Heels and Horsepower: Bad Passengers

High Heels and Horsepower: Bad Passengers

By Nicole James

One of my biggest pet peeves is when passengers start messing with stuff in my car while I am driving. It is the quickest way to get a rise out of me. Personally, I feel it is disrespectful for the passenger to start changing the radio station, or mess with the AC while I have their life in my hands as I am driving. I really don’t mind when someone asks to change the station or turn on the AC and roll up the windows. However, when you do it without asking it drives me crazy, let alone pick at things.

So, a few weeks ago I gave someone a ride in my car. I had the windows down, enjoying life, and the music up. My passenger began complaining about the glorious Arizona heat as we made our way to our destination. He rolled up his [...]

Restoring a Subaru WRX Wagon?

By Nicole James

From cats, to poop, to cars, YouTube is sure to have something for everyone. Think of the most random topic… I’m sure YouTube has a video on it. I recently stumbled across this gem, how to properly restore a Subaru WRX Wagon.

Jesse Bunting is our host as he shows us his passion for the Subaru WRX and his restoration of a 2003 Subaru WRX. Like many other cars, there are multiple forums and Facebook groups dedicated to the car with all sorts of people offering all sorts of advice. The finished product is awesome, but what I like most is the advice he gives fellow enthusiasts: When it comes to restoring a WRX (or, your car of choice) always do it how you want. Make the car yours.

http://youtu.be/ze42OvdFQ6E

Kick back, bring out the wine, and enjoy an evening in Paris

By Brian Brawley

Recently, I mused about a little French made sports car that I particularly liked. You might have even read my little excerpt on the Renault-Alpine GTA, and that got me thinking more about how many exceptional gems have come from the country of cheese and romance. In general, French cars are not well received; whether it be abysmal reliability, quirky design, optimistic styling, or that they come from the land of front wheel drive purgatory. Even more disheartening, like their Italian counterparts, French cars no longer sell in most markets, relying mostly on domestic sales. Seeing final sales right at the dawn of the nineties in America, the French have wanted to make a comeback; but like a lingering flavor of moldy Munster on our cheeseburger-laden tongues we fear a second bite. I want [...]

Shop Talk: Lone Star Racing 

By Nicole James

This week Car Street Journal would like to highlight Lone Star Racing. Lone Star Racing is a production and custom manufacturer of the highest quality racing and recreational products for ATV’s and UTV’s. Having been in the business for over 20 years, they have been producing race winning chassis and suspension components for all types of racing, ranging from the street to off road.

Located in Mesa, AZ Lone Star Racing is a 45,000 square foot playground with dedicated team members who provide life to the CNC machining center, as well as the water jet, laser cutting, sand blasting and a powdercoating booth.

Lone Star Racing is most well-known for ATV and UTV suspension and chassis components catering mostly to the off-road community. However because they have so many awesome machines and tools they can build custom cages for cars and a lot of other unique parts.

Keeping the work environment fun, the [...]

The Return of the Fisker Karma and Much More

By Nicole James

After Fisker declared bankruptcy, the Wanxiang Corp., a Chinese auto parts giant, bought the company. The new owners promised fans they would get Karma production started as soon as possible. No Karmas have been made since 2012, but that is very likely to change. Fisker’s new owners are also promising that a smaller and less expensive model will hit the market in 2017.

No exact details have been made available about this ‘smaller and less expensive model’, but sources suggest that reference is being made to the Atlantic, a car that has only been seen in concept form. It basically looks like a smaller version of the Karma. The karma itself has about 250 ‘bugs’ that still need to be worked out before production can go underway. Wanxiang seems to be proceeding very carefully as they want [...]

Sorry Viper fans… You’re too slow for the Hellcat

By Nicole James

With the release of the 707 horsepower Hellcat, it’s no wonder Viper fans are a little pissed. Think about this for a second: 707 horsepower Vs 640 hp. That’s the comparison being made right now between the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Dodge SRT Viper.

You got it right; a supercharged V8 is now more powerful than a naturally aspirated V10. It seems only natural that the Hellcat V8 would be put into the engine bay of Chrysler’s flagship supercar. Unfortunately, it’s not technically possible. Why? The first and most apparent reason is that the dimensions of a Hemi simply won’t fit under the Viper’s hood.

If the automaker was to modify the Viper’s hood line so the 707 horsepower V8 could fit, it would severely alter the Viper’s aerodynamics.

Need another reason? The Hemi is too wide and it won’t [...]

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