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Nick Who?? Nick Gross!

Pro-AM Contender
Man working under custom Nissan 240 S14 drift race car

Why should you look out for Nick?  He is an up and coming contender for the Southwest Drift Pro-Am series. After his first event in December 2014, he has caught the fever to drive sideways. This passion has driven Nick to push his talent, and thus, he now competes in the Pro-Am Series.

On Thursday Matt Haugen from Street Standard stopped by the Car Street Journal conference room at Sema.  Matt has been attending Sema for 8 years, and for 7 of those years he has had one of his cars in the Sema show.  Matt got into working on cars with his dad when he was young.  Helping work on Hot Rods and such at home.  Matt’s first Sema he brought his Toyota Tundra.  Years later Matt was thinking about starting his own business and build some bad-ass cars. With the help from Cory Hosford, they came up with Street Standard.  Street Standard is a car performance go to shop.  They can get anything from body kits from Liberty Walk and Rocket Bunny down to Wilwood Brakes.  Matt has 2 personal cars here at Sema this year. Which are a 1 of 1 Liberty Walk Lamborghini and a Rocket Bunny Nissan 350z.

With all the new products that are out Motormood came out with something and entertaining, the CarMoji!  Going with the trending emojis that are used on our phones… Motormood decided to bring it to life with these light up emojis for your car.

ESE Industries, a group of designers and engineers that love carbon fiber, came to The SEMA Show with the E1 full carbon fiber wheel.

These wheels starting at a mere 11 lbs per wheel are significantly lighter than any light weight metal wheel.  Since the weight has been lifted from the wheel that means improved rotational inertia.  Faster acceleration and better braking with less rotational mass.  Less rotational mass means less horsepower being robbed from the wheels and given back to the driver.  The E1 are rated for a 3850 LB axle car.

Each year I cant help but feel a bit nostalgic as SEMA rolls around. For those who either know me or have been following my work on Car Street Journal, you know I’ve been doing automotive things for a long time. What you probably didn’t know is that it all kind of started here at SEMA.

Prior to my first trip to SEMA, Car Street Journal was a hobby of sorts. I thought I knew I wanted to get into journalism but like many other young people I really wasn’t sure until I found myself surrounded by beautiful cars, insane builds and I had burned like a million calories running across the convention center. I remember coming home from that trip and thinking “This is it, this is what I want to do with my life. Automotive journalism is for me.”

Within two weeks of my first SEMA experience I had quit my “daily job” [...]

[dropcap style=”style1″]W[/dropcap]hen you think Subaru, you typically think turbo’d boxster motor with symmetrical all-wheel-drive, right? As a fellow Subaru driver you hear people wanting to get fancy with being creative on how to get more power from your car.

Sure, you can change your fuel to race fuel – or E85 – you can add meth injection, spray NOS, or maybe add a supercharger to your already boosted car! I mean, lets be honest here… There’s only so many ways to invent the wheel.

The folks over at Rally Sport Direct have been working with Cosworth and Steam Speed to create a compound build on the NEW FA20 engine that is now available in the Subaru WRX.

What makes the new FA20 engine different from the EJ25?  There are many differences, but the main difference with the Steam Speed FA20 is that the turbo is located near the bottom of the front of the engine rather than [...]

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