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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 [...]

[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]he first day of the 50th SEMA Show kicked off today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Buyers, exhibitors, and media alike were able to enter at 9 a.m. and see the latest products, new innovations, and some bad-ass builds.

In the days leading to the event many rumors circulated around that this was the year of the trucks, and the rumors are right. Lifted trucks and various off-road machines litter the convention center but they dont begin to drown out the dozens of wide-body cars. Car Street Journal has noticed fender flairs have been flairing up at SEMA for the past few years, but this year seems to be even more classic JDM vehicles showcasing the trend.

Among the classic JDM cars sporting the wide-body look include a Nissan R34 Skyline, Toyota Supra, Nissan Datsun, and a Mazda RX-7.

Editorial Note: This is the final in a series of articles following Andrew Schulte through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest Drift series hosted by VegasDrift. Photography by Hans Marquez, Matthew Fink, and Nicole Ellan James. 

[dropcap style=”style1″]W[/dropcap]ith 121 points, Andrew Schulte earned seventh place his first year competing in all four rounds of the Southwest Drift series hosted by Vegas Drift. In the final round of the series Schulte qualified in 12th position, resulting in a head-to-head with Traverse Hillabech. Schulte nearly missed his battle due to mechanical issues with his 1993 Nissan 240SX resulting in Schultes first run of the battle to also be his first run of the day, Hillabachs advanced.

14233814_10210679563004656_1789952177_o-1-1024x683During the first round of the series, Schulte qualified in 16th position resulting in a head-to-head battle against the number one qualifier. [...]

Editorial Note: This is the final in a series of articles following Austin Kregle through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest Drift series hosted by VegasDrift. Photography by Hans Marquez, Matthew Fink, and Nicole Ellan James. 

[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]hroughout the entire 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosted by VegasDrift, Austin Kregles goal has remained the same: to qualify and keep the car in one piece.

During the final round of the series, Kregle qualified in seventh position, entering the Top 16 competition for the first time behind the wheel of his 1995 Nissan 240SX. His first battle put him against the only other driver in the competition powered by an SR motor, Preston Watson.

Despite similar power levels, Watson maintained closer proximity to Kregle in the chase position and advanced in the competition.

dsc0599-1“The overall experience competing in this series [...]

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