Thursday, May 5, 2016

Red Eye: Lexus IS300 Turbo (Wicked C.A.S.)

Toyota builds their cars like tanks and there is no one that can doubt such a thing, especially when it comes to their luxury brand Lexus. Case in point is the IS300, one of the first Japanese luxury sedans to enter the North American market and reach cult-like status amongst motor heads. Although mostly found in the usual black...

Lisa Baudet’s Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Another female reader's ride? We must be lucky to get two in a row. This reader ride comes to us from up in Bradford, Ontario, and is owned by Lisa Baudet. Her Hyundai Genesis 2.0 T underwent some cosmetic makeovers to meet her style standards, and we think the end result looks awesome. Sitting on purple-lipped rims adorned with colour-matching...

Leah Katrina Van Staveren’s Dodge SRT4

If you were approaching this 2004 SRT4 from behind on the road, it might not look like a threat. Fast forward to the moment you try to pass, and your opinion would change as quickly as this 'Subaru-killer' Dodge accelerates. This awesome Mopar Stage 2 2004 Dodge SRT4 is owned by Leah Katrina Van Staveren, an Oshawa local with...

Dark Lextasy: Lexus IS300

Debuted in 2000, the Lexus IS300 was a fresh appealing model in the luxury car segment to offer an alternative to the usual European offerings. In the past decade, there have been countless project builds of this awesome platform ranging from the slammed VIP-style better known in the Japanese show scene to high horsepower race machines stateside. This dark...

Blue Samurai: Mazda Miata Supercharged

First introduced in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show by Mazda, the Miata otherwise known as the MX-5 has earned the right to be called the best sports car of all time. Since its introduction, there have been nearly 1-million sold around the world and at any given race day (amateur or pro level), one will find a slew of these small coupes thrashing through a road course with ease. Jason Woo of Toronto, Canada is no stranger to the Miata having not only built this daily driver, but also currently racing his ’99 MX-5 in various time attack series.

RacingOne Audi R8

The Bavarian mid-engine sports car is named after the Le Mans prototype Audi R8. It is produced by Quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm since 2006. The first study of a Le Mans Quattro dates back to 2003. Racing one, motor sports service provider and event organizer from Rhineland, has helped an Audi R8 V10 – the stock version is certainly not insufficiently motorized – gaining a total of about 610 horse powers through discreet changes in hardware as well as systematic adjustment of the engine mapping. An exhaust system made of titanium, naturally flip-controlled by Akrapovic plays the role of communication with the outside world.

Tech: TWM Performance EVO X Short Shifter Install

For those fans of the Mitsubishi Evolution X, this week's #TechThursday piece features a short shift install. The Evo X is a beast of a machine with it's powerful 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, however like any factory vehicle it lacks refinement for endless thrashing be it on the street or race track. A simple swap of the long-throw shifter in way of a short-throw piece from TWM Performance will turn the spirited Evolution into a menacing one cutting down the throw by as much as 30% if not more! The overall install is a one-hour job that takes patience more than skill as there are many pieces to the disassemble and re-assemble unlike the previous tech install on the 370Z. Follow these step by step guidelines and you'll soon be banging gears quicker than your competitors!

Koenigsegg Agera R

The exclusive world of supercars and hypercars is one filled with fine edge automotive engineering, exotic materials, and brilliance in marketing. Koenigsegg is one such company which strives for perfection in every aspect of their fine vehicle having been able to capture many top honours around the world since its inception in 1994. Founded by Christian von Koenigsegg in Sweden, Koenigsegg first produced their street-legal supercar in 2002 after years of development resulting in the CC and the later version CCX. The niche company is also humble with its operations despite being a publicly traded company with roughly 90 shareholders at any given time. Fast forward to 2010 and the company was set to unveil its second official model – the Agera, which translates to “take action” in Swedish.