Snowmobile Racing Resumes at NHSA Grass Drags

October... the time for leaves to change, kids to collect candy and snowmobile racing to resume. "Wait, what? There's no snow on the ground yet" you're asking. In New Hampshire, that isn't important as the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association hosts their annual "Race Into Winter," more affectionately known as "The Grass Drags." This three-day power sports event is held every Columbus day weekend and is considered the start of New England's snowmobile season. More than 40,000 racing fans turn out each year to witness the high-speed action of grass drag racers. The action is simply incredible as these snow sleds reach speeds topping 115 mph. It's a great chance for fans to get a sneak peek of what to expect from the winter racing events just a few weeks away. However, the grass isn't...

October 6, 2016
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Soldier Fortune Black Ops Monster Truck Dominates Monster Jam

New the Monster Jam arena this year, the Soldier Fortune Black Ops truck team has already made quite a name for itself. An instant hit among kids and adults alike, this truck looks like a supped up version of a tactical vehicle seen in popular military video games such as Call of Duty and Halo. The rookie driver, Tony Ochs, was a fitting addition to the team. A 10-year Army veteran who served in Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan is well known among vets based out of Fort hood and Fort Bliss. Tony worked as an Apache helicopter technician and has friends in the Army who are techs for the Black Hawk helicopters out of East Mesa's Boeing plant. “I have some really, really good friends who work right there,” Tony said. “I’m looking forward to putting on a show for them,...

October 6, 2016
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Toyota Gazoo Seeks Hybrid Win on Home Pavement

Toyota Motorsport GmbH, better known around the racing circuits as the Gazoo, is optimistic about its chances for a win on home soil as the team readies for the 6 Hours of Fuji on October 16th. Toyota's 1,000 horsepower hybrid racing system is developed and built just a few kilometres from the track at the Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre. The TS050 Toyota hybrid racecar has been impressive all season posting podium finishes in several rounds of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The team's most recent success came with a third overall recorded at the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. Check out the video below to see this new breed of racing machine in action for yourself. <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CQ7KFAFh5d4?rel=0" width="560"...

September 27, 2016
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AAA Study Debunks Premium Gasoline

According to a recent study by the American Automobile Association, AAA, there is absolutely no benefit in using premium fuel in a vehicle that only requires regular. Today nearly 16.5 million drivers in the U.S. use premium gasoline in non-performance vehicles, literally wasting their money needlessly. On average a gallon of premium costs 18% more than regular. Multiply that over the course of a year, per driver, per vehicle, and we're talking billions of dollars (nearly $2.1 billion in 2015). The researchers behind the study tested 87 octane and 93 octane fuel in various makes and models of non-performance vehicles. These cars and trucks were graded on performance, emissions, and fuel economy. The results were clear, there was absolutely no benefit in using the higher octane...

September 27, 2016
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When Should You Replace the Serpentine Belt?

While many people regularly take their vehicles in for routine maintenance, one part of the engine is often misunderstood and overlooked.. the Serpentine Belt. In fact, most people don't think about it until it is too late, which can leave you stranded. While you may not perform your own engine maintenance, it is still important to understand how the more critical components work and how to recognize a problem before you find yourself waiting for a tow truck. The serpentine belt "snakes" around several components of the engine, transferring mechanical power to nearly every critical part. Under normal conditions, the belt needs to be replaced every 4 to 6 years. However, those living in areas where the temperature and humidity can vary greatly throughout the year may need to change it...

September 27, 2016
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Lamborghini to Enter the Volume Game

As long as anyone can remember, Lamborghini's business model has been based on extremely high quality, branding, a high price tag, and a generous dash of hype. That appears to no longer be the case as the company recently announced doubling-down on the production of their Urus SUV. The luxury SUV, priced at around $200,000, will have 7,000 units produced within the next year, making up for more than half of all Lamborghinis made. The United States is deemed to be the main target market for the Lamborghini SUV as there is still a high demand for premium SUV's throughout the nation. China comes in at a close second as their economy continues to prosper. The original Urus, debuting at the Beijing Motor Show in 2012, was expected to be powered by the VW 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine....

September 13, 2016
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Supercharger vs. Turbocharger - How and Why?

While there are plenty of differences between superchargers and turbochargers, both types of engine modifications are known as forced inducted engines. The goal of this modification is to compress the airflow going into the engine to give it more power and performance. This also allows the engine to use more fuel, giving it greater horsepower and torque. What Is A Supercharger? There are different types of superchargers on the market today. The thing they have in common is that they are all belt driven. Each variation comes with slight differences in performance. For example, a centrifugal supercharger contains an impeller, which compresses air and forces it into the engine. This is contrasted against a root supercharger, which often sits on top of the engine. The root supercharger...

September 13, 2016
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Breedlove Sues Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

There's no denying that as long as we've had the automobile, we've had racing and records to beat. No name is better known in the record-breaking category for cars than Craig Breedlove, the American professional racecar driver and five-time world land speed record holder. You may have the need for speed, but that's nothing to what Craig has accomplished in his lifetime. He was the first driver in history to reach 500mph on land at the Bonneville Salt Flats; and later the first to reach 600mph. Every vehicle he drove to hit these incredible speeds were named Spirit of America, staying true to the heart of American ingenuity. In 1965, after breaking the 500mph record, Breedlove donated that iteration of Spirit of America to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The legendary...

August 27, 2016
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A Look at the World's Most Expensive Cars

What would you call an expensive car? Maybe a high-end Mercedes, BMW, or Porsche? Not high enough? Well how about a Maybach, Tesla, or Ferrari? What if we told you there are cars on the market that make the price tags of those look like toys? The truth is there are expensive cars, then there are cars that cost more than most people make in 2 lifetimes. Let's take a look at some of these record-breaking vehicles now. The Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita $4.8 million - Currently the most expensive street-legal production car in the world, the CCXR Trevita is truly one of a kind. What makes it so expensive? This supercar is literally coated in diamonds. The new exterior finish developed by Koenigsegg is called the Proprietary Diamond Weave, integrating diamond dust-impregnated resin and carbon...

August 27, 2016
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Amazon Joins the Car Research Business

Joining the ranks of Edmunds, Kelly Blue Book, and CarFinder.com, Amazon is launching a new portion of their website dedicated to helping people find the car they're looking for. The new section, called Amazon Vehicles launched the morning of August 25th. While Amazon has sold millions of car parts and accessories over the years (like E3 spark plugs), this is the company's first real push into the auto sales industry. “Amazon Vehicles is a great resource for customers who are interested in car information or looking for a broad selection of parts and accessories — all enhanced by the ability to tap into the knowledge, opinions and experiences of other car owners within the Amazon customer community,” said Adam Goetsch, director of automotive at Amazon.com. The basic...

August 27, 2016
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