Ford Truck Goes Head-To-Head with Polaris RZR

At the Outback ATV Park in Laurinburg North Carolina, Popular Mechanics covered a fantastic race between the 2017 Ford Raptor pickup truck and the Polaris RZR ATV. While the Raptor has the highest traction clearance of street-legal vehicles, the RZR puts it to shame. Thought the RZR only has 110hp compared to the 450hp in the Raptor, the course they raced definitely evened the playing field between the two. Ripping across about 1/8th mile of track, the teams picked a spot, which wouldn't give either vehicle an unfair advantage. This was definitely the battle of ultimate suspension versus ultimate horsepower. Now you wouldn't usually think of pitting a street truck against a purely off-road vehicle, but what else would you expect from the guys at Popular Mechanics? Though they are very...

February 24, 2017
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Big 6 Grand Prix Championship Opener Full of Surprises

Spectators at the District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix Championship opener witnessed a series of unfortunate events. After only three laps a red flag was thrown as a downed rider was stuck in a dangerous part of the course. Medical personnel had to attend to him right away and the race was postponed. Upon restart, officials used s staggered start to help avoid further issues. The rougher-than-normal track conditions were repaired and by the following morning racers were treated to a glassy smooth course. Despite the changes, more crashes and injuries happened the following day. With an overly groomed course, many racers found it difficult to get up enough speed to pass and get the checkered flag. After losing ground, racer Justin Seeds got back up and worked to catch the other racers. Robby...

February 24, 2017
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When to Change Ignition Wires and Coils

How much does it cost to replace ignition wires and coil? Well, it depends upon the engine in the vehicle you drive.  However, before you replace the ignition wires, coils or coil pack in your car or truck, it is important to do a thorough inspection of the ignition system, including the spark plugs. Once your ignition wires start to wear out, it is much more difficult to deliver a good spark from the distributor or coil pack. As the materials in the plug wires begin to weaken or breakdown, it makes it much more difficult for the voltage to travel from its source to the cylinder where combustion occurs. Typically, the engine will misfire causing a skip or your vehicle may fail to start. Spark plug wires transfer the spark from the distributor or ignition coil to the plugs that...

February 24, 2017
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ATV Racing Lights Up with New Yamaha Program

In an early February announcement, Yamaha Motor Corp., USA announced the launch of a new ATV Racing Support program. This new initiative is committing a potential race win bonus payout of $100,000. These bonuses will be available to Side-by-Side and ATV racers who compete in select series and classes while driving Yamaha 2016 or newer YFZ450R and YXZ1000R models. The goal of the company is to get their quads on the track more often and show the racing world what they're made of. "Yamaha's bLU cRU has been a very popular supercross, motocross and off-road motorcycle racing program, and we're excited to expand it to ATV and SxS racers this year," said Donnie Luce, Yamaha ATV / Off-Road Racing Coordinator. Racing apparel is also part of the deal as registered racers will receive a $45...

February 24, 2017
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Snowmobile Tops 146 MPH at Swan Lake Races

Southwest of Minneapolis in Nicollet County, MN, snowmobile racers and fans flock to Swan Lake for an exciting annual racing event. Put on by the Nicollet County Trail Association, hundreds of spectators and racers were drawn to the icy lake to witness roaring engines, flying ice, and streaks of bright colors screaming across the ice. Unlike traditional oval ice courses, the Swan Lake event is all about speed. Starting at one end of a 1,000-foot track, racers are signaled and start tearing across the ice as fast as possible At the opposite end of the track is a race official holding a radar gun. The highest speed for each racer is recorded as their score for the run. To ensure there wasn't a mix up on the radar read, racers went one-at-a-time. At the end of each class, points were...

February 23, 2017
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Formula One Street Race Coming to America

Chase Carey, the new owner of Formula One Racing, recently announced plans to expand the sport into new markets. This includes adding a traditional street race, set in the United States, to the circuit. "We would like to add a destination race in the U.S. in a location like New York, L.A., Miami, Las Vegas," Carey said in a telephone interview. "We think we can create something that will be a really special event. Obviously, the U.S. is all upsides for us. We haven't invested in the way we need to build the U.S. market." Currently Formula One only has one stop in the U.S. during the season and that is in Austin, Texas. Lovers of Formula One Racing have felt the sport was "stuck in the past" mostly thanks to former owner Bernie Ecclestone. Carey promises to change all that and has...

February 16, 2017
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The Easy Way to Change a Flat Tire

As a regular reader of the E3 Spark Plugs blog chances are that you know your way around a car. Still, there are plenty of people out there who don't know the first thing about the car they're driving, except how to coast it down the road. In a recent poll of college freshmen, 70% were found to not know how to change a flat tire. With such a startling figure, we thought it would be a good time to lay out some simple wisdom from the gear heads at E3. Every car, truck, and SUV comes with a spare tire. This is located in the rear of the vehicle, either under a panel in the floor or beneath the vehicle. The spare will be secured with either a few bolts or a T-bar if suspended by a cable. Loosen the securing bolts to release the spare. Be sure your spare is full of air and very firm. The...

February 15, 2017
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NASCAR to Disallow Damaged Cars to Return

NASCAR recently announced that damaged racecars will not be permitted to return to the track this season. That is unless repairs can be made in the pit within a very tight window. Beginning with the Daytona 500 the new rule states that a vehicle with extensive damage must return to the garage for repairs and will not be allowed back onto the track. The only exception is damage which can be fixed within five minutes on pit road. The extent of the damage and the allowable repairs are clearly outlined. "Body repairs are limited to the removal or reattachment of original parts with fasteners and tape." "New or previously unused body panels are not permitted." "Rods and supports may be used to reinforce original panels." The goal of the new regulation is to prevent severely damaged cars...

February 15, 2017
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Wilson Jumps from Pitching to Racing

Ever wonder what happens to star athletes after they retire from their sport? Many make the news after losing fortunes, but the smart ones reinvest their earnings and chase their passions. That is precisely what former Rangers and Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson is doing. Wilson has always loved cars and racing. After retiring from major league baseball, Wilson purchased a Porsche/Audi/BMW dealership in Fresno and plans to get into auto racing. "I've been into racing since I was a kid. I started karting when I was 6 or something, going to dirt track events my whole life," Wilson told the station. "My dad was on a pit crew and got me into it. Now it's going to be a big deal. I don't have to hide it anymore, there's no contract violations to worry about or anything." The Wilson racing team...

February 15, 2017
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Lamborghini Urus To Debut At Beijing Auto Show

Finally, after 5 years of teasing, a Lamborghini in waiting will finally debut its SUV concept the Urus. In just 2 short months at the 2017 Auto China show to be held in Beijing, this monster of an SUV will be shown off in a production-ready state for the first time. In 2012, show goers got a glimpse of the concept which is now ready to hit the streets. Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali said the final production model will keep the Urus name and production will begin in April 2017. In anticipation of the Urus being one of its best-selling models, Lamborghini is already boosting production capabilities at its Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy facility. We're expecting the Urus to debut with the first turbo-charged engine in the Lamborghini family, most likely a 4.0-litre V8 with an all...

February 14, 2017
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