America's Next Supercar: The 2016 Rezvani Beast

Last year, a relatively unknown automaker made a bold claim. Irvine, CA-based Ferris Rezvani of Rezvani Motors announced that his company would create America's next supercar. Well, let the scoffers eat their words. We here at E3 Spark Plugs are duly impressed not only with the new Rezvani Beast itself, but the fact that, as supercars go, it's relatively affordable. Based on the company's lightweight, track-focused Ariel Atom, the Beast boasts some impressive features, including: A 500-hp Honda Racing K24 DOHC 2.4L Rotrex™ Supercharged and Intercooled engine 6-speed close ratio manual transmission Carbon steel chassis Carbon fiber body Alcon 4 piston competition breaks and Alcon race brake pads Independent forged aluminum suspension with anti-roll bars in the front...

June 18, 2015
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Monster Truck Gets a Bath - Scares the Daylights Out of Locals

The calls came pouring in and within seconds, a cavalry of ambulances, emergency responders and law enforcement officers were dispatched to the scene. No one was quite sure what to expect, but the deafening noise and the billows of smoke and dust that could be seen for miles rising over the tree line suggested a possible plane crash. Um - Not quite. As it turns out, the source of the seemingly scary sight proved a bit of a shockwave - literally. Rather than crash carnage, would-be rescuers found Neal Darnell hosing down his jet-powered monster semi-truck dubbed "Shockwave." Apparently, Darnell, known in air and automotive entertainment circles as the driver/pilot of the world's fastest jet-powered truck, forgot to advise his new neighbors of his enviable job and all the weird perks...

June 16, 2015
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This Month in Automotive History - Alice Huyler Ramsey Becomes First Woman to Drive Cross-Country

Right about this time 106 years ago, 22-year-old Alice Ramsey was setting off on what began as a publicity stunt for carmaker Maxwell-Briscoe, but would become a historic feat for women. After 59 days and 3,800 miles, the Hackensack, NJ housewife and mom would wrap a journey from Hell's Gate in Manhattan, NY to San Francisco, CA in a four-cylinder, 30-horsepower 1909 Maxwell DA, a touring car with two bench seats and a removable pantasote roof. Greeted by the paparazzi of the day, she and her traveling companions would become the first women ever to drive across the United States. At the time, a woman behind the wheel was an infrequent sight, and frowned upon by many of the upper crust of society. But Ramsey and her wily companions - two older sisters-in-law and a 16-year-old female...

June 16, 2015
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20 Swelteringly Hot Summer Road Trip Songs

  Summertime is here and whether you're in terminally sunny South Florida or the northernmost regions of Seattle chances are you're hot. But if you also happen to be a car buff, even the most scorching temperatures won't keep you from piling in and revving up for an epic road trip. To help keep your mind off the miserable heat, your fellow auto enthusiasts here at E3 Spark Plugs offers this list of our top 20 favorite summertime tunes, whether you're blazing down the highway at top speed in your late-model muscle car or tootling along at a leisurely pace in your classic roadster, taking in the scenery - some sultry, some slow, some fast and some just plain fun. In no particular order… Hot in the City, Billy Idol The Heat Is On, Glenn Frey Long Hot Summer Night, The...

June 1, 2015
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Outside Air vs. Inside Air Mode – What's the Difference?

Take a look at your car's air conditioning controls. You're likely to see two options - one for recirculating air already in the car and another for pulling outside air in to your car's cabin. And if you're like most American car owners, you haven't a clue as to the difference between the two or which is best for your ride. Here's the low down from E3 Spark Plugs' automotive experts. Re-circulating air already inside your vehicle's cabin can help quickly cool down your car - far faster than fresh air pulled into the cabin. That quick relief from the summer's sweltering heat makes it the first choice for drivers in the know. But that fast cool-down comes with a health risk if you run your car's AC system on the re-circulate mode for too long. The nature of recirculated air means that...

May 27, 2015
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Save on Gas by Blasting Your AC

Summertime is upon us. If you're among those living in the hotter, more humid states, you're likely already blasting your air conditioner. Feeling a little guilty about it? Don't. Turns out running your ride's AC can actually help boost your gas mileage a bit. Running the AC does increase your vehicle's gas consumption - That's a no-brainer. But according to fueleconomy.gov, driving on a hot day with the AC on is far more fuel efficient - and easier on your body's sweat glands - than cruising down the highway with your windows down. That's because at highway speeds, open windows can increase your car's aerodynamic drag, and that makes the engine work harder, sapping your miles-per-gallon rate. A few other tips for staying cool and saving gas: Park in the shade, so that your car...

May 26, 2015
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GM's Yesterdays, Disney's Tomorrowland Collide in the Coolest Way

Disney's Tomorrowland gives us all a cinematic glance into a fantastical future. But GM is using the film's release as a way to not only publicize its upcoming models, but to hold a bit of a throw-back celebration of its amazing concept cars of the past. Released to theaters nationwide on Thursday, Tomorrowland tells the story of a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen who together embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. But look closely, and you'll get a few glimpses of a very real future. That's because the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt and EN-V concepts appear in the backgrounds in several scenes of the both the present day and Tomorrowland. It's part of the initial marketing efforts for the Volt that also include a...

May 23, 2015
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One in Seven US Cars Recalled

That Takata airbag recall fiasco just keeps getting worse. Earlier this week, the Japanese auto parts maker finally admitted that its airbags contained potentially dangerous faults. Those faults thus far have been linked to six deaths and hundreds of injuries caused by knife-like shrapnel that flew from ruptured airbags. Almost immediately afterward, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru added 715,000 cars and trucks to what is already the largest auto safety recall in history. To date, the collective recalls of automobiles suspected to be outfitted with Takata-made airbags involves some 34 million cars and trucks - a figure that reflects one in seven American-registered rides. Here's what to do if you suspect that your vehicle is affected by the recalls: Search your VIN: Your first step is...

May 23, 2015
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Meet the Man behind Mad Max: Fury Road’s Crazy Rides

Mad Max: Fury Road is furiously burning up the box office, earning $45.45 million in America and $109.5m worldwide in its first few days of release. Described as a "sardonic $150 million budgeted 3D demented demolition derby of a movie" that "throws everything to the wind and cuts to the chase for an insanely wild 2 hour ride," this film is, at its heart, is a car flick. E3 Spark Plugs introduces you the guy behind crazy onscreen rides. Meet Mad Max production designer Colin Gibson. Charged with a mission by director George Miller to "Make it cool or I'll kill you," Gibson did just that, primarily by making sure every single car in the film would be fully functional. To that end, Gibson and his crew created a total of 150 vehicles of 88 separate designs, leaving plenty of...

May 22, 2015
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Is Your Ride Among the All-Time Best Selling Cars?

You see them every day - Lots of them, and for good reason. They're the all-time best-selling vehicles in America, as compiled by researchers at the Wall Street Cheat Sheet. Is your ride among the most popular in automotive sales history? 10 - Chevrolet Impala: The Bowtie Brand has sold 14 million units since introducing the car as the Bel Air Impala in 1958. 9 - Volkswagen Passat: Despite being on the roadways for far less time than the Impala, the Passat has sold more than 15.5 million units since its 1973 debut. 8 - Ford Model T: Credited with setting the benchmark for mass-production cars, the Model T, first appearing in 1908, sold 16.5 million units, making it the most populous car on America's roadways at one time. 7 - Honda Accord: Known for its reliability, the Accord...

May 22, 2015
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