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12
Dec

Has the Modern Car Lost Its Voice? The Rise of Fake Engine Noise

There is something undeniably powerful in the deep, throaty purr of a Chevelle SS motor. It’s like music to a classic car lover’s ears, and that song has become the trademark for a variety of makes and models over the years.

Black Chevelle SS

One mean looking Chevelle SS. Image courtesy HHClassic.com.

At one time, the distinctive growl of a finely-tuned motor was reserved for high profile and higher income consumers who were able to most comfortably afford the cost and maintenance of such a vehicle. But times have changed. Advances in supercharger and turbocharger technologies, improvements in the design of mufflers, and the advent of the electric hybrid have contributed, in part, to quieting the roadways. Superior insulation in car cabins with dynamic acoustics has also contributed to eliminating undesirable motor noise. Government noise standard regulations and an increasing interest in reducing carbon footprints and dependency on fossil fuels has helped to push forward the initiatives of green powered cars.

In some circles, these developments have led the whisper-quiet engine to become far more desirable, being viewed as a sign of progress and quality. But not everyone has been pleased with the change. Read moreRead more

10
Jul

The Muscle Hustle – The REAL Story Of The First Muscle Car Isn’t So Simple

In 1964, Pontiac invented an entirely new market, for a class of cars that had never been seen before, with the introduction of the GTO. At least, that’s how the story is supposed to go. Anytime you sit down and start looking at online used cars, the one thing you are guaranteed to see on every listing of the GTO is that it is the “first muscle car”.

1964 Pontiac GTO Hardtop

1964 Pontiac GTO / Image credit

So, what is a muscle car, anyway? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “…American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance…” However, who put them in charge? Why does a car have to be a 2-door to qualify? What is the reason it needs to be a sports coupe? A GTO isn’t a sports coupe, for instance. It’s a hardtop coupe with nothing to set it apart from a sedan except that it doesn’t have side pillars.

For the generation that was actually around in the 1960s and 1970s when these cars were burning asphalt and rubber, the definition of a muscle car is entirely different than what you see today. Read moreRead more

13
Jun

2015 VW GTI – High Tech Hatchback

Coming to American roads in early 2014, the seventh generation Volkswagen GTI, new for the model year 2015, features a very traditional look that betrays the many advances contained within.

2015 VW Golf GTI

2015 VW Golf GTI. Image courtesy VWPartsVortex.com.

The new GTI will be the first car delivered to America by the German automotive giant that features the new MQB transverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive design. This is a design that allows for both a more modular design and manufacturing process, but also reduces costs…which means VW owners get more technology for their dollar. Read moreRead more

15
Apr

The New C7 – Technology Puts the Corvette Back On Top

The new C7 Corvette is one of the most anticipated cars coming out this year. GM’s financial problems kept a new Corvette off the the table, leaving the C6 in production for nine years, long enough that even Chevy’s own Camaro SS was starting to threaten the Corvette’s dominance. Now with nearly a decade of technological advancement to catch up on, the latest ‘Vette is lighter, faster and more fuel efficient.

2014 C7 Corvette

The all new 2014 C7 Corvette

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12
Apr

We’re Giving Away A Book

If you love cars, than you probably love Speedhunters.com. Amazing photos of cars from all over the world, taken by some of the best automotive photographers in the industry.

The book #MAXIMUMATTACK is the second limited edition art book from Speedhunters, and it’s dedicated to the images that best exemplify the term “maximum attack” taken since the inception of Speedhunters. The 160 page book comes in a protective sleeve, features the work of numerous photographers, and is limited production. Once these books sell out, they’re gone.

If you’d like a copy for yourself, you can try and buy one at the Speedhunters.com store here, or you can enter for a chance to win the book below.

Win #MAXIMUMATTACK, A Limited Edition Book From Speedhunters

Last but not least, please understand that we’re not trying to collect email addresses here – we’re just trying to get more fans on Facebook.

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10
Apr

Five Excellent Fox Body Mustang Restoration Resources

In 1979, Ford Motor Company introduced a new version of the Mustang. The new “Fox body” Mustang was smaller, and introduced entirely new styling with a lean, angular look. The new styling and numerous performance options created an instant hit for Ford, and by the time the Fox body was retired at the end of the 1993 model year, this was the longest-running Mustang generation ever produced.

Fox Body Mustang Convertible

Produced between 1979 and 1993, the Fox Body Mustang is a popular platform for performance and restoration. Photo Credit: aresauburn™

Nowadays, these cars are plentiful, inexpensive and have a highly developed aftermarket parts selection, which means that one of these little fireballs can make a great choice for a car project. Whether you are looking for a sport coupe for some autocross fun or want to create a drag strip terror, you can’t go wrong with a Fox body Mustang.

It’s been 20 years since these cars were in production so many enthusiasts are now starting to pay attention to collector values also. Whatever reason you have for beginning a project with a Fox body, the internet can serve as a great resource for finding information, advice and fellow enthusiasts to help you down the road to Fox body paradise. Here are some places to keep in mind as you plan for your project. Read moreRead more

7
Feb

Custom Big Rigs: Aftermarket Exhaust in the Commercial Driving World

In the commercial driving industry, fuel-economy and exhaust issues are increasingly consequential, especially as gas prices remain high and emission restrictions tighten. The benefits of upgrading a big rig’s exhaust system, therefore, become increasingly attractive. Though the inspiration for integrating better-performing exhaust parts into big rigs is often more oriented toward reducing the environmental impact of fuel consumption and emissions than the average consumer who is interested in beefing up their ride, the focus on these issues means that the commercial driving industry is in a position to lead the way in improving exhaust technology.

Intel custom shipping trucks used for trade shows and conventions

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4
Dec

A Guide to Modern Italian Sports Cars

If you find yourself wondering about the history of Italian supercar manufacturers – or just want to learn a little more about your favorite brand – check out the guide below. Read moreRead more

29
Nov

Remote Tuning For Maximum Car Performance – Tune Shops

Anyone serious about their vehicle understands that to maximize performance it takes more than aftermarket parts. The way cars are built, it is important to program the engine to work more efficiently for your needs and aftermarket parts. Remote tuning is an essential step in this process. Here’s how it works.

Remote Tuning For Maximum Car Performance

When you are planning on adding aftermarket parts to your vehicle, don’t forget about remote tuning. It is essential to maximizing performance.

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12
Nov

MagnaFlow Revolver Truck Features 8 Mufflers – SEMA Show

What truck has eight mufflers that rotate that solves the ultimate exhaust question: “What does it sound like?” That would be MagnaFlow’s 1949 Chevrolet Truck. And yes, really it does have eight rotating mufflers that rotate to listen to different, exhaust sounds. 

MagnaFlow Revolver Truck Features 8 Mufflers

This napkin drawing shows the concept behind MagnaFlow’s Revolver Truck. The unique truck features eight different mufflers, so you can hear the differences.

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