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Jul 4, 2009

The Powerslide with Tiff Needell

Needell is best known in the United Kingdom as a television presenter and television and print motoring journalist, in particular in association with the BBC TV series Top Gear which he started co-hosting in 1987. In 2001, when the BBC cancelled Top Gear (the show was brought back in 2002), Tiff and the whole cast defected and signed with Five to produce and host a new motoring show named Fifth Gear. He does however, still contribute to Top Gear magazine.

Tiff is known for his controlled smooth powerslides. We all want to do this. Well heres how it’s done. Be safe!

580HP Audi R8 Razor GTR

One of my future rides.

One of my future rides.

I found this one while reading an article by Scott Evans. The Audi was already a beast. Someone now has raised its bar even higher. PPi Automotive Design in Germany broke out the wrenches on this one. I have been known to say that I didn’t really like the design of the stock version as much as everyone else, bit this treatment is making me smile.

This version is 551 lbs. lighter to make 3000lbs. With the supercharger, it gets up to 580HP and 443 ft lbs of torque. Its he;d up with adjustable coil over suspension and huge brakes to slow it down. Enough about the numbers…JUST LOOK at it. Ice cold!

Not sure if its for sale yet. Haven’t seen any numbers.

Apr 24, 2009

Modern Mechanics

I recently posted a rant about how horrible our gas stations are here in the states. Well, along with that I should now include auto shops. I just saw one of the coolest shops ever online. Peep the pics below and thanks to coolhunter!

This place is in the UK and is called HiQ. Take note Pep Boys!



Mar 23, 2009


Nissan GT-R
Last night I saw something that gave me a mixture of emotions all at once. Now that I think about it’s kinda funny, but at the time I didn’t know what to think. It all began as I was returning home from my brothers house which is about an hour north of Los Angeles.

The scenario is, I have my kid sleeping in the back seat and girlfriend barely awake in the front. We’re rolling the 335i and I’m in relax mode. I was about 4 exits from my exit to get to my house when all of a sudden I look in the “fast” lane and I see a new gun metal Nissan Skyline!

This is where the mixed emotions begin. The first one was amazement. Like a kid seeing a new cool bike for the first time. Second, was jealousy. I knew right away this was some rich stuffy office bureaucrat who has money laying around and just bought it because some auto rag said it’s cool. Third was excitement because in my rear view, I see lights from a G37 approaching VERY fast.

I knew the G37 saw the GT-R at some point and he also was looking to get a better look at Mr. Stuffy Moneybags. As we both jock for position to get a better view, traffic decided to get congested (Did I mention that we’re all on the 405 in Los Angeles!). I slowly began to accelerate past some slower cars when the G37 noticed this move. As I get into position, I notice him flying past me and settles next to the GT-R. The GT-R decides to not play this game and the G37 takes off at a high rate of speed. So, since the GT-R isn’t gonna give us a show, I decide to chase the G37 to show him what my lil 335i can do.

Just as I decided to give it gas the GT-R WAKES UP! Whoooo!!! The roar of that thing turned a few heads and made a few people hit the brakes. He darts across 2 lanes in front of me and guns the throttle. I decide to chase him as best I can when he suddenly he jams on the brakes, coming 2 inches from a Toyota Camry’s bumper.

After this, I look back at my sleeping son and girlfriend and realized I was having a flash back from the old days and I wasn’t in control for a second. I was caught up in the moment. I was just so excited to see a super car owner (yes, I called it a super car) actually drive it like it was meant to be driven. Living in Los Angeles, you see so many people who own these types of cars, but drive them like commuter cars. Some even have their dogs on their laps and drinking a Starbucks!

Bottom line is this. If you spend over 60k on a car, you better be able to drive it. HARD. I think there should actually be a requirement for a race driving school in order to purchase one. Also, one mandatory track day per month. If you don’t want to do it then contact us here at Cars31!

– Drive Safe

Mar 11, 2009

Ariel Atom

Ariel Atom
Be your own favorite race car driver in the Ariel Atom ($65,000 and up). Handcrafted and lacking doors, a roof, or windows, the Atom is truly a racing machine, with a curb weight of only 1,400 lbs. and up to 300 hp, pushing 0-60 times into the sub 3 second range and 0-100 times below 11 seconds. Other features include a powder coated steel tubing chassis, double unequal length wishbone suspension, a drive by wire 2.0L Honda K20 engine, and a 6-speed close-ratio synchromesh transmission.

6 color styles available:

Style switcher only on this demo version. Theme styles can be changed from Options page.

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