Monthly Archives: July 2009

More Rugged Ridge Jeep Gear, Escort SRX Laser Detector & Garage Storage Systems! – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Lifted Jeep Rock Crawling

How’s the weather where you are?  It seem like it’s been doing nothing but raining jeep accessories here, but this week we’ve also had some sporadic products drop in on us; caliper covers, laser jammers, and garage storage systems.

Hyundai & Co. Slice and Dice Footage, Hot Climb Attack Video Emerges


There’s been no shortage of Pikes Peak videos this year, here’s another to wet your palate.

Those Lucky Dog’s at AutoBlog


I’m a car fanatic.  And I appreciate hybrid technology and recognize for a number of reasons that it’s something should adopt on a large scale.  That said, my true passion lies in performance.  There is nothing like hearing a high-revving V12 at wide open throttle, or an American V8 grunt it’s torque levels from 2,000 RPM.  This is why many get in the journalism game, to have the shot at personally reviewing cars they could probably never afford, or at least justify owning.

Johnny over at AutoBlog just got his hands on a 2010 GTR for review and he ran into a pack of animals that only Godzilla could properly challenge; the Ferrari F355 Spyder, Ferrari F430 Spyder, BMW M6 and the Dodge Viper SRT10.  Just another day for the autobloggers, must be nice…

Ken Block’s STi – Performance Stats & Figures


Ken Block’s Gymkhanna 1 and 2 practice sessions have set the bar for drift stunts, video production and outright lunacy. In his second practice session, Ken used an even more powerful STi on Subaru’s updated 2008 platform. It looked fast, didn’t it?  Well, somehow the guys over at Edmund’s “Inside Line” talked Ken into letting them borrow it and they were able to put down some concrete numbers on his STi’s performance. Get this:

  • Curb Weight: 2,775 lbs  (Stock STi = 3,352lbs, or 577lbs more!)
  • Engine Displacement: 2.65-liter (up .15-liter thanks to a Crawford Stroker Kit)
  • Turbo: GT35R @ 30 PSI
  • Fuel: E85
  • Transmission: Six-Speed Dog-Ring KAPS Gearbox
  • Power: 565 HP
  • Torque: 590 ft-lbs
  • 0-60 MPH: 3.0 seconds
  • 60-0 MPH: 115 feet
  • Quarter-Mile: 10.8 seconds
  • Skidpad Pass: 72 MPH
  • Lateral Grip: .90g
  • Audio: 115.9 decibels inside the cabin

Special Note: the transmission’s 5th gear was borked, so that quarter-mile time above skipped 5th and went straight to 6th, which means it’s capable of putting down an even faster time.  :)

There’s a laundry list of performance mods, if you’re interested, check out their post to get the low-down.

Video: Rhys Millen Rocks the Pikes Peak Hill Climb


Rhys Millen Pikes Peak Finish Line

Although Ford was unable to break the 10 minute barrier this year at the PPIHC, Rhys Millen did smash the two wheel drive record for the mountain, setting the bar at 12:09:397. He was driving his supped-up, Red Bull sponsored Hyundai Genesis for the run. If you want to check out his record-breaking run, hit the jump…

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Want to see two cops fighting?


Talk about clever advertising…

Roof Racks, Air Suspension & Truck Accessories – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


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Doesn’t it seems like we have a never ending flow of new products? Well, we do, so if last week’s additions weren’t enough, we’ve got some more goodies for you this week.

  • INNO Roof Rack – Remember all those INNO racks we added last week? Well now you can mount them up to a genuine INNO roof rack.  With it, you can dress your naked roof and load it up with two kegs, one raft and seven inflatable sheep.
  • Smittybilt XRC Jeep Sliders – Guard your Jeep’s body panels from rocks, wrecks and runaway bassinettes.
  • Smittybilt Bull Bar – These bars stand tough against rocks, road debris and..eh hem..an onslaught of butterflies?
  • Firestone Air Bags – If you need a dynamic suspension setup, put your trust in a Firestone air springs.  They levels loads, tames roads and keeps your rig from bottoming out.
  • Firestone Level Rite – Lets you traverse the terrain with more stability and less sag.
  • Air Zenith OB2 Air Compressor – Pumps up your tires and air suspension so you can fly gracefully down the road.  Up to 200PSI of air goodness.
  • Air Zenith Digital Air Suspension Gauge – Monitors your air suspension’s pressure with brilliant LEDs on a modern gauge face.
  • Dee Zee Ladder Rack – Perfect for hauling ten foot long party subs to your next event.
  • Dee Zee Auto Safe – Out on the wild roads, you need a place to store your most valuable possessions. This car safe has a key and keypad, for easy access.
  • Dee Zee Truck Ramp – Loading up your payload is fast and easy with these sturdy truck ramps.

Now gone on, it’s Friday, take a half day and get out of the office… scoot!

2009 Pikes Peak Follow Up with Spoilers


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In case you didn’t hear, the 10 minute mark has yet to be broken at the PPIHC. Ford put forth two great cars and two world-class drivers, but this year, it wasn’t enough to shatter any records.  But if nothing else, a high-def video of Marcus Gronholm’s run was recorded, edited and put together by the Motor Trend team.  I think these guys had watched the Climb Dance video a few times, as some of the opening scenes share some resemblance.  Imitation is the best form of flattery and this video leaves little to be desired and improves on many areas that climb dance lacked; new camera angles, high definition video and an incredible sound track.  Check it after the break:

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Smittybilt & Bushwacker Jeep Accessories, Inno Racks, Street Scene Body Kits & More – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Holy smokes!  If the smorgasbord of Griots Garage detailing supplies wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got a boat load of new products for you this week.  First up, we’ve added even more jeep accessories to our site, with new products from Smittybilt and Bushwacker.  We’d also like to welcome Rugged Ridge aboard!

Lifted Jeep

No, we can’t make your jeep look like the one in the picture… yet.  But we can offer you the jeep body armor you need to fight off rocks, trees, branches and medium-sized animals.  In fact, our jeep body kits will set your wrangler apart from the rest, giving it that tough exterior you’ve always wanted.


INNO Surfboard Rack

INNO Racks is a cool company.  Not only do they make roof rack products that support your outdoor life, but they have some of the coolest product designs.  I particularly like their surfboard rack, but their kayak racks and bike racks are equally neat.  In a few weeks, we’ll also be offering their new base racks, so check back later if you’re in the market.

Street Scene Body Kits

Street Scene is to body kits as kittehs are to lolz… I hated the SAT’s too, no more associative questions, I promise. But really, Street Scene has  got the hot fire when it comes to body kits.

We’ve also added some products that will help you in your everyday life; automotive tools, car vacuums and a gas powered blender.  Don’t say we never gave you nothin’…

Pikes Peak Hill Climb is this Weekend, Ford Going for the Gold


Pikes Peak Ford Fiesta Marcus Gronholm 2009

I’ve been to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb twice and it is nothing short of breath taking. Both times I sat in Devils Playground, which is a bank at the top of the mountain; other than being able to see all of eastern Colorado, the Playground affords you a view of a long straight flat twisty road which ends at a hairpin turn, immediately forcing the drivers up a steep incline.

This year, Ford has employed two world class drivers to push their 800 horsepower Ford Fiesta up the peak.  WRC Champion Marcus Grönholm and Swedish rally champ Andreas Eriksson will be piloting the Fiesta and their goal is to break the 10 minute barrier and break the current record of 10:01 set by Nobuhiro Tajima in 2007.

Here’s a video of what Ford has brought to the table, do you think they’ve got what it takes to claim the title?

Mercedes SLS AMG Runs the ‘Ring


2010 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

A car that has been largely shrouded in secrecy has just been put to the test on the Nurburgring. The SLS AMG is the next generation of the SLR, featuring aggressive styling cues, gull wing doors, and a brute of an engine. Listen to it roar as it roams the ‘Ring for the full 13 miles. Keep in mind this isn’t the “official” time, this was a preview day. The final production car with a more experienced ‘Ring driver and no co-pilot should yield much faster results.

Gas Prices Going Up? Improve Your MPG to keep Fuel Costs Down!


It’s good for a laugh, and I’m amazed they were able to use the AAA logo, but the fact is that summer time drives up gas prices. If you are looking to save some cash at the pump, stop planting your lead foot on the pedals. Alternatively, you can check out our gas saving products. If you’re a car owner, a power programmer like the DiabloSport Trinity. These tuners work by optimizing your air-fuel ratio for higher efficiency. This directly translates into more horsepower and torque, but with the right driving techniques, you can also increase your fuel economy by up to 20%!

If you own a pickup, a truck bed cover can help reduce drag and increase MPG’s, not to mention the added security and better styling that comes with a tonneau cover.

So How Good of a Mechanic Are You?


If you’re a shade-tree mechanic like me, you know that most jobs can be accomplished with a decent set of tools, a breaker bar, a torque wrench and maybe a few bloody knuckles. But do you have what it takes to be a professional? Could you tear down a motor and put it back together? What about bigger jobs. If you had the installation manual and the right tools, could you assemble one of the most complex machines in the world? If you think so, take a quick look at what it takes to put together the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Job applications can be forwarded to the US Air Force.

A Great Tribute to Rally


I don’t know about you guys, but rally racing has a special place in my heart. The raw horsepower, ungodly amounts of torque and the anti-lag systems just scream raw power. Unfortunately you won’t get to hear any engines in this video, but it does have an excellent soundtrack. Sit back and soak up some rally heritage.

If that doesn’t quite do it for you, here’s another with a more modern score. It’s an oldie but goodie:

Top Gear Twist: Porsche Panamera vs. the Postal Service


Lets face it, sometimes the postal service leaves a little to be desired.  They may push through rain, sleet and snow, but I know I’ve waited a couple of weeks for a letter that should have taken 3-4 days.  Sometimes it seems like I could have driven my my aunt’s house and delivered the letter by hand.  Well that’s what Top Gear set out to do in their latest race; they took a Porsche Panamera and pitted it against a postage stamp, watch the videos to find out who wins.

Griot’s Garage Galore – An AutoAnything Weekly Product Update


It’s Monday morning; take a long swig out of your coffee cup and clean the sleep out of your eyes, it’s time for new products! We all know that summertime is the time to shine, which is why we teamed up with one of the best car care companies around, Griots Garage. Mr. Griot fine tuned his detailing products and only offers the best of everything; car waxes, wheel cleaner, wheel polish, leather care kits, orbital polishers, and paint cleaning products. Lots of professionals use this stuff and I have personally used Griots car care products for the last seven years and swear by them. Try them once and you’ll be hooked.

Griot's Garage

Told you it was a lot of Griot’s stuff.  And this is just a small taster of the new products we’ve added in the last week, check back later for another update.

The Crotch Rocket…and no, not the Motorcycle Variety


What is the deal with people firing things into their crotch? And why is it always sooo funny?

NSFW language, make sure to turn those speakers down!

Headrest Monitors, Jeep Accessories & More PlasmaGlow! – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Smittybilt Jeep Accessories

Are you stuck at work today, or out and about enjoying a pre-4th of July day off. For your sake, I hope its the latter, but if you happen to be in the office today and are twiddling your thumbs trying to think of something to do, rest assured we can break the boredom for a few minutes.

If you’ve got a Jeep, chances are it’s far from stock. We’ve been revamping our Jeep accessories department with some great new products, here are the latest additions from Smittybilt:

Before tomorrow’s solemn celebration of bikinis, beers and bombs, let us pause and remember what our forefathers shed their puritanical blood for: the inalienable right of future generations to watch the boob-tube anywhere we gol dang well please. We pay tribute to their ultimate sacrifice with 4 new products living inside the new headrest monitors category.

Light up the night with Plasmaglow; their extensive selection of LED lights will draw ravers near and far.

And payload tool storage just got even better! Check out the latest and greatest Delta toolboxes that have hit our site. All of these gear boxes feature the new RSL (Rigid Structural Lid) design that provides impressive security and protection.

Monster Madness!


We’ve seen some incredible machines as of late; a twin turbo M5 M3, an LS9-powered Camaro, even a 2700 horsepower F150! But this one probably takes the cake as the meanest, fastest street machine around; its a 94 Mustang Cobra powered by a Viper’s 8-liter V10, which is force fed by a couple of T-76 turbos.  Some modification was needed to make everything fit, including moving the firewall back 10 inches and custom fabricating engine mounts and suspension linkages.

This has all taken months of work, but the day has finally come to turn the key.  Listen and enjoy this deep hiss of this Cobra.

Michael Jackson Fan Kicks the Repo Man in his Junk over a Delorean


Good timing? Not really. A publicity stunt? Maybe. Funny as hell? Yes.