Monthly Archives: September 2009

Mythbusters Blows Up a Camry, No One Mourns


Mythbuster’s compares Hollywood explosions to Mafia-style executions.  In the first blast, there are just a few gallons a gasoline and a small amount of explosives to ignite the flammables.  But in the second explosion, they used hundreds of pounds of explosives in the hood, trunk and cabin to turn the well-built import into a few hunks of twisted metal. Loose the Monday blues by enjoying carnage and destruction that only Mythbuster’s can deliver.

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Backwards Painted Truck Will Scare the Crap Out of You


Backwards Painted Truck

We’re on the Ball with Trailer Hitches


Trailer Hitch BallTrailer hitches are a really great product. They can be used for towing trailers, 5th wheels, and equipment, or they can add extra utility to your vehicle by hauling cargo, bikes, skis and more. As smaller, fuel efficient vehicles become more popular, we think there will be a greater need for trailer hitches in the future, so we’ve stepped up our game and revamped our trailer hitches shopping guide with some new information to help you make an informed purchase decision.  In the new and improved shopping guide, you’ll find a breakdown of the various components of a trailer hitch and towing system, as well as an overview of the brands we carry and a top searches query.  Our goal is to provide something that is useful, so if you have any questions or see something that could be improved, please feel free to let us know!

Hennessey Dyno’s their LS9 Powered Camaro


Hennessey Camaro LS9 Dyno

Well Hennessey did it; they were able to squeeze the LS9 into a Camaro and they have officially finished tuning that beast. Here’s the video of the first dyno… can you say torque-tastic?

Rumor: Next Gen Corvette to Bring Back Split Window Design


1963 Corvette Split Window

One of the most iconic designs in the Corvette’s history is the split window design from the 1963 model year. Yes, it hinders the drivers vision out the rear window, but it provides a beautiful swatch of metal to paint in an area usually reserved for glass. In 1964, the split window design got the axe, ultimately replaced by a huge sheet of glass. Well next year is the Corvette’s centennial anniversary, and GM is considering bringing back the split rear window style. As I see it, there are a couple pros and cons to this:

Pros

  1. Elegant exterior styling (duh!)
  2. Could work as a structural brace, providing a stiffer chassis design
  3. The possibility of having the split window be completely transparent, by means of fancy aero-space materials and technologies.  Think electro-transparent panoramic glass, like that featured in the new Maybach’s.

Cons

  1. Rear vision could be blocked, or seriously hindered. This could be solved by having a rear camera installed by the license plate.
  2. It could add a considerable amount to the bottom line of buying a Corvette
  3. It doesn’t represent a drastic leap in styling, is it really going to be worth it?

Stingray Concept - Transformers II 2009

What do you think of the Transformers 2 design concepts?  Solid win or epic fail?

Ferrari 458 Italia Rocks Our Socks… and then some.


Ferrari 458 Italia Engine

Ferrari is the company that seems to be always teasing.  They tease those who can’t afford their cars, and they tease those who can.  Watch and listen as a pair of 458’s scream around the track at break-neck speeds.

Jeep Accessories & Mobile Electronics, Plus New Garage, Travel, Tailgating, Tire & Wheel Accessories – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Under Construction

It’s true. Big changes don’t just come after getting your fortune read by an unplugged Zoltar Speaks machine. Case in point: AutoAnything’s Accessory Aisle section underwent some hefty construction last night, resulting in a new, improved way to shop, here’s what happened:

New Departments

  • Mobile Electronics: The high-tech home to everything from power adapters to backup sensors and cameras.
  • Tire & Wheel Accessories: Everything you’d ever need for your wheels and tires (save for aftermarket wheels or new tires…for now).
  • Winter Driving Accessories: Here’s where you’ll find snow plows, snow shades, snow chains, snow men, Snow Patrol, and the latest Macintosh operating system, Snow Leopard.

Improved Departments

  • Garage Accessories: Updated with new categories and a new piece of carpet positioned under your Dodge’s leaky oil pan.
  • Tailgating Accessories: Remember the Automotive Gear department? This is now that, only trimmed down to showcase the stuff you’d use to party in a parking lot.
  • Travel Accessories: Dead is the Driving Accessories department and its hodgepodge of automotive bric-a-brac. From its ashes rises Travel Accessories (now with approximately 43% less bric-a-brac).

Oh, and we also launched some new products for good measure:

  • Clean Tools Ultimate Car Cleaning Kit – Since that orbital power-waxer and rolling cooler/stool combo don’t quite define you as a clean-car guy, there’s this, the Ultimate Car Cleaning Kit from Clean Tools.
  • Clean Tools Ultimate Detailing Kit – If Obsessive Auto Detailing were a spectator sport, this would be akin to pro swimming’s Arena X-Glide.
  • Clean Tools Ultimate Car Wash Kit – If you wash your car like a mysophobe washes his hands, this is the kit for you.
  • Clean Tools Absorber Synthetic Chamois – You know, there always seems to be a time and place for synthetic leather. And this little guy puts more shame on  ShamWow than Vince Shlomi.
  • AlphaTherm Windshield Washer Heater – Writing your name in the snow was never this much fun.
  • Rampage Jeep Seat Covers – Rampage: it’s not just a classic arcade game or a side effect of the HGH you’ve been injecting between your toes. It’s also a company that makes stuff for your Jeep, like this new set of seat covers we launched.  Also comes with a matching steering wheel cover because, as Rampage’s demographic studies indicate, people with messy bottoms often have cruddy hands, too.
  • Smittybilt Nerf Steps – Dress your vehicle to the nines with the style and strength of these tough new steps.
  • Smittybilt Sure-Step Nerf Steps – Unlike those other slippery nerf steps, these ones give you a firm stepping point.

A slew of new Jeep items came in from Rugged Ridge:

  • Jeep Air Intake System – Power-up your Jeep’s lungs with this oxygen-sucking system.
  • Jeep Throttle Body Spacers – If your Jeep needs some space, it doesn’t mean you need to start packing your bags. Just pick up one of these.
  • HID Off-Road Lights – Because driving in the dark never works out very well. Light up your trails with the power of HID lights.
  • Jeep Exhaust Headers – Built for both extreme and Xtreme conditions, these headers take on your toughest challenges.
  • Jeep Exhaust System – Adds style and tone to the back of your Jeep with its dual-tip design and cat-back goodness.

That’s it for this weekly installment, check back later for some slacker-friday fun.

MotorTrend Reviews 10 Hot Cars, Picks the Best One for the Serious Driver


Corvette ZR1
It looks like MT might have contracted out to one of Top Gear’s visual effects masters for this piece. Either way, this vid is well put together and each car is qualitatively and subjectively compared to determine with is the ultimate drivers car. It’s a top-tier shootout between the Porsche Caymen PDK, the Audi R8, the BMW 135i, the Cadillac CTS-V, the Camaro SS, the Corvette ZR1, the Ford Shelby GT500, the Jaguar XFR, the Mazda Miata and Nissan Nismo 370Z. If you want to know what MT thinks is the best sports car out there, check out this 14+ minute video.

Ken Block Scares and Impresses Dirt2 Video Game Testers, Gets Mad Respect


Ken Block is good at driving. By good, we mean epic… and by driving, we mean drifting. Not only is he impressive to watch, but apparently being his co-pilot offers more thrills than the Kingda Ka. At the launch of Dirt2, Ken got to put the pedal to the metal for some video game testers, causing men to silently scream in terror and cry tears of joy.

Bugatti Reveals the C16 Galibier


Bugatti Galibier C16

They’ve been teasing us for months now; it all started with dark images of the tail lights and other vehicle accents.  Then an image was leaked out after a private unveiling of the new 4-door saloon. Now Bugatti has released an official video with narration so good, it rivals the Lord of the Rings…

Here’s what we know so far:

  • 8-liter W-16 engine (same as the Bugatti Veyron)
  • The engine is now front-mounted and can be run on Ethanol
  • Insane hood with twin-fin mechanisms to display the engine
  • Estimated top speed of 217 MPH
  • Carbon fiber body work that shines blue when under direct light

We’ll keep our ear the ground, check back later for more details!

Happy Labor Day!


Happy Labor Day

May your bellies be full and your labor be non-existent!

Car Vacuums, Tonneau Covers & Light Bars – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


It only comes ‘round once a year, and we’ve all been anxiously awaiting its delivery. Finally, it’s September 4th—national Newspaper Carrier Day! Hey, Barney Flaherty, this morning we’re chucking something onto your lawn: a couple of soggy new products.

Smittybilt Light Bar

Smittybilt Street Light Bar

It looks a little like this with lights: 0000

It looks a little like this without lights: ____

Pretty boss.

Metro 500 Car Vac

Metropolitan 500 Hand Vacuum

We could make a cheap joke about how these vacuums suck, or an underhanded crack about Metro-sexuals—but we won’t.

Undercover SE Tonneau

Undercover SE Tonneau Cover

A more stylish version of the original UnderCover Tonneau Cover, the SE is the James Bond to the original’s Colonel Samuel Flagg.

But wait, there’s more…not only did we get these three new products up, but we have also loaded a brand new dash covers and dash kits department! It the new dash covers department, you can find plush carpet dash covers, swanky suede dash covers, and velvety velour dashboard covers.

In the new dash kits department, we choose to do a similar breakdown, so know you can easily sort through them by material type: carbon fiber dash kits, molded dash kits and wood dash kits.  Pretty slick, huh?  If you want to know more about dash covers and trim, we updated our dash covers shopping guide (and dash kits shopping guide) to help guide you in making the right decision.

Gymkhana 2.1


That’s right, it’s version 2.1; a minor upgrade? Not really, it’s more like something to keep you happy until the release of Gymkhana 3. Ken Block, master of all things drift, teamed up with Rob Deryk from MTV’s Fantasy Factory to release this 2-part’s crazy, 1-part parody video to show just how safe reckless you can be using a 540+hp STi and a go cart.  Looks like fun!