The past two SEMA shows have been the hotbeds for Mazda to show off some of what it can do to create the impressive performance that’s needed when you have one of the most fun cars to drive with the low power numbers of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. For the Miata to continue to be the fun car you want to drive, there has to be some variations that could make you want to get behind the wheel and see what each one of the different Miata models can do and how the changes made help to create the improved performance that we want to enjoy.
Vehicles that last a long time offer us a value that extends well beyond the loan you might have gotten on the car. When you take a vehicle and start driving from the time the vehicle is new until it has well over 200,000 miles on the odometer you’re likely going to have driven this vehicle for a long time and for many years past the time when you’re paying the bank for the car you love.
The news has been filled for the past year or more with police officers that people felt were in the wrong because of actions caught on tape and released in a skewed sense of the actual events. Too often we’ve been shown videos that didn’t begin when the criminal was taking actions of their own, only when a friend or relative of the criminal felt it was right for them to try and show us a darker side of law enforcement. Even with this skewed view, the men and women in blue still try and serve and protect us to the best of their ability.
Before the official unveiling of the Dodge Demon happens, there is already a challenger on the market to give us another muscle car that could be as powerful as or more powerful than what the Demon will be. This car is built from a Camaro ZL1 and it made by Hennessey to be what is called the Exorcist. The car is designed to be the one to dispel the Demon inside you and give you something with more pure menace and power to drive wherever you need to go. This Demon punishing massive monster is powered by an LT4 V8 engine that has been tuned up to 1000 horsepower and 966 lb.-ft. of torque.
If you receive an envelope in the mail that tells you that you at some point went through a toll without paying, make sure you pay the toll and the fees before they add up and become extremely high. For a simple small toll that might have added up to $2.00 when you went through it electronically, you could be charged several hundred dollars in fees the longer you allow the tolls to remain ignored and you could end up being arrested for the violation. Most of us are smart enough to know that we need to pay these fees before they add up, but one man decided that didn’t apply to him.
The typical EV model is right for you to enjoy the ride but comes in a typically small and impressive build that normally has an eye for added range from the aerodynamics and the style of the vehicle. With this limitation it becomes harder to believe that EV models could ever move beyond this and become powerful and efficient enough to be put in large SUV or pickup trucks for us to enjoy what these massive machines can give us when we want the right vehicle to drive for the work we have to get done.
Whenever an automaker announces changes in their lineup, especially changes that affect several models the idea that some aspects of those vehicles will no longer be offered becomes a reality. Most of the time the “out with the old, in with the new” concept is an answer to help improve the performance of that particular part of the car, no matter how much it was loved. One of the most loved aspects of the FCA lineup of Dodge, Ram and Jeep vehicles is the Hemi engine and what it means to those of us who want to enjoy the ride on the road.
The Jeep plant in Toledo, OH is where the famed Jeep Wrangler is built and will continue to be built as a new generation begins. This is also a location where much of the FCA profit sharing money will be spent when union workers receive their profit sharing checks this month. This comes at the same time as many tax returns are filed and tax refunds are issued as well, making it easy for the employees of FCA to put money back into their local economy and have the money to put down on a new vehicle that will be right for them to enjoy the ride wherever they need to go.
Nearly every piece of conventional wisdom has gone out the window over the years because of the changes in technology. Even so, many of us still prescribe to old suggestions and bits of knowledge that were part of automotive care in the past. It’s time to begin to forget anything you knew about cars of the past, especially if you have a car that’s been built in the past decade or so. Today, cars don’t need some of the same care items as we gave them in the past.
Learning how to make your car perform some of the actions we see on racetracks with the most talented drivers in the world is always a lot of fun. Who among us hasn’t tried to turn donuts in a parking lot or to perform burnouts when leaving from a scene. These dramatic ways to drive a car are testosterone driven ways to have a lot of fun in a car, but there has to be some control in place when you consider performing anything that’s going to create more heat and friction than normal. If you are going to make this mistake and should you need to work on your engine after wrecking it, make sure you use Genuine Parts to do so.