Sub5Zero | Redefining Performance Life in the Fast Lane <![CDATA[Bugatti Veyron Quick Tip by nalinmello]]> SSC Ultimate Aero TT claimed it in 2007. But recently, people from Bugatti produced a gem, which help them regain the title for the fastest production car in the world.

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<![CDATA[Porsche 918 Spyder Quick Tip by TeamAWAC]]> Tue, 3 Aug 2010 17:46:20 +0000 <![CDATA[ Nissan Leaf: An Electric Car for the Rest of Us]]> electric cars are neat alternatives for people who want to be environmentally responsible and don't mind keeping fairly close to home, but they do have one significant drawback: they're either gobsmackingly pricey two seat sportsters (Hello, Tesla Roadster!) or larger-than-normal golf carts made just beefy enough for 35 mph-and-under street duty. Not terribly appealing to the majority of American motorists, eh? Thankfully, Nissan has seen fit to create an EV that, aside from being powered by lithium ion batteries driving an electric motor and having a roughly 100 mile range, is a pretty normal front-drive, 5-door, 5-passenger subcompact called the Leaf.

As a purely electric vehicle, the Leaf does without any internal combustion engine, giving it a serious leg up on other green cars like the Honda Insight, the Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion Hybrid and the upcoming Chevy Volt. Granted, there is still a little pollution released somewhere else (the exact amount depends on what kind of power plant the electricity comes from), but if for some reason you want to end it all by locking yourself in the garage with the car running, the Leaf will definitely leave you disappointed (read: alive).

But the Leaf's cleanliness isn't its only calling card; it also has many cutting edge tech toys inside the cabin, like Sirius/XM satellite radio, keyless ignition and Bluetooth connectivity. And speaking of connectivity, you can actually use your iPhone or other smart phone to remotely tell the Leaf to pre-heat or pre-cool the interior, and you can program the Leaf to send you a message when it's done recharging.

So how much will this electrified runabout cost? About $32,000, but that's before a federal tax credit of up to $7,500. Many states will offer further incentives that could bring your net cost very close to $20,000. You'll also be able to lease the Leaf for $349 per month. An optional 220V home charging station, supplied by a company out of my home town called AeroVironment, will run you about $2,200 before tax breaks. (You can charge the Leaf from a 110V wall outlet, but - surprise! - it takes about twice as long.)

Will the Leaf fill everyone's automotive needs? Of course not. But sooner or later, cars that run on electrons and other alternative fuels instead of fermented dinosaurs will be the norm rather than the exception, and if you ask me, the Nissan Leaf seems like it will make that transition quite a bit more bearable.

For more on the  Nissan Leaf, check out the full-length article at]]> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 05:09:44 +0000
<![CDATA[ Remix Events: Brings Back the Car Show]]>

I grew up going to car shows. Seeing cars up close, under the hood, the different mods, models, paint schemes and wheels were all far more exciting than any magazine could ever be. It doesn't matter if it's a neighborhood meet or the Detroit International Auto Show, they're all a great place to cultivate your own passion for cars.

In many cases it's a place to see cars and creations you can't afford, and find inspiration for your own projects. You might not be able to build an 800hp GTR right now, so a show is a great way get close to one.

Remix Events is bringing back the car competition, and giving us what we want. I attended their first drifting event, the Xtreme Drifting Circuit, at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA. It was a great show. The tarmac was packed with a diverse array of top-notch cars. From 400hp RWD Minis, BMW M3 time attack cars, GTR, Porsche, Ferrari, the list goes on. The reason for the high caliber rides was Remix's numerous categories for the competition. The staples, of course, were there; Best in Show, Best Domestic, Best JDM, etc. But it was the new, more creative categories that grabbed my eye and impressed me. Awards like, "Best Engineered Vehicle," "Best Fram/Chassis," "Best Performance" or "Best Driven." I've never seen this many categories at a car show. The variety allowed more cars and owners to be recognized for their hard work and ingenuity.

The competition on the drift course was just as fierce, with V8 powered 350Zs and heavily boosted Silvias tearing up the pavement. The sound of an RX7 with a V8 reverberrated across the city, and was simply an awesome site to see. A video is worth a million words, so if you want to see some of the action in motion, check out's coverage.

And of course, the show was flooded with gorgeous, friendly models. Everywhere I turned fans were taking pictures and getting autographs. A live perormance by the Speaker Junkies celebrated the end of a fashion show, which pulled a sizeable crowd to the stage.

After all was said and done, I left the track witha  big grin on my face. Remix Events gave car fans everything they wanted. There was high-octane action, and some seriously impressive rides. There's 7 more stops in the US  this year, so check out to see if they're coming to a city near you. Whether you like cars, want to see some drifting (or enter yourself to compete!), want to see the newest parts or just meet some girls, the Remix Awards Tour is a great place to spend a day.

Check out the full gallery of rides at]]> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 03:02:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Porsche 918 Spyder Quick Tip by devora]]> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:27:22 +0000