Entries Tagged as 'Performance'

Hype Rumor: Is MoTeC Actually Going to Make A “System Exhaust”?!

Posted on 09.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Let’s face it, all us “cool kids” like to pretend we didn’t like the first Fast & Furious film but we actually love it.  Heck if you hate it you even love to hate it!  No matter what side of the fence you fall on its hard to the deny that the easiest way to get a bunch of people laughing at a car show is to throw out some quotes from the film.  There are gems like “I live my life a quarter-mile at a time” or “too soon junior!“, and “granny shifting not double clutching like you should.”  However, some of the favorites have to be the technically inaccurate bits like “tune the NOS timing, you’ll run nines” but I think by far one of the favorites was a line spoken by the late, great Paul Walker.

In the famous scene Walker’s character Brian was running down Race Wars competitor Hector’s spec list of various Honda parts then famously finished off with a “MoTeC system exhaust“.  While that wouldn’t mean much to most people, to car folk it was hilarious as we knew that MoTeC makes advanced ECUs.  MoTeC definitely does not make exhaust systems.  …Or do they? Hmm?

OK, allow me to explain.  We were scanning our instagram feed and we saw a post from MoTEC showcasing their mil-spec connector.  Being the opportunistic jerks we are, we saw an opportunity to once again drop the famous quote asking MoTeC when we will see a “system exhaust” and then added the hashtag #YouMustBeTiredOfThatJoke

Then something surprising happened.  MoTeC responded and were good sports about the joke.  However that wasn’t the surprising part.  MoTeC went on to say “we just might shock the world in the near future with a release we are working on related to that.”

Bwahhhh?!?! How freakin’ meta would that be??  MoTeC being inspired to actually make an exhaust because of the inaccurate system exhaust quote!? Mind blown!

Although it should be noted that this is far from any kind of official confirmation and for all we know they could have just been trolling us back for making the Fast & Furious joke.  Either way, this little exchange shows just how awesome MoTeC is and that despite being a big company that makes some of the most advanced components for purpose built race cars and military, they still have a sense of humor.


If you want to see the exchange for yourself we’ve embedded the instagram post below just click on it to see the comments.  If you want to save a click, just hit the thumbnail above for a screen shot.  What do you think?  Is MoTeC really going to make an exhaust related product? Or are they pulling our leg? Let us know what you think in the comments or you can tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.  Better yet, leave a comment on MoTeC’s instagram post!

Olive drab milspec goodness. #motecusa #racegrade #racesmart #onlythebest #milspecwiring

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Hype: Brembo Reveals New Caliper Design For High End Cars And They Look Like They’re From The Future!

Posted on 09.16.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Brembo has set up shop at the Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal their new line of fixed brake calipers and by new I mean a complete exterior re-design.  The focus here is the new shape of the caliper which has several “openings” which help reduce weight while still keeping the overall structure of the caliper strong.  The by product of this approach is a pretty sweet looking design!  Seriously, these things look like they were designed in 2030 but then someone came back in time so that we could have them now.  Hey, it could happen!

Brembo doesn’t mention if the new design’s openings will aid in cooling of the brakes in addition to weight reduction but it wouldn’t be foolish to think so.  These new Brembo brakes will also find their way on to OEM applications as well but their design my differ slightly depending on the OEM using them.  Brembo hasn’t announced when we’ll start to see their new calipers in the wild or when/if they will be for sale direct to consumers but I am guessing that it won’t be much longer before we know for sure.

What do you think about the new Brembo caliper?  Do you love the new design?  Do you hate it?  Let us know by tweeting to us at @MotorworldHype.  For more info check out the press release below and for a better look just click the thumbnails for larger pictures.

Press Release:



At the IAA, Brembo launches a new five opening caliper

with an eight percent weight reduction while maintaining stiffness

Frankfurt, Sept. 15, 2015 – Brembo, a world leader in the design and manufacture of braking systems for the automotive industry, presents a new family of aluminium calipers for high-end cars at the 66th International Motor Show in Frankfurt (IAA), September 15-16.

The new fixed caliper, available in 17-inch (5.9 kilograms), 18-inch (7.7 kilograms) and 19-inch (8 kilograms) versions, is the optimal solution for cars with a high braking disc surface. Such discs usually require generously-sized calipers, which entails an increase in weight.

The new Brembo caliper, which has only recently gone into production, combines a size optimized for discs with high braking surfaces with remarkable lightness. To achieve this result, Brembo has devoted more than 100,000 development hours to the project since late 2011.

The distinctive feature of this caliper is the new shape, centered on five openings: two at the front, between 16 and 22 cm2, and three on the bridges, with an area between 7 and 11 cm2.

This solution, patented by Brembo, ensures a mass reduction of nearly 8 percent with additional mass savings in material at the points in the caliper with least stress. Such a significant weight reduction in the unsprung mass of the vehicle contributes to savings in fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.

The particular emphasis in the design of the caliper allowed the need for lightness to be reconciled with that of stiffness and performance. The use of the five openings does not entail any loss of performance in the braking system.

Brembo has also given special attention to the aesthetics of the new family of calipers. Through a co-design approach with each OEM customer, Brembo will be implementing solutions specifically tailored to individual car models in order to complement each manufacturer’s different design style.

About Brembo SpA

Brembo SpA is the world leader and acknowledged innovator of disc brake technology for automotive vehicles. Brembo supplies high performance brake systems for the most important manufacturers of cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes worldwide. Brembo is also a leader in the racing sector and has won more than 300 championships. Today the company operates in 16 countries on 3 continents, with 24 production and business sites, and a pool of around 7,700 employees, about 10% of whom are engineers and product specialists active in the R&D. 2014 turnover is € 1,803.3 million (12/31/2014). Brembo is the owner of the Brembo, Breco, AP, Bybre and Marchesini brands and operates through the AP Racing brand. For more information, visit us at www.brembo.com

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Hype: Kraftwerks Releases CARB Legal Supercharger Kit For BRZ/FR-S/FT86

Posted on 08.10.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Adding boost to a car that wasn’t born with it can be a tricky task.  One has to consider re-mapping the engine’s ECU, routing pipes, an intercooler, etc.  Beyond that there is the issue of legality.  Smog laws are strict; especially in California so unless you “know a guy” its best to try and find a street legal way of adding forced induction.  One can quickly see how the quest for boost can easily turn into a hellish labyrinth.  That’s why its awesome when a company makes things easy by not only making a boost kit that is bolt on but also one that is street legal.

KraftWerks (a subsidiary of Skunk2) has done just that for the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, and Toyota GT86 crowd.  Their new supercharger kit is bolt on (no welding, cutting, or drilling), and can be installed in approximately 8 hours.  It is also 50 state CARB legal!  No more worrying about smog referees!  The kit is based around a Rotrex C30-94 supercharger and comes with everything needed for a complete boost solution.

Kraftwerks claims that this kit will add an additional 90HP to the wheels on 91 octane with a stock exhaust and headers.  Bolt on the Skunk2 exhaust and headers, then fill your tank with E85 and suddenly this supercharger kit can add an additional 125HP to the wheels.  Not bad at all!  Oh, this kit is also compatible with manual and automatic transmissions so that is one less thing to worry about.

The Kraftwerks BRZ/FR-S/FT86 CARB legal supercharger kit will set you back $4,795 (plus shipping).  While that is certainly a significant chunk of change; consider that this kit is pretty much an all in one worry-free solution and that price suddenly becomes extremely reasonable.

If you’re looking to order one just hit the source link below and then let us know how it works out!

[Source: Kraftwerks.com]

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Hype: Brembo Producing CCM-R Carbon Ceramic Brake Dics And Pads For Nissan GT-R

Posted on 01.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


When it comes to brakes, its hard to get better than Brembo.  The Italian company has produced top notch stoppers for decades and can be found on everything from purpose built race cars to high performance road cars.   They also produce some of the best carbon ceramic brakes in the world and have provided said brakes for motorsport applications such as Formula 1 and Indy Car.  Their line of CCM and CCM-R carbon ceramic brakes have been the staple of road and race cars for a while and now the Brembo CCM-R carbon ceramic brake discs and pads will be available as original equipment for the Nissan GT-R.  The brake discs (pictured above) will save 25lbs on the GT-R’s front axle and 31lbs in the rear.  Granted, they likely won’t be a cheap option but for this kind of stopping power and over 50lbs of saved weight its probably well worth the extra coin.

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[Source: Brembo]

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12 Days Of Hype: Craftsman Mechanics Tool Set Is A DIY Mechanic’s Dream

Posted on 12.20.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


When I can I like to do my own wrenching and I am sure there are plenty of men and women out there who do the same.  However, one of my biggest frustrations is being in the middle of a job and then realizing I don’t have the tool I need to finish the job.  Then I have to stop what I am doing and head out to the local shop to go get it.  It sucks!  Although, with this 263 piece mechanics tool set, the possibility of that happening again is very slim!  If you have a DIY mechanic in your life they would definitely love this set from Craftsman.  It has almost everything that is most commonly needed in your average mechanic job.  It comes with 150 sockets, a spark plug socket, 10 inch ignition wrenches, a magnetic holder, 12 of those cool “ratcheting wrenches”, and a ton of other stuff.  It can be had for about $180 bucks at Sears right now.  To order just hit the source link at the bottom.

[Source: Sears.com]

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Hype: Cosworth To Start Creating “Power Packages” With FA-20 AKA GT86/BRZ/FR-S Platform Coming First

Posted on 05.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


When modding a car for performance careful consideration has to be paid to the type of parts used and how well they will work together on a particular platform.  Depending on the kind of person you are this process can be part of the fun or it can be incredibly stressful.  One way that makes things a bit easier is when tuning shops/outlets offer “packages” that combine a group of commonly related parts together.  However, sometimes these packages are designed more with a “lets get rid of old stock” mindset rather than putting something together that is best for your car.  That’s why when checking out packages its a good idea to check out the reputation of those who are putting them together.

Having said that I think its a safe bet that any package put together by Cosworth is likely a safe bet!  Cosworth have been building race cars for decades and have made a significant mark on the street car market as well and they recently announced that they will be creating “power packages” to make things a little easier for builders.  They have also announced that the first application for their new power packages will be the FA-20 AKA the engine found in the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S.  This is a pretty good place to start considering the popularity of the program combined with most owners hungry for a quality performance solution to their mysterious FA20 engines.

Cosworth has not announced when these packages will be available or what they will consist of but they do promise “guaranteed levels of power and reliability.”  I would be at least a little skeptical of any other company making that kind of claim, but from Cosworth I am inclined to believe they will deliver on their promise.

[Source: Cosworth]

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Hype: Kraftwerks Releases New Supercharger Kit For NC Mazda MX-5

Posted on 03.25.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Mazda MX-5’s easily rank among the most fun cars to drive.  Their short wheelbase, suspension set up, and modest power all make up a perfect storm of driving pleasure.  Granted not everyone is won over by its cutesy looks but few can deny the mighty Miata is a formidable road car.  So, naturally people like us want to screw with that and make it faster and crazy.  This is where power adders come in.  Before it was popular to turbocharge Miatas, this was mostly because turbo kits were pretty damn cheap.  The only problem is that the kits were typically meant for the older model MX-5s.  Fortunately, Kraftwerks (a division of Skunk2) has released a new supercharger kit for the ’06-’13 MX-5 (“NC” chassis code).

The Kraftwerks supercharger kit will set you back about $5k but for good reason.  This kit provides more power than the old turbo kits did (will add 110hp to the wheels on 91 octane) and is safer for the engine than going the turbocharged route.  The engineers at Kraftwerks also took care to make sure that the kit bolts on as efficiently as possible.  Which means they made sure to take advantage of existing space so that there are no clearance issues and that the kit will not get in the way of any vital systems.  It also comes with everything you need to make it work at its best: fuel pump, bigger injectors, optional ECU tuning, and an intercooler with all the necessary piping.

There were 30 pre-orders available but it looks like those have sold out so if you want one of these kits you will probably have to wait a while but I think it would be well worth it!

[Source: Kraftwerks ]

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Hype Video: N.O.B. Taniguchi Tackles Togue In HKS Supercharged S2000 Built By Arvou

Posted on 12.11.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Its been a long time since I’ve watched a good togue video.  I remember back when I used to live off those things!  If you’re like me and enjoy a good togue flick then I invite you to scroll down and watch Nobuteru “N.O.B.” Taniguchi flog the Arvou-built Honda S2000 on the Gunsai togue course.  I also highly recommend turning up the volume while watching this video because Arvou’s S2000 is equipped with HKS’ new GT Supercharger kit and it sounds amazing!

The supercharger set up makes a significant amount of power (310hp at the wheels and 212ft-lbs of torque at 10 psi) and was designed to be reliable and safe for daily driving as well as track days.  If you have an S2000 (AP1 or AP2) and want some boost in your life, this is a great way to go.  You can get the kit now for about $4,500 not counting a few extras you may need (ECU tune, compact battery, etc.).  Out the door with all additional bits (assuming you don’t have them already) the price goes up to a little over $5,700 if you have an AP2.  AP1’s should expect to pay over $6,000.  While it does sound pricy, you do get a lot and if the video below is any indication, it seems to be well worth it!

[Source: Evasive Motorsports]

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SEMA 2013: Honda Brings The Boost To Their Booth

Posted on 11.12.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Ever since Honda started to visit SEMA in an “official” way many H-heads out there have been hoping that Honda would finally offer a factory version of what they have already been doing for years: boost.  This year it looks like fan boys finally got their wish, kind of.  The big news at the Honda booth was the announcement of an HPD (Honda Performance Development) Supercharger kit…for the CRZ.

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While that is great news for CRZ owners/lovers it is no secret that the CRZ has had mixed reactions from the rest of the Honda community; which could be why HPD decided to make the CRZ the target for this kit.  See some complained that the CRZ didn’t have the performance to make it as fun as Honda said it would be.  However with this this kit based on licensed centrifugal supercharger tech from Oscar Jackson Racing pushes the output of the CRZ to a healthy 187HP at only 6,500RPMs.  More than enough to put more zip in the CRZ’s step.  For those Honda fans who are un-fans of the CRZ I offer this consolation: if this HPD supercharger kit works out then there is a possibility that HPD may offer kits for other cars like the Civic Si in the future!

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Continuing the boosted theme Honda also brought out the amazing 1,029HP 2014 Odyssey van built by Bisimoto engineering.  This thing was bonkers!  Not only did it have a ridiculously massive intercooler out front but the van was absolutely slammed and stance’d on some massive Fifteen52 wheels.  This is one soccer-mom-mobile I would totally drive

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Apart from the CRZ and the bonkers Odyssey Honda also brought out a few trick Si’s as well as what appeared to be a turn-key Civic Si race car complete with cage and race cluster.  All in all the Honda booth was a pretty satisfying experience, especially those who have sworn allegiance to the big H!



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Suspension Hype: APEXi N1 ExV Dampers For Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ

Posted on 08.28.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Back in the day if someone was rocking an APEXi suspension they were officially the “cool kid”.  Today one can still earn “cool kid” status while vastly improving their car’s handling capabilities.  Right now the current hotness is the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ and APEXi has recently released their N1 ExV “dampers” for the new coupe cousins.  The N1 ExV’s are 32-way adjustable, have a “quick adjuster”, and has a pillow upper mount with camber adjustments.  Users will get all those features and functions for about $1350 which is a pretty decent price for a full set of coilovers.  Not to mention they come in the cool signature APEXi red!  If you want a set hit up your local APEXi dealer.

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