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Clarion built a better OG Acura NSX

The original Acura NSX is something special. It’s a real driver’s car that managed to stun the world, not with tremendous power but instead by providing a truly world-class driving experience. Still, there’s room for improvement with any car and Clarion has plucked an old NSX out from the crowd and turned into a stunner.

Check off another excellent build for the folks at the Clarion Builds program. The audio company is cranking out excellent project machines, letting folks get to sample them for a bit, and then auctioning them off for charity.

This NSX is following that same path, and its ultimate owner is going to wind up with a supercharged delight. Behind the cabin sits a 3.2-liter engine that is paired with a supercharger. It’s not putting out somewhere in the neighborhood of 465 horsepower.

Clarion had the suspension swapped out for KW units. Stoptech provides the braking force. Rays wheels look excellent wrapped in sticky tires, and the whole package brings the car to another level. Oh there’s also the one-off exhaust and carbon fiber airbox provided by AEM.

For a different type of sound, you of course have the full audio system provided by Clarion, and it sounds almost as wicked as the exhaust note.

Ride along at Le Mans with Townsend Bell …on a CXC simulator

Townsend Bell can drive a wide range of vehicles, and he can do so very quickly. Like most top-tier racers, Bell started with karts before moving to more powerful open-wheel racing series. He’s tested for Formula One teams, as well. Additionally, he’s finished as high as 4th in the Indy 500 and led the race for a handful of laps back in 2016.

You can watch Bell doling out his knowledge of motorsports for NBC Sports when he’s not behind the wheel. Right now thought you can watch him display some serious knowledge about one particular track that will have all eyes focused on it come this weekend.

Townsend Bell jumped into the seat of a CXC Simulator rig to take a Ferrari 488 GTLM around the Circuit de le Sarthe. That would be the racing circuit where the 24 Hours of Le Mans is held. Last year, Bell and teammates Jeff Segal and Bill Sweedler took the top spot in the GTE Am class. 

They’re looking to do it again this year. Before that happens, Bell shows us around the circuit and drops some great knowledge of the track while doing so.

These 9 steps will help you tune the SR20 engine

Nissan produced a wonderful powerplant when it gave the world the SR family of engines. The SR20ET, specifically, is an excellent engine that you’d find under the hood of S13, S14, and S15 Silvias. The power output, depending on the application ranges from around 201 horsepower on up to 250 horsepower.

It is, however, quite open to tuning. Our friends at . You’re going to go down the standard walk of swapping items like the intake, injectors, and engine tuning.

There’s a bit more detail to dive into here. Head on over to Drifted to see what they believe you should do if you want to bump up the juice on the SR20.

Also, yes… that is a Lada shown above. And yes, it is packing SR20DET power under the hood.

Forza 7 revealed at E3

Turn 10 Studios is back at it with the latest installment in the Forza franchise. This time we’re eyeballing the trailer for Forza Motorsport 7, which takes things a bit more seriously than the Forza Horizon series. This will be a launch game for the also-recently announced Xbox One X. That’s the name of the latest version of the Microsoft console system, and it looks to bring super smooth 4K graphics to your television…

You don’t have one of those yet? Better start shopping if you want the cleanest looking games when everything comes to market this fall. We don’t know much about the latest Forza sim at the moment, but we will be interviewing the car-loving Creative Director at Turn 10 Dan Greenawalt later this week on the podcast.

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“We run the night” is your automotive visual awesome for the day

Some folks are really good at pointing the camera at a subject and capturing that focal point for all its worth. The Lowdown and Hartnett Media teamed up to do that recently when they shot a group of cars taking over the late night roads in a section of Australia. Visually, this is an epic short video that encapsulates what it’s like to meet up with like-minded friends and just set off on a drive. There are no words, just stunning visuals and appropriately paired music.

It works well, and it’s a perfect escape for your Friday afternoon doldrums at work.

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible: Who is it for?

Land Rover has created …something interesting. It’s called the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. It’s a drop-top version of Land Rover’s compact SUV, and it comes bearing 2.0-liter turbocharged power under its hood. It also has Terrain Response, a halfway decent wading depth for a mall crawler, and a few other bits and bobs that show its very much still a Range Rover.

Still… it’s an odd duck. No one praised Nissan when it built the Murano Cross Cabriolet. The Jeep Wrangler is pretty much the main contender when it comes to the idea of pairing top-down motoring with off-road adventure.

So who exactly is the Range Rover Evoque Convertible for? Let’s try to find out…

[Disclaimer: Land Rover tossed us the key fob to the Evoque Convertible and included a tank of fuel. We used that tank trying to figure out who would buy this thing.]

Become a Mopar magnate with this Craigslist trifecta

Are you looking to add a bit more Mopar into your life? Of course you are! We all are, right? No? Just shut up and listen for a second please. I said please.

Someone on Craigslist has a trifecta of Mopar machines that might interest you. We have a 1974 Dodge truck, 1984 Dodge truck, and an unrestored 1970 Dodge Challenger. That last one has no running gear, which is a bit of a bummer but it does leave you with quite the open canvas.

The vehicle in the best shape of the three is the truck from 1984. It apparently has just 66k miles on its clock and is a one-owner truck. The 1974 truck doesn’t run at the moment but it does have a 318 V8 swapped in, as opposed to the 360 that used to leave betwixt its fenders.

So are you ready to tackle two of these projects while driving the third to pickup your parts? There’s no price offered but .

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Hot Wheels Deora restoration will relax and impress you

One of our favorite YouTube channels is baremetalHW. It’s all about Hot Wheels. More specifically the hands and voice behind the channel is quite skilled at breathing new life into old, tired, beaten up Hot Wheels vehicles.

Today’s video shows the restoration of a classic Redline Deora. It’s from 1968. There are years of abuse clearly visible, and baremetalHW brings it to a whole new place. The old blue cracked and pitted paint work is removed and the refreshed Deora goes purple and black. A pair of surfboards once again ride in the bed space, and the glass is cleaned up as well.

It’s great to see such care applied to these scale dream machines. If you’re ready to get lost down a rabbit hole of this stuff, then you need to hit play and see where it all leads.

Podcast: Episode 205 – Sleepy in Seattle

I’m up here in Seattle for the launch of the new Audi A5 and S5 Sportback. While that’s going on, I decided to step away from the booze and schmooze for a moment to record a solo episode of the podcast. It’s mostly me taking your questions, as that helps to cover the topics I’d want to cover anyway… including the Indy 500.

A reminder that racing wagons are awesome

Good morning and happy Wagon Wednesday. This post is here to serve as your reminder that racing wagons were most certainly a thing, and that they were also quite awesome. . So if you’ve ever wondered just how fantastic a liveried-up wagon can look, see above as your Exhibit A(wesome).

Someone needs to recreate this style on a V60 Polestar. That combination of current Volvo wagon greatness and classic racing history would cause our brain to explode with wonder and our hearts to grow three sizes.

We need more wagons, folks. When someone tells you that they’re boring, show them this picture… and smack them in the face a little too, because they don’t get it.

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