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Cunningham Motorsports Tunes Project Unicorn- 2001 Corvette Z06

Jason Connor October 3, 2018 Project Cars

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When I first drove the Z06, I figured some of the drivability issues I was experiencing was simply from the fact that this is a “big cam” car. Turns out that’s not the case. The tune on the C5z was three years old and this was leading to a stalling issue among a few other items.

Introducing Project Unicorn: 2001 Speedway White Corvette Z06

I remember years back when I attended a Shift Sector event and I saw a C6 Z06 break the naturally aspirated world record of 181.30 mph in the half mile. The driver, builder, and tuner was . At that point I said, if I ever bought an LS powered anything I would bring it to him.

Well, my C5 Z06 tuning need some work and Ryne was there to help.

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Introducing Project Unicorn: 2001 Speedway White Corvette Z06

Jason Connor October 1, 2018 Project Cars

It started in late 2002.

In a very transitional period of my life, I moved from Texas to North Carolina to live with family before I joined the Navy. Temporary employment was necessary so in an effort to make decent money I decided that car sales was something I needed to do. A local Chevrolet and Cadillac dealership outside of Charlotte is where I ended up.

As the junior salesperson my duties were limited to the shuffling off Cavaliers and the occasional Sierra 1500 pickup.  But always on the sales floor was a Corvette Z06.

Sometimes they would be let me sit in it to enjoy the plastic-like Tupperware interior. That bit never bothered me though, and I’ve always wanted a C5 Z06. That day has come as I finally have one to call my own.

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LS Powered Ferrari P4 Kit Car Is The Stuff Of Dreams

Jason Connor October 1, 2018 Car Shows

It’s understandable that, outside of Monterey Car Week, the idea of driving a $20m Ferrari around is not the best. Though I would personally disagree. So what do you do? To me kit cars aren’t a terrible idea, like a Hawk Lancia Stratos or Beck Porsche 904. I would 100% flog the hell out of either of them.

F1-67 Gives Us Inferiority Complex

At a local Cars and Coffee in San Diego I came across this gem. It’s  fairly gorgeous Ferrari P4. Only this one has a special heart… courtesy of the inevitable LS swap, and that most certainly is not a bad thing!

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How To Smoothly Display Your Inner Car Nerd With These Amazing Socks

The chances are good that you have a plethora of automotive inspired clothing sitting in your closet right now. it shows off some sort of brand loyalty or cheeky humor. While this is fun for some, a more subtle approach is necessary for others. Lets face it; some of us car fanatics out there don’t have the strongest fashion sense, your author included.

But that shouldn’t stop you from wearing something fashionable and displaying a few interesting nods to automobilia. From attending your local car show, to going out to dinner with friends or braving through a work meeting, showing off some area of car fashion doesn’t need to be so in your face.

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HG Performance’s 911 GT3 Street Cup… Perfecting Perfection

The Porsche 991 GT3 right out of the box is one of the best driving cars that money can buy. With such features as rear wheel steering and it’s phenomenal PDK gearbox the 991 GT3 is a car that most anybody can get into and drive at an incredibly rapid pace. This wasn’t always the case with Porsche 911’s as they have had some interesting handling characteristics for those who are ham-fisted. The 991 GT3 is a completely different animal from the Porsche’s of yesteryear. Driver confidence was high on the priority list and when the boffins in Stuttgart created this ultimate 911 they changed something about it. This generation of GT3 was simply too easy to drive fast diminishing the allure of a fully rewarding experience.

HG Performance and BBi Autosport solve this completely. What we have here is a 991 GT3 Street Cup. Much of the of the body has been replaced with Cup Car panels giving it a purposeful look. But it’s not all show and no go. By adding BBI’s Street Cup suspension with JRZ adjustable coil-overs, HRE wheels shod in Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R’s this GT3 is bringing some serious levels of grip to both track and street. A mind power bump with an ECU recalibration and an Akrapovic exhaust, a roll cage with racing seats and harnesses round out what the intent of what this GT3 represents. A true street and track weapon that will outrun or chase down anything that comes in it’s path.

We headed to the mountains east of San Diego to see how incredible this modified GT3 performs. It bends minds and has me searching for how to get a Porsche in my life.

2016 HCOTY Nominee: The Keen Project Safari 911

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The decision to nominate one car from the varying amount of content out there on the interweb can never be an easy or simple one. Reflection is key, but what I’ve been thinking about over the last couple of weeks is that my nomination should be based solely on if it’s FUN.

Damn the purists and forget about all other outside judgments and modify your own car the way YOU want to. With the ridiculous bubble that is the air-cooled 911 market, if you were to tell a Porschefile that you were going to modify clean 1981 911 SC and turn it into rally car they’d tell you to get bent. The Keen Project Safari 911 isn’t about being the fastest out there, it was built as a fun stress reliever to get away from it all…and Leh Keen succeeded.

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2016 Camaro RS V6 Convertible- Is the V6 good enough?

When you think of the Chevrolet Camaro and the V6 you automatically think “penalty box,” but things have changed. Now with smaller displacement and, more importantly forced induction, the lower-tier powertrain options you used to get 10-15 years ago might just be considered the enthusiast’s choice. Still, the Camaro is still one of the last cars to offer a RWD-V8 layout with a manual transmission and that is certainly s good thing.

Living in California, I really enjoy open top motoring, but even higher on my list of priorities are good driving roads. I’ve traveled all over the globe and have enjoyed many different types of cars each with their own driving experiences. Convertibles seem to offer an experience that allows you to slow things down a bit and soak in your environment.

What happens when you are on a road where you wish to speed things up just a bit. We traveled from Southern California up to Big Sur to experience the Pacific Coast Highway with the latest Alpha platform Camaro Convertible to see if the V6 is good enough to really make you want one.

[Disclaimer: Chevrolet tossed me the keys to this Camaro for seven days with a full tank of fuel. I lathered up with sunblock and hit the road even though my head ended up getting sunburnt]

The 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Is An Unassuming Enthusiast Car

Jason Connor October 14, 2016 Nissan Reviews, Reviews

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“It’s like a rental car with a turbo and a stick.” That’s how I described the 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo. Perhaps initially that’s not a completely fair statement to paste on the plucky Nissan but if you look at it from the “fun factor” perspective it makes sense. Rental cars allow for such care free driving style it’s a wonder that most make it past 20,000 miles. If it’s your own personal vehicle and you hold back ever so slightly it can still be hilarious fun.

Friend and colleague Manuel Carrillo absolutely fell in love with the Sentra SR Turbo and even claimed he had more fun in this than in the 2016 Shelby GT350R. I have since researched local insane asylums and plan on an intervention in the near future. In the meantime you can read Manuel’s crazy words  on CarBlog.

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Sampling the Shelby Mustang GT350R on the track

That legendary name.
Now it’s applied to the latest Ford Mustang, but this time it’s packing a flat-plane crank V8 that’s pushing out 526 horsepower. It’s almost more about the noise though, than it is the power… almost.

This is a glorious ode to the track-focused speed machine, and it just might be one of the greatest Ford products ever produced. We didn’t say *the* greatest… but it’s certainly on the list.

2016 Audi RS 7 Performance takes on Shift Sector

The Audi RS 7 is one of those cars that makes you rethink the laws of physics. Heavy cars such as the RS 7 accelerate with such demand you’d think each one is programmed from the factory to be a heist getaway vehicle. Audi Sport added “Performance” to the RS 7 nameplate, which adds even more character to this svelte sedan, but it now demands an even higher premium … and it’s totally worth each and every penny.

When originally thinking of the idea to test the new RS 7 Performance, immediately came to mind. First established in 2011, Shift Sector started as a group of enthusiasts wanting to run on an open runway, but it grew so quickly they had to move on to larger venues that could handle this increased demand. With numerous locations across the United States, we attended their Airstrip Attack in Coalinga, California.

So how did the RS 7 Performance stack up? Well, it broke some hearts and raised plenty of eyebrows. At the end of my time with it, though, I truly regretted having to give it back. Perhaps it should have been my getaway vehicle.

[Disclaimer: Audi tossed us the keys to the RS 7 with a full tank of gas that I expended in a most glorious manner.]

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