2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon starts at $84,995

Kamil Kaluski May 23, 2017 The News!

The manufacturer suggested retail price for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon $84,995. We should say only $84,995. That is the price for the highest horsepower V8 production car engine ever produced, a car that can do a damn wheelie and run the quarter mile in just over nine seconds. And the damn thing comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage. 

Think about that for a minute. It is almost unreal. The power, the performance, the price, and the warranty. 

The gas guzzler tax (shocking, I know) is included in that price but the $1095 destination fee is not. The Demon will have a several options, all of which are equally reasonably priced:

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LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS Crash Test

There is something about crash test videos that makes us watch them over and over again. It’s probably that whole watching-a-train-wreck thing that is oddly satisfying, somewhat saddening, and filled with anticipation. Some crash tests are scary and others show the incredible strength of the passenger cell and the energy absorbing properties of everything else. 

Chances are that if you are reading this you have probably played with Legos at some point in your life. If you ever played with Legos it is a safe bet that at some point you crashed your Lego cars. For instance, my brother and I would attempt to build a vehicle that would contain two mini figures, have operational doors and windows, and break apart the least upon being send down a flight of carpeted stairs. Good times. 

Apparently the crash experts from German ADAC are still kids at heart. They took the Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a really cool 1:8 version of the real thing with many functional features, and crash tested it. They followed their own rules and utilized the standard EURO-NCAP, 40% offset crash test. The Porsche hit the barrier at 46km/h, which is almost 29 MPH, which is damn fast for anything Lego. 

The results are quite amazing. For our viewing pleasure, ADAC used some fancy cameras, capturing the crash in 1000 frames-per-second. Just watch the video. 

Cars from Smokey and the Bandit reimagined for 40th anniversary

It’s been forty years since the original Smokey and the Bandit premiered. That seems like a crazy long amount of time, longer than many of us have been around. This is why for so many of us Smokey and the Bandit, possibly Cannonball too, may just have been the movie that made kiddo us fall in love with cars. I know it was for me. 

Decades ago pundits assumed that after year 2000 we all would have a flying hydrogen-powered cars and that the world would be out of oil. Fortunately the world today has a Challenger SRT Demon with a supercharged V8 that screams Fuck Yea louder than any 1970s Pontiac ever could (sorry, fact). While Pontiac is no longer around, we still have an equally awesome Camaro and many police departments still drive big sedans with V8 engines that send their power to the rear wheels. 

Big rigs, despite the above image, have not changed much either. They still have 18 wheels and huge turbo-diesel engines with transmissions that many of us couldn’t shift. The biggest difference might be in the fact that the flat-nosed cab-over truck are just about gone from our roads. 

reimagined what some of the character cars from the movie might look like today. Except for the rig, they seem pretty much spot-on. Check out their site for a few more Bandit options. We have asked before what the Bandit would drive today, but those comments were unfortunately lost. 

Most importantly, we can get Coors beer in just about every store. 

Quick Pic: a Naked Escort is Coming

Kamil Kaluski May 18, 2017 Quick Pics

This is a rather poor picture of a classic Ford Escort MKII. It is somewhat incomplete. It is slightly modified. And it is on it’s way over from the UK to our friends at .  

Ace Performance has some very cool plans for this MKII. It will be a lot more than just a build and we will be a part of it. Stay tuned, it’s going to be great. 

24 Hours of Lemons: Buick is the Rainmaster, Wins Judge’s Choice!

Rain. The forecast called for lots of it. A major storm, they called it. It rained the night before and it was suppose to rain all day Saturday. Certainly not great for racing. My hopes of anything exciting happening on Saturday were slim. 

I was wrong. Very wrong. 

The race started under a long full-course yellow. Then, the 24 Hours of Lemons overlords let us race as if it was just a spring shower. Our fastest driver, Rafal, was in first. He did well, very well in fact. In his two-hour scheduled stint he also used half the fuel we typically use on a dry race day. Less refueling made our pit-stop shorter. I was in next. 

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Improving the new Toyota Land Cruiser

I recently reviewed the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser. While I really liked it, and I would love to own one, but it just wasn’t all it could be for me. To be totally happy with my imaginary Land Cruiser ownership I would have to improve it slightly. Despite the limited U.S. sales of this vehicle, it is a global vehicle and therefore it’s total sales are justifiably high for the after-market to offer some amazing things for it. 

Being that I am married and have two kids, my built would not be a crazy hardcore one. I don’t need my rig to get me everywhere and I wouldn’t live off-the grid for days at a time in it. It would serve to get us to scenic places on trails that are no more than .  Here is how I’d modify my 2017 Land Cruiser…

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Review: 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

The Land Cruiser has been sold in North America for over sixty years. It and the Toyopet Crown were the automaker’s first two models here. Despite the fact that Toyota sold only one of its Land Cruisers in its first year in America, it was soon the only model offered here until 1965. Toyota Motor Company has grown slightly since that time but the Land Cruiser has remained in its model line-up that whole time.

Over the years the Land Cruiser has morphed from a small simple utility vehicle into a much larger vehicle available in various lengths and configurations. In North America, long wheelbase models with bigger engines thrived. Eventually, the Land Cruiser became more opulent and expensive, forcing Toyota to introduce smaller, less expensive, off-road capable utility models.

Today the Land Cruiser is sort of an odd duck that really warrants a closer look.

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24 Hours of Lemons: The Buick will roll with The Real Hoopties of New Jersey

We are ready-ish to race! The 24 Hours of Lemons The Real Hoopties of New Jersey is this weekend at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey! Last time we were equally ready but then we blew some gaskets, so hopefully we are now more ready but who the hell knows what sort of disaster will occur when we actually get there.

The car has some new top secret suspension mods and a proper alignment, as opposed to string eyeball alignment. We got a super fresh junkyard engine, too, which is a total crap-shoot.

Most importantly, we improved the aerodynamics front and back! Our newest slave driver created the masterpiece you see above from an inverted Pontiac Grand Prix wing and a shitload of duct tape. He seems to truly get this aspect but his driving skill is a mystery. He’s an auto journalist, which is bad, but he’s also from Boston, so he probably drives like a complete asshole. We will have to wait and see.

If you’re at the race, you will see some shit interesting race cars . Racing or spectating, chances are that you will have a good time. If you see the mighty Buick, come over and say hi!

East Coast Defender builds a Defender 130 Huntress

Our love for Land Rover Defenders is real and not easily justifiable. While we have covered them extensively over the years, we never quite admitted that the interior lousy, the ride is harsh, and the power is lacking. While I spent the vehicle there was in its element. I imagine that I would not be as in love with it if I had to drive one daily to my job at the Gretchel and Dawson Accounting Firm in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

seems to be what Icon4x4 is to Land Cruisers or Singer is to Porsches. They take older Land Rover Defenders and completely overhaul them. The interior receives a complete overhaul and is modernized. Every suspension nut and bolt is new and a quality lift-kit is optional. Finally, under the hood goes an re-engineered Rover V8 or one of two new Chevy small blocks. 

The Defender 130 pickup pictured here is called the Huntress and it is one of their latest builds. 

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Project 4Runner: When good LEDs go bad

Sometime ago I switched out the factory interior light bulbs of my 4Runner to LEDs. The LEDs were purchased from a , Fyre Flys. The idea was to have more light and less power draw. This was a win-win, as my daughter always puts he dome light on to read but frequently forgets to turn it off, draining the batter in process. 

The LEDs worked great when installed. The light was much whiter, little cold for some, and much brighter. 

Then, one day, the main dome-light stopped working. Ugh. I thought that perhaps the bulb assembly just slipped out of the socket as those looked sort of flimsy. Nope. It was busted. More importantly, when I tried to removed it, it was very hot to touch. 

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