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Spicing up the beast: The Porsche RENM 997 RM580

The guys from down under at RENM Performance are no strangers to taking strong proven platforms and giving them a boost of performance and flair all their own. Some of their other high profile concepts come from platforms such as the Audi R8, Ferrari F430, and Lamborghini Murcielago just to name a few. Their take on the Porsche 997 code named the RM580 is one to see. By re-calibrating the ECU, adding a T309 stainless steel exhaust system that using sports catalytic converters with dual 70mm double end pipes, they improve on the already stout 500HP and bump it up to a respectable 580HP. This increase in power translates to a 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 201MPH.

The upgrades available for the RM580 also include suspension upgrades that are compatible with the Porshe Active Suspension Management fitted (PASM) models. The program also comes with the option to add carbon fiber inserts and other interior upgrade options. These upgrades and modifications enhance an already powerful vehicle truly worthy of its Porsche pedigree.

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source: www.Renm-performance.com

Ultimate Ski accessory

As I went through my daily pass of auto blogs listings in my Greader I came across one of my favorite listings in Canibeat who always has a great post or 2 of great pictures of amazing Vehicles at artistic angles. Today they posted a beautiful car the Lamborghini LP670-4SV in one of the most interesting environment’s for it to be in… Snow. Check it:

Olsson follow cam… from Jon Olsson Video Blog on Vimeo.

Motorcycles need love too…

I am a man of many talents even more so I’m a man of many interests, when it comes to sports I’m a fan of all local sports, I’m a HUGE Basketball fan, my guy Kyle Weidie from Truthaboutit.net (@Truth_about_it) always keeps me up to date with my Local Wizards news and I have various local sources to keep track of my Redskins, Caps, Nats etc. But ever since I can remember I have always been truly addicted to speed, its something about the adrenalin rush you get when you have the muscle and power of hundreds of horses at your every whim is something that I truly can’t replace with anything else. Naturally this addiction to speed and power led me to have a fond love of automobiles, but I’ve always had that nagging curiosity of those guys with sometimes the third of the power, a fraction of the weight, and just about double the speed of guys with Cars. The high revving and screeching engines of motorcycle engines turns the heads of even the most dedicated domestic tuners. Since this curiosity was something I felt needed to be explored let me tell you a short story of my journey into the Motorcycle world.
A few years back I decided to enroll in a Motorcycle Safety Training Course and I must say it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Immediately I felt at home on the controls, and the leaning/turning mechanics even though took some getting used to felt so natural.
Now I must say anyone that is interested in purchasing a motorcycle in my opinion MUST take the Motorcycle Safety Course from a certified MSF instructor. The classes help to keen in on not only your riding abilities but also help you in your driving abilities. They give valuable information in “reading” traffic patterns and looking at certain situations and determining the proper course of action to avoid accidents. Fortunately right before my classes ended during that weekend a good friend of mine was looking to sell his 05 GSXR 600 for a very reasonable price so in my moment of excitement I went ahead and made the jump and had my first Motorcycle.
Now you are going to notice a color change in my bike and this wouldn’t be a fair article if I didn’t mention that I indeed intentionally (thanks to my MSF training) low sided my bike 2 months into my first season riding due to a driver cutting me off in a turn, in a moment of split decision I decided it was less risk to slide out than to run into the back of an unassuming driver. I was fine as I was wearing all my safety equipment but the GSXR took the blunt of the damage. The entire left side of the bike was scratched and damaged and I was forced to sit out my inaugural riding season. Using that downtime as motivation I decided to use this time to rebuild the bike on my own. After scowering various GSXR forums for information, Using my skills in paint prep, engine work, and buying parts from Ebay and various sites only receiving assistance from a local body shop for paint, I very cheaply repaired my bike and at the same time learned valuable information regarding my bike. I must say she turned out pretty nicely. Take a look for yourself:

BEFORE THE ACCIDENT:

DURING REPAIRS, PAINT, REBUILDING:



FINISHED PRODUCT:




In all these are the new parts installed on the bike after the accident:
Left side Fender (ebay.com)
Black paint job
Gold Reflective decals (downat70.com)
Gold Reflective rimtape (tapeworks.com)
Black with Gold adjuster Shorty Pazzo levers
Carbon fiber Tank Pad
Carbon fiber Rear Tire hugger
Carbon fiber Chain guard
Carbon fiber Suzuki “S” decal
Carbon fiber Seat tail trim (from 06-07 GSXR)
Carbon Fiber Yoshimura TRS Exhaust
Dark smoke Double Bubble windscreen
4500k / 3000k HID (DDMtuning.com)

I hope you guys enjoyed this story of my side passion in motorcycles and I hope this warmer weather bids everyone well as Spring is right around the corner.

Drift Stylings debate: To Slam or not to Slam

    The one thing that makes the Tuner community so grand is the widespread variety of styles. Whether you are a Drifter, auto crosser, quarter mile racer, full blown track driver or something in between we all have our cars tuned and modified depending on what the main use of our car will be. So when our friends at Stanceiseverything.com directed me to an article bashing the “slammed” or drift auto style it got my attention.

 It is a fairly interesting read on someone’s take on the recent drift styling’s of some auto enthusiasts but One quote in particular stood out to me: “Setting up a car for drifting is usually ass-backwards to what actually makes a car handle. Still, it has managed to permeate the collective consciousness of young car enthusiasts, who are unaware that buying coilovers with absurdly stiff springs doesn’t actually make a car handle well, but rather masks a the deficiencies of a poorly designed car.” 

 This quote looks to imply that tuners that modify their cars to drift don’t actually know that they are doing for their everyday drivability. Most tuners that modify their vehicles for a specific purpose typically know that it will take away the ability to perform in other areas. For example if you set your suspension up for 1/4 mile racing you wont necessarily be successful in your endeavors to race your car on a road course. Even still I’m sure most everyone is aware of some drivers who do modify their vehicles solely based on what they see without knowing the functionality aspect of the tunes; but as a whole from my experience people who take the time to dial in settings and adjust their cambers just right actually KNOW what they are getting themselves into.

 All in all it was an interesting article taken from a perspective that I may not wholly agree with but still respect, take a look and see what you think: http://www.speedsportlife.com/2010/02/25/rich-corinthian-leather-2-hella-suck/

Bullrun Team NSX

Its a little known fact that Bull Run is one of my favorite shows on TV, and believe me if I had the opportunity I’de treck my RSX through each one of those 4,000 miles without breaking a sweat. Anyone who knows me knows im a Honda guy, Ive never owned a car outside of the Honda Family so when I saw that this seasons cars included a 94 Widebody Veilside NSX needless to say I got a little giddy. Check this video out of Ryan and Nic’s Acura powerhouse, a beautifully designed Automobile with the grit to actually take the title this season.