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Stay away from XTR Performance /NewAgeAutoparts/ /Facebook Users Nate Baumberger Joey Lokken
Apr 16, 2014 - 6:48 PM - by GODspeed7
Ok guys here comes the story. I used to be an admin of mazdaspeed 3 owners group on facebook. I am no longer, but that's a different story for another day. Well one of the members was asking about clutch and flywheel options. I told them that I just bought a Luk clutch kit off of amazon for $181 and a Fidanza Flywheel from Edge autosport for $335 all shipped for free and how this was the best deal. Well XTR nate is an admin at mazdaspeed owners group on facebook (confusing as fuck I know) and a few minutes later I received these PM's from him on facebook ... [Read More]
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Corksport Brakes Pads - Mazdaspeed 3
May 11, 2013 - 4:17 PM - by Haltech

For anyone who has owned a Gen 1 or Gen 2 Mazdaspeed3 for any amount of time who enjoys spirited street driving will tell you, the stock brakes can fade quickly and give you an E ticket ride. Although our cars come OEM with top rate Ferodo compound, our floating single piston calipers do not properly apply pad pressure to the rotor. We also see a lot of fade when you push the car hard with increased braking.

Ferodos OEM compound is not as aggressive... [Read More]
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SURE Motorsports - Street Unit- - Design Flaws,Danger And Part Failures!
Feb 28, 2013 - 3:14 PM - by Haltech

Hi, i'm Kevin Pugh, owner and founder of Mazdaspeed Forums. I created this forum in January 2008 for the purpose of providing an actual performance oriented tech site for force inducted Mazda's. MSF was created and still operates, as a NON Agenda site for the hardcore performance enthusiast. My overall goal was to create a site that keeps true enthusiast engaged, informed and TEACH them that damn near anything related to these cars, can be tackled in your own garage,... [Read More]
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James Barone Racing is a relatively new name to the Mazda aftermarket. Jamie has been making quality products for the Mazda market since September 2009. Today, we will be reviewing a full set of his 80a durometer motor mounts for the Mazdaspeed 3 (Gen 1 and Gen 2). Since there has already been a MSF review done on the CP-E mounts, this review will only have limited coverage of the installation process. In addition to the installation tutorial in the existing MSF review, very thorough instructions are available here at the JBR... [Read More]
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Ferrari recalls 458 Italia because its trunk is a dangerous place to stow kids
Sep 23, 2014 - 2:50 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Recalls, Safety, Ferrari

Ferrari is recalling 3,000 458 Italia and Spider models and, believe it or not, it's not because they may catch fire. Nope, instead, the issue focuses on anyone that's unfortunate enough to become trapped in the Ferrari's perilously small frunk (front-mounted trunk).

Apparently, should someone find themselves trapped in the car's nose, the interior release handle only lets loose one of frunk's latches. That means that while anyone held captive by the V8-powered supercar won't be in danger of suffocating and will still be able to call for help, the cars are still ultimately in violation of federal safety mandates.

According to Uncle Sam, should someone become trapped in a trunk, like a child, they must be able to open the trunk from the inside and escape. That can't happen in the 458.

It's not clear which model years are covered, although according to CNN Money, only the 458 Italia and Spider are covered by the recall. If you're a lucky 458 Speciale owner, you're clean and clear... we think.

Owners will be notified by Ferrari and will need to return their car to the local dealer for modifications.Ferrari recalls 458 Italia because its trunk is a dangerous place to stow kids originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nissan's Nismo celebrates 30th year with video retrospective
Sep 23, 2014 - 2:10 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Motorsports, Classics, Videos, Nissan, Racing

Nismo, the motorsports and high-performance arm of Nissan, has a lot of racing success to celebrate in its history and possibly even bigger accomplishments to look forward to. The company is commemorating its 30th anniversary with a video looking back at its most important milestones from each year of its past.

Nismo's job first and foremost at its genesis was to excel at motorsports. It wasn't too long after the division was founded in 1984 that the company made its first of many attempts to take an overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It never quite succeeded in that goal, but still managed to do well in long-distance competition elsewhere. At the same time, Nismo was racking up wins in touring car races in Japan.

Eventually, the division's engineers started dipping their toes into tuning road cars, in addition to going racing. What began as something sporadic has become a growing part of the Nissan lineup with Nismo-branded models of the 370Z, Juke, Note in Europe and the GT-R.

That isn't the end of the Nismo road car expansion, but where it's going exactly is still a secret. According to Nissan spokesperson Dan Passe speaking to Autoblog, the company's motto for the division's future is, "Nothing is off the table."

According to Passe, in terms of numbers, the US is already Nismo's biggest market, and the company is now going through an education process to expose more customers to its high-performance division. That's being done though projects like the Nissan GT Academy to engage young people with the brand and especially through motorsports. Passe says that the automaker is "in conversation with racing teams" to get even more of its cars on the track in America.

Worldwide, Nismo is also making a big jump back to the top class of endurance racing with the GT-R LM to challenge Audi, Porsche and Toyota at Le Mans in 2015. That's some steep opposition, but watch the video for a better understanding of why it's so important to Nissan's motorsports arm to be competing there.Continue reading Nissan's Nismo celebrates 30th year with video retrospective

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GM's Reuss explains why Cadillac is heading to New York
Sep 23, 2014 - 2:10 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, Cadillac, GM, Luxury

"We're going to take it to a place [New York] to change the way that we do business around the brand of Cadillac." - Mark Reuss

General Motors product chief Mark Reuss elaborated Tuesday on Cadillac's move to New York in 2015, saying it will "elevate" the brand and allow it to reach new customers.

"We're going to take it to a place [New York] to change the way that we do business around the brand of Cadillac," Reuss said at an event in Detroit.

About 50 people will set up shop in the trendy neighborhood of Soho, GM confirmed Tuesday. According to Reuss, the roles have not been specified, but it's expected to include sales and marketing staff. A headquarters in the NYC cosmopolitan setting could allow Cadillac to better understand consumers on the coasts, where the brand struggles against Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus and others, Reuss added.

"We're not on the radar of some of the people we'd like to be on," he said.

The move to New York represents a complete reset for Cadillac, and it will be cast as a standalone business unit. Reuss said Cadillac's president, Johan de Nysschen, and chief marketing officer, Uwe Ellinghaus, will re-examine the brand's sales and marketing strategy. Cadillac also named a new vice president of US sales, Jim Bunnell, on Monday.

Despite well-received products, Cadillac sales have struggled this year, dropping 4.7 percent to 114,008 units through August.

"We have to have some new thinking in how we go to market," Reuss said. "The brand perception of what these products align to has been lagging."

The move to New York comes as Cadillac prepares to launch as a new flagship sedan to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and other large luxury cars. Reuss declined to reveal the name of the new Cadillac on Tuesday.

Ironically, the news of Cadillac's move to New York - and away from Detroit - came on the same day as a conference that discussed Michigan's impact on the auto industry. Reuss, a native of Michigan, said he "really supports" the move, noting Cadillac's engineering and design staff will still be based in his home state, where four Cadillac models are also assembled.... [Read More]
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How traffic enforcement could play out on roads of the future
Sep 23, 2014 - 1:30 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Government/Legal

The applications of connected-car technology may eventually lie beyond the authority of its creators.

On the roads of the future, it's possible that speeding tickets will be doled out by new automated law enforcement systems instead of by police officers in patrol cars.

Systems now being developed by the federal government to handle vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications in an upcoming connected-car era may have the capability to more precisely track the locations and speeds of individual motorists.

Officials behind the creation of these communications systems say V2V and V2I communications are not intended for law-enforcement purposes, and a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month said there's not enough data in the transmissions to link such speeding calculations to individual motorists. But then the agency's top-ranking official said it was indeed possible. He said the roadblocks were in the consumer acceptance of such automated enforcement, not in the capabilities of the system.

"I know there is potential for law enforcement to optimize some of these things, but if we go too far, too fast in that direction, it could create some consumer backlash that could hurt its adoption," said David Friedman, NHTSA's deputy administrator, while speaking earlier this month at a conference of transportation officials in Grand Rapids, MI. "The technology is there, but our initial design is not focused on that."

Though skeptical of its adoption, his statement is the first that acknowledges the technical possibility of such an enforcement system. That's important because, even if enforcement possibilities are not the intent of V2V and V2I systems, the applications of connected-car technology may eventually lie beyond the authority of its creators: laws governing traffic enforcement are largely a function of local and state governments.Continue reading How traffic enforcement could play out on roads of the future

How traffic enforcement could play out on roads of the future originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Next Toyota Prius coming in 60-mpg 'Eco Grade' version?
Sep 23, 2014 - 1:00 PM - by Haltech

There's some mystery surrounding the fuel economy level of the next-generation Toyota Prius. The closest we've had to an official number is 55 miles per gallon, which was hinted at by Toyota Motor Corporation's managing officer, Satoshi Ogiso, last year. That number wasn't an official target, but the company even provided a graphic (above) showing how each next generation Prius beat the previous one by four or five mpg. Since the current, third-gen model gets 50, well, we have been left to guess that 55 is the next logical target.

But, according to a new report in Automotive News, the new, fourth-generation Prius that's due next year will come in two versions, with one having a bigger ego - sorry, eco - than the other. AN says that the model will arrive with a standard nickel-metal hydride battery pack in a version that gets "about 55 mpg" and then a new "eco grade" version with a li-ion battery that "will be rated at more than 60 mpg." AN says this information came from company executives who were speaking at an August meeting with Toyota dealers. Our sources within Toyota say that they haven't heard anything about two high-efficiency models, so we'll take this with the requisite grain of salt. The current version of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid does use lithium-ion batteries, but this is the non-plug model the dealers are talking about. We think.

The dual-battery strategy is certainly a rumor we've heard before. We had thought that the li-ion pack would be for an extended EV range (the current Prius has a barely noticeable EV-only range), but such a pack would be lighter and could boost efficiency, too.

In other words, we look forward to hearing more during the upcoming auto show season.Next Toyota Prius coming in 60-mpg 'Eco Grade' version? originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Leno shows some style with a '67 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 Zagato
Sep 23, 2014 - 12:30 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Videos, Celebrities

Given the number of cars in Jay Leno's collection, plus the ones he just gets to drive, it seems like the number of classics that he hasn't been behind the wheel of could be listed on a Post-It note. However, Jay Leno's Garage viewers are in luck this week because they get to watch the host experience a vehicle for the very first time, and he comes away suitably impressed.

The model in question is a 1967 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3 Zagato that's owned by auto appraiser and journalist Donald Osborne. It's a good thing that he's around, too, because Jay is pretty clearly out of his element when discussing this beautiful coupe. The two of them end up having a fairly long conversation about not just this car but also the whole history of Lancia.

According to Osborne, the Zagato-bodied version was the top model of the Fulvia range, and the famous coachbuilder made about 7,000 of them between 1965 and 1972. The styling featured a gorgeous mix of razor sharp creases and shapely curves to really set the design apart from its contemporaries, and power came from a 1.3-liter V4 spinning the front wheels.

It's fascinating to watch Leno learning about the car for the first time over the course of the video and then start picking out little details about the Fulvia that he likes. Get educated right along with him in this interesting episode looking at one of the great Lancias.Continue reading Leno shows some style with a '67 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 Zagato

Leno shows some style with a '67 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 Zagato originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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