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Stay away from XTR Performance /NewAgeAutoparts/ /Facebook Users Nate Baumberger Joey Lokken
Apr 16, 2014 - 7:48 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 - 5:17 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 - 4:14 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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Rumormill: Jaguar to go racing with F-Type GT3?
Nov 22, 2014 - 7:10 AM - by Haltech
Filed under: Motorsports, Jaguar, Racing

Most British automakers have some manner of racing program. Aston Martin, Lotus and McLaren race as a matter of course. Bentley recently got back into racing, Morgan has dabbled here and there, even Land Rover has its off-road racing programs. The only one, it seems, that isn't racing these days is Jaguar... but that could be about to change.

The latest intel from the UK suggests that Jaguar is closely evaluating the prospect of building a GT3-spec racer based on the F-Type. Like the Bentley Continental GT3 co-developed with M-Sport (not to mention Coventry's own successful partnership with TWR), the Jaguar program would need an established racing outfit to help develop the car and field it, and the automaker is said to be evaluating three potential partners.

The development of the GT3 racer would allow Jaguar to compete (or sell cars for others to compete) in a variety of racing series around the world, including the Blancpain Endurance Series, the European Le Mans Series and, if properly adapted, other series like the United SportsCar Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Jaguar's car would have to compete with such rivals as the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, Audi R8 LMS, Ferrari 458 GT, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 and Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Current FIA GT3 regulations use a Balance of Performance equation that allows for a curb weight between 1,200 and 1,300 kilograms (2,645 to 2,866 pounds) and produce between 500 and 600 horsepower. A more cost-effective GT4 racer could follow. But the best part is that Jaguar could, according to the report in Autocar, develop a road-going version as well, even more focused than the Project 7 pictured above and similar to what Bentley did with the Continental GT3-R.

Jaguar of course has had a rich history with motor racing, reaching back to its dominance at Le Mans in the 1950s with the C-Type and D-Type, extending through the TWR partnership in touring car and endurance racing in the 1980s and 90s, to the short-lived Formula One team that became Red Bull Racing. It launched a GT2-spec XKR a few years ago and was tipped to be... [Read More]
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Video: Englishman builds amazing weaponized 100-hp Tuk Tuk from Far Cry 4
Nov 21, 2014 - 6:20 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Toys/Games, Videos

To celebrate the release of the Playstation game Far Cry 4, Ubisoft partnered with wild English inventor Colin Furze on creating a weaponized tuk tuk that in-game hero Ajay Ghale uses to combat the Royal Army of Pagan Min. The original engine in the Bajaj tuk tuk - usually good for something like nine or ten horsepower to move around 600 pounds - came out, replaced by the 100-horsepower engine from a Honda CBR 600. That is where the wheelies, drifting and burnouts come from.

And because it isn't wise to take on a warlord's army and ravenous beasts with a standard auto rickshaw, the red wonder gets Uzis that slide forward to shoot through holes up front, side-mounted AK47s and rear-facing flamethrowers. You can witness the carnage that results in the video here, and check out the series of build episodes advertised at the end.Continue reading Englishman builds amazing weaponized 100-hp Tuk Tuk from Far Cry 4

Englishman builds amazing weaponized 100-hp Tuk Tuk from Far Cry 4 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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U-Turn: What you missed on 11.21.14
Nov 21, 2014 - 5:50 PM - by Haltech

2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Quick Spin

It's Audi is expanding its entry-level A3 range with this new Cabriolet model. The droptop four-seater may not be wearing a Volkswagen badge, but it picks up where the discontinued Eos left off, adding available all-wheel drive and a premium badge. We drive it and see if it's worth the money.

Mazda2 Sedan Images Released

North America is already expected to get a new hatchback version of the Mazda2 subcompact, but now that we've seen the new sedan variant, we want the chance to drive it, too. These first images come courtesy of Mazda as the car gets ready for its official reveal at the Thailand International Motor Expo on November 28.

2015 Ford F-150 to get up to 26 miles per gallon

The We've been waiting for fuel economy ratings on Ford's new aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup for a long time, and now we've got 'em. In its most efficient guise, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost-equipped F-Series will score 26 mpg according to the EPA. That's an impressive figure, the best among gas full-size pickups. However, your mileage may vary - Autoblog has had particular difficulty achieving EPA estimates on a number of Ford EcoBoost vehicles, including the new F-150

Top StoriesWhat you missed on 11.21.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: Renault spotted testing hotter Twingo
Nov 21, 2014 - 5:10 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Spy Photos, Performance, Europe, Hatchback, Renault

With a rear-engine, rear-drive setup, the Renault Twingo (like its Smart cousin) has the opportunity to be a real firecracker. Unfortunately, even in turbocharged guise, its tiny three-cylinder engine has other ideas. But when we spoke to Renault's engineers at the Twingo's launch in France a couple of months ago, we were told a strategy was being worked out for a performance model. And that appears to be what we're looking at right here.

At first glance this prototype might look like any other Twingo, save for the mismatched alloys. But closer inspection picks up on some differences that tell us something hotter is afoot. And most of those changes are found around the back where the engine is. It's got little air intakes (like those found on the Smart versions) positioned above the rear wheels, to feed more air into the engine bay. It's got a bigger spoiler, and (functional or not) a diffuser at the bottom, with a pair of exhaust pipes poking out. There are even some rivets around the tailgate.

Just what all of that is hiding, we don't know. We're expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 120-130 horsepower, but it could come from an upgraded version of one of the three-cylinder, sub-liter engines already offered, or could come from something bigger. Whatever the powertrain, it's likely being co-developed, just like the vehicle itself, along with Smart that will offer its own Brabus version.

Whether Renault chooses to call its version a Renaultsport like the last Twingo or undersell it a little with a GT or Gordini badge is another matter, but if our experience with the Twingo, Forfour and Fortwo (to say nothing of Renaultsport's famous hot hatches) are anything to go by, the upgrades ought to make the finished product a real blast - especially with upgraded brakes, rolling stock and suspension to handle the extra juice.Renault spotted testing hotter Twingo originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official: Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595*
Nov 21, 2014 - 4:40 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Car Buying, Hybrid, Crossover, Hatchback, Subaru, Off-Road

Less than a month ago, Subaru announced a series of minor revisions for its ruggedized Impreza, the XV Crosstrek. And now it's revealed US pricing for that updated model.

For 2015, Subaru has introduced a new entry-level model, the XV Crosstrek 2.0i, that starts at $21,595 (*plus an $850 destination charge). That's $400 less than it used to charge for what was the base 2.0i Premium, which has grown $300 more expensive but includes a new multimedia system. (The destination charge has also increased by $25.)

Go for the CVT instead of the five-speed manual that comes standard and you'll be looking at $23,295 for the Premium model, and step up to the top-of-the-line Limited trim (which comes with the CVT) and you'll shell out $24,795 - again, those prices not including delivery. The hybrid version holds the same pricing as the previous model year at $25,995 or $29,295, depending on trim (plus the new $850 destination charge).

The EyeSight system that earned its place on our Technology of the Year shortlist, bundled with the multimedia system, adds another $1,295, the moonroof another $1,000, but if you tick all the options (moonroof, nav, keyless entry, push-button start and EyeSight) it all comes bundled at $2,795. Certain trim levels encompass some of those options though, so prospective buyers will want to thumb through the full press release below.Continue reading Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595*

Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595* originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: VW boss confirms Subaru-aping Golf Alltrack for US
Nov 21, 2014 - 4:00 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Wagon, Crossover, Volkswagen

Subaru needs to watch out, because the Japanese brand with a utilitarian image has a big bull's eye on its back. Not only is Acura considering going 100-percent all-wheel drive in a bid to mimic the successful automaker, Volkswagen has just confirmed that the Golf Alltrack is coming to the US as another competitor for Subaru's popular Outback crossover.

Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn has confirmed the addition of the higher-riding, all-wheel drive version of the Golf SportWagen to Automotive News, indicating that the model will arrive in the US in 2016. "That's what our dealers, our customers, are asking us for," he said to the industry publication.

The Golf Alltrack, which debuted at the Paris Motor Show in early October, has an extra 0.75 inches of ride height and protective black cladding all the way around. Its biggest mechanical differentiator from other Golfs is its Haldex all-wheel drive system, a setup that can completely unhook from the rear axle when not needed to save fuel. In Europe, the Alltrack is available with a turbocharged 1.8-liter with 178 horsepower and two diesels offering between 109hp and 182 hp. However, Horn made no mention of likely powertrains for the US.

Horn tells Automotive News that all-wheel drive tooling is currently being installed at the Puebla, Mexico, factory where the standard Golf Sportwagen is built. VW might have tipped its hand about this possibility several months ago when press shots of the wagon were released for the US with TDI and 4Motion badges. Horn says he expects even the front-wheel drive version to be a sales hit here, suggesting it may eventually account for 50 percent of the Golf range's volume.VW boss confirms Subaru-aping Golf Alltrack for US originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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