RSR Motorsports made its debut at Road Atlanta with a fifth-place finish in the Saturday, April 21 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race. The solid finish for Owen Trinkler and Corey Fergus in the No. 197 Cruise America/Thor Motor Coach Honda Civic Si was a welcome change from the setbacks the team encountered during the race.
The Italia Independent was offered with 185 BHP 2.2 JTS or 260 BHP 3.2 V6 petrol engines and six-speed transmission. Manual, “Selespeed” or automatic Q-Tronic transmission options were offered, and the V6 engined-car was also available with Alfa Romeo’s Q4 all-wheel drive system.
The suspension on the Elise is fully independent with double wishbones on all four corners of the vehicle. This lotus comes with “Biltstien” mono-tube shock absorbers which uses gas and the coil springs are from “Eibach”. The tires are specially made for the Lotus Elise; it uses the “Advan Neova AD07 which is made by Yokahama. The brake discs are very small, there are a cross drilled rotor that are on the rear and the front of the vehicle. The brake discs are well known to handle any type of braking situation the Elise has to offer.
After a day at the track, we made the trip down to our testing facility in Fontana, California, where we ran the Hyundai through our normal battery of tests. We expected the 2013 to be a couple tenths quicker from 0 to 60 mph and were pleasantly surprised — the 2013, at 5.2 seconds, chopped six-tenths off the time from the last 2011 3.8 Track we tested. The 2013 also ran through the quarter mile in just 13.9 seconds at 102.2 mph, which is 0.3-second quicker and 1.8-mph faster than before. For comparison, the last Infiniti G37S Coupe we tested needed 5.4 seconds to hit 60 and 13.8 seconds at 101.3 mph to nip the quarter, while the most recent Mustang V-6 required 6.2 for 60 and 14.5 seconds at 97.3 mph for the quarter.
While it costs $6,000 more than a 2010 Scion tC, the Mazdaspeed3 is still an even better performance bargain. Perhaps its most brag-worthy feature on the tuner scene is the new DISI 2.3 liter motor. The “DI” means direct injection, where fuel flows directly into the cylinder without traveling through an air-and-fuel-mixing manifold first.
To further enhance its sport sedan performance, the Regal GS will include a lowered suspension, electronic Slip Differentials, optional 20″ forged aluminum wheels with performance tires and Brembo brakes. Inside there will be a sport steering wheel and pedals and Recaro racing style seats. A specially tuned StabiliTrak system integrated with the Regal’s Computer Damping Control will provide additional driving modes that will include a GS ultra-performance level.
When lifting a Cherokee, it is common to remove the factory air dam. However, this little piece of rubber does improve fuel economy. Keep it in place and straight for best MPG. Also the rubber mat under the engine helps to improve air flow under the XJ for a slight improvement in fuel economy.
While Alfa was thinking like a 10 year-old boy, Maserati thought like a man for a 10 year-old. And until William realizes this he’ll always be that 10 year-old.