Archive | January, 2009

Turn My Swag On…

31 Jan

Yeaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…………..

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And in the Beginning….

31 Jan

We don’t normally think of Hyundai as being a “hot” manufacturer, but I must say – they nailed it with the Genesis coupe.  It obviously took many years of selling POS Excel’s and Scoupe’s to be able to manufacture something this attractive!  It’s a better proportioned version of the G35/37 in my opinion.  A good customer of ours just forwarded us some pics of some modded Genesis coupes.  If pricing is on point, this should be a good selling car for them.

New AMS Rotated Mount Turbo Kits for WRX/STi

31 Jan
AMS Rotated V Mount Turbo Kit 2002-2007 WRX/STi

AMS Rotated V Mount Turbo Kit 2002-2007 WRX/STi

Here also is a dyno graph comparing a stock 07 sti to the 3076 kit. This is on pump gas and then race gas, using a top mount IC

AMS GT30 STi Dyno

AMS GT30 STi Dyno

Hot off the presses!!! 

The AMS Subaru Rotated Mount V-band Turbo Kit is the new benchmark in Subaru performance.  Designed to meet the demanding needs of road race, drag race and street cars alike, we have successfully achieved unparalleled drivability, response, and horsepower.  Our unique design has been tested and refined for over 1 year to provide reliability, OEM like fitment and options never available in a Subaru turbo kit before.

The AMS kit brings some new ideas to the table…

V-band housings:
Each AMS Subaru Turbo Kit incorporates the latest V-band exhaust housings with options for .63, .82 or 1.06 a/r.  The Tial V-band housings not only provide the most horsepower and save weight but they eliminate the need for gaskets and are easier to install.  No more annoying exhaust leaks and no gaskets to replace!

Top Mount & Front Mount Applications:
Another innovative feature of our kit is the option of a 4ply silicone turbo outlet pipe for either a front mount or top mount intercooler.  These custom molded pieces fit better than the OEM pieces and are included at no additional charge! 

Intake Pipe Solutions:
While a unique 3” cold air intake pipe is standard we also provide an option for pull-through or push-through MAF applications.

Factory ECU & MAF Solution:
We provide the option of an industry first 4 ply silcone BOV recirculation tube for cars maintaining the factory ECU and MAF.

Each AMS Subaru Rotated Mount V-band Turbo Kit is hand built here at AMS with a meticulous attention to detail. We know what it’s like to install a turbo kit so we provide all the necessary hardware and detailed instructions for a hassle-free installation. 

With power output ranging from 350 – 650 horsepower we have just about every Subaru owner covered. On just our GT30R kit with a top mount intercooler, fuel and exhaust upgrades we were able to put down 485 whp and over 500 ft. lbs. torque! This same simple combination netted an 11.3 quarter mile time in a full weight 2007 STI on stock tires!!! Imagine what a GT35R can do!

Features

•    2” ID rotated V-band thick wall up-pipe for optimum flow and durability
•    5/8” thick flange on up-pipe to ensure a proper seal
•    Turbo support bracket maintains turbo kit reliability under any condition
•    304 stainless steel TIG welded construction
•    Lifetime Limited Warranty on the up-pipe*
•    True Garrett Dual Ball Bearing GT series turbo with ported shroud compressor covers to prevent compressor surge
•    Tial Stainless Steel V-band exhaust housing with choice of .63, .82 & 1.06 a/r ratios
•    Genuine Tial 44mm V-band wastegate to ensure proper boost control
•    Wastegate feed strategically placed and hand ported for precise boost control
•    10” stainless steel external wastegate dump tube
•    No gaskets needed for the turbo to up-pipe, up-pipe to wastegate or turbo to downpipe
•    Your choice of true 3” cold air intake pipes to suit a pull through or blow through mass air flow sensor
•    Bolts up to any stock or aftermarket  header that fits the factory up-pipe
•    Downpipe fits AMS & most other aftermarket cat-back exhausts
•    Your choice of turbo outlet pipes for top mount or front mount intercooler application
•    Kit Utilizes 4 ply silicone tested up to 50 psi of boost!
•    Industry first 4 ply Silone Blow off valve recirculation tube for cars looking to maintain the factory ECU and MAF (optional)
•    New coolant lines for your coolant expansion tank for a clean engine bay
•    DEI heat insulation to protect OEM wiring from excessive heat
•    Kit includes ALL necessary fittings and hardware for installation
•    Class 10.9 fasteners & 4 ply silicon couplers. We use the best hardware and silicone so that it goes together right the first time

Kit Includes

•    Stainless steel thick wall Up-pipe
•    AMS spec Garrett GT series dual ball bearing turbo with ported compressor cover and Tial V-band turbine housing
•    Genuine Tial 44mm V-band wastegate
•    Integrated turbo support bracket
•    AMS high off-road test-pipe (high-flow steel core catalytic converter optional)
•    DEI Heat insulation for your electrical wiring
•    New lines for your coolant expansion tank
•    Stainless steel 3” downpipe
•    Stainless steel oil feed line (fittings for both WRX and STI included)
•    Custom AMS stainless steel oil return line
•    4 ply silicon water lines with thermal insulation
•    4 ply silicone turbo outlet pipe, intercooler and intake couplers
•    Top quality hardware package including nuts, bolts, fittings and clamps
•    Polished aluminum 3” cold air intake pipe with K&N air filter for blow through MAF (pull trough MAF optional)
•    Detailed installation guide

Options

•    Your choice of top mount or front mount 4 ply silicone turbo outlet pipe (no additional charge)
•    Your choice of .63, .82 or 1.06 a/r exhaust housings (no additional charge)
•    Blow off valve recirculation
•    Pull through MAF intake pipe
•    High-flow catylitic converter

Specifications

AMS GT30R Turbo Kit

TURBO SPECS:
COMPRESSOR WHEEL: GT30R  55lbs/min
Inducer: 57mm
Exducer: 76mm
TURBINE WHEEL: GT30R 84 trim
TURBINE A/R Choice: TiAL V-band 0.63 , 0.82, 1.06

Applications

•    Subaru WRX 2002-2007
•    Subaru STi  2004-2007
•    Fits all USDM , JDM, and European left hand drive models

Also offered as a GT3582 based kit, which includes

•    Stainless steel thick wall Up-pipe
•    AMS spec Garrett GT series dual ball bearing turbo with ported compressor cover and Tial V-band turbine housing
•    Genuine Tial 44mm V-band wastegate
•    Integrated turbo support bracket
•    AMS high off-road test-pipe (high-flow steel core catalytic converter optional)
•    DEI Heat insulation for your electrical wiring
•    New lines for your coolant expansion tank
•    Stainless steel 3” downpipe
•    Stainless steel oil feed line (fittings for both WRX and STI included)
•    Custom AMS stainless steel oil return line
•    4 ply silicon water lines with thermal insulation
•    4 ply silicone turbo outlet pipe, intercooler and intake couplers
•    Top quality hardware package including nuts, bolts, fittings and clamps
•    Polished aluminum 3” cold air intake pipe with K&N air filter for blow through MAF (pull trough MAF optional)
•    Detailed installation guide

Options

•    Your choice of top mount or front mount 4 ply silicone turbo outlet pipe (no additional charge)
•    Your choice of .63, .82 or 1.06 a/r exhaust housings (no additional charge)
•    Blow off valve recirculation
•    Pull through MAF intake pipe
•    High-flow catylitic converter

How I Spent my Friday Night….

30 Jan

Time to get these things on the car and operational!  The journey begins.  Lots of work still to be done with various aspects of the kit, but I’m looking forward to firing it up. 

My 350Z with ITB's!!!

My 350Z with ITB's!!!

Toda Racing Spec ’02 Honda NSX for sale at Global Auto

30 Jan

Nothing but the hotness…

Mike’s New Bride

25 Jan

A little while ago we showed you a super clean Z32 Twin Turbo from down south.  Well, we just got pictures of the car with the new carbon/kevlar Bride Gias installed!  With the red stitching accent going well with the shift knob, shift boot and Nardi wheel, this is an interior I’d love to spend time in.  Car looks great Mike, keep it up!

Dreams Fulfilled Here: Manthey Racing

25 Jan

 

I’m a Porsche-phile, I admit it.  I’ve never owned one, but one day, I hope to.  No other car I can think of has had as much success in worldwide motorsport.  Since I never can seem to leave a car stock,  part of what makes Porsche such a desirable marque to me, is the range of tuners worldwide that specialize in turning them from excellent to exceptional.  Manthey Racing is one such firm.  While they are not as well known to the mass public as Gembella, Techart, or RUF, they represent among the pinnacle in Porsche tuning. 

Manthey Racing began in 1996, as the brainchild of Olaf Manthey.  He began his racing career in a variety of sports sedans and coupes including Ford, BMW, Mercedes and Rover.  While campaigning his race cars on the weekends,  he still kept his day job as a truck driver during the week!  In 1990, he was asked to run for a private team in the Porsche Carrera Cup.  He’s commented that he actually was not impressed with the 911 initially, as he found it insanely tail happy, and it simply would not do what he asked it to.  However, racing was in his blood, and this team was literally begging for him to run the car for them.  He continued in his stint for the privateer team through the season, honing his skills on the 911, eventually taking home the Carrera Cup Championship that year.  He had continued success in the next several years, and in doing so, caught the eye of Mercedes DTM team.  In 1992, he was offered a factory drive position as well as being the technical manager for the team as well.  The truck driver was now a full fledged race car driver, and the rest is the stuff dreams are made of.   The DTM ride lasted for a few years, at which point he decided it was time to strike out on his own.  Manthey Racing was formed in 1996, to prepare cars for the Carrera Cup Series.  Success continued for the Manthey group, culminating with an outright victory at the Nurburging 24 Hour Race in 2006, 2007 and 2008 in their GT3.    They are the only team in the event’s history to win 3 years in a row.  Not too shabby for a former truck driver!  It’s worth mentioning that 2006 was his 25th attempt at victory at this event, including his efforts as a privateer, and driver for other outfits.  Admirable determination to say the least!

As their racing success continued to grow, customer demand grew.  He was now being asked to not only prepare race cars, but street cars as well.  The Manthey approach is more focused than many other tuners out there, especially in the Porsche he world.    Nowadays, it’s very shiek to say that your modifications were honed at the Nurburgring.  For Manthey, the ‘Ring is literally their backyard – it represents far more than just a fancy sticker and a few laps through the forest circuit.  They simply do not believe in modifying something that will not improve the overall performance of the car.  One small example of this is the 997 GT3.  This is the first 911 that Porsche developed with ‘zero lift’.  As such, Manthey feels there is no point in them allocating time and resources towards aero modifications.  Instead, they have focused their efforts on taking the experience they have honed with the Cup Car program, and making it available to all their customers, even those with standard street cars.  Huge effort was spent on weight reduction and weight distribution with the 97 GT3.  So Manthey’s program includes Forged Magnesium wheels, titanium exhaust (50 lbs lighter than stock), and full KW suspension.  Other options include carbon doors, and rear and side windows made of Makrolon.  Narrowly focused mods, by obsessive compulsive gearheads – very cool stuff. 

Hope you enjoy some of these cool Manthey projects, and make sure you check out the in-car video from the ‘Ring.

New Blacktop Aero Carbon Rear Diffuser 2008 + STi

24 Jan


Another new, hot product for the GRB STi.  Blacktop Aero has a slick carbon fiber rear diffuser arriving soon.  It attaches simply and easily to the existing rear “diffuser” that is already integrated into the rear bumper.  Will add a nice touch to your STi, especially when combo’d with the new Blacktop Aero carbon front lip.  In addition, there are new carbon aprons that are sold separately, to help round out the rear carbon look as well.  These can be used with or without the diffuser.  To place a preorder, let us know!

Carbon Rear Diffuser – $379 + shipping
Carbon Rear Aprons – $279 for the pair + shipping

Z1 Performance
www.z1auto.com
(631)863-3820
AIM: z1auto

New Blacktop Aero Carbon Front Lip 2008 + STi

24 Jan

Hot off the presses!  We’re happy to announce that we’ll soon have these awesome new carbon front lips for the STi arriving very soon!  Awesome fit and finish, and a simple bolt on attachment.  These cars have really grown on me since they were first introduced – with the wide fenders and 5 door design, it’s got a very bulldog appearance to it.  This new lip really sets it off well.

These awesome new carbon front lips for the 2008 + GRB STi are arriving mid-March.  To order, just give us a call, shoot us an email, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Z1 Performance
www.z1auto.com
(631)863-3820
AIM: z1auto

Whiteline Black Box Controller

23 Jan
Whiteline Black Box Controller

Whiteline Black Box Controller

Whiteline just released this very neat device for 2003-2006 350Z’s that have VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control).  VDC is a vehicle stability software program that integrats through the C.A.N network on the Z, and uses the brakes, throttle, and steering angle.  Essentially it’s an anti skid setup.   The problem many have encountered is that on track days, VDC kicks on way too easily, and it really interferes with the fun.   There is a VDC off button, but as owners quickly find out, it’s never really off.

Whiteline now has a controller, that integrates with the factory VDC module, and allows the user to tailor it to best suit their driving style.  Allows you to store presets for various conditions, tracks.  Alot of possibilities seem possible. 

Check if out in action – very trick piece

To purchase, just give us a shout – we’re pricing them at $550.00.  Or, just order it off the website:

http://www.z1auto.com/prodmore.asp?model=350z&cat=handling&prodid=3556

Z1 Performance
www.z1auto.com
631.863.3820
AIM: Z1auto

Customer Car: Crazy4Cars

22 Jan

Here is a set of photos taken by one of our customers down in Central America of his personal R35. We recently sent him an Accessport for this vehicle.

Darth Vader on his way to the meet…

20 Jan

vader

High Res.

Photo courtesy of this dude.

Job Design SC430

20 Jan

I’d mess around with this car during the summer…

An Old Friend with New Shoes

20 Jan

A sneak peak of whats to come on a very well known 350z…orangete37_1

Some Random Evo VII

17 Jan

Searching for Blog material often leads you to stumble upon some cool ish you had no idea existed that even when you find it has limited details accompanied with it. This EVO VII is just an example of that.  All I know about this car is what I can see from these pictures; and I really like what I see