All posts by Eric J. Leech

New 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Revealed

The Volkswagen gets just a bit more serious about 2012. It’s wider, longer, flatter, and is packing more horsepower than it’s had since the Turbo S left the scene back in 2005. Volkswagen has some big plans, like taking on the Mini Cooper and Ford Mustang. That’s correct, the Ford Mustang. Volkswagen sees the Stang as an all-American favorite, and they plan on being right along side of it holding a thick slice of cherry pie. Are they dreaming? Let’s take a look at what it has to offer. Continue reading New 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Revealed

Muscle Car Flashback: The Panoz AIV Roadster

While most people know about the Shelby Cobra Roadster and Chrysler/Plymouth Prowler, the Panoz AIV Roadster has always remained a bit of a mystery. This car was built by a small racing company in Georgia in the early 90’s. The roadster featured a custom, hand-made body and its drivetrain was borrowed from a Ford Shelby Cobra Mustang. In later years, both the chassis and body of the Panoz was built out of aluminum, giving the roadster a 1,000 pound weight advantage over the bloated pony car. Continue reading Muscle Car Flashback: The Panoz AIV Roadster

Add a High Performance Soundtrack to Your Engine

Soundracer has been out for a couple years, and while it gets a lot of guff from the performance community, it is actually a fun little toy if you can find one for around $30 or so (Amazon). It works by plugging into your 12-volt power receptacle, and reading the alternator in order to produce a high performance engine soundtrack, then playing sounds over top your existing engine through an FM station on your stereo system. Continue reading Add a High Performance Soundtrack to Your Engine

How to ‘Hammer’ Out A Problem with Lamborghini

A wealthy Chinese businessman shipped his Lamborghini Gallardo out for repair last November 29th, 2010, after the supercar coughed up a case of the ‘I don’t wanna start’s’. The authorized dealership that took the car in was unable to get it running, so they shipped it back to the owner in the same dysfunctional condition, except with the addition of a smashed bumper that occurred during transport. Continue reading How to ‘Hammer’ Out A Problem with Lamborghini

2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Review

The Dodge Viper is crude, rude, loud, unsophisticated, unsafe, inconvenient, impractical, ridiculous, and I have to say one of the most enjoyable vehicles I have ever driven. With today’s technological brand of super-car, it is not often that one gets to drive their own vehicle without the intervention of a computer. Where the only thing standing between you and the road is your foot, brain, and 600 horsepower, 560 lb-ft of torque. Continue reading 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Review