NT05 Performance Tire
Nitto MSRP: Website
The Nitto NT05 is all about dry performance. Nitto's team of engineers combined computer simulations and on-track testing to develop the optimum tread design and compound material for this max-performance street tire. The center rib and outer shoulder blocks are both massive, providing great tread contact. Reinforced tread blocks create rigidity and stability. These features combine to give the driver crisp turn-in, precise steering feedback and steady braking. The race-inspired NT05 is available in various popular sizes ranging from 17-20".
Portable Garage Lift
EZcarlift MSRP: $1995
The EZcarlift does exactly what its name suggests. This garage lift is truly portable. Designed to simply roll under a car, the EZcarlift is like a floor jack that does the work for you. Using a simple scissor mechanism and powered by a corded electric drill, the lift can raise a 4400 lb vehicle 4-26" off the ground.
The EZcarlift's two-minute assembly time and its relatively tiny 165 lb weight, further support its name and means you can throw it in the back of the car and transport it with you. It's also perfect for motorcycles and ATVs, but Ezcarbikeatvlift wouldn't be such a catchy name.
Conti Extreme Contact Tires
Continental Tires MSRP: Website
The maker of the high-performance ContiSportContact3 tire used on the drag strip and road course at etGP has introduced a new range of tires. Continental Tire has created the ContiExtremeContact, which is intended to provide benefits of an ultra-high performance tire with all-season capability. There will be three derivatives, including Extreme DW, DWS and Winter versions.
All three tires feature a V-shaped shark-fin tread design, which is said to have the best angles for cornering and all-weather traction. There's also a wide footprint and silica-based tread compound to address handling in dry and wet conditions, plus a long tread life. The ExtremeWinterContact is geared for snow and ice, with an advanced tread compound and structured siping. Unlike most new tire offerings that are launched with a limited number of sizes, the new Extreme DW and DWS lines will cater from 16-24" wheels, while the WitnerContact will have 13-17" sizes.
Progressive-Rate Mini Springs
NM MSRP: $249.99
There are several reasons to consider NM RSa progressive- rate spring kits for your Mini. A lowered ride height comes to mind first, but other benefits include sharper handling and a more responsive ride. NM hangs its proverbial hat on a painstaking manufacturing process to create precise spring rates. This RSa line works for the R55 Mini Cooper S and Non-S Clubman 2008-up, as well as the R56 Mini Cooper S and Non-S Hardtop 2007-up.
Clutches and Flywheels for BMW Bi-Turbo
Spec, inc MSRP: Website
Spec Clutch has introduced seven new high-performance clutch stages and billet flywheels for the popular BMW 135i, 335i and 535i models that use the straight-six 3.0 twin-turbo motor. They support all power levels and drivability requirements up to 565 lb-ft of torque for street use, and 670 lb-ft for track driving. For a lighter rotating assembly, higher rpm capability and greater clamping load level, the kits have a non-SAC mechanism pressure plate. They also have a re-buildable billet flywheel with a lightweight, low-MOI design.
Cobra MSRP: $469.96
Sticking a radar detector on your dash is advertising your desire to break the law, but you don't need an expensive installed system for a little stealth. Cobra's XRS R10G hides behind the rearview mirror and uses a separate remote that attaches to your air vents or elsewhere. Top features include GPS to utilize Cobra's red light camera and speed database to give advance warnings of camera locations. The device comes with a lifetime subscription to the database, so you can pull out the GPS portion of the unit, plug it into your computer and update it. As for radar detecting, the XRS R10G is top notch, detecting the latest POP Mode radar gun, Ku Bands, VG-2, as well as Spectre I/IV radar detector detectors.
Platforms: Xbox360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2
If you're into motorcycle racing or looking for something a bit different, you might want to check out MotoGP 08. It's the official game of the 2008 MotoGP season and features all the riders, bikes and tracks from the championship.
In the two-wheeled world, this game provides the definitive racing experience. It's the Madden/GT4 of bike games and the development team worked with several MotoGP teams and riders to deliver an unparalleled handling model that allows access points for gamers of all skill levels by providing a challenge to meet each player's abilities.
This means you can jump into the game in arcade mode and have fun right away. However, the game grows with you as you learn to control the bike. The "expert" setting allows a full simulation mode where the motorbike behaves like a real one, going down if you throttle too soon and sliding in the wet, etc.
MotoGP 08 puts the player at the centre of the experience by allowing you to join a team and compete alongside the real racers in all three race classes - 125cc, 250cc and the 800cc MotoGP bikes. You can play either as an existing rider, such as the newly-crowned 2008 championship winner Valentino Rossi, or create your own character and progress through the season. Good results earn points that can be exchanged for bike upgrades to improve straight-line speed, braking and cornering. You can also customize your appearance.
True to the 2008 season, the game includes the all-new Indianapolis track and the spectacle of night racing at Qatar. You can also set the weather conditions at each track, where racing in the wet brings raindrops onto your visor that clear as speed rises, making it feel very realistic.
Having played some of the earlier versions of the MotoGP franchise, this latest offering is extremely user-friendly. There are on-screen graphics to tell you which ways the corners flow, when to brake, and even congratulate you on good cornering.
Both in real life and this video game, racing a motorcycle isn't as easy as jumping into a car. It requires a little more concentration and constant focus. But the payoff is rewarding gameplay that motorcycle fans will love.
Audi DSG Paddle Shifters
Agency Power MSRP: $300
Agency Power noticed a problem with the Audi DSG paddle shifters. The small OEM units made it difficult to quickly cycle through gears. While cornering, it's sometimes hard to reach the paddle without taking a hand off the wheel. The solution to the problem was simple - they made a bigger paddle!
These CNC-machined aluminum bad-boys are more than double the 3" standard length. Each paddle curves to match the steering wheel and is beveled for traction. The paddles are satin-black anodized, engraved with "+" and "-" signs in blue, red, white or silver. The big shifters will fit your Audi A3, A4, A6, A8 and 2007-on Q7. They are said to install in about an hour.
Mercedes 63 AMG Power Package
Evosport MSRP: $2988
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Evosport is one of the first tuners to offer a complete power package for the new Mercedes AMG M156 6.2 liter V8 engines.
Its evo1 power package adds 41hp and 14 lb-ft of torque on California's 91-octane gas. Power gains are greater with higher octanes available in other states, and vary by model. They can also reach 87hp and 39 lb-ft on the C63 - this package includes a damped underdrive crank pulley, accessory belt, modified crankshaft bolt and a custom-tuned Powerchip/evosport ECU upgrade. The C63, CLK63, CLK63 Black Series, E63, CLS63, CL63, S63, ML63 and R63 AMG are all supported.
Multimedia Head Unit
Alpine MSRP: $1200
Today's aftermarket audio consumer wants it all. So Alpine is offering just that in its IVA-W203/P1 audio/video/nav head unit. It rocks navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite and HD radio, plus digital media operation. Fitting flush into a double-DIN opening, it features a 6.5" QVGA touchscreen that puts you a couple of fingerprints away from pre-loaded Navteq map data or full-speed iPod control (with the KCE-422i cable sold separately). Having a bunch of features is great, but it's even better when they work together. For example, find a POI in nav and phone it directly via Bluetooth.
Driving Sunglass Collection
Petrol Eyewear MSRP: $120-200
Many people wear sunglasses while driving every day, so it makes sense that somebody should be making shades designed for that purpose. And that somebody is Petrol Eyewear, the new brand from wheel-maker TSW. Petrol focused its energies on their Repelium lens, which is six times more scratch-resistant than a standard lens. The Repelium has top-shelf polarization and is tinted to improve depth perception and overall vision. A vacuum coating creates a lens surface that resists smudging and water. Petrol's shades offer 100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection. And, in case you're worried that these sunglasses are all substance and no style, Petrol offers a variety of sleek, modern designs.
Stainless Steel Brake Lines
NM MSRP: $179.99
It's always nice to get high-performance parts designed specifically for your vehicle. NM's stainless steel lines are made for Minis to provide durability along with controlled, firm pedal action. The lines comprise an inner Teflon tube covered by stainless steel braided weave that's sleeved in clear nylon. The brake lines are available for the R55 Mini Cooper S and non-S Clubman 2008-up, R56 Hardtop 2007-up and R57 Convertible 2009-up.
POV In-Car Video Camera
VIO MSRP: $678.99
AWE Tuning has announced a partnership with VIO, the company that makes the POV camera. Cutting through the acronyms, the POV is a durable lipstick-style camera that can be placed anywhere. The POV can shoot from 15-30 frames per second at resolutions from 360x240 to 720x480. The mini camera runs on AA batteries and records to SD card, making it ultimately flexible and portable. The POV can provide DVD-quality recording from any spot in your car, or anywhere else for that matter.
Smart Fortwo Personalization Accessories
Carlsson MSRP: From $4300
Just because the Smart Fortwo is one of the smallest cars around doesn't mean it can't be stylish. Carlsson amps up Daimler's minicar with its slick 1/11 Evo BE alloy wheels. It also provides sport springs to lower the ride height by 25mm, thereby improving steering and grip. This is especially useful on the Fortwo's front axle, because the factory car is prone to understeer in tight turns. Carlsson has also introduced a new rear valance that includes a diffuser paired with a stainless steel rear silencer. A series of exterior and interior styling additions finish the personalization.
The VW aftermarket tuner, ABD Racing has gone, replaced by ABD Racingwerks, and with its original founder Dave Anderson in the position of president. Anderson will focus on product R&D to strengthen ABD's position as a specialized Audi/VW boutique. ABD Racing sells tons of performance and styling parts and accessories, as well as its own branded products from its 5000sqft facility in Riverside, CA. In addition to selling parts, they also tune cars and installs parts in-house, using factory-certified technicians. Focusing on quality customer service, they aim to transform your Audi or VW into your dream car.
MaxJax Residential Garage Lift
Dannmar MSRP: $2100
Unless you know the Incredible Hulk, lifting a car isn't easy. The good news is that Dannmar's MaxJax system aims to make it easier. Billed as the ultimate residential garage lift, MaxJax sets up in 15 minutes, then stores out of the way when not in use. It has adjustable lift arms that reach a 48" lift height. The system takes a car or motorcycle totally wheels-free, making brake and tire servicing a cinch. The MaxJax has a 7000 lb lifting capacity and supports itself on recessed concrete anchors that flush-fit permanently into the floor.
Ventus High Performance Tire
Hankook Tire MSRP: $TBA
Hankook Tire targets tuners and performance enthusiasts with its new shoes. As we all know, the tires are the only part of a car in contact with the road, so the new Ventus R-S3 222 was designed to maximize that contact. Hankook applied its track-proven technology to the Ventus to improve dry-grip performance by 30%. Designed to excel on the street or track, the Ventus has a flame design that makes it standout when standing still.