Fueled by EPA concerns, the API has recently reduced its allowable tolerances of friction-reducing zinc-phosphorus compounds like ZDDP in motor oil. This is bad news for engines; zinc-phosphorus compounds adhere to metal, maintaining a super-thin coating of oil on moving parts that reduces friction and wear, and gradually dissolves with use. Valvoline SynPower maintains the maximum allowable level of ZDDP, but unlike alternative brands, its patented chemistry helps maintain zinc-phosphorus compounds longer; meaning better wear protection, less friction, and fewer oil changes.
A'pexi Evo X Exhaust
EVO X owners looking for more power would be wise to replace their factory exhaust components with larger, less restrictive alternatives-especially since A'PEXi manufacturers two easy ways to do this. With full, TIG-welded and mandrel-bent 70mm stainless steel construction, the full cat-back RS Muffler exhaust system features a center inlet, dual outlet muffler design for improved flow and sound deadening, ending in two 120mm tips for added steez. Add the matching TIG-welded, stainless steel 70mm GT Downpipe before the cat for dramatically improved exhaust flow, a slightly more aggressive tone, and more power.
Stillen Altima Gear
Last Month's feature of the Fox Marketing/Turbochargers.com '08 Altima no doubt inspired some of you to begin modding mom's new ride, so this month we give you the fifty on some fresh new Stillen schwag to help you get started. First up is the company's rear sway bar. A solid unit, adding it improves turn-in, reduces body roll and decreases understeer without negatively affecting ride quality. To further increase turn-in and high-speed handling of Altima coupes-while providing a more aggressive look-look into Stillen's front splitter, which integrates with the factory bumper, includes all-stainless steel hardware, and requires no painting. Finally, for the sedans, check out Stillen's urethane front fascia: flexibility, durability and impact resistance, all with guaranteed fitment and a lifetime warranty.
Momo Drift Seat
If you haven't heard from the folks at MOMO for a while, it's been for good reason; they've been busy developing this new Drifting Competition seat. Tubular steel construction improves safety and offers plenty of lateral support for smoky, sideways action; fabric upholstery and a Velcro-adjustable leg cushion improve comfort and reduce fatigue; and five harness openings allow it to accept your belts of choice. Best of all, it's FIA certified and tips the scale at only 8.5 kilos. Matching Drift steering wheel also available.
Chaser S2000 Hard Top
Ever notice that when a product is released for a higher-dollar car, it automatically becomes more expensive? Example: a dealership oil change for our project Miata: $30; an oil change for the project IS F: $210. S2K owners reading this will know all too well what we're talking about; modifying their cars means they'll have to pay a premium for nearly every part they buy. Nearly, that is, because Chaser Aerodynamics is offering hand-laid fiberglass and carbon-fiber hard tops for the Honda roadster for less than 2/3 the price of the other guys'. We're not sure what we like more: a brand new, OEM-spec fiberglass roof for only $999, or a seamless carbon-fiber piece for $1,999!
Rockett Brand E85
Got a serious appetite for high-octane power, but cursed with a regular unleaded budget? E85 tuning could be the solution for you. Typical E85 fuel sold in road-side pumps can offer an octane rating of up to 105, for about a fraction of the cost of premium gasoline. But what do you use when you're going for a big number with your E85-specific vehicle? Enter Rockett Brand Racing E85, specially formulated with a 112 octane rating. It powered the current "world's fastest production E-85 car" to a 252.78 mph top speed at Bonneville this summer; outperforming even Nitromethane.