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 |  Jan 14 2011, 1:19 AM

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While Lexus does already offer a selection of F-Sport branded TRD bits for the IS-F, the automaker now seems poised to deliver a selection of track-focused goodies for those who want to take their 5.0-liter V8 sedan around the track.

Looking nearly identical to the IS-F Club Circuit Sport concept from last yea’s Tokyo Auto Salon, the new TRD model sports some subtle front lip add-ons as well as a rear diffuser. A vented carbon fiber hood is also part of the package, as is a simply massive rear spoiler. And let’s not forget the light weight forged wheels.

Here’s hoping that Lexus does decide to bring these parts to market for customers in North America.

GALLERY: Lexus IS-F Club Performance Accessory by TRD

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 |  Aug 23 2010, 5:05 PM

Our friend Mike Spinelli of 0-60 Magazine was able to catch this shot of a Nissan GT-R being towed by the NYPD. Normally, a NYPD tow truck is a regular sight in the streets of New York, as hundreds of cars get towed every day. But the GT-R has a very advanced all wheel drive system, and should, under no circumstances, be towed with two wheels on the ground.

An image from the GTR’s owners manual shows us just that: Not that the NYPD cares about damaging a car that’s parked illegally in the first place, but the owner may have some sort of claim against the city if the transmission is damaged as a result of the tow. The kicker to all this? A Fraternal Order of Police shield on the GTR’s window.

[Source: 0-60 and Jalopnik]

See the “how not to tow a GT-R” page of the Nissan GT-R manual after the jump:

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 |  Apr 08 2010, 11:14 AM

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Honda is reportedly planning a range-extender “hybrid” powertrain similar to the one used in the Chevy Volt. The news comes via company insiders through a report by Motor Trend.

Currently Honda relies on its Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid setup that is significantly behind the times in terms of technology. The system is compact, light-weight and cheaper to produce, but isn’t capable of hitting the fuel economy numbers that cars like the Prius can – due to that car’s two-mode setup that also allows it to be driven on pure electric power.

A range extender system is actually more of an electric car than a hybrid. It uses both a gasoline and an electric motor, but the electric engine powers the wheels exclusively, with the gasoline engine charging the battery once its energy store is depleted.

In addition, MT is reporting Honda is also working on a hybrid V6 motor, for possible use in vehicles like the Accord Sedan and Odyssey, as well as larger (2.5-liter 4-cylinder) hybrid setup to be used in a new hybrid coupe that would be a step larger than the CR-Z.

[Source: Motor Trend]