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Honda shocked the lawn-care community with its “Mean Mower,” a ride-on tractor powered by a motorcycle engine. It’s capable of blitzing from zero to 60 miles an hour in just 4 seconds! This grass-annihilating machine is leaving Great Britain and crossing the Atlantic to make a special appearance at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The other day Ford teased a passel of performance-tuned products it will be revealing at the upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas. There are hopped up Focus STs, special versions of the Fiesta and of course some major Mustang muscle. But the company hasn’t forgotten about its sultry new midsize sedan, the Fusion.
Tuning company Vorsteiner released an image of their latest project, a Rolls-Royce Ghost gussied up in gaudy glory.
We have to wonder if the British ultra-luxury automaker feels the same about people modifying their cars as champagne maker Cristal did when Jay-Z idolized their champagne in what they see as a distasteful light.
Nonetheless, the Vorsteiner Ghost comes with 24-inch three-piece rims that barely fit into the wheel wells and look like they’re riding on black rubber bands. The body kit includes a front spoiler with a chin splitter and a carbon fiber rear decklid spoiler as well as side skirt blade attachments.
The tuning package will be released this summer to those special few who can afford a Ghost and have the dubious moral fortitude it might take to modify such a creature.
The modifications gave a bit of practical improvement while leaving the SUV’s off-road ability untouched. Among those changes, front and rear brush bars offer the Compass’ underside some protection. Beyond that, the Mopar treatment is strictly cosmetic. A two-tone burnt orange and matte black finish make it look more aggressive, as do the larger fenders.
Inside, the car gets neoprene seats, which is a cool touch for a vehicle aimed at outdoorsy types. The dashboard also gets tilt and pitch gauges, which would be a cool edition for a trail rated vehicle if we hadn’t touched them and the carbon fiber shifter knob was also a cool touch. Unfortunately, the unit felt like flimsy and poorly attached. Finally The car also got an improved sound system which we could see working well during beach nights or camping trips where the flip-down rear speakers get their best use.
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GALLERY: Mopar Jeep Compass “True North”
What better way to sell your car than an outrageous YouTube video?
Lettrage Perfect Design, a company in Lavaltrie, Quebec that sponsors modified cars is seen here with a C6 Corvette, and way too much spare rubber.
Watch as this driver creates a smoke show in front of a small crowd. The driver then does a few donuts and calls it a day, but not after showing us a fresh pair of (probably) rear tires that are ready for “the next show.”
Another day, another Toyota FT-86 leak. A concept development that has received more facelifts and nose jobs than most production cars get in a whole life cycle, today we reveal one more.
FT86Club.com has leaked a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) brochure showing pictures of an accessorized FT-86 with a unique aero package as well as a list of parts from TRD that will be available as upgrades.
Notable add-ons include TRD aero kit, “high response” quad exhaust, a selection of 18 inch wheels, 6-piston front and 4-piston rear Brembo brakes, full length adjustable suspension, and strut tower brace.
Let’s hope this Toyota has power adders in its future as well!
GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 TRD
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Subaru has announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement of the Isle of Man TT Races and rather than just sit idly by, the AWD turbo 4-banger brand is looking to participate, running a WRX STI on several timed laps of the famous TT motorcycle course.
The iconic motorcycle course is infamously known as one of the harshest test of man and machine. Professional British Rally driver Mark Higgins will drive a 305-hp Subaru WRX STI on the closed course run of the Snaefell Mountain Course. The Rally Champion and World Rally stage winner, will look to set the fastest time for a 4-cylinder engine production vehicle. The previous lap record of the same course was set in 1990, and the former test driver for Subaru is eager to beat it.
“I’m really excited at the opportunity,” said Higgins. “I know it will be hard work, but it’s a great challenge and I’m really looking forward to it.”
The US-spec Subaru WRX STI will race the 37 mile course with only minor modifications including a roll care, racing seats and harness as well as upgraded brake pads, Pirelli racing tires and a louder exhaust to alert fans of the on-coming car.