Looks like we have another quality option when it comes to charge air coolers for the F8X platform. And since Garrett is such a big player in the aftermarket performance tuning industry, we expect nothing but great quality, fitment and solid performance.
The M3 has become a fundamental part of the performance car world, and the F8X M3/M4 range isn’t any different. Garrett introduces the Powermax™ direct fit performance charge air cooler for the 2015+ BMW M3 and M4 that boasts a 47% larger core with dual pass coolant flow to help reduce intake manifold temperatures. In addition, there are optimized end tanks that improve air flow through the core.
An average increase of 12.4 horsepower and 4.9 lb-ft of torque were measured during back to back dyno pulls. This direct fit performance cooler installs in 1.5 hours and reuses the stock bolts, hoses, and clamps. These units are available in raw aluminium or in black. For more info contact Mr Turbo 011 823 2525.
Contrary to what you’re told or might believe; vehicle-related crimes aren’t indigenous or a “South African-only” problem. It is certainly a global issue that’s not likely to experience a sharp decline anytime soon. Personally, I’d probably almost be ‘okay’ with someone breaking into my 100% stock car, and snatching a few things which insurance would (hopefully) replace.
However: Words cannot describe the sheer rage and fury experienced when your beloved modded car gets broken into, and all sorts of cool aftermarket gadgetry (usually worth more than the car itself) are stolen. Given that lots of people experience this on a daily basis, I decided to take a closer look at some of the latest and greatest in aftermarket vehicle security.
Unfortunately, most factory vehicle alarm systems offer no real protection. In most cases, tech-savvy thieves more than likely already know exactly how to bypass the vehicle’s security, and easily gain entry into your vehicle without detection. This is a problem indeed; but for every problem, a solution is available.
A novel product pegged as “the future of security” by its creators, Directed, was released earlier this year at CES. In short, it’s a Live 4G Surveillance System for your car – yep, that also caught my attention. The new Viper SMARTVIEW dash cam includes a built-in 4G ‘SmartStart’ functionality, as well as two cameras. With the SMARTVIEW dash cam system, vehicle owners now have a real-time view in and out of their car, via their smartphone.
The SMARTVIEW has a wide-angle, front-facing camera; as well as a 130-degree rear-facing camera. Thanks to this combination, you’re able to see the driver, passenger, and sides of the car – in real time. This means you’re able to watch someone approach your car, and attempt to smash a window or break in; and because the unit automatically starts recording when movement is detected, you’re able to access the footage to use as evidence. Also, thanks to the Live View functionality, you can go do your shopping while parked at the mall and still be able to keep an eye on your ride. That’s peace of mind right there!
The Viper SMARTVIEW can be used as a standalone device, or connect to a Directed DS4 unit via Bluetooth. When synced to a DS4, the user is automatically notified of any sort of event. You’re also able to use your smartphone to not only remotely lock/unlock the car, but even cooler, you’re also able to remote-start it! Thanks to the dash cam’s WiFi capabilities, it can also double as a hotspot for devices in the car.
Expect to purchase your Viper SMARTVIEW for roughly R10k when it launches next month; and if the market reception of the product launch at CES was an indicator, I’m positive that it’ll be a huge hit amongst enthusiasts who can’t stand being away from their pride and joy for too long – and who’ll do anything to protect it!
Since we’ve been seeing a surge of throwbacks on social media since the national lockdown, I thought it would be cool to take you guys on a virtual trip down memory lane. I’ll apologize in advance for the quality of these pictures; but 98% of them are probably older than some of our readers. Also, I didn’t own a camera back then, so big shout out to my homies Adam, Jogee, Brett and Kimos; and The Wheel Shop (Shaheen) for their awesome contributions to the archives!
For those who don’t know, I’ve been actively involved in the car audio scene since the early 90’s. Fun fact of the day: not many know this, but I cut my teeth in this game by selling car audio at Bruma Lake flea market… true story! Back then, the car audio competition industry was vastly different to what we’re accustomed to these days. For starters, Sound Quality was all the rage, and far bigger than SPL. Speaking of, SPL competitors were required to play music – and not test tones. The competition classes were broken up by amplifier ratings; and there was an abundance of competitors in the lanes.
Although technology has evolved in leaps and bounds since then, the pavement pounders of yesteryear were nothing short of magical. Some of my favourite local heroes at the time were the likes of Mr Foot; the Billy’s Enterprise-built Mk2 Golf kitted with a pair of Kicker subs in a plexi enclosure. Another that comes to mind was the Soundstream-powered “TRT” Golf, kitted with two 15” SPL170 woofers powered by a Soundstream REF1000 amplifier.
Another goodie was Neshon Rawjee’s Street Wise build; a kombi called “The Black Bitch”. Equipped with four 15” Earthquake subs and a Kenwood 1021 amplifier powering them, along with an overkill amount of Pioneer mids and tweeters; builds like these were what ignited my love for the Earthquake brand. If you want to talk about legendary taxis, personally I felt that Durban taxis ruled supreme; but in all fairness, I didn’t get to hear much of the PE and Cape Town taxis – but I’ve heard of quite a few walled legends from these parts!
I do remember a time the Rockford Fosgate-powered taxi called “Scream” reigned as king of bass, thanks to its eight 18” mammoth-sized woofers; man, that thing was so loud it could damn-near be heard in neighbouring provinces. I also remember the taxi called “Designed to Devastate”, kitted out with Digital Designs subs and US Amps amplifiers; emerging seemingly out of nowhere and smashing the taxi record!
I the RF powered taxi called “Scream” ruled the roost with eight 18-inch woofers and I also remember a taxi called Designed To Devastate kitted with Digital Designs subwoofers and US Amps amplifiers coming out of nowhere and smashing the taxi record.
I’m sure a lot of you guys will remember seeing images of Monier’s installations in old copies of our magazine. My good bud Zeyn at Monier’s was building some of the meanest, sickest-looking systems I’ve ever seen; and the industry was lit. Man… those were some truly epic, memorable times enjoyed at events which were so well-supported. Good times, boys… good times.
Over a decade ago, Gemballa introduced the Mirage GT, a heavily upgraded version of the Carrera GT limited to just 25 units worldwide, and hits 100 kph from standstill in just 3.7 seconds. So maybe that’s why the owner of the car, Benjamin Chen, was arrested after losing control of his Gemballa Mirage GT and then smashing into a parked van. A while later, Chen is seen driving away with bits of the car being strewn across the relatively quiet 11th Avenue, New York. Chen is said to be a supercar collector and the co-founder of Gold Rush Rally.
In the video, Chen appears to have gone very sideways and ended up into a minivan. The crash frenzy didn’t end there as he ended up crashing into several more cars before authorities caught up.
Police said the car was not stolen, but was being operated by Chen when the incident occurred. He’s been charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and reckless driving.
We already know that electric cars are capable of outrageous acceleration and put many of the petrol-fed world’s supercars to shame. But imagine piloting a 5000hp electric dragster? Top EV Racing in Western Australia have built an electric dragster that can go up against the fastest Top Fuel cars in the world.
HyperPower Technologies developed the electric motor that generates a mammoth 1,340 horsepower. The scary thing is that the Top Fuel-style dragster is now powered by four of the motors for a combined output of 5,360hp. They also claim a 0-200km/h time of 0.8 seconds, a 0-531km/h time of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 611km/h
Eleven years ago, the team set out to build an insanely fast electric car. The initial goal was simple: develop a new electric power system with enough power to compete with the world’s Top Fuel class dragsters. The plan was to develop a system with high levels of energy and power density, all in a lightweight chassis.
“The two battery packs in the car are equivalent to 22kg of TNT in energy density,” says HyperPower founder and managing director Michael Fragomeni. The QFM-360-X electric motor measures about 17-inches in diameter and is designed to be scalable, meaning ten of them could be mounted on a common shaft to deliver 13,400hp if needed. “This motor is the culmination of my career’s effort and a notable milestone for our team to now have the X-series prototype in production, with volume assembly running in parallel,” says Fragomeni.
The current record for an electric dragster belongs to legendary drag-racer Don Garlits, who in 2019 set two new speed records at Palm Beach International Raceway in an electric dragster over 400m: one for a time of 7.235 seconds, and the other for a trap speed of 304km/h.
In an unfortunate turn of events, the world’s leading and innovative giant in air suspension has filed for bankruptcy and closed down. AccuAir released a statement a few hours ago that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven insurmountable for the business. Directors had no choice to take this drastic move after the California State closure that was expected to last only 2 weeks has now been extended through the end of April or possibly longer.
The company has been in operation for 18 years, and have a massive following worldwide. Founded in 2001 by brothers Reno and Dustin Heon, AccuAir has stayed true to its motto by investing more design, engineering, and testing into the Art of Controlling Air Suspension than anyone else in the world.
The release further went on to say “Words cannot express the gratitude that we have for the many customers that loyally supported AccuAir over the past 18 years and made it possible for us to create the most innovative products in the industry. Although the end is bitter, our role in making aftermarket air suspension grow from niche to mainstream was pretty sweet. The many families that our business provided for (both internal and external) and the many close relationships developed over all those years offers us some consolation that it wasn’t “all for nothing”.
With regard to warranty issues and support, unfortunately all operations have been stopped and there is no staff to address your questions. One wonders if a gap in the market has opened up for others to capitilize on? Could this be the first of many industry leaders closing down? It’s a scary, unpredictable world we’re living in.
Dominic Toretto’s 1970 Dodge Charger is one of the most iconic cars in the Fast and Furious franchise, and is now available as a Lego set. The model is a part of Lego’s Technic line, which means that it won’t just look cool; it will also include some moving parts. The car comes decked out with a replica V8 engine and a bottle of NOS (nitrous oxide) in the back — which is important if your goal is to try to race a model train to really set up the mood of the first film.
The approximately 1,100-piece Technic-line kit can be posed both on four wheels and in a wheelie stance thanks to a flip-down prop stand (which itself looks a bit like a misplaced wheelie bar). The kit includes details such as a trunk-mounted dual-bottle nitrous kit, a detailed roll cage, and other nods to the long-running movie car.
Pop open the hood, and you’ll find a plastic brick version of the car’s 900-hp Hemi V-8 engine complete with working pistons. A double wishbone suspension underpins the Charger R/T and in the trunk a set of nitrous canisters add a little extra boost when needed. There’s even a wheelie bar hanging off the rear end so the Charger can be displayed in a nearly upright position after it’s built.
The kit starts deliveries on April 27. That’s about when “F9” was originally due to premiere but the film’s release has been delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 coronavirus. To purchase the kit for $99, visit www.lego.com
All that Quentin Boylan really wanted was a crazy 550hp bakkie to go to work in every morning. But as we know it, things never quite go according to plan.
By Joel Batty Silva
It’s a brave new world out there in the land of engine swaps. As it turns out, 2JZs in Corollas aren’t nearly as awe-inspiring as they once were and the new kid on the block is supposedly the 4.0L Barra motor. Displacement trumps all, or so it seems, and there really is no better place to get it than with General Motor’s family of V8 LS engines. Or so that was what Quentin Boylan thought.
The LS1 is the obvious choice for would-be swappers. It’s true, there are exponentially more powerful LS engines, but at 350hp, few other engines make as much sense. But what happens if you find something with almost twice the power and grunt!
“The LS1 is a pap motor!” he says with a straight face. “I originally fitted a LS to this Hilux – it didn’t really excite me.” The tone in his voice raises slightly as he explains how he bought a wrecked Mercedes Benz S63 from an auction. And after reading up how much power the AMG lump made, he said “hang on, let’s gooi that thing in!” In a matter of time, his right-hand man Hercules “Tjonkie” van Wyk planted the M156 6.2L AMG seed deep inside the Hilux’s belly. Quentin explains the swap was pretty-straight forward, although the hardest thing to conjure up were the exhaust headers. For this he entrusted CME Engineering. With restricted space to work with, Chris Muller used loose flanges to fabricate the headers instead of going the one-piece route.
Supervising the AMG motor is a Motec M150 EMS, which Martin Roets from MJR undertook. “The huge headache is that Motec cannot control the AMG gearbox. I’m probably the only person in the world begging them to sort out a Canbus for that reason. So that’s why I went for the GD6 6-speed gearbox.”
“Before we changed the bellhousing, you couldn’t get the gearbox out on its own – you had to remove the entire engine and gearbox because of the constraints in the tunnel.” The transmission has always been a thorn in Quentin’s paw. The first setup involved the said Toyota Hilux GD6 gearbox and a Honda double copper clutch which he found lying around the workshop. Sadly, that setup never worked as Quentin explains, “It was kak to drive in traffic. It was so harsh, and it irritated me. So, I sold the bakkie!” The new owner sorted out the clutch issue. But when Quentin was offered the opportunity to buy back the bakkie, he couldn’t say no. On the first day behind the wheel, the flywheel bolts broke off. Tjonkie and Quentin devised another idea to try out a D4D clutch plate. Sadly, that too couldn’t handle the punishment. But when they added a second D4D clutch plate, the heavens opened, and a choir of angels descended.
After taking out the gearbox more than 25 times, they eventually got it right, and he has the father and son team of Kobus and Lehann from Xlint Clutches to thank. “The bakkie is now drive able and the clutch doesn’t slip,” says Quentin. “Remember, we’re making 750Nm at 1500rpm: the 2Js can get away with the single D4D clutch because their power and torque comes in at the top. But we had to use two.” Cooling was another issue which is 99% sorted: Junior Welding Works fabricated a bigger radiator that incorporates a fan off a Prado. “I still want to do an induction of some sort – it’s still getting a lot of underbody heat. Maybe I’ll put a Nissan R35 vent with the induction running down to feed cooler air.”
The Hilux uses Golf R discs and calipers (right) to stop. “Shit. We can’t call them proper brakes then!” he says, laughing out loud. But they do the job and that’s what counts. The exterior features subtle additions like the 20-inch Aline wheels, AMG striping, a custom Ford Wildtrak roll bar, and an extension on the front bumper which he found in Malaysia.
I guess owning a massive spares enterprise specializing in Colt and Toyota bakkie spares has its fair share of advantages. But the love Quentin has for the trusty Hilux goes far and beyond that. Scroll through his Facebook wall and you’ll encounter modified Hilux’s in every form and manner, even a hefty turbodiesel that could well embarrass a hot hatch on any given day.
When the Scribante Racing team released their GT-R to the world, it broke the internet. Some laughed, others cried, but there was a method to the madness. Known for their notorious exploits at the Knysna Hillclimb by obliterating the field in 2019, the team have said they aren’t stopping there either, and are planning another assault up Simola’s famous hill ! Batty caught up with Cobus Jonker and Franco Scribante to get some insight into The Sheriff!
There’s no denying the fact that the two drag teams of RCB Racing and Czank Racing have become household names South Africa. And with the influx of street car events and the limited “no-go” for big tyre drag cars, these behemoths are finding it hard to race in events that are predominantly street car-fed, and frankly, something’s gotta give!
But why has it become such an issue? We interviewed Craig Czank and Riaan Meyer who explained their dilemma. If these two are fed up, then surely the rest of the big-tyre SA drag industry is feeling it too. Both teams recently got together and hired a private test and tune day at Tarlton Raceway. We were privileged enough to tag along, and got some awesome behind-the-scenes interviews and action.
The never-ending pursuit of the perfect, high-horsepower sports car is something Jerry Luis knows all too well.
By Joel Batty Silva
The builder of the Toyota 86 is none other than Jerry Luis, a crucial player for the Import Parts team that supplies us eager beavers with some proper high-end product for many significant project cars which we’ve featured over the years. How can we forget his silver supercharged Civic which was probably the first of its kind in South Africa? We also can’t deny how outrageously insane his new AWD Honda project will be. There’s been a few more builds which he has supplied product for, which many of his customers have brought to our attention. But this GT86 is his latest and greatest creation.
Let’s face it, there’s no denying Rocket Bunny’s beauty. The styling is aggressive and offers an unprecedented look on the street. From the wide, riveted fenders to the signature spoilers and aggressive front-ends, enthusiasts of all kinds can appreciate the mean character of every Bunny-fitted coupe. Which brings us to this magical blue beauty…
We all know the Toyota 86 are proper handling cars, but with the help of his buddy Alex “the Weekend Warrior”, this burpee-hating Crossfitter has taken this 2013 coupe and turned it into a dedicated street racer that isn’t afraid to tackle the twisties. While out on a recent track day at Redstar Raceway, we had the chance to snap some photos of the car in its natural habitat. But night-time is where the magic happens, and under the glorious moonlight, it’s here where the witchery from the 86’s Rocket Bunny body kit will make any man go weak at the knees.
The inside has been handed a dose of Rockford Fosgate love courtesy of Woodmead Sound and Security. Installer Zoltan Nemeth weaved his magic here, fitting a Rockford Fosgate PBR300X4 Punch BRT 4-channel amplifier, a 12” Cerwin Vega subwoofer, Rockford Punch 6.5” components and Rockford Punch 4” co-axials.
The factory head unit remains. But flick the console open and you’ll notice more gadgetry like the Tein EDFC Active Pro which makes it possible to adjust damping force (with ease from the driver’s seat) by controlling stepping motors installed on each shock absorber.
These air cups are supervised with an imported Stanceparts air suspension system that is fed by the ViAir compressor and the 2-gallon tank in the boot. Being an authorised dealer for Tein suspension in South Africa, has enabled Jerry to include the top of the range Tein Flex A which offers ride height adjustment with little or zero change in ride quality. With an impressive arsenal of suspension parts under his control, Jerry can navigate the lowered 86 over speedbumps without leaving any traces of the front splitter behind. Real proper stuff!Besides the impeccable bodywork, the other thing that stood out for me was the rather large and rather impressive big brake kit from K-Sport which had forged monoblock 8-pot calipers coated in a Titanium colour. The 2-piece cross drilled brake discs just clear the highly sought after Enkei forged RS05RR wheels which Jerry also sells through his vast Import Parts catalogue.
Let’s chat bodywork: for starters, instead of a huge wing many 86 owners opt for, Jerry clicked the “ADD” Rocket Bunny duckbill spoiler button to the online shopping cart. And I’m glad he did too. It was exactly 8 years ago that the whole Rocket Bunny movement truly exploded. Toyota supplied the masses with a fresh new car, and Rocket Bunny creator and aero kit superstar Kei Miura let his imagination run wild.
What he came up with was a very simple series of bolt-on aero additions that managed to add in your face aggression. What we have here is Miura-san’s Version 2 kit that has been expertly installed and finished off by Tex and Carlos from Rudia Autobody and Paint. They also fitted the 6-piece Rocket Bunny Dai canard kit, Chargespeed side mirrors, the APR Racing carbon front splitter and lastly the GReddy engine hood lifters. Oh, and the taillights are Valenti Helix Red Edition pieces that break the OEM Ultramarine colour.
You can’t help but to stand aside and appreciate the package. The truth is this V2 aero kit gives the 86 so much presence. It’s more aggressive in some areas but more sedate in others…that ducktail spoiler, the diffuser, its super bright bumper-mounted LED lights piercing through the onsetting dusk…sheesh! Someone hand me a bottle of wine, cream and tissues.
But does the bark match the bite? Well, it’s certainly no slouch. The internals are untouched, but Jerry has added a Sportronic-developed bolt-on turbo kit that features products from the houses of GReddy, Mishimoto, Tial, Grams and of course, Precision Turbo. All of these were installed by H&M Tuning and currently tuned on 0.6bar boost by RBTS. It runs on 95-octane, all day every day.
Now that this 86 is complete, it’s time for – you guessed it – another project. “There’s a small matter of an AWD Honda but the biggest issue I have these days is time. How and when am I going to finish it? Hopefully soon.” Whenever you’re ready, Jerry, you know who to call.