Where’s the new car?

If you delve a few months in this blog, you will find my post on my next car. This post detailed what my next car would be and why exactly. That car being a Subaru Impreza WRX. Well, I have some good news and some bad news for you.

We’ll get this out of the way first. No, I don’t have a WRX yet. My goal was to have it by the end of 2017, and enjoy it for the winter. Unfortunately thats not the case, and most likely won’t be as the clock ticks down for 2017.

So where’s the new car? Well, if the world went my way (and I wish it did), it would be parked right outside. I’m not going to go into depth to explain how hard it is to find the right car at the right price, with the right amount of miles. Especially when it has to be a very specific car, that happens to be in high demand. Let’s just say its pretty hard, especially when you’re like me who refuses to buy a car that was blatantly abused and neglected. I figure that if I have gone through the trouble I have to work as much as possible, and save as much as possible, then the car I chose, will be a car that I am not settling for. And if that means I have to wait, then wait I will.

Back to where the world seams to not go my way. Two cars have been in the slim few that have made my cut to be worthy of my next car. The first was a 2011 white one owner WRX hatchback limited trim. This car was it, leather seats, sunroof, and low miles (92k). The test drive went as planned, and the price was right. My only mistake, not putting a deposit on it. What I have saved is enough for half the cost, so the other half needs to come from a loan, which needed approval from a bank. And in the midst of that, the car was bought up by another, pre-approved buyer. A mistake I will not make again.

Now to car number two. I spotted this one a couple weeks later, and was actually happy now that I hadn’t been able to buy the white hatch. This one was my perfect combo, a 2011 World Rally Blue and Hatchback. The price was just about the same as the white hatch and was also a one owner with only 86k miles. I knew this was the one already, and only needed to see it in person to confirm, and put the deposit on it. I gave them a call on a Saturday to make sure they still had it, and they did. I worked the following Sunday so I was un-able to go in and check it out, but I had made plans to go down on the up coming Monday. Yes, I was serious enough to skip class to purchase this car. Blue Hatchbacks with one owner and in my price range don’t come often, and it was the perfect match to my favorite WRX. But it was when I called in on Sunday after work to check in and make sure it hadn’t sold that I was given bad news. The car was being test driven and the buyer was from Vermont (serious buyers will travel for a car, and this car was worth traveling for). When I called an hour after to see how it went, I was notified that it sold. I wasn’t surprised, but I was shocked. I really felt that I had found the one, and now I was back to tiresome search for another car.

As much as it hurts seeing the car you dream of being sold before you have the chance, I make sure to always remember that there will always be another one, it just takes patience. It’s most important to not settle for a car that was neglected and will end up giving you problems and headaches. I check every day for new listings in as many places as I can, and check the dealerships in NH that I know always carry a couple WRX’s. When everyone asks me where my car is, they don’t understand the work that actually goes into buying a specific car, and one thats used. Not everyone takes care of their car, and for every 8 potential WRX’s that I would consider, only 1 has been cared for and in the condition that I consider to be worth purchasing. But until the day I sit in my dream car with the keys and title, one things for sure, I will be doing the most I can to find that car, and get my hands on it before someone else can.


YouTube: Not Just a Place For Cat Videos


We live in a day where information has never been easier to access. With a connection to the internet, you can find just about anything your heart desires. As a car enthusiast, one can look no further than YouTube to find a myriad of great and entertaining content geared towards motorheads.

YouTube contains a lot of random car videos, so it can seem hard to find consistent quality content. Over the years I have found some channels that never disappoint me, and I always check on a daily basis. Just by watching these channels, I have been able to greatly expand my knowledge in the car world, and develop a strong passion for cars. Below is a list of these channels and a description on the type of content they produce.

Rob Dahm:

Rob’s channel is one of the oldest that I have been following that focuses towards cars. He originally posted a mixture of business advice and videos about his Lamborghini Gallardo, but now his channel has grown into solely content focusing on cars. He is famous in the car culture for his four rotor Mazda RX-7 build which is currently in the process of being built. He also has a three rotor RX-7 that spits flames and is insanely fast.


ThatDudeinBlue creates the majority of his content off of car reviews from his very own channel viewers. The types of cars vary muscle cars, sports cars, luxury cars and many more. This is one of my favorite channels because he is able to upload videos multiple times a week and maintain quality content.

Engineering Explained:

If you love cars, and haven’t heard of Engineering Explained, boy are you missing out. This channel is a goldmine for information on everything car related. Jason (the channel owner) has a degree in mechanical engineering, and has chosen to share his vast knowledge on car mechanics in the YouTube world through his channel. He makes it incredibly easy to follow and understand the mechanics of many components of cars, and also concepts. This channel is certainly the most educational that I have stumbled upon, and I value the knowledge that it offers.


TrackRecord is a co owned channel of two dudes who own a 2017 Subaru WRX, and a 2016 Mustang GT. The channel contains updates on their progress in their builds and a more personal view of what it’s like to own such cars.

Alexander Vargas:

Alexander Vargas made his channel when he got his hawk eye Subaru WRX. He was able to afford his car by working very hard and saving up, and ultimately bought his car for $15,000 while still in highschool. His channel also gives a more personal view on the daily life of driving a wrx, and has also shifted into a vlog style channel. He currently has his wrx on bags, which when fully aired out makes it just barely sit above the ground. Personally, I don’t agree with it, but it does make for some pretty aggressive looking camera shots.

Ivy Films:

Ivy Films is a very high quality content channel. He makes cinematic edits of various cars that have some very clever transitions and music choice. They’re usually so good that I will re-watch them, and even come back later to watch them. Some of my favorite edits on the channel are Risky Business, Street Sweeper S2K, Soul Eating 350z, and Straight Piped Ferrari F430. In most of his videos he also incorporates a mini plot to video which adds even more to the overall quality. If you love cars, I guarantee you will love this channel, and the feeling you get from watching his videos.

These are just a handful of the many channels on YouTube that offer some great content to keep your itch for car entertainment satisfied. Because there is a large amount of such channels, you can be sure that you can find the specific content you are searching for right down to a specific car. I wish I could elaborate on all of my favorite channels, but this post would become ridiculously long, so here are some honorable mentions that I feel deserve mentioning.

Salomondrin, SmurfinWrx, /Drive, fifthgear, Car Throttle, ChrisFix, Gears and Gasoline, Donut Media, and TheHoonigans.

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Drifter Friendly

It’s a topic that interests any who follow cars as a passion. An art that takes confidence and a great deal of skill to master. The act of remaining in control, whilst one is out of control. Otherwise known as drifting, this motorsport has become gained a mass in  popularity across the globe within the past couple of decades.

Nissan 240sx (S14) Sliding sideways around a corner:


The origins of drifting traces back to the country of Japan, where drivers would head to the mountains where curvy roads existed. These activities where very much illegal, however drifting has since then evolved into a form of motorsport even that takes place on tracks, and is indeed legal since they are on private tracks and not public highways.

To begin a drift, the driver has to enter a corner with oversteer, or with the back end sliding out from behind. To continue the drift and finish the corner, the driver must balance between giving the car more gas, and counter steering (steering to the direction that the rear is sliding).

With drifting becoming an evermore popular competition event, it is becoming more than likely that there are events happening near you or within travel distance from you. Going to one of these events can make it tempting to want to join in on the fun. One of the biggest factors in deciding to do so is your choice of weapon (car).

The best features in a car that make it drift friendly is a manual transmission and rear wheel drive. Below are listed four of the nicest (in my opinion) cars to purchase in order to learn and master drifting in, and won’t break your bank.

Nissan 350z-370z:


Both the 350z and 370z are great cars that with a little gas will kick out the rear of the car. Besides being sideways happy, these cars also sound amazing, with a high pitched roar similar to their bigger brother the Nissan R35 GTR.

Mazda Miata MX-5:


The Miata is the car for you if you are looking for the cheapest entry into drifting. They are easy to find and can fit your budget whether it’s $3,000 or $10,000. Where the Miata lacks in power, it makes up for in its small and light body that is nimble.

Nissan 240sx S14:


Nissan 240sx’s are iconic in drifting motorsport. They have endless amounts of tuning options, are easy to learn in, and look sharp. The only downside is they are fairly rare up here in New-England. So your options are limited, and you most likely won’t find one under $5k that isn’t in rough shape.

BMW M3 E36:


The only non Japanese car on the list. The E36 M3 may cost more than the others up front, but little to no upgrading is needed to drift this car like a champ. This is thanks to the 286 BHP that is delivered to the Rear wheels on a limited slip differential.


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Bringing back the Roadster

If you’re a car person, then you know just how far electric cars have come in such a short period of time. Armed with electric motors means large amounts of instant torque, and with torque comes hard acceleration. One of the most recognizable makers of electric cars known as Tesla, is living proof.

If you look at their lineup performance wise, it’s pretty impressive. Their Model S can reach 0-60 mph as fast as 2.5 seconds. Even more impressive to me is their Model X which can reach 60 in just 2.9 seconds. This is an SUV we’re talking about here, and it’s the fastest SUV in production Tesla claims. I’ll take their word on that.

However, Tesla just unveiled an absolute game changer. After years of anticipation, they have finally answered all the requests to bring back the Roadster. Well, they’re taking orders, but you can’t get your hands on one until 2020.

The new Roadster’s performance is unbelievable, and I mean it. The Roadster accelerates like a rollercoaster from 0-60 mph in a staggering 1.9 seconds. Yes under 2 seconds! It then climbs up to 100 mph in just 2.3 seconds for a combined total of just 4.2 seconds. This car can reach 100 mph faster than a lot of performance cars even reach 60! Making it the fastest accelerating production car.

Tesla Roadster:


Tesla even went the extra mile to make the Roadster as practical as possible. One of the most important factors of electric cars that people ask about is what the range is on a charge. The Roadster can get up to 621 miles on a charge, making it very practical, considering very few gasoline fueled cars have an equal or greater range.

Also practical about the Roadster is the fact that it’s a 2+2. Yes, they snuck in two seats back there. Elon Musk doesn’t recommend fitting a rather larger person back there, but he claims you can cram them in there. With that said, you could very well have a family and still own this car. The MSRP of the Roadster is $200k, including a $50k deposit. Production doesn’t start until 2020.

It’s great to see that Tesla is responding to the demand for a newer high performance car, and they haven’t disappointed one bit. I’ll be waiting impatiently to see in 2020 how owners are liking their new Roadsters and if they will be as practical and reliable as Elon has claimed.

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Reaching New Speeds

When you think of peak performance, you think of the best of the best, or the cream of the crop. Very little room, if not any is left for error, and every detail is carefully considered to ensure optimal results. Such a state is highly sought after in the car performance and tuner scene. But no other vehicle class has gotten it down to a science more than hypercars.

I mean, when designing a performance car that will have an MSRP of over a million dollars, there really is no excuse for a lack of ingenuity in designing a car that will bend what we think is possible for a production car to put down.

The purpose of todays post is to introduce you to something I think might impress you. If someone asked you what the fastest production car is current day, you’d probably name out the Bugatti Chiron (261 mph), the Hennessy Venom GT (270mph), or the Koenigsegg  Agera RS (278mph). All of these having very impressive and respectable top speeds. But there may just be new player in the game which is projected to reach an entirely new milestone in the top speed for production cars world.

Just recently debuted at the 2017 SEMA car show, the Hennessy Venom F5 has some astonishing stats on paper. Certainly astonishing is its $1.6 million USD price tag. But what exactly do you get for such a price? Well, if it holds to what Hennessy claims, when in production the Venom F5 will shatter the previous top speed record with a top speed of 301 mph. Thats right, this bad boy now introduces us to the 300 mph club, a whole new division. All of the details can be found on their website (Here).

Hennessey Venom F5:


As listed on Hennessy’s site, the Venom F5 reaches 186 mph in under 10 seconds, and 249 mph in under 30. This is possible thanks to all of the beautiful curves and edges that you see on the vehicle. It has been designed with an extremely low drag coefficient allowing it to slice through the air. It also helps that this thing is powered by a monstrous 1,600 bhp Twin Turbo V8.

Production will be limited to just 24 models, making it fairly exclusive. It’s nice to see that there are companies striving to not just push out the same cars with slightly different designs and slap a million dollar price tag on them, but instead pushing the limits of what we consider possible. There are many restrictions that come along with producing a car for production that will be allowed on the streets, and for a company to do so and make it reach 300+ mph seems amazing to me. I can’t wait to see more of this car when they begin to ship out to their respective owners.

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A dying Breed

It’s a nightmare scenario of almost all car enthusiasts. The day that the automatic has fully replaced the manual transmission. But will a day even come? Some believe so, while others remain hopeful.

I myself have yet to have the privilege of owning a stick shift car, but it is certainly a requirement for next purchase. Having a manual gearbox to me makes it feel as if I have absolute control over the car as opposed to an automatic transmission.

Manual transmission featured in the Subaru WRX STI:


But with todays technology, automatic transmissions are become far more advanced, and are getting better at beating manuals in most aspects. A post on Jalopnik found here, points out that car brands such as Mercedes, Ferrari, and lamborghini don’t even produce manual cars anymore.

These companies are taking advantage of Dual-clutch transmissions that operate as an automatic transmission, however can be shifted by using paddle shifters. I think paddle shifters are an amazing creation, and can be very fun, however don’t fully replace the full satisfaction of banging through gears with your left foot and right arm.

Like stated earlier, technology is making automatics more and more efficient and practical, and more appealing to the average car consumer. This leaves manuals as pretty much an option for those who are looking for better enjoyment when driving (a much smaller crowd). An automatic is for someone who’s looking to go from point a to point b, a manual transmission is for the car enthusiast. I can’t seem to remember where exactly I read this quote from, so I can’t give proper credit, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

I myself don’t want to believe that the manuals will ever go extinct, however I’m prepared to see such a day. It’s hard to picture companies such as Ford completely discontinuing a manual option for their Mustangs, or Chevrolet with their Corvette lineup. But you never know what technology the future can bring. #SaveTheManuals


P.S. I found this cool invention while scrolling through my Facebook feed. Basically it converts an H-pattern gearbox into a sequential gearbox, pretty neat!







Hidden Meanings

Car enthusiast or not, most of us likely have a good grip on popular car manufacturers and their brand specific badges. These badges/logos play an enormous role in the branding/marketing of such car brands. But do you truly know the meanings behind most of the badges? Some are blatantly obvious, however a lot require some digging into. Me being my curious self, decided to do a little research and find out some of the reasons and messages of some popular car manufacturers. Heres a list of some that I decided were pretty interesting.

Aston Martin:


It may not be apparent at first, but the logo for Aston Martin is a set of wings. Inherently wings represent speed, freedom, dreams, and exploring the boundaries. All great characteristics to have embedded into the perception of a car brand.



The Mercedes emblem has a fairly simple meaning behind it. The three points of the star represent Mercedes “domination of the land, the sea, and the air”.



The sharp and classy Maserati logo is like none other. The logo is actually a trident, which was chosen due to its symbolism of Bologna, the home city of Maserati. More specifically the trident was inspired from the Fountain of Neptune, in the Piazza Maggiore of Bologna.



The rings of the Audi emblem have always reminded me of the rings of the olympics logo. The four rings in Audi’s logo represent the four makers of Auto Union. Those being Audi, Horch, DKW, and Wanderer



The Infiniti actually has two meanings. The easier to guess being a road that runs far into the distance. The second meaning, being a representation of Mount Fuji, a popular landmark of its home country Japan.



The iconic stars of the Subaru emblem, believe it or not, is a representation of one of earths constellations. The Pleiades star collection, found in the Taurus constellation to be exact. The biggest star represents Fuji Heavy Industries, and the smaller stars represent it’s subsidiaries, Subaru being one.



The three diamonds of Mitsubishi’s logo originate from its name. Mitsubishi in Japanese actually means Three (Mistu), Diamond/Rhombus (hishi). Therefore the reason why three diamonds appear on the Mitsubishi badge.



The Mazda emblem is another clever emblem to imply two meanings. If you look at the logo, you can see an M, obviously representing Mazda. But the middle section is also designed to look like extended wings. I believe the design its self is neat, but the purposes make it even more neat.
















More Speed, Less Cash

It’s a picture perfect dream, sitting behind the wheel of a six figure price tag sports car. All of the power and speed you could ever ask for right in your hands. But, for various reasons, most of us can’t afford the high price of such masterpieces. Or even the cost to insure one!

Thankfully, there are plenty of great cars out there that can still cure your itch for speed, and keep you from breaking the bank. The cars I will reference in this post can all be found for under $10k, and in most cases well under. Here they are.

Mitsubishi 3000GT:


The 3000GT’s real name is the Mitsubishi GTO, however in most countries that it was exported to from Japan, it was renamed to the 3000GT. Another name that the GT was also renamed is the Dodge stealth. In America, 1994-2004 models of the 3000GT contain a V6 that puts out 220 hp at 6,000 RPM.

Ford mustang gt:


No other car type best represents America than pure muscle, and Ford has long been one of the best to perfect this class of cars with their Mustang lineup. The GT series, specifically models 1999-2004 are growing increasingly affordable, even to high school students. Base models push 260 hp, and special editions such as the mach 1 have up to 305 hp.

Mazda RX-8:


The Mazda RX-8 may seem boring on paper, being equipped with its mere 1.3L engine. But don’t be fooled as it’s not your typical piston engine that powers this rev happy Mazda. The RX-8 along with it’s older brother, the RX-7, have gained much of their popularity thanks to it’s rotary engine. Thanks to the rotary, RX-8’s have an amazing 9,000 rpm redline, and pushes a little over 200 hp to the rear wheels.

Subaru Impreza WRX:


Of course included in this post I must add my favorite of all. Despite being one of the best cars in retaining its value, every year the older models become easier to afford. Right now the cut-off seems to be at the 2005 model year (pictured above), at which you can find one in good condition and with a reasonable amount of miles  for under $10k. The boxer engine inside of the wrx will get it up to 60 mph in mid 5 seconds. Wrx’s are also all wheel drive, making them handle very well into corners, and also in bad weather.

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Luxurious V8

Picture luxury on 4 wheels, and you’re almost gaurenteed to envision in your thoughts the familiar silver ornament that sits upon the hoods of Mercedes-Benz’s. Now add in a 5.8L supercharged V8, and you’ve got yourself the formula for a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.


In production from 2003-2010, the McLaren had a sticker price of a whopping half a Million USD. Mercedes also limited production to a mere 2,157 units in total. If you are wondering about the McLaren name being in a Mercedes car, the reason being is that Mercedes owned 40% of McLaren at the time.

With a redline of 7,000 RPM’s and a 600HP engine, this Benz could get up to 60 in 3.4 seconds. If you have a need for speed, the 722 edition (a variation) reaches a top speed of 209 mph.

Since the day I first laid eyes on this car, I have been obsessed. The low profile and extremely sleek design are visually appealing. Especially appealing is the exhaust note of the turbo’d V8. Also, the look of this car reminds me of the old batman car.  This car releases the inner child in me, and makes me wish I could afford to splurge on a such a car.

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren FAB Design Desire











It’s all wheel drive (AWD), a 2 door coupe,  and at a fraction of the cost of high end sport cars  like Lamborghini, and Ferrari, it can keep up with and out run such cars. What kind of car fits this description? Ahhhh yes, Godzilla. Better known as the Nissan GT-R.

Nissan first introduced the GT-R in its Skyline series which began production in Japan in 1969. But the skyline as we know to be highly popular technically wasn’t introduced until the third generation of the model, where Nissan re introduced the Skyline as the Skyline GT-R R32 model. It was this model that gave the GTR its common “Godzilla” nickname thanks to the Australia motor magazine Wheels. This nickname has stuck to the Gt-R to current day in the newer R35 models.

The current day Nissan GT-R (R35), began production in 2007 and no longer is a part of the Skyline range. Un-modified, a GT-R can reach not to sixty in as little as 2.7 seconds, putting it at a very respectable place in the the fastest production cars. This is incredible also considering it’s reasonable msrp of about $110k USD. If you look at fairly new (couple years old) but slightly used GT-R’s with under 30k miles, you can score yourself one of these bad boys for only around $60k USD. Keep in mind you’re going to pay to maintain a $100k vehicle, however for the price of a new truck, you can own a car that will let you compete with $200K plus Lamborghini’s.

The Nissan GT-R is definitely on my list of cars to buy some day. Because it’s a Japanese  car, there are plenty of options for modifying to get every bit of power from the Godzilla. I personally think they look best in either gray or white, but wouldn’t mind a blue one as blue is my favorite color. Below I will attach an image of a Nissan R35 GT-R.

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