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Stolen and Crashed Dodge Challenger with 1,000 HP Goes to SEMA Against All Odds

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One Dodge Challenger currently displayed at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas has an interesting story to tell other than its overwhelming 1,000 hp output. The car has been stolen and crashed into a police car but it still managed to reach the event.

According to reports, the Challenger was modified by the Vermont-based Quintin Brothers Auto and Performance for this year’s SEMA. However, on October 30 at around 11:30 AM, the Troopers of the Nevada Highway Patrol were on the move to locate it after it was reported stolen from an overflow parking lot at the casino near the display floor of the auto event.

It was soon found by a Trooper inside the parking of Rio Hotel and Casino. As the Trooper was exiting his vehicle, the culprit rammed the Challenger into his patrol car. After that, the tuned muscle car was driven away from the scene but it was later recovered in an abandoned state at The Boulevard Mall.

The perpetrator was eventually arrested on November 5 after he allegedly shot someone outside a local grocery. Luckily, the victim survived the ordeal with non-fatal injuries and was confined to a hospital.

Despite all the drama and damage to the Challenger, one would understand if the Quintin Brothers will no longer participate at the SEMA Show. Then again, since the story gained a lot of attention, they still brought the car at the event. Currently, the auto is in a state of disrepair with its front bumper barely hanging on to it. There’s also a yellow police tape draped on it and the interior still has some of the trash left behind by the thief.

The exhibit features a full write-up narrating the car’s whole ordeal. Adam Whitmarsh, the Trooper that was nearly hit by the Challenger came to the show as well.

Speedkore Dodge Charger With 1,525 HP Introduced at SEMA Show

The SEMA Show starts in a full-throttle by introducing the Speedkore Dodge Charger. The car based on the 2019 Dodge Charger Pursuit platform comes in a tuned state with a mind-blowing 1,525 hp plus an aggressive-looking widebody kit.

The car is touted by Speedkore as the “world’s first all-wheel-drive, twin-turbocharged, carbon-fiber widebody” Charger. The vehicle is a product of the company’s cooperation with MagnaFlow and HP Tuners.


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Popping the hood of the Speedkore Dodge Charger reveals a modified 6.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. The power unit is the same as the one used by the Speedkore Demon shown at the 2018 SEMA Show. However, the new project has an additional output of more than 300 hp during the dyno tests compared to the former.

Staying true to its promise, the tuned Charger delivers 1,525 hp at the crank with a “conservative 26 pounds of boost.” All that power goes to all four wheels and distributed via a Hellraiser Performance-built transmission. The gearbox is partnered with Traction Products’ custom billet transfer case, an FTI torque converter, and Driveshaft Shop’s carbon-fiber driveshaft.

Among the key upgrades in the engine bay of the Charger include two Precision 6466 ball-bearing billet turbochargers replacing the fresh-from-the-factory unit of the auto. It also has a custom-made triple-pump fuel system with 1,700 cc injectors.

We are yet to find out how fast the car can reach 62 mph from zero. The top speed of the auto is to be revealed in the future too. We would surely love to see it go head-to-head against the tuner’s Demon though, so we can find out which is the quicker one.


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Speedkore makes the Charger visually stand out with a widebody kit consisting of carbon-fiber materials. The changes in the aesthetics of the car can be found in its hood, bumpers, fender flares, rocker set, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser.

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Unfortunately, the car on the exhibit in Las Vegas is only a one-off project. It was commissioned by an unnamed Speedkore loyal customer who intended to give it as a gift for his brother’s 65th birthday.

UK Tuner Company Gives The 2020 Toyota Supra 420HP

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It’s only been a couple of weeks but a UK tuning company already gave the 2020 Toyota Supra it’s very first tune, extracting a total of 420 horsepower from the Japanese supercar.

There was no major tune-up. All Litchfield had to do was add power to the Supra’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine via an ECU remap. There were no hardware changes involved in the tune-up. At this point, everything is purely computer.

On its own, the Supra can make 335 horsepower. It’s super fast and that has been confirmed via the first official lap time. If the car is truly making that straight from the factory, this means that the tune-up added an impressive 85 horsepower. For a computer tweak, that’s pretty remarkable.

The good news is that Litchfield isn’t done yet. According to reports, the UK tuner company will optimize a tune with bolt-on modifications. The tuner company plans to eliminate the particulate filter that the Supra came with from the factory (this is not installed in US-spec cars).

Instead, the tuner will allow buyers to choose between a Milltek or Akrapovic exhaust. These changes are bound to add another 20 to 30 horsepower to the car’s output.

Thankfully, Litchfield doesn’t charge as much as other tuner companies when it comes to their kits. Similar kits fitted for BMW cars cost only £600 (or $730). Based on that figure, the tune and the exhaust in the 2020 Toyota Supra will most likely cost $1,500. Considering that there’s a possibility your Supra can have 450 horsepower, that’s not much money to ask.

Since Litchfield is a UK company, buyers in the US won’t be able to have their hands on the same tuning kit. The tuner company isn’t even making the kit available to the European market. Surely, American tuner firms will also start to unlock the powers in the Supra’s machine.


Hennessey Provides 1139 HP to the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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While everyone’s attention at the moment is focused on the new 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray, another Chevy, the Corvette ZR1, just made the headlines too because Hennessey Performance Engineering revealed its new tuning package for it.

HPE just gave us a preview of the most powerful Corvette ZR1 to date by giving it a boost to bring its total output to a whopping 1,139 hp while its torque going to the rear wheels reached 994 lb-ft.  An E85 fuel was used for the car during the dyno testing.

In comparison, the stock configuration of the Corvette ZR1’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine is 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. HPE’s tune raised the figured by a mindblowing 384 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque. The difference is already nearly the power of a high-performance car like the new Mercedes-AMG CLA45 with 387 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.

When the Corvette ZR1 made its debut, HPE promised that it would be working on models of the car to raise its bar to up to 1,200 hp. Being true to its word, the unit we are looking at here is only 61 hp below that target.

HPE didn’t reveal the full details surrounding the performance upgrades of the Corvette ZR1. The description of the video mentioned though that its supercharger was tweaked to deliver 13 psi.

The sweet sound of the vehicle’s V8 unit can be heard as its pedal was put to the metal. It’s also worth noting that due to the enormous power of the car, it’s digital speedometer was already going nuts and hitting the numbers by tens.

Watch the video showing the dyno testing of the HPE-enhanced Corvette ZR1 below:

Inkas’ Superior APC Is Perfect For Search-And-Rescue Operations

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That debacle in Thailand back in June when 12 boys and their football coach got trapped inside a cave in the Chiang Rai province emphasized the need for more advancement in the search-and-rescue technology. Fortunately, Canadian company Inkas is working on that endeavor.

The Superior APC is Inkas’ newest multipurpose vehicle that can drive through and survive the harshest and roughest of terrains to streamline search-and-rescue operations during emergency situations. Called the Superior Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) / Armored Medical Evacuation Vehicle (AMEV), it was masterfully crafted and designed to survive rough terrains while transporting up to 14 personnel or two personnel and 6 wounded passengers.

David Khazanski, CEO of Inkas Armored Vehicle Manufacturing which has headquarters in Toronto, Canada, said in a statement that the company’s goal in manufacturing the APC is to create a solid platform that can transport personnel and wounded passengers in an efficient and secure manner. The APC’s unique and flexible system can be used in various missions either in war-torn or calamity-hit countries.

The Superior APC is powered by an inline-6 diesel engine producing 330 horsepower and 950 pound-feet of torque capable of reaching a tested top speed of 130 kph. It also features a fifth-generation Allison 3000 push-button transmission, a 10,000 pound-feet rated transfer case, and an electro-hydraulic fuel system. Compared to other vehicles manufactured with the same capabilities in mind, the Superior APC outweighs them in mobility and dependability.

Other unique features offered by the Superior APC/AMEV are a hydraulic rear ramp system that enables the easy loading of wounded passengers, an upgraded optics package that features PTZ infrared and thermal processing, and numerous drivetrain and suspension modifications that ensure that the CEN BR7 rated vehicle performs well on any terrain and in any climate condition.

The Inkas Superior APC/AMEV is intended to be deployed within law enforcement, paramilitary, and peacekeeping operations.

Top 5 Facts About The 2017 Bentley Mulsanne by Mansory

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How will you make the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne better? German tuner Mansory has a history of outlandish designs courtesy of the Siracusa kits for the Ferraris, the Carbonado kits for the Lamborghini, and the Bentley Continental Vitesse Rose in 2009.

The Mulsanne is a massive project but if you’re expecting to see equally an outlandish tuning program, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Mansory, for the first time, decided to go another route based on a report by TopSpeed.

1. Exterior

The exterior update on the Bentley Mulsanne is made up of an aerodynamic kit that features a new front lip and air inlet covers. There are new side skirts, new rear lip spoiler, and a diffuser insert placed at the back. All of these are made with carbon fiber, though the most stunning upgrade on this particular section of the car are the massive M8 light-forged aluminum alloy wheels. They are 22 inches and wrapped in high-performance tires that measure 285/35ZR22 in the front and rear axles.

2. Interior

Mansory did not give hints on how it treated the interiors of the Mulsanne, though they are very specific with the materials they used on it like premium leather, Alcantara materials, brushed aluminum, carbon, handcrafted embroidery, and piano surfaces.

3. Drivetrain

In the past, Mansory was responsible for the 800 horsepower output of the Ferrari 488 Spyder and the 1,600 horses from the Lamborghini Aventador. You think the tuner would bring the same power to Mulsanne? Based on the tuning program, the Mulsanne will only up its horsepower by 73 ponies, bringing in a total of 585 horsepower. It will also add 49 pound-feet of torque for a total of 811 pound-feet of torque.

4. Pricing

There are no pricing details for the Mansory-tuned Mulsanne, though we expect the base model to start at $300,000 with the tuning program adding a $50,000 price tag.

5. Competition

It’s difficult to pinpoint a direct competitor of the Bentley Mulsanne. Cars like these are usually a cut above the rest. Perhaps, the closest competitor is another tuning program—that of the Mulliner, Bentley’s own personalization division.

Top 3 Features of the Long Road Racing “Ultimate MX-5”

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Long Road Racing, which has been reputed for its amazing work on some tuner packs, released one for 2017 Mazda MX-5 called the Ultimate MX-5. If you have a 2016 or 2017 MX-5, but felt that it has not lived up to expectations, you may want to look at what Long Road Racing is offering.

1. Exterior

According to TopSpeed, LRR did not give much focus on upgrading the exterior details of the MX-5, though it offers a lot of wheel and tire combinations. In particular, it’s suggesting customers to get the 17-inch Ray’s forged wheels which are wrapped in BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Ultra high-performance tires.

MX-5 owners would be hard-pressed to look for tuners that offer exterior upgrades for the sports car. The MX-5 already looks good enough as an entry-level performance car, and tuners should focus on giving it more power than upgrading its aesthetics.

2. Interior

LRR’s focus is to make the MX-5 feel more like a race car in the interior. This means stripping it off of all the comforts associated with a luxurious car, and fitting it with race-spec elements, safety equipment, and all-around weight shedding. Some of the race car-spec elements are a roll cage with NASCAR-style bars on both sides of the car, a centralized command center (which means removing the AC system) for power, fire bottle, and pump overrides.

There would also be head net constraints, Lifeline Zero 2000 fire system, seat mounting plates, foot well floor panel, a dead pedal, and a steering wheel with no air bags.

3. Drivetrain

This is where LRR truly went all out. The MX-5 is fitted with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, and LRR wants to boost its 155-horsepower output through a Setrab engine oil cooler, a race-proven water radiator, gold heat reflection materials, and motor-mounted positive location limiters.

Other upgrades are new limited-slip differentials, differential and transmission oil coolers, and pumps for upgrades.


LRR did not release a price tag for the tuning package because it would depend on what the clients want done on their MX-5. Customers can customize their package based on their desired enhancements.

B&B Automobiltechnik Boosts the 2016 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works

The Mini Cooper John Cooper Works is already the range-topping version of the Mini’s most iconic look. With 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, it doesn’t need more tuning.

But somehow, B&B Automobiltechnik decided to do more based on a report. Aside from giving it power that almost reaches to 300 horsepower, Automobiltechnik’s tuning program also offered a three-stage engine kit that adds different amounts of ponies on the John Cooper Works’ engine.

There are also upgrades on the chassis, suspension, and grip and handling—all of which complement the hatchback’s sporty looks.

Unlike Manhart Racing’s tuning program, B&B’s package for the Mini has minimal, if nothing, upgrades on the exterior and interior. However, what it does have is an affordable program we would all like to see on a hatchback.

The exterior updates on the JCW are just a set of new 18-inch B9 alloy wheels wrapped in 215/35R18 tires. There’s also the high-performance brake system that features 13-inch brake discs.

Inside, the tuner decided to keep everything the same.

We mentioned that there is a three-step engine upgrade for the JCW. The first step, dubbed the Stage 1 kit, can help the JCW take its power to 272 horsepower with no mention of torque improvement.

For the Stage 2 kit, B&B is offering a boost to 286 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. This can be done by improving the intake ducts and manifold to go along with the turbo boost increase by 0.25 bar.

Finally, the Stage 3 kit brings an amazing number of upgrades—a high-performance intercooler, upgraded intake ducts and manifold, high-flow exhaust downpipe, and a remap of the fuel, ignition and turbocharger boost curves.

This allows the engine to go up to 300 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. The top speed would be increased from 153 mph to 174 mph.

Prices range, of course. The Stage 1 kit will cost you $1,446; the Stage 2 kit, $2,172; and the Stage 3 kit, $4,400.

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