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Audi R8 E-Tron Concept looking close to production ready at Frankfurt

Looks like the Audi R8 E-Tron concept that first debuted in 2009  is looking ever closer to being production ready. Audi has shown off the more complete R8 E-Tron Concept at the current 2011 Frankfurt Motor show. The Car will have electronic drive motors at all four wheels sticking with the true quattro theme. The EV R8 will produce 313-hp and a mind-blowing 3,319 foot pounds of torque. Those numbers will be good for a 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds. Pretty good numbers for an EV vehicle, not as good as the Tesla Roadster, granted, but still very good. Unfortunately the range of the vehicle is only around 154 miles, I guess you have to pay for the performance somewhere…

Never the less, this is still an unbelievably sexy car and will have a nice fan base of the more eco-conscious performance car enthusiasts. The R8 E-tron has a few subtle design cues to set it apart from its gas powered counter part. The Carbon hood insert and chrome fins on the front grill and rear of the car give it a nice distinction.


2 Edge Performance Open House

I had the opportunity to check out the 2 Edge Performance Open House and car show over this past weekend. It was a great event and everything went seamlessly, although, I would like to wage one complaint…. I didn’t win any raffles!!! I find this to be an extreme travesty as I invested in a plethora of tickets for the custom painted rally stripes giveaway. I hope the winner truly appreciates the prize as I funded it. Seriously, half the tickets were mine. Well, now that I’m starting to get over the pain that I harbor in my heart because of this crushing loss, we can talk about the show.

While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit down with the owner of the company Mr. Chris Johnson and ask him a few questions about the company. 2 Edge Performance was started earlier this year after spending the last 15 years as a GM certified mechanic earning him the endearing nickname “Mr. Goodwrench.” He set out with this company after building quite the reputation for himself helping friends with custom GM performance builds. Fueled by the passion for cars and the belief that a company is defined by the quality of its work, 2 Edge Performance has already gained quite a following in the Southern California GM performance market. Quite literally, every person I’ve talked to that has had work done at 2 Edge has nothing but great things to say about them.

Magnuson Supercharger ad featuring a 2 Edge Performance built Camaro

In addition to getting their name out there, they are currently working on pushing into the performance truck market, and they don’t just do work on GM’s, they had a very nice supercharged Dodge Challenger R/T that they built on display at the meet also. They’ve even had some success in the media already. As you can see on the left, Magnuson used the Camaro they built in one of their ads, and Fastest Street Car Magazine has featured one of their cars twice now. Seems like things are starting to take off for the guys at 2 Edge Performance, and it couldn’t happen to a better group. They are very friendly, knowledgeable and have great customer service. I was very impressed and I know I’ll definitely be using them for my car.

As for the open house and show, it was great. It started off with a  few different car clubs slowly trickling in in the morning, but by the time noon came around the parking lot was over loaded with cars. From a Supercharged beastly Camaro’s 2 Edge built to a very nice stock C5 Corvette to a GT 500, there was plenty of Car porn to go around. The highlight of the show came in the form of a Callaway Camaro that rolled in courtesy of Tommy Edrisi at Selman Chevrolet. That beautiful work of art definitely made for some great photo opportunities. It also provided the highlight of my month when I got to drive it. I’m pretty sure at one point I heard angels singing in the background. They provided a great BBQ for all who attended and as an added bonus they had a few raffles to deal out. Besides the painted stripe giveaway that was held by Eli’s Customs (you read my mentally defective ravings on it earlier), they also raffled off a set of 2 Edge Performance Spark Plugs and a T-Rex grill. Over all it was a great event and I’ll be heading back to their next one come December when they raffle off a Magnuson Supercharger kit installed and tuned by them…. I’ll take two.

I have included a full gallery of pictures from the event bellow including some nice shots of the beautiful Callaway Camaro. If you would like to contact 2 Edge Performance you can visit their website at: or you can give them a call at 949-515-2088

Turbonetics Open House

Had a  chance to visit Turbonetics for an open house and car show. The plant tour was pretty interesting, learned a lot about turbos, that’s for sure. Interesting fact, Turbonetics manufactures the turbos for the USAF U.A.V.’s. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the quality and tolerances that they manufacture their turbo’s to. They are definitely a top of the line manufacturer.

With out further a due, Here’s what you guys want to see anyways, the pics!

This is a shot of the huge line of Camaro’s that were there waiting to register for the show.

They had a complete mock up of there single turbo setup on an LS3 engine for use to see at the beginning of the tour.

This is a bunch of turbo housings they had sitting waiting to be assembled. The housings are cast off site and then brought to their main plant for machining and assembly.

If any of you guys have ever wondered what the inside of a turbo looks like, here it is. They’re actually a pretty simple design at the heart of it.

If any of you guys are curious about how a turbo actually works, here’s a nifty diagram:

If you guys want an in depth explanation of it, this article is great reading:

At the end of the tour we got to see this little display, it shows the wide range of turbo sizes they make. The smallest is the turbo used on the UAV’s and the largest is used on some Cummings diesel.

Interesting fact, some of their turbo’s are capable of running over 100 pounds of boost! I know right, that is crazy power. Of course your talking about high end ceramic journal bearings, advanced oiling systems and a whole lot of $$$ for that.

So, here’s the eye candy. I warn you now though, Explicit car porn follows. Not for the faint of heart. This first pic is one of Turbonetics racing cars. It’s a turbo’ed 4-cylinder Scion TC that makes crazy power!

This next car is probably one of the nicest Camaro show cars I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. It’s the Alpine Camaro car. On top of rocking an insanely nice custom paint job, it has a full blown custom interior that consists of a 2000 watt alpine sound system among other things. As far as the exterior, it has the ACS custom ports on the front clip and is skirted by the Fessler-Moss body kit. It’s rounded out by a very nice set of HRE wheels, and of course the Turbonetics turbo kit putting done a nice 614 hp.

Savini wheels had a pretty strong presence there. The first pic is of a Lamborghini they had there (sorry didn’t get much information on it). The second pic is of a nice super charged Ford GT that is putting down 650 hp which makes a car that light and nimble insanely fast.

You all should easily recognize this next one. It’s the actual bumblebee car from Transformers 3. It was there on lone from Paramount studios. Absolutely beautiful car. The carbon fiber work is immaculate. But, typical movie tricks, the door handles, side vents, and hood vents are all not real. Amazing non the less though.

This Camaro is a 67′ SS that has been completely built for autocross. It has a wicked nitrogen gas coil over suspension system. It is also twin turbo’ed and puts out a stunning 1000 hp. WOW….

Now this car, was definitely the most impressive car there performance wise. As a matter of fact it’s a complete work of art and has performance that surpasses that off even the super cars. It’s the 2010 SST Camaro built by Nelson Racing Engines. If you guys aren’t familiar with them. They build some of the most prolific racing engines out there. So here’s just a few of the specs on this car:

  • Built twin turboe’d LS7 engine
  • Dual Fuel Cells so the car can run both pump gas and racing fuel.
  • Full racing spec 10 point roll cage.
  • Complete Racing suspension
  • Custom built Tranny and driveline with solid 9″ rear axle.

This car puts out an unbelievable 1500 hp. It’s absolutely a beast & I for one would love to see this thing run the 1320′.

This next Camaro just had some amazing body work done to it. It has the full Bomex hot wheels wide body kit and custom carbo fiber hood. It’s also sitting on air bags with 22″ shoes.

Hurst had their SS Camaro their:

And of course last but not least, I have to shamelessly whore some pictures of my car in the show.