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LS Lessons: General Motors LS Series V8 Spotter’s Guide

LS Lessons: General Motors LS Series V8 Spotter’s Guide

The LS series of General Motors V8s started life powering the C5 Corvette in 1997 so it’s easy to see how they have become the most-swapped American V8 on the road. LS swaps are not only the order of the day for resto-modded muscle cars but are also becoming prevalent with Japanese imports on the street and Formula Drift circuit. Contemplating a swap? Wondering when and where do your source you LS ponies? Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate this small-block landscape.

by 03/20/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Sweet Builds, Tech
Explained: Formula 1 Steering Wheel Controls

Explained: Formula 1 Steering Wheel Controls

Are Formula 1 drivers moving too fast to looking all the way to a dash for information? Perhaps… this explains why pertinent information and vehicle controls are coming from steering wheel-mounted displays. These things can be disconnected, carried around like a lap top… heck they have more computing power than laptops, and programmed like a laptop. It begs the question… Are we talking about steering wheels with computers or a computer that steers?

by 03/14/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Racing, Tech
“Formula 1: Drive to Survive” Takes Us Behind The Scenes

“Formula 1: Drive to Survive” Takes Us Behind The Scenes

This new Netflix series delivers 10 episodes that looks into the personal lives of F1 driver, owners, and team members. Produced by the makers of “Senna and Amy” and officially support by the F1 big wigs, the docu-series will debut on March 8.

by 02/20/2019 0 comments Car Culture
Kyle Mohan Racing’s 1,000 Horsepower, 3-Rotor Drifter w/Video

Kyle Mohan Racing’s 1,000 Horsepower, 3-Rotor Drifter w/Video

Formula Drift is a contradiction of sorts… the cars make triple-digit power but slide for living. Kyle Mohan is a case in point. His Mazda MX-5 Miata drifter produces 1,000 horsepower at a sky-high 10,000 rpm from a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 20B three-rotor engine built by Kyle Mohan Racing (KMR).

by 02/13/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Racing
The Toyota Supra is Back!

The Toyota Supra is Back!

For decades every Lexus concept with a wedgy look and high performance ego was hoped to be the new Supra. As time marched on the denials became less convincing and the messaging from Toyota took on a more promising tone. Somewhere around 2014 the rumors gained traction and one of those ‘unnamed sources’ let it slip that the Lexus FT-1 concept could contain styling cues that hint at what a new Supra could look like.

by 01/16/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Cars
Corvettes On Point At Caffeine & Gasoline®

Corvettes On Point At Caffeine & Gasoline®

We welcomed the New Year at Griot’s Garage and rebel rousing Corvettes of every era took center stage. Rumbling V8s were the order of the day as Chevrolet’s halo performance marque was the theme of our Caffeine & Gasoline cruise-in car show.

by 01/09/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Event Coverage, Events
SpeedFactory Makes Quarter Mile History

SpeedFactory Makes Quarter Mile History

In an effort to keep it real on the local we’d like to give SpeedFactory Tuning and Fabrication a shout out for their recent success at the 23rd Annual World Cup Finals – Import Vs. Domestics drag racing showdown. The shop is mere minutes from Griot’s Garage HQ in Tacoma and we try to display their cars but they’re always racing when we need them. The team’s diligence is paying off.

by 11/09/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Racing
2018 Formula Drift Champion Crowned In Thrilling Season Finale

2018 Formula Drift Champion Crowned In Thrilling Season Finale

The “Luck of the Irish” was in full effect at the Formula DRIFT season finale at the famed House of Drift, Irwindale Speedway. The 2018 campaign was by far the closest points race in the series’ 15-year history and the final weekend its most exciting ever.

by 10/17/2018 0 comments Event Coverage, Racing
Lanzante Motorsport To Build 11 F1-Engined Porsche 930s

Lanzante Motorsport To Build 11 F1-Engined Porsche 930s

Many have dreamed of building the ultimate Porsche 911. There are a number of over the top builders that can lay claim to such a title… Ruf, RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB), and Singer come to mind. But taken in the context of pure performance, they may well be taking a back seat to Lanzante Motorsport and their Formula 1 powered limited-edition 930s.

by 10/12/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Cars
Event Coverage: Shinefest Car Show

Event Coverage: Shinefest Car Show

The Griot’s Garage Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show Series recently wrapped up its 2018 season. These car shows are our own series of events that have been going on since 2017. The cars are judged by the participants and attendance is free and open to the public.

by 10/05/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Event Coverage