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Video: Who Would Have Thought That You Could Make a Corolla Look This Cool?
Posted by Colin Wood on Oct. 1, 2020, 8:23 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/3n_ji1XfTBY

It doesn’t take much to make Toyota's AE86 Corolla look cool, but what about the more pedestrian front-wheel-drive version from the same vintage?

Apparently, all you need is some handbrake turns, a good-sized jump and a banging synth track.

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Video: Why Do WRC Teams Swap Brands for Their Recce Cars?
Posted by Colin Wood on Sept. 29, 2020, 12:30 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/4BySx158Igw

In many rally events, including the World Rally Championship, teams are allowed "recce" or reconnaissance runs before the actual stages. These runs are often performed while roads are still open to the public, so flat-out speed is neither the point nor allowed. Instead, recce is used for rally co-drivers to create pace notes for drivers to follow through the stage.

However, you might wonder why some WRC recce cars aren't built by the companies associated with each team. This video from DirtFish has an answer for you.

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Video: Does a Honda K-Series Make the Elise More Better?
Posted by Colin Wood on Sept. 28, 2020, 12:13 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/cqCsss6eVYA

Many would say that the Lotus Elise is an almost perfect sports car right out of the box. However, others believe they have found a way to improve the car's nimble prowess. How? By swapping in a Honda K-Series engine.

We'll let you decide whether or not the swap makes the Elise better, but we will admit that it does give the car a pretty sweet soundtrack.

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Video: The Thrill of Moto GP, but for Mopeds Instead
Posted by Colin Wood on Sept. 25, 2020, 4:07 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/jCTm9upiTrk

Sure, Moto GP is great and all, but what about racing mopeds instead? Perhaps not surprisingly, Japan's already done it. The video description doesn't offer much information on the specifics of the sport, but it looks to be at least semi-professional.

Have you ever raced anything like a moped? If so, what's your weapon of choice?

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Video: Why Trailer a $450 Car Home When You Could Drive It Instead?
Posted by Colin Wood on Sept. 24, 2020, 11:42 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/MKpMVM8djVc

Maybe this resonates with some more than others, but it seems that there is a certain thrill in buying a car for pennies on the dollar and then attempting to drive it home–knowing full well the laundry lists of things wrong with it. (However, if that sounds like your kind of fun, you should definitely check out our $2000 Challenge Presented by CRC Industries.)

Of course, that's exactly what these folks did after they picked up a 1979 Buick LeSabre for $450 at a farm auction. As the video description says, they could have put it on a trailer and towed it home, but why would you want to miss out on the potentially fun team-building exercise in trying to retrieve a barely working car? 

Also, what's the cheapest car you have ever bought, and what's the farthest you've ever driven it?

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Video: Watch Toyota Rub Salt in the Wound by Showing Off Its GR Yaris
Posted by Colin Wood on Sept. 23, 2020, 11:08 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/MN3c9oo2DKU

The grass may only seem greener on the other side of the fence, but when it comes to the GR Yaris—sold nearly everywhere but North America—we think it actually is.

Thankfully, a Gazoo Racing version of the Corolla hatch looks to be in the works, and it's destined for our shores. In the meantime, though, we'll be watching this video on repeat and thinking about what might have been.

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Video: What's the Difference Between Carburetor Cleaner and Mass Air Flow Cleaner?
Posted by Chris Tropea on Sept. 23, 2020, 7:20 a.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/fqF6OqfC0kc

Yes, both carburetor cleaner and mass air flow cleaner are made to clean away built-up crud, but it's the chemical compositions that really apart these two cleaners: Carburetor cleaner is specifically designed to work on metallic surfaces more commonly found in older cars, while mass air flow cleaner is formulated to not break down the plastics found under the hood of more modern cars. Presented by CRC Industries.

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Video: Got HPTuners? Easily Add AFR To Your Tuning Logs!
Posted by Staff Writer on Sept. 22, 2020, 4:02 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/MvO2Urchn3c

Sponsored Video presented by AEM Electronics.

 

Engines need three things to run: air, fuel and spark. The amounts of each shouldn't just be random, either, as a specific ratios are required for max performance. The factory ECU is pretty good at adjusting and maximizing the air-fuel ratio on its own, but what if the engine is modified or perhaps you just want to better monitor things? AEM has a monitoring solution that they say is both easy to install and just as easy to digest, the X-Series OBDII Wideband UEGO AFR Sensor Controller Gauge.

Video: Have You Ever Watched Clutch Engagement Happen in Real Time?
Posted by Colin Wood on Sept. 21, 2020, 6:35 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/DIlCxj3-LhU

What do you do when a release bearing in a transmission fails and causes parts to friction weld themselves together? If you are YouTube channel Ovalbore, you cut windows so you can inside a running manual transmission.

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Video: Why Yes, This Honda Is Powered by a Lawnmower Engine
Posted by Colin Wood on Sept. 17, 2020, 1:08 p.m. https://www.youtube.com/embed/cL2FKDtpRt8

Honda's use of higher-revving, lower-torque engines have been the butt of many automotive jokes fixated around the idea that Hondas are powered by lawnmower engines.

But what would a lawnmower-powered Honda actually drive like? Thankfully, someone did the heavy lifting for us by putting a $99, 6.5-horsepower motor into an early Honda Insight.

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