A Look at Five Future Performance Vehicles

Recent new-vehicle announcements at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show got us thinking about what’s new and hot in performance vehicles. Announcements at the show seemed to bridge what is normally considered low-performance, electric-car technology with ultra-high-performance models from Mercedes, Porsche and more.

Here is a look at the top five future performance vehicles that may be coming to showrooms around the world soon. Read More “A Look at Five Future Performance Vehicles”

2017 Stick Shift Shootout at the Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals

The TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout is back! This competition of gear-banging drag racers will take place during the Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals from September 28-October 1, 2017, at the historic Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  

To participate in the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout, a vehicle must compete in the NMRA True Street class and be equipped with a manual transmission. Only H-pattern–shifted, manual transmission equipped cars are eligible. Modifications, such as face plating or pro gears, will be allowed. The transmission must be operated by a single shifter handle; transmissions with air/electric/hydraulic actuation or multiple shift levers will not be allowed. Read More “2017 Stick Shift Shootout at the Nitto Tire NMRA World Finals”

Teaching the Next Generation of Skilled Technicians

New technology promises a future of intelligent cars capable of amazing things. But, until automakers figure out a way to build self-repairing vehicles, there will always be a need for skilled technicians.

To keep our cars and trucks in shape, the automotive field is filled with many well-paying employment opportunities – from skilled technicians and mechanics to design engineers. Usually, employers prefer that their workers complete some type of formal education program. Read More “Teaching the Next Generation of Skilled Technicians”

Flat-Towing TREMEC-Transmission Vehicles

A recreational vehicle gives you the freedom to explore our great country. Many people extend this freedom by towing a vehicle behind their RV to use for sightseeing or running to the grocery store once they have set up camp. A TOAD (or dinghy, in RV language) is the extra vehicle you tow behind your motorhome.

With few exceptions, the transmission of every dinghy has limitations as to how far and how fast it can be towed before the transmission will be damaged. This applies to both automatic and manual transmissions. But there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening. Read More “Flat-Towing TREMEC-Transmission Vehicles”

New Cars Available with a Manual Transmission

The manual transmission has inched closer and closer to the endangered-options list for new cars. But fans of the manual transmission can rejoice: Recently, manual transmissions have been trending! Manufacturers have been making it possible to get a stick shift in more new models.

And it’s not limited to wheezing four-cylinders that don’t have enough power to spin an automatic. There are mid-range options with a manual transmission that can be very appealing. Read More “New Cars Available with a Manual Transmission”

Bill Armstrong’s TREMEC-Equipped 1966 Ford Fairlane 500

A regular feature on the TREMEC blog is a spotlight on the people behind the wheel of #TREMECequipped vehicles. We share stories about their vehicle and why they enjoy shifting gears for themselves and working the third pedal. This month’s customer spotlight is on Bill Armstrong and his Magnum 6-speed–equipped 1966 Ford Fairlane 500. Read More “Bill Armstrong’s TREMEC-Equipped 1966 Ford Fairlane 500”

The Differences Between the TREMEC T-56 and Magnum 6-Speed

Of all the misnomers we encounter in the automotive aftermarket, one of the most common stems from the confusion surrounding the TREMEC T-56 6-speed transmission and its Magnum 6-speed protégé. Granted, one could argue that the two models have more in common than not; however they are in fact completely different transmissions. If you are considering a TREMEC for your car, it’s important to know the differences in order to make sure you don’t waste money on the wrong transmission, or one that falls short of your performance objectives. Read More “The Differences Between the TREMEC T-56 and Magnum 6-Speed”

Automakers and Consumers Embrace the Manual Transmission Once Again

There was once a time when a car wasn’t considered a true performance car unless it had a clutch pedal and manual transmission. This gave the driver ultimate control, choosing which gear the vehicle would be in and precisely when to shift, or when not to shift. Read More “Automakers and Consumers Embrace the Manual Transmission Once Again”

Anthony Heard’s 9-Second 1999 Mustang

This 1999 Ford Mustang was bought as a rolling shell eight months before the 2017 NMRA Spring Break Shootout which included the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. Anthony Heard and his crew then thrashed on the shell until it was ready to make some test runs a few weeks before the race. Their to-do list included installing the roll cage and drivetrain, body work, painting, wiring and plumbing to make it street- and race-worthy. Read More “Anthony Heard’s 9-Second 1999 Mustang”

Drag Racing Action at the 2017 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout

TREMEC kicked off the 2017 season for fans of the third pedal and NMRA drag racing with healthy burnouts in the bleach box and gear-banging action all the way down the ¼-mile drag strip at Bradenton Motorsports Park. As part of the annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout, the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout pits some of the best gear-slingers in the quarter-mile from the popular NMRA True Street class against each other for bragging rights. The winner receives his or her choice of any TREMEC transmission. Read More “Drag Racing Action at the 2017 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout”