Developing innovative technologies that improve vehicle efficiency and enhance mobility is driving the American automotive industry forward. To this end, industry is partnering with government programs and universities to find powertrain solutions to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
One such program is a four-year engineering competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors: the EcoCAR 3 challenge. As part of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, EcoCAR 3 was launched in 2014
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It’s that time again! Time for the Spring Edition of the 2018 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout! As part of the Nitto 24th annual Spring Break Shootout presented by Steeda Autosports, the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout pits the eight quickest manual-transmission-equipped cars from the QA1 True Street class in a heads up shootout for stick-shift supremacy!
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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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
We are proud that the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout is returning to the 2017 Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout, March 2-5, 2017, at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida.
The four quickest True Street cars will compete in a single-run elimination called the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. The winner will receive a brand-new TREMEC transmission of their choosing. After the True Street competition concludes on Saturday, March 3, TREMEC will host a Racer Appreciation Party before the awards ceremony. Read More “2017 Stick Shift Shootout at the Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout”
Not so long ago, it was widely accepted that a true performance car had a manual transmission. In fact, some performance cars were only available with a manual transmission. Well, in the great age that is the 21st century, things have changed. Now the beloved third pedal is being replaced with paddle shifters attached to the steering wheel and a network of passionless electronics connected to them that signal the transmission what to do when the driver commands it. But we’re proud to proclaim that the manual transmission is far from dead. In fact, here are 10 reasons that a manual transmission is still better than an automatic! Read More “10 Reasons a Manual Transmission is Better than an Automatic”