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”

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”

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”

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”

TREMEC Equipped Cars at the 2017 Detroit AutoRama

From the prestigious Ridler Award to hundreds of hot rods and muscle cars on display, for many people the Detroit Autorama is the unofficial start of the car show season. TREMEC is a proud sponsor of the event, which reached its 65th anniversary in 2017. To celebrate the occasion, there was a stunt-show jump of a General Lee Dodge Charger on the streets of downtown Detroit! Read More “TREMEC Equipped Cars at the 2017 Detroit AutoRama”

2017 Stick Shift Shootout at the Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout

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”

10 Reasons a Manual Transmission is Better than an Automatic

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”

An Insider’s Look at the Vehicles of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show

Despite frigid temperatures and the usual threat of snow and freezing rain, January in Detroit is a magical time for automotive enthusiasts. It’s time for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which most simply call the Detroit Auto Show. It’s the first global auto show of the year, and it’s where the world’s automakers make a splash, debuting their new car models and concept vehicles to get the industry revved up for the year. We grabbed a camera and pounded the floor of Detroit’s COBO Hall during media days to explore the new technology and see the new cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs as the silk covers were pulled back and the auto executives shared their thoughts on the industry in 2017. Here’s what we saw and where we think the industry will go this year and beyond.
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