(UPDATED FOR 2018) 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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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.
Read More “An Insider’s Look at the Vehicles of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show”