The Audi SUVs have an odd system for traction control and off-road modes. On my Q7, it took a read through the manual to realize you have to disable the TC to engage the off-road mode, which makes the diffs work completely differently. It's a completely different vehicle with TC off in loose conditions. » 2/13/15 8:57am 2/13/15 8:57am

The late model Lancer Evolution models (8 and 9 at least) have thinner glass in the windshield compared to the base model Lancer. I want to say it's something like 0.3mm thinner. Not a big difference, but cool to see that level of detail on an affordable performance car. » 2/06/15 7:27pm 2/06/15 7:27pm

"The policy ... is that we do not cover tire damage ..."

So, after my recent issue with a damaged tire, I reached out to the builder who is building two homes on my street in hopes for compensation for the approximately $200 I had to shell out to replace a destroyed Conti DWS. » 1/20/15 10:47am 1/20/15 10:47am

Years back I stumbled across a Vector in a small sports car dealer in Atlanta. I only knew about it from Gran Turismo. I had no idea what was in it, but it was the coolest car I'd ever seen in person. » 1/14/15 9:45pm 1/14/15 9:45pm

Gasoline Octane Misconceptions

Recently, Mental Floss posted a YouTube video covering misconceptions about driving. While I love this video series, I have to take issue with their take on fuel octane. While they weren't technically wrong, they left out some key points I feel someone should know before pumping a tank full of 87 into their AMG… » 1/12/15 11:19am 1/12/15 11:19am

Yeah ... whoever designed the exterior ... mainly the front ... should be shot. Every time I see one I'm that much happier with the Q7 I went with. » 12/04/14 11:53am 12/04/14 11:53am

People say it's a bad transmission, and yes, without proper cooling and heavy track use, 4th gear can fail. But my 6-speed has been fine and I've been pushing 400 whp on E85 for years now. I track occasionally and it's been my autocross/daily car since 2007. I love my 6-speed for street driving and having a useful 5th… » 11/21/14 5:22pm 11/21/14 5:22pm

I don't generally read manuals, but newer cars are just a different world. I recently picked up a '11 Audi Q7 and its the first car I've actually read the manual for. This was required to simply change the dash display. But, reading further in, I learned how the off-road traction control works, specific specs for… » 11/11/14 6:57am 11/11/14 6:57am

Dori isn't named after a person, but an idea. "Dori" is a common term for "drift" in drift culture. No clue how accurate it is from Japanese translation. » 11/05/14 2:48pm 11/05/14 2:48pm