The VelociRaptor: You Can’t Outrun This Beast

When you need a predator that is stronger, faster, tougher, and sharper than an ordinary Ford F-150 Raptor, talk to Hennessy Performance about a 6x6VelociRaptor. They can set you up with a limited edition off-road beast that snacks on ordinary pickups.

At the 2017 SEMA auto show in Las Vegas, John Hennessy unveiled “pure aggression on wheels — all six of them.” The company took a 2018 Ford Raptor and infused it with a serious dose of ridiculous and awesome.

The Truck

The Mercedes-Benz G636x6 isn’t the only three-axle luxury-performance behemoth on the market anymore. The Hennessy Performance team took the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, which was already good for 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, and took it even further. They added bigger turbos, bigger intercoolers, a new exhaust, and a reprogrammed ECU to push the output to over 600 horsepower. (more…)

Get One of these 3 New Cars for Under $45K

You’re a Texan, and you know how to go big or go home. You’re looking for a vehicle that handles the streets of Dallas well yet can get any job done in complete comfort and luxury. Here are three ways to do it all — without completely breaking the bank.

Jaguar F-Pace

We know what you’re thinking — a Jaguar? Give it a shot. With all of the performance and luxury you’d expect from the iconic brand, this first-of-its-kind SUV from Jaguar is sized for the big state of Texas. The interior of the F-Pace boasts 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space, making it the perfect choice for wrangling up the kids and getting them to soccer practice.

With an 8-inch touch-and-swipe screen, a fully-sliding panoramic roof, and a powered tailgate, you just might start to enjoy those trips to the grocery store. The F-Pace’s standard all-wheel drive ensures accurate and safe handling despite any weather conditions.

Speaking of weather, how about a heated steering wheel for those chilly mornings? Yes, please. Starting at $42,000, the F-Pace might just be the perfect family car.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon

For those of us with off-roading in our blood, the Rubicon Recon makes adventurous hearts skip a beat. There’s just nothing like the trademark grille of a Jeep. The Rubicon Recon’s 285 horsepower V6 engine takes Sunday drives in the country to a whole new level. The addition of (more…)

Engine Breaking Isn’t All That Bad on Your Car After All

The great engine breaking debate. If you read any car forums, chances are you’ve seen questions about engine breaking . Does it work? Will it hurt my engine or transmission? Lots of questions and just as many answers. We’ll explain what engine breaking is and debunk some of the myths surrounding it.

What Is Engine Breaking?

Engine breaking is the practice of taking your foot off the throttle and downshifting, or not upshifting at your normal RPM level and allowing the engine to slow your car. The engine breaking we’re talking about is not the “thwap, thwap, thwap” of an exhaust or jake brake in a big rig. This is simply taking your foot off the gas and not upshifting, or even downshifting a gear to slow the car down. All three create the same scenario in your engine.

How Does It Work?

Engine breaking works by closing the throttle valve in your engine. This creates a vacuum in your (more…)

Fall Fun Awaits in Addison

Addison’s is best known for its biggest event, Kaboom Town, one of the top fireworks shows in the country. If you missed it in July, don’t worry, there’s always next year. In the meantime, fall arrives in Addison with several events marked on its calendar. Make the most of your time in Addison by stopping by these fun fall events.

Wheels and Warbirds

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Car, airplane, and history enthusiasts should not miss Wheels and Warbirds at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. This event takes place September 23-24 and combines cool cars and hot planes. View the museum’s incredible collection of vintage aircraft and military vehicles. Take a ride in a wartime plane and watch the Sherman military tank demonstrate its capabilities. Auto shows include the Pontiac Southern Nationals Car Show on Saturday and American Pride Car Show on Sunday. (more…)

Clean Your Filthy Engine

You probably clean your car’s exterior every so often, and even if you don’t a decent amount of rain can keep it from getting too bad. You might clean your interior now and then, but even if you don’t all you’ll see is some dust on the dashboard and dirt on the floors. But have you ever bothered to clean your engine? If not, it can get downright filthy.

Fortunately, a filthy engine doesn’t make it less efficient or wear down the parts, at least as long as you keep up with your service visits and replace your engine oil on time. But a dirty engine does make it harder to work under the hood, plus it won’t impress anyone if you feel like showing off or a potential buyer wants to look under the hood. Fortunately, there are ways to make your engine bay look good as new.

Degreaser

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The number one reason engines gather such a thick layer of dust is because the dust gets stuck on a thin layer of grease thanks to vaporizing engine oil. That means (more…)

Can Summer Heat Damage My Tires?

The short answer is yes, but it does depend on a number of factors. You can expect accelerated wear on your tires during times of excessive heat. The summer heat bundled with bad road conditions, low tire pressure, reckless driving, and poor maintenance of tires can create additional and more substantial damage to your tires than seasons with cooler temperatures.

Did you know that your tire pressure increases by 1 PSI for every 10 degrees the temperature increases? Your tire pressure can rise dramatically within just a few minutes of driving on a hot day. This is due to friction between the road and your tires, and it is exacerbated with excessive heat.

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Conversely to high pressure causing damage, underinflated tires not only decrease your gas mileage, they can also cause your tires to get even hotter due to added friction. This then speeds up the wear (more…)

Why Your Car Thermometer Sucks in the Dallas Heat

Have you ever been confused about the readout on your car thermometer? Many people see their dashboard readout record super high temperatures, especially during the summer here in Dallas, Texas, and then get surprised when the local news stations report a figure several degrees lower.

Surely that can’t be right? Well, sorry to say, but your car thermometer is not accurate. Whether it’s ultra-hot or freezing cold, it’s likely that the figure on your dashboard doesn’t match up with the real temperature outside. But why is that?

Your Car Thermometer Is Not Actually a Thermometer

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Six Strangest, Most Awesome Streets in the World

Travelers, amateur historians, car buffs, and other curious observers are all drawn to the world’s strangest and most unique streets. From their technically challenging features to the intriguing scenery they provide, the lure of these exceptional roadways can be hard to resist. Whether you take a trip along one of the world’s most captivating thoroughfares or enjoy them from afar, distinctive roads are worth a closer look.

Some unique streets stand out for strange features or unusual history. Others present driving challenges, turning each passage into an adventure. Another set of roads and streets cuts through scenic environments, exposing drivers to natural wonders. Whichever features make each one unique, you can be sure these awesome streets are memorable, including the following sampling of strange streets.

Baldwin Street

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Several noted streets stand out for being steep. New Zealand’s Baldwin Street is near the top of the list of the world’s steepest roadways accessed by vehicles. Constructed on a staggering grade of thirty-five percent, the unusual street stretches more than 1000 feet, (more…)

Fun in Addison Heats Up This Summer

Addison, Texas, has plenty of fun activities to choose from this summer, whether you’re looking for live music, movie nights, or a chance to dance the night away. Here are five fun things going on in Addison.

Addison Kaboom Town!

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Addison Kaboom Town! is a Fourth of July fireworks celebration that takes place on July 3. It’s a North Texas tradition as well as one of the country’s top fireworks displays. Admission is free to Addison Kaboom Town! In addition to the epic fireworks display, there’s also a carnival to keep you busy while you wait for the big show to start. There are food vendors as well, so you can make a day of it. The carnival’s midway area is one of the top spots for viewing the fireworks. Afterward, there’s a concert to enjoy in case you want to linger for a while before getting in the car.

Addison Summer Series

Addison’s Summer Series is a weekly event at Beckert Park where you can see all kinds of performances on Saturday nights. The Summer Series events are free, and all you need to do is bring a picnic blanket and some snacks. Performances start at 8 p.m. Some of the shows scheduled this summer include Bidi Bidi Banda, Lao Tizer, BJ Stricker and the Kings of State Street, Joseph Vincelli, and Escape, a Journey tribute band. Addison Circle restaurants offer discounted specials on Summer Series nights so you can bring some great food to the event while supporting the neighborhood businesses.

Monday Medley

Monday Medley is a series of performances that take place at the Addison Theatre Centre on select Monday nights throughout the summer. It’s an outdoor event, so bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and settle in to enjoy a night of music, dance, or comedy. Some of the shows scheduled include Dance XPress, an aerial dance troupe, and the Robert Holbert Group for some classic R & B music. You can also see Turtle Creek Chorale, Alternative Comedy, and the acoustic guitar music of Eddie Healey. Monday Medley is a free event.

Vitruvian Nights Live

Vitruvian Nights Live is a free summer concert series at Addison’s Vitruvian Park Amphitheater. Shows are scheduled every other Thursday night, and you can also find a selection of gourmet food trucks to get a great dinner along with the performance. Some of the shows scheduled include the Spazmatics, Warehouse, Emerald City, and With or Without U2. Shows start at 7 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.

Vitruvian Salsa Festival

The Vitruvian Salsa Festival is a fun way to practice your salsa moves. On Saturday nights in August, grab your dancing shoes and head over to Vitruvian Park. Vitruvian Salsa Festival is free. Along with dance lessons, you’ll enjoy live salsa music. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This is a great way to get some exercise and hang out with new friends while you learn some new dance moves.

Addison has a full schedule of fun events to enjoy this summer, whether you want to spend the evening watching an outdoor show, check out fireworks, or get active while you learn salsa dancing.

5 Fun Rides That’ll Still Get 30 MPG (Or More)

Fun cars don’t have to guzzle gas. Fuel efficient cars can still be punchy and nimble around corners. Here are five rides that will be nice on your wallet and still deliver thrills.

Mazda Miata

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Since 1989, the MX-5 has been a well balanced zippy drop-top roadster that is endlessly upgradable. It’s the top choice for entry-level racers and weekend cruisers. The 2017 version delivers 35 highway mpg with 155 horsepower and a 50/50 weight distribution on a 2332 pound frame. Look around and you’ll find infinite ways to build a Miata into a beast. Old or new, the Miata is still a great call for a fun drive that won’t kill you at the pump. (more…)