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    Why SEMA is a bucket-list must

    Every year one of the world’s largest aftermarket vehicle trade shows kicks into gear in Las Vegas. While SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association Show) is open for trade only and not the public, if you can get in, it is a must-see for any car enthusiast. Home to thousands of the latest and best bits of car gear going around, the show attracts over 70,000 visitors every year…yes, it’s huge! Because so much new kit is premiered you’ll get a first-in look at SEMA before anyone else. Suppliers put on some of the best shows in the business and there’s literally millions of dollars’ worth of gear and custom hot rods, street and dragsters on display. The show caters for all and any into aftermarket modding. There’s the latest and upcoming products from well-known to small start-up brands such as K&N, Holley, Diablo Sport, Edelbrock, Derale Performance, Moshers, Hamburger’s and Optima. And their bits of exclusive kit is fitted to one-off show cars such as a chrome Nissan GT-Rs, monster trucks, rock-crawling Jeeps, drag cars, jet fuelers, classics, hot rods, muscle cars and more. Needless to say, SEMA shapes up as one of the must see events that any enthusiast should try and see at least once in a lifetime and if you really want to get yourself in there’s a few ways to do so: Become a supplier Have a good idea for a new product? Get to work. SEMA is open for registration to any supplier of parts or goods for vehicles from cars to bikes. And you don’t have to fabricate the world’s most efficient manifold; there’s tens of thousands for suppliers showcasing everything from paint protection to car art. Once you’re up and running you’ll need to apply to SEMA for a seller’s badge and you’re good to go. Work in the industry if you don’t have the time to start up your own business, you’re eligible if you work for one that’s in the automotive industry. As long as you can prove that you should be there, you can apply to attend - even if the company doesn’t have a booth. If you work in the media you might be able to apply for a media pass. Beyond just the cars, SEMA is also a great place for networking and seeing the future direction of the industry. But if you’re just there for the show and can’t get in, you’ll still get to see most of the best cars putting on a display for the general public outside the centre at the end of the week. For more information on the Potenza RE003, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
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    Toyota 86 Build

    The White Wolf Toyota 86 Build My name is Brad, and I am really excited to own my Toyota 86 GTS. I fell in love with them when it was first launched in 2012. Over the course of five years, my yearning for them grew and grew. I’d keep up with the latest news and available modifications, and when the circumstances were right, I bought one of the first facelifted models in Australia last year. Top of the range, it came with leather seats, HID headlights, bigger brakes and all the trimmings. I’ll be writing this in a timeline format, as I’ve made a lot of changes with the car through the year I had it. Stage One In the one short year it’s been with me, I’ve never stopped tinkering with the Toyota 86. Within the first few months, my 86 received a Invidia N1 exhaust, Tomei exhaust manifold, Pedders Xtreme coilovers, and Rays 57 XTreme SP wheels. They were the basic ‘must have’ modifications that most car enthusiasts start out with. Immediately the Toyota 86 felt more agile thanks to wider wheels, better tyres and stiffer suspension. The N1 exhaust had really livened things up, with an intoxicating exhaust note every time I prod the throttle. It was then tuned by IXA Battle Garage, which dramatically improved torque throughout the rev-range, thanks to the more efficient Tomei exhaust manifold. Inside, I changed out the plastic rings on the climate controls for blue metal ones, and I mounted a CarJoying head unit that’ll not only play music, but provide gauges for my car’s engine, so I can keep an eye on temperatures and oil pressure. I topped it off with a Rocket Bunny GT Wing, so not only do you hear me coming, you’ll see me going past with that massive spoiler on the rear hatch. Oh, and I had to add aftermarket Valenti tail lights and rear fog lamp set. It is a must do for all Toyota 86 owners. Stage Two Stage one was short lived though. While I loved the noise, attention and the dramatic transformation, I soon got defected for the exhaust and outlandish wing. To clear the defect, I got rid of those, and decided to go with a more subtle approach for stage two. Swapping the noisy N1 for a more subdued MXP Competition RS Ti catback, my ears finally stopped ringing after every drive. To keep the excitement of a noisy exhaust, I had Cosmic Performance add a pop and crackle tune. Every time I get off the throttle after pushing the engine hard, the exhaust will, you guessed it, pop and crackle. I loved hearing that noise, as it’s a sign of a good hard drive. A short shifter kit from IRP was added to improve shift gate action, important in a car where the feel of driving was more important than going fast. The car looked more sedate without the wing, too sedate. In that case, I went with Ewing Concepts to create a custom diffuser and lip kit for me. The front splitter comes with adjustable rods to vary the attack angle. Overall I’m quite satisfied with the looks for now. Stage Three While the 86 made a great noise and goes rather well, I soon needed more firepower under the bonnet. Sydney Motor Engineering provided a complete turbocharger kit that promised 300kW with the right modifications and tuning. Named the Spec R kit (R for Race, I think), it featured a massive GT3076 turbocharger mounted right up front, and came with precise mandrel bent piping and a huge intercooler. To get it running correctly, the stock injectors were replaced with Injector Dynamics 1000cc versions, and the fuel pump replaced with a DeatschWerks DW300C. The MXP exhaust was deemed too restrictive for the turbocharger, so I upgraded to a custom titanium 3in exhaust made by PSI Factory. Parramatta Vehicle Services tuned the car on 98 RON fuel and it made 208kW at the wheels, with a conservative 5lbs of boost. Although finally happy with the power levels, the grip from my tyres weren’t keeping up. As there was a Bridgestone Service Centre up the road from work, I wandered in and asked for recommendations. My Toyota 86 is a daily driver, so I’d need tyres that’ll have decent tread life, yet grips well in dry and well. They recommended the Bridgestone Potenza RE003, a tyre I’ve heard a lot about from my mates, but never had the chance to try out. On my daily commute, I didn’t think too much of them. The RE003s were quiet and comfortable, and there was no increase in ride stiffness. I soon discover why the RE003s are the choice of car enthusiasts once I took it for a good drive on the Old Pacific Highway. The grip was astounding, holding on for life even if I pushed the throttle hard. Even with the extra power, the traction control barely needed to intervene. The steering came alive, and with my modifications, it finally felt like the sports car Toyota should have built from the factory, and then personalised for me. Stage Four? Where to next? I haven’t thought much about this, as I am just starting to enjoy the turbocharger kit and Potenza RE003s. Once I’ve gotten used to the newfound power and handling, I’ll make another decision. Perhaps a change of wheels, or a wide body kit. Before that, I’m planning to take my Toyota 86 on epic drives and maybe a couple of track days, where I can safely unleash all the power! For more information on the Potenza RE003, click HERE. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
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    Volkswagen Golf R Mk7.5 Street Build

    Hi, my name is Brad, and welcome to my build thread. As a fan of sleeper cars, the Golf R really appealed to me with its passive aggressive looks, while providing incredible performance and daily useability. I went with the facelifted Mk7.5 as it has the latest features and updated exterior all around, as well as the EA888 engine and MQB chassis. My build focuses on getting the handling and power of the Golf R into supercar territory while keeping every day useability and anonymity. I will also attend a few track days this year as well, so it needs to be reliable as well. Suspension As I work for a suspension specialist, the Golf R’s handling received the first few upgrades shortly after owning it. Bilstein B16 Damptronic coilovers were installed as I wanted something firmer and stiffer for the track. While they are firmer than stock shocks, the ride is still great for everyday usage. The Damptronic feature lets the Golf R keep the factory Dynamic Chassis Control system, allowing me to switch damper settings on the fly or leave it up to the computer. I also set the ride height lower for a more aggressive look, while also lowering the centre of gravity. Alloy front control arms from SuperPro were then fitted to get a more aggressive caster and camber setting on the front, for better steering feedback and front end grip. The rear sway bar was swapped out for a thicker, adjustable H&R version to improve corner turn-in. Tyres With the suspension setup sorted for now, I found the OE tyres couldn’t support the new aggressive camber and caster settings. The sidewalls were too soft, causing unpredictable handling at the limits. It also overheated during track day sessions, resulting in understeer and missed apexes. To remedy this, I ordered a new set of Bridgestone Potenza RE003s, which were highly rated for street/track use. Not surprisingly, the RE003s lived up to their reputation and then some. From the first turn of the steering wheel I could feel the difference. The turn in is immediate, and the traction is abundant. I would brake hard into the corner, nail the apex, and the tricky DSG and turbo motor would rocket the Golf out of the bends, with the RE003s holding it all together. On stock tyres, I could feel the traction control kicking in on corner entry and exit. The RE003 is also very communicative; it’ll let you know about any camber, uneven tarmac, potholes, and how much grip is left. This feedback is provided through the steering wheel, and it makes every drive highly involving. Around town, the RE003s are quiet, and grip brilliantly from cold. It handles the rainy days easily too; all those grooves eject water out of the way very efficiently. Power With handling and traction sorted, it was time to focus on the power side. I had a chance to ride in a high powered Golf R, and that torquey push into the seat was addictive. My turbo was swapped out for an International Autohaus one, and it gulps air via an Eventuri intake. A bigger Milltek dump pipe was fitted to help the turbo expel exhaust gasses quicker, and an APR intercooler was installed kept the charge air nice and cool. Fuel system upgrades were also included to make sure there’s enough juice for the engine. The DSG was tuned to make sure it coped with the newfound power and to shift even faster. With all these parts, it was tuned to 300kW at the wheels. I was ecstatic. The newfound power rush is still as addictive, yet utterly docile in traffic. The all-wheel drive, suspension mods and Bridgestone RE003s ensures all 300kW is transferred on to the road efficiently, without traction loss. Future Mods For now, I’m happy with how the Golf R performs. It’s unassuming when in traffic, but when the road opens up, there’s no other car I would rather be in. The Bridgestone RE003 tied all aspects of the car together; without it I wouldn’t have the traction to fully enjoy the suspension setup and upgraded power. Next, I’ll take the Golf R back to Sydney Motorsport Park, and set a new lap time. After that, I’ll start focusing on cosmetic and functional mods, such as a bigger brake kit, lighter wheels, and some aerodynamic upgrades. For more information on the Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003, click here Follow Bridgestone on Facebook.
  4. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *The 4th tyre free offer is valid on purchases of four Bridgestone Ecopia, Bridgestone Potenza, Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus or Supercat tyres in one transaction between 01/11/2018 and 30/11/2018 and is redeemable in store. Offer excludes wholesale purchases and all other tyres manufactured or distributed by Bridgestone. Not available with any other offer and while stocks last. +Available on Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres, only at Bridgestone stores. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
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    5 Most Iconic Muscle Cars

    Fast, loud, some might even say brutish, but there’s something about the classic muscle car that strikes a chord in the hearts of so many revheads. And while the days of a big V8 engine might be numbered, these classic muscle cars have stood the test of time, proving themselves some of the most iconic. 1. 1967 Ford XR Falcon GT The XR Falcon GT was the first model GT Falcon and also the first Falcon to win at Bathurst. It effectively replaced the Ford Cortina GT500s in the 1960s when they were no longer eligible to race. Developed by Ford but with input from the police force which required a new pursuit vehicle, the XR GT was powered by a 289 cubic inch small-block V8 topped with a four-barrel carby that produced 168kW and was mated to a close-ratio four-speed transmission. It was a little cracker of a motor. Available only in bronze-gold paint, the XR GT also gained some extra gear such as improved suspension, lower ride height, Stewart-Warner gauges and some other interior bits. Only 596 were built, and it’s one of Australia's most iconic classic muscle cars. 2. 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 The Holden HK Monaro was a big success and so Holden kept on going in the same guise with the HT Monaro. But the 327ci V8 of the HK was replaced with a larger and more powerful 223kW 350ci V8 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. It enjoyed racing success but was the last Monaro to race at Bathurst before the Holden Torana took to the grid. The 350 GTS differentiated itself with racing stripes, different alloys and bonnet scoops. HT Monaro fans that wanted a self-shifter could rely on GM’s venerable 2-speed Powerglide. 3. 1972 Chrysler VH Charger E49 To the uninitiated, the Chrysler Valiant Charger might not strike fear in to the heart. Unlike its Ford and Holden rivals with their burbling V8 engines, the Chrysler relied on a stove-hot six pack – so hot, in fact, that it was the quickest of the lot and a fierce competitor on the track. The VH Charger came with a ‘Six Pack’ triple Weber carburettor manifold fitted to its 265 cubic inch straight six motor. It was matched to a 4-speed manual rather than 3-speed which hindered the earlier 1971 E38 Charger. Producing a powerful 225kW of power and 434Nm of torque, it was capable of accelerating 0-100km/h in 6.1sec and running the quarter mile in almost 14sec flat. It was the fastest Australian muscle car for many years. 4. 2002 Tickford T3 TE50 In the late 1990s Ford Tickford’s counterpart, Holden Special Vehicles was winning the big engine race. At the time, compared to Ford's 5.0-litre V8, HSV had a larger and more powerful 5.7-litre LS1 to play with. So, keeping up with the Joneses, Tickford lengthened the stroke of the Windsor donk and increased capacity from 5.0 to 5.6-litres. The bigger engine produced 250kW at 5,250rpm and 500Nm at 4,250rpm and was mated to a Tremec five-speed manual transmission. It was good for 0-100km/h in 5.9sec, but most of all it is one of the best sounding V8s ever fitted to an Aussie muscle car. Other inclusions for the TE50 included a body kit and extra features inside, but it was the engine that stole the show for this Blue Oval. 5. 2017 HSV GTSR W1 Priced at $169,990 new, the W1 is not only the most expensive muscle car on this list but also the most powerful and sophisticated bits of automotive engineering ever to be produced Down Under. Shoehorned into the front via myriad modifications is a Corvette-sourced LS9 producing 474kW and 815Nm of power. It’s the most powerful Aussie muscle car ever and it rockets 0-100km/h in 4.2sec and completes the quarter mile in just 12.1sec - a fair improvement on the 14.4sec record set by the E49 Charger in 1972. The GTSR W1 is also fitted and developed with many other bespoke bits and pieces but only 300 will be built. What do you think, are there more deserving muscle cars that should have been on the list? Let us know in the comments below, or jump in on the thread on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/Bridgestone
  6. Australian consumers choose Bridgestone Select for car servicing Independent consumer comparison and review website, Canstar Blue has ranked Bridgestone Select as joint number one in its annual Most Satisfied Customers - Car Servicing category. The Most Satisfied Customers ranking sees hundreds of everyday motorists surveyed, ranking their experience at car servicing providers throughout Australia across a number of areas: time taken, cost of parts, customer service, value for money, quality of car servicing, effectiveness of repairs, and overall satisfaction. Bridgestone Select achieved joint top position with five stars in overall satisfaction and all but two of the criteria, with Canstar Blue awarding the network the title of 2018 Most Satisfied Customers - Car Servicing. “Customer satisfaction is the core of our Bridgestone Select model, and we’re delighted that our customers are driving away feeling like we have delivered on our promise of good customer service, fair pricing and convenience,” said Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Stephen Roche. Bridgestone Select launched its Auto Service offering in 2009 and has since seen 166 of its stores add car servicing and mechanical repairs to their extensive range of services. According to Canstar Blue editor, Simon Downes, it’s proven a winner with customers. “Quality repairs, sound advice and fair prices – that’s ultimately what consumers want when they take their vehicle for a service. Our research is designed to provide a high-level guide to which car servicing chains are doing things right by their customers, and this year Bridgestone Select is one of them,” Mr Downes said. “Car servicing chains rely on repeat business, and to earn it they need to earn the trust of their customers. Bridgestone Select has performed very well in our latest review which is a good sign that the majority of motorists driving away from its centres do so happy that they got a fair deal.” Bridgestone Select was also the Gold Winner of the 2018 Readers Digest Quality Service Awards in the tyre retailer category. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/Bridgestone
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    6 Ways Your Car Can Fail You

    Don’t let me down This article is about six ways your car can fail you although, it could be seen as six ways you might fail your car. That’s because failure is often a two-way street, and it’s usually the things we don’t do to maintain our vehicles that causes them to pack-up on us. 1. Try and be genuine Buying cheap, basement bin replacement parts will save you money. However, this is very much a case of “you get what you pay for". Try and stick to genuine or quality brands you can trust. Otherwise, get advice from a reliable mechanic. Remember, the labour to replace some car parts can cost more than the part itself, so do it right the first time. 2. Electrical gremlins Modern cars have a road map of wiring. They bristle with new electronic technologies and sensors that make driving safer and enjoyable. They control everything from your smartphone connectivity, safety systems, fuel delivery systems to engine operation. On-board diagnostics and new service technology have made it much easier to find problems however, an electrical hitch can bring your car to a halt. 3. Suspect suspension The thing with suspension failure is most of us let it go on until it becomes too bad to ignore. The banging sounds, the rough ride and bouncing out of every pothole isn’t just annoying – it’s also dangerous. Replacing broken shock absorbers, suspension bushes and drop links is crucial, as they’re designed to help keep your tyres firmly planted on the road. 4. Engine troubles You can spot engine troubles. It’s usually the car on the side of the freeway with the hood up. That's because engine problems can bring a car to a dead stop if not seen to. Low engine oil, broken hoses and timing belts and leaking radiator coolant can result in an instant heart attack for your car. 5. Brakes don’t fail me now Just the mention of brake failure is frightening. And, most of the time it’s failure on the car owner’s behalf. If you live in the city or where there are lots of hills, your brake pads will wear out more than any other part of your car - especially the front pair. Damaged rotor disks, worn pads and loss of hydraulic brake fluid pressure all can contribute to a massive fail. 6. Get a grip Driving on worn tyres places you and everyone else on the road at risk. Tyres should be replaced if you've clocked up a lot kilometres and your tyre tread is wearing down. The minimum legal tread depth of 1.5mm means no part of the tread across the tyre can be shallower than this. Even when your tyre tread depth reaches just 3mm your wet grip is dramatically reduced. Some simple tyre maintenance tips: Check tread depth Use our simple 20 cent coin test to check on your tyres’ tread. Learn this easy life hack here with just a 20 cent coin. Check tyre appearance Inspect each of the tyres and make sure there aren’t any cuts, tears or bulges on any of them, or that there’s no significant cracking of the rubber in the tread grooves. Check pressure Your tyre pressure is essential to keeping you safe. Look inside the driver’s door or inside the petrol cap for your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressure. Rotate for even wear One of the best ways you can look after your tyres is by rotating them regularly, about every 5000km even if there is no sign of uneven wear. Replace with premium tyres Budget tyres tend to have similar looking tread patterns to the premium options however, other comparisons soon fall short. Premium tyres like Bridgestone are formulated with quality rubber compounds and developed with durable, long-lasting materials. Tread patterns are rigorously tested in research centres, which replicate all driving conditions and trialled extensively in real world applications. Even though good quality tyres may cost more initially, they’ll last longer and more importantly, provide safer motoring for you and your family. If there’s any question about the roadworthiness of your tyres, please consult an expert at your local Bridgestone Tyre Store. It’s all about safety It’s easy to lose sight of the simple truth that tyres are one of the most critical safety features of your car and provide a safer drive for you and your family. See why safety is at the heart of everything we do here. Had any major car failures as of late? Share them with us and let us know in the comments below so we can help others avoid the same experience, or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
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    Australian Driving Distances

    The long open road From Perth, (one of the most isolated cities in the world) you can drive north to Broome, some 2300km on basically one road. For some comparison, the UK from top to bottom is 967km. Or if you're competing in the biennial Bridgestone World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide, you'll cover 3,000km and only manage to cross one border, a fact that staggers international competitors. Our roads are some of the longest in the world connecting distant capital cities, clustered around the coastal outer crust. Our sprawling suburbs are the result of families chasing the great Australian dream of a house on a plot of land and the pressure of housing affordability. These factors have made us very much a land of car people, measuring travel by hours and not distance. However, we love nothing more than to get away and drive to destinations where there are even more wide-open spaces. And along these roads you’ll encounter sights that are unique to Australia. Animals Kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, emus, camels, deer, sheep, snakes, giant lizards and a few other smaller marsupials: these are all the animals you can find sharing the road and which you don't want to hit or run over. In some states, like WA, they recommend no driving before 7am on outback roads to avoid Kangaroos. Road trains Road trains are amazing and intimidating to come across. They can be over 50 metres long, weigh 145 tonnes and travel at 100km/h. They are usually found in the outback servicing mines, ports or isolated towns. If you come across one, give them plenty of space and give yourself plenty of road ahead to overtake. Nothingness The escapism and feeling of space is what many drivers like about getting away. Driving for hours along a vast flat landscape, under an endless blue sky, feels like you have entered another dimension. The experience can be calming and mind opening. It certainly has the affect of making the problems of the big city fade away. To keep that positivity of a safe road trip, here are some tips for travelling long distances. Plan your journey: Well before you leave, take time to know where you’re heading. Plan to rest every two hours and give yourself plenty of time to stop to eat and stretch your legs. Try and arrive in towns before dark and plan to only drive 8 to 10 hours a day. Buy snacks: It can be a long time between service stations and towns, so keep extra water and snacks in the car for the road trip. Wildlife: Keep an eye out for wildlife especially at dawn and dusk. Slow down (if safe to do so) and beep your horn to alert an animal, and try and only drive in the day. Fix it: If there are any mechanical repairs you’ve been putting off, now’s the time to have them fixed. Make sure your car is ready for the trip, by booking it in for a service before you leave. Fluid levels: Check brake, coolant, engine oil, clutch, automatic transmission, power steering. If any of these run too low it can make a road trip end before it starts. Coolant hoses: Ensure your hoses are in good condition and secure, with no coolant leaking. Check where they're joined onto parts and make sure they're tight. Belts: All belts should be in good condition and tension checked. Look for tears or loosening of belts. A broken belt will seize up your engine and the trip. Tyre pressure: Ensure your tyres including the spare are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specification for your journey. An under or overinflated tyre can affect comfort, control and fuel economy. All-important tyres: Check the wear and condition of your tyres - look for any cracks, bulges in the sidewall or tears. Make sure there is sufficient tread. Use our simple 20 cent coin check Learn this easy life hack here. If there’s any question about the roadworthiness of your tyres, please consult an expert at your local Bridgestone Tyre Store. It’s all about safety It’s easy to lose sight of the simple truth that tyres are one of the most critical safety features of your car and provide safer motoring for you and your family. Especially when you’re driving for hours or days on a road trip, basically living in your car as it travels at high speeds. See why safety is at the heart of everything we do here. Tell us about your road trip adventures. Any tips to keep the journey safe? Let us know in the comments below, or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
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    6 Greatest Engines on Sale Today

    What makes a great engine? Is it power alone, or something more? It’s not just the growl of a V8, or the force of a turbo. There’s something else about the best powerplants on the market, they have their own discernible personality. Bringing together power and personality, here are our 6 greatest engines on sale today. 1. General Motors 6.2 litre V8 supercharged LS9 engine General Motors’ flagship engine, the LS9 features in the brand’s most powerful and capable Corvette, the ZR1. But it also finds a home down under in Australia’s most powerful production vehicle the HSV GTSR W1. Built by hand in the states at GM’s Wixom, Michigan plant, the big V8 features a raft of special components such as forged titanium valves and conrods that help it handle a huge output of 474kW of power and 815Nm of torque at a roaring 6600rpm. 2. Mercedes-AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine Introduced almost 5 years ago, this four-pot is one of the world’s most powerful engines per litre. Producing 265kW of power and 450Nm of torque it catapults to a screaming redline of 6000rpm. Featured in smaller Mercedes-AMG cars such as the A-Class, CLA-Class, and GLA-Class, it has won engine of the year awards multiple times. But Mercedes-AMG isn't done yet and has tipped that it’s updated four-cylinder to be featured in the next generation A-Class will produce over 300kW. 3. Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine Voted international engine of the year six times in a row, Audi’s rambunctious five-pot screamer harks back to the company's 1980’s rally roots when its first five-cylinder turbo dominated on the gravel. Now featuring in its current RS3 and TT RS models, it produces a big 294kW of power and 480Nm of torque, but its charm is in its sound, which only a five-cylinder can achieve when pushed to 7000rpm. 4. Ferrari 6.5-litre V12 engine In this age of forced induction engines which seem almost mandatory in supercars, Ferrari has kept alive the beauty and ferocity of the naturally aspirated V12 engine in the 812 Superfast. Producing an absolutely belting 588kW at 8500rpm and 718Nm of torque, the Superfast is catapulted by its engine from 0-100km/h in just 2.9sec and reaches a top speed of 340km/h. Although interested punters have already missed out, with all Ferrari 812 Superfasts already sold out. 5. Porsche 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine Porsche’s latest naturally aspirated flat-six fitted the 911 GT3 increases capacity from 3.8 to 4.0-litre and it’s the best sounding six getting around. The sound and feeling it produces at its 9000rpm redline is absolutely eye watering. Power is delivered at an intense rate of knots, with 368kW at 8250rpm and 460Nm at 6000rpm... It’s not for the faint hearted. 6. Mercedes-AMG 4.0-litre V8 turbocharged engine Mercedes-AMG’s devastatingly powerful V8 produces some of the meanest sounds of any and it’s hard to explain just how good this thing sounds. Beyond its harmonics is 450kW at 6500 and 850Nm of rubber melting torque from just 2500rpm. It’s a stunning engine that requires a lot of cojones to fully unleash. What do you think, have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below or on the Bridgestone Australia Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  11. Get $100 Cash Back on selected Tyres. Offer valid between 01/09/2018 and 30/09/2018 Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. The $100 cash back offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Potenza, Dueler or Alenza tyres in one transaction. Discount to be given off invoice and is not redeemable for cash. Offers exclude government, fleet and wholesale purchases and all other tyres manufactured or distributed by Bridgestone. Not available with any other offer and while stocks last Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  12. This months special is Buy 3 and get the 4th Tyre for free. Offer valid between 01/09/2018 and 30/09/2018 Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. The 4th tyre free offer is valid on purchase of four Firestone tyres in one transaction. Offers exclude government, fleet and wholesale purchases and all other tyres manufactured or distributed by Bridgestone. Not available with any other offer and while stocks last Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
  13. The Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R is one of the best tyre choices when considering a new tyre that will improve handling and grip, but remain street legal. If you’re into occasional track day work, it’s a tyre that won’t require swapping wheels. Achieving both a high-performance track tyre while remaining safe in all conditions on the street isn’t easy. There are some compromises that must be made over a normal street tyre. However, the RE-71Rs are as track-oriented a street legal tyre as Bridgestone make. Compared to normal tyres, the RE-71R’s have stiffer sidewalls, a wider centre rib and provides shoulder block to improve performance when steering and under load. The street legal tyre features “7-shaped” grooves and drain water off quickly while exclusive Bridgestone rubber compounds also provide increased performance at high speed and temperatures. Being a softer compound, the tyres will be noisier and pick up some stones when hot, but Bridgestone’s newest “UltimateEYE” helps reduce wear that would happen to a track-only tyre, yet maximises grip in both street and track conditions - a compromise needed to stay safe and not burn through tyres. An established tyre choice in the North American and Japanese markets, the RE-71R has only been available in Australia this year. However, it is a proven performer and in testing at Tsukuba 2000 fitted on a Nissan Skyline GT-R 34 and Toyota GT 86, the tyre garnered a 1.4 per cent faster lap time compared to the previous leading RE-11A. The RE-71R also provided over 10 per cent higher G-forces. If you’re currently competing in track days or drive events with a club, the RE-71Rs will be a noticeable step-up in performance. It’s the sort of tyre that will be appreciated after cutting-teeth on a more street-oriented tyre and the differences when fitting something stickier is remarkable. It can also shave valuable seconds off track and gymkhana times at events. So, for those wanting improved performance and grip, the RE-71R is the logical next step. It will provide a proven advantaged on track conditions that will translate to the street too. The tyres are available in a variety of size from 165/55R14 through to 295/30R20. See all the specs on the RE-71R here. Have you given the RE-71Rs a test of you own? Let us know in the comments section, or join the conversation on Facebook. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
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    Save more on four When you buy 3 tyres, you’ll get the 4th for $10!* Get 4 Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus car tyres from $385. Based on RRP of 205/65R15 Get 4 Supercat car tyres from $217. Based on RRP of 175/70R13 82H Get 4 Supercat SUV tyres from $355. Based on RRP of 205/70R15 Get 4 Supercat light van tyres from $289. Based on RRP of 185R14C Promotion is valid from 01/08/2018 to 31/08/2018. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *The 4th tyre for $10 offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres or four Supercat tyres. ^The up to $100 cash back offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Ecopia tyres. Discount to be given off invoice and is not redeemable for cash. Both offers apply on purchases made in one transaction between 01/08/2018 and 31/08/2018 and are redeemable in store. Offers exclude government, fleet and wholesale purchases. Not available with any other offer and available while stocks last. +Available on Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres, only at Bridgestone stores. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU
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    Get up to $100 cash back^ Available on Bridgestone Ecopia tyres for your car or SUV. Get 4 Ecopia car tyres from $282. Based on RRP of 175/70R13 Get 4 Ecopia SUV tyres from $600. Based on RRP of 215/65R16 98H Promotion is valid from 01/08/2018 to 31/08/2018. Click here for more information about Bridgestone’s current offers. *The 4th tyre for $10 offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres or four Supercat tyres. ^The up to $100 cash back offer is valid on purchase of four Bridgestone Ecopia tyres. Discount to be given off invoice and is not redeemable for cash. Both offers apply on purchases made in one transaction between 01/08/2018 and 31/08/2018 and are redeemable in store. Offers exclude government, fleet and wholesale purchases. Not available with any other offer and available while stocks last. +Available on Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tyres, only at Bridgestone stores. Full terms and conditions here. LINKS: Bridgestone Australia - www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/ Bridgestone Australia Facebook - www.facebook.com/BridgestoneAU