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As part of our ongoing series of editorials penned by aftermarket insiders, we asked Pfadt Race Engineering’s Blair Sonnen about what their game plan is for parts development once the 2014 C7 Corvette is launched. Here’s what he shared with us…

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Auto Meter’s new race dash takes a lot of information and displays it in a small area that is easy to view. For a look at this one piece unit that was spawned by NASCAR’s sanctioning body to bring instruments to the next level, read more here:

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Chevrolet pulled out all the stops at the 2012 SEMA show, with Camaro concepts of all descriptions, the last 2012 COPO, and a bunch of performance packages and parts on display.

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Instead of a twin turbo big block like his previous ’63, this one gets motivation in the form of a beefed-up supercharged LS9 powerplant sourced from a C6 ZR1, making north of 800 horsepower.

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At a show where the vehicles on display range from “awe-inspiring” to “eyesore” and every spot in between, we’d have to say that this classic Corvette reborn with state-of-the-art running gear is subtle enough to keep Y-body purists happy while still being unique and modern.

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The whole Power Automedia team is on the ground in beautiful, elegant Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2012 SEMA show, and we will be bringing you highlights and videos all week long as we prowl the miles of aisles here at the convention center. Today was move-in day, and we got a chance to sneak onto the show floor…

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We head to Dearborn Heights Michigan, to get inside access to Livernois Motorsports’ massive 36,000 square foot facility. We sat down with Engine Department Supervisor Mike Schropp for the low down on this mechanical Mecca.

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Almost every car enthusiast has seen at least a few episodes of Speed Racer, that wacky Japanese racing cartoon ‘Mach GoGoGo’ that was dubbed over for American audiences. One man now makes authentic, real-life versions of Speed Racer’s car, the Mach 5, and this is a conversion that goes more than skin deep.

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Wes Bird might just be living a charmed life – He’s owned multiple Corvettes, served our country in Afghanistan, and his girlfriend Danielle just happens to be a professional mechanic…

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There are builds out there that are over-the-top and then there are builds that are a little more subtle. Kathy Lange’s 1961 Corvette is certainly more on the subtle side with a virtually stock looking exterior, but that doesn’t mean that it took any less time to perfect for builder Bobby Alloway.

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There’s no denying that piston engines shake, some more than others. The vibration that is created by an engine has to be controlled somehow, and this is the reason why torsional dampers exist. But what are dampers? Is their power to be found by having the correct one for your application?

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Much speculation has been been generated by the pending arrival of the fifth-generation small-block from General Motors. EngineLabs editor Mike Magda sorts through the rumors, facts and possibilities and handicaps the likelihood of certain technologies that appear in the new Gen V small-block.

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Surprisingly, most of the time when someone doesn’t work out, it’s not because they are bad writers or can’t tell an F-bomb from a F-stop – it’s some kind of self-sabotaging behavior…

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It’s no secret that the cylinder heads on LSX engines are the key to their power, and who would could know LSX cylinder heads better than the folks at Chevrolet Performance? We break down their entire LSX cylinder head lineup so you can pick the right setup to match both your your purse and your purpose.

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On a recent balmy, sunny Southeastern Friday, just under 50 cars competed in the Grassroots Motorsports (GRM) 2012 Ultimate Track Car Challenge (UTCC). The event happens every year at the historic, scenic and exhilarating Virginia International Raceway, between South Boston and Danville, Virginia.

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A performance torque converter is one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades you can do to a car with an automatic trans. But how do you know what converter is right for your specific car? The experts at TCI walk us through just what a torque converter is, how it works, and how you can find the right one for you.

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Livernois has come out with their own stroker version of the aluminum LS3 short block that we are pretty eager to get our hands on – meet the Livernois 419 LS Short Block. It’s a fully customizable, and reasonably affordable option for LS short blocks. Check out our full tech review of the Livernois 419 here.

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The behind the scenes story of how we found a video of the 2014 Corvette’s nose being manufactured, didn’t realize what we had, got a bunch of links back from two dozen different websites, and then had to hide it all once again because we don’t have a bunch of money to spend proving that we’re right.

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If you’ve been to the drag strip, chances are pretty good you’ve seen Dart parts in action. We take a first hand look at how this company keeps innovating and producing top quality products for racers and street enthusiasts, while building their products here in the USA.

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Zip’s VP and Technical Supervisor takes us through how well the LS3 responds to simple upgrades, and makes the case for the LS platform being the best V8 Chevy’s ever made, hands down.

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