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Proto-SpeedsterProto-Speedster

If you stretch the yardstick of automotive development about two feet beyond current thinking, that’s where you’ll find the pedals of the American Roadster Experimental (AREX) prototype sports car. This limited production prototype was developed by David Stollery of Industrial Design Research (Laguna Beach, California) and Gale Banks Engineering (Azusa, California). Its cab-forward design places the ...
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AREXAREX

Outrageous thoughts race through your head as you listen to Dave Stollery reel off his car’s projected performance statistics – like 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds and (if your foot stays jammed against the floor) a top end of around 200 mph. Cool!  But what you’re really thinking is how ...
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Yankee DoodleYankee Doodle

Automotive design studio walls are generally plastered with sketches, a wallpaper of idea drawings that are up there for inspiration, but rarely taken down and transformed into hardware. The Arex is an exception.  For its debut at the Detroit Show, officials aptly placed the mid-engined Arex beside the display of futuristic car drawings from the Center ...
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A Class of OneA Class of One

Road Test: GMC V-2500 Suburban—now with Banks turbo power. The Suburban is unique. Introduced in 1935, this giant four-door, four-wheel-drive bus is currently a class of one. Classified as a ‘Truck Wagon,” the Suburban has seen some competition during its 55-year history, but since the 1975 demise of the International Travelall, no major manufacturer has offered ...
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Rx for PowerRx for Power

For as long as there have been internal combustion engines, efforts have been made to improve their efficiency. This type of engine has long been compared to an air pump. Air comes in, air goes out, and a combustion cycle takes place in between to keep things running. It seems only logical that one way ...
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Articles on TurbochargingArticles on Turbocharging

A great issue that’s full of turbo talk. Turbo’d Buick Regals, turbos explained, intercoolers explained, turbo buyer’s guide, and a nice spread on a cool ’32 coupe. Download a PDF with all the stories here »
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Performance OdysseyPerformance Odyssey

Can you put a turbo’d V6 in a boat? That was the question General Motors asked Gale Banks … you can guess his answer! For the last several years, one commonly accepted source of compact, smooth, lightweight power for marine applications has been the turbocharged gasoline engine. In fact, for the automotive industry the turbocharger appears ...
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