7 Things you Should Know about the Latest Kit Cars

kit cars

As sports car enthusiast, you are no doubt interested in all the cool kit cars available out there. There are a couple of things you should now about the latest kit cars around and how this knowledge would give you an unfair advantage over other sportscar enthusiasts.

Depending on how much you have to spend on your kit car; it might be a good idea to start out by researching a few good sportscar companies that have a solid reputation. One good source would be Kit Car List as they include an extensive list of well over 750 manufacturers of kit cars. You can find them by visiting http://www.kitcarlist.com.

Once you ordered you kit car, it would be good to examine the instructions to establish if any other parts would be needed to build your sportscar.

You need to find a large enough space to work on your kit car. Especially if you consider the fact that you need to be making time for your sportscar hobby. This might not always be possible, which is why it is a good idea to make use of the services of a company like Auto Super Shield – we have an in-house design team where only the finest products and paint protection kits are used.

It can be dangerous to install the springs and shocks of your kit car. It would be best to find a reputable kit car company who can do this for you.  A good source of information would be Sterling Sports Cars at http://www.sterlingsportscars.com.

The latest kit cars may very well include Cool Cruisers like the Nissan 350Z or the Mazda RX-8, Pony Cars such as Camaros, Challengers and Mustangs, and finally Super Cars like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Cobras, etc. Making sure your kit car falls in line with one of these will ensure you have a very good chance of walking away with one of the prizes made available at one of the many auto shows that will be staged in 2013.

The Lamborghini SuperLeggera – Sleek, sexy and very fast – Wrapped in a Clear Satin Paint Protection Film.

Don’t blink or you will miss this incredible automobile as it flies by you. In fact, the Lamborghini SuperLeggera has more in common with your average jet plane than it does with any other vehicle on the highway. Truly, this sleek machine is a marvel of modern engineering and elegant design coupled with a sexiness you won’t find from any other automaker.

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This SuperLeggera came to Auto SuperShield wrapped in olive green vinyl material.  Yes, very drab indeed!  The material had to be removed and all adhesive cleaned off to reveal the original glossy, black paint underneath.  The owner liked the color black, but wanted something a little more aggressive looking and original than a glossy finish.  After weeks of deliberating the different finishes and textured films that we have to offer, he decided on the clear, satin paint protection film for the new “skin”.  This satin film, both durable and stealth, was a clear choice for what our client was searching for.  We also added the SuperLeggera stripe package to break up the color a bit.

Lamborghini SuperLeggera with a Satin Paint Protection Wrap by Auto SuperShield

Lamborghini SuperLeggera with a Satin Paint Protection Wrap by Auto SuperShield

Of course you have to dress up the look with a nice set of wheels, so the client went with some beautiful AVD1 Wheels.  A special “thank you” to the president of AVD1 wheels for the awesome photos he shared with us from a photo shoot in beautiful Miami featuring this SuperLeggera.

Lamborghini SuperLeggera with AVD1 Wheels

Lamborghini SuperLeggera with AVD1 Wheels

Without a doubt, Lamborghini set the bar just a little higher for everyone else when designing the SuperLeggera. In the front, the famous pointed nose has been framed by two large air intakes for cooling the radiator allowing drivers to drive faster and longer without worrying about a pesky engine overheating. In the rear, 4 ceramic coated exhausts are framed by a perfectly balanced carbon fiber diffuser ensuring that the vehicle will hug the road allowing you to drive with much more control at high speed.

Indeed, with its incredibly low power to weight ratio this car looks as if it were built more for the racetrack than your average Sunday drive. Lamborghini accomplished this by incorporating a structural aluminum space frame which is welded to cast aluminum joints. The body itself hangs on this frame and is largely composed of carbon fiber and thermoplastics, although some aluminum has also been used to comprise the body.

Lamborghini SuperLeggera Sleek and Stealth

Lamborghini SuperLeggera Sleek and Stealth

Since no Lamborghini is complete without a top of the line suspension, the Lamborghini SuperLeggera doesn’t disappoint. With a double-wishbone configuration in both the front and rear, the vehicle rides like a dream. Furthermore, the rack and pinion steering has been paired with Pirelli PZero Corsa 235/35 ZR19 tires married to aluminum hubs that are not only light, but also sufficiently strong enough to handle the stresses of high speed maneuvering.
For the safety and image conscious, the vehicle has plenty of airbags and a set of carbo-ceramic ventilated disc brakes in both the front and rear. They won’t stop you on a dime at 150 mph, but they will come pretty close. For the interior, Lamborghini’s designers have been up to their old tricks and have made virtually every component and accessory customizable in your choice of leathers, suede, and colors.

Super Exotic Lamborghini SuperLeggera Rocks South Florida!

Super Exotic Lamborghini SuperLeggera Rocks South Florida!

Of course, the engine is the heart and soul of the Lamborghini SuperLeggera. With 10 cylinders and a common-pin crankshaft, it’s capable of churning out 570 HP @ 8000 RPM and will propel you down the road from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 200 mph.  Although, our customer was not satisfied with engine performance and decided on a pair of turbo’s and some added boost.  Some stiffer lower springs were needed on all four corners to help control launching with 1300 HP on tap.  Did you notice the exhaust flames in the video?  Yes, this is one “fire breathing” beast of a car!

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Lamborghini SuperLeggera Hot in Miami

Lamborghini SuperLeggera Hot in Miami!

Strategies for Finding Parts for your Older Sportcar

1963 Aston Martin DB5

Vintage sportcar parts may prove challenging to trace, especially if the car manufacturer or dealers are not producing them any longer. On the other hand, the parts might be available in the market, but at exorbitant prices. There are many things you should know that will help you to find elusive car parts, including your car make, model, year of manufacture, and the specifications.

  1. Classifieds

You can find a variety of vintage car parts from the classified ads in local newspapers, as well as online classifieds such as Kijiji and Craiglist among others. Online classifieds are very convenient since they enable you to widen the search parameters to include neighboring towns, or even go nationwide or international. Other important sources include ads on trade magazines such as “AutaBuy” and “Sports Car Market.”

  1. Auto Parts Websites

Auto parts websites such as Auto Parts Warehouse, Car Parts Wholesale, Classic Car Parts Giant, and Oldparts offer a variety of parts for different cars, with some of the sites specializing in vintage parts. You can view the list of parts that they have to offer depending on the car model, make, and year of manufacture. In addition, they come with search, filter and price comparison tools that enable you to easily trace your car parts and find the best deals.

3. Junkyards & used part dealers

Visit or call the local used part dealers and junkyards to see if the parts that you are looking for are available. In addition, you can visit their websites to view the list of car parts that they have to offer. Even if the dealers don’t have these parts, they may use their connections to refer you to the right dealers.

  1. Auctions

You should participate in classic car auctions within your locality to see if you can find some of the parts for your car. These events are very useful since you could use them to network with vendors, as well as find some leads for your parts. In addition, you should look through online auction sites such as eBay.

  1. Car Clubs & online enthusiast’s forums

Join local clubs and online forums, where you will be able to interact with fellow car enthusiasts. The advantage of these antique car enthusiasts’ groups is that the members share a common interest in various car makes or models. The members are also very knowledgeable on various aspects concerning these cars and parts. You’ll be able to network and get useful leads on the parts that you are seeking.

Best Way to Wash and Wax your Sportscar

Car Wash

Whats the best way to wash and wax your sportscar? First, it is imperative that you become familiar with the best way to have your new purchase detailed. Washing and waxing a sportscar isn’t anything like the normal upkeep required for a run-of-the-mill, middle-aged sedan.

First of all, you’ve got to make sure that the methods used by the professionals responsible won’t affect the paint job of your high-priced beauty. Some wax and wash outfits are so poor and hasty they can return your sportscar to you with a noticeably lower-grade paint film on it, as though it aged ten years in the few hours or days they had it. This is where Auto Super Shield comes in; our paint protection kit is highly sought-after for the protection it affords your sportscar’s exterior, due to the high quality elements involved and the personal pride we take in providing valued customers with top-notch workmanship.

For more specific does-and-don’ts to ensure your sportscar’s paint quality lasts for years to come, the first no-no is the use of regular soap and water. You may have grit and dirt that is very small but very sharp on your car’s exterior, and applying soap directly with a rag or sponge will cause this grit to scratch the exterior microscopically, which will give your sportscar an aged and faded look. You have to first manually remove any debris from crevices; the most common way to do this is by simply copying what you see at the car wash: hose it down. The high-powered water will blast away the crud without affecting your paint job.

Next, you need to employ the right chemical cleaners once the larger pieces of grit have been removed. The chemicals can’t be too harsh, otherwise you’ll end up destroying your paint job instead of restoring or keeping it as pristine as when you first got your sportscar. At this stage, soap isn’t a bad idea, because of its ability to chemically detach the smaller pieces of dust from the car’s surface. Of course, you should never let the soap sit for too long; in fact, you should apply it over one side at a time and then power-wash that side before moving on to other surfaces. This is because dried soap will cake in between the very tiny spaces (you would need a powerful microscope to see them) that are a property of any solid object, and will affect your paint job.

For a look that you can be proud of – and one your friends can be envious of – the final stage of Auto Super Shield’s paint protection kit will get the job done.

Trying to Paint your Car Yourself? Don’t Do It! Here’s Why…

auto paint job

Is your car in need of a new paint job? If it is, don’t even think about doing it yourself! Unless you are a professional and have experience painting cars, you’re most likely not qualified to do this job. Painting a car takes a lot of necessary preparation, tools and know-how, and without all three of those, you’ll end up with a badly painted car. Not only will your car look bad, it will lose much of its value. This isn’t even mentioning the possible damage that you can potentially cause to the body of the car.

Preparation

Don’t think that you can just break out the paint buckets and start rolling paint on like you would on a wooden fence. Painting a car is much more complicated than that. First of all, your car needs to be carefully washed. You may be able to manage this, but you probably can’t do the following steps. After it is washed, the car needs to be sanded down. You need specialized equipment to do this. You also need to cover the chrome parts of the car and the windows, as the last thing you want to do is get paint on them. Then you have to add a layer of colorless primer onto the body of the car. The fact that it is colorless is going to make it difficult for a non-professional to evenly apply.


Tools

First of all you need special equipment just to sand the car. Then you’ll need the colorless primer, spray guns, paint and a transparent protective covering. All of these tools are expensive, especially the paints and primers. You can buy low quality materials, but they will deteriorate faster, and can harm the body of your car. High quality paints are incredibly expensive, and you’ll need to know exactly how much you have to buy. If you buy too little, you’ll end up with a halfway painted car. If you buy too much, then you’ll have spent an unnecessary amount of money.

The Know-How
Guess what? If you’ve never painted a car before, then you don’t know how to do it! Trying to do it yourself with no experience will lead to a sloppy and uneven paint job. It won’t look good, and you’ll have wasted a lot of money and time on nothing. Even the preparation aspect of painting a car is difficult. If you don’t know how to sand the body of the car, you can do some real damage to it.

Don’t paint your car yourself, get a professional to do it. Trying to do it yourself can result in not only a terrible looking car, but a damaged car as well.

Upcoming Auto Shows you Need to Know About

New York City Auto Show

If you’re into sportscars, what are you doing at home reading this? You should be checking out a nearby auto show and seeing the latest trends and coolest kits and designs.

There are tons of upcoming auto shows you should attend and here are some of the best ones:

North American International Auto Show (January 14-16)
Founded in 1987 by a visionary group of auto dealers, this Detroit show showcases American cars but also provides a true international flair. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) succeeds in meeting it’s own vision of redefining what it means to be an indispensable international event. It’s not just about cars but also about enhancing the attendees’ experiences and delivering exceptional value to everyone who attends and pays attention to the show.

Chicago Auto Show (February 9 – 18)
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the nation’s oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization and they’re excited to showcase cars from around the world once again. The Chicago Auto Show has been a keystone event in Chicago since 1935. The event continues to grow in scope as it will cover 1.2 million square feet of McCormick Place complex.

The Washington Auto Show (February 1 – 10)
Expect hundreds of thousands of people to converge of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to see what is going on in Washington D.C. and the world on automobiles. Along with automotive vision, this show also takes the time to showcase and include environmental visionaries. You’ll be able to check out more than 700 makes and models from over 42 manufacturers.

Motor Trend International Auto Show Baltimore (February 7 – 10)
100s of new cars, trucks, SUV vehicles, crossovers and other autos will be at Baltimore Convention Center for the 2013 Motor Trend International Auto Show. Those attending are encouraged to check out the latest rides and wheels in an environment that’s not about selling but simply showcasing. Sit behind the wheel, inspect the engine and even kick the tires as you’ll get a chance to see electric cars, luxury automobiles and more.

Dallas Auto Show (March 13 – 17)
The 2013 DFW Auto Show at the Dallas Convention Center is one of the best upcoming auto shows you should attend. You can compare and contract prices, styles and more from every major make and model as they’ll all be there in one place.

New York International Auto Show (March 29 – April 7)
The hottest cars, trucks and more come together in one place at the New York International Auto Show. You’ll get plenty of sneak peeks, more brand new ’13 & ’14 production models and even concept cars that you check out, get behind the wheel of and find out all about.

The Best Sportscar News Blogs

car and driver blogThe internet is a great place for driving enthusiasts because any tidbit of news is instantly distributed across the entire web. This means that you can get your information immediately, and the best sportscar news blogs will let you know what you should buy before you even head out to the lot. Here are the top sportscar news blogs.

1. Car and Driver

http://blog.caranddriver.com/

Car and Driver’s blog is a supplement to the magazine, covering all the minutiae and details that the official magazine can’t handle. It is updated as fast as possible, 24 hours a day, making it a great place for checking out the latest news. They also conduct exclusive interviews and research, making it a first-check place for most drivers.

2. C-Net’s Car Blog

http://reviews.cnet.com/car-tech-blog/

C-Net focuses more on the consumer aspect than the industry, making it an excellent place to go if you know you will be buying a car in the near future. With excellent reviews and reporting, C-Net’s car blog lets you know a lot about small commuter vehicles in addition to the big engine powerhouses. It also provides a lot of useful information concerning accident reports and recalls.

3. CoverCars

http://www.covercars.com/

CoverCars focuses primarily on the industry aspects of the car world, making it a great place to go for news of new cars, developing models, and other exclusive info. There is also a lot of analysis and study of independent and upcoming designs, making CoverCars a great option for finding out about small startups and student designs.

4. Fast Cars Blog

http://www.fastcarsblog.org/

Focusing primarily on supercars and hypercars, the Fast Cars Blog is a great place for information on Porsche, Ferrari and other high-speed cars. Emphasizing more on community and fandom than ownership or sale, it is an excellent place to go for information regarding upcoming models you’d love to own or drive, but which are too expensive for that to be practical.

5. Motor Trend’s Blog

http://blogs.motortrend.com/

A supplement to the Motor Trend magazine, the Motor Trend blog has a superb number of exclusive interviews, reports and in-depth examinations. This enables its readers to get more information more accurately and quicker than at any other blog. The magazine’s many years of industry experience also gives them incomparable access.

Regardless of what blog you go for, you’ll notice they all heartily endorse Auto Super Shield. This is because Auto Super Shield protects your car from the most common and damaging problems. With Auto Super Shield, your car will look brand new for decades, improving both the aesthetic value and its resale price.

Lambo, Ferrari and Porsche: the Best Blogs

Lamborghini UrusWhen it comes to cars, I like the best information that I can find. That why I’m always on the look out for the best blogs for the cars that I love. Sports cars hold a place near to my heart and some of my favorite brands include Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche. This led me on a quest for the best blogs that I could find about each of these different brands. Keep reading to learn what I found!

Lamborghini – http://www.bullz-eye.com/cars/lamborghini.htm

Okay, I admit it, there are a lot of sleek websites about Lamborghini’s out there and this isn’t one of them. It would be easy to discount the greatness of this Lamborghini blog on the look alone, but that’s why you have to dig a bit deeper.

The first thing that we love about Bullz-Eye.com is that it has loads of information and you don’t have to kill yourself to find it. Not only will you find a list of the latest and greatest Lamborghini’s, but you’ll discover the details about each vehicle as well.

Beyond what’s new in the exclusive world of Lamborghini, you’ll find comprehensive sections on custom and classic cars that will make your head spin! This site ranks as one of my favorites because it’s comprehensive, easy to read and has loads of great information.

Ferrari - http://www.ferrari.com/english/scuderia/blogs/pages/blogs.aspx

The name Ferrari.com says it all. This site is all about Ferrari’s and is run by the Ferrari organization, which, by the way, includes Piero Ferrari, the only living son of Enzo Ferrari, who was the brand creator.

 

Okay, I get it, you want more than pedigree, you want a good source of information, and you’ll find that with the Ferrari blogs that you’ll find here. Because the source of information comes directly from the Ferrari company, all of the information on each Ferrari blog will be current and, of course, correct as well; no rumors or misinformation to worry about here.

 

What’s truly exciting about Ferrari.com is the personal blogs from the Ferrari racers. If you’re a fan of Fernando Alonso or Felipe Massa — or both — you can get an up close and personal look at their feelings regarding their past and upcoming races. Ferrari and racing, need I say more?

Porsche – http://www.classicporscheblog.com/

 

The Classic Porsche Blog looks just like you would expect a high-end car blog to be. It’s clean, easy to navigate and it’s slick as well. The photography that goes along with each blog is truly fantastic. Oh, and did I mention that the site is powered by John Glynn’s Ferdinand Magazine?

Each blog is written by John Glynn and he’s responsible for most of the photographs that you’ll find on his blog as well. The goal of his blog is to share his enthusiasm towards classic Porsche’s to others. John not only owns and operates Ferdinand Magazine, he also runs the Porsche 911 forum, and he owns several Porsche’s of his own.

If you’re looking for a knowledgeable source for all of your classic Porsche information, then the Classic Porsche Blog is the place to go.

Now that you’ve seen my favorites, why don’t you visit these sites for yourself. You can also comment below and tell us what your favorite sports car blog sites are.

The Process of Putting Carbon Fiber Wrap on a Sportscar

Audi R8 Carbon Fiber and Matte Black Wrap

Audi R8 Carbon Fiber and Matte Black Wrap at Auto SuperShield

Everyone knows that a vehicle’s paint is what catches the eyes of other drivers on the road. If you are tired of your outdated factory paint, it is time to consider getting a carbon fiber wrap so that you can make your vehicle far from boring and very elegant. We believe that wrapping a car with carbon fiber is one of the most cost effective ways to make your car look like it belongs on the show room floor. Not only can we apply the wrap in a professional manner, we can also remove the wrap if you decide that you are tired of turning heads while you drive by. If you are curious what it takes to apply carbon fiber wrap on a sportscar, read on and see why so many car fanatics choose us.

Understanding the Process

Applying a luxury carbon fiber wrap is a very detailed process that only the most experienced professionals can do right the first time. You cannot simply buy a carbon fiber wrap, adhere it to the surface of your sports car, and expect it to look like it is fresh from the showroom floor. Not only do you need to choose the right wrap material, you also need to use the right bonding material so that the wrap will stay looking new long-term. Here is what we will do for you to ensure your vehicle wrap looks exactly like you want it to:

1. Wash all dirt and debris from the vehicle. The car must be clean enough to eat off to ensure dirt does not prevent the bonding material from adhering your vehicle.

2. Choose the right bonding adhesive based on the type of surface. Our technicians are considered chemists because they are so experienced with bonding materials. Choosing the wrong bonding agent could cause your wrap to come unglued in just months.

3. Professionally fit the wrap and apply the wrap with technologically advanced tools. This is a very detailed process that takes quite a bit of time to complete. Applying the wrap cannot be rushed and the task should never be completed by anyone without experience.

4. Polish the wrap so it stays looking new for years.

At AutoSuperShield, we believe that attention to detail is the key. If you only want the best technicians touching your vehicle, trust us to perform professional wrapping services. From sports cars with weather surfaces to car owners who want to preserve their factory paint job, we deal with all types of different projects and will use our experience to deliver the final results you are looking for.

Five Cars that are Economical And Luxurious

Five Cars that are Economical And Luxurious

Back in the bad old days, luxury and fuel efficiency were mutually exclusive concepts. The very idea of an economical car that could be luxurious, or vice versa, appeared to be so diametrically opposed as to seem absolutely ludicrous to even mention in the same sentence. Times have changed, however, and now the discriminating driver demands luxury and economy in one package. Here is a list of five cars that bring the driver the best of both worlds, incorporating fuel efficiency, safety, and luxury into a single unit any driver will be able to appreciate.

2013 Hyundai i45

1) Hyundai i45

Hyundai has long been known for pushing boundaries and exceeding expectations, but in the i45 (or, as it’s known elsewhere, the Sonata) Hyundai has set a new standard in the marriage of automotive luxury and efficiency. With its ECO governing system, the Hyundai I45 sips petrol. However, the active safety systems including reverse sensing warning system, anti-skid braking system (ABS), and Hillside Assist Control, coupled with the posh and nicely appointed interior, make the Hyundai i45 an excellent blend of efficiency and elegance. Even better, the responsive steering and acceleration make this sporty sedan as fun to drive as it is to look at!

2013-Lexus-GS-450h-hybrid

2) Lexus GS 450h

Lexus is another automotive manufacturer that seems to delight in seeing how easily they can blur the lines between form and function. The Lexus GS 450h petrol-powered hybrid sedan is reported to be nimble and environmentally friendly without sacrificing any of the 340 horsepower under the bonnet. Getting 9km/L on surface streets and 10km/L on the highway, it’s one of the better hybrids available. Add to that the elegant real-wood interior, the premium sound system, and the powered moon roof among its many standard and optional features, and Lexus has engineered a sedan that’s both fun and easy on the pocketbook.

2013 BMW 335d

3) BMW 335d

Of course, one can’t speak of luxury vehicles without discussing Bavarian Motorwerks. BMW has long prided itself on being an innovator in the automotive field, and with the 335d hybrid, it once again proves that it’s worthy of standing at the top of the heap. The powerful 3.0L turbodiesel engine offers fuel economy of 10km/L in the city and up to 15km/L on the highway. Its sleek appearance and sexy interior make the BMW 335d a green car with the soul of a racer.

2013 Audi A3 TDI

4) Audi A3 TDI

Audi has never been the “go-to” manufacturer for most discriminating luxury car buyers, but with the A3 TDI, Audi seems bent on changing that. Not only did Audi take into account the upscale leanings of the hybrid market when they created the rakish exterior and the luxe interior, but they gave the A3 TDI an impressive 18km/L clean diesel engine. The tight steering and responsive handling make the A3 a fun drive with optional accouterments certain to please even the most particular drivers and passengers, and Audi does it all without compromising fuel economy.

2013 Mercedes Benz ML 450 Hybrid

5) Mercedes ML450 SUV Hybrid

While some may grimace at the very idea of a Mercedes hybrid, particularly in an SUV format, this eco-friendly entry from Mercedes tips the scale with 9km/L mileage in town and 10km/L efficiency on the highway, making it one of Mercedes’ greenest creations ever. The electrically assisted V6 engine develops similar power to a V8 while keeping the fuel economy high. Because it’s a Mercedes, you needn’t worry about whether the vehicle will perform, and the same luxury in styling and interior appointments that has become Mercedes’ hallmark is alive and well with this sporty hybrid!

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