In an industry first, Speedriven has successfully installed and operated a standalone ECU system into a highly complicated Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG.
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Built by Switzer Performance out of Oberlin, Ohio, this E85-powered Nissan GTR just cleaned house racing against the fastest street cars in North America!
We spent a full week and over 1000 miles putting the 2015 Chevy Tahoe LTZ to the test, and we were shocked at the big SUV’s fuel economy – we saw 25.7 MPG!
Delivering more than 900 horsepower in a controlled, low-emission fashion is what the Switzer Performance E911 Porsche flex-fuel performance PKG does.
GM’s latest 2014 GMC Sierra HD / Chevy Silverado twins are alt-fuel heroes liberating us from foreign oil, but it’s always nice to have heated power seats.
That’s right, kids! You could (assuming that my math is right) drive more than 600 miles on just under 6 gallons of gasoline in Chevy’s new Silverado HD. Of course, there are asterisks all over a statement like that. Still, that statement is technically correct. So, let’s start explaining ourselves, shall we? Chevrolet introduced their […]
Switzer Performance builds some of the fastest, most powerful flex-fuel vehicles in the world from its “home base” in Oberlin, Ohio. We’ve covered a few of the cars here, before, but few are as “out there” as the radical Switzer Performance E1K R35 GTR Nissan. The E1K shown, above, has been one of the stars […]
We’ve talked a lot about the cars that come from Oberlin, Ohio’s Switzer Performance. What we don’t usually talk about are the three generations of Switzer family that currently occupy the sprawling, 80,000 sq. ft. shop space and the whys and hows of the automotive industry that took the shop from a 2 car garage […]
According to the guys at Switzer Performance, the car you see here is (which I got to drive, briefly, back in October) represents an all-new idea. In its finished form, this is a 1350 HP hypercar that rockets to a top speed of 225 MPH and asks nothing more from the driver than to sit […]
When I was at Ford’s technology conference back in June, I balked at Bill Ford Jr.’s comments about Ford waiting for the government to issue a “National Energy Policy” favoring one alternative fuel – be it ethanol, CNG, biodiesel, etc. – over the others before Ford was willing to “swing for the fences” on alt-fuel […]
This is in-car video of a Switzer Performance-built “Goliath” GTR. Fueled by E85 (a blend of 15% gasoline and 85% ethanol), this 4100 lb. AWD street missile proved itself as the all-out fastest Nissan GTR in the world last month at the Moscow Unlimited standing mile event, hitting 250 mph in just 22 seconds … […]
Meeting demand is key to achieving federal renewable fuel volume mandates WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A new paper by Iowa State University economists Bruce A. Babcock and Sebastien Pouliot identifies a bottleneck of too few fuel stations…
Earlier this month, the (relatively) new wife and I set off a road trip from Chicago to New England. “We’re leaf peeping!” she said, more than once. Along the way, we stopped off at Oberlin, Ohio and paid a visit to my friends at Switzer Performance. As one of the world’s premier tuning shops and […]
As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of rotary engines. As a fan, I’ve accumulated a wealth of useless opinions regarding rotary engined vehicles that I’ve decided to share with you in the form of a handy-dandy “buyer’s guide” to rotary goodness. Enjoy!
Italian carmaker Lancia re-launches the eco-chic website. The updated site features an animated LPG FAQ section highlighting the unique qualities of the clean-burning fuel, and shows off the brand’s bi-fuel, ultra low emissions, LPG lineup up luxury cars w/ 900 mi range!
Boulder Nissan’s Switzer-prepared, E85 GTR is a previous winner at TX2K10, and ran strong at TX2K12 … when it was making almost 400 fewer horsepower! What can we expect this year? I think we can all agree – it’s going to be fun to watch!
E15 is coming, and federal courts think that is just fine according to a federal appeals court decision rendered Tuesday that denied a request by food and oil lobbyists that it reconsider a decision upholding a federal measure allowing gasoline to be mixed with a higher percentage of ethanol. Known as E15, the ethanol/gasoline mix […]
After showing off a CNG-powered Chevy van at auto shows for the last few years (the same CNG-powered Chevy van), GM has announced that production of their CNG/gasoline “bi-fuel” commercial trucks has – finally! – begun. The new bi-fuel CNG trucks, powered by a 6.0 liter version of the company’s OHV “small-block” V8, will be […]
This article is about the Switzer F900. The short version is that it’s a low-emission, 900 horsepower, flex-fuel monster of a Porsche built by a pack of wild-eyed savants in the middle of rural Ohio … but the story behind this F900 started a few years ago, at the same time that the automotive press started to notice that Oberlin, Ohio might be an interesting place to visit after all.
The last time I was playing in the Switzer sandbox was almost 2 years ago, when the Ohio-based tuner rolled out its first 900+ hp E85-fueled supercar. We I named the car “Cornzilla”, which I felt was very clever. Here’s a secret, though – and it’s something even more clever than my maize-based attempts at […]