The Post Topic Queue

Steven’s Topics
  1. The rotary engine
  2. Electric Vehicles
  3. In car computing
  4. Porsche 911 Evolution
  5. Principles of good sports cars
  6. Torque vs horsepower
  7. Traction
  8. The art of making power


Robert’s Topics

  1. How I learned to stop caring about ringtimes
  2. Why I like “big” cars
  3. Fast vs Fun – why Im not on teh GTR love boat
  4. Stereotypes
  5. Ricer Math
  6. Cars and Guns
  7. Nitrous post
  8. Ingenuity
Perry’s Topics
  1. Put your ideas for articles or things you plan to write here…

The Return

I can hear the beasties. – Matthew Bowden

It isn’t a sound that you can really describe in words.  “Loud” doesn’t quite get the full grasp of what a 18,500rpm 2.4L V8 really sounds like, unless you are ok with describing a banshee wail as “loud”.  I hate to use the word epic due to its overuse in our times, but that starts to get a bit closer.  Immense works.  Immense adequately describes the feeling of being over a mile away from the track and still hearing that sound of the most advanced engines in a racing vehicle on the planet.  It is a sound that you actually feel; not in your chest like you would at the drags or NASCAR, but throughout your entire body and into your bones.  It is the sound of Formula 1.

How to Survive…The Most Dangerous Game (Part 2)

Yesterday’s article was a pre-car shopping list of ways to prepare for battle. Today we’ll be talking about what you can do while you’re on site with the enemy to make sure you get the most for your money. If you didn’t read yesterday’s article go back and read it before you proceed; you’ll thank us later. If not, you might end up getting taken by one of  these\/ guys…

I’ll give you tree fitty….it’s a good deal…do it

How to Survive…The Most Dangerous Game (Part 1)

What is the most dangerous game? Richard Connell wrote a short story back in 1924 answering this question. In his fable, the main character, Sanger Rainsford, experiences what it’s like to make the transition from the hunter….to the hunted.

In this modern day and age, we rarely visit strange islands in search of big game. However, we DO every now and again find ourselves in a strange car dealership searching for our next vehicle. Although you were the one who initiated the hunt for your vehicle things may change rather quickly. Today Cars and Cranks is written to help you survive that which is the most dangerous game….Car Shopping. If you want to know how to prevent becoming the hunted; keep reading.

2nd most dangerous game…..dynamite grizzly bear tennis

Brand Stigmas

Branding is one of the most powerful forces at work in our market today. It controls our buying behaviors and loads our minds with all types of ideas about a product. This causes our minds to  attempt to solve an incomplete equation.  This is called forming an inference. We do it when we don’t have all the letters shown to us but  the Wheel of Fortune host asks us to solve the puzzle anyway. Based on our current evidence we think ___________.

What does each of these symbols mean to YOU?

Did you know?

I love reading interesting facts about pretty much anything. Just the little unique tidbits of info that make you scratch your head and think, “Woah, that’s pretty awesome!” Some of these you might already know but some of them you may not.

Towing the Space Shuttle

Iif you haven’t heard yet, the Space Shuttle Endeavor was retired last night. It will be in a museum for the rest of it’s days. Getting it there was something that was undecided until Toyota stepped in.  It was towed to it’s final resting place by a Toyota Tundra as a very large PR move.  Some will cry out that it’s un-American to have a Japanese truck tow the shuttle but I think it’s as American as the three big boys. What do y’all think?

In Death, Immortality

Eleven thousand, two hundred and thirty nine.  In the grand scheme of things, it is a small number.  Hell, in the small scheme of things, it is still a small number.  Eleven thousand two hundred and thirty nine.  For a major manufacturer, that number is a pittance, a drop in the bucket.  How small of a drop?  The June 2012 year to date sales number for the Toyota Camry, which is the number one selling car in the US, was 213,903 vehicles.  That is nineteen times more than the vehicle sales I’m referencing with 11,239.  Those Camry sales cover six months.  The eleven thousand two hundred and thirty nine was over six years.  You must be thinking I’m hinting at a low production pasta rocket, or the Pontiac Aztek.  But I’m not.  I’m talking about one of the most desired and sought after import performance cars on the market.  A car that today, fourteen years after North American sales were ceased, still commands almost 50% of its original MSRP without accounting for inflation.  Readers, I’m talking about a car that changed the aftermarket performance game and the idea of what we who cannot afford a Veyron consider fast.  I’m talking about the Toyota Supra.

Every one you kill is one we aren’t getting back

Cranks in Your News Feed?

Something wicked this way comes…

Can we help with your vegan friend posting pictures of every soy meal she eats? Nope. Overly proud parents posting a million baby pictures? Can’t help with that one either. But if you’ve ever found yourself thinking, “Man, I just don’t have enough CRANKY SATIRICAL AUTOMOTIVE POSTS in my news feed!”  then don’t you worry. We’ve got your back.

Cars and Cranks found yet another way to infiltrate your daily life with more thought provoking automotive articles. We’re now part of the cornflower blue realm known as Facebook. Go like our page located at We’ll be using the page to share blog posts, test drives, rants, raves, sandwiches (ok maybe not sandwiches) and other cool auto stuffs. Feel free to ask questions and start discussions.

We’ve also figured out the whole twitter thing so if you’re a (twitterer, tweeter….twit?) you should definitely follow us @CarsAndCranks. Motor Trend and Acura Magazine are following us so I guess we’re doing something right! Let all your gear head friends know about us and spread the word!

Racing on the Cheap

So you want to race, huh? You’ve got the need for speed but don’t necessarily have the deep pockets to support your habit. Well fear not, there is a solution out there that may be more practical than you think. Odds are you have a high-resolution flat screen TV and either a Sony Play Station 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 or PC, if that’s the case you’re more than half way there. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m talking about sim-racing or racing simulators for any geriatrics who stumbled onto this post accidentally.