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Southern California Shop Tour : Hotchkis Performance Headquarters

July 30th, 2010 Comments off

For years Hotchkis Performance has been a leader in aftermarket performance suspension setups for a variety of vehicles across the automotive spectrum. While on a recent trip to Southern California, I stopped by their Santa Fe Springs headquarters and met with Mark Rossetti to get an inside look at how Hotchkis produces their performance suspension components.

Hotchkis recently moved into their current facility, bringing multiple facets under one room in an effort to improve productivity.

When I first walked in I was greeted by this beautiful Porsche 962 owned by the companies founder John Hotchkis. If you’ve never had the chance of meeting me, know that I am a Porsche fanatic so seeing this gem front and center was a nice surprise.

To Support a 962 vintage race car requires many spares, as these cars are still raced in many vintage series throughout the world such spares become increasingly sparse. Stockpiled behind a locked gate were crates full of everything imaginable for the car, including a spare tub!

In front of the wall of spare parts was a complete spare engine,these turbocharged 3.2L engines make approximately 740hp an incredible feet in 1986 for endurance racing. It was amazing to see how much modern technology was used on these power plants, including carbon fiber shrouding, something I can’t imagine the cost of in the mid 80s.

When I got back to Florida, this gem of a video was waiting in my email inbox, it’s an in car camera view from the Hotchkis Porsche 962 with John Hotchkis behind the wheel.

GTP: Hotchkis Porsche 962 In-Car, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from on Vimeo.

I’m still drooling on the vintage Porsche Race cars, but back to the tour. In the back corner of the shop is a huge R&D area where test vehicles have prototypes produced and fitted. Most cars are then torture tested and re-checked before any product is sent into final production.

There were many great displays showing off the brands products for various vehicle and applications.

Their warehouse was filled to the brim with product ready to be shipped out to anxious customers, and a staff ready and willing to make sure that happens as efficiently as possible.

The Hotchkis Performance E-Max 1970 Challenger in the parking lot is used to test and demonstrate the companies commitment to the muscle car market. Their suspension systems have been designed and manufactured to give muscle car owners twenty first century handling without the need to hack up their vintage chassis.

I want to thank the whole team at Hotchkis for taking the time to show me around their facility, Titan Motorsports is a leading distributor of Hotchkis Performance Products and can supply you with any of their premium components, from Modern Muscle to European car and everything in between.

Eibach Pro Plus Gives 2010 Camaro SS A 13% Mileage Increase

January 25th, 2010 Comments off

In stock condition, the 2010 Camaro SS recorded 23.34 miles per gallon. With the Eibach Pro-Plus installed, mileage shot up to an impressive 26.40 mpg a full 13% improvement. The Pro-Plus kit is comprised of the Eibach Pro-Kit and the Eibach Anti-Roll-Kit.

Why such a huge difference in efficiency, just from lowering the chassis? Because lowering the Camaro SS an inch significantly reduces its aerodynamic frontal area, and minimizes drag-causing turbulence between the road and the car.

What does this mean for you, in dollars and cents? Over 100,000 miles—just 10% of Eibach’s legendary million-mile warranty—the Eibach-equipped Camaro SS would save 494 gallons of gas. At $3.00 a gallon, that’s a huge savings of $1,482.00.

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