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The Ultimate Street Car Challenge Begins at K&N
Aug 1, 2006
The sights and sounds of street cars filled the K&N Engineering garage and
parking lot in Riverside, California. Engines roared and the smell of exhaust
was in the air as dozens of car owners, crews and spectators watched the
beginning of the Ultimate Street Car Challenge.
USCC Challenge at K&N
K&N Engineering has the best facility to test cars for the USCC put on by
Sport Compact Car Magazine,” said Sport Compact Car Editor Edward Loh. “It’s an
annual event for us at K&N.”
The series of challenges determines the best street car in North America. Tests
are conducted to determine peak and overall engine power, skidpad g-force, brake
stopping distance, emissions, fuel economy, quarter mile acceleration, drive
comfort, engineering and a raw display of power.
For part one, entrants test at K&N’s Riverside facility. Cars were tested one
after another on K&N’s dynos. Vehicles at the K&N site included Subaru,
Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, Lotus, Acura and Volkswagen.
K&N hosts USCC
The Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale, California hosts part two of
the event. “The winner of 15 tests gets a trophy,” said Loh. “The best street
car in American also gets to be on two issues of Sport Compact Car Magazine. All
the cars in the challenge will be on the October cover, and the winner gets a
solo shot on the November cover. Most important, the winner gets bragging
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