Whether you’re looking for a vehicle to get you through the winter, or you just want the extra grip and security of all-wheel drive (AWD), there are many different AWD systems to choose from — and they’re not all created equally. 

I’ll cover ten of the best AWD systems on the market, based on the research and testing I’ve done working for different manufacturers over the past two decades. These AWD systems provide excellent grip in the worst weather conditions, have light to moderate off-roading capability, and a few can even dramatically improve dry-weather handling as well.

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What do you do when you have a whole racetrack to yourself and a few minutes of downtime? Duh.

My good friend Gabrielle had never been on a racetrack before. Being the giving person I am, I offered to take her in my S4. 🙂 See her reaction in the video below (turn up the volume).

Shot at Buttonwillow Raceway in Buttonwillow, CA.



IMG_0912_1024While nowhere near as big or spectacular as the LA, New York or Detroit car shows, there was still plenty to see at the 58th annual San Francisco Auto Show. Take a look-see at the pics and find out for yourself. [Read more…]



In this edition of THIS VS. THAT, we’ll cover active torque-vectoring systems — specifically brake-based systems vs. active differentials. What’s torque vectoring, you ask? Torque vectoring usually refers to the ability to actively control how an engine’s power is distributed between a vehicle’s wheels (typically between two wheels on the same axle), in order to help improve vehicle performance in corners.

But how torque is vectored makes a big difference, and it’s the reason why we’re covering this topic.

This brings us to brake-based vs. active differential torque vectoring. These systems are specifically designed to help a car while cornering and are active systems (I like to say proactive). They both do this by monitoring a vehicle’s behavior (using lateral g, yaw sensors, etc.) and the driver’s inputs (steering, gas, etc.) and can begin routing torque before wheels begin slipping to actively enhance cornering performance. So what’s the difference between the two?

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2015 AudiFest in Sonoma


If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to participate in a national car club event, allow me to share what my 2015 AudiFest experience was like. I’ll disclose right away that I wasn’t able to partake in the track portion. I know, I suck, but I had a prior engagement that weekend (also known as a wedding).

That being said, I can share the part of the event that happened preceding the track day (and this is essentially what differentiates a big, national event from a normal track day anyway). You can reference my other posts to see what it’s like to do a track day. [Read more…]


Breaking in my new baby

Breaking in myS4 at Thunderhill Raceway 2015

Few things are more fun than driving a car on a track. And let’s face it, a lot of us drive our cars like we’re on one anyway. But since many of you reading this post haven’t officially tracked your car, I thought I’d share my recent experience at Thunderhill Raceway, located a couple hours north of San Francisco.

Although I’ve driven on tracks many times working for various manufacturers, this experience is special since it marks a lot of firsts. It was my first time at Thunderhill Raceway, my first time with Audi Club North America and my first time to have instructed track time at a HPDE (High Performance Driving Education) event. [Read more…]