Morrison Multi-link IRS

The folks at Art Morrison Enterprises recently came by to show us their groundbreaking Multi-Link IRS. An early production unit was installed on the 1969 Camaro of AME product engineer, Matt Jones, so we got it up on the rack and did a walk-around with its designer. We also captured some video, which you'll want to check out on the PopularHotRodding.com video page, but in the meantime, here's some details.

The AME Multi-Link IRS is the first street machine–style IRS to use a multi-link setup with a toe link. Based around the compact yet strong fifth-gen Camaro rear spindle, the multi-link is designed to correct flaws of previous IRS designs while enhancing some of the IRS's benefits. Chief among those is the incorporation of dynamic steering and antisquat into the geometry. Moreover, a lower unsprung weight, a nearly indestructible Strange S60 rearend, and availability in four common track widths (55.5, 57.5, 59.5, and 61.5 inches) make it a slam dunk for a take-no-prisoners Pro Touring ride.

Fully contained within a perimeter cradle, the AME Multi-Link IRS bolts to prepared rear chassis sections (see AME for details) via isolation bushings, thus creating a ride that is as smooth and unobtrusive as the grip is tenacious. The AME Multi-Link can also be ordered with most any Morrison chassis, including the G-Sport and MaxG muscle car chassis lines. Check it out at www.ArtMorrison.com or call 866-321-4499. —Johnny Hunkins


Chevy SS Coming, But Technically It's Already Here

We're excited for the new Chevy SS to hit the streets because after all, why wouldn't we be? A rear-wheel-drive sedan with a V-8 engine is the stuff that Chevy has been lacking since 1996. The funny thing is that you've already been watching the SS roll around your city or town in black and white livery. Heck, some of you have probably ridden in the back seat of one already! That's right, the Chevy SS is essentially the same as the current Chevy Caprice PPV (police pursuit vehicle).

While the Caprice is a stripped-down, tough-as-nails cop car, the SS is going to be a pretty luxurious piece with a six-speed automatic transmission and a far more refined interior. Also, the Caprice is not available for sale to the public (although several have famously slipped through the red tape and ended up in civilian paws), and we're not even sure that they'll be available on the secondhand auction market. The SS will be positioned against cars like the Chrysler 300, Taurus SHO, and European sedans as they're the only direct competition. It is really cool in our eyes that this car is coming; the Pontiac G8 was really catching fire before the brand was killed. This is the kind of automotive comeback story that we really, really, like. —Bangshift.com


Nitto Racing Rivals Goes Live, Kills Productivity

As if we needed another excuse around here to goof off, Nitto Tires has introduced their new Racing Rivals drag racing game, and we've not dropped our phone since. The game is super fun, allows for all kinds of customization, and provides the ability to "rise up the ranks" as a Nitto-sponsored racer. You can race against computer-generated rivals or against live opponents playing from around the world. The level of detail in the game is boss, and you can actually add specific lines of Nitto tires to your car. The game is free to play in case you needed yet another reason to believe in how awesome this is.

There are dozens of cars that racers can choose from that are both domestic and foreign in manufacturer. If you want to race a late-model Challenger you can. Want a Subaru? Go for it. Challenger? Yeah, they have that covered. On top of those there's a huge pile more. Nitto wants the game to help them interact with potential customers in specific ways and we think that this will work. The only negative thing that can come of this is the fact that you'll become really obsessed with becoming better and faster. It is a super fun game. —Brian Lohnes