HAAH Automotive Holdings a 2020 echo of Max Hoffman AN-LOGO-BLUE AN-LOGO-BLUE

Anyone in the U.S. who makes a living off of BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz or most other European brands owes a huge debt of gratitude to Max Hoffman. Hoffman was the Austrian race car driver turned entrepreneur who became a funnel for European cars into the United States after World War II. His sense for partnership and product (“His insistence on roll-up windows, a proper soft top and a functioning heater gave the Alfa [Giulietta Spider] an advantage over its British competition,” the New York Times wrote in a 2007 retrospective) allowed those companies to get their footing until they became big enough or savvy enough to stand on their own. But we may now be seeing a modern-day reincarnation in the form of HAAH Automotive Holdings and its chief cheerleader and CEO, Duke Hale. That became clear this month at the NADA Show, where for the second time in as many years Hale, 70, and his team of similarly seasoned executives signed up dealers to sell Chinese cars in the United States. Last year, it was Zotye USA, in a forlorn corner of a San Francisco convention center annex. This year — in the heart of the main exhibition area in Las Vegas — it was Vantas, a new brand ...

SEMA 2019: Mast Motorsports Release Heads For Honda K-Series

The manufacturer of the world’s first aftermarket cylinder heads for Honda’s, Mast Motorsports, offers a hungry client base a unique, versatile, and cost-effective product. Thanks to 3D-printing, these innovators can offer the most discerning customers an array of impressive options for a very reasonable price. Each of Mast’s heads come with copper-infiltrated valve seats — arguably the best on the market. The valve guides, too, are “the finest we’ve ever been able to source, and each valve guide is hone-fitted for the valve stem that’s going in it,” proclaims Larry Widmer of Endyne, who collaborated with Mast Motorsports to design the new cylinder head. Aside from the savings that come with avoiding hard tooling, there was no expense spared with these heads. Each asset is a demonstration of Mast’s emphasis on efficiency. The “OE” style ports improve airflow by 30-percent. Since these are slightly smaller than the factory ports, airspeed is faster — providing a grunty midrange that drivers of 2.0-liter engines never imagined. These are only one of the library of port styles available for the K-series — and some of Mast’s ports can even flow 450cfm — remarkable for such a small ...