Japanese Performance June Issue 2012 – Wrx Wagon

Congratulations to LV Chapter’s Tom Milroy’s 2002 Subaru Wrx Wagon in a 4 page full feature in international Japanese Performance Magazine June 2012 issue, pgs 056-060.

Title of Article: “Going Green”

JPM said, “Team Hybrid has been going for around 16-years now after their President, James Lin, started a craze for swapping over parts from different car makes such as Nissan parts on Hondas to create his own hybrid creations. We guess that Thomas gets in by the skin of his teeth by swapping parts from the saloon version of this Subaru Wrx. Very cunning we must say.”




Thanks Tom for the shout out to Team Hybrid, our team title sponsors, Archie and I. Appreciate it and keep up the good work esp. behind the scenes.

Our winning Hybrid culture and legendary performance will continue to earn the respects of many esp. our industry peers as well as fuel fire to the haters out there. Time and time again, our ways of executing, innovating, performing and running things are still un-matched.

Japanese Performance “COVER” Feb. Issue 2012 – EXO IX

Japanese Performance “Cover” February 2012 Issue! Hybrid History in the making.

Congratulations to LV Chapter’s Keoni Viernes’ 2006 Mitsubishi Turbo-Voltex Widebody-Tangelo EVO IX in a 5 page COVER feature in international Japanese Performance Magazine February 2012 issue, pgs 040-045.

Title of Article – “Sunny Delight. Voltex-Kitted Mitsubishi EVO”








This is 2 of 3 international covers to come for Keoni’s EVO IX in the 1st qtr. of 2012. Another standard setting record and definetly, another TM Hybrid Super Star is born!

Our winning Hybrid culture and legendary performance will continue to earn the respects of many esp. our industry peers as well as fuel fire to the haters out there. Time and time again, our ways of executing, innovating, performing and running things are still un-matched.

Maxium Tuner “COVER” Jan/Feb. Issue 2012 – EXO IX

Hybrid History in the making.

Congratulations to LV Chapter’s Keoni Viernes’ 2006 Mitsubishi Turbo-Voltex Widebody-Tangelo EVO IX in a 7 page COVER feature in international Maxium Tuning Magazine January/February 2012 issue, pgs 006-012 plus a FULL PAGE POSTER.

Title of Article – “Ready for Fight. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX SEMA-STAR!”

Continue reading “Maxium Tuner “COVER” Jan/Feb. Issue 2012 – EXO IX”

Performance Auto & Sound “100th Anniversary” Feb/Mar 2012 Issue – G8GT

Congratulations to LV Chatper’s Mike Passarge’s G8GT for making a full feature in PAS Magazine’s 100th Anniversary Issue (Special Collector’s editon), Feb/March 2012 issue, pgs. 044-044, Volume 13, Issue 10.





Thanks Mike for the luv in the sponsors column to Team Hybrid, BFGoodrich, Meguiar’s, NOS Energy Drinks, ClutchMasters and Mishimoto. Great job also to Archie Concon for his continue leadership in LV. Another promise kept and dream made true!

www.PASMag.com – G8GT

Congratulations to Las Vegas Chapter’s Mike Passarge’s 2008 Pontiac G8GT for being featured and written about in www.PASMag.com. For the exact link of the article, please visit http://www.pasmag.com/features/rides/2228-copperhead-2008-pontiac-g8gt?start=1


Title: Copperhead: 2008 Pontiac G8/GT

Written By: Dave MacKinnon. Photos by Mark Privitera | 24 January 2012

For those of us with a little bit of petrol flowing in our veins, it made no sense for General Motors to ax the Pontiac division, even if it made sense on paper. One of the coolest Pontiac products of the last decade was the G8/GT. The 2008 sample you see here is owned by Michael Passarge of Las Vegas NV, and he’s got a bit of a thing for high end audio, which we’ll get to shortly.

Over the course of the past four years, Passarge has been massaging this Ignition Orange Metallic 6.0 Liter GT into something that meets his needs and urges far better than what the General could offer. The car now rolls on S3 Sport Design wheels sized at 20 by 8 inches all the way around. Sticky BF Goodrich rubber keeps the car firmly planted to the ground. Speaking of the ground, a set of Road Magnet springs dropped the G8’s altitude for a little more attitude. A BMR Fabrication front strut bar and 14” Brembo brakes round out the handling upgrades. A Rotofab intake and Flowmaster exhaust help the mighty 8 breathe effortlessly.

Opening a door reveals some subtle and tasteful changes to the interior. The seats are adorned in new Katskin upholstery in Tuscany leather with an orange stitch. The dash and shifter trim were treated to orange paint details that accent without going overboard. In the center of the dash is a JHP HSV triple gauge pod that is home to Prosport EVO oil pressure, oil temp and voltage gauges.




The audio system install started with the vehicle’s interior being completely removed for three layers of Damplifier Pro and a layer of Luxury Liner Pro. The disassembly allowed the vehicle’s Stinger power, speaker and interconnect cables to be routed cleanly through the car.

The system uses the stock head unit which sends signals to an Arc Audio SRI line level processor and on to an Arc XEQ for fine tuning. In the trunk are three Arc Audio amplifiers: a four channel KS.300.4 Bi-amped to the front speakers, a two channel KS300.2 bridged to the subs and the ever-cool 125.2 Mini driving the rears for a total system power production capability of 1,300 Watts.

The front factory speaker locations are in the doors of the big Pontiac. In those spots is a set of Arc Audio ARC Series 6.2 6.5-inch component speakers. The tweeter from the set was mounted in the factory tweeter location at the base of the A-pillar. Out back, as set of Arc Audio ARC Series 602 6.5-inch coaxial speakers fill out the sound.

Bass frequencies are reproduced by a pair of Arc Audio ARC12D4 subwoofers that are mounted in a custom fibreglass enclosure. The enclosure was constructed out of ten layers of three ounce fibreglass mat so that it would be incredibly rigid. The subs fire down into the spare tire well but are visible through plexiglass windows


The trunk has been meticulously reworked with new trim panels. Perforated mesh combined with black vinyl and silver, black and orange accents create a very clean, tidy and modern installation. The floor, back wall and side panels were all addressed, and the results are amazing.

Hiding out of sight in the trunk, in the stock battery location, is a Stinger battery and a Stinger 70 Amp power supply. Stinger 0 gauge wiring feeds the amplifiers with 14 and 12-gauge speaker wires sending signals forward to the speakers.



The installation was handled masterfully by “2011 Installer of the Year” (Mobile Electronics Association), Jon Webb at Performance Audio in Las Vegas. As a current ARC Audio dealer, Webb choose this car to feature and showcase Arc Audio’s new line of ARC Series Speakers, which was unveiled at the 2011 SEMA show and displayed in the ARC Audio booth at the 2012 CES Show in Las Vegas. To top it all off, this car was lucky enough to get the prototypes.

Passarge points out that this is his daily driver, and even after four years, the car is still ding and dent free. He credits this to some obsessive long-distance parking and attentive driving while out and about. His iPod is filled with a diverse selection of music, but he is proud to say that thanks to the efforts of Webb and the Arc Audio gear, there is nothing that doesn’t sound good in this car. No one could ask for more!


Engine Displacement: 6.0L

Horsepower: 373

Club Affiliation: Team Hybrid

Engine Modifications

Air Intake: Rotofab (CAI)

Exhaust System:

Exhaust: Flowmaster 40 Series & resinators

Exterior / Chassis

Grilles / inserts: Paint Gloss Black

Headlights: Spyber Auto w/ Projection

Lighting: LED side markers, tail light, reverse and license plate light

Custom Body work: Shark Fin Antenna


Wheels: SE3 Sport Design

Wheel Size: 20 x 8

Tires: BFGoodrich

Front Rotor Size: 14” One Piece Slotted and Drilled

Front Brake Calipers: Brembo 4-Pistons

Rear Rotor Size: 13” One Slotted and Drilled

Springs: Road Magnet Springs

Front Strut Bar: BMR Fabrication

Wheels / Brakes / Suspension:

Dash: Custom painted dash and shifter trim

Upholstery: Katzkins Tuscany Leather with orange stich

Gauges: Prosport EVO Series

Gauge Pod: JHP HSV (3 cluster)

Audio & Video

Equalizers: Arc Audio XEQ

Processors: Arc AudioSRI for integration

Sub Amps: Arc Audio KS300.2 (2x)

Midbass Amps: Arc Audio KS300.4

Rear Fill Amps: Arc Audio KS125.2BX2 Mini

Sound Deadening: D’Amplifier Pro & Luxury Liner Pro

Additional install comments / upgrades:

Subwoofers: Arc Audio ARC 12D4 (x2)

Mid Bass: Arc Audio ARC Series 6.2 6.5” Component Speakers (x2)

Tweeters: Arc Audio ARC Series 6.2 Component Speakers (x2)

Rear Fill: Arc Audio ARC Series 602 6.5” Coaxial Speakers(x2)

Extra Batteries: V Performance

Back fuse holder: Stinger

Main power wire: Stinger

Interconnects: Stinger RCA’s

Distribution Blocks: Stinger


Arc Audio, Performance Audio, Prosport Performance, BFGoodrich, Stinger, Spyder Auto, NOS Energy Drink, Meguires, K40 Electronics, Grafik Impact, US Speedo, Mobile Solutions, Mishimoto, Team Hybrid, Spring Mountain Auto Body, Clutch Masters


Import Tuner “Cover” Feb. ’12 – G35

Import Tuner “Cover” February 2012 Issue! Hybrid History in the making.

Congratulations to NorCal Chapter’s Kris Yu’s 2004 Infinit Turbo-Widebody G35 in a 6 page COVER feature in Import Tuner Magazine February 2012 issue, pgs 022-027.

Title of Article – “Never Bored. This is the Result of One Man’s Automotive Add.”

This is a special “behind the final editing” version release from the editor to me so something different than what you see me post up once the article prints.

2012 is not even here yet and we are starting the year like I have been saying with a huge exclamation mark. Leading by example by continuing to set the standard on how an overall best import team should perform year in and year out not just @ shows, but in all aspects of this hobbies esp. at the industry level. Furthermore, this is back to back Import Tuner full feature articles (Dec. 2011 & Jan/Feb 2012) and almost 17 years later still making Covers. Fate working in our favor once again and will continue to esp. since another on slaughter of 2012 domestic and international magazines articles from all over the world are coming to a new stands near you. Team Hybrid – Worldwide!


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Performance Auto & Sound Dec/Jan 2012 Issue – xB

Congratulations to LV Chapter’s Robert Green’s turbo xB for being selected and published in a 3 page full feature in Performance Auto & Sound Magazine’s Dec/Jan 2012 issue, pgs. 032-036.





Magazine & online scoreboard as of 01/23/12 : 1 published Cover article, 1 published full feature article, 1 media kit and 2 event coverages.

Another promise kept and another great full feature from the one and only Team Hybrid.