New Ojibwe Rally 2013 Race Highlight Video

Have you seen this video? If not YOU NEED TO! It’s a blast to watch and I think I’ve watched it at least 8 times by now!

Have you heard of Nick Roberts Global Rally Team? If you follow Rally Racing, YOU NEED TO! Nick and his team are quickly becoming real contenders in the rally circuit and they have dreams of competing internationally in the very near future!

GTR Lighting sponsored Rally Car

Why am I talking about Rally Racing on a lighting blog? This rally team is sponsored by GTR Lighting and the video was filmed and produced by a GTR Lighting video team! Very cool, check out the video here:

A Look at the 2014 Corvette Stingray LED and HID Headlights

The new Corvette Stingray is a pretty wild machine… using carbon and nanotech technology to create a super strong chassis along with new wild and intelligent styling and a super powerful 450HP LT1 engine. In my opinion the icing on the cake are the wild new LED and HID bi-xenon headlights:

The new C7 headlights are pretty wild! Built in DRL and bi-xenon HID forward lighting.

The new C7 headlights are pretty wild! Built in DRL and bi-xenon HID forward lighting.

The first time I saw these headlights were at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas where there were a BUNCH of these cars on display, and the first thing I thought of was similarity to the Ferrari 458 Italia headlights:

The Ferrari 458 has a similar style headlight to the new Stingray.

The Ferrari 458 has a similar style headlight to the new Stingray.

The fact that the Ferrari and Corvette share such a similar luxury design really shows the target the new Vette is trying to hit and with all the details and style that went into the new car it shows Chevrolet really knows what they are doing with this car!  After getting some really good looks at the new Corvette Stingray headlights this is what we can tell you about it:

1. Amber LED turn signals on the outside of each headlight

2. White LED DRL under each projector

3. Bi-Xenon 35w HID High and Low beam head lamp

4. Black housings

5. Corvette logo embossed on lens above projector

Corvette Stingray LED and HID Headlights

Corvette Stingray LED and HID Headlights

Here is a quote from the Chevrolet.com website about all new head lamps:
“Frosted indirect high-intensity discharge headlamps are the eyes to the technological soul of the Stingray, emanating crisp color, brightness and efficiency. The new elements bear a sharper, more sinister shape, framed by edge-lit amber LED turn signals and black chrome housing. Bi-Xenon HID technology achieves high and low beams with a single light engine.”

Here is the photo gallery I put together from all of the Corvette Stingray cars we found at SEMA 2013:

FR-S and BRZ are the Most Popular Vehicles at the 2013 SEMA Show

The 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was the start of a new trend, manufacturers, car builders and enthusiasts started to showcase the passion for what is trending to be the hottest car for the automotive aftermarket since the Nissan 350z!

There were more Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ cars at SEMA than any other individual car model at the show!

There were more Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ cars at SEMA than any other individual car model at the show!

The 2013 SEMA Show featured an abundance of Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ cars all modded with Spyder tail lights, duck-bill trunk lids, wide wheels and crazy paint jobs. Check out our photo gallery of some of our favorite BRZ/FRS cars that we saw at the SEMA show:

The GTR Lighting Rally Car at the Ojibwe Rally Event

The GTR Lighting rally car moved up in rank with the Ojibwe Rally event. Nick Roberts, the driver of the GTR Lighting rally car finished first place in the super production class for his first 1st place rank.

Nick Roberts Global Rally Team 1st place Super Production class.

Nick Roberts Global Rally Team 1st place Super Production class.

We got a chance to attend the 2013 Ojibwe Rally Event and it was a blast. The Ojibwe Rally takes place in north central Minnesota and is spread out through the state. The Ojibwe Rally is known for its technical corners and dust. And the dust… was… bad! As a spectator or a driver, the dust was going to give you problems seeing this year. GTR Lighting had a solution for it though! They captured the event from the sky, above the dust ,with a quadcopter setup. A few days after the event GTR Lighting posted this video for the world to see. Nick Roberts Global Rally Team (formerly Nicksquared) took first place in the SP (Super Production) class at Ojibwe Rally. Nick said he always continues to get better but he also had an advantage because he grew up in Minnesota very close to these roads. Nick Roberts Global Rally Team is quickly moving forward and so is their sponsors GTR Lighting! GTR Lighting continues to grow and create new, higher quality products for many versatile applications. They are known for their HID Conversion Kits and their LED Logo Projectors but they are going to be know for a lot more than that.

GTR Lighting Presents Nick Roberts Global Rally Team at Ojibwe Rally 2013

Team Nicksquared, On the path to success with GTR Lighting

Team Nicksquared, sponsored by GTR Lighting

Team Nicksquared, sponsored by GTR Lighting

Team Nickquared (comprised of Nicholas Roberts and Nick Judkins) drive a brand new Subaru STi rally car sponsored by GTR Lighting. Rally America Car #202 is fresh to the rally racing scene but they have set themselves up for success by starting in one of the best places possible: New car, young adventurous drivers, all the gadgets and toys a professional race car team could need, and a sponsor to help them stand apart from other teams and help them see where they are going!

GTR Lighting is a manufacturer of high end LED and HID lighting products, and what better partnership to make than a lighting company and a rally racing team? These guys will be racing at night, and in less-than-favorable weather conditions. Here’s a list of goodies that have been outfitted on this Subaru race car from GTR Lighting:

GTR Lighting OEM Style Low Beam HID D2C 5,000K Bulbs
GTR Lighting 35w High Beam HID Conversion Kit 5,000K
GTR Lighting 55w Fog Lights HID Conversion Kit 3,000K
GTR Lighting Front TW6 Style Amber LED Turn Signal Bulbs
GTR Lighting Rear TW6 Style Amber LED Turn Signal Bulbs
GTR Lighting Ceramic-Based 1 watt 194 Style LED License Plate Bulbs
GTR Lighting TW6 Style White Reverse Light LED Bulbs
GTR Lighting Subaru Logo LED Door Projectors

The GTR Lighting Race Car

The GTR Lighting Race Car

If you want to see more about Team Nicksquared, and Rally America Car #202 check out their Facebook page here. Also, here’s a new video by Team Nicksquared made from footage of their first race at LSPR in Michigan where they took second place in their class:

GTR Lighting LED bulbs at SEMA 2012!

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

The 2012 SEMA show was an awesome event, just like every year and during last week’s event was the first time ever you could see the new 24-LED bulb replacements on display at such an event. Here are two vehicles showcasing the colored LED bulb replacements, first on the Kia Forte “Cyborg” concept build inside the Kia booth. Secondly in the Smart Wax booth installed on the new Scion XB.

GTR Lighting 24-LED Bulbs

These are the 24-LED bulbs from GTR Lighting used in these show cars.

The 2012 Kia Forte looks great with aftermarket LED bulbs in the front housing because there is no amber reflector to block the great looking bulb. I don’t recommend using a red bulb up front like KIA did, but it looks cool for the show!

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

You can see a little more about the booth Kia put up, the silver Cyborg car build is in the background here.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

The new Scion XB built and setup in the Speed Wax booth at the SEMA Show used a set of white LED bulbs in the front turn signal housings which is a cool effect because it adds a daytime running light or driving light effect where there previously wasn’t one. This particular show car had a strobe light module set up that looked really great, but just adding the LED bulbs in place looked fantastic as well! If you want to get the same type of bulbs for your Scion, click here for details!

Scion XB LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

This new Scion XB is using a set of white LED bulbs from GTR Lighting in the Smart Wax booth at SEMA 2012.

Scion XB LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

This new Scion XB is using a set of white LED bulbs from GTR Lighting in the Smart Wax booth at SEMA 2012.

Scion XB LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

This new Scion XB is using a set of white LED bulbs from GTR Lighting in the Smart Wax booth at SEMA 2012.

The most popular car at SEMA 2012: The FR-S and BR-Z

Custom Body FRS

This Custom-Bodied Scion FR-S was painted with a unique flat orange color and a custom body.

Where the Nissan 350z and Toyota Supra have dominated in SEMA’s of old and car shows in general as the display car of choice, this year’s convention exhibitors made a statement loud and clear that there is a new kid on the block – and he’s more popular than ever! There was probably no more than one 4th generation Supra at the show, and it was just in the car show – nobody wanted to display with it in their booths but who can blame them, with the newest Supra being all of 10 years old. You could say that the Scion FR-S is kind of the new Supra, but what about the LFA? Not a single Lexus LFA was at the show, even though there were no shortage of super cars.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this car’s abundance was the fact there were hardly any Subaru BR-Z (which is essentially the exact same car). Why all the Scion love while the Subaru gets ignored? Is the market for enthusiasts really that different between the twins? The Scion and Toyota have the same tail lights and headlights, many same body panels and interior parts, and most people on the street wouldn’t be able to tell them apart without noticing the badges.

No matter why the reason for the sudden explosion of interest and professional demo use of the car, if you’re looking at the new “king of sports cars”, you’ll find it in the Scion FR-S. Check out this photo gallery of SOME of the FR-S cars that were on display!

Nicksquared Rally Race Team Sponsored by GTR Lighting

Nick Squared GTR Lighting

Team Nicksquared, Rally Race Car Drivers, have been sponsored by GTR Lighting!

Team Nicksquared, comprised of driver Nicholas Robertson and Nick Judkins, drives Rally America car #202; a 2012 Subaru Legacy STI race car. The vehicle was ordered by the team specifically to be turned into a race car, so now with less than 5,000 miles on the clock it is set to debut at the LSPR (Lake Superior Pro Rally) event in late October. With intentions of nothing but becoming the best in the industry, this team has really set themselves up to achieve those goals. They are starting with arguably the best car for the sport, the best safety equipment, driving skills that Pastrana would be jealous of and now, the best lighting in the world! GTR Lighting has chosen to sponsor the team by upgrading every original light bulb on the car with either an HID conversion kit or an LED replacement bulb, including:

GTR Lighting OEM Style Low Beam HID D2C 5,000K Bulbs
GTR Lighting 35w High Beam HID Conversion Kit 5,000K
GTR Lighting 55w Fog Lights HID Conversion Kit 3,000K
GTR Lighting Front TW6 Style Amber LED Turn Signal Bulbs
GTR Lighting Rear TW6 Style Amber LED Turn Signal Bulbs
GTR Lighting Ceramic-Based 1 watt 194 Style LED License Plate Bulbs
GTR Lighting TW6 Style White Reverse Light LED Bulbs
GTR Lighting Subaru Logo LED Door Projectors

Team Nicksquared sponsored by GTR Lighting

The GTR Lighting sponsored race car from Team Nicksquared, Rally America car #202.

GTR Lighting Sponsors the Team nicksquared

Team Nicksquared posing next to their new race car, ready to win!

Team Nicksquared rally car

Car #202 ripping through the dirt, on the way to victory in the Rally America circuit.

For more information on the team, visit Team Nicksquared on Facebook here. For more information on the sponsor, GTR Lighting, visit the GTR website here.

Camaro HID Headlights found in northern Minnesota!

1984 Chevy H4666 Conversion

This Camaro mixes ’80s style with new technology using HID Headlights!

I had the pleasure of attending the Cars & Coffee event in Bemidji, MN this past labor day weekend and there was a 1984 Chevy Camaro there with aftermarket housings and an HID kit. I’m not much of  a fan of the color used (8,000K) on this particular car, but the lighting upgrade was great! The way the owner of the car did it was to replace the original 4×6 sealed beam headlight housings with a pair of new 4×6″ composite headlight housings then added an H4 HID conversion kit. This headlight system was totally plug and play for this Camaro and the output of light from these headlights over stock was absolutely incredible! If you want better lights then you should look into a Camaro 4×6 Headlight kit for your car – you’ll never go back to regular lights again!

GTR Lighting Camaro Xenon

4×6 Headlight Housings and a GTR Lighting HID Kit fitted in this 1984 Chevy Camaro.

The Bemidji Cars and Coffee event was a lot of fun and it was cool to see other people from northern Minnesota and how they’ve been enjoying their cars and trucks this summer! At the event there was a Nissan 350z, Eagle Talon TSi, a new and an old Honda Civic as well as a new Jeep SRT8 and and a new Dodge Ram, about 18 vehicles total.

Back To The 50’s Car Show – Halogen Sealed Beams Everywhere!

back to the 50s

This custom low-rider was getting lots of attention even though it had stock sealed beam headlights!

This past weekend was the 39th annual Back to the 50s car show held at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in St. Paul, MN. I got to go for a day and see everything and I must say the event was a blast! There were big name vendors like Chevrolet, Rousch, Ford and many smaller local vendors like Union Speed & Style and lots of flea-market style setups selling all sorts of automotive goodies! It was just incredible to see so many restored classics, hot rods, street rods and wild custom muscle cars. Arguably the biggest attraction for myself was trying to spot the different lighting upgrades these enthusiasts were doing to their classic domestic rides. It was unfortunate to see so many cars with stock halogen sealed beam headlights though. The vast majority of these vehicles had stock headlights, tail lights and interior lighting. It was only a characteristic of the nicest of all vehicles in attendance to have upgraded headlights.

Back To the 50s

Crowds of people watching parades of classic cars!

I noticed a trend throughout the entire show, that was if a vehicle did have upgraded forward lighting, it was a stock-style composite housing with a blue halogen light bulb inside. I did not see a single HID conversion kit fitted car, or any type of radical LED headlight. I thought for sure there would be SOMEONE there with some crazy headlights, I must have just missed them. The second most common site to see on these cars was some type of film or vinyl over the headlight to give it a different look, but sometimes it was even done on the stock sealed beam headlights! We saw mostly 7″ round headlights and many 5.25″ round headlights, but I don’t think anyone had rectangular headlights in attendance. It really goes to show how far headlight design has changed since the middle of the 20th century. If you need new headlights for your classic car, then look no further than Headlight Revolution. You can replace all of your sealed beam headlights, of any style with HID, halogen, or even new LED technology. Simply visit http://www.HeadlightRevolution.com