An Introduction to the Building Blocks Series

Text by Dmitriy Orlov

1. acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition
2. familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning
3. acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report
4. the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension
5. awareness, as of a fact or circumstance

Knowledge is a collection of facts and ideas, of smaller pictures and pieces that form truths. It is the study and comprehension of the concepts and principles behind those truths that pave the way for development, innovation, and progress. Having knowledge allows us to make assessments and decisions and gives us a foundation to build upon. is an automotive knowledge base that aggregates information and opinions on all aspects of the car industry. By creating content and presenting information from experts and industry leaders, as well as passing along the latest developments from the automotive markets and aftermarket technology, is designed specifically for the automotive enthusiast.

Our goal is to be the go-to resource for knowledge and understanding of automotive trends and technologies. We want to help consumers make informed decisions and have a forum to ask questions and get answers. From buying a vehicle to building a racecar, is your primary source for automotive knowledge.

Building Blocks Series is proud to introduce the Building Blocks Series – articles that will provide the automotive community with the theories behind vehicle components and systems. Understanding the basics will help enthusiasts with the concepts and implementations of OE technologies and performance enhancements.

Structured by primary vehicle systems, the Building Blocks Series will provide insight into the functions of the components and how they contribute to overall vehicle dynamics. This series will explore the vehicle from the inside out: from the engine and suspension to the exterior and everything in between. By creating a comprehensive automotive knowledge base, this series will explain these technologies and what they mean to consumers and enthusiasts.

Specifically, the Building Blocks Series will cover:

1. Engine Systems
2. Drivetrain
3. Brake Systems
4. Steering, Suspension and Wheels/Tires
5. Electrical Systems
6. Body and Exterior
7. Other

The Internet is a great information highway, but it carries a large amount of unfiltered information. The Building Blocks Series will dissolve common misconceptions and debunk myths to help consumers make educated decisions and better understand their cars and projects.

Maintaining integrity through an unbiased, straightforward approach is the primary focus of Working with industry experts and manufacturers, along with thorough research and understanding, are the keys to providing quality information and automotive expertise. aims to be the most comprehensive, uncompromising, and informative online automotive resource.

The Delivery

The Basics are the first installment of the Building Blocks Series. We will provide an overview of vehicle basics for enthusiasts to build upon, including components, associated parts, concepts, and aftermarket support, which will set the stage for further articles that will dive into the details and provide a more in-depth look at components and applications. By incorporating the builds and projects of fellow readers and leading aftermarket companies, we will showcase what is possible and what the future holds for pushing the limits of automotive technologies.

Articles for the Building Blocks Series will be rolled out twice a week; in the meantime, follow us on your News Feed, Facebook, and Twitter for glimpses of real-time project developments, automotive tips, and facts.


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