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Cruising is a social activity among teenagers in many United States towns that primarily consists of driving a car around looking for friends. For teens, cruising is often an expression of the new-found freedom that a driver's license bestows.
A sport in which cars race down a track with a set distance as fast as possible.
Hot rods are modified older — even historical — cars. Originally the term was used to the practice of taking an old, cheap car, removing weight (usually by removing roof, hood, bumpers, windscreen and fenders), lower it, change or tune the engine to give more power, add fat wheels for traction and paint it to make it stand out.
Kustom Kulture is an all-encompassing term used to describe the artwork, the vehicles, the hairstyles, and the fashions of those who drove and built custom cars and motorcycles in the United States of America from the 1950s through today. In the early days of hotrodding, many fashions and styles developed.
A lowrider is a car or truck which has had its suspension system modified (usually with hydraulic suspension) so that it rides as low to the ground as possible. Lowriders are very often classic cars from the 1950s which rode low to begin with, although large numbers of 1940s and 1960s cars are also so modified, and to a lesser degree newer vehicles.
Rice Burner/Rice Car/Ricer
The term rice burner or rice car or ricer most often refers to automobiles (usually economy cars) that have the appearance of a high performance car, but often have little or no functional modifications applied, such as an improved engine, suspension, or brakes. This practice is in contrast to the "stealth" or "sleeper" style of automotive modification, where a vehicle may have major internal modifications for greater performance, but the appearance remains similar to that of a stock model.
A rice rocket is a pejorative slang term applied to Japanese-made sports bikes. The term is derived from the speed of the motorcycle (rocket), and the "Japanese" origin of the vehicles (a reference to cultural and historical importance of the rice crop in Japan).
A sleeper (US English) or Q-car (British English) is a car that hides high performance beneath an unassuming exterior.
To make more powerful.