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I agree with you. The s4 is awesome. Ugly but fantastic at the same time. I dont mean to be an ass, but the triflux engine is in the stillborn ECV1 successor and not in the s4. Its a shame vw was the one to produce a twincharged production engine (in the 1.4 fsi) and not the Fiat empire.
1 week, 6 days ago on Making My Mark On Goodwood:</br> MADBUL Style
I used to check Speedhunters every day to get my dose of racecar inspiration. I love engine swaps, diy turbocharging and quality fabrication. The way Speedhunters has evolved into STANCEHUNTERS makes me sad. I will propably check it out during the gatebil coverage but you have lost one loyal follower. When stance is a natural consequence of improving cornering speed I am all in. But when cars can hardly drive in order to be hip, I have no respect for the builder because to me he is an idiot. Its been fun, but this is not for me anymore.
Regards Jonas Maurstad
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Kings Of The South
4 months ago on The Night Time Is The Right Time
Nice car. I would have had the chrome window surrounds painted black, but thats my personal preference. This one is usable.
4 months ago on Size Does Matter: N-Style’s Z20 Soarer
Can someone please remove all that plastic crap under the bonnet and show us the engine? Or is it as ugly and untidy as a Renault bay from the eighties? Some modern cars these days are so fucked up they should just have a sticker on the bonnet ( or perhaps the doors) saying" No user serviceable parts inside" I myself am not offended by the sight of an engine in the flesh, but perhaps the young generation of car buyers develop eyesore and acne if they are exposed to an inlet manifold or god forbid a visible alloy head! I remember how I used to SIT in the engine bay while changing the water pump and if I wanted I could even change the headlight bulb myself. From inside the same engine bay! Yes it is true. Back in the days you didnt have to remove the front wheel to change bulbs. And many cars actually used the same cheap and readily available halogen bulbs! I am so glad I managed to collect some good cars and some pretty engines before the Ncap ratings destroyed car design and the euro 3 emission rules made cars blip the throttle AFTER I get off the pedal to please the 3 cats and some nearly extinct frogs. Nice Golf by the way:-)
4 months, 1 week ago on Golf R 400: Hot Hatch, More Heat
Nice one Dino!!
4 months, 1 week ago on Twin-Engined & Terrifying:</br> A Monster Suzuki
Love the Martini inspired look. Makes me think of the Beta monte carlo turbo Group 5....Jizz
4 months, 1 week ago on The Joyous LaSupra Is Here
Nice stuff! Hope to see that rx7 at a time attack.se event this year. We need a more serious time attack organizer in Norway. Sweden is doing it right. I like what we do to cars in Scandinavia. Not a stupid camber angle in sight:-)
4 months, 1 week ago on Sweden Is Going To Melt Your Internet
Nice car, but that owner should have had it taken away from him fitting that kind of Wheel/tire combination to a performance car. Are you trying to impress 16 year old girls or improving your cars cornering speed?
4 months, 1 week ago on Easy Street: A No Fuss 540whp WRX STI
The owner should have his front suspension geometry checked. I suspect the front camber is out.
4 months, 1 week ago on An AE86 Is For Life
Happy easter lifestyle everyone at TRENDHUNTERS! Im using my holiday to design a 12 injector v6 manifold in the hunt for SPEED...:-)
4 months, 1 week ago on From The Canyon To The Sea: <br />We Love LA
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Cars Of March
Ok enough is enough. Now I want a normal coilover fitted racecar on Speedhunters!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Customs & Rods Invade Odaiba
I have to admit this is actually a N-style car I like. Today I feel very positive and open-minded despite my age.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on N-Style Equipped: The King Chaser
Speedhunters should be more about homemade performance cars and grassroot race cars. Engine transplants, bergrennen, time attack, hillclimbing, Group B, turbos, nitrous, superchargers, Kevlar, carbon, diffusors, and 10.000 rpm Fiats:-) . More Tech stuff would be appreciated. Inlet design, Helmholtz theory, fibreglass moulding, diffuser design, mapping, aerodynamics, suspension set ups. etc etc. The Lifestyle, Culture, Stance, N-style, Offset , Airride, shotobozohentaibazooka stuff should be toned down. Give me a Lucchini sports prototype feature or pay a visit to Guiseppe Volta! Dino? Going home any time soon?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Your Selected Euros Are Here
I agree. Running engines without air filters are just plain stupid. This car is too low and should have a rear bumper. Maybe I am getting old, but I just dont get some aspects of the Japanese car scene. Stretched tires..... Perhaps a rusty bonnet would top it off? Oh I forgot thats german bad taste and would spoil the N-style. Grumpy old man needs to lay down.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Enhancing The Eighties: N-Style’s Toyota Carina
It turned out better than expected, but like everyone else says; the tc is ugly. To bad Fredric is stuck with the Scion FWD shopping trolley. He should have kept the supra forever:-). Not very likely Toyota would approve though... I think Papadakis have developed a fine engine and would love to see it power a more suitable car in 2015.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Change Is Bad
This is the essence of all I love! Fantastic!
5 months ago on The House Of No Compromise
Great cars all over. The photo of the s4 engine bay from behind cant possibly be the right one? It looks like a rover v8 or something and certainly not the 1750 supercharged and turbocharged Lampredi creation. I Guess you mixed up the esprit and the s4 pics. The michelotto 308 is fantastic!
6 months ago on Raiders Of The Lost Park – The Best Rally Cars Ever?
I often see turbos and itb trumpets With no air filter at all. Tell me this is just for the photoshoot. Or have so many people simply ditched good jugdement for aestetics? All sorts of dust insects and crap destroys the valves, valveseats and impellars without properly oiled air filters. Yes it looks Nice, but people isnt this just foolish? On the subject of rotaries; is the Mazda 787 the best sounding race car ever? I think so.
7 months ago on Rotarys Run The Show
@speedhunters_dino First of all it does look good. But its design has that classic fail of drawing pre-heated air into the combustion process. Under-bonnet temperatures get increasingly higher the closer you get to the bonnet (unless you have some sort of Wtac louvered bonnet of course). In normal engine compartments the air on top of the engine is considerably less dense( read contains fewer oxygen molecules) than air fed through a dedicated cold air intake.This means in real life that for every 7 degrees celsius increase in intake air temperature your engine performance suffers approximately 1 percent( Source: Four stroke performance tuning by A..Graham Bell) . Perhaps this nice looking MK intake looses out 3-4 percent in performance for the sake of aesthetics. Its a free world,, but cold air is a no -brainer when trying to improve engine performance. Had the MK intake solution been combined by a tray underneath, sealing to the bonnet and taking cold air directly thru a scoop this layout would make sense. I am no expert on the subject, but I consider this knowledge to be basic and I actually get a little surprised when I see people in the business manufacturing such designs.
7 months, 1 week ago on Europe Takes On Japan</br> TAS Invasion
I like roofchopped fiat 500( if only they could lengthen the bonnet too), f40 never fails, Beladonna gt is Nice. And I dont like ( I am very modest today Dino) Boomcrap" bad taste party" lambos, AND how can you actually get intake parts into production without someone along the way telling you its WRONG? MK motorsport? Hm?
Its not like been there done that. Its like been there, when can I have another go! Fastastic circuit. But I need to drive Spa as well:-)
1 year, 3 months ago on Dream Walking: The Journey To The Karussell
You cant post pics of cars without telling what engine they are fitted with. The e28? the 2002? Its all about engines and tech!
1 year, 3 months ago on Welcome Home Hunters: Driftbashing In Sweden
I would suggest a naturally aspirated Nissan vg30de dohc v6 (z32 300zx) with individual throttle bodies for the ultimate handling and sound. It would even be a little special opposed to a 2jz or v8 swap.
1 year, 3 months ago on Project Z: From The Beginning
Are you drunk?
1 year, 4 months ago on Poll: The Greatest Seventies Supercar
The stratos raised the bar but it never had the power( not including turbo grp 5 versions) to scare. The Countach is the winner. It was every schoolboys dream and had the sound and look of future supercars.
And a 512TR with ITBs would probably sound nice through the tunnels:-)
1 year, 4 months ago on Blue Thunder: The Maserati Mc12 Corsa
1984 Ferrari 288 GTO with modern turbos and engine management would make me happy:-)
I love it! Anything Italian!
1 year, 4 months ago on #iamthespeedhunter: Lancia Legends Hit Prague
Im sure its fun taking the pictures and getting the light and angles right, but I dont give a shit about how its done. Concentrate on speedhunting and cars. Its been way to much info on the art of photography on Speedhunters lately. More sick engine swaps pleae:-)
1 year, 4 months ago on The Process: Speedhuntin’ Usa
A great article! I never thought I would join the same discussion as Vittorio Jano:-) The Triflux engine is truly remarkable. After the S4 engine I think it was a shame to see Volkswagen beat Italy by mass producing their turbo/supercharger GT engine. I own an Integrale myself, but to me Lancia is dead. Really sad, but the way they manage the brand it would be better to kill it off completely. Thanks Dino!
1 year, 6 months ago on The Triflux
Nice pics, but what is that crap on the bonnet? Merry Xmas everyone!
1 year, 8 months ago on Edward Sandstrom: Finishing Off 2012 With A Bang
I cant really understand the Aasbo 86 hype. For me the front end is a total failure. Get wheels with the proper offset or make a wide arch kit that fits. I love what Aasbo has done for the Norwegian drift scene and appreciate the speedy build in order to get it ready for gatebil at rudskogen, but the car looks shit. Sorry.
1 year, 8 months ago on A Racing Heart At The Essen Motor Show
Great in-depth technical review. Good to see the super low profile bullshit is history. I like rubber:-) I guess most of the people following speedhunters are car builders and engineers( amateurs or pro), so features like this are really inspiring.
1 year, 11 months ago on The Gt300 Brz
If you have a porsche like that, why would you hire a drunk four year old for the welding work?
1 year, 12 months ago on Are You The Speedhunter?
Great feature Dino! The diversity of cars in Japan is for me totally unexpected. The pictures also make me think I have a large garage:-)
2 years ago on Tokyo Speedhunting: The Rest Of Kanpachi Dori
A wonderful feature. Nice work!
2 years ago on Joy Of Machine: The Cars Of Monterey
Yes I agree. I would love to take her safely home to daddy. Early next morning:-)
2 years ago on Amateur Endurance: Idlers 12h In Motegi
I love to see amateur race cars! So much better than the high budget cars of gt3 and such. This was truly a great feature and I hope I will see more of the same in the future. I was surprised to see so much italian cars. Thanks Dino!
A beautiful feature Dino! I am not complaining about anything this time. Well done!
2 years, 2 months ago on The Journey Towards Wtac 2012 Begins
I love it!
2 years, 2 months ago on An 11-second Junkyard-built Volvo
Dino, thanks for the personal reply. I hope you read my comments with a sense of humour. I am sorry for being a vip hater, but there is no denying this car looks bad ass with its ultra low ride. The only thing putting half the world off is of course the neg camber. I have always liked lowered cars, but driveability and grip has always been the highest concern for the technically interested petrolhead. Thats why this upsets so many people I guess. Would it not be possible to actually enlarge the rear inner arches and shorten the lower rear wishbones to make the wheels fit under the arches and have a normal -2-0 camber angle? The moment I see a vip car achieving that ride height and have normal camber, I will eat my insults and dig it. The builders obviously have skills, so perhaps someone is up for a challenge? But I guess its a sort of punk / rebel approach to car building I simply dont understand. As for us" haters":-) not building anything ourselves; Im building an e36 coupe with a twincharged nissan vg30 and time attack aero. Im from Norway the gatebil country you know:-)
2 years, 2 months ago on Pushing The Boundaries: Bee Dragon Q45
Ok you warned me this time, but I still puke at the sight of those rear wheels. No more vip on speedhunters please. Can the owner run a whole day before changing those tires? When he throws them away they are as new on 90% of the thread width, but they are worn out on the inner inch. Really clever. Perhaps he should add a 4 meter vertical exhaust pipe and a roof mounted oil-cooler with oil lines wrapped around the car twice? Then he cant get out, and hopefully die? Dino, there must be something interesting to cover in Japan? You have had some good moments, but you still keep posting these shit vip cars. Time attack? jgtc? Amateur built race cars?
Is this some sort of feature?
2 years, 2 months ago on They saw, they shot, they won stickers
280z. Is that a vg30 engine with twin turbos?? Tell me more tell me more.
2 years, 2 months ago on Thursday Shoutout – June 21, 2012
Gatebil is Norwegian and Mantorp (sweden) is the only gatebil event outside Norway. The cars you see here are a mixture of swedish and norwegian builds. I think it all comes down to the fact that people are fed up with strict regulations, tiny turbo restrictors and the bureaucracy of traditional motorsport. So they created their own events where the emphasis is on having fun and you can build just about anything you desire. Gatebil shows everyone that the government cant kill the car culture despite their great efforts trying to ban just about anything remotely associated with engine tuning and personal mods.What I would like to see now is a cooperation between gatebil and the organized motorsport governing body allowing these cars to drive in tarmac hillclimb events inspired by the german berg-cup.Who cares what car wins? We all just want to enjoy what we have created in a safe environment! Long live amateur engineering:-)
2 years, 2 months ago on A Screw Or Two Loose
A car must have an air filter.
2 years, 2 months ago on The New Old Kid On The Block
2 years, 2 months ago on Ich Bin Schnelljäger, Three Weeks In Germany