Drifter by choice, fan of classics...
Ok, so the new RS it will be AWD...but what about the ST commercial that I saw. The cars (hatchback and wagon) pretty much stayed oversteering all the time. And with FWD. It could be that the tuning be so great?
1 day ago on Coming Soon: The All-New Focus RS
@HSSLTYO @greenroadster Hahaha...François is running in every mountain rally in Romania for the past 5 years or so. He really enjoys our food and I heard that he bought a house in Transylvania.
3 days, 11 hours ago on The Best Way To Rally?
@Mike Garrett @greenroadster You can bet that if that happens, it will be for the EcoBoost engine. Nobody here is really interested in buying a new car with an American V8 in it. If I want a V8 it will be an BMW, Audi or Mercedes. Throw in a Ford Mustang with the 4 cylinder turbo engine and you will have a big surprise :))) It will be another game.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Introducing Project EcoBoost
@Speedhunters_Bryn @greenroadster Plus the weight benefit of the lighter engine. And the possibilities of tuning the EcoBoost engine over the V8...
5 days, 23 hours ago on Introducing Project EcoBoost
Cool...but I wouldn't go there in the middle of the night on a full moon :)))
6 days, 1 hour ago on The Oddest Car Park In The World?
First I want to clearly say the I hate American cars. They are huge, boring, similar designs, no corner abilities and have interiors like hotel rooms in the '70's. Ahh, and they also need engines twice as big as European cars for the same power output.
But....there's a new car that I love.
The new Mustang EcoBoost.
Man, I just love the new shape, the independent rear suspension and this 2.3 liter turbo engine.
I really do believe that if Ford puts it on sale on every dealership in the world, with this engine not the V8, it will sell like ice cream in a hot day.
BTW, in my country I have to pay 5000 euro to register the V8 and 200 euro to register the EcoBoost.
Also, the annual tax is 1200 euro for the V8 and 110 euro for the EcoBoost.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Introducing Project EcoBoost
When I saw "Visit Romania" livery, my heart started to run faster. But the car is in Monte Carlo. Just François Delecour being what it really is - a friend for our Romanian nation. I really appreciate the guy, being active and competitive at his age. Maybe next time SH will show everybody that we really do have quite a few amazing roads in this country - according to Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear anyway - the Transfagarasan and the Transalpina.
6 days, 4 hours ago on The Best Way To Rally?
@Speedhunters_Bryn @greenroadster Plans, that I really do have, plenty of them. Low, brown-dark red, really wide tires, steelies, stock body, stock interior, steel roof rack, tow hook for the trailer with my drift Soarer on it. Oh, with inline 6 turbo and manual 5 transmission. And welded diff. :))
1 week, 1 day ago on Turbo Bricking It:</br> Riding In A 740hp Volvo
Hey Dino, you forgot to show us the wheels on that I8, the reason of the car being there after all.
As always, very nice to see how different Japan Auto Salon really is from the rest of the world.
1 week, 2 days ago on The Great Tokyo Auto Salon Mishmash
I just love when people buy and tune an old Volvo. I still haven't found my 245 wagon....
1 week, 2 days ago on Turbo Bricking It:</br> Riding In A 740hp Volvo
I really appreciate Ford for being a company that support's enthusiasts. Right there with Toyota making the new GT86/Scion FR-S.
1 week, 4 days ago on 50 Years Of Fun: Behind The Scenes
@AV6spd @greenroadster Still, I would call it Magneti Marelli because that's what Ferrari used to have :)))
1 week, 5 days ago on True Wagon Love
I'm sure that in the technical department it would be an work of art, with those 2 electric engines in each front wheel and that 9-speed dual-clutch trasaxle gearbox. But in design department, well, that's another story. Why anybody would like an Japanese Audi R8?
1 week, 5 days ago on The New NSX: Concept No More
Let's stop for minute right here. Ford trimmed down this "R" model with over 130lbs missing ..... by using carbon fiber wheels??? What, the huge body couldn't be touch? Geeeess...
1 week, 5 days ago on Shelby GT350R: A Street Legal Racecar
It's amazing to experience drives like this in such a remote part of a world, and even in a remoter part of our culture habits. I have a strange feeling that the world would change and not for the better in the future.
1 week, 5 days ago on UAE’s Best Kept Secret:<br/> The Hill Climb To Nowhere
Just awesome! But Dino, why did you say that it has Edelbrock carb when I can clearly read Magneti Marelli?
@FredricAasbo @greenroadster @ScottBrady i was in between those limits
1 week, 6 days ago on Behind The Scenes Of Dreamride LA:</br> Q&A With Aasbø & Papadakis
Man those seals on the doors are huge! I guess it's special enough for anybody with this style of '60's supercar. Mine IS.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Ford GT Is Back
While your crash bar is light and impressive in 2015, what about this crash bar that Toyota used to use in 1991? It's all aluminum, super strong and super light. So, where exactly is the progress here? Yes, it's a Soarer.
2 weeks ago on Project ZN6: More Power, More Low
Awesome! So, the Hakone Turnpike is a private road? How come? Who owns it? I thought that Japan is a country where space is at minimum. Somebody really owns a mountain?
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Climbing The Hakone Turnpike
Super Supra. Also, nice license plate :)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on The Eternal Supra: Refining An Icon
@ScottBrady @greenroadster ...and the offset? ET10 or I am way wrong again? :))
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Behind The Scenes Of Dreamride LA:</br> Q&A With Aasbø & Papadakis
Aasbo, sick car you have there....but man, do you ran on 14"s? :)))
Is that a Fiat Uno behind the Lexus SC? In Japan? How come? And why? Just....wow. Absolutely right about the Ferrari Testarosa. Is looking cooler every year until will touch the F40 and the GTO. There, I said it and believe it.
The P1, truly a very nice car indeed.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Welcoming In 2015, Daikoku PA Style
So if the grandfather died, who was the busy man that left the job of restoring the car to Kevin? There is a third person in this story that I didn't get?
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Original VIP: A BMW Family Heirloom
I kind of expected that. I don't know how to explain it, but I knew it. Or sense it. It is only natural to evolve and, if Rod isn't quite there yet, it will move into something that will fulfill his life. I could wish him good luck but I know he doesn't need it. I've read Speedhunters since 2011 and I cant ever stop. I hated the site when they changed the format but I always came back for reading something cool from Japan from Dino, seeing something cool in US from Larry Chen or visiting New Zeeland or Australia through some sunny. So Rod, I wish you to find your new hunting pretty soon.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Goodbye To The Speedhunters, Long Live The Speedhunters
I think I have an identical picture from Luxembourg taken on a similar day (foggy morning). I lived a lifetime there a while ago. Anyway, cool roads starting from Luxembourg to Vianden castle, just avoid the motorways and stick to village to village roads. They are awesome and deserted. But don't mess with the police and stick to legal speed limits or so...
4 weeks, 1 day ago on 10 Things To Do</br> On Your Speedhunting OE
@Popcorn22 Although this site is written in English, I don't agree the general idea of an LS engine in any car. Yes, the LS is an American engine, and the readers here feel that this engine is "better" or "cool" or whatever. But do you have a limit somewhere? This should be it. This is the limit. Don't do that. It ruins the car even though the engine is more powerful or lighter or reliable. We don't put BMW engines in any new build here in Europe, even though they are very cheap and very powerful. You should have a plan, an idea, not just random parts.
1 month ago on Super Starion:</br> The Car That Does Everything
Nice car but what a wrong idea to put an LS motor in there. What happened with the 4G from an EVO? It ruins the car spirit in my opinion anyway. It should have run an 4 cylinder turbocharged from Mitsubishi anyway... But the body looks pretty nice.
1 month, 1 week ago on Super Starion:</br> The Car That Does Everything
What car is that in the 7th picture, in front of the GT-R? It is a Lexus SC? If so, I wonder how fast it was and what engine/transmission had...
1 month, 1 week ago on Most Flights Cancelled: No Fly Zone AZ
Very nice car indeed. I would make a test however - I would take the car in US and I would wait to see if somebody would recognize the Japanese way of doing thins. Even though US has many shops that are achieving great stuff, this car has that obsession for perfection that only Japanese people can put into a car. Love it.
1 month, 1 week ago on Resurrecting A Mach 1 Mustang
Larry, you're doing it no favor to Vaughn JR show him like that. We all know how it is, you don't need to picture him pissing a brown liquid. We know is full of it. Any formula could easily do without him. But I guess any formula, drift or grip or F1, has a Vaughn JR that they cant get rid of.
1 month, 1 week ago on 10 Years & Still Sideways:</br> The Formula Drift Book
Man, this car is so cool. Regarding the Mustang, I love it but couldn't be owned outside USA. The thing is bigger than a S Class Mercedes from the period! And the interior is so huge that it feels like racing a living room! The Skyline is just right
1 month, 1 week ago on Goodbye Mustang, Hello Skyline:<br /> The New American Dream
@Cotnyjoe @F1Fan426 ..."come out" as in legal to import after the cars have a certain age. Am I correct?
The pick-up in the last picture of the first chapter....that will be my choice to take home and never to sell it. What a car...it has it all just right
1 month, 1 week ago on Custom Cars Attack Yokohama City
That pick-up in the fourth picture is looking absolutely amazing.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on We Like ‘Em Low:<br/> Severed In The Southwest
I feel the same way about the MR2. But being at this chapter, the forgotten Toyota's of the '90, please don't forget about the Soarer!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Midship Weapon: The Perfect SW20
While I totally get it why this Porsche is so cool and I admire the work that the owner put into this, I have to say that I feel more close to that RHD Nissan with no front bumper and with the intercooler exposed at that gas station :)) I've done that although in Silvia not a Skyline. Man, what a feeling to come home from deserted roads where you practice drifting, in a old Japanese monster that is louder than a airplane and looses grip at every change of gears in first and second. Even if you don't want it and the Police is watching you :))))
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Scrapyard Rescue: <br />From Wreck To Record Breaker
I definitely think that this is the future. Even more, a imagine a new kind of drift course - elevated, part indoors, artificial obstacles and, in the end, I see platforms for drifting, not cars with bodies and chassis. It will be a world where judges cant take favour a driver or another and where sensors can be set to score exactly what humans will wanna see. It will be a world where Vaughn JR will have to change carrier with something more appropriate with him, like wrestling or meat butcher or even a professional bully for hire, but hey, it will be fun as hell to see drifting competition evolving into something bigger and more interesting to see than it already is!
Mad Mike is one awesome driver and a greater man for being the first to lunch Drift 2.0. Ha, what a great name...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Is This The Future Of Drifting? <br /> Red Bull Drift Shifters
So, first - This is one of the greatest Speedhunters articles ever. Second - This car is pure awesome. Third - Those wheels are looking great! And they are aluminium? Forth - Did they sell this cars in my country?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Thunder & The Lightening
Larry, I think it is so funny that everyone from outside Europe thinks WRC is so new and so fun at 30 years old :))) For me is other way around, as I never saw a NASCAR race and I have never been at a drag strip. What do you prefer?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on When Is A Job Not A Job?
The last two ZN6 are looking awesome! But the Soarer from AutoBahn, man that's ugly! As a owner of two Soarer's I want to ask the owner to, pleaseeee, work on that aspect too :))) Soarer's are awesome cars and they can look pretty good even if form is preferred over function at Super Battle.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Original Speed Hunters
That old BMW looked awesome!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Speed Thrills Up An Old Hill:<br/> 109 Years In 22.58 Seconds
3 speed auto and 2,71/1 final drive? Of course is a little bit sluggish :)) But man, what a car! I wouldn't change it one bit
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Turning Muscle Into Fat:</br> The FastLane Camaro
@LavarBowers Yeah, sensors and computers. Take the human factor out of judging. Let's make drifting again fun, take the politics out.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Red Bull Drift Shifters: Watch It Live
Really nice old coupe. I would love to have one of this in my country, but they never imported one here.
About your wagon, have you decide it how its gone be? 6 or 8 cylinders? Automatic or manual? Style?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Carbs ’n Bags:</br> Toyota Soul With Ken Automobile
Nice contrast, the Rolls and the city in the night. Must have felt like a Yakuza pulling into Tatsumi PA in this car in the middle of the night. I wonder if that's the reason why the boys stayed so far away :)))
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Most Powerful Rolls-Royce Ever
Aside that hood scoop, this Escort looks awesome.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Playing It Safe:<br/>A Twin Turbo V8 Escort Cosworth
I have to say that I kind of expect to read a different story that the one Dino put here. I saw many reviews on the car that all said - It's a gorgeous car but it's not really a Lambo because its the first Lambo that doesn't try to kill you. Yes, they all said that the understeering is a bit too much. If Dino said its ok, I guess its gotta be. Not every car has to drift, does it?
Regarding the looks department....well, seeing one in real life, the pictures doesn't do it justice. It's way cooler than seeing pictures. The Huracan is one of the most stunning car I have ever see. Period.
2 months ago on The Ultimate Test:</br> Hakone Turnpike Vs. Lamborghini Huracán
I wish there is a Rocky Auto shop around here, anywhere, in Europe for cars like this to be taken care of by somebody how knows what he is doing....
2 months ago on Rocky Auto: Where The Magic Happens