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It's daring to do something so different. Seeing something that looks like its from TAS 10 years ago sliding would be awesome. I like that he went back in time a bit and went with a show car look with tucked wheels rather than a lot of poke and negative camber. Then there is the downside to this build. If you slide with that height and the kit is going to be ripped to shreds.The rivets on the bonnet and rear wide body totally destroy the smooth look this car nearly pulls off. That hatch is certainly unusual, but doesn't tie in with thick black edge around the rear quarter windows. Then there is the rough cut in the front bumper. Don't tell me it is for cooling because neither it, nor the main opening look to be ducted. This is more like a pig with a paint job than anything else. Imagine it with dents, shitty paint and you will see what I am talking about.
6 days, 23 hours ago on #FeatureThis: An S13 Goes Full Kustom
That was a well written article for a car I don't have a lot of positive feelings about. It has some nice touches, like the fog lights in the mouth. But it seems like a lot of these pieces were chosen for their rarity rather than looks. The flairing on the rear fender ends abruptly forward of the wheel and looks to have creased the rear quarter which hasn't been filled in before painting. And I can handle cars with flush fitment. I really dig Jap VIP, demon camber and a lot of the VAG scene does it really well. But at what point are the wheels just not fitting? The rear wheels don't seem to flow into the rear fender, it just sits there outside the guard. Not to mention miata's can fit high offset 9's without poke so it would be justifiable to fit 10-10.5s with 225/45 on the rear with to really push some limits. All things considered this article was a approached well and the car is a brilliant bit of marketing with some nice brakes.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Wait, That’s A Miata? Pit Crew Style
@SuzyWallace @Vilko @Mike Garrett In all honesty its been a while since Speedhunters have featured a properly crappy car. What is starting to get to me is that everytime there is a feature on a low car the author rants on about personal expression and invoking reactions and breaking trends and "wouldn't it be boring if we all liked the same thing" and all that rubbish. Its a show car, we get it. You aren't blowing any minds or changing perspectives by copying and pasting the same thing into every article. Rather than a rant I would prefer you guys spend a paragraph telling me about a few personal/custom touches, or putting up a few pictures of what it looked like stock or a work in progress shot to show the effort that went into the car. Most people who hate the cars car still appreciate the effort that goes into them. The car is done for looks, so tell us about what they changed the look of. If you can't fill in an article on the effort and thought that has gone into a car then perhaps the car is only worth a spotlight and not a feature?
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Honest Cruiser: Rotiform’s Beetle
@Mike Garrett "There were plenty of people doing questionable things to Corvettes, Porsches, Datsun Zs etc. back in the '70s and '80s. Some of those modifications have stood the test of time better than others." What you are saying is true, but just because something has been done for a long time doesn't make it justified. If you want to be very cutting edge start featuring cars from 2002 with 20" chromies on WRX with airbrushing everywhere. Sure its all individual taste, but even subjectively there are good and bad. For example there are universally recognised bad movies, that are a bland concept and poorly executed, often cashing in on recent trends. Cars are no different. Publications and critics don't have the time of day for crappy movies, should cars be any different? This is not an attack on this particular car by the way.And I can't agree more with Mike. I think its awesome when people want to push the envelope, like Bee Dragon. Particularly when its well executed and a quality build. But when you start hampering performance in a performance car it doesn't seem right to me."As for today's slammed Lambos and GT-Rs (which are actually few and far between) - well those are cars built specifically to get a a big reaction and that they do." Gathering a big reaction doesn't make it good. If someone were to buy a Ferrari Dino sand back to paint to make it rust then cable tie on a front lip from a civic and bolt on flairs from 240z with airbag suspension over some ROTA grids would you feature it? Sadly, I feel like you probably would. And knowing Speedhunters you wouldn't say its questionable and in a lot of ways silly. You would embark on a spiritual discussion on what it means to be a car person and claim its 'an ingenious innovation from (shop A) helping push the boundaries of what can be done to a European supercars of yesteryear by incorporating modern and vintage JDM parts which add such aggression to the timeless flowing lines of the Dino. Its as if Mad Max got in the Delorian and travelled back in time to meet the Flinstones. etc.' Or some load of bollocks like that for an abortion of a car.
I've always liked Rocket Bunny's s13 products for its simplicity and smooth style. This incarnation is just ricey. The carbon "splitter" that will get destroyed overspeed bumps. And thank god its angled to generate lift and not downforce, otherwise it would rip out those mounts in the front bar first time you get on the highway. Plus the tacky LEDs. They're nicely integrated into the front bar, but they still look like the stick on ebay ones. The ducktail look so out of place. The shape it is so square and the lower mounts don't seem to flow with the body. Looks like he got a SR wing off an s13 and mounted on a 45 degree angle. And when you're cutting out that much of the front guards why not have a conventional widebody to get rid of that awkward vent panel on the front quarter? Its some nice ideas and unique touches, but I feel like he got so caught up in his vision he forgot to make it look nice.
2 months ago on The Next Step: Rocket Bunny 86 V2
@LTDScott @SMRacing You're right, they've replaced about 95% of the car.
10 months, 1 week ago on Rollin’ In My 5.0: The Fox Redefined
@LTDScott @SubieNate @uKENinam I personally know a guy who has MADE a 9" fit IRS with double wishbones. If a privateer working out of his garage can do it I'm pretty sure this workshop could have done it. But this isn't an all out time attack car so they probably couldn't see as much benefit in it. Having a universally impressive drag time is better for business than spending all that effort and R&D to pull a track time that will only impress those who know about the track.
@Radni Molhampou It mentions how much hp this car is running not once, but TWICE within the article. Maybe reading the story would be a good idea. Or even just searching "hp" on this page...
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Uncharted Territory: Under Suzuki’s 52-sec Lap
@speedhunters_dino The underfloor and diffuser will help with drag, but if the car has enough downforce with the rear wing as is it will only be a minor gain and also take a lot of tuning to balance a new set up for downforce vs drag vs weight all for this particular track.
@st3althr @777 @speedhunters_dino @Crossmember Would nemo even meet the same criteria as the scorch s15? I thought it might fall in the catagory or the nsx. Unless this class is only restricted to having a factory floor plan, suspension design and running semislicks, similar as WTAC.
I dont know much about Portugal, but perhaps b series are very rare and expensive there. And maybe he had a R1 motor laying around/got it for cheap, or maybe its cheaper for parts over there. Maybe its for a class of racing that has a limited capacity. Maybe its just something he always wanted to do? This is all just speculation, but there are hundreds of potential reasons why he might have chosen this motor.
1 year ago on #featurethis: Yamaha R1-powered Mini
The holes on the front bar would actually hamper its cooling UNLESS its ducted straight to the radiator. The reason is thats a low pressure area so as you're drivsing air comes in the large mouth in the front bar, hits the radiator and builds up pressure, then some of the air will get pushed out of the holes in the front bar. So if they and/or the main mouth arent ducted that will help with your temps.
1 year ago on Miata Meets Silvia
@koknyol In Cefiros are more expensive than most S-chassis because of their rarity! What motors did they come with over in indonesia? Rb20s?
1 year ago on Shifting Perspectives: Rs-r At Formula D Asia
@PaddyMcGrathSH Having the wing itself further back gives it access to cleaner air, and having the position the wing mounts to further back increases the force it places on the chassis. So setups like the N1 concepts seems pretty legit. The others seems just for looks, which is a bit sad...
1 year, 1 month ago on Sema 2012: Trend Spotting In Vegas
@that4AGsound They would struggle to meet pedestrian crash regulations. And I imagine if you were to make a collapse on impact (or something similar) it would make the flimsy. But mainly a lot of people hate them, so why would a manufacturer risk losing half their market? They were being made right up until the rx7 fd stopped production, so maybe in 10 years time when they become really vintage and mainstream society accepts them as "cool" once again.
1 year, 1 month ago on Airbagged And Out There: The Low Lotus.
@HellaDK It looks purposefully and has been done for a looooong time. It also makes removing/replacing the widebody a hell of a lot easier.
1 year, 1 month ago on Sema 2012: The Good Old Usa
Interesting to see the trends. There seems to be a switch between 80's/90's colour scheme (white on teal gtr, brown nsx, etc), 90s/00's big wings and body kits and modern fitment. I know these are show cars, but it does get my goat when they cut the patterns in the wing endplates. Minimal as it may be it does hamper the effectiveness of the wing.
1 year, 1 month ago on Sema 2012: Asia’s Finest Offerings
Does that DC Sport 86 have its splitter attatched to its front bumper? Looks like the 86 is spawning a new generation of fast and furious "aero".
1 year, 1 month ago on Sema 2012: A Little Peek
Does this car have a hydro handbrake? I cant imagine the stock drum set up working with the alloy hat at the rear.
1 year, 1 month ago on Time Attacker: Pro Stock Racing Skyline Gt-r
@ACCDM Honestly, if he kept the stock seat and didn't have the wanker white circle and tow hook, and if he felt like it put a nice stereo in there then cool, its a nice comfortable daily. If he stripped the interior and bikini top then cool, its a rougher and faster daily. And all that stuff has nothing to do with power. But until this guy makes up his mind as to what kind of car he wants its just doing both things poorly.
1 year, 1 month ago on Mining For Gold, #featurethis Spotlight-o-rama