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2 weeks, 1 day ago on Meeting The Angry Pandas
This article is something all italian speedhunters readers were waiting for.Finally, someone has unveiled the hard kock life that a car enthusiast has to suffer here in the country of "pizza mafia and mandolino".
All our politics can do here is to create a more and more complex chaos of regulations and rules, which 90% of the times are completely non-sense: one for all, the fact that car taxes are calculated on power instead of the actual cost of the vehicle.If you buy a 10.000 € used Nissan 350Z you will be taxed a lot more compared to, let's say, a 60.000 € Audi Q7 diesel.Basically in Italy, if you like sportscars you are a tax dodger, but if you buy luxury SUVs you're fine.Question: how possibly could a young guy want to live here?Answer: Look at how many 25-26 y.o. leave the country every year.And I'm so glad that we are bankrupt, so that maybe finally someone will come and erase completely our joke-government.
@Beany Was thinking the exact same thing.
Curious about the answer :D
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Project 991: The Balancing Act
I like the idea, very much, but there are some things I don't like.The side strong lines of the car are completely lost: especially the character line that runs from the front bumper to the rear bumper, passing through the door of the car, that line is one of the most important for the mustang's new design direction.The fenders in the RB kits are well linked to the stock body lines, even if they could use more originality and discontinuity from one model to another, but here it seems that the designer just placed some curved sheet metal onto the body, just to accomodate a 13 inch large wheel.But the front end looks nice, I like the side winglets that connect with the front fender.If only the wide parts connected more coherently with the bodylines, this kit would be a winner for sure.I hope my criticism was contructive enough.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2015 Mustang: To Wide, Or Not To Wide?
Mike Essa's cars are always spot on.Absolutely in love with his livery.
5 months, 1 week ago on Essa Wants Another Championship <br /> Here’s His Plan
Well.This beats to death every single custom build I've seen so far.And when I say "beat to death" I mean with a giant, giant hammer.Made of adamantium and glass chips and armoured concrete.
8 months ago on Murcielago Mix-Up:<br />The Fiat That Ate A Lamborghini
@RodChong@wheatgod I answered to Rod a bit upper in the page.Wheatgod, I don't need your appreciation, nor your "challenges".I know what I'm talking about, do you?Rod, I know the process of designing a bodykit, but the fact that a person is using a correct design process doesn't guarantee the design itself.Justifying a design by itself is not an argument.
8 months, 1 week ago on What Miura-San Did Next
@RodChongNo, it's not the same.Mesh wheels are a fairly old formal language, and the fact that they make them today, or the fact that people use to fit them on modern cars, doen not mean they can be defined as new, or fresh.If you look at BBS lineup right now, you could see that new BBS models are definitely "new", meaning someone actually sits down, looks at his heritage, and tries to draw something innovative from there.And believe me, designing a new rim is not an easy task.With this in mind, you could look at a CH rim and see clearly that it bears the same design dna of the classic RS rim, but there has been an evolution in there.Miura San, whom works I respect, did not evoilve his overfender design a single inch, left the ones needed to fit them onto different body styles: and that is not an "evolving design", it's simply scanning a different car and see how to fit the arches.Someone compared him to Porsche, for "beig the same for 30 years" which is incorrect.Porsche designed the 901 which was so innovative, so different and so "new" that at first, it didn't work, so the engineers had to push the boundaries of mechanical knowledge to make it the perfect sportscar.This leads to the massive amount of design constrictions a 911 has, the pinncale of which are the engine behind the rear wheels, the tank on the front and the reverse-water drop shape.Porsche can't change its shape, because it is unique and functional to the mechanics underneath, but can evolve the shape, perfecting what can be perfected: so a 964 is different from a 993.Audi is being called "boring" because all his cars are undoubtely different, but have the same "family feeling": same grille, same LEDs, same arches, same hood all scaled down or up for each model.Miura San does the same: he scales the fenders to fit the car, giving the same "boringness" Audi does.
@wheatgodSo let me understand your point.Basically, you are comparing the brand that gave us the 356 B Carrera, the 550 Spyder, the Carrera RS 2.7, the 964 Turbo, the 959, the 993 GT2, the 996 GT3, the Carrera GT and the 918 Spyder, to a man that , honestly, draws two lines, cuts off some metal and rivets some fiberglass in a small shed in Japan?I think that we went too far, way too far.
Well, you can't call this "new", nor "fresh" nor "innovative".Miura San needs some inspiration, the whole Rocket Bunny lineup is getting a bit boring.
Damn, it's hard to be right...:D
9 months, 1 week ago on German Speed Metal:</br>A Time Attacking Porsche 944 Turbo
LV wrapped engine.Because Paris Hilton.
9 months, 1 week ago on #FeatureThis: An S13 Goes Full Kustom
Where are all the moaning "SH is all stance" guys?? Uh?? Anyone??
This is my opinion on the new Mustang. I don't like it.Then there is the objective design review of the new Mustang.It's not a bad looking car, in the same way that Starbucks' espresso is not bad.It's just "some car" , not a hint of personality.Front: It's hard not to see Germany in that bumper, or in the headlights, or in the grille...Side: Germany, again...Rear:Oh the three-stroke taillight, so Mustang...aaaaaand Germany again...I really think they should have taken more time drawing, and less time visiting Munich and Ingolstadt.
9 months, 1 week ago on Sixth Appeal: 2015 Mustang Revealed
The S4, the hero car that italian petrolheads use to remind the world how great we were in the past.And to remind us how shitty we are these days.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on The Greatest Group B Car?
@Mike @speedhunters_dino @FrancescoDiGiuseppe @Larry Chen Hold on a second. My point was not what you mentioned, cause I never ever pronounced the word functionality. I actually am kind of a hybrid between a product designer, in a "styling" meaning of that, and an engineer: I got the chance to spend three months in a racing car factory here in Italy as an internship, so I'm with you, I know rivets are no good for aero, as well as a vertical spoiler doesn't help much in a car that has deliberately no active aero at the tail (cause the floor makes all the necessary downforce without affecting straight line speed).My point was a different thing.This is a statement, not for purpose, not for racing, not because it has to work.This is a statement to say "We don't care if it's a Datsun or a 458, this is how things are done in a dusty and messy workshop in Japan, and we know that in Italy, in England, in USA, race cars are born in the same way, there is no pedigree, no luxury and no fanciness: just cut the bloody thing off, make it wider, open vents, slam it to the ground".In small racing factories, when you build a "prototipo", it is like this.It's the mood, the mentality behind the car: there is no CFD, no engineering, but there is the same exact "aura" you can find behind a widened 911 RSR or McLaren F1.I said it is a "racer for the street" for that reason, not because it is an "upgraded" 458, but because it is a statement, as Larry said, "to create a buzz".It's with things like these that the boundaries are broken to find new inspirations and new meanings.And bear with me, this comes from someone who thinks that something that works is already beautiful by itself, not from a "scene guy" as they call them.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Not Afraid To Shock: Liberty Walk 458
As an Italian design student and car design enthusiast I should think this is all wrong.
All the work made by Pininfarina and Ferrari, all thrown through the window at once.Design is a really long, hard and painful process, years and years to come with a definition of a form that follows a series of impressions and inspirations.In modifying that form it is really difficult for a person who is a stranger when it comes to car design process, to get things right.But somehow this does, this does look like if some racing workshop in Italy had to build a Challenge Stradale version of a 458, and had to put rivets on the fenders cause there's no time for refinement in a performance build.People have this heavenly vision that Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati are some kind of jewelers, but when it comes to racing, which is the core of it all, it all is set and done in a dirty workshop, with saws and solders and metal and rivets and duct tape, wheter you are called Ferrari or not.So I think, in this respect, this build is the definition of what a 458 racer for the street should be.
@RED27 Waste of skill and engineering? Dude, seriously, say "I don't like it" and that's all, cause everything else you said is plain wrong in so many ways.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Huayra: To Love Or Not To Love
I smile every time I see comments like "1.6????? WTF".In all these years apparently no one has learned that engine capacity means nothing.The Alfa Romeo 1750 Tbi is a good example that you can build a small engine with the right amount of power and a good km/L rating too.I think it's amazing how manufacturers are exploiting turbochargers and superchargers again, it's a new "turbo era" and it's pretty exciting.I wonder how much time will pass until we see 1.6 hybrid turbo/super charged engines with 350+ hp on the streets.
11 months ago on Is Nissan Bringing A New Silvia To Tokyo?
@Lastspark Old argument, constantly proven wrong when it comes to handling.For the looks, it's a matter of taste: just buy something else.
1 year ago on SAY YOU WANT AN EVOLUTION: 50 YEARS OF 911 DESIGN
Based on the majority of the comments down here, Speedhunters is a place where a) if you can't afford a car, you can't talk about it, and you are shit...b) BMW is Satan because they called it the M4, last time BMW was Satan because it ditched the straight six, and I guess it went well...c) BMW is putting a straight six again in the M4, but people rant because it has not a V8...d) If you own a post 2000 car you are a dumbass and not a true enthusiast, because post 2000 cars are too easy to drive...e) Mirrors are the most important design feature of a new M car...
1 year ago on Bmw Goes Mmmmmm With The M4
I'd say, if movie quality is what this list is about, F&F shouldn't be mentioned. But, and follow me on this one, F&F put on a mainstream screen JDM cars that no one had ever seen before, and more than some of us, mainly europeans, were introduced to JDM machines such as the RX7 thanks to that movie. So I think that, in the sense of inspiration and not for the quality of the movie itself, F&F should be on the list, not winning, but it should be there. For me and for many others I'm sure, that movie was the reason that let to the discovery of JDM cars and tuning companies.
1 year, 1 month ago on Poll: The Best Car Movie Ever
Am I the only one thinking Esprit is in the top 3 of the best aero parts makers ever?
1 year, 1 month ago on Suzuka-spec Supra From Esprit
That 90-35 plate 86.I wanna know what's going on at the front, because the back is quite badass.Best bumper-exhaust-wing-camber combo ever.
1 year, 1 month ago on Hachiroku Overload: 86 Style At Fsw
Wheels are great.But as someone said, now your GTR needs a body update too, cause the wheels look too "tuned" for the stock body to match.I also wonder how much better would this car look if it was white, or dark grey metallic, on those TEs.But anyway, I guess it's just the beginning of a long series of mods :)
1 year, 1 month ago on Shiny Red Boots: The Te37rts Get Fitted
1 year, 2 months ago on Poll: The M3 Is Dead. Long Live The M3.
Yes, the one who didn't attach the photo...it was me :D But I noticed that and I sent mail and pictures correctly ;)
1 year, 2 months ago on Let’s Talk About #iamthespeedhunter
When I was young, and a Calibra rolled by, I always thought "What a badass piece of machinery".I'm happy someone did it right!
1 year, 2 months ago on The Car Spotter At Gatebil Mantorp
LOL it's supposed to be so...it's a montage
1 year, 3 months ago on Porsche’s New Lmp Breaks Cover
LMPs and prototypes in general do not have "looks", they have regulations to satisfy in order to run in competitions, or in their specific category. The "looks like this and that thing" doesn't apply to cars that are not production-derived: It's like saying "All F1 cars look similar, they are rip-offs", it doesn't mean anything. F1, LMP, NASCAR, Pikes Peak top class, Indy and all prototype based racing series share the same "basic package", and they develop their aerodynamic solutions based on that: it's a very very narrow design space, and this leads to cars that may look similar, but treat airflow in a drastically different way.
LOL I noticed that now and you're absolutely RIGHT!!!
1 year, 3 months ago on Red Flag To A Bull: Players Classic
South is a direction, not a place.Hence, France and Germany are both south from UK and Norway.
1 year, 3 months ago on Players_Show_North_Weald_2013-012
UK, Sweden and Norway only: that is not a European Tour isn't it? Gotta come down south guys, you have many fans in Italy, Germany and France too.
Black it out.Call Bruce Wayne.
1 year, 3 months ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA
When something is built to be a challenge to the laws of vehicle dynamics, and it ends up being one of the most victorious car in the world you just can't call it a car anymore, you call it a masterpiece.Why changing something that is already perfect and innovative, even nowadays?How many cars with rear engine/rear wheel drive/rear gearbox you know that are a reference in handling and driving experience?Some people can understand this, and pay respect to the heritage and to the infinite class the 911 has achieved over the years.The others just read some wiki about cars and pretend they have an opinion about them.Don't like the styling?To each their own.But calling it "the same car"?You just need to reconsider your view about design, taste and visual pleasure, my friends.
1 year, 3 months ago on Porsche Goes Retro For The 911′s 50th
The world is simple: everyone has its piece of cake, and we're all happy. But no, everytime there has to be someone that says "eeew, needs to be on the track" or "eeew, needs moar low". What if the owner of this NSX is not interested in beating BMWs and Porsches? What if he likes listening to very loud music while driving? What if he likes to match red and gold and chrome just because it looks good to him? You can't deny this is an interesting car, built with the right amount of love and care. So what is the problem? Being innovative and mixing things up is a problem? Or should we wear all the same uniform because someone said it's right that way?
1 year, 4 months ago on The Dream Car Realized: A Socal Style Nsx
RESPECT to the owner/builder of this NSX.It's not easy to make something so unique.BRAVO!
Don't wanna mess with that Low Enforcement Patrol...
1 year, 4 months ago on Wörthersee And ‘that’ Fuel Station
1 year, 5 months ago on #iamthespeedhunter: The Black & White Theme
I think Vertex bodykits are just the best in the business.Awesome designs, awesome blending with the stock body lines.The only other bodykit manufacturer that can keep up with Vertex is Voltex aero.
1 year, 5 months ago on Nob’s Personal Ride: The T&e S15 Silvia
@GraysonParker I know. I discovered that , being 24, I am not young enough to understand. And apparently, so did you. Let's just face it: we are not proper car enthusiasts.
1 year, 6 months ago on Fast Car Magazine Preview: Dirty Downforce
@Hotcakes @westhave Tra Kyoto uses Rhinoceros as CAD software, but this doen't mean the kit is properly tested for CFD. Rhinoceros infact has very few analysis plug-ins, and has no fluid dynamics controls, so I doubt that they tested it for proper functionality via software. As Hotcakes said, even looking at it you can find some turbulence-generating surfaces and holes.
What I miss from the new generations of car enthusiasts can be summarized with a simple but effective word: respect. Respect for these people, that at the pinnacle of the most striking financial crysis in Europe, decided that passion should never ever be abandoned. I'm not a Ferrari fan, I always was a Lambo guy: but this thing is just completely mind-blowing. Forget the fuss about Ferrari tuning press cars (and I still think they don't even need it) , forget all the massive commercial branding on jackets, pens and umbrellas: this is Ferrari as it was when Enzo was alive. They are born to be the best in the industry, and with this car, they redefined everything: design, packaging, performance, engineering. And I bet with all of you that this car will be the best hypercar the world has ever seen.
1 year, 6 months ago on La Amazing: Ferrari’s New Hypercar
In Italy, when we want to say that something is the best of the best from a certain brand we say "Non è UNA Ferrari, è LA Ferrari" which translates into "It's not A Ferrari, it's THE Ferrari". This explaines the name, and you don't have to say Ferrari LaFerrari, it's just LaFerrari. Regarding the looks, it's a matter of taste I think, but comparing this to a "Corvette bodykit" makes me think someone should be banned from this site. This has been in developement at Ferrari since the Enzo came out, so basically if someone copied, that was the Vette in the first place.
Too sick to be true!
1 year, 6 months ago on Global Perspective: An Evo In Dubai
LOL I didn't knew there were "car fanboys" before seeing some of the post below. Btw may have the power, but man, this car is the most boring looking four wheel object I've ever seen. At least should be reasonably priced...
1 year, 6 months ago on Four Door Muscle: The 2014 Chevy Ss
@RBs30 Of course, of course, we all know history: but I find their N/A versions more poetic.My comment was deliberately not about performance figures, but about something else.
1 year, 6 months ago on Poll: Forced Induction Vs. Na
I think that both have serious advantages and disadvantages.But the history of motorsport, in the classic sense of it, has given us some truly amazing masterpieces: Porsche, Ferrari, BMW and the amazing ameeican V8s, all N/A engines.Modern Ferrari and Lamborghini V12 are glorious, LFA V10 is just completely bonkers, Honda four-cylinder legacy is still strong.I think this poll has to be taken not in a technical way, but more in a spiritual one.So my vote goes to N/A, because I think there lies the true "soul" of engineering: N/A engines have a voice and a character that forced induction simply cannot replicate.
I have to go with RE Amemiya.Unique, classic and innovative.
1 year, 7 months ago on Poll: The Cars Of January
@maxproof I am a Porsche guy myself so you speak my language...but you just have to take a ride in a F40. Seriously, even as a passenger, even at 50 km/h, you can't believe the atmosphere. I believe that a supercar has to have something else along performance, top speed, or exoticness and that is a huge, screaming soul: the F40 has a very very big one. The RUF is amazing, but again it is brilliantly tuned 911, and while it ticks the "performance" box i feel it lacks something, as the 959 does.
1 year, 7 months ago on Poll: ’80s Performance Icons