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If you ever read this, Stephan Papadakis, you are my hero as a builder!I am finishing a FWD to RWD conversion (street legal, full trim, etc) on a FF car all because of your drift builds. I live in Brazil, we dont have the fun rwd japanese cars (almost zero range of miata, silvia and so on) besides some motorsports-only-no-street-legal-rare-expensive-imports and i took inspiration on all the articles (SH, MotoIQ) features, facebook page and built with my own hands this carIts been 18 heavy months on me, family and bank account, but i regret nothing. This much is how you can inspire a builder/racer on the other side of the world. Keep rocking, you`re awesome and deserve it!
3 days, 23 hours ago on Interviewing The Sport Compact Legend
indeed, i think if i had to had a ferrari or other nonsense of the likes, it MUST be from liberty walk
2 weeks ago on Liberty Walk & The 458 Challenge
@speedhunters_dino @mbretschneider As said, its a great place to live overallIt would just be better if we could legalize things, people would feel more comfy. 99% of the time nobody checks your car properly, even at registration.. but if somebody checks, it will be taken right on because its totally illegalI know a bucketload of guys who would gladly pay more in registration fees/taxes if they could have their cars the way they want (also , would be a better way of raising public money, instead of just applying felony/fee to a mis-regulated situation, because fees bring hate to the table...)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Meeting The Angry Pandas
In brazil you cant up the power or displacement over 10%. Bigger than 2 liter you go on heavy taxes, you are FORBIDDEN to change your brakes, engine swaps that infer on the aforementioned rules are also forbidden. Imports MUST be brand new or 20+ years older, you pay thrice the price of a single import on taxes. RWD cars are pratically non-existant too , aside for some old machines or the occasional bmw/mercedes or semi-trucks.Yet still, people are gearheads, trackdays are around, everybody do the mods and even the authorities turn a blind eye to the mods, since everybody likes their cars with a little spice
Great country to live in, i must say, but really the car-related regulations and speed limits are a joke
go mental, twincharged but still energy efficient like those new vw engines... absolute torque with high horsepower and crazy noises
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Mustang RTR: The Next Stage
I mean, you even considered black?if it was a sleeper, i could agree, but LaSupra is all out fury, must be green!
1 month ago on You Decide: LaSupra Is Asking…
"simple and fun from a car most people have completely forgotten about"Thats definitely something more people should do! thre are many cars that are often overlooked!
1 month, 1 week ago on A Civic Shuttle That Proves There’s More Than One Way To Have Fun
Off topic: can anybody enlighten me why over the past weeks we have seen many builds where one or more turbos feed big horsepower engines without intercoolers? (Like the thousandish hp volvo amazon or the two-thousandish hp ford escort from the v8 theme readers ride)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Don’t Hate On V8s
A v8 would be so hard to source and service here, that i would go full-exoctic with the VK45 anyday!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on V8 Swapping: Choose Your Weapon
In brazil, engine swaps are illegal (though plenty, its barely neglected by law agents). The most popular tuning engines are 1600 to 1800cc VW Engines from the 80s (like the old turbo volvo engines in the swedish scene). These engines are cheap, easy to find and easy to source on performance parts. In fact, so easy it is, that on an overhaul, the price to build it with all forged internals good to 500+ hp and stock internals is basically the same.
Those engines have a ton of enthusiaist and are the equivalent (locally) of the plentitude and ease-of-use of the V8 in the american scene.What i believe that is part of the v8 rant (the same as they rant about the "AP VW" engine we have here) is because people actually see it as a shortcut to reliable power , but they see it from their POV only.A 1960s v8 here, on carbs, making somewhat 300ish hp costs around 10.000 USD, with nowhere-to-find parts, so yeah, a turbo 4-banger is our reliable power on local standards and everything else is seen as exotic, and everything VW+turbo is seen as "cheapass shortcut"I think if most of the people account for that to get an american v8 in japan, europe or latin america is a big pain regarding PRICE, accessibility, imports, smog certification... that a v8 swap in those places isnt exactly a shortcut, but as much work as tuning the original engine of the car! if not more! A v8 swap in here (and i believe in asia too) would be such a pain that people would drool over it for certain!, and certainly the turbo is the "easy way" around here
@Paul link us the build thread man! I usually dont mess with engines that have double the cylinders (aren't widely avaliable and engine swaps are illegal where i live) , but hell i want a VH/VK engine!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The V8 Swap Theme Continues:<br /> Readers’ Rides
The fabrication is amazing, and well executed
But i can't stop thinking that if it was anyone other than a japanese who pulled that stunt, he/she would be crucified and burned , then blown to smitherings. (notice that i didn't said that it is bad, but it would be viewed as a bad thing if it came from elsewere in the world, and i have noticed this kind of prejudice many times on the automotive culture groups)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Get Funky: 180SX Meets Camaro
The M3 ! the simple aero is something i want for my car too!
2 months, 1 week ago on The Cars of June
Great article, as always Taryn, godspeed on your travels!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Drive Your Dream
Congratulations on the fathership, god bless!Now, where do i find that onboard video from LaSupra?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on So Much Speed To Hunt, So Little Time
This is mental, i love it! I myself would run something like that to carry parts around...I`m crazy for digital dashes and displays, does anyone around here know what dashboard is that? where i can buy something like that?
3 months ago on The VW Caddy From Hell
i think the more competitive it gets, the more sponsorship, more power, etc, it all makes more difficult to achieve bigger resultsAnd i could also agree that drifting has an important position in motorsports, like the freestyle motocross has in bikesports. The important thing is keeping drift FUN ! i think some more regulations wouldn't hurt , but not powerwise, please, i think one cool thing about drifting are the "free" engines and chassis , i truly love cars like Papadakis/Aasbo Scion Tc (i am finishing a FWD to RWD conversion all because of this car! ), i think regulations could create variety through introducing something like D1 Street Legal
Come on, a Formula Drift Street Legal is all that we want, right? this way the grassroots level can still play the game even without the gargantuan budgets of the bigger teams, at least in my humble point of view
3 months ago on Is Drifting Racing?
Oh shite =(
3 months, 1 week ago on Saying Goodbye To Old Friends
J tune automotive S2000 brought out so many ideas for my own build that i am sticking with it
3 months, 1 week ago on The Cars Of May
Really inspirational, if i wasnt myself some 20.000 km from the art college center of pasadena, i would have completed my design degree there, most certainly!I too want a set of watanabes with chunky tyres, but for the big 626 i would go with 15 or 16 to keep the chunky tires in an easy to find measure around here...
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Carve The Canyons, Stir The Soul: <br />The Perfect Miata
@speedhunters_dino @Roughsmoke Also team Mature, and the bunch of subaru drifters too! And you still owe me that off-road japanese story from 2012!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Looks Like An E46, Drives Like An S15
In my humble opinion, the MADBUL is the dreamy drift car. Period.If i could chose now, no budget limitations, to have _ANY_ car on this land, i would choose and RX7, and if it was really possible, one like Mad Mike`sNo matter the version, even the Mk1 MADBUL was raddest than anything, and it`s crazy style is only surpassed by MMs piloting skills that made him victorious many times even with less power than other people in the grid. I truly think Mad Mike and his Madbul are an enbodyment of the "Jinba Ittai" philosophy on so many levels...
and i wasnt paid to say that, before anybody out there asks...
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Mad Mike x Miura: Virtual Becomes Reality
@SeanStott @mbretschneider Thanks for the enlightmentBut why the performance cores are twice or thrice as thick, and why some applications are factory fitted with narrower thicker cores and still work properly where theres plenty of room for a thinnier wider core (like on some longitudinal VWs , for example).Also, how much could i trade in? i could use some space around my actual radiator for supercharger piping...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Keeping Cool: CSF Takes Your Questions
I would really love to work there!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Let’s Cut Up Some Supercars:<br /> Inside Liberty Walk
I have a project car, wich runs mild cams and low boost (typical daily driver ready for trackday setup) for now i run a stock radiator wich is wide and thin. My question is, can i trade it for a narrower but thicker unit? Wich characteristic is better, having more surface or a thicker core?
Loved the end result, and even more so because it sports visual mods that are perfectly doable on almost any street car!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Porsche Hunting In A Honda
Those are mustang cues on a FT-86/ZN6/BRZ, im not hating it, i like it because it looks like cars/styles i do like a lotbut it kinda lost the mustang shape sometime in the middle of the process
3 months, 4 weeks ago on 2015 Mustang: To Wide, Or Not To Wide?
@FunctionFirst Hey man, you know what happened to the stream?I missed the whole top 16 onwards! it was terrible
4 months ago on FD Atlanta: Through My (Wet) Lens
Ok, now i`m wanting to test it, and i want it badly!Thanks for make me start stuffing the piggybank , Keith
4 months, 1 week ago on Do You Know The Real History Of Air Suspension?
@speedhunters_dino @mbretschneider You are nearer than most of us , man! lolim certain you can hook up with somebody, or at least throw in more shots of that forester!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Grassroots Love At The Black Mark Day
Hey Dino, when you willl go to the local car-meeting-place with the Mature guys and do a big post with mini features on each car? (c'mon , you want to do it, right?)
This car was the most powerful machine of my childhood! Seeing it on a magazine, or even better, piloting it on Gran Turismo, made me smile
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Twin-Engined & Terrifying:</br> A Monster Suzuki
Full feature on the Valtonen Motorsports RX7 is not negotiable! It looks made of pure awesome!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Sweden Is Going To Melt Your Internet
Come on guys, i think we all want to see a feature on mr. Forsberg`s car now!
5 months ago on Formula Drift Long Beach: The Streets Of Desire
not the proper place to ask (and the answer probably will be kinda positive) but, will we have features on the cars of the speedhunters formula drift drivers (besides the one that already was featured)?
5 months, 1 week ago on Enhancing The Eighties: N-Style’s Toyota Carina
My country has zero universities that specialize in car design. It has courses for mechanics only. I myself graduated in graphical Design, worked with book covers, comic books and the lot, and now i am making a big bold move to start customizing cars and trying to live a life i love. That said, is there a tip or is there bibliography you could recommend on reading a model`s factory lines and re-interpreting them? (like, for example, when you create the next gen of an existing model in aston lineup)
5 months, 1 week ago on Question Time For The Century Man:<br/> Ask Mr Aston Martin
@speedhunters_dino @mbretschneider Me too, although some people like it rough i immagine since many nissan engines are chain drive, these cogs might be lubricated by extra engine oil or something alike...Maybe someone more knowleadgeable can come up with something for our curious minds, if you are not able to ask this kind of question due to some industrial secret
5 months, 2 weeks ago on OS Giken TC16 – Engine Porn At Its Best
Does anyone know if the gears of the distribution system are all sunk in oil when the engine is running or if it is an independently lubricated system?Dino?
I must confess i am kinda glad the WRX didn't came out too much like the concept, because the concept looked like a Kia. I am NOT saying Kia cars are bad or something like that, just that the concept lacked Subaru identity, and started to relate to other brand/brandsIt came out in a way with lines that kindly resemble the GC, the birthplace of the WRX, wich is something that lacked a little in the previous edition IMHO
6 months ago on Meanwhile, Back In The Real World…
@speedhunters_dino @mbretschneider Grazie, signore
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The ‘I Heart Honda’ Charade
Dino, Alex, someone can point me where to find more information about the car? (facebook, blog, forum post...) i like kei-car racers a lot, and found it very intersting (also, if anyone has video...)
And when to start using a harness? I see barely unmodded cars running 4, sometimes 6 points (probably an overkill) as much as i see 400hp street cars with regular seats, so , at wich point should i "feel" or know that it is time to use a proper harness?
7 months ago on Want To Harness The Takata Knowledge?
It think it would be intersting for everybody abroad (specially outside the US or the inner circle of editors) to know where our beloved writers, editors and such went after the dissolution of those magazines... Could you give us a heads up here or on facebook? A small article just like this one will be well worthy
7 months, 1 week ago on So Long, Modified Magazine
@StudioPCK @mbretschneider Nothing more than you really deserve! Thanks for everything on your website and for sharing your knowledge! I took one of the biggest decisions of my career to start working with cars and you are one of the ones to "blame" for that!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Most Influential Automotive Designer You’ve Never Heard Of
Brian is a great inspiration. As a car builder (on my first BIG project) and a graduated Graphic Designer, he is more than inspiration, he is a role model!
I second the statement that you can never have too many RWD sportscars
8 months ago on GT4 Stinger: Kia’s Answer To The FR-S
still many people go outlaw, people are pushing i lt and i thing govmt is figuring that they can just create fees and taxes for modded cars like other countires... either say, people do it outlaw style all time, my own piece of resistance is something i will try to send to #featurethis in the near future, and , for us outlaws down here , SH and the stories of down there are all very inspiring
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Why YOU Need To Head Down Under
current laws in brazil doesn't allow you to modify a car besides changing its color, slightly changin the suspension height and alterations up or down 10% of the original power/displacement and thats it. anything outside these lines is illegal. Consider yourself blessed with all you can do legally in the Nz, AUS, JP, US and EUR
@prplbeast I think FD Japan would be aimed at local privateers/rookies , right?
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Formula Drift Heads to Japan
Ok , we know speedhunters has no relation to FD (besides friendship), but you guys in the business have enough contacts to answer my question/propose it to the organizes: What about livestreaming? will there be livestreaming?Livestreaming is the way for us outside the US, europe or Japan, to follow up the most amazing car events that are held on those places, i know overseas fans dont bring in the big bulk of money , but if overseas fans weren't somewhat important for the business, FD wouldn't go from the US to the JP, right?