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The M3 ! the simple aero is something i want for my car too!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on The Cars of June
Great article, as always Taryn, godspeed on your travels!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Drive Your Dream
Congratulations on the fathership, god bless!Now, where do i find that onboard video from LaSupra?
1 month 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?
1 month, 1 week 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
1 month, 1 week ago on Is Drifting Racing?
Oh shite =(
1 month, 2 weeks 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
1 month, 2 weeks 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...
1 month, 3 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!
1 month, 3 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...
1 month, 3 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...
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Keeping Cool: CSF Takes Your Questions
I would really love to work there!
2 months 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?
2 months ago on Keeping Cool: CSF Takes Your Questions
Loved the end result, and even more so because it sports visual mods that are perfectly doable on almost any street car!
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months, 1 week 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
2 months, 2 weeks 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!
3 months 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
3 months 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!
3 months 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!
3 months, 1 week 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)?
3 months, 2 weeks 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)
3 months, 2 weeks 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
3 months, 3 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
4 months, 1 week ago on Meanwhile, Back In The Real World…
@speedhunters_dino @mbretschneider Grazie, signore
5 months 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?
5 months, 1 week 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
5 months, 2 weeks 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!
5 months, 3 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
6 months, 1 week 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
6 months, 4 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
7 months ago on Why YOU Need To Head Down Under
@prplbeast I think FD Japan would be aimed at local privateers/rookies , right?
7 months 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?
I didn`t even finished reading the article and i already want a full feature on that RX3 for christmas, ok guys?I think others would agree it would compensate for the lack of a full feature on the last crazy rotary you showed us (the mini)
7 months, 1 week ago on 25 Hours Of Thunderhill: The Art Of Endurance Racing
aaaand, the video of mike actually doing it is..?
7 months, 1 week ago on Cooper-von-Wankel, Moonshine’s Rotary Mini
@kphillips9936 (somebody can correct me if i am wrong) I think when you stretch the tires you keep with the original contact path (a 205 tire at a 9 inch wheel may seem like a 245width but it only touches the ground on the original 205mm). That means that they do cover the wheel, but the sidewalls doesnt touch the ground, and, when you have lots of horsepower and a narrow contact path you have less traction as you press the accelerator.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Sedan King: The N-Style Customs JZX100 Mark II
I will throw some ideas at the table, u ready?1 - off road in japan2 - drifting events in eastern europe3 - hill climb events other than pikes peak (cmon folks, PRESCOTT, aren't there some brits at speedhunters?) 4 - hill climb in japan? (there's gotta be a scene...)
6 - TARGA TASMANIA
just for me, those are half a dozen things, the years has 365 days, i know you guys can do all of them, right?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Pedal To The Metal:<br />Don’t Stop Me Now December…
ooook, now someone just puts up the link with subtitles, please
7 months, 3 weeks ago on SS: The Comic Book For Rally Fans
@Mike Garrett @mbretschneider man, just tell me when "turbo and stripped interior" isn't the answer for an automotive question?LOL, just kidding, but hey, do it the way i told you so and i gotta get a ticket to the US to try it!
8 months ago on Project Crown Gets A Donor Car (Or Not?)
Carry as much as you can from the celica to the crown, it certainly has better geometry and everything else, take drivetrain, axles.... everything. Simple turbo and mild tuning and you have a good drift car AND (without backseat and a few minor mods and anchor points) you can also haul all the needed things on the back of the crown that you may use on the next projects
It better be RWD.The juke engine isn't half bad (that turbo one) but, such a great design inspired by a RWD car simply CANT be FWD. I think everybody here knows that this transition is not exactly good for these kind of cars (corolla, anyone?)
8 months ago on Bringing Back The Seventies: IDx Freeflow
I know all too well about part delivery and cost.. having an import (jap) project car in brazil usually means 2 weeks for anything (and 2 weeks for anything that is fast shipping and you know exactly where to source...)About the dash, FRP/CF using the original dash as mould isn't an option?
8 months, 1 week ago on Project Z: Return of the G-Nose
Will the #iamthespeedhunter submissions be able as downloadable wallpapers (or , provided the links for the pictures in TUMBLR where the submitter has the option to control the avaliable download sizes, thus allowing or not a wallpaper version to be downloaded) in any sense? Some of those pictures are truly amazing and that little bonus would cope with the rest of the website
8 months, 1 week ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER: Breaking Out
I love the kyusha look and i will do my best (even with with my country strict regulations regarding mods) to move some of those elements into my build, certainly overfenders/flares (even small) and an oil cooler will be present to complete the look.Though as any kind of mod, if it is not well executed, if theres no thinking about it, if its just something done without careful planing, obviously will not look good on any car. But as with any other mod: planned, thought and carefully done it can serve any car. My 2 cents, but yeah, i like them.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Discussion: The Great Over Fender Revival
@Speedhunters_Bryn I think that the people from animal roghts will be upset when we lower the pony by surgically shortening of legs. Also, i am a little little worried about the poor animal's manifolds when we sort out the boost...
8 months, 2 weeks ago on This Is A Stick-up
Any fellow knows about a video of the car running? i really wish to see/hear it in some action
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Hot Robbing: RB20 Motor and 174mph…
@Wires Totally agree with the RX, supra and S2000But i think the capella/626 evolved into the mazda 6 (and the mazdaspeed being the GT version) and the MX3 is the mazdaspeed3... perhaps the newer ones cant compare to the originals, of course ( even more so about the small 1.8 liter and 2.5 liter v6 K series engine...)
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Discussion: Which Car Should Be Brought Back?
For me, a new mazda cosmo would be awesome! A new soarer perhaps?I totally agree with the 510 idea, too!
@speedhunters_dino You know, smaller packages tend to have concentrated contents!Cant wait for it!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Kaido Racers Invade Auto Legends
Werent we talking about variety the other day, Dino?You nailed it again, as always... And, hows the quest to find the japanese off-roaders? Trophy trucks and whatnot? Not the 1st time that you guys show us a slice of japanese off-road culture , we must find where they hide!
@lurklove I totally agree that a fanbase makes a classicI was talking with a Bolivian friend, and it gets to the point it is even a little bit weird how much they love the Toyota Corolla (of ALL generations, not only the 86 variety). Even a AE111 is a "amazing car" out there. It has a huge fanbase, it is used by many people that are proud of it. In the rest of the world, perhaps, not the most valuable of them all. But in that place, man they certainly consider it a classic.Isnt that intersting? I mean, all the things have the value people tag it. Global classics like a GTR are undoubitely classics, but for smaller audiences, you can have a wider array of options to count in as classics. I think it gets down to the fanbase...
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Discussion: What Makes a Classic Car?
@speedhunters_dino @mbretschneider couldnt agree anymore with you dino. I am just thankful that because of internet and the global community we finally have some grip n slide action around here, it was ONLY drag racing for decades, that can be boring
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Engine Swaps And Drag Racers</br>at Auto Legends
There is something real amazing: we are always attracted to exotic things from the other side of the world , no matter wich side of the world we live in! In Brazil, the most proeminent car scene EVER, the very one that most car guys enjoy here (except for a few, and you better include me in these few) is drag racing. It is the "brazilian car thing" if we could name something like that. Started in the 70s with american cars and only grew as fast as possible. Even our local EMS developed system was developed by a drag race afficionado, and unfortunatelly, there are lots of tracks here that are ABANDONED , except for the main straight that was turned into a drag strip.I dont hate drag racing, and it is intersting to see someone doing it in japan, but, really, i am more into time attack and drifting ("japanese things") than draggin, and i think there is some japanese guy out there who'd like to "change seats" for a bit for sure
@stayshift In Brazil, the cheapest porsche can cost over 110.000 USD (that is, paying 100% up front, if you split the bill it can go way more expensive) The average brazilian family of 4 people lives out of 750 USD per month, or 2 times the base salary, in the lower social classes.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on The Smoke, The Sound: RWB In The Raw
I am brazilian and i thought i stood alone in a sea of crappy cars dreaming with the imports. Nakai is inspirational , and Bufalos TV is one of the few automotive shows/channels that raises the level!
At 14 or 15: BBS (the classic) , OZ Racing Leggenda or a staggered setup with mismatching wheels of your choice
1 year ago on Project 86: Going Backwards, Moving Forward
I can understand the principle behind it, doesnt mean that i have to agree completely with it.It is a way (and obviously not the best one) to make a filter between candidates, but, ultimately, even between those who have money to pay for it, the most skillfull will show up in a way or another behind the wheel and money will not be so determinant in the end.Now, it is a shame that it has come to that, because money alone doesnt make a pilot. We have an example in brazil of Tarso Marques, he had the means to get there , had his own team and such, and still didn't made it through. I am NOT saying he is a terrible pilot or something like that, im just pointing an example where money alone wasnt enough to succeed on motorsports. Also, mr. Fittipaldi himself tried to run his own team, and even being a great driver, it wasn´t a successfull team.
1 year ago on Discussion: Pay To Drive – A Necessary Evil?
I dont wanna be mean, but, it seems vaughn got a better hold of his carI hope nothing expensive was hit, and i really am not saying this out of mockery. Its good to see him rocking it again
1 year ago on GATEBIL RUDSKOGEN: PRO TIRE DISINTEGRATORS
i would totally love to see another japanese company win at le mans... it will not be a small one with a rotating engine fueled by dreams and hopes but still, would be a nice surprise anyway
1 year, 1 month ago on POLL: AUDI VS. TOYOTA AT LE MANS
@speedhunters_dino Says the guy who has TWO turbos under the hood, eh?isn't a scandinavian drift-battle-carrier supposed to have a bigger turbo just #becausegatebil?
1 year, 1 month ago on Gatebil Mantorp Final Thoughts
@Wegs Sometimes the wheels that are cheap in one side of the world are expensive as hell, my dream is a set of watanabes that are not that expensive... in aus/jap/nz, but would get to Brazil far too expensive (around 6-8 times the cost).
Things that are expensive in some places, are not in other places, the beetle, for example, is everywhere here, but there are places i know they would be sold very expensive... i think if we rationalize that we can understand lots of choices (certainly a BMW, sourced from nearby germany is far cheaper than an american powerplant for example, that must travel overseas) they make when creating their cars, in the end it comes all to context
That truck should be styled like a dekotora truck! (and have a bigger turbo)
@Lastspark @mbretschneider I never said it couldnt be done that way. I am lucky to be able to extract good NA power from my original engine, and that i have performance parts for it.
Though for the majority of persons, you know exactly how it works. For the poor and the many, being unable to change a block without lots of bureucracy forcing a rebuild is something unfair with the common folk. That was what i was talking about.
Also, rebuilding engine parts is our own way of saving money, we have great machinists that charge fewer than in foreign countries, because here the imports and swaps are expensive in comparsion with other economical sceneries.Swapping engines that are much alike work well. Swapping a 4 banger for a v8 isnt something you can hide that easily.
1 year, 1 month ago on PROJECT Z: L-SERIES INSPIRATION
I was exactly right about to ask about the imagery and legal proof of madness
1 year, 1 month ago on CHARACTER VS. REPUTATION: PLAYERS CLASSIC
Thanks for the wonderful post , Taryn
I was having a conversation and we were talking exactly about it. The sacrifices you have to do in order to complete the tasks, how big they are, but then how even bigger is the reward. As i told in other post of yours, engine rebuilding is far common in brazil (because the laws are a pain in the ass if you need to change the block, and they forbide swaps) everybodys hopes lie in rebuilding with better components, if you want road-almost-legal performance.
Either way, be sure that your efforts and restrictions will pay. As i am sure (i am almost finishing a project) that i will be certainly able to forget about the harsh times when i finally start that engine again!
I am certain that every speedhunter here, every single one of us gearheads that join the party on this website, already passed or will pass through everything you described here
@mk1dr770 @Theratears I second you on this question
I would like to know how to read that information. Unit conversion or measurement conversions aren't any difficult to engineer/design students (i know that it can be a little more complicate in those countries who use the imperial system on a daily basis , because i have difficulty on thinking in imperial measurements) the difficult part is knowing where and how the industry is using this information, because even converting the nm/mm ou kgfm/mm into lb-ft/sqin (or the equivalent, correct me if i am wrong) means nothing if we dont know in wich sense the readings are used: to calculate mass needed to compress or power to expand the spring...
1 year, 1 month ago on Ask The Expert: The Suspension Gurus At Kw
I love those kind of posts , this is authentic automotive culture! I know its stupid to say , (because its common sense) but those things that make japan the country it is , are the things that make me want to go there!Now, if everyone has just that link to read "King" (the manga about a teacher and the Mid-Rear-subaru-engined CRX) online, i would appreciate much =)
1 year, 1 month ago on The Auto Otaku Library: Used Car Soul!
@CyroMiguel Eu sei. And thats the shit, and this is why the guidos think of the golf as ultimate pussy magnet sportscar and not as a "fun to drive hatchback"
1 year, 1 month ago on Players_Show_Essex_Speedhunters_Hangar-008
@CyroMiguel So you understand the thing about it being mis-used and overrated around here , right?
And to think that we have people that think that the MKI and the Gol are the same car...
In the country i live, unfortunatelly is the car of douchebags, or just a "boombox". Many people think its a " pussy magnet" or "one of the best sportscars around". I respect it and its heritage, but around here, i would feel ashamed of myself if driving one...
Its a looker, vws are famous on that one, perhaps would be good to bring some performance VWs to the features too?
1 year, 1 month ago on Messer Is More: The Turbo Fan Audi A7
I am finishing a FWD to RWD conversion, in a car that doesn't figure in the current KW portfolio. Is there any "universal" product on the KW line that i could easily adapt to any car, or a product you recommend for such situations where you want a high quality KW product for a car that usually doesn't recieve this kind of upgrade? Wich is the product you have that could fit the most of the applications?
Hey larry, you think you could schedule a full feature on one of the trucks? I think everybody here loved the features on rallycross cars, or onto the formula drift ones, so... why not? =) i think every inner child here will like it
1 year, 2 months ago on Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks
I cant express my opinion over the story the drivers tell, they have the real view from their seats, while all of us just can see through a screen or meters away, but, vaughn was, overall a little agressive that day! If you guys check on the runs of the same day he made lots of close calls, and had a spun against daigo... it seemed he was overdoing it a little
And, Aasbo is a real gentleman, he should have earned extra points for true sportsmanship!
1 year, 2 months ago on The Hammer Vs The Muscle
@apex_DNA You are totally right in everything you speak of, but since i am not a native english speaker sometimes i make myself hard to understand. Re-reading what i wrote made me realise that i didnt put out my point properly. Thing is that, i do believe you can have a great ammount of driving pleasure out of a cheaper sports car (and older car people often value the caterham, elise, spitfire, elan... and in moderns ways, the BAC Mono or the morgan three wheeler). The way i was raised, the place i live in, in every sense, its so out of my reality that i often miss the point of such types of ultra-cars... or that it is sophisticated enough that in the realm of ideas i can understand wich type of person would buy and have this kind of car, but it is something i never can see myself doing. I think even if i had the money i would go for something else (aston, bentley , the quattroporte or something alike).I talk about having two cars or a fun car vs daily driver in Brazil on a thread on DW, if you would like to read about our local reality (or, part of it) , i invite you to check it [just the 1st page/post, dont mind the rest if you dont want to check on a build]: http://goo.gl/0g8YH
1 year, 2 months ago on Fighter Jet For The Ground: The Lamborghini Egoista
@Mike Garrett (and i am really not wanting to promote myself or anything here, its a sincere share of automotive reality from other side of the world, my project is on driftworks and those who would want to see it can google it easily, it is not the point).
When you turn your daily 626 FS-ZE into a RWD car because there are barely no JDM affordable drift cars to be a daily skidder, and you have to do it all ninja style (mods over 10% gain in performance are illegal...) to retain your license plate because having a track-only car is expensive, you know things are rough for the enthusiast.
We never recieved via dealerships the RXs, the Supra/Celica/Soarer/Chaser... basically, aside of a few individual imports, none of the RWD JDM awesomeness is present here at a reasonable price.
We have a big VW/AUDI/Chevrolet scene here, but its all turned to drag racing. Drift (what i like most) is an embryo that runs basicaly in the biggest state (Sao Paulo) with a few wealthy people importing drift cars from japan as track-only cars or tuning up BMWs with hard earned money (BMW is expensive as hell here).I really wish i had the words and time to properly describe our automotive scene, i am sure it would sound rather exotic to people out there.
Also, the old VW beetle is here. In boatloads, buckets or other big measurements! As cheap as 500USD and can go as expensive as 25000 USD (due to restoration/tuning), every average brazilian loves it, and we had them fabricated until the 90s, i think only Mexico took them further...
Anyway, i dont want to be a bore , just sharing
1 year, 2 months ago on Project Cars: The Garage Expands By Two
Idea here: how expensive are the BMW engines out there in the US? wouldnt it be cool to go with an L6 from an M series? transplanting it with all the eletronics and exhaust system it would surely be smog legal and would have reliable 300ish BHP in stock form... just a thought.(certainly BMW would be cheaper in europe, but, im just throwing my 2 cents, im all in for crazy swaps! )
Just to clarify this: "cheap anywhere in the world" thing, in brazil a NA miata goes for 20-25.000 (yes, you heard it) dollars and there are but a scarce source of replacement parts and manitenance bits.
1UZ-FE with ITBs on that 240, its asking for it!
I am a person (PERSONAL OPINION HERE) that was never into supercars... i preffer the likes of the mazda RXs, the GTR, the Supra/Soarer... the thing is: for a big part of my life driving involved other people. Commuting with friends, travelling with my relatives and loved ones... sharing that cool song on the radio... driving was something egoistic to begin with, since only one could handle the steering wheel anyway.
Its cool, but, in the world that i live in, a caterham or BAC Mono would be prohibitive costing... even the miata here is rare and expensive as hell, so for me, this car is just something i will see on topgear once and that will look half as fun as the other cars, because the big thing about having fun is sharing it.
Perhaps for a lonely person, driving alone in a single lane road with no traffic in a desolated place... it would seem appropriate
Since its a turbo engine, i think you should take a look on the youtube show Mighty Car Mods. They fiddle with golfs an polos, the updates are usually daily drier friendly. One of the guys fiddle with his GF's golf too, and the season 4 finale has a golf too... You should check it. Simple and effective upgrades that will not eat eceryday driveability explained in a DIY way.
Also, i believe that any cosmetic mods (a popular thing to the vw scene, at least seeing from here) are harmless to a daily driver... Vynil wraps, overfenders and the stuff like that are easy to do and can improve the looks.
(As bizarre as it may sound, where i live the golf is a manly sportscar favoured by guidos, stance and "all sound no motor" and other people that usually dont see the whole thing about cars. Though respecting its heritage i wouldn't myself want to be seen driving one around here.)
1 year, 2 months ago on Project Gti: Hunting Daily Happiness
Great project! Its nice to have a project car and i know how you feel wanting it to run properly again! (i myself have a project getting near the time to run again)
Now for the curious bit: in Brazil, since we dont have access to parts and engine swaps are illegal, everything you showed here is repairable/refubrishable. We go to such an extent we have great quality machinery and professionals that specialize in repairing more extreme damage. For sure, around here, almost no exotics are beyond repair!
1 year, 2 months ago on Project Z: From The Beginning
@Luka024 Make it double! I also believe its a great idea! maybe with the JUN camshafts and a turbo...
1 year, 3 months ago on Project 86: You Gotta Start Somewhere… Again
Individual Throttle Bodies. Period.
Great work man , keep rocking it!
@ElFantasmo I am sorry, i am not a native english speaker and i can lead to some confusion sometimes.I think most of the fans are used to rally/drifting and other scenes where you have only 1 car per team and they go all out and the best wins and that's it. Formula 1 has its complexity and thus can lead to such discussions
1 year, 3 months ago on Discussion: Red Bull Drama At F1 Malaysia
Sorry if i used the wrong word, but, it seems "staged" fits where someone tells you to let other person win/get ahead (regardless of yours/theirs ability). I think that in sports, the best pilot/player/etc should win the competition.
1 year, 4 months ago on Discussion: Red Bull Drama At F1 Malaysia
And then people say that wrestling is the only "staged" sport out there...
Of all the things that can be said, i will say only two, one, is out of personal taste, the other, is something i think its needed with a rare car.
1st: Make sure the tires have some sidewall
2nd: let it rust, but (if the car is as rare as its said) don`t let it die!
Now go forth and be awesome!
1 year, 4 months ago on Project Crown: Signs Of Life
@Mike Garrett @mbretschneider In fact they were never sold as a kit (by kit i immagine DIY... sorry if i am mistaken), in Brazil , Puma was something like RUF a totally separated brand and they sold as standalone cars , the engine was slightly diffrent (something in the carb gicleur adjustment). But yeah, it looks great.
One of the man who worked with the development team behind the puma shell works with porsche replicas nowadays (they make replicas of the 550 and the 356 based on a tubular frame, fiberglass body and mostly 1.6 liter inline 4 vw engines made in Brazil).
1 year, 4 months ago on A Stroll Through Project Car Paradise
A puma? I knew there were karmann-ghias in the US, but the local (for me) made puma is quite unexpected. If engine swaps were legal around the specific part in brazil that i live in, i would love to trow some subaru engine in the back if its fiberglass body, instead of the old vw engine...
Good function brings a great form, the things are tied togheter. I think if you build a great car to use (not overpowering, just enough to be fun, like Tsuchiya's 86), it will look good in the end, it will have a history to tell.
Now, as a brazilian, i must say... daily driving a v8 truck? its a big reality check for me, lol. Fuel here is SO expensive (almost 1.5 dollars for a third of gallon of pee-water 85 octane...) that if your daily makes less than 23mpg you are not saving enough.
1 year, 4 months ago on Ole Orange Bang: New Life To An Old Datsun
I am completely sure i am not the only one wanting badly a feature on that drift Hiace...
C'mon guys. i know you want to do it!
1 year, 5 months ago on Osaka Auto Messe 2013: Hot Picks
Oy, Paddy, you totally forgot one of the best ads from the 80s! But fear not, here`s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68I0kMad3h0
(now seriously, aside from the intentional jokes, they totally nailed the 80s theme here!)
1 year, 5 months ago on Car Commercials Of The ’80s
Ok , when the full feature on that legacy wagon is coming? You guys know that everybody wants it
1 year, 5 months ago on Tsukuba Circuit, A First Timer’s Impression
@Mike Garrett @mbretschneider You are most welcome! Other thingn recurred to my mind, to go cheap on mods , you could use the SR20DET with a tacoma/hilux rear axle? (or a complete silvia bottom, cant know how those things do on cost, since the silvia was never sold here too), sounds cheap and jdm to me, lol
Be sure to blog about it, man! we all love to watch builds grow. Also, you could use that missing headlight as an air duct/intake
1 year, 5 months ago on Project Cars: Introducing The Auto Otaku Garage
@Mike Garrett @mbretschneider Sorry mate, i never knew the price of those items, it seems so "common" on builds ou there (i'm from Brazil, those things dont even exist here)... perhaps the UZ or JZ and a strong truck gearbox (the hilux seems pretty common , is that a strong gbox?)... either way, the thing is drifting it, drift wagons are sexier!
Not only inching down on the VW, but stretching it? otomoto.com.au has many japanese wheels that look cool
Good luck with the projects man, its gonna be MAD!
1 year, 6 months ago on Project Cars: Introducing The Auto Otaku Garage
For the GTI, a set of Watanabe 16x9 or something alike would be a nice japanese addition that i at least never seen on such car.
For the crown, either go the JZ way or UZ way, i think straightening the thing and painting it at least will stop rust from eating through the car until it is dead. Even if you go all american with an LS and a dogbox, i think the thing this car should do is that sideways japanese thingy you are very familiar with: drifting. No matter what engine+gbox combo.
Plus, preserving it a little bit instead of letting it die can give you the opportunity (because your fame can sell the car well , i immagine) to sell it for a better value and found a good other vintage project?
I think this discussion has a lot of areas that it can relate with. As a Graphical Designer i often get my heart torn apart by two forces in drawing: traditional or digital (with a tablet or CAD) , as a gearhead, i think it would be the same as having a project and deciding between carbs and EFI, and so on...
Both medias of drawing, both options of induction, have its pros and cons, film and digital are no diffrent, somethings only the film can give you , some results are only avaliable on the DSLRs... in the end , the medium of choice is a thing for the artist to decide i think, with diffrent medias you have diffrent approaches to the same content, and thanks to technology you can share and join those experiences (come on , scanned film, it rocks) to create something unique that you wouldnt be able to do before computers but also wouldnt be able to do without analog film!
1 year, 6 months ago on Cutting Room Floor: Film Versus Digital
@speedhunters_dino @ToneDiez Bi-lingual? ok sorry if i get too much ahead on this, or if i am doing an impossible request, but: The same way speedhunters make special postings with japanese text, to reach more japanese readers , i think if/when this show is avaliable with english subtitles/voice acting (i am personally not a fan of dubbing real people, i'd rather leave the voice acting to animation) you guys should do another post telling when it will air on the US/UK tv. The reason for that is, that us, people from the rest of the world, will have more chance to reach the content, since english is a language that more people (from south america, africa, europeans, etc ) have access to.
BTW, great work Dino, as always!
1 year, 7 months ago on The Retro Car Kings
Ok , now you internet guys, listen
Somebody, some people that do anime subs perhaps? (maybe initial D fansubs) has to rip it from japanese TV and subtitle it for the rest of the world!
Does anybody knows how much torque it has too? (just curious)
1 year, 7 months ago on Giant Killer: The Mightymouse Cr-x
I think KERS should come to everyday life like a nitrous shot or turbo booster.
Having an extra lump to accomplish a safer overtake would be a big lump on car safety! (or to initiate a drift when nobody is looking) would be so cool!
1 year, 8 months ago on Toyota 86 To Get Kers?
I love the car designs from the 80`s and 90`s for one reason: the designers took chances.
Aerodynamics and other things dictate how the cars look today, they dont take risks on drawing them anymore! But with all those books and magazines about "flying cars in the year 2000", i think the designers from 20-30 years ago were like "ok, they will not fly, we know that, but damn since they will not fly we should make them look like they could! We will draw the sickest rides!" thus we had pop-up headlights and lots of other awesome things.
When i think about the Toyota 86, the Lotus Espirit, the FD RX7... they all had one thing in common, they are being raced and daily driven until today for the very same reason: 30 years have passed, but those cars are still the future!
1 year, 8 months ago on Airbagged And Out There: The Low Lotus.
I may not be 100% accurate on this info, but: Ford has now a majority of stock exchange over aston martin, this certainly allows them to borrow some design.
1 year, 8 months ago on Sema 2012: A Look At The Oems
THE sound of the 787b.... <3
Now, seriously: wouldnt that be intersting if there were a race of delta-wings _only_ or something alike? I dont like the idea of wasting money (by testin prototype crashes against each other like on a child's play), but, with a category of its own accidents could happen and studying the car against a dangerous environment compose of its own equals perhaps could be able to help develop new security systems. On another point, a crash between two delta-wings would develop on a complete diffrent way too. Engineers, your opinion on that?
I also believe in the visibility issue.
1 year, 9 months ago on Poll: Is The Deltawing Too Dangerous?
I could say that the Delta Wing may not be reliable, but it is certainly RELIANT!
Curious as it sounds: the V8 engines developed for TC2000 are made for FF layouts. Some sources of local news around here say that they were developed over a pair of hayabusa engines (at least, local websites about racing depicited it this way).
1 year, 9 months ago on #iamthespeedhunter: Jaguar On The Prowl
@Thommo Sorry man if i upsetted you. I am brazilian, the last RWD affordable car was here like 10 years before i was even born. Nissan never fabricated any sports car here and an used and beaten fairlady 350z sells here for 50.000 USD (no kidding on that), so yeah, i never seen those cars dragging and i can only see them on the internet, drag racing here is mostly old v8 imports or beige FF cars turboed to death (and i`m not even into drag racing).
1 year, 10 months ago on A Final Look At The R’s Meeting
Drag (as with drift, circuit, time attack, etc) is a discipline that i am still digesting the GTR in...I think perhaps in the US or Japan this can be a somewhat more common sight, but for international watchers, the GTR is heavily seen as a circuit/time attack car. That said, thanks for showing up this side of gtr tuning
@Ikazuchi @mbretschneider It is in quotes because i am guessing that when you are squeezing the gas you probably are disengaging the eletric engine.But, just a guess
1 year, 10 months ago on The Mugen Rz Is Coming
This is a very intersting way to build a "environment friendly" car that isn't a boring drive! I would love to have one to be my "economic " daily driver!
Doesnt the insides of the Onyx remembers anyone of the Mazda Ryuuga concept car, or its just me ?
1 year, 10 months ago on #iamthespeedhunter: Onyx Out Of The Dark
Perhaps with even more sideways thrashing he will be able to "soften" it into drifting? haha!
1 year, 10 months ago on Aasbo, Dmac & Dai Reflect On Japfest
This is great! we barely can have info on JGTC around! Great work, Dino!
Try to snap (when/if able) the engines in those beasts sometimes, they're certainly a curious sight!
1 year, 10 months ago on Super Gt Set Up In Fsw: A Final Look
Its amazing how speedhunters can bring the drift world more closer to the drivers. Here where i live drifting is an unborn child yet, we know its coming and it might be raised to be great in the future, but there's so little on it that i only can get news and watch a little bit of things on the internet, and you guys do a great job on bringing it to us all! Congratulations for the drivers and the rest of speedhunters crew
Cmon, russian speedhunter brothers, please write us how to say "full throttle" in russian, so we can know how your version of "hold stumt" sounds!
1 year, 11 months ago on The Road To Gatebil 2012
The quality of those RWD conversions are a show on their own terms alone! (i respect it , even not liking the body of the old KA)
1 year, 11 months ago on The Ka Cosworth
I have to congratulate Rhys and his team, as the other drivers deserve praise to take on a difficult race like this
But, mind me not, without the Monster, the hill isnt that scary =/ i really wanted to see him run
1 year, 11 months ago on Rhys Millen Takes Overall Record At Pikes Peak
No doubt shakotan is certainly inspiring!
1 year, 11 months ago on The Shakotan Way: Liberty Walk S30
@RodChong @LouisYio Alongside with gear knobs? those would be neat too!
2 years ago on Frequently Asked Questions
I support everything said here, except for one thing: I think if a reader's car got featured on the website (via submission to the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail and selection by speedhunters crew) it should win a sticker, in the same fashion people get stickers at events or photographers stick the cars at the shows and meetings.
The reason behind this? simple: if a reader get his car featured, he will send tons of people (friends and friends of friends) to look at the car (and with this amazing website, they will not go just for one car) so if he gets featured he will send in viewers, why not gift the featured reader with a sticker anyway, so he can send viewers in even without talking directly to them.
I am not ranting, its just constructive criticism that i think would improve the participation of this nice community
Will you guys do a feature on the V8 passat some guys were fiddling on driftworks? they talked about gatebiiling it...
2 years ago on Dahlback Racing Polo Rsr
drifting on the budget has a whole new meaning!
2 years, 1 month ago on Who Needs Fuel Injection: A Unique S15 At D1-sl
Bring up the wallpaper, we all need some shakotan madness on our desktops!
2 years, 1 month ago on Shakotan Treasures
@Larry Chen @yanes33537 The scene around here is FWD VW turbos hooning in the streets, brazil has only one pro drift team that competes against itself in our local championship...
2 years, 1 month ago on The Green Goblin Drift Car
@MattPowers I bet this guy puts a show out there, have you battled him at any point?
@yanes33537 living in a place with barely NO rwd cars and wanting badly a japanese RWD car, i can know how much they might struggle with imports in china. Car imports here have 300% of the price on taxes... I can immagine how this guy must struggle to get his parts and such, and this has my respect
@KietaPhillips Indeed, its a fantastic car! completely the opposite of the cleaner builds, it seems like it survives of scavenging and it is full of battle scars
Make LAR_6959.JPG and LAR_0593.jpg into wallpaper versions, this beasts deserves being featured on desktops all around! (and its good to print out and scare people too!)
Hey guyse, time for a wallpaper roundup on all those drift events, right?
(also, we need wallpapers for the nurburgring report!)
2 years, 1 month ago on Drifting & Daisy Dukes: Matt Powers In Atlanta
@sean klingelhoefer @mbretschneider All of the pictures are great! I think people are expecting wallpapers from engine bay, the office and the full body shots
2 years, 2 months ago on Car Feature>> <br/> Chuck Wade’s Te27 Corolla