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@HLB @ToneDiez True enough, I guess. Times are changing, some traditions have to change a bit to keep up.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on VTEC Meets Boost </br> The Civic Type-R Turbo Is Here
@SparkyR_1 I'd imagine so, but I don't know any specifics about emission policies in Europe or Japan to be honest; so I can't really debate that.
Seems a bit blasphemous to boost a Type-R from factory. But I think it's blasphemous to boost a Type-R motor with aftermarket parts, so I'm biased. Type-R's have always been high revving NA cars that may not have a lot of power but they're a lot of fun to drive. Granted, I guess Honda felt they had to do something to keep up with the times, being that every manufacturer is boosting their cars from factory now. I just feel like it takes away from the Type-R name and legacy. I like the body styling though; not too big on the 20" wheels, however. Ehh, not like America will get it anyways.
LMAO! Again, this whole view count tallying for legitimacy is ridiculous. Feels like the Speedhunters staff are just too lazy to host their own vote amongst themselves and other unbiased enthusiast peers. So I could have my car featured and just have 100 or so of my friends view it at least once a day every day of the year and possibly win? Cool. How about staff members/photographers/etc plus each featured ride/event representative votes on their favorite with themselves excluded from their own options?
To name a site "SPEED"hunters and the Event of the Year NOT be a competitive racing event with REAL CARS, is just shameful. Not to mention Car of the Year is a car that hasn't competed in any events this year and will probably be hard parked more often than driven hard. I guess that's the price of going mainstream, you lose site of your roots...or maybe they were never there in the first place. Sad.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on The Speedhunters Event of the Year
Ehh, I still feel the 'LaSupra' was the most impressive car this year.
When it comes down to it, Ben Sopra is a much more well known name and, I'm sure, got a ton of views...so I understand why.
So again, it's always down to a popularity contest...the bigger more well known names win 90% of the time. Similar to why you don't see many amazing indie/underground musicians/film makers winning grammy's/oscars.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on The Speedhunters Car of the Year
@hennes Not really. Time Attack teams are just doing what F1 teams used to do but are now restricted on, experimenting with radical aero designs. Stems from the same thought process though.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Project Nemo: Found
It's looks sick and all, but thinking about all the money spent on "JDM-tyte-parts-yo" and basically nothing on the engine makes my head hurt. Regardless being a daily driver, it should be a crime to hard-park a Miata...they should be getting flung into turns @ WOT.
Looks pretty and unique though.
8 months, 1 week ago on Wait, That’s A Miata? Pit Crew Style
I think there's a glitch in the shipping calculator for the bundle.
Regular Postal Service to the states is $85.50 for a total of $160.50.
While quicker shipping through FedEx and "Courier Service" is less than half Postal Service.
Still don't wanna pay $30+ for shipping just for 2 books.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Feel The Joy: Volume 3 Drops Now!
I love this! I had an old S30Z a while back, didn't get to do what I wanted with it before I had to sell it...hopefully I'll get another try at one later on; but I always wanted to do something like this to the Fairlady Roadster. Very well done, and still classy. Inspirational work.
9 months ago on The Pursuit of Happiness:</br>A Datsun Roadster With a Turbo Twist
@seattlejester Sounds like you're thinking more along the lines of an air cup system, which do exist. A true coilover with adjustable dampening/spring rate and an air cup that can raise and drop the car an inch or 2, but doesn't sacrifice the shock's performance.
9 months ago on Introducing the Double Down RTR
I guess someone has to build the life-sized version before Hot Wheels can make the toy version.
It's almost like Lambo built it just for them! Hideous.
9 months, 1 week ago on Open Air Insanity: The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
Hunt. I like the womanizing playboy types, they're much more fun. To be able to live that lifestyle and still be a competitor, that's pretty impressive all on its own. Had Lauda not crashed at Nürburgring, he would have no doubt won the Championship that season. But due to the crash, of his own doing and by no interference from another driver, he missed out on vital points which allowed Hunt to catch up. Lauda had the chance to be consecutive Champion at Fuji, but chose to retire of his own accord; Hunt knew what he needed to do to win and gave an amazing performance to reach that goal.
Lauda was definitely the smarter driver, but Hunt had..."Balls". Had it not been for Lauda's missed points during his hospital time, Hunt would have never been able to close the gap. It's obvious to everyone why 1976 was Hunt's only F1 Championship, Lauda's crash. However, due to the nature of the sport and the well known risks, it just happened to be Hunt's year and he took advantage.
I would have cheered for Hunt. I like the playboys and I like the underdogs.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Hunt Vs. Lauda
@Oregon85 @Ben Scales Don't even have to go as far back as the 70's for a Celica "true sports car", the 90's Celica GT-Four was a Turbo AWD rally beast. Did damage in WRC for a while.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Toyota To Introduce Two New Rwd Sports Cars?
@CSAlltrac This. My same thoughts.
1 year, 2 months ago on Fighter Jet For The Ground: The Lamborghini Egoista
@Pete the perfect pilot I remember reading awhile back that it was over 600...his website says it's at 578whp. I'm sure it's been detuned here and there for reliability, driver preference, and track requirements.
1 year, 2 months ago on Mad Mike Conquers The Crown
@Ikazuchi IDK. Looks like a Toyota car to me...Maybe further proof of Subaru further collaborating with Toyota after the ZN6/ZC6 project.
1 year, 4 months ago on A Glimpse Of The New Wrx?
Looks like a more muscular Lexus IS-F ripoff to me
That's an impressive job cramming all that in there!
I might be equally as impressed with how beautifully clean the chassis is!!
1 year, 4 months ago on Coupe De Thrill: A Turbo With A Honda Fitted To It
@zamm333 The RX-8 was always a 3-rotor turbo setup. The RX-7 has the NA Quad-rotor.
1 year, 4 months ago on Kiwi Drift: Mad Mike In Full Effect
I really want to see some more great videos from these NZ events! Photos aren't doing them justice!! :D
@zackspeed333 Nope. It was definitely a wrap, that was really the only thing people knocked on the car when it was posted on SH awhile back.
1 year, 5 months ago on Modern Heart: Rocky Auto’s Rb30 Powered Z
THIS is MORE like it! Much better than their faux carbon fiber wrapped S30...that was ghastly.
If you consider a 50pack of 12x10 photo quality paper is around $30 at any store, then I think $75 for a high quality 400page book with photos printed on them (+ink), and arranged neatly in a limited run publication, it's worth it.
You don't need to "see the reason", it's a choice by the consumer whether to buy it or not...no one's forcing you.
1 year, 5 months ago on DID YOU MISS OUT ON OUR FIRST BOOK?
I was too broke to buy it when it was released and it sold out so fast! Been looking everywhere, including eBay...and nothin. Thanks for this, just purchased my copy! No more regret, haha! Can't wait for volume 2.
No wide open air field, multiple lanes, or 20 sets of tire marks here...watch and learn Ken Block. Ryan Tuerck is THE MAN!
1 year, 5 months ago on Off Seasons Two: Tuerck Drifts The Wild
I voted for M:UO but, I have to say, I'm just glad KDF was able to beat Gymkhana5 before the poll closed!
Even with all his Facebook fanboy support, Ken Block couldn't steal this one!
KDF deserves it; very well done educational documentary, with more action that M:UO...so I can understand it winning.
M:UO should have at least been a close second, though.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Speedhunters Awards: Video Of The Year
When can we expect the "A Year in Automotive Culture; Vol2" for 2012?
Missed my chance to get Vol1, can't wait for the next one!
1 year, 7 months ago on One Trillion Pictures Later
Truth. I don't think any of the other nominees spammed their respective social media accounts. I'm sure a bunch of people that never even heard of SpeedHunters just flooded the poll with "Gymkhana" votes. SMH. Fanboys come in numbers.
Tough one here. I gave it to Magnus Walker: Urban Outlaw, just because it was so inspirational and well produced; felt like I was watching a dramatic movie/documentary. Keep Drifting Fun was really well done as well...Magnus just hit me with that inspiration.
Kinda surprised the Fatlace/RWB Nakai-san video didn't get a nod; not that it would have got my vote, just surprising given all the coverage RWB cars have gotten on SH.
I believe the title of this award is "Driver of the YEAR" for the "2012 Speedhunters Awards"...Was Tanner Foust the best or, and I'll pander to the drift fanatics by saying, most successful/impressive driver in his "particular discipline" this year? No.
Why do people keep looking into the drivers' past successful seasons? There were PAST awards for PAST years.
In 2012, Vettel came from behind, winning 4 GP's in a row along the way, to take his 3rd consecutive title. Vettel ALSO won the team competition with Schumacher at the 2012 ROC.
In 2012, Loeb won 1st in every stage of the WRC except 4...that's a pretty impressive display of dominance. Loeb also won the 2012 X-Games Rally Gold.
Whether they are the usual/predictable winners or not is irrelevant. Just because they dominate their discipline doesn't make their fight to win year after year any less meaningful. They're still world champs, that's still significant. Again, this award is for who was the most successful driver THIS YEAR of 2012.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Speedhunters Awards: Driver Of The Year
@TEAMFOUST34 @DomoKun Ok, obviously you're just a fanboy who has never been on track. While power steering can make DRIFTING easier, due to need for counter steering, there are many people that prefer to drift and/or road race without power steering. For the most part, power steering does nothing past ~10mph. No power steering gives better feedback from the road, frees up a little power by taking stress away from the engine, and saves weight. MANY race cars are setup without power steering. It's really down to personal preference of the driver. If you're saying this was the deciding factor in why Loeb beat Foust, then obviously he's not capable of being a better driver than him.
@ChristianClark @RodChong What "smackdown"? Anyone with a mind and love for motorsports knows F1 and WRC are superior to ANY drifting series. If Tanner Foust and Saito were "Better Drivers", since this IS a "Driver of the Year" poll, then they'd have been snapped up by a Manufacturer team by now. Skills of F1/WRC drivers can easily translate to use in drifting...the same cannot be said the other way.
@RodChong You're going to bring the ROC "exhibition" into a competitive discussion?
Ok, Foust beat Button...and Coulthard beat Foust...and Loeb beat Coulthard to win the title.
As for 2009, Foust got a better time than Schumacher, but Foust didn't even make it out of his group and into the knockout stages, whereas Schumacher made it to the final.
What's your point judging from 2 individual times against 2 individual drivers?
@RodChong Why you continue to persist with this ridiculous comparison, I have no idea. Like I said in reply to that Tanner Foust fanboy, Loeb spanked Foust in the 2012 Xgames if you need an example of the 2 drivers head-to-head on a level playing field. Loeb is a better driver, period. You honestly think Loeb couldn't hop in a FD car and win competitions? It would be too easy. WRC is just a nearly year long season and any time between stages is spent preparing learning every single turn with their navigators, practicing, and considering weather conditions. Starting to think you've never watched any WRC stages. Most of what they do is drift...on tarmac, on gravel, in snow, in rain, in ice....it's a ridiculous comparison.
@TEAMFOUST34 And don't forget, the only time Loeb and Foust actually went head-to-head, in the 2012 X-Games Rally, Loeb spanked Foust effortlessly. There's your 1-on-1 on a level playing field.
@TEAMFOUST34 Yes, because children like you voted for him.
@ChristianClark Oh, so winning is no longer a challenge for people like Loeb and Vettel...why don't we just hand them the trophies at the beginning of every season then. You sound ridiculous. It's not about who's fastest, it's about who's most skilled and successful over a season. I'm sorry, but just because Daigo won three titles it doesn't equal or surpass the F1 World Champion title or WRC title, that's insulting. There are much more Drift series' then there are F1/WRC series', OBVIOUSLY. The fact is drifting is a grassroots motorsport and, when compared to ACTUAL RACING, is more like an ice skating competition. I would say Time Attack drivers have more skill than drifters, but we skipped right over them in this poll didn't we. Getting judged by a panel? How about getting judged by the clock and getting the fastest time possible. Of course Loeb and Vettel have to work hard to retain their titles, are you saying Sam Hubinette and Rhys Millen didn't have to work hard to keep dominating the early days of Formula D? Please.
Comparing Drifters to F1, WRC, Endurance, Touring drivers is like comparing Middle school softball players to MLB players.
@RodChong I'm not saying drifters don't have skill, I'm just saying it's obvious that F1, WRC, Endurance, Touring drivers have MUCH more skill which is much more refined. An F1 or WRC driver can and does do what a drifter can do, plus much more. It's not even a contest. Drifters may be very skilled at their discipline, but their discipline is basically a grassroots motorsport, whereas F1, WRC, and Touring racing are the absolute highest accolade one can hope to reach. F1, you're talking about a driver that PILOTS a $5m+ car like a jet, versus a drift car that can be made for ~$50k, and that's generous, most amateurs have cars worth $10-20k...and the playing field between amateurs and "professionals" isn't so spread.
Wow. I know Speedhunters caters to A LOT of drifters and drift fan boys, but making a "Best Driver" competition including Tanner Foust, Daigo Saito, and VGJ in the running against Loeb, Vettel, Alonso, Raikkonen, etc...and leaving out others that should be included?! SMH.
I know people like a variety, but it's like nominating Drake, Katy Perry, and Nikki Minaj alongside Adele for a Grammy nod...it's ridiculous.
Everyone knows WRC and F1 Drivers can run circles around drifters, I would have thought this was common sense. Clearly all the 12-18 year olds are voting for drifters.
Well this was the easiest decision thus far, lol.
1 year, 7 months ago on Speedhunters Awards 2012: Festival Of The Year
Funny how NEMO was referred to here as "the Evo that dominated this year’s World Time Attack Challenge"; yet it wasn't even nominated under "Competition Car of 2012"...much to many readers' dismay.
As far as builder, I'll take Nigel. That truck is ridiculous!
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Speedhunters Awards: Builder Of The Year
Really wish this was broadcasting on American cable providers! Hopefully it will be readily available to stream online. Looks pretty interesting.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Retro Car Kings
I understand that the design of the Deltawing is revolutionary and makes serious waves in the racing world, but like I said, it's one for the future. Just because this was its debut year doesn't make it the best competition car of the year, especially when it only entered 2 races.
It's like Tom Brady playing the 2 best games of the season at the beginning of the year, and then getting injured for the rest of the season...you wouldn't make him the NFL MVP based on 2 performances. (I don't really watch American football though.)
My point is, there were other cars that did much more as far as competing in entire seasons and winning them emphatically. And like many others said, I have no idea why the NEMO Evo isn't on here.
These Speedhunter polls have gone the way of the Oscars and Grammys, everyone knows it's basically just a popularity contest with very loose connections to actual performance/talent of the nominees.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Speedhunters Awards:<br/>competition Car Of The Year
@FrancescoDiGiuseppe Keyword in everything you said was "FUTURE". This award is for "Competition Car of 2012". The Deltawing entered 2 races and didn't win either of them.
Meanwhile, The R18 E-tron's got 1st and 2nd in 24-hours of LeMans and won the Manufacturers Championship; and the BMW M3, with their return to DTM; swept the Manufacturer's, teams, and Driver awards in it's first season back since 1993.
I think these 2 accomplishments are MUCH LARGER testament to Competition Cars of 2012 than the Deltawing. Maybe NEXT year the Deltawing will get the award after it's entered more races and gotten some podiums.
Just because a design is innovative and defies everything the preceded it, doesn't mean in will necessarily be successful. We'll see what it does in the "FUTURE".
Funny. It's the "Competition" car of the year poll and the Delatwing is ahead? It hasn't done anything, it just looks funky.
I would think the Audi e-tron, which dominated Le Mans; the DTM M3, which dominated in it's long awaited return to DTM competition; or the Redbull F1, for obvious reasons, would be way ahead in the polls. Key word being "Competition" no bonus' for "Style points". Many companies have designed "innovative" and questionable race cars, that doesn't necessarily make them competitive.
@CrisCiunganu Give me the Aventador...I'll sell it, then buy an R34 and a house. LMAO!
1 year, 8 months ago on Raging Bull: The Aventador
@Fg2_FrAn Both at nearly the exact same weight; FR-S with about 20 more HP; Full Petrol > Hybrid; considering those factors and the fact that the FR-S is RWD and the CR-Z is FWD, and the FR-S has probably the lowest and furthest pushed back motors in a FR layout with perfect weight distribution, it wouldn't be fair at all to the RZ.
1 year, 10 months ago on The Mugen Rz Is Coming
Bah. Read that supposedly there will only be 300 produced; and I wouldn't be surprised if they're all in Japan, definitely won't be any going to the States.
Two things I see wrong with his statement:
Firstly, he refers to it as "the Gymkhana brand". Gymkhana is not a brand, it is a broad term used to identify, in this case, a specific type of motor sport. (also known as a horse riding sport)
Secondly, he's complaining that they registered the domain Gymkhana.com while they were in business together; but I'd like to see where anywhere in their contract it states that Ken Block and DC had dibs on the Gymkhana.com domain. Internet domains are first come first served, if Ken Block wanted it then he should have registered it first. They simply beat him to the punch and now he's upset that he can't have the PERFECT domain name for his "BRAND".
The fact that he calls it a "brand" shows that he's only trying to make money off of Gymkhana, same as Mad Media. This is a business issue and the side that has the paperwork in order wins. Mad Media registered the domain legally, that's all that matters. The fact that they were in business with Ken Block doesn't matter, there's nothing preventing them from registering a domain. It's not "nice" business practice, but the business world is not a nice place and you have to be quick on your feet. Mr. Corporate Ken Block should know that better than anyone. If they would have registered the domain as "KenBlockGymkhana.com" or "DCShoesGymkhana.com" or something more specific and personal to Ken Block, then I'd understand; but the term Gymkhana is broad and isn't owned by anyone.
1 year, 11 months ago on POLL: KEN BLOCK AND THE BATTLE OVER GYMKHANA