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@gliebau @Chris Nuggets Well like all blogs, not every story will be of interest to you. There's plenty of other articles that might be more interesting like the Pikes Peak coverage or something. I personally like the variety and appreciate it for what it is
3 days, 8 hours ago on Lizard Hunting In The Big Apple
@gliebau Kindly disagree. Given the "legend" status of the 3 cars on these shores, it kind of adds more intrigue and mystery not knowing anything about the owners. Also, the owners may not actually want to disclose too much information about their cars for the same reason (!). Just knowing that they're three friends that work on these cars together and cruise together is enough background story as I need frankly.
This story is about daydreaming turning into reality, so knowing less about the owners gives you more freedom to imagine yourself in their shoes. That's how I see it anyway
3 days, 13 hours ago on Lizard Hunting In The Big Apple
Great article! Spray and pray used to be my photography philosophy too, and while it certainly gives you a certain freedom and thrill of finding something in the random chaos, I have since changed my approach to photography. Reading some of Larry Chen's recent articles on film has inspired me to shoot digital as if I were shooting film (manual mode, but using the LCD live view as a handicap to rely on). Now I try to take a more measured approach these days, to really take my time and compose and slow things down. I find myself wanting to really immerse myself in the environment and the subject whether it's a car, a person, or a landscape before taking the shot.
Having said that, the great shots you've got without a "plan" speaks to the character of the city and the 3 awesome subjects you got to work with. Sometimes in such chaotic moments, things can fall together to form a great picture but it takes a great eye to know when to capture that! Makes me want to explore DTLA and find whatever spots I can park my car, get out, and see what angles the city has given me to work with.
Really cool that Toshi would let Mike take the car to the show. Really illustrates how friendly the RWB/TRA Kyoto/LBW/SH crew are with one another. Nice to see such camaraderie
1 week ago on Reign Of Peace: Offset Kings Japan
Hahaha Charles, did Mika heed your advice on where to slow down?? That's awesome you got to work so closely with him, what a legend
3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Chinese Connection
Shut the hell up Ferrari/Luca. You already get special treatment from the FIA with your veto and automatic cut of the championship prize money each year before the pie gets divided among the constructor standings.
They have a political, financial, and driver edge (two proven Driver Champs, no other team has that amount of talent combination). Yet those stupid inefficient upper management stiffs in Maranello can't produce a competitive car because the culture at Ferrari is to stifle creativity in their staff, rather than promote it.
James Allison, who led the design of the best performance to budget ratio car last season (Lotus E21), was recently poached by Ferrari and even he cannot produce results because he's alluded in the media that creativity basically goes to die at Ferrari. They even supposedly brought Rory Byrne out of retirement to help in the development of the F14 T this year and look what good that's done. I'm sure they let him contribute so long as his hands were tied behind his back at the drawing table. For God's sake.
I've been watching F1 since the early 2000's when MS was dominating. I didn't realize it then but Ferrari had always gotten special treatment, and while it doesn't take away from their accomplishments during that dynasty, it does cast a shadow given their unfair competitive advantage in those years (particularly in testing and their bespoke Bridgestone tires built for them). I never heard them complaining then.
I really could care less if Ferrari simply disappear from F1. They have pedigree/history, sure, but they also lack relevance these days, especially under Luca's watch. It's sad that Domenicalli had to fall on the sword, when it's really DiMontezeMOANo's fault. I'm glad they weren't able to poach Newey from Red Bull because I have a feeling not even Newey could get things sorted out.
Leave Ferrari, the majority of F1 fans won't give a shit except the Italians. The tifosi will follow you to watch you get your ass handed by Audi, Porsche, and Toyota. Let's see how strong the tifosi hold up to seeing Toyota grab a podium ahead of the Prancing Shitting Horse.
1 month ago on Ferrari: Goodbye F1, Hello Le Mans?
@KiwiMotoring If Dino ever got around to his Outer Plus feature you might get more detail on it!!! lol
1 month ago on Epic Grassroots Racing At Idlers
If you think photography is polarizing in execution, film/video is even moreso. There's just so much more to go wrong and the number of factors to monitor makes it that much more challenging.
It's an interesting idea, but please keep the standards high. The first video was OK but had a little too many filler clips and overuse of fisheye. Music choice was a little annoying too...
1 month ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER Is Back! </br> Are You Ready?
Having visited the RWB shop in chiba and spending a few minutes picking Nakai-san's brain I can attest to the incredible accuracy of this diarama miniature set! Very cool and brings me back memories of my visit and when i can go again!
1 month, 1 week ago on RWB In Miniature: You Won’t Believe This!
Drifting is not racing because it isn't time/distance based. It is motorsport though. Still takes skill, concentration, coordination, and training.
Synchronized swimming is not a racing competition, but it is still a watersport. Still takes skill, concentration, coordination, and training.
1 month, 1 week ago on Is Drifting Racing?
Not a very challenging interview. Soft ball tosses, kind of a shame. Hopefully he finds a way to reinvent his designs rather than further risk diluting his brand.
2 months, 1 week ago on Inside The Mind Of Mr. Miura
All Mercedes powered teams have the now infamous split turbo Power Unit configuration. The secret to the works Mercedes team's success is its early integration of the power unit into the overall car's design, whereas its customers (McLaren, Williams, Force India) have had presumably only rough dimensions to work with and little details on packaging.
If Mercedes was coy, it would probably have sandbagged the dimensions and specs of the engines even to its customers in order to really have a lasting advantage for the season.
And the Sky coverage, while exceedingly excellent compared to NBCSN, really is full of shit when it claims its story as a "Sky exclusive" when Scarbs had posted it on twitter a full month ahead of time
3 months, 1 week ago on The Secret To Mercedes’ F1 Success?
How does it feel to take up the helm of Aston Martin design after heavyweight designers like Henrik Fisker and Ian Callum? Do you feel pressure from filling those shoes or relief from knowing theyve laid out the foundation for Aston Martin design and have left you a beautiful portfolio to work with?
Would you ever see yourself opening your own design studio a la pininfarina or your own car company a la Fisker Automotive?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Question Time For The Century Man:<br/> Ask Mr Aston Martin
Awesome drive/review Dino. To me, the most impressive thing about it is the Bosch Dynamic management system and I would love to have that in my car! Well that, and the awesome new front end clam/headlamp design! It looks so much better than the "insect" look of the old Exige with the separate turn signals
BTW, was the S1 Exige you drove a Rover K or a Honda K? Because there's a huge difference ;) If you're ever in LA, I can show you what a K20A Type R swap feels like in comparison to the Rover or even 2ZZ! While not having the oomph of the V6 S, it definitely is much lighter!
BTW x 2... is there some OUTER chance that we'll see any more Lotus PLUS Speedhunters content in the near future? I'm holding that new years post against you lol
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Best Lotus In A Decade
If anything it's still too much of a purist car. Throw an LS1 or 2JZ in it and see people [fools] break their fingers on keyboards in anger.
Looks clean to me. More of a street car than a track car but that's fine, an E30 m3 is better enjoyed on street than track to be honest. I really like the color too.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on How To Make Enemies And Upset People
I still think it's awesome that Miura-san has a CNC and CAD modeling rig to mill out a design for his kits quickly and efficiently. There is more potential to experiment with new looks so I just think he could capitalize on that capability. It can be efficient and easy to recycle as well
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Suits Racing. Aasbø and Rocket Bunny Mean Business!
Sorry, I feel Miura-san has jumped the shark with this one. No doubt he is a passionate fellow but there's a reason car designs have different styling elements and cues even among models from the same brand. This has probably been said before but this is the first time I've actually felt that it's become true. And of course, Miura-san has soldiered on with his mission and more power to him. I just wish there was more depth to his touch which once seemed more special than I feel looking at this tC. And full respect to Papadakis and Aasbo's drift car as a machine, this is by no means a knock on its capability
But sadly the Rocket Bunny treatment now just looks like it copy and pastes the same look on every car Miura comes across. That look works better on some cars than others. But there seems to be no effort at really differentiating each new TRA-Kyoto/6666/Rocket Bunny kit.
I respect Miura's passion and I don't want to associate his work as almost becoming a one-trick pony. There are other ways to widebody a car with some other unique styling cues. I get Miura has a "signature look" but i think he needs to dig deeper to come up and define a "signature design" which is a very different thing.
Anyone else find it funny the kid named Jenson is wearing a Lewis hat?
4 months ago on Capturing Brilliance. <br/>Formula One Like You’ve Never Seen It
@James Moy @Chris Nuggets Thanks for the informative response! I greatly admire the path you've walked and it's crazy knowing the costs just for travel!
Very inspiring photos James. May I ask how you started shooting for F1? Do you work for a news outlet or the FIA? Freelance? How much does it cost in a season to travel the F1 circus?
Maybe the 211 owner's other car is a VW Beetle?? Mixups can happen!
4 months, 1 week ago on Car Guys, In Cars, Getting Coffee, In Tokyo
Ti Racing x Outer Plus ....*drool*
;) Just gotta be patient...right Dino!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on One Hour To Beat Tsukuba: GO!
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Chris Nuggets Hahaha which one is Christian Von KoenigSOULLLLLLLL
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Renegades Of Speed:<br/>The Koenigsegg One-1 Is Here
Uhhh... Night club dancing... coordinated?? I take it you haven't been in some time ...harmonious unified motion is not exactly something you witness there. It's just massive disorderly chaos. Other than that faux pas, great article
Do a post on rigshots (although its not something I see practiced on SH much and maybe a bit played out but still interesting to get people excited about it again) or Photoshop techniques like High-key processing or the Brenizer technique.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Shoot Cars: All The Gear, Some Idea?
Please educate me: is Mizuno Works owned or related in some way to Mizuno-san the former R35 GTR lead designer/chief engineer?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Kato’s Kenmeri – The Kyusha King?
Love that shot of the FT1 door. Never seen that angle! But as you mention it just highlights how much of a design exercise the current concept is. If it does go into production I hope they save as many bold design cues as they can such as the flared roof DLO edges that stick out above the side windows or the aggressive diffuser detail. Heck even the mirrors would be welcome just because theyre so GT by Citroen-ish.
6 months ago on Detroit Auto Show</br>The 5 Cars To Take Home
@Seriously hard to take your 'trained eye' seriously when you call a grey car black
6 months, 1 week ago on Murcielago Mix-Up:<br />The Fiat That Ate A Lamborghini
I very much like the design language of Lexus nowadays. No one can call them beige anymore. In fact BMW and Audi styling designs are getting pretty stagnant. (Aside from the i8)
Lexus is maybe not elegant or pretty but definitely bold and aggressive. In a sports coupe this is a good thing. Even if the M4 is marginally quicker, I prefer this because its not the default douchebag choice.
6 months, 1 week ago on No Turbos Here: The V8 Lexus RC F
Bravo! I think the Evora is probably one of the only realistic cars I'd upgrade my car to if I could swing it... I am really curious to test drive one and see how it feels. Although it's nearly 1000 lbs heavier than an Elise, I've heard such remarkable things about the steering feel and handling. Glad to know that Lotus engineers managed to keep the magic, despite adding creature comforts and a larger body.
6 months, 1 week ago on Guerrilla In The Mist: The Evora Effect
Tell Miura to do a rocket bunny Lotus Exige! Would definitely be tempting
6 months, 2 weeks ago on What Miura-San Did Next
You guys think youre purists but youre actually just being backwards traditionalists. This is a tech demo to show that car safety tech has advanced to a point where the car can correct itself in a loss of traction situation without direct steering or throttle input. This in and of itself is progress. It is not replacing the driver and nevertheless doesnt ever have to be used by the driver if they dont choose to.
Think about how absurd people who thought like you sounded when groundbreaking safety tech like ABS or seatbelts were introduced in cars for the first time. "What will happen to the joy of threshold braking yourself?? If i want to strap myself in the car with my bare hands in case of collision I should be able to! God gave me hands to hold on duh!"
Jesus sometimes car "enthusiasts" are such whiny children. Actually most times. Car lovers on the other hand understand and appreciate forward thinking as well as valuing the essense of driving not only faster but safer.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on The Self-Drifting BMW:</br>Has Technology Gone Too Far?
@LukeHuxham Would you care to share the track so we can listen to the original recording? I actually enjoy the soundtrack, along with the sound of the cars, but am also having some strange sound issues. Thanks, and nice cinematography. Mr A's stare was bad ass.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The Best Film You’ll See These Holidays
This was my favorite car of the year last year. The bodywork of course was one of the craziest aspects of the build. Glad you're getting several opportunities to break the build down for us. Enjoy!
7 months ago on The LaSupra Build: Bodywork
Glad to hear it, Dino...let's hope it's closer to the beginning of the year?? ;)
7 months, 1 week ago on New Breath Of Life @ The Super Battle
I am really liking the Lotus content :) I have been thinking of entering Lotus Cup myself, but need some more regular trackday experience first. Also, I'm not sure where my car would be categorized since I have a K20. Maybe with the V6 Exiges/Evoras which would likely crush me!
Nice writeup Jonathan!
7 months, 1 week ago on Desert Rock With The Lotus Cup
Oy, Dino when's that OuterPlus coming along? Wasn't it promised in one of those "upcoming this month" posts awhile ago
7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Ultimate NSX?</br>Esprit’s Time Attack Monster
Does anyone remember the original Driftworks videos before Youtube was around that got like a million views? They were unrelated to this Driftworks UK production, but I remember watching my friend who created the series download hours and hours of bootleg drifting clips from P2P file sharing clients like Kazaa and Napster, and then spending days creating those long techno-pumping compilations.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Outsiders The Movie: Japan Explored
Those stupid roof scoops...Otherwise, I like the Ferrari Lusso/250 Berlinetta front end look. The rear taillights coulda been molded better so it doesn't look like a cover over the stock lights too.
Overall, I don't feel very inspired or disappointed. But the owner sure has a one of a kind car and the effort involved definitely shows.
8 months ago on Wait, That’s A Miata? Pit Crew Style
Thanks for sharing more pics of the Europa. I think its one if my favorite feature cars on SH along with the LaSupra and Franks Exige.
Btw do you know the ballpark rent for those apartments above REA
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Tokyo Tuning Legend: A Visit To RE-Amemiya
Alonso may not like being under pressure from his teammate, but Ferrari is still his best shot at a WDC, barring Red Bull or Mercedes both of which have already locked in their drivers. And true to Alonso's political/mind game agenda, he's already made public comments equalizing Kimi and Massa as drivers, although we all know that after 2009, Massa's stock has gone down and Kimi's has only gone up since his return.
Think about it though. This season, the only teams that have been able to really hold a candle to RBR throughout the course of the season has been Mercedes and Lotus. Ferrari and McLaren have struggled and fallen off the development curve and although Ferrari sits above Lotus in the Constructor's currently, it's more to do with Alonso's early season wins and points consistency. Lotus has been able to challenge Ferrari and also the other teams because of Kimi's own performance, as well as having James Allison who is regarded as second only to Newey in terms of design.
Now that Ferrari have snatched up JA as well as other key Lotus staff, it has now made Ferrari as strong a team as Mercedes and RBR. Furthermore, next year's engine regulations will favor teams that have factory engine support. That would be the three aforementioned teams. Lotus will likely suffer next year with the loss of those technical people and Kimi (although Hulk would give them great motivation to challenge), and McLaren will probably will not recover form until Honda comes on board since Mercedes will likely share as little engine data with them as possible next year.
Plus, Alonso v Kimi is just awesome for us fans. If he can win a WDC against Kimi as his teammate, it will cement his legacy as one of the greatest of this or any generation and actually increase those dismissive critics of Vettel who has not really been challenged by a teammate before.
9 months ago on Poll: What Alonso Does Next
I love that Horacio Pagani still uses a drafting board to design his crazy modern machines...old school and new tech at the same time. It reminds me of Adrian Newey, Red Bull's F1 designer and CTO... he also draws and designs by hand still, one of the last in F1 to do so.
9 months, 1 week ago on Modern Day Da Vinci: Horacio Pagani
I have to say Larry, this post makes me fall in love with cars and cameras all over again.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Speedhunting In A New York Minute
Theres a homeless guy messing with your coilovers man.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Project Leroy: Custom KW Competition Shocks
This is one of the best recent posts on Speedhunters! And it's not because of the RWB content (although that's awesome too!)
The real reason this is among my favorite articles since Sept 18...NO CHAPTERS! ZOMG!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on The Smoke, The Sound: RWB In The Raw
@Rob Bullough Translation: We paid a lot of money for this website upgrade/design and do not intend to acknowledge "chapters" is flawed because a redesign/tweak would entail going over the allowed web design budget. Also, our analytics group likes to collect and measure click through rates on chapters so we can gauge reader's interest for each article.
Maybe next fiscal year Speedhunters. Or maybe we should all click on the sponsor banners so there's more advertising money for a less annoying design. EA overlords appreciate your continued support.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Seventeen Lambos And Some Strobes
Miura should do a Liberty Walk Lotus... just sayin :)
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Showstopper: Liberty Walk Gt-r
Kind of misleading to call this or the S30 "carbon"
Other than that, I respect Rocky Auto's disregard for purists and doing what he likes. I hope he makes a real complete all carbon shell for this car though. I am sure he has the technical resources to do so, given his reputation and the fact that he's already made a good chunk of bespoke carbon parts for this car.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Kyusha Dreams: Rocky Auto’s Carbon Hakosuka
What happened to those Speedhunters tire stencils that Dino and Rod promised!
11 months ago on Saying It With Pride
@JoeWhaler I think they've collaborated already along with Kato-san from Liberty Walk on the LW Murcielago. http://1013mm.com/blog/2013/04/liberty-walk-lb-performance-lamborghini-murcielago/
But as Dino says, his client list is extensive and probably includes shops you wouldn't have thought about.
11 months, 1 week ago on The House Of Style: Tra Kyoto
@777 In order: Yes, yes, no, no. Your answers may vary.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: A Question Of Authenticity
While I agree with Frank that you can't call these an Audi or Lotus, and that the craftsmanship and finish leave much to be desired, I don't necessarily dislike them as he does. At the same time they're too far removed from a roadcar that they're just not relatable.
The KRB cars definitely aren't what they appear to be. Whether that is a good or bad thing depends on the individual. I am impressed with the raw speed and they're probably insane to drive but if the chassis is so heavily modified from the original or started as a completely ground up tube chassis, no silhouette body panels will convince me its a Lotus or Ferrari or Lambo or whatever.
This is the same reason I don't think the Nemo WTAC car is an Evo. It's a fast machine with a lot of development behind it, but I just am not impressed as much as I am with something like Under Suzuki's S15.
I guess in the end, I appreciate them for what they are, but they are not an Audi or Lotus. And Paddy -- How does a NASCAR Camry capture the spirit of a production Camry?! Unless they're painted as bland beige as the production car feels to drive and be around, I don't see how that as a metaphor works lol.
@RodChong Speaking of DRIVE, do you ever have plans to expand Speedhunters into video features and reviews? Reading these blog posts are cool, but with the depth of talent in your photography team, surely videography might be the next step in bringing Speedhunters to the next level?
Seeing some of the feature cars in motion would be spectacular. I would love to see video content in the future and would love to help out someday too.
August looks like a cool month, and a welcome change of pace @SuzyWallace !
11 months, 3 weeks ago on The Scenic Route
I also want to know where we can get a Speedhunters stencil!!
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Shooting The Race We Raced In: The Idlers 12h
Well done gentlemen. It must have felt like such a privilege to be invited by Nakai-san to participate in the race. Having visited the RWB shop in Kashiwa-shi and met Nakai-san personally, I can attest to how much blood and sweat (I would include tears as the saying goes, but we know how badass Nakai is) goes into each RWB car. The camaraderie between everyone involved was probably immense.
I'm so curious how much mechanical grip a 993 RWB car has. I bet it feels like you can just turn in without hesitation or uneasiness. Although driving without ABS must have been sketchy!
Jealousy is through the roof. Or through the rough? Rauh?
Great story. I had heard about the Cheetah before but never knew much about the back story and its original intent. I just thought it was a cool kit car or something. But doing some research uncovers a few questions, like the existence of an actual kit car based on the Cheetah which supposedly had its rights and tooling bought by one Dean Morrison and then sold to a Buford Everett (http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/the-cobra-and-the-cheetah-a-muscle-car-tale-part-two/)
"It should come as no surprise that there are people who build Cheetah replicas too. After Bill Thomas got out of the business Dean Morrison bought the rights and some tooling for the Cheetah, and later sold them to Buford Everett in 1983."
How does Robert come into the picture and how did Bill Thomas pass on rights to a design he no longer owned?
Also, looking on Wikipedia, it says, " When the parts supply dried up, there was no way for Thomas to achieve the homologation numbers needed for racing, which went from 100 to 1000 units."
If these are to be raced and homologated by the FIA, wouldn't the production need to be bumped to 1000 to reflect the rules of that period?
Finally, I just found out Bill Thomas passed in 2009. Sad that he won't get to see his dream realized... but it at least lives on in capable hands (several people??)
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Fast Cat: The Bill Thomas Cheetah
Facepalm. Don't ever modify a single thing on your car then. Not even the valve stems. Or the OEM-spec tires with another brand. Or even the OEM-spec tire pressures. Since you think car manufacturers are infallible and all the cars are "designed meticulously" around all the components, including the engine, you shouldn't ever be modifying any aspect of your cars. Which brings into question why you are even on a website like Speedhunters.
The truth is, large car manufacturers don't build their cars to perfection. They are built to a cost figure. I've worked for an OEM car manufacturer and know first hand how much pressure there is on engineers to REDUCE cost and COMPROMISE on designs. That includes what kind of engine goes into the car which may not always exploit the full chassis potential. Your views are so blindly dismissive and presumptuous that no one can take you seriously. Sure there is opportunity for mistakes and poor decisions in engine swaps, but I've seen many great, but controversial engine swaps from other manufacturers. Your blanket statements are incredulous and your stereotyping of people interested in engine swaps are childish and misinformed.
And speaking of "stance," please remove your head out of your ass. That's poor stance form, bro.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Poll: Keeping It In The Family?
@Luka024 Point also made and taken. I shouldn't have used the word "imaginative" as that maybe meant "innovative or ground-breaking" to you. What I meant by "not imaginative" was that those blindly hating on a swap because the engine comes from another manufacturer are ignorant and close minded. As I said, the engine choice is only a small fraction of what goes into a quality build and to dismiss or "hate" it because the engine comes from another make is stupid. And that's what I've seen from people in a lot of SH features where the car has an "out of family" engine. People should look at the overall picture and judge it on the whole package's merits not just where the lump came from under the hood.
Also, I didn't mean to attack or talk down on engine swaps that happened to stick with the same brand engine. Like I said, there's nothing wrong with that, as I've seen lots of 20B RX7's, 2JZ GS, SR20/RB26 240Z etc that are all well built and put together. But my favorite swaps have been the 20B Lotus Europa from RE Amemiya and the 2JZ Lancia LaSupra. With builds like those so well put toghether, I can't respect those who scoff just because of engine choice and ignore the rest of the overall dedication and execution.
And yes, going back to the idea of "ground breaking" swaps, I didn't pioneer the K swap Lotus but my car has served as development in improving existing swap kits in some ways since the swap is not mature and still had to overcome a haphazard collection of "solutions." There are Camry V6 Lotus swaps from MWE too which are a lot rarer (only 1 or 2 built I think). And the reason I swapped the a K was because my 2ZZ failed from documented defects in the batch of early 2ZZ's Toyota gave to Lotus as well as the K being a much better potential platform than the 2ZZ. Sure, throw enough money at a 2ZZ and you can get ridiculous power (Ronin twincharged Lotus) but the bang for your buck and range of aftermarket options is better with a K in the long run in my opinion. If I was going to replace the engine, I wanted a more reliable plant with more depth of aftermarket support.
12 months ago on Poll: Keeping It In The Family?
@Luka024 @Chris Nuggets
I never said my swap was ground breaking. But to keep it in the family and staying true to that level of blind fanboying is unimaginative. Nothing is wrong with a GS w a 2JZ swap. My point was nothing is wrong with a GS with a LS1 or RB26 or any other random engine someone dreams up and makes work. My only point was that someone who thinks youre only allowed to limit yourself to other Toyota engines if you have a Toyota is ignorant.
Also if youve ever tried swapping a K20/24 into a federal Lotus with the existing "kits" youll know its not easy or a matter of laziness. Many of these "kits" that exist are actually made on the fly and several design changes had to be made. It is not a mature swap in terms of ease so unless youve done it please stop talking out of your ass. Even with the support of one of the biggest Honda speciality tuners, it became a challenge to adapt the existing kit which was still being developed as we went along.
Finally, I never mentioned the 2J or LS1 but since you did, I think those are more imaginative (read: didnt say innovative) than sticking with a rotary or S65 because it's not already in the engine bay as stock. While youre right that such engines like the LS1 are go-to choices, It still takes more imagination to contemplate that route than limiting yourself to the oem family of engines. At least at that point youre not limiting yourself in choice for the sake of a brand name
WTF Keeping it in the family...you incestuous sister-loving freaks!
Seriously though, people who get wound up about staying true to engine swap "families" are being narrow-minded and unimaginative. Personally, I think swapping in an engine from another manufacturer is more impressive because more often it requires completely custom solutions and maybe introduce more complexities. And if the ultimate potential of an engine from another make is higher, all the more power to the owner.
Enthusiasts should be concerned about the overall build and result and whether the engine choice gives more positives than negatives, of which if thought out properly, should not be many. Furthermore, the engine choice is only a fraction of the many aspects that go into a car project. But using blind fanboy-ism to judge a car is just ignorant and I would likely take more satisfaction from pissing off a blowhard than gaining their meek approval. After all, gaining a fanboy's approval is not a difficult challenge.
In my case, my car already came with an engine "outside the family," the 2ZZ. When I decided to do an engine swap, I chose a better family of engines, as Lotus' history of building their own 4cyl engines stopped in the 80's. Would be interesting to hear what arguments someone would have for me "keeping it in the family" lol
I like it. It's unadulterated, raw, and rough around the edges. Maybe it looks janky and ragged, but the owner prioritized power and speed over craftsmanship and refinement (maybe safety as well?). In the end, it's the owner's choice and it still takes a lot of competence to build a machine to this level. It probably can be improved on and I think the article mentions it's a work in progress anyway.
The very fact that it pisses some people off and overjoys others is enough to make one appreciate it in the sense of how polarizing it is. We'd all do something different to it if it were our car, but it's not. And we all hate having people tell us how or what to do with our own projects, especially with an attitude.
If you hate this quasi-Lotus, I don't think it hurts the owner's feelings in the least. And if it does, the owner has 829 reasons to get over it, and get over it fast.
12 months ago on Reinventing An Icon: Krb’s 829whp Lotus Lives
Impressive build but I wonder if I am the only one to get a little jaded when I see monster Supras like this with 1000+hp. Seems like I had seen similar builds almost a decade ago. Not saying this is lame in any way, that is a grotesque amount of power and wherever it goes, it probably would result in as many shitstain 11's as there would be rubber 11's laid down.
Having said that, I cant help but sorta blend this in with all the other monster Supras I've seen or read about over the years and cant really find much that is distinct enough to separate it. Although it does look much more of a sleeper than you would expect so that is cool, especially with retaining a mostly stock interior. And bringing the aviation level of detail and attention to the build probably contributes to the quality and streetability.
I am torn. Anyone else? Maybe with the current trend these days, my brain just expects the exterior to be as wild as the drivetrain, a la Ben Sopra and crazy clamshells and wings, or liberty walk or RWB widebodies. But then again thats the current trend in Japan and of course the Swedes are all about sleepers.
I need a coffee, my brain is going haywire with these rollercoaster of emotions and thoughts
1 year ago on Too Much Is Never Enough: A 1,294whp Supra
@AS201 A good trick for panning (and even still shooting) is to hold your elbows against your stomach and tuck your arms in towards your core. Use your waist to pivot instead of your arms/wrists when panning. You'll have more vertical control and your body will become like a monopod.
1 year ago on The seventh edition of the Players Show at North Weald airfield in Essex, UK
@Taryn Croucher That's a great attitude. And I hope I didn't come off as harsh. Flicking through your other articles and your website, it seems there are some other great shots you've taken. Would like to see more of those!
1 year, 1 month ago on FULFILLING MY AUTOMOTIVE WANDERLUST
@SebastianBlix I think you'll find you riled yourself up with trying to defend the author and accusing any constructive criticism as being jaded. There is no sexism on my part, I'm commenting on the article and photos without caring about the author's gender. And yes I am implying most of the commenters here are leg humping because the author is female. If that's not you, then great. But to call this article and the author perfect is just blind and pathetic attempts to flatter the author over the internet. Compared to Sean or Larry or Paddy or Dino, Taryn's coverage (in this article) lacks the same photo qualities. Maybe her story telling is as good or better, but I am only pointing out where there can be improvement.
I didn't say the entire article is garbage just because the photos are a little lackluster, so maybe you should read my comments again too and then yours. You may actually find I wasn't attacking the author and your presumptions were actually the attacks flung first. If not, then to each their own!!!
Have a great day too!!!!!!!!!!!!
@Seeking Perfection @SebastianBlix Thats cool, I dont wanna get in between two hornbros.
I am not judging Taryns photography skills, maybe she takes much better composed shots in other posts or other sites. For all I know she seemed pretty rushed in her travels having so many things to cover. Just saying there are some distractions in these pics she could work on framing out. Its not anything hostile so you guys needa put it back in your pants
@SebastianBlix Calm down leg humper. I know you wanna flatter Taryn as much as the next brodude but the pictures arent on the same level as the other Speedhunters contributors, girl or guy. I am not being jaded as I admitted as much to being jealous of the opportunity to travel. But Speedhunters tries to pride itself on photographic content as much as story telling. Its better to give constructive criticism than to hump Taryns leg over the internet.
I gave a pretty fair compliment sandwich. Maybe you need to replace your ears if I need to replace my eyes as all you like to hear is good news?
While it's interesting to read about a female car enthusiast's opinions and travels, I feel the photos are lackluster. Many just feel like snapshots, with not enough thought towards framing. Just an observation, but even if there are difficult distractions in settings like car meets or car shows, you should put more effort in finding an interesting angle. But it's all part of the process of becoming a better photojournalist
Some of the better photos in this post are ones without cars in them.
Otherwise, it's a good article and the places you've gone definitely would make plenty of us jealous. Keep traveling and shooting
This museum is proof that somewhere in Toyota, there exists the voice/conscience of an enthusiast. It is the physical embodiment of this voice, because it takes a special company to create and curate a museum, where 90% of its displays are cars from OTHER rival manufacturers.
People have in the past knocked Toyota for being "beige" and boring and not catering to enthusiasts. While that may be true in recent years, there seems to be a waking giant amongst Toyota's corporate ranks and they're finally returning to creating cars that are not just reliable, but also exciting again. The IS-F, LFA, and FR-S are signs that their focus is broadening again, if not shifting altogether to more enthusiast-oriented product. And if Toyota happens to lose their way again, I hope a band of engineers kidnap their board of directors and lock them in this museum to remind them of their past and correct their course.
Actually, maybe Honda's engineers should execute such a plan, because they're just lost as Toyota was before.
1 year, 1 month ago on The Toyota Museum Japan: Model A To Fairlady Z
Good stuff Larry! Glad to see Charles getting featured on SH more often. I was always trying to get you guys to cover him more during his FD days but I guess the WTCC coverage is even cooler :)
1 year, 1 month ago on FIA WTCC MOSCOW: ONE BATTLE AT A TIME
@Vittorio Jano Swan neck rear mount would still serve that type of reason too! And functional.
1 year, 1 month ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA
Crazy as always. Love Nakai's disregard for status quo and purist-pleasing. Although not the wing I would want on my RWB if I was ever blessed to be able to commission Nakai someday, it still definitely goes along with the RWB ethos.
Personally, I would like to see Nakai play around with some more modern aero ideas like a swan neck rear mounted wing or something. Also a flat undertray and diffuser, a la Exige, would be an awesome concept. The naked rear look Rotana has without the bumper makes me think a diffuser would go nicely there in its place.
Nice coverage Dino! I have to find another excuse to go back to Chiba and visit RWB again someday.
@FunctionFirst Thai =/= Taiwanese
@speedhunters_dino They have a customer with a hot pink one too which has some wild aero to go along with the paint. http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/userid/1082369/profile/
Lookin forward to it Dino!
1 year, 1 month ago on PERFORMANCE FIRST: IDLERS SPOTLIGHTS CONTINUE
Glad to hear you'll be on the phone soon with them Dino ;) I knew you would get around to it! The Lotus specialists in Japan are among the best and most innovative in the world! Grassroots and hardcore all at the same time.
Nice pics of the carbon clam and trunk, specifically the wing reinforcement struts. This is the only clear photo I've been able to find of the Outer Plus reinforcements, and I've poured through all of Minkara trying to find a clear picture. It's a simple solution for sure, but it's one of those small details that even owners don't bother to take pictures of and post up online. Thanks Dino!
Outer Plus Shop Feature!
1 year, 1 month ago on GRASSROOTS MASTERS: THE IDLERS HIT TSUKUBA
@speedhunters_dino I am still in love with this car... but want to see that Outer Plus feature!! You've finished the Elise review ages ago! No excuses!
1 year, 1 month ago on Rotary Buzz: Re-amemiya’s 20b Lotus Europa
@GeraRodriguez You're right about Kimi's consistency is due in large part to the Lotus being kind to the Pirelli's, as was the Sauber Perez drove last year. The difference though between the caliber of driver is that Kimi knows how to show controlled aggression, versus blindly crossing a driver's line and hoping for the best. If you saw Kimi's last few overtakes in the race or even Sutil's, you'll see the difference in skill and decision-making.
I want to see a good fight for the championship as well, which is why stupid moves by drivers that still think they're in GP2 are so infuriating, and seeing people think this is "exciting and skillful because that's what Senna used to do bro!!" Wrong, Senna showed plenty of brilliance without having to crash into people (Donnington 93) whereas Perez has not and likely won't because he simply isn't worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Senna. This is also why I hate Grosjean and don't think he should be in F1, since he totally took Alonso out in Spa from pure stupidity. Likewise, Perez may have compromised Kimi's championship a great deal, and it's not because "Kimi didn't leave him enough room" It's simply because Perez felt he could drive into a disappearing wedge, and it was his own judgment that decided to cross Kimi's line. Coulthard said it best: "You know, you just cant sort of keep expecting cars to move out of the way"
1 year, 1 month ago on DISCUSSION: PEREZ - HERO OR VILLAIN?
Perez fans are pathetic and blinded by nationalistic bias and hiding behind vague and unrelatable Senna comparison and quotes. Your boy made yet another mistake and like Perez, his fans cant accept blame or criticism. Perez thought he had the speed on Kimi thru the tunnel, misjudged his pace and tried to just force his way thru the chicane and push kimi on the sleeping police. Aggressive is one thing, stupid is another. Grosjean and Perez both cant walk that line properly to be considered as deserving F1 drivers. His Suaber ex-teammate Kobayashi was always aggressive but controlled and smart on building up to an overrtaking attack. Perez just flies into people. Kobayashi often outqualified him and cuz of tyre strategy always got the short end of the degredation stick. Moreover, Kimi is the most consistent driver on the grid and has the longest points streak. He's gonna break a record soon and was able to make 3 overtakes in the last few laps to recover and score another point finish. Perez on the other hand is among the shittiest and inconsistent drivers. His podiums are all gifts from Pirelli and Sauber from starting outside Q3 and choosing a reverse tyre strategy. He sucks whenever he qualified in Q3 last year. Kobayashi was better, just didn't have the money bags. Now hes out of a drive and his undeserving former teammate stabs Sauber and big $$$ Check-o just buys his way into McLaren and just in time to see the team fall flat on its face. Its all karma and deserved. Screw Perez, overrated and overbudgeted.
Correct. Kobayashi consistently outqualified him, but because of that, had damaged soft tires to start the race, whereas Perez hardly ever broke out of Q2 and thus had a choice of running a counter tyre strategy to those in front and was able to leapfrog a lot of faster cars simply due to the ongoing high-wear Pirelli controversy and crappy construction.
I feel Kobayashi was pushed out of F1 unjustly, while moneybags lucky strategy Perez gets to buy his way into McLaren. I know lots of people disagree and think Perez is the next Senna or Montoya, but trust me, he is far from it.
1 year, 2 months ago on Honda To Confirm F1 Comeback For 2015
Cool history lesson. Did not know what the TE stood for. Do one on the CE28N and RE30! My guess is they stand for "Circuit Evolution" and "Racing Evolution" ?
1 year, 2 months ago on Touring Evolution: The Volk Racing Te37
@pedroft82 That is ignorant. Watch his Eau Rouge pass on Alonso in 2011. Webber has had his moments of brilliance, his only weakness is his starts and maybe his ability to make a counter strategy work.
Tire strategy has been basically the only way to win this season. Where've you been?
Button/Perez are not of the calibre as Prost/Senna. Sorry, but it's true. They have the same driving style as one another, and struggle with setting up a car properly. Button is always moaning about not knowing why such and such happened, and needing to go back and "study the data" and not really ever having much to show for it at the next race. Button has had his moments of brilliance but they are too spread out and inconsistent in the "wrong car" for him.
And although I am excited about Honda's return, I don't think McLaren is the team they should partner with. Their alternating design team philosophy each year is backwards and costs them championship points and championships in general. McLaren refuse to evolve a car over multiple seasons (especially seasons with consistent rules, as in 2012-13), and stubbornly insist of reinventing the wheel each season. That's why they're in such a shithole now and why they haven't wont a WCC since 98. Along with spygate scandals and such.
Personally I think Honda should return with Enstone (Lotus) as their works team. The void left by James Allison's departure from Enstone is big, but by hiring Nick Chester from within and teaming up with the engineers at Honda, I think they could make a formidable challenge in the new V6 turbo era. Especially if they manage to keep the Iceman aboard.
I think the leader of a run should set the pace. It is easy for the follower to just enter as fast as he pleases but as the article alludes, the leader has to try to feel out the available grip.
In this case JR was too blindly aggressive and puts more blame on Aasbo even though he doesnt say it outright.
It's not exactly a fair comparison but in principle it is similar to the pregrid lap in F1 or a safety car period. The leader is entitled to set the pace and if someone crashes into the leader they will likely get a penalty. But in Formula Drift, I guess it is different
1 year, 2 months ago on The Hammer Vs The Muscle
No Global Time Attack coverage in the US? May 10-13?
1 year, 2 months ago on Circa Now: The Speedhunters Guide To The Galaxy
Not the best, not the worst. Please do more shop coverage Dino and less Japanese tuner satire...
When's that Outer Plus feature coming?!?!
1 year, 3 months ago on Usdm Meets Jdm: Nagano Koubou Onevia
@Larry Chen @Gregory Pfaff
I've owned the 50 1.2 and played with the 50 1.0 before. The 1.2 is so much better optically and AF speed. Any reason why you chose the 1.0 other than for the bragging rights factor? Not being snarky, legitimate question. No one I've talked to really enjoyed the 1.0 compared to the 1.2
1 year, 3 months ago on Tuner Roots: The Greddy Scion Fr-s
I must also add my hat tip to the quality of pics and the greater sneak peek into this crazy ass company.
In true Top Gear style: Koenigsegggngigigisegseggnigsegg x Klingelhoefeeerefeferhoehoferefer FTW
1 year, 3 months ago on A Method To The Madness: Inside Koenigsegg
Good God that Top Gear award is hideous lol
@F1_is_not_a_procession @777 @JDMized Webber didn't lose the track battle with Seb, he conceded the place in the interest of preserving the team's points haul. Martin Brundle and Anthony Davidson provided an analysis that showed Webber was entitled to squeeze Vettel off when Vettel made his pass, but purposely did not as not to risk a DNF for both. Moreover, one of the Sky pundits brought up the interesting point that the tyres presented this situation because drivers must drive to the limit of the tire, not the car, for the duration of the race length. This makes some drivers appear slower than others in certain stints, and when it comes to team mates, it will have made Seb think that he was faster (get Mark out of the way...) but after that Mark set purples and began to pick up the pace slightly.
You can't say "Webber would have been passed anyway" because Webber was on Multi 21 mode for the last stint, and maybe even backed off before that to preserve tires/fuel (the team strategy agreed upon was they would turn down the engines after the last round of stops and bring the cars home in formation). Meanwhile, Vettel was pushing all the time in his last stint to cover ground while Webber was on his last stop but Webber still pulled out ahead. At this point, the team strategy would have kicked in, and Webber had the position. Vettel SHOULD have backed off but immaturity and greed took over. I have no doubt that Webber could have turned the engine up and fought, but he chose to maintain the team's trust and hopefully that pays off in the long term.
If I were part of the team and saw Vettel showing his true colors, where he puts himself before the team and willing to compromise my hard work, hours, and dedication to the team, I would lose serious respect for Seb and would not be as devoted to seeing him succeed as a driver. But none of that matters because Marko is the one that's really in charge. Him, Horner and Vettel are a trio of dipshits.
1 year, 3 months ago on Discussion: Red Bull Drama At F1 Malaysia
Last ITAS post said you'd start showing more love to Instagram submissions. I guess those are too flooded to really go through, but what good is the Instagram hashtagging then?
I'll try flickr and email instead.
1 year, 4 months ago on #iamthespeedhunter: Consistency Is Key
Come on Dino. Youve driven an Elise. You didnt peak under that car once to see the flat undertray?? You would realize that aluminum piece is the part of the Lotus undertray that cools the transmission
1 year, 4 months ago on Welcome To The Fifth Dimension: 5zigen Hq
@speedhunters_dino Although I don't know of any quality R34 GT-R harness bar options (Surely there are better suggestions on Minkara than on Speedhunters where a majority of folks are in a market with no access to the R34), I think most people are trying to say that while upgrades happen in steps, they should be in sensible steps.
Everyone has a safety engineer degree obviously, but while Takata and the Japanese tuner industry call this first step of yours safe, the solution seems to fly in the face of all other standards of road safety in other countries/companies. If you had planned to go with a harness bar solution from the beginning, why not hold off on any sort of harness upgrade until you can do it properly?
I don't think people are trying to be haters as much as they are trying to point out the risk you're taking by adhering to this setup. I think it is indeed a cultural thing. Maybe the Japanese aftermarket has a lesser standard of safety than is established in other regions/companies (this is NOT saying Japanese don't care about safety, very different statement).
In any case, people seem to feel that to justify this setup as just a first step that's temporary until you determine which harness bar to get is like saying running without the stock seatbelts is a temporary step until you put in the replacement harnesses...yeah it's a step in the process but it's not a sensible step in which to pause at and drive on the road or track...
Good luck with completing your harness solution. I hope you find a good quality harness bar soon that fits your budget.
1 year, 4 months ago on Takata Equipped: Project Gt-r’s New Belts
@777 That's disappointing to hear, even though I felt they would fall well short as well. I'm sure they put a lot of work into rushing it to be ready, but maybe this will give them time to regroup and properly finish the car. And hopefully reassess their ultimate goals...this could be a savage drift car, time attack car, or amazing TSA show car for next year. I just don't see high speed records in it's future based on it's initial approach.
1 year, 5 months ago on Poll: The Cars Of January
Bensopra 380 is too hyped up, doesn't do anything for me. Doesn't seem like a serious attempt at a high speed record, just a bunch of friends tinkering around with a fun project. Respectable in that sense, but laughable in the former sense.
Voted the RE-A Europa because it opened up a newfound interest and appreciation of the Europa platform
If you think that's fun, try one with a K20A from a DC5 Type R ;)
Nice article Dino. I wonder how improved the shifter is between the earlier 2ZZ powered cars and this revised one. You seem pleased with it but earlier shifters were known to be the one weak point in the driving experience. Hopefully its not as loose and flimsy as before!
1 year, 5 months ago on Driving Nirvana: The Lotus Elise S
Damn I didnt know Keisuke Takahashi ditched his FD3S for a 962. Well played. I bet Takumi is jealous in his GT86 he picked up recently. Maybe Bunta will put a Rocket Bunny kit on it to make him feel better
1 year, 5 months ago on 1989 Porsche 962ck6 & The Evolution Of Success
Best article I've read on Speedhunters so far. This was one of the most educational, well written, and interesting stories posted on this site. As a child of the 80's, I wasn't old enough to appreciate or see any of the cars/racing of this era until they were long gone.
Thanks for providing a fresh breath of non-JDM fanboy hypebeasty content for a change. I like that you touched on almost every category of motorsport during the period as well. Did Dakar exist back then and did it have its "crazy 80's era?" I realize Dakar is still crazy today so maybe that's a redundant question.
1 year, 5 months ago on Racing’s The Last Golden Era: The 1980s
@SaudQureshi hehe... ;)
1 year, 5 months ago on Rotary Buzz: Re-amemiya’s 20b Lotus Europa
Glad to see some more Lotus content on SH, Dino. This is a fantastic build, and has really sparked my interest in the Europa. I was never really fond of it, but the body modifications Amemiya-san has done really transform it tastefully while maintaining the basic shape. Still polarizing, but modernly so.
Now, about that Outer Plus feature...?!?!
"the car that will go down in history as the most extreme Japanese tuner projects ever created."
That is a bold and, dare I say, foolish thing to claim. It's definitely a unique project, but I think the hype juice is a little high in this article. Personally, it's not my cup of cup, and I expect there to be something more interesting to pop up in 2013 and surely in the future since the year is just starting after all.
1 year, 6 months ago on Speed Challenger: The Bensopra 380sx
I wish Honda had the balls to create two halo cars; one for Honda and one for Acura. The NSX can be a plush everday supercar with superior driving dynamics, and stay true to the original NSX, except with a hybrid twist. That's fine, whatever.
But I really wish Honda would do a limited production run of the HSV-010; stripped out, high revving V10, raw "Type R" halo car that can carry the enthusiast flag. I know there are divisions deep within Honda that are still enthusiast-minded. Similar to Toyota, I hope those voices can start to get louder and get more support so that they can proceed with reintroducing true sports cars and bringing back non-hybridized S2000s and sport coupes (RSX/Integra)
1 year, 6 months ago on Updated Nsx Concept Revealed At Naias
want that SH shirt
1 year, 6 months ago on Autosport International 2013: The History Boys
Get Paddy or someone in the UK to visit Milner for a full story/shoot on the LRM-1. That thing is sick
1 year, 6 months ago on Autosport International 2013 Spotlight-o-rama
That Lotus has a Minkara page: http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/userid/444260/blog/
1 year, 6 months ago on Car Lovers Unite: Supercars Hit Daikoku Pa
@SMRacing #maximumattack !!!!!!!!
1 year, 7 months ago on 52: The Chase For A Record
I remember reading some kind of racing/F1 quote that goes along the lines, "Slow is smooth and smooth is fast"
This is the type of Speedhunting I like. Great article
1 year, 7 months ago on Jacky Ickx: Mr Versatility, Mr Superfast
Yeah, because Suzuki is just a builder, not a driver. And clearly someone like Vaughn has accomplished more as a driver this year than Suzuki. I didn't realize if you get nominated for one category, you can't get nominated for another. Oh wait, I'm seeing that everywhere in these polls.
Facepalm, faceplant, failhunters.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Speedhunters Awards: Driver Of The Year
@RodChong @JDMized @Chris Yeah, because Suzuki is just a builder, not a driver. And clearly someone like Vaughn has accomplished more as a driver this year than Suzuki. I didn't realize if you get nominated for one category, you can't get nominated for another. Oh wait, I'm seeing that everywhere in these polls.
Please share more info on your lighting setup. Are those dual Alienbees? Do you use umbrellas or softboxes with them? I am still exploring how to use flash lighting to improve my photography and its mind bending to say the least.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 #featured: A Look Behind The Scenes
Suzuki Under should be on this list...for breaking the Tsukuba lap record @ 52.6s https://www.facebook.com/undersuzuki
Daigo Saito is a good drifter. Alonso and the other drivers are athletes.
Frank's car is without question the most insane build here...I would almost have expected it to be in the Mentalist COTY selection.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Speedhunters Awards:<br />street Car Of The Year
I realize Kei Miura has had a huge influence on the import scene this year, as seen at SEMA (and even on Liberty Walk's Murci which I think should be grouped together with TRA-Kyoto). However, a lot of the influence just seems to be exterior styling and while I like his creations and could see myself borrowing some elements for my own car someday, I feel a builder of the year should be more meaningful than just styling.
Magnus Walker is also a popular choice that I considered. Reading about him on Speedhunters and watching his videos on Leno/Urban Outlaw made me appreciate older Porsches even more. He's cut from a different cloth than other Porsche owners and I liken him a lot to Nakai-san/RWB, although a bit more purist but equally dedicated and detail-oriented. They both have got an insane collection of Porsches, track/race their creations, building a strong following locally and now around the world, don't conform to the typical Porsche owner look, and take great liberties at expressing themselves through their cars.
I also admire the technical applications and expertise behind the NEMO EVO, but ultimately I feel that that car, while pushing the limits of time attack, are also corrupting the grassroots nature of WTAC. It doesn't connect with me on an emotional level, and that has maybe more to do with WTAC not separating NEMO into its own class with other truly "unlimited" budget builds. This may not be logical to some of you, but for me, the NEMO doesn't do anything because I feel it is another level removed from a stock car than other WTAC entrants. It's impressive to have laid down those times and break those records, but I feel like it just isn't the same. it's like seeing a DTM car blast around...it's not exactly of the same spirit as the other cars. Or, it's almost like comparing Pikes Peak records being broken between years that had more and more tarmac laid out...you almost expect a record to be broken with that kind of handicap advantage over others.
For me, the builder that has struck a chord with me the most is Under Suzuki's S15. The recent coverage on his Tsukuba lap highlights his persistence and determination, consistently evolving and tuning the car to reach the level it is at. I also am inspired that Suzuki is no professional driver, and that he builds the car and drove all the laps himself (unlike other teams that hire professional guns). He is a regular salaryman with a day job, and commits his free time to his hobby of time attack. This is something I hope I can do too.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Speedhunters Awards: Builder Of The Year
Top man for posting more Outer Plus Lotus pics!
I am very much looking forward to the feature on Outer Plus...they are a very capable Lotus tuner and don't seem to get enough recognition! Here's a clip of one on Best Motoring a few years back
1 year, 7 months ago on Gripping Super Battle Style
@speedhunters_dino Well please include some more Lotus shots in your follow up post then! :)
1 year, 7 months ago on Walking The Paddock: Tsukuba Super Battle
Dino, do you have any closeup pics of the Lotus' trunk area? I am curious how that Voltex/Outer Plus wing is mounted, if it on the clamshell or through to the chassis.
Great pics and coverage
moar ti racing exige
1 year, 7 months ago on Chasing Tenths: Tsukuba Super Battle
@JDMized Definitely looks like di-noc :( Gross
1 year, 7 months ago on Memoirs Of A Speedhunter: The Lost Ferrari
@rigbone Because this car is a show race car. The owner almost admits as much, but this car is no time attack machine. It's a street car in time attack clothing...which is an interesting trend these days.
1 year, 7 months ago on Ground Control? This Is Mazda Force One
@ClementTien Nice job Charles!! And great interview/pictures Larry
1 year, 8 months ago on Driving The Mean Streets Of Macau
@JDMized Arent you the one with a bunch of Japanese text (that I wonder whether you can actually read) as the banner for your traffic-less blog? Where's the Finnish, Norwegian, and Spanish text on your blog? Double standard holding, SH post whining, resentful little troll. STFU
1 year, 8 months ago on #iamthespeedhunter: The Art Of Looking
@HLB @Nikhil_P Agreed, the fatlace rocketbunny is a disappointment. Maybe because it is not as lowered as in the rendering (or vs Evasive or FRS GT) and also the body kit itself is not as low as it seems in the rendering too.
My pick is the local favorite in LA, the Evasive FR-S. I know a lot of guys that take their cars there for time attack setup and they are legit. Well done.
1 year, 8 months ago on Poll: Scion Showdown At Sema
Can someone explain the difference between #Featurethis and #Iamthespeedhunter and submitting build stories/project car details through email@example.com?
Are the hashtag options just a way to share personal rides/cool cars spotted while the actual email submission is to see if SH wants to write an article on a build?
I am interested in submitting my car in the future, as it's become a heavy project car over the last 7 months... Just wanted to know what the best way to share with SH would be.
1 year, 8 months ago on #featurethis: They Keep On Coming
Where can I get that grey SH shirt and the MaximumAttack sticker!?
1 year, 9 months ago on Reflecting On The Formula Drift Finals
Nakai-san, what is your feeling on expanding the RWB style to other brands of car manufacture? I know RWB roots are not exclusively Porsche-focused (S15, AE86) but it seems that is the main focus today. What other cars attract you and wish to apply the RWB style?
1 year, 10 months ago on You Ask The Questions, Nakai-san Will Answer
@JDMized @speedhunters_dino Is there a reason you frequent Speedhunters if "function over form" is your bread and butter 24/7 all of the time? The features on this website are a good mix of eclectic car enthusiast styles, covering broad ranges of topics, both FIA sanctioned races and casual enthusiast meets. Why do you feel a need to troll on posts that don't agree with you? I myself gloss over some of the features on SH that don't interest me necessarily, but I don't go scrawl bullshit all over those posts or criticize the author for bringing content that disinterests me.
As far as being a disciple of "function over form," what evidence have you got that this RS is incorrectly set up? Do you have the alignment spec sheet, and know precise measurements of its suspension travel, rebound, damping, exact ride height mm, etc? Can you tell me what tire pressures he is running? What about lap times for this specific car/driver? If not, stfu about it being "too low to be functional" or that the car/driver is slow, because you're simply talking out of your ass. Which is attached to your mouth. Which is disconnected from anything that resembles a brain.
Sure, the wheels are not ideally suited for the track, 18" and more sidewall would probably net a performance gain. But again, that is not the point of this post, as the whole article is about a tuner/enthusiast that is looking for a BALANCE between the two. This is about answering the question in the first paragraph, whether you can achieve a good mix of function and form, not one over the other necessarily. It seems if we asked you, you would say there is only black or white and only one is right. Get over yourself.
Finally, I don't know Dino personally, so I won't try to defend him other than to proffer that you please enlighten us with examples of your past magnificent journalistic content and how anything you've written or covered on Japanese automotive culture is above "mediocre." I don't see you contributing anything other than hard trolling, and not providing anyone anything of value.
Usually I would gloss over troll posts like yours, as I do with SH features that aren't interesting to me. But your troll bait was too strong. Too bad your logic/mindset isn't.
1 year, 11 months ago on Style Meets Performance: The Check Shop Gt3 Rs
I haven't been able to find information on what happened to the Prep'd Motorsport Lotus Exige GT3. I saw pictures of a crash, but wasn't able to confirm the circumstances. Was there even a single timed lap??
1 year, 11 months ago on Wtac 2012: Chasing The Ultimate Lap
@sean klingelhoefer They are actually adjectives, Sean. All adjectives are states of being, but they are not verbs. In this case, "being" or "am" is the verb, and the "being what" is the adjective...as in delirious or jet-lagged.
Anyways, aside from that, nice article :)
1 year, 11 months ago on Love At First Sight
Great article and superb photos as usual Sean, but the grammar nazi in me has to point out that "jet lagged" and "delirious" are not verbs lol
@tomok That is some great information that I did not know about! Nakai-san clearly doesn't like to take the easy way, and the challenges only made him better at what he does.
Maybe that is why Nakai-san has an affinity for Porsche 911's...an inherently flawed design made to perform through constant engineering improvements, generation after generation. By striving to perfect the rear engine layout, the 911 has become that much more focused and refined through the years, along with Porsche's engineering capability.
1 year, 11 months ago on Rwb Brotherhood: Road To The Idlers 12h Race
@speedhunters_dino @LouisYio I would love to see RWB venture out of their comfort zone they've built around Porsche. I know there is a 996 in the works from RWB, but I think RWB's appeal and aesthetic style can fit other cars from different brands too...
When I save up the resources necessary, I plan on commissioning Nakai-san (directly or through a US distributor) to hopefully agree to put his touches on my Lotus Elige :)
@Jason: I didn't really say RWB does not care at all about function, I just simply said that their main intent is not to be on a competition level with a real GT3-spec race car. When people say they are form + function, it is a relative description. The machines Nakai-san builds are not meant to be garage queens, as he's said in several interviews and videos. Whether that means they are beaten on on the Wangan or Shibuya cruisers, or are thrashed around Tsukuba or Motegi Ring like this past weekend, the RWB cars are functional in a different sense than you were talking about. They are, as I said, adaptable to the needs of the owner.
Form is obviously there with RWB cars, we all agree on that (well not all, but most). The functional bit is more referring to the fact that Nakai-san builds these cars to be used and CAN be used! That means owners can drive them daily (I believe a good majority of his customers do in fact do this) OR can be hopped into and driven to the track and string some impressive laptimes together. Sure, they may not be setting laptimes like a GT3 cup (I'm not sure what those can do around Tsukuba), but at idlers games in the past, RWB cars have consistently been in the low 1:00's.
In a previous speedhunter feature, Nakai-san has said his Stella Artois (the original RWB 930) has touched the 0:58's around Tsukuba. http://www.speedhunters.com/2008/09/car_feature_gt_gt_rwb_nakai_porsche_930/
Anything that can break 1:00 is nothing to scoff at in my opinion. They can be very functional. Maybe not as functional as a race car, but very functional in comparison to other types of tuners that lean far more heavily to the hellaflush demon camber style (which Nakai-san actually pioneered as well interestingly enough...maybe that's why people scoff at his recent work).
I think you miss the point of RWB entirely. They don't claim to be race cars. Have you ever talked to or met Nakai-san? I would wager you have not. I have met him when I visited his shop in Chiba, and he is 100% passionate about making cars that inspire people and create friendships, not cars that will ever compete in a LeMans GT3 race or anything like that. RWB cars are statements and pieces of art that are built and tailored to suit each individual customer's needs. Whether some of them are street built or race built or somewhere in between, the point of RWB is to make a personal statement that reflects the owner's personality (and to a degree, Nakai-san's own passion)
You are probably entirely correct that these cars are slower than real race cars. Nakai-san does not have access to fancy racing development resources like a wind tunnel or even CFD software, nor does he really have interest in such things anyway. Who cares? The RWB cars are meant to be adaptable and bring happiness to their owners and the people around them. Unfortunately, they can't make everyone happy, especially those who prefer to scoff and stick their nose in the air because they are not "purist" machines or are not built for the same purposes as you think they should be.
You said you are trying to set the record straight for others out there... I think you are the one who needs to be set straight on what RWB is really about.