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I like Toyota/Lexus' recent sporty resurgence but this one seems like a half-effort. If it's supposed to be Lexus' answer to the M5 and E63, it sort of falls flat, even with a minor weight advantage. It seems like Lexus is building these cars without benchmarking them against their natural German rivals (the weight of the RC-F is a bit appalling and the chief engineer has said he doesn't pay attention to benchmark vehicles). I don't know why Lexus believes it has the pedigree to pretend like it doesn't need to play the catchup game with the Germans. This is the first GS-F whereas BMW has built its 5th generation of the M5 now. Same with the RC-F vs the M4.
The GS-F needs to undercut the M5's and E63's of the world not just in terms of weight but also price. Customers in that market buy the highest spec version of the mid-size luxury sedan for bragging rights and unfortunately the GS-F's powerplant is the same one in the RC-F which would make more sense in a new generation IS-F (to mirror M3/M4). If Lexus prices this in the realm of the M5, it'll be a sales tanker.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Lexus Brings The Muscle To Detroit
I think the only similarity between buying car parts in China and LA is that you can also get a nice bowl of Chicken Feet after you're done picking up parts in the 626!! Nice write-up Larry, it's hilarious how organized chaos seems to be a recurring theme in China.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Parts Hunting In China
@qaped @Chris Nuggets I partially blame SH for bestowing that expectation on its readership... it's getting harder to bring car build stories that really wow the world. I feel like the tuner industry is getting more and more jaded, and that's how I felt when I saw this over a year ago.
Having revisited it now, I still think it's cooler without the body kit treatment, since power and a clean build is priceless, but the rivet widebodies are a trend that will eventually pass. Although they still seem to be prevalent at the moment.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Too Much Is Never Enough: A 1,294whp Supra
Rocket Bunny RC is a RC350 F Sport not RCF. Nice coverage
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Viva Las Vegas: The SEMA Show Is Go!
@Speedhunters_Bryn @RDS Marketing ploy... so kind of like this article and every SH shill article for Vossen right? Sorry, but yet again Vossen articles plague the quality of the rest of the SH contributions. Articles with actual content and unique cars with stories to tell...unlike this car which is yet another slapped together piece of work. I want to use another word but decided not to.
I like some of your previous contributions, but this is just seems to be a tacky attempt to sell something of false enthusiasm and shoddy worksmanship. At least the other side of that is there's only one "chapter" of marketing BS. It's hard to write anything substantial about it isn't it...
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Everything Worked Out:</br> A Royal Porsche
@MrEG This is the most rational post on here
3 months, 1 week ago on Banishing The Female Car Enthusiast
@TROLLS ROYCE @Obviouslyitssexist Wow a non-troll comment from TROLLS ROYCE. Well done.
I have always wanted to some day live or work in a place like Singapore/Hong Kong...but my love of cars has always prohibited me from seriously considering it! But I do love the culture and lifestyle there, aside from cars.
Thanks for covering the life of a car enthusiast from that part of the world... it's a sobering and humbling reminder that I am able to enjoy SoCal car culture with such little sacrifice.
3 months, 1 week ago on Singapore Nightlife & Car Culture
4 months ago on If You Have A Problem, If No One Can Help.<br/>Maybe You Can Hire… The TMG Team
Larry, the last picture on page 2 is one of the best I've seen you post in terms of composition. How did you ever manage to spot a street with that many black cars and find a way to scale a building in time to take aerial shots before another colored car entered the frame or parked? This is NYC after all! Or was this staged?
4 months ago on The Bertone Mantide: Five Years On
@JZA80xx If you sold this you'd be rich.
4 months ago on One Pissed Off Bat:</br> The LB Works Murciélago
@monkichi That is my dream car too! And I actually have the K20A sitting inside it already :)
4 months, 1 week ago on Wider Than You: A Fatty Lotus Exige
@CarlLawhon He doesn't track it. The weight addition therefore is negligible for its owner's intentions. Different strokes. It certainly makes more of a statement to the average joe than a stock Lotus that's maybe 100 lbs lighter.
My dream car is the Lotus V6 Exige S... it's attainable if I wait 25 years or move to Europe... that still counts right?
No picture of the 2010 F1 prototype?!?!?! Whyyyyyy
4 months, 1 week ago on Tunnel Vision: Time Travel With Toyota
Not hating on the car or owner, as I'm sure once the car is finished it'll be a cool car. Just not sure about the timing on SH's part. Why not do the writeup and photoshoot once the car is properly running so you don't get comments pointing out the missing areas.
I hope SH isn't suffering from excessive GHO. (Gatebil Hard On)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Killin’ ‘Em With Cleanliness: <br /> The All Natural E30
C2 Corvette for sure. Has more history and pedigree as well as tasteful modifications. And isn't sponsored by any SH vendors!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on The Cars Of August
Just to do some quick calculations based on your numbers:
1) Vettel: Average speed 121.59 km/h (=8.478km/251s*60*60) in Heavy Wet
2) Klingerman: Average speed 123.45 km/h (=6.241km/182s*60*60) in Dry
3) Pan: Average speed 109.5 km/h (=7.3km/240s*60*60) in Dry
It really highlights how good a driver Vettel is, that his average speed is only 2km/h slower than Klingerman in the heavy wet conditions.
5 months ago on Chasing The Edge: Infiniti At Eau Rouge
Love the last photo. Never noticed that hood line before for some reason, but it is very pronounced in that color in that light setting with the sun going down. Very nice!
I also really like the render of their new bumper kit, it looks more aggressive but tasteful. Looks like the chrome bumper trim is also reshaped, with sharper corners at the side edges
5 months, 1 week ago on Unplugged Tesla Model S:</br> The Future Of Car Tuning?
I just wanna say the FT-1 press photos by Nate Hassler are on point!
I met Nate briefly I think when I ran into Sean K at a grocery store lol. They're both talented photographers! Speedhunters should consider having Nate do a guest photography post or something in the future
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The FT-1 Returns
Sony is indeed killing it. Great choice! Would you consider the A7s at all or is 12MP on the low side for your work?
I really think the quality of your photography has grown since last seen on SH! Good job
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Catching Up With Linhbergh
Open question to Speedhunters and SH readers: Do you notice that there seems to be the law of diminishing returns in effect when there is the constant expectation to "one up" the last CRAZY build from Gatebil or Japan and that this trend has created unreasonable expectations from the readership as well as on the SH staff?
Although I can appreciate the crazy builds from northern Europe or insane time attack cars from Japan, I don't think that every post needs to out do the last feature. I actually welcome more of these "mild builds" because otherwise you'd run out of stuff to write about really quick if all you're looking to feature are LaSupras and such. Moreover, in many ways these more tame, tastefully modified cars are actually just as rare and challenging to pull off as the crazier Gatebil cars.
This Porsche isn't anything fantastic or special in one respect, relative to that Cayman 918 or something like that. But the owner has taken great thought into putting subtle touches to differentiate the car from the thousands of other 911 examples that joe schmoe investment banker would buy off the showroom floor.
Speedhunters, please continue to feature cars that are great examples of custom car culture. Everyone has a different threshold for modification, but the subtle route can be just as hard to execute right as the batshit crazy route. Any car that inspires you to do something different or think differently with your own car is worth featuring.
But at the same time, Speedhunters needs to lay off the blatant advertising like the feature of the airbagged A4 wagon that really aren't that special and only serve to promote a sponsor. I'm not sure if this "build" falls into that category, but if it does, it was done so in a way that wasn't so grossly obvious. Again, subtlety is an art that's difficult to pull off, both when it comes to car mods and advertising!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Project 991: The Full Reveal
@robzor @Chris Nuggets Yeah thanks I can read and see that. Just confirming if the reason behind it is because it's more of a track car and if so, why not just have blacked out headlight shells to save weight?
6 months, 1 week ago on A Porsche Cayman…</br> With 918 Spyder Aspirations
I don't see any projector in the headlights. Assuming this is just a show piece then, since it seems to be a dedicated track car?
Pretty awesome build anyway, my favorite part is the custom door shape and the side intakes in the fenders. Although the Cayman's factory high roof line still looks a little awkward to me.
@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
6 months, 1 week 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
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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Lizard Hunting In The Big Apple
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
6 months, 2 weeks 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
7 months, 1 week 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.
7 months, 1 week 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
7 months, 2 weeks 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...
7 months, 2 weeks 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!
7 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 months, 3 weeks 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.
8 months, 3 weeks 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
9 months, 2 weeks 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?
9 months, 3 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
10 months 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.
10 months, 1 week 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
10 months, 1 week 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?
10 months, 1 week 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?
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Capturing Brilliance. <br/>Formula One Like You’ve Never Seen It
Maybe the 211 owner's other car is a VW Beetle?? Mixups can happen!
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Car Guys, In Cars, Getting Coffee, In Tokyo
Ti Racing x Outer Plus ....*drool*
;) Just gotta be patient...right Dino!
10 months, 3 weeks ago on One Hour To Beat Tsukuba: GO!
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Chris Nuggets Hahaha which one is Christian Von KoenigSOULLLLLLLL
10 months, 4 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.
11 months 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?
12 months ago on Kato’s Kenmeri – The Kyusha King?