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@monkichi That is my dream car too! And I actually have the K20A sitting inside it already :)
3 days, 15 hours 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.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Wider Than You: A Fatty Lotus Exige
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?
4 days, 17 hours ago on Wider Than You: A Fatty Lotus Exige
No picture of the 2010 F1 prototype?!?!?! Whyyyyyy
5 days, 8 hours 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)
2 weeks, 5 days 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!
2 weeks, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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
1 month 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
1 month, 1 week 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
1 month, 1 week 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!
1 month, 1 week 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?
2 months 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
2 months 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.
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
2 months, 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
2 months, 4 weeks 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.
3 months 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
3 months 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...
3 months 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!
3 months, 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.
3 months, 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.
4 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
5 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?
5 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
5 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.
5 months, 4 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
6 months 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?
6 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?
6 months, 1 week 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!
6 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!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on One Hour To Beat Tsukuba: GO!
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Chris Nuggets Hahaha which one is Christian Von KoenigSOULLLLLLLL
6 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
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Renegades Of Speed:<br/>The Koenigsegg One-1 Is Here
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.
6 months, 4 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?
7 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.
8 months, 1 week 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
8 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.
8 months, 2 weeks 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.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Guerrilla In The Mist: The Evora Effect
Tell Miura to do a rocket bunny Lotus Exige! Would definitely be tempting
8 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.
8 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.
8 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!
9 months ago on The LaSupra Build: Bodywork
Glad to hear it, Dino...let's hope it's closer to the beginning of the year?? ;)
9 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!
9 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
9 months, 2 weeks ago on The Ultimate NSX?</br>Esprit’s Time Attack Monster