Connoisseur of anti-lag.
Mental build and an excellent article. I thought I recognized the street from the DW86 shoot, made sense as to why when I got to the latter half of the feature!
2 weeks ago on Faster Than A Superbike:<br/> A Real 1,017hp Street Fighter
You've got to love Koenigsegg. From competeting with the other "hybrid" hypercars with the non-hybrid One, they now look to be completely rewriting the rulebook with this one. Really interested to read more on the drivetrain technology, hopefully more detailed information will become available as the car nears production.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Direct Drive Into Orbit: <br/>Koenigsegg’s Electrifying Regera
Another unexpected but fascinating article. Proof, once again, that car culture stems far beyond the cars themselves.
The Wu Tang inspired door made me laugh, but its a sad summary of the situation in Detroit. Nice to see a positive ending (of sorts) to the story, I hope that Detroit continues to bounce back.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Detroit: The City That Cars Built
So great to see the Andros get coverage on Speedhunters. It's yet another superb Championship that seems to rarely get any mainstream coverage. Would love to see it in person, though I suspect it is considerably warmer watching it from the comfort of my armchair!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Attitude At Altitude: A Racing Avalanche
@TarmacTerrorist If you are looking for a modern replacement for your Group B cravings, then give the World (formerly European) Rallycross Championship a look. If you were build a modern Group B car chances are it would end up looking a lot like a rallycross Supercar!
Absolutely brilliant to see the new Focus RS get AWD, no matter what they said about trick diffs the FWD RS's were never as good. I hope this is the first of many proper RS's! (An AWD Fiesta RS would immediately send me to my nearest Ford dealership)The styling is the only real disappointment with this new car: this is no where near as good looking as either the Mk.1 or Mk.2 Focus in my eyes.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ford Builds An STI Fighter
Kudos to whoever has written the current regulations for WEC. The three LMP1-H teams were all running different configuration cars last year and now there is a fourth entry with yet another interpretation of the rules joining them in 2015. Four different approaches to the same regulations and, with a bit of luck, four equally competitive cars. In terms of circuit racing, the WEC is, in my eyes, by far the best FiA sanctioned World Championship at present. Formula 1 can only dream of being both this varied and interesting.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Front Drive At Le Mans? <br />Nissan’s New LMP1
Litchfield's work has inspired the vast majority of the modifications on my Impreza. Should I ever find myself in the position to own a GT-R, they would be my first port of call for modifications on that as well!
As for this car the aesthetics are a bit much for me (specifically that bonnet), but cracking job everywhere else!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Can England Build A Better GT-R Than Japan?
@speedhunters_dino @Robo_No1 Cheers for the reply Dino. I have long wondered what the connection was (if any) between Prodrive in the UK and Prodrive in Japan!
2 months ago on Daigo Saito’s New Formula Drift</br> GT-R In Detail
@JustinOdijk Fully agreed: this is a mental car and great to see in detail, but it's far from a cheap build! As you say, it moves the upper echelon of the sport far away from the average privateer.
@Robo_No1 Prodrive Japan have been involved with drifting for a while, Youichi Imamura was sponsored by them back in 2008 and I don't think he is the only D1GP driver to be associated with them.
Not an article I was expecting to see on Speedhunters, but a fascinating read (on a fascinating subject). Great work!
2 months, 1 week ago on The Oddest Car Park In The World?
@RichieTipsyKariuki Agreed! Love the styling, but it doesn't seem like a "proper" GT without a V8!
2 months, 1 week ago on The Ford GT Is Back
Will fitting this strap to my camera guarantee that all the shots I take come out like Larry Chen's?
2 months, 1 week ago on The Wait Is Over: <br/>Speedhunters Pro Camera Straps
@UWerqxTeam_MJ @tbtstt Fully agreed! Funnily enough I'm much the same when it comes to the 911: the vast majority of the 911 does nothing for me, but I would sell several vital organs to own a GT3 911!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Climbing The Hakone Turnpike
@demzo_BRG I'd be happy with the Japanese version (even though I can't read it): I just can't get an answer out of anyone in Japan!
Excellent article. I was really hoping to get the issue of Motorhead magazine focusing on this event, but I'm yet to receive a reply from the Motorhead E-mail address, so I'm glad you have produced this article!The road going BMW Z4 does absolutely nothing for me... but I can't stop looking at that GT version. I can't see an angle it doesn't look good from and it sounds phenomenal. Oh, incidentally, further to your line on the GT40 Dino "it stood just a metre tall". Actually the GT40 stands slightly over a metre tall, 40 inches tall to be precise: that is where the "40" in the GT40 name comes from!
@speedhunters_dino @silveradotx Raw onboard footage to come? Go on, you know it makes sense... :D
3 months ago on Unleashed On The Hakone Turnpike
Another superb video from Luke Huxham, fantastic mixture of cars and great editing.
Just shy of motoring video brilliance to me: a version of the video without background music would be utter perfection!
Good article. Truth be told - and as much as I love all the Group B cars - the 6R4 was underpowered when compared to its rivals of the era, hence why it was allowed to remain in competition use after the banning of Group B. It was only when rallycrossers starting strapping turbo(s) to it that it really hit its stride.
Like the RS200, it would be very interesting to see what the competitive cars would have been if the Group B regulations had been allowed for a couple more years.
3 months, 1 week ago on Point & Shoot: <br/>The Intercontinental Ballistic Metro
@Chris @this.guy.said The Drive interview is what convinced me that Block was a genuine motorsport enthusiast. It's a pity some of his own PR isn't delivered in the same way as that interview, as I sure it would sway some of the die hard rally/rallycross fans who have been put off. The only Ford you would own is a GT40? Its a good call, but the GT40 is second to the RS200 on my list of Fords to own!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on When Is A Job Not A Job?
Great posts @this.guy.said and @Chris. Even in Europe I have lost count of how many Block t-shirts I've seen at rallies and rallycross events. His reach is far and wide, at a time when the media for the WRC is piss poor, I think that's a great thing. As said, I respect Block for being in the WRC, but I don't think he'll ever win a round (or even podium). Contrary to what some think though, I do think he has some talent. I watched him at Loheac this year and, aside from Petter Solberg, no one else was as spectacular to watch. The WRC is a whole other level though and you need to be regularly participating to have any chance of being competitive, regardless of how good you are.From what I've heard in the personal interviews I get the impression Block would agree with you guys. Unfortunately I think some of Block's PR is delivered in such a way that presents him as "the greatest ever" to the casual fan, which grates a lot of more seasoned motorsport followers.
I really enjoy work, but would I quit it to become a sponsored rally and rallycross driver?... HELL YES! Personally I'm a big fan of Block and what he does. He is being paid by sponsors to drive in the greatest motorsport disciplines (in my opinion!) in the World : that sounds pretty much like perfection to me.
It is probably a statement of the obvious, but I would say that Block's media savvy is probably his greatest strength and greatest weakness. His huge internet presence is obviously what allows him to get backing for these motorsport programmes (and I would argue it has bought said motorsports to a wider audience) but, accordingly, the way some of his marketing presents him does so in a way that alienates more knowledgeable motorsport fans. I tell everyone who gives Block grief to check out the interview Drive did with him a couple of years back. Behind the PR I think there is a genuine motorsport enthusiast, which is why I respect what he is doing.
Easier Said Than Done deserves to win at least two of those categories. Easily one of the best motorsport documentary of the last few years, I hope it gets the recognition it deserves at the awards.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The London Motor Film Festival:</br> Who’s In?
Superb work as ever Larry, fantastic to see the WRC getting coverage on Speedhunters. Fully agree with your comments regarding watching a rally. Watching rallying does take a bit of planning to get the best out of it (which I daresay puts some people off), but its a spectating experience unlike any other motorsport. For those Speedhunters who like using a camera, rally presents spectacles you would never get to capture elsewhere (just don't be the idiot standing in a stupid place to take shots: there is one at every rally!).
Shamefully I've only been to one rally in the last 18 months: must do a better job in 2015!Oh, and love the shot of the classics filling up in the petrol station: those old monsters are thirsty...
4 months ago on Rally De España: WRC Through My Lens
I'm not a big Beemer fan: but the E30 is the exception to that rule, especially when it is wearing M3 arches!Love this build: and the fact it retains OEM+ styling. Good article as well!
4 months ago on Smashing Tribute:<br /> The 900hp BMW M3 Clone
I have been following both the original build and rebirth of this car over on the Lotus Sport forum for some time, great to see the "new" car on Speedhunters.
I loved the Lotus in its original form - and I have to admit I was sceptical when I first read Frank's intentions for the car after its little prang - but the more I look at pictures of it, the more its new form has grown on me. Can clearly see Can-Am styling in it's new look, which is more than enough to endear it to me!
4 months ago on Return Of The Canyon King
This doesn't seem quite as rugged as Block's rally derived Impreza or Fiesta, but my god what a build: and what a sound!Would really like to see some views from underneath: curious to see how they have managed to shoehorn both a V8 and the AWD drivetrain into the front end!
4 months, 1 week ago on The Hoonicorn RTR Exposed
Fantastic article with a true legend of motorsport.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on “I’m A Racer Not A Driver”<br/> You Interview Stirling Moss
@mrwicksy @Larry Chen I keep going back to that 997 article as well. In my eyes the LBW look works even better when you can see the function of the car hasn't been compromised by its new form.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Blue Shark Attack: LB Works’ Aventador
@Larry Chen @tbtstt The fact that this was only the highlight of the week (not month or even year) indicates that you get to drive too much cool stuff! There aren't many cars in the Porsche range than excite me, but the noise of a GT Porsche is hard to beat: I imagine this sounded superb on the road!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Liberty Walk That Runs
@Larry Chen @tbtstt No doubt. I personally think the car would have just as much presence if it was on coilovers set at a fixed, usable, ride height: it doesn't need to be silly low!
Would be great to see a LBW Lambo is the same vein as the LBW/BBI Autosport Porsche you recently covered.
Without meaning to instigate a comment war, I'm not so convinced that what Kato is doing is "anti-mainstream", though he clearly has the money to doing this on much bigger budget cars than others!As for the car itself, the air suspension made me cringe, but I can't deny that the overall look of the car is stunning. That blue/black combination is just superb. Excellent pictures as always!
Definite proof that Liberty Walk form doesn't have to come at the expense of function. Love the look of this and the performance speaks for itself, more cars of this ilk please!
Speed Industries GC8 Impreza for me!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Rewind: The Cars Of October
@EvolveWRC Yeah, a pair of fog lamp covers would really finish the front end off:http://www.iwoc.co.uk/images/cluster/pe1/22b11.jpg
5 months ago on The Ripsnorting, Anti-Lagging<br />Speed Industries Impreza
Absolute Impreza perfection; the two door GC8 World Rally Cars just look that little bit harder than the 22B's, love it! (I hope there is a proper roof vent under that scoop though!). As for automotive first love: its the Impreza! First saw one (the Group A car) around the age of 14, sideways (in the hands of some bloke called Colin) with anti-lag on full chat... would dearly love to sample one of the first generation Impreza World Rally Cars myself: this looks like the next best thing!
Little disappointed in that video to be honest. Would much rather they had just left the camera on the start line to capture the sound/spectacle of the cars launching. As an aside I have really struggled to get into the GRC this year. I'm not sure if the GRC has taken a step backwards, or if the World Rallycross Championship has taken a step forward, but the GRC has seemed vastly inferior this year.
5 months, 1 week ago on Red Bull Global Rallycross In The Raw
@Jonathan Moore Ha! I was shooting cars clipping the curb as they exit Westfield bend, but didn't notice you appearing to my right. Aiden Moffet completely cut the corner and got a huge amount of air exiting the turn. I panned with the hope of catching him mid-air... but got a full frame of the back of your head instead! No worries, I appreciate you're doing a job. I did notice you moved off very quickly: unfortunately Moffet didn't mess his line up again!
5 months, 1 week ago on Warning: Maniac Drivers On The Loose
Great coverage and some superb shots, especially the opening picture. However, given that you totally shot-blocked me on Westfield Bend Jonathan, I'm unable to like this article!
Fantastic article. Much like a lot of aspects of Japanese car culture, decent articles on the Swedish street racing scene are few and far between: great work!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Street Racing in Stockholm:<br /> Welcome To The Underground
@Gianluca FairladyZ And don't forget Ghost Rider! ;)
Great article. Long been a Noble fan, especially of the earlier cars, an M400 would definitely be in my dream garage!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Breaking The Bad, Making It Good: <br/>A Different Class Of Noble
Now THIS is car modification. OEM+ looks, the best parts from the marque and select aftermarket components, all beautifully engineered together. Superb car and great write up.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Brass Knuckles In A Velvet Glove:<br /> The Lightspeed Classic
Fascinating article and an incredible facility. Very interested to read more about their WRC plans, but I guess that will have to wait for another day...
6 months ago on If You Have A Problem, If No One Can Help.<br/>Maybe You Can Hire… The TMG Team
Fantastic article! I really enjoyed the video, so great to get a little look behind the scenes.
6 months ago on Recoil 2: Shooting South Of The Border
Followed the build of this on the Driftworks forum, great to see the car get such a good write up on here. I've seen the DW86 on track a couple of times and it hasn't disappointed. It sounds immense and looks superb, love how they have retained the original lines and not gone for an OTT look with the body.
6 months ago on V8 Hachirockin': The Angriest 86 Ever
Totally bonkers: absolutely brilliant!
6 months ago on Micro Machine: The Kei Drift Truck
LOVE this. The wheels aren't to my liking, but the rest of the car more then makes up for it. Great job! Having said that, I may be slightly biased as - in answer to the closing question of this article - an Exige is one of the cars at the top of my attainable dream car list.
6 months, 1 week ago on Wider Than You: A Fatty Lotus Exige
Hmmm, I'm on the fence on this one as it seems like a case of form over function, but perhaps I'm jumping to conclusions...If Kato-san had done this to a "regular" 458 I would unquestionably approve: I know the look of the LB Walk cars isn't to everyone's taste, but I love how much more aggressive his cars look and this is no exception. Additionally - and again I know they are an acquired taste - but there are a handful of cars I think ducktail spoilers "work" on (I mean that in a aesthetic sense), the 458 being one of them. His choice of base car is what makes me dubious though. Parts have been added to a prepared track car as "aero", yet he has removed tested components in the process. I'm not saying that it isn't possible to improve upon something released from the factory, but the way in which he has gone about it (and the other mods you detail) makes me feel that this car has sacrificed the pure function it had in favour of form. Perhaps Kato-san should race both this and a standard 458 Challenge round the track to justify his modifications and prove me - and others with doubts - wrong! (And either way, nice article and images!)
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Liberty Walk & The 458 Challenge