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1 day, 3 hours ago on Getting Lost In The Details
Finding a clean, low-mileage turbo chassis is a chore, but if you can make this from it, it's totally worth finding. Every time I see one of these I think back to the ultimate street car challenges from Sport Compact Car and how there was a guy that kept building and re-building an MR-2 that would almost always win but break at the end. It's been years since I've read the articles, but that has always put a nugget in my mind about the potential of these cars. Very nicely done.
1 week, 1 day ago on Midship Weapon: The Perfect SW20
More time attack coverage the better. It's starting to feel like time attack is kinda bouncing back here in the US after the debacle that was Redline Time Attack in 2011. Though the big-name tuner houses in the US aren't in the mix as much either, there's an increasing amount of grassroots support and with the addition of an East and West GTA series it should become even more popular.
Great post as always Dino, I too look forward to this event as well. Have plans on attending more Battle Evome events later in the year?
1 week, 3 days ago on The Original Speed Hunters
@marsh5 I'm in the process of doing the same thing, I was told to just drill a hole through the floor and use a 3/8" grade-8 bolt and some washers to install it. There's a video for the targa car build that shows exactly where you should be drilling.
2 weeks ago on Project GripS14: <BR> AutoPower Roll Bar Install
2:04.2 around Buttonwillow is a great starting place to build off of. Should be exciting to see how it develops from here. Nice article Mike.
2 weeks ago on Akaishi Special: The Joy Of Honda
Between your jaw-dropping photography, great location, good writing and an amazing subject, this has to be one of the best Speedhunters posts in years. Easily top 5 of all time. What an amazing car too. Nice fucking job.
3 weeks ago on Endless Journey:</br> Building The Ultimate Street Supra
@MariusEngenSkinnes In the US K-Sport is seen as a knock-off JDM brand by some. Good to know that in Europe they carry TÜV approval. I don't think they advertise that fact over here.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Smashing Tribute:<br /> The 900hp BMW M3 Clone
@Chris @LukeEVOVIII Alternatives to karting: NASA HPDE days, SCCA HPDE days, SCCA auto-cross. SCCA rally-cross, or any number of other track day organizations like Shift Sector, or Global Time Attack, etc. The two largest/most well-known organizations are NASA and SCCA in the US.
You can also look up regions and dates of the various sanctioning bodies and see when and where events are being held, or you can go to your local track's website and see who is hosting what, when and go from there.
Just start with the desire and research it from there.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on This Is American Time Attack
Thanks Mike and SH for the coverage of Time Attack. I look forward to it all year.
I like to tell friends and family that ask what time attack is, I usually reply "It's like heads-up drag racing, only around a circuit. Fastest car wins."
3 weeks, 4 days ago on This Is American Time Attack
@Mike Garrett @QuocAnNguyen Time Attack in general has always ran some sort of DOT-approved tire, never slicks. In the US (Global Time Attack especially) classes are largely split up by their tire tread wear ratings. The lower the rating, the stickier the tire, the higher the class.
@KyWRC I like to think of Professional Awesome as the American version of Under Suzuki.
Should totally call it "Boner pictures" instead of bonus pictures... Cuz, they umm induce them...
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Return Of The Canyon King
I Love it. What happens to it now? Will we see it out at Buttonwillow one day doing hot laps?
4 weeks ago on Fabricating A Winner: <br/>The MAXIMUM ATTACK FR-S
@speedhunters_dino @QD ..and boots and pants and boots and pants and boots and pants...
1 month ago on 1000hp Worth Of Recoil
You should do it again. Also, will the owner of that green RX-7 please stand up. I'm pretty sure I see semi-slicks and a rollbar installed, which makes me very intrigued. Nice meet.
1 month ago on VIPs & Renegades: Vegas By Night
@Speedhunters_Bryn @petertarach Can't wait to see how much has changed with the StarQuest since Modified Mag covered it a few years ago. It was damn impressive then and I can't imagine what 3 years of tinkering has done to make it even more amazeballs.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Optima Challenge:</br> Where Street Cars Go To Fight
Maybe that Civic is a true "survivor" car from 2001?
1 month, 1 week ago on 2014 SEMA Show Recap<BR> & Random Ramblings
"Perhaps it’s a good way to stay under the radar out on the street?" - Yes. Taking the wing off my Evo within days took me from being followed by patrol units every few days to left the fuck alone. Never got a ticket either.
1 month, 1 week ago on Nihon Hunting At SEMA
@showtime125 Commas and periods are your friend. Also, grammar.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Mad Muscle Of SEMA
Love it. Need more Morgans racing again.
1 month, 1 week ago on How To Sharpen A Wooden Sword:<br /> Morgan’s Mean GT3 Machine
@econti Buh dum chhhh... This guy will be here all week folks.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Cars Of Japan’s Grassroots Drift Scene
I think SH has this on lock. Other than ITB's, I'm not really all that impressed with the other builds.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Scion Tuner Challenge: The Reveal
@NielsKreischer @Speedhunters_Bryn I spot an RB. Also, nice car.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Catching Up With Project Evo
@Big Pooky Evo's carry over 60% of their weight on the front, shedding heat in the rears isn't really a priority when the fronts do a majority of the work. It could also be that only the fronts have been upgraded so far.
I think it was Motor Trend that had an editorial piece a few years back praising the virtues of feeling engaged while driving by using all four points. The four points of course being both feet and both hands. Though certainly blip-shifting through a dual-clutch PDK box is faster, it just doesn't seem as engaging. But that's the way of progress. If Porsche wants to compete with other supercars and build a continually faster and more capable vehicle, then that magical PDK is a large piece of the puzzle.
I still prefer to row my own gears the traditional way though.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Warp Speed Engaged: The 911 Turbo S
I had a buddy once lose a drag race by .001. He said it came down to the difference of a frog fart. I asked him "wtf are you talking about?" His reply: "Some frog farted at the finish line and slowed me down."
Yup, Under was the victim of a frog fart.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Time Attacking WTAC: The In-Car Views
Thanks SH for getting some coverage of WTAC. Good work Richie Opie(?) for the write-up and the great pics.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Tin-Top Tango:</br> Five Interesting Cars From WTAC
@AdamBezzegh You could have if you watched the livestream. Here's a link to the stream that's recorded: http://www.worldtimeattack.com/index.php/live-stream-friday/
You can watch all of the event again if you want.
@Jonathan Moore @FunctionFirst I find myself intensely jealous.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Making A Morgan: <br/>If You Could, You Wood Too
Good Lord I love these cars. My dream garage has always had room for an Aero 8 and a 3-wheeler.
So it's official? Singapore car scene: The hardest of the hardcore?
2 months ago on Singapore Nightlife & Car Culture
2 months, 1 week ago on Street Racing in Stockholm:<br /> Welcome To The Underground
@joellisibach @Gianluca FairladyZ Should have pushed that Prius into the water and then taken the picture.
2 months, 1 week ago on An AMG With The JDM Touch
@KeithCharvonia @FunctionFirst I'm sorry, wasn't meant as a criticism, it just looked odd and out of place and funny because of how wide they were and still stretched.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rollin’ To 86Fest…<br/> On A New Set Of RAYS
One of these things is not like the other ones:
Forged, wide lightweight wheels for better grip and lowering un-sprung weight
Widebody kit to fit maximum-width wheels and tires
Supercharger for extra power and performance
Full suspension setup utilizing top-notch components
Stretched tires for "dat fitment yo"
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rollin’ To 86Fest…<br/> On A New Set Of RAYS
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 12s,11s,10s: Modifying The ’15 Mustang
@ToyotaSupraMan They have a couple of "grooves" in the tread, so they're not completely slicks, thus "street legal" or DOT-approved. Yeah, taking the rules and bending them veeeeeeeeeeeeery far.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on An Audi That Hates Corners
Current GTR record is 7.80 at 182 set by ETS/English Racing in August at the Buschur Shootout, but that was on *I believe* full slicks, not M/T ET streets and they were still squirrelly going down the track.
Either way, this car is an amazing feat of engineering, especially when you consider the hybrid drivetrain and the fact that it's making that much power from just 5 cylinders. I swear, them Scandanavians have all kinds of surprising things up their sleeves.
Perfect FD ending:
Judges admit they have a bias against short wheelbase cars and let personal opinions of drivers on the grid influence their decision making:
Oh, And the Norwegian Hammer taking home his first FD title. That'd be pretty sweet too.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Risking Everything:</br> From The North Cape… To Texas
Best of luck, stay safe and don't forget you're living the dream.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Ups & Downs: My Season So Far
Dat leather-wrapped roll cage tho!
Good lawd awwmighty...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Brass Knuckles In A Velvet Glove:<br /> The Lightspeed Classic
@VictorVanderpooten Yes, but French baguettes are so damn good though. Plus I don't think drifting in a castle or monument would go down very well. Though drifting circles 'round the Arc De Triumphe would be pretty fun.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Wild Horse In France… With Baguettes
Short of: "Had we built it we would have gone bankrupt and gone into relegation" there's no other reason I'll accept to have not made this. Too bad really. Let's hope that 1.6 liter makes into something else that's fun.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Hypercar They Should Have Sold…
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Scion Tuner Challenge Livery: <br/>The Choice Is Yours!
I liked it when I first saw it because it was just so different, I love it now especially since it's white. Looks even better.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Bertone Mantide: Five Years On
@MoparianHow about we stop tossing the word rape around. You sound like a complete assclown. Sexual assault isn't the same as transplanting an engine from another manufacturer into a Mopar. In fact, can we remove this comment altogether?
3 months ago on Feathers Ruffled: The 2JZ Mopar
2JZ, no shit?
This makes me really miss my Type 3 Fastback, I'd love to have that back and restore it. There's an intangible glory to owning an air-cooled VW, and is something that definitely should be experienced at some point in your life.
I imagine with the backdrop of Gatebil there's always a temptation to go overboard, and I can see someone wanting to throw in a 1000hp turbo LS motor, fab-up a four-link rear end and pushrod front suspension, 18-inch custom wheels and drift the piss out of it. But, the restraint and attention to detail is the linchpin that ties this car together and makes it much more than the sum of its parts.
Stunning photos Mr. Moore, that lighting is amazing and the timing must have been just perfect.
3 months ago on Dropping Down A Ghia
I'm pretty sure C-Prep class can also run slicks, which I'm sure means the grip level is absolutely eye-ball ripping.
AutoX - once it's in your blood it's damn hard to get it out. Nice write-up Keith, great photos too (as usual).
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Raging Heavyweight: <br/>A Pro-Touring Camaro
That phrase is an oxymoron.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Discussion: Can You Make A Ferrari 458 Better Looking Than It Already Is?