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@Speedhunters @crispykrem3 @Hoonigan_RB That Saabaru has potential at least since it is a WRX wagon underneath... Makes me miss mine for sure.
2 days, 9 hours ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER: Wagon Lovin’
@DustinGC8 To replicate that S14 you'd be looking at $10-$12k in the US, including the price of the car. It's not cheap, but it's definitely attainable. And beyond cutting the stock hood, adding coilovers, the wing and front splitter it's pretty-much a normal car with a few wisely chosen modifications.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Mixing It Up, Time Attack Style
@Gianluca FairladyZ The price on the Z33's are coming down quickly, so that will help make the chassis more popular. I don't think swapping in an RB would be a good answer. Supercharged VQ's are reaching 450+ WHP on relatively low boost while still CARB-approved (emissions legal). 450hp is plenty of power, and a supercharger is cheaper than a swap. The issue is lowering weight and improving cooling to make it more effective of a chassis. Z33's need coolers for everything.
I wouldn't mind building one myself, good looking cars with plenty of potential.
1 week, 2 days ago on Defining JDM:</br> Battle Evome Tsukuba Attack
Dino, you didn't happen to come across these guys did you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQFWYVX0YwI
Not sure what day you went but I was pretty happy to see a US team laying down lap times in Japan.
I find it especially refreshing to see a bunch of RX-7's turning laps reliably while using their rotary engines. If this was in the US maybe one of those would have a rotary still, the rest would be easy-mode V8's. Love the coverage of these events. Can't wait to see that third feature of Under's S15. Thanks Dino!
@mazdaspeeder86 I've been commenting on this site since comments were enabled so yeah, I do comment a lot. But nothing I wrote above was written in hostility.
1 week, 2 days ago on GT1 For The Street:<br /> Another Way To Build A 1000hp GT-R
@mazdaspeeder86 You make it sound like they're using simple, old school chip burning tech. Cobb's Accessport isn't exactly a piggy back ECU. It's more of a convenient controller-interface that installs tables and maps onto the ECU. It can then read and display information from the ECU directly. But it's not piggy-backed onto the ECU like some old-school HKS/Apex'i programmer. The Accessport is probably the most widely-used programmer in the US (especially in the GTR scene) and the tuning software that is available with it is as advanced as anything that AEM or Haltech provide.
1 week, 4 days ago on GT1 For The Street:<br /> Another Way To Build A 1000hp GT-R
@Nate Pump gas octane ratings in Europe and the US are measured using two different calculations and testing techniques. Even though the numbers are different the capability of the fuel is the same. Generally speaking 98 ron in Europe is equivalent to 93 octane in the US - or so I've read. There's a wiki page that will let you get down with your nerd-self if you want to read it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octane_rating
Is E85 available in Seattle?
Here's the meat and potatoes of that cage design:
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Taniguchi’s AWD Time Attacker
I'm pleasantly surprised to read about a JDM tuner using a US-built manifold designed for what US time-attackers consider's top-spec turbo's. That's a great example of taking inspiration from all over the world. Even the fact that they're using a 15-point cage seems to be an update to their philosophy. In the past it was 6-point cages, now it's 15, so despite the fact that it's still not safe, it looks like they're at least changing their minds somewhat.
I don't know if any denizens in Japan read US-related builds, but here's a good read based on what privateers in the US consider a proper cage build: http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArticles/ID/3771/Project-Professional-Awesome-Time-Attack-Evo-Part-1--Roll-Cage-and-Chassis-in-Detail.aspx -- and it's even on an Evo 8.
I love the cars featured from this shop, everything they build is just as much show as it is go. It's like the old adage: you can show a race car, but you can't race a show car.
Do they run it open-top like that or do they have a hardtop for it? I really like that Amuse front end, and the revised exhaust exit is pretty cool too. I think I agree with you, ITBs+wide body+track days = just fine the way it is.
3 weeks ago on A Raw, Circuit-Ready S2000 Streeter
I honestly don't know what to think about that Evo. I love the originality of what was done to it, but I kept coming back to the thought: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Which is probably unfair because it's obviously built as a bit of a surprise factor and a bit more of functionality. It definitely has presence and stands out even amongst the other three cars.
Also, any idea how well the coilpacks on that BMW V8 are holding up with the turbo downpipe sitting right above them? That's a lot of heat hanging around right above the motor.
Very cool feature cars.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Mutants Attack:</br> Turbo? BMW? V8? Lexus?</br> Pick Your Weapon…
Carbon, carbon fiber errywere.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Welcome To Tuning Heaven:<br /> Bulletproof’s Carbon GT-R
@speedhunters_dino SHUTUP TROLLSROYCE IT'S MORE PERFECTER OK!!! GOSH!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Perfecting Perfection:</br> The Advance NSX
Shut up and take my money, Ford?!?!
Never thought I'd type that..
4 weeks ago on Ford Builds An STI Fighter
Watching Nob and Daigo tearing it up on-track at the same time would have been worth the admission price alone. Very cool. I'm sure HKS will have their R35 well below the 1:30's next year in Sydney. Can't wait. Also can't wait for some Battle Evome coverage to. Good times.
1 month ago on Breaking Records At The</br> HKS Premium Day
You know how people always say "pics just don't do it justice, you gotta see it in person." That's never the case with Larry.
1 month ago on Wide Body Dreaming:<br /> The Rocket Bunny RX-7
The Mint-T would have been my vote for AMBR. Any possibility we could see more of it?
1 month ago on This Is Winter In Los Angeles
You need to spotlight all of those cars. For serial, all of them.
Also, another How-To-Kiwi trait: Contrasting colors. There are a few examples of cars that use complimenting colors, but it seems like the engine bays have at least one contrasting color used to add some pop.
1 month ago on How To Kiwi:<br /> The 2015 4&Rotary Nationals
@CharlesChris15 @Trentworth They're run on almost every muscle car ever. They're like the Volk TE37 of the muscle car scene.
1 month ago on $3.5 Million To Spend:<br/> What Would You Buy?
So my question is this: Can you drive the better R35 in England without being tagged by Big Brother's speed cameras?
What stood out to me the most was the completely huge bump in displacement. Most stroker kits are 4.1, some are larger, but this is the biggest I've seen yet. That's quite the increase and is worth some hefty low-end grunt.
Also, dayyuuuuuum them some fine photos...
1 month ago on Can England Build A Better GT-R Than Japan?
See a wagon from Gas Monkey Garage. And is that F40 also from GMG? The one that sold before to Reggie Jackson?
1 month ago on Surviving The World’s Greatest Car Auction
FULL RACE ALL THE THINGS!!!
1 month, 1 week ago on Introducing Project EcoBoost
Parking Garage*. This isn't a place where you let your cars out to frolic and play ;).
1 month, 1 week ago on The Oddest Car Park In The World?
Ah, Bernie... Human embodiment of a dumpster fire. I need to hurry-up and get rich so I can start a collection of classic racers.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Dock Strike: Classics Close In On London
@SilviaBill @suuuuuup http://38.media.tumblr.com/37456a2d77d1553b20d3ece658d861cf/tumblr_n4j644hB3a1qcluu2o4_250.gif
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Arizona Auction Week Is Happening Now!
I really like that he took the time to get the chassis cleaned up, prepped and painted. That's the kind of detail work that adds to the overall quality of the build. Very cool.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on True Wagon Love
Need to find the link to the Creations & Chrome mustang that's now red in the video...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Mustang Thrash: 50 Years Of Fun
@researchisyourfriend @FunctionFirst Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and they all stink.
2 months ago on When USDM Doesn’t Suck: Lexus Attack
Lots of stupid comments by stupid people talking out of their ass. Nice car, and a great demo vehicle for SEMA. Fuck anyone that frowns on 500hp, RWD and 2-way $3500 competition coils with exposed external canisters while nitpicking demo stickers, demo tires and fucking stupid shit like steering wheel hubs and the way the rear diffuser was mounted. Fucking clowns.
2 months, 1 week ago on 10 Things To Do</br> On Your Speedhunting OE
Mmmm, Fat Tire.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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?
2 months, 3 weeks 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 months, 4 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 months, 4 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 months 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 months, 1 week 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 months, 1 week 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."
@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 months, 1 week 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?
3 months, 1 week 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...
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Optima Challenge:</br> Where Street Cars Go To Fight
Maybe that Civic is a true "survivor" car from 2001?
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Nihon Hunting At SEMA
@showtime125 Commas and periods are your friend. Also, grammar.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on The Mad Muscle Of SEMA
Love it. Need more Morgans racing again.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on How To Sharpen A Wooden Sword:<br /> Morgan’s Mean GT3 Machine