LA Auto Show
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the LA Auto Show finally put on, well, a show. Normally later than an ovulating female packing holey jimmys, the organizers pushed the dates earlier in the season to ring in their centennial celebration. In accordance to their fortuitous timing, a record 36 World and North American debuts were made at the Los Angeles Convention Center-among them some stunners from Acura, Honda, Mazda and Nissan.
Acura revealed their Advanced Sedan Concept-a batmobile-like supercar, while older-brother Honda showed off the REMIX-a fun, sporty coupe-and the STEP BUS-a shrunken down Element-like vehicle sporting dual sliding mini-van doors. Mazda unveiled their desert landscape inspired Nagare concept and Nissan introduced both their new Altima coupe and Sentra SE-R. Although the much ballyhooed GT-R didn't make its debut, the LA Auto Show shook the industry like a magic eightball. Outlook good.
Now if we can only get someone at Nissan to get us on the GT-R press drive list.www.laautoshow.com
Breaking News: HKS Breaks off Tsukuba
TsukubA Dooby Do
53.99 seconds is not a lot of time, but it was all the time JDM superfly hot shoe Nobuteru 'NOB' Taniguchi needed to hustle the HKS CT230R Lan Evo VIII around Japan's hallowed Tsukuba circuit, the holy land of time attack. You may or may not remember this HKS Time Attacker from our August '04 cover. At that time, the Evo's glorious carbon fiber body was raw and nekkid as opposed to the blood red that currently coats its flanks. And it answered to the name of TRB-02 or Tsukuba Record Breaker Version 2.0. The original name of this Evo was fitting because the car broke the Tsukuba tuner car time attack with a 54.739. The previous 55.8 record was held by the OG HKS TRB car, the Track Attack Altezza (featured on our April '01 cover)
What does all this mean, other than the fact that HKS likes to beat itself (we like to beat ourselves too, but we're not setting any records)? HKS has always been keen to prove the worth of its products on the motorsports stage, and a time attack record is a fitting way to accomplish this task.
In typical HKS fashion, the tuner was not content with merely holding the Tsukuba record, it wanted the overall tuner car record at all of the major J-spec circuits. The most fitting stage for this task was at the Hiper Challenge meets, a series of track events produced by HKS for their dealers and customers. To our knowledge, all of these HKS Evo times are for tuner car circuit records. HKS might even drop the CT230R on a certain road course in Buttonwillow, California in an attempt to own that Time Attack record as well.
|CT230R – FAST TIMES|
|Fuji International Speedway||1:42.374|
|Tokachi International Speedway||1:21.536|
|Okayama International Circuit||1:32.537|
Our December cover car, Chris Forsberg's 350Z is going under the knife for a huge makeover. On the menu: new motor with individual throttle bodies, Origin body kit, Seibon hood, SSR MS1 rims, new paint scheme and more. Look for it to slide into the new Formula D season. www.driftalliance.com
X marks the spot
Subaru announced at the recent LA Auto Show that the X Games Rally winning, double-back flipping, Travis Pastrana has signed to race for Team Subaru through 2009. Flippin' sweet! www.subaru.com
Playboy magazine announced their picks for the '07 cars of the year. Some of the notables are the pseudo-tree hugging Lexus GS 450h, and the Pontiac Solstice's sexier sister, the topless Saturn Sky Red Line which won for Best Roadster. The car of the year went to the BMW Z4 M coupe-PMOY optional. www.playboy.com
Holy Rusted Metal, Batman
POW! BAM! That's the sound of Hot Wheels' factory cranking out the classic TV version of the Batmobile designed by George Barris. Complete with faux jet engine, you can say it's putting the heat back in Hot Wheels (oh, that's good). www.hotwheels.com
Concept Corner is deader than K-Fed's hip-hop career. Not one to leave you hanging, our last (and final) answer was a Mazda Ibuki that debuted in '04. www.superstreetonline.com
They done done it
If you haven't heard, those crazy guys over at NOPI are starting their own drift league. The name for the new series? Wait for it...NOPI Drift.www.nopidrift.com
Many of you readers ask what it'd be like to be a Super Street staffer. To answer your question, pick up SpoCom: Inside Drift, the DVD. In it, you'll see all the hard work that goes into putting out a monthly magazine. Follow along as the production crew comes to our cover shoot with supermodels Ursula Mayes and Amber Lancaster posing with Chris Rado's flamethrowing tC. Or better yet, to an AxeRide photoshoot which featured our staff entouraging with some of the hottest import models around.
Besides us wacky editors, as the name implies, the DVD goes into drifting, revealing what AEM's Steph Papadakis and Rhys Millen do to prep for their Formula D season. Hosted by Kaila Yu, other features abound so make sure you go their Web site to find where you can pick one up for yourself.www.spocomusa.com
Today there's no denying that the Battle [of the Imports] is in a class all by itself. At the last event for 1996, the frigid temperatures and gusts of dust-filled winds couldn't keep nearly 650 racecars, 15,000 spectators and 28 vendors away"
Want Concept Corner back? Or are you glad it's gone?E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Thanksgiving Day, Honda gave big party at Twin Motegi. Honda's big party is called Honda Thanks Day. You can watch Honda's racecar drivers, riders and all Honda racecars and motorcycles at same place, at same time. If you were lucky, you can take the navigation seat of Super GT NSX with famous racecar driver. But I was not at Twin Ring Motegi for watching Honda's racecars. I was there for watching '07 Civic Type R sedan! There was CTR sedan proto type but it looks like complete; big rear wing on the trunk and diffuser under the rear bumper can be friend with blowing wind. There's aluminum shift knob and it looks like racecar's gas pedal. There is red awesome starter button is now symbol of Honda. CTR sedan has red head K20 spec R motor which can makes "over 220ps." Honda doesn't announce full specification and price, but Honda's Web site says CTR proto type's K20 makes over 220psi. Honda will start to sell CTR sedan in March 2007. If you had plan to buy Civic Si coupe, I think Civic Si sedan is on your list now. Who will build the first to ever convert their Civic Si sedan with the Japanese OEM CTR front end? We will know it in this year. Tetsuya Ogushi www.honda.co.jp
Concept vehicles: Unlike Britney's C-section scars, it's the stuff that makes car guys like us leave uncomfortable wet spots in our tighty-whities. Honda knows this. That's why they opened a standalone Advanced Design Studio in the trendy area of Old Town Pasadena, close to the renown Art Center College of Design. The studio's goal? To work on designs generations in advance of what's available on the market. Hence the name. www.honda.com
Established in 1961 in Bergamo, Italy, the blue-ribbon brake bakers, Brembo started life humbly as a small mechanic's garage. Manufacturing its first brake discs in '64 and fitting Enzo Ferrari's F1 car in '75, Brembo currently produces over 32 million rotors a year for over 30 OEs. Talking about braking the bank.
Back in March of '97 we went cuckoo for Koko's EG Civic, landing it on the cover. Aspecial "Race To Win!" insert detailed the ins and outs of Drag and gasp-at-the-time Road Racing. If that wasn't enough, we even managed to break news of the US slated Integra Type R.
La Auto Show
Bumping up the date bumped up the number of debuts, giving you another reason to go to the LA Convention Center besides on a hot import-filled night.
Super Street Redesign
The new look is like Life cereal. Come on Mikey, you know you like it.
Time Attack Finals
Bigger and badder than ever, our finals even drew a Super GT driver straight from Japan.
PS3 Six-Axis Controller
Tilt the controller and now you steer the car. How dope is that?
of yourself?!?! If more than seven people don't know who you are, take that 'ish off and pray you didn't misplace any checks.
Super Street Redesign
Cross your fingers and hope this look stays.
Time Attack Finals
A GT Cup Porsche winning our event. Booooo!
PS3 Six-Axis Controller
Cause really, how cool do you look arms flailing wildly in the air. WACK