What you missed from the first ever UnderUp meet:
Few events manage to pack in as much excitement and sensory overload as the UnderUp event in Thailand. If you follow our social media feeds then you're well aware of just how hyperactive this region has been in recent years, producing neck-breaking builds, off-the-wall cross-platform swaps, and track, show, and car meet gatherings week in and out - a car enthusiast's dream.
With all of the various occurrences taking place in rapid succession, you'd think it would be virtually impossible to stand out among the lengthy calendar of events, but in reality the UnderUp, organized by Nexzter Connection Thailand, is unofficially the largest and most prestigious. In terms of a successful game plan, it's not at all complex: provide a massive venue to fit hundreds of cars together for show, drift, and drag activities that run all day and well into the night and offer unlimited variety to bring in the masses. Everyone knows the formula, it's no secret, but very few have the means to put it all together and bring in thousands of visitors the way that Connection has done on multiple occasions.
Taking place at Pathum Thani Speedway in the Sam Khok District, the UnderUp is highly anticipated and some long hours are actually needed to take in all that it has to offer. Sometimes it's a guessing game, as unheard-of engine swaps blast down the strip or provide a smoke show in the drift sector for fans to view. It's not often you find '90s-era Civics rubbings shoulders with high-end exotics, both on display and on the track, but at UnderUp, this sort of all-inclusive vibe is what makes this truly a must-see attraction.
Our triggerman-at-large, Chad Burdette is basically a local having visited and even lived in Thailand at various points of his adult life. Nowadays, in between snapping quality pics for Super Street as well as other clients, he's also vlogging obsessively and gives you some incredible behind the scenes access to Thailand's street and race scene and his YouTube channel is one that you NEED to subscribe to.
Here's an example, as he not only covered the UnderUp for us but also found some time to sit shotgun in a rotary-powered, fire-spitting Nissan Cefiro for some drift action and a V8-powered, RWD Civic hatchback, as well as drag racing in a GT3 Cup car and an SR20DET dune buggy! Like we said, you really should be checking out his channel.
Never available in the U.S., Mitsubishi's mid-'90s "sporty" offering, the FTO, was an FF platform armed with 1.8L 4-cylinder or 2.0L V6. Slowing sales and impending crash safety regulations pushed the coupe out of production after a facelift refresh. This is the first we've seen in years, and we can't recall spotting one with a modern widebody treatment.
If you're a fan of titanium fabrication, Thailand is the place for you. With low material cost and extremely low labor rates, customizing your setup with plenty of atomic number 22 isn't a problem at all. Take this truck's bed, for example; assembled by KIT Racing, it features a web of Ti that's been expertly pie-cut, welded, and "burnt" as it makes its way around a trio of nitrous bottles.
It wouldn't be a Thailand event without some wild builds on hand, like this SR20-powered dune buggy that's built to tackle all off-road obstacles.
On this day, though, its owner decided to try a few quarter-mile passes, even with meaty Silverstone Xtreme tires that, as you might imagine, have no business clawing at a drag strip. Our guy Chad Burdette got a wild ride-along which you can see in the video.
This is the type of car you've always been warned about. Subtle changes on the outside don't really clue you in to the fact that this MkIV makes well over 1,000 lethal horsepower.
Exotics certainly have a place in Thailand's bursting enthusiast scene. Heavily modded versions, like this Lamborghini draped in Liberty Walk attire, are almost commonplace at major events like UnderUp.