There's no better time than a cold, bright December day for a couple of women in bikinis to be at the track. Best Motoring and Hot Version hit the West Coast again for the third installment of American Touge. At Horse Thief Mile at Willow Springs Raceway, Keiicha Tsuchiya and Yasuyuki Kazama put cars from top American tuners to the test. The list of cars getting mashed on included last month's cover star, the Mine's R34 GT-R as well as Cosworth/Dynocomp's STI, XS Engineering's R32, Hasport's CRX, Prototype's Lotus Elise, JIC's Porsche 996TT, among a few others. The K23A supercharged Lotus Elise was a favorite as it dominated in its class, with the JIC Porsche 996 keeping it on its toes. For the title, the surprise performance of the... well, you'll just have to watch the DVD. The Best Motoring crew wouldn't want us to give that away. www.bestmotoringvideo.com
Live From Detroit
What can be said of Detroit that hasn't been said already? The one-time economic powerhouse of America is undergoing a rapidly changing landscape-not changing as in another destroyed building crumbled to the ground, but more like the town's Japanese automakers are on a molten-hot aggressive charge. Not only are Japanese companies continuing to flex, but as far as the Asian market goes, soon everyone and their mother will be peddling a Chinese car.
Toyota has already surpassed Ford to become the No. 2 automaker in the world, and experts have been crunching and feeding numbers into some machine that predicts they may surpass GM in 2007. The Japanese company has brought out the heavy artillery with designs for supercars, the sports sedan sector, full-size truck buyers while continuing to shake the performance world with angry sport compact creations.
Although the LA Auto Show was able to trump Detroit on a handful of debuts, 45 new models dropped at the 100th annual Detroit Auto Show. From concept to production and from stock to modified, the NAIAS 2007 did not disappoint.
Are you sick of looking at this car yet?Well, now you have an incentive to beat it.Because you guys are so money and you don't even know it, we've decided to throw out a little incentive. That's right folks, Primedia is actually going to offer some prize money. We'll give any team that beats a Buttonwillow class record at our Time Attack Finals in November $1,000. And the team that beats Sun Auto's Buttonwillow overall record of 1:48.906 will earn themselves a $2,500 bounty.
So what do you have to do to win the cash-money besides beat some very fast lap times? You first have to place in the top six at one of our Time Attack/NASA TT qualifying rounds to score an invitation to the Buttonwillow Finals. Once you make it to the Finals you'll be competing with the big dogs for the purse. For the full schedule of Time Attack events and rules, go to www.superstreetonline.com.
Above The Rim
With stiff OE-backed competition, the Dai Yoshihara-supported Pacific Rim/Rockstar team is stepping it up this Formula D season. With ink still drying on the contract, the team has announced the acquisition of Taniguchi's old drift-spec HKS S15 Nissan Silvia. That's right, the very same Silvia Taniguchi slid his way into the D1 championship with.
Along with the purchase of the vehicle will come tech and tune support directly from HKS Japan for the entire year-sort of like a manufacturer's warranty, but a whole lot cooler. Look for the S15 smoking it up soon, with its new black and gold uniform. www.iloveracing.com
In 2006, there was not any good news for sports car market in Japan. It was kind of like winter season. But after winter season comes spring. 2006 prepared for year 2007 and 2008 for sports car market.
Honda will sell new Civic Type R sedan in the spring and it will sell next generation of NSX in 2008. Some Japanese car magazines say next generation of NSX will be V10 FR coupe-not MR (mid-engine rear drive). Nissan will sell Fairlady Z (350Z) Nismo in spring and the new GT-R in fall of this year. Japanese car magazines say the new GT-R will be over $100,000. We will see Super GT GT-R racecars and many tuning GT-Rs next year. The price of GT-R is rumor but sounds like real. It is expensive.
The second battle between Mitsubishi and Subaru will start around summer of this year. Mitsubishi will sell Lancer Evolution X (yes, it is X). Subaru will sell Impreza sedan and hatchback. Both sedan and hatchback will have STI version. Lancer Evolution X and the new Impreza motor will be 2000cc which will make over 300psi! It will debut at Tokyo Motor Show at Makuhari in the fall of this year. Any car companies will show new sports cars at the booth. I think New GT-R will be the car of 2007, but will Nissan sell new GT-R in USA?
Unlike dessert pies, one of the many great things about a pizza pie is that if you're ever torn between pepperoni or Hawaiian you always have the option to choose both. Some great Italian man figured that by splitting the toppings in the middle you could had two different experiences in one-kind of like Nitto's Invo tire.
With two distinct halves lending two different characteristics (one side optimized for wet performance and the other for dry), the Invo tire's like getting the best of both worlds. And just like used Huggies diapers, Nitto's popular ultra-high performance tire has expanded with fitments for wheels ranging from 18- to 22-inch diameters. www.nittotire.com
Invented in 1962, the shiny miracle formula that is Armor All started life going by "Tridon" (backwards for "no dirt"). After years of the public not getting it, they changed the name to the more obvious "Armor All" in 1972. Oh, and that Viking guy on all of the packaging? His name is Arnie.
Rain at D1
Cars slipping and sliding like they were on a cheap yellow lawn mat? Goodtimes!
If only iTunes would offer porn. They could call it iTouch.
Dudes carrying all-you-can-eat skewered poles of meat to your table? Yum, yum, give us some.
April Fools Jokes
Suckering your friends with elaborate pranks is hilarious no matter what age.
Rain at D1
Freezing your testicles off while hoping your camera doesn't get wet? Bad times.
Pink Nintendo DS Lite
Jonny receives box from Nintendo, opens box to reveal a pink DS Lite. Hilarity ensues.
Incorrect Paint Jobs
When a body shop paints your entire car according to the stock color code and not what you requested. Ahem, Tyrone.
Rain at D1 (see above) causes Carter to get sick. Goes to office filled with germophobic co-workers. Panic ensues.
The April '97 issue was dedicated to budget build-ups; from making power with mere pennies to dressing up an interior with quick and easy-to-install parts, we made sure it was affordable for the beginning enthusiast. This was also our first opportunity to drive Nissan's Skyline GT-R-we spent lots of quality time behind the wheel of a R33. Before the JDM craze hit, we snapped a few photos of a Spoon demo EK Civic.
Do you want the Tour to come to your town? Convince us. Like the Marines, we're looking for a few good men to lead unofficial official Tour legs at our two new starting locations: Birmingham, AL and Greensboro, NC on September 13th. For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORD ON THE STREET
Back in January we first broke news of RAYS Engineering's involvement with F1, right here. Now it's been heard that William's have tested the wheels to not only be stronger but lighter than their predecessors. And if that isn't enough "wheely" good news, look for a new Volk GT-F design. www.mackinindustries.com.
Revenge of the Fifth
After his underpowered N/A debut at our Time Attack finals, Super GT driver Michigami-san is rumored to come back this fall in a higher horsepower vehicle courtesy of his fifth dimensional sponsor, 5Zigen. Hear that? That's the sound of our record shuddering. www.5zigenusa.com...
...Shaun Carlson and his Nuformz crew have been busy working to convert a Dodge Caliber to RWD to replace Samuel Hubinette's stillborn Charger. www.samuelhubinette.com...
Pornless Web Site
...Remember how much fun research projects were? Yeah, neither do we. As it turns out, we have an inner nerd in all of us, albeit of the automobile type. Proof? The 140 million unique visitors to KBB.com. The number one researched vehicle of 2006? The Honda Civic. KBB doesn't even have any pantyless upskirt shots. www.kbb.com.