New SRT-4! (maybe)
Dodge's new SRT-4 may not be out yet, but we actually got the chance to drive one-sort of. Dodge said that the Targa Newfoundland Rally-prepped Caliber we drove wasn't, in fact, the SRT-4. If this car isn't the next SRT-4, it sure seems like it. Powering this front-drive race-prepped Dodge is a lightly-modified 300hp, 2.4-liter turbocharged inline four. Surprisingly, we didn't notice gross amounts of torque steer. Of course, that may be due to the fact that this particular Caliber has a fully Mopar-tuned suspension and drivetrain. -Justin Kaehler
The good people at Groovy Drift commandeered part of the parking lot at the Super Autobacs in Stanton, CA for their recent drift event. While parking lot drift events are nothing new, the Groovy Drift dilly was actually an R/C car drift competition. We saw Mike Chung from GReddy getting his R/C fix at the event and we promised not to say anything so he wouldn't be outed as a dork. Ooops, sorry Mike. But truth be told, we were the only dorks at the show because we didn't have the chops to navigate the Groovy Drift course, much less drift it in the heat of a tandem battle. Check out www.groovydrift.com if you think you have the 1/10 Zen.
THQ invited us out to Hollywood to check out its latest game, Stuntman: Ignition, and in typical Super Street fashion, we arrived to the shindig way late. We missed the main presentation, but we did get to participate in some eight-car vehicular mayhem with Samuel Hubinette and go for a ride-along with stunt driver Russ Swift. The vehicles in Stuntman: Ignition all seem to be inspired by muscle cars, but that's okay. This game lets us launch Trans Am clones through buildings, and that is just all kinds of awesome. -JK
It's been a year and [we're] still here... We've gone from the small, unknown, snotty, obnoxious startup rag to a huge, well-known, snotty obnoxious rag. And you've got no one but yourselves to thank, or blame, depending on your point of view."
("Holeshot: True to Form," Super Street, October 1997)
Founded back in '83, Konig started business as the exclusive distributor of Koenig seats from Germany. German for "king," in '91 it dropped the "E" and rolled out Konig wheels, and were one of the first to market rims to our industry. Now, with four lines-Konig, Privat, Maxxim, Rolf Blix-distributed globally, they've become one of the rim kings.www.konigwheels.com
Coloring Outside Of The Lines
Recently, the doors opened to the $15 million Acura Design Studio, and we were invited to see where people with far more talent than we have will be working. The Acura Design Studio joins the Honda Design Studio in Torrance, CA as well as the Advanced Design Studio in Pasadena, CA. According to Acura, one of the key features of the ADS "includes a computer-generated virtual simulator that enables design stylists to display virtual vehicles in a one-to-one ratio." We don't really know how that works, but we can report that the toilets operate perfectly. Does this mean that the final design for the NSX replacement will come from the minds of the Acura Design Studio? They stand a better chance than us and our photo-chopped submission sent in for Acura's consideration. www.acura.com
The much eagerly anticipated follow-up to last year's fashion show, Industry Showcase Icons II, returned to Hollywood. And, like the year prior, the event drew our industry's elite. A veritable who's who: drifters, drivers, models, media, and movers in the tuning industry all showed up to support the clothing lines that represent our industry. Think New York Fashion Week condensed into a single night, but with apparel that you can actually afford, and more importantly, would actually want to rock. Too tipsy to take our own photos, Garpot Studios was on hand (as usual) to record the events.
To see all the semi-celebs, log onto www.garpot.com.
Classic Super Street
October 1997 will go down in Super Street infamy as the one and only cover to feature a bone stock ride: A '98 Honda Accord. What were we thinking? We don't know. Thankfully, we've not made that mistake again. As for less-than-stellar cover cars that don't stand the test of time? That tradition remains.
Drag. Drift.Time Attack.
Three motorsports. Pick your passion.
Carter going to Siphon and Import Tuner magazine.
Clever co-branding marketing ploy with 7-Eleven.
Formula D Seattle
Held in July, one of two months that Elliott swears his hometown is the most beautiful-est.
D1gp/Nhra Las Vegas
Held in July, where the only place hotter than Vegas is hell. By a small margin.
With only 12 converted in North America, waiting in line for 7-Eleven hours to buy a six-pack of Buzz Cola.
Carter leaving Super Street to go to Siphon and Import Tuner magazine.
Drag. Drift. Time Attack.
Three motorsports. Pick your poison.
Word On The Street
SSR is back in a big way. If you're looking for some dope wheels you'd actually rock the center caps with pride around town, hit up More-Japan. They have SSR wheels like the SP1 (pictured) available now. www.more-japan.com
Looking, er, listening for something cool on the Internet? Peep Scion's new broadband streaming site. Filled with exclusive content and completely free, it's a cool place to lounge while surfing the net. www.scion.com/broadband/skinny
If you haven't, make sure to peep THE new Fine Tuned show on SPEED TV. The Overhaulin' equivalent to our scene, the show emphasizes less rice and more nice with clean builds. For the ICE, Pioneer has signed up for the in-car entertainment and navigation. www.pioneerelectronics.com
Continental has entered the Guinness Book of Records for the world's fastest standard production tire with their ContiSportContact Vmax. They are certified good for up to 360 km/h. That would be 225 mph for us standard-crazy Americans. www.continentaltire.com
October of this year is very important season for Japanese car market because the Tokyo Motor Show will be held at Makuhari Messe. (www.tokyo-motorshow.com/eng/). I think this time the Tokyo motor show is very special because Japanese car companies will display super sports cars at the show. Toyota/Lexus will show Lexus sport car. It will be different from Supra. Nissan will show new GT-R. Honda/Acura will show new NSX. Lexus sport car and NSX will have V10 motor with FR drive layout. I don't know the price but sounds like expensive. Nissan will sell the new GT-R in October and price will be under $70,000. Some magazines say new GT-R has paddle shift transmission behind the steering wheel for shift up and down (I think the pedal is in right side of steering boss for shift up and left side for shift down). $70,000 for GT-R will be basic model. Nissan will sell GT-R V-spec and GT-R Evolution. GT-R Evolution will be over $100,000.
Please wait Mr. Gore. This column is not finishing yet. I know it sounds like three companies forget about environment. They don't forget about environment. Toyota will show new Prius and Honda will show compact sport hybrid car. I think hybrid cars are boring for you but Toyota built Super GT Supra which had V8 motor with hybrid system for taking part in the endurance races. Honda is taking part in some endurance races in Japan and Germany in Civic hybrid race car. I think Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Daihatsu will display new sport cars at the Tokyo Motor Show. Before Tokyo Motor Show, Mugen will sell Honda Civic Mugen RR (www.mugen-power.com/street/RR/) on September 13. Civic Mugen RR is Mugen's complete Civic Type-R sedan. The engine will make 240psi/8000rpm. (Stock Civic Type-R's motor makes 225psi/8000rpm). The price will be 4,477,500 yen (about $37,300 US.) Engine, exterior and interior have Mugen parts. Over $30,000 Civic sounds expensive but it is easy to get full complete tuning car. Mugen RR's target situation is race track. If you wanted to drive race car on the street (and you have good driving skill), Mugen RR will grant your wishes.
Can any car companies go together environment and sport cars for future?
Mobile Halloween Costumes
Want to get festive for Halloween this year? Here are some costume ideas for your ride. Once you're done playing dress-up, take a picture and send it in. Afterwards, re-evaluate the amount and usage of available free time and consider signing up for one of the many internet dating sites. If that sounds like too much work, Google "bukkake."
10 Jason Voorhees:
Rubber band the largest hockey mask you can find around your front grill. Troll summer camps.
9 Michael Myers:
Apply a coat of clay over your vehicle and let dry white. Wear coveralls from your favorite tuning shop while driving. Steer clear of any sisters.
Swap head and tail lights with a Bimmer's. Altezza lights works well as a substitute. Go wild. Think Super Street, circa early 2000.
7 Freddy Krueger:
Airbrush your car the burnt-by-angry-villager, exposed flesh look or bolt on an unpainted, primered body kit. Keep wet dreaming that you can claw your way into Lisa Kim Fleming's bed.
To execute, think hood pins. A lot of hood pins. Strap jumbo-sized Rubik's Cube in passenger seat.
TP your ride like it was your annoying neighbor's house. Avoid this costume selection on rainy days.
4 The Blob:
Works best if the car is red and the owner is 300-plus pounds.
Wrap exterior with sheets of leather. Drive around town revving your motor like it was a chainsaw. Use rotaries, boxer motors or misfiring four-strokes for complete effect.
Affix Ford, Mustang and Saleen emblems. Wear penile-scrunching, extra-small chonies to simulate overcompensation and go pick on stock Hondas.
A distant cousin of Frankenstein, swap bumpers with bastardized VeilSide body kits. Simply stir, terrorize, and enjoy!