To steal a line from our good friend Big C, HKS is doin' it real big in '07. In addition to celebrating its 35th year in the United States, the tuning company named after Howard's Killer Smile is rolling out a brand new supercharger. This HKS GT Supercharger-currently available for VQ-powered vehicles such as the FX35, 350Z and G35-is particularly notable as it's the first supercharger developed completely in-house by HKS.
Thanks to new HKS-developed technologies, including a newly-developed torque response traction drive system, this compact centrifugal supercharger is both quieter and more efficient (and therefore more powerful) than typical gear-type centrifugal superchargers. Being Super Street, we're not smart enough to understand the engineering behind the unit, but we are intelligent enough to recognize the fact that the GT Supercharger-equipped 350Zs we drove felt like they had a few dozen rockets strapped onto them. Allowing us to keep these force-fed beasts under control was HKS' new HiperMax III suspension.
Thanks to our crappy driving skills, we didn't look good behind the wheel of the HKS Zs, but we sure had a good time driving 'em. HKS' GT Supercharger kits are only available at HKS Certified Pro Dealers and Authorized Installers and come with a one-year warranty. Pricing starts at $6,495 for a complete kit.
Gardella Wins Indy
Gary Gardella won his first race of the season at the inaugural Indy NHRA Sport Compact Nationals in Clermont, IN when his PRO FWD '07 Cobalt ran a 7.344 pass at 198.96 mph. Said an excited Gardella of his first win: "It feels great to get back up on our feet... the car really stepped up and I hope this can keep going on." Gardella wasn't the only winner of the weekend; the fastest drivers and times are listed below:
PRO RWD: Brad Personett; '08 Scion; 7.029 @ 207.46
PRO FWD: Gary Gardella; '07 Cobalt; 7.344 @ 198.96
Modified: Brent Rau; '99 Eclipse; 7.257 @ 188.54
Hot Rod: Stephanie Eggum; '00 Civic; 7.958 @ 183.79
Honda Tuning All Motor: Norris Prayoonoto; '04 Insight; 9.681 @ 140.08
UrbanRacer.com Sport FWD: Cortney Green; '95 Civic; 9.861 @ 153.16
Sport RWD: Jason Greeawalt; '93 Nissan; 9.483 @ 145.05
Chu's Or Lose Ricky Chu
My Gift Wish List
To keep things P.C. I'll say Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus and Happy Holidays in general. I think that covers most of the spectrum and I apologize in advance if I missed one. But let's get down to the important part of my editorial-my gift wish list. Sure, some of the things I'm asking for are kinda far-fetched but who knows, someone might just have the hook-ups on one of these and pass it on to me.
* Pyramid and Sphinx
* Trip around the world
* Time machine
* To be 6 ft. tall and be able to dunk
* Get rid of all potholes, dips, steep driveways and unprotected left turns
* No traffic... ever
* Shoe sponsorship from Adidas
* Lifetime supply of Steer Inn and Omaha Steaks
* A personal driver, bodyguard, trainer, physician, therapist and chef
* Skin that's not oily
* Private gym
* Endless wealth (no bills or payments on anything)
* My own island
* VIP status everywhere
* Private jet
* Holiday named after me
* Health and happy family and friends
* Key to a city
* Copies of Project Car and Super Street at the office before they go on sale
* Full sponsorship of regular,Special Reserve and XR Crown Royal
* No hiccups with any project cars
* No "check engine" lights... ever
* Lifetime gasoline sponsorship
* A working Project Car website
* World peace
* Feed the hungry
* Jeans that fit me
* Smaller veins and lower blood pressure
* Ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers and Staples Center
* Rename Staples Center to Rikdaddy Center then give the Lakers the boot
* A constant temperature wherever I am in the world of 70 degrees
* Coliseum* No allergies * Cell phone that actually works
* Revamped Rikdaddy.com site
* Lifetime supply of antibacterial soap, hand wipes and gel
* Racetrack Ricky Chu Rikdaddy@projectcarmag.com
I'm Back, Bitches!
With the half-wit count at Super Street halved, I've been given back my lil' ol' column. And since I've left to work on Siphon, all the new experiences I've gained have made me into a better, stronger, much more mature editorial half-wit. Proof? I'm back, aren't I?
Despite my innate deficiencies, there is something I've learned about our scene, and it's that Scion owners are about some of the most passionate bunch of car nuts out there. And not the backwards, flesh-wearing Texas Chainsaw Massacre type of psycho, but a group of car owners with a true sense of community.
Here's the thing: With the exception of a very few heavily modified ones, Scions are slow. You know it, I know it and believe me, Scion owners know it or are in denial about it. (Hear that? That's the silent pop of bubbles being burst) They didn't buy their xBs to spank Evos or STIs. It was out of practicality. Something to drive to work/school and back home that still has some cool factor. That's right, cool. Since when have you ever remembered econo cars being any semblance of Travolta (pre-ambiguous Travolta-think Pulp Fiction)? Scion owners are a social bunch, too. At car shows they're always together, they have clubs that meet regularly, and Scion corporate throws special events exclusive for their owners. How cool is that?
I had an opportunity to go out to Hawaii for Streetcar Showoff. Still green in the Scion scene, I got in contact with the local Scion Evolution chapter. Marshall, the liason, invited me out to their monthly meet at a local Scion dealer. Gathered were people from all walks of life: guys and girls, families and singles, students and employees. They trade parts, work on each other's cars, do (gasp) community service or just hang out. They're like a huge family linked by brand instead of blood. And although I was the non-Scion-owning, red-headed stepchild, all the members were very welcoming. I felt like Webster adopted into the Papadopoulos family. Big ups in particular to Daryl and Dave for the extra hospitality. Mahalo SE Hawaii.
Carter Jung firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't Cross The Streams
Honda is reportedly getting ready to bring its uber-JDM wagon/van-thingy, the Stream, to the U.S. in 2009. Will this people mover be the vehicle that brings the JDM van tuning craze to the U.S.? Maybe not, but this Mugen-tuned van sure is bitchin'.
Tokyo is changing every day. If you had the map of Tokyo 2005, it is old. There many new department store, malls, shops and hotels open in past two years. This time of Tetsu's Tales is about tourist information in Tokyo and around Tokyo for you. "Tetsu, how far is it from Tokyo station to the tuning shop?" Sometimes I get this question from my American friends. Train system in Tokyo is very convenient but it is hard to get to any tuning shops in Tokyo by train because most of famous tuning shops are in and outside of Tokyo and there is no station near the tuning shops. If you want to go to the tuning shops near Tokyo, get the international driver's license and rent a car in Japan.
You want to drive Japanese spec cars but you are scary for driving in Tokyo. If you thought, then Mega Web (www.megaweb.gr.jp/English/) in Odaiba is good place for you. It is Toyota's showroom. You can see any Toyota cars and race cars at Mega Web. Mega Web has small closed track for test driving. You can drive all Toyota cars there but it is not race track. You can't race because track is very narrow and maximum speed is 30 or 40km/h. Odaiba (www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/tokyo/odaiba.html) is island in Tokyo. There are many hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. You can go to Odaiba area by Yurikamome line from Shimbashi station on JR Yamanote line-or you can take Yamanote line from Tokyo station.
There are three closed racetracks around Tokyo: Tsukuba (www.jasc.or.jp/access./index.html), Twin Ring Motegi (www.mobilityland.co.jp/access_m/by_train.html) and Fuji Speedway (www.fsw.tv/english/access/railway.html). If you rent at car in Tokyo, you can go to any racetracks but if you wanted to take the train to go to any racetracks from Tokyo, I think it is hard to get to there by train because you need to take local train and the taxicab.
If you love clothes and you want to know trend fashion in Tokyo, go to Ura-Harajyuku (www.urahara.org) in Tokyo. It is not Harajyuku in Tokyo but Ura-Harajyuku, which is about five or 10 minutes from Harajyuku station on JR Yamanote line. There is Maid Caf in Akihabara, which is very famous in Japan. The girls staff costume is French maid uniform and they say "WELCOME HOME MASTER!" when you enter the cafe. The masters (it means you) can drink coffee, eat light meal and enjoy to talk to the maid staff. I have never visited to the Maid Caf, but if you wanted to see or talk to pretty Japanese girls easily, Maid Caf is good for you.
Enjoy to stay in Tokyo!
There's a change taking place on the streets of America. An automotive movement, if you will, that involves today's young people and the cars they drive. And while these stirrings may be just a ripple in the current state of automotive performance all indications are that a battle royale awaits just over the horizon.
Karl Brauer & Brent Romans
("GSX vs. Type R,"Super Street September 1997)
Unlimited Slip Justin Kaehler
Allow myself To introduce...Myself
After a month and a half here at Super Street, I finally get my own column, and it's about damn time. At first I thought I'd use this space to talk about how awesome my JDM rock band is, but instead figured that I should write a little something about myself for my first-ever editorial. An introductory piece, if you will. This is proving to be a bit difficult as opening up-even just a little bit-for the nation's biggest and best tuner mag is a daunting task, to say the least. I feel like the new kid in school forced to introduce himself to the class, only instead of hoping that 30 apathetic students won't take it upon themselves to welcome me with a swirly, I have to impress a class of eleventy billion (*this number may not be accurate [It's more. -JW]) die-hard Super Street fans. No, that's not intimidating at all.
So who am I? I'm basically just a regular dude who really likes cars and got lucky enough to land a job here at Super Street. As you can tell by the photo, I'm also in dire need of a belt that works, so if any clothing companies out there want to hook me up with one, it would be greatly appreciated. Back to the subject at hand: I've been a fan of the book for what seems like forever, and to have been asked to join the highly-trained staff of monkeys and half-wits is truly an honor. I've been told to keep this short-no one cares about the new guy, Jonny says (I only asked you to pick up my dry cleaning and wash everyone's cars. Sheesh! -JW)-so I'll just cut things off here and hope that no one here gives me a super embarrassing nickname.Justin Kaehlerthrasher@superstreetonline.com
Top Ten Reasons Why December Kicks Ass
It's December, and that means it's time for all media outlets to recycle the December content of years past and talk about all things Xmas. Your other favorite magazines will be talking about "The Best Gifts for Dad" and "The Best Holes in Which to Shove Candy Canes." Not us-we're too lazy to come up with a good list, so we'll just talk about why the month of December kicks ass.
10. We get presents. 'Nuff said.
9. Company Christmas parties. Wait a second, we don't get those here!
8. We can raid our families' homes for holiday dinner. This is the one time of year we eat something other than ramen.
7. There's snow outside. And that means snowboarding-which means a fourth broken wrist for us.
6. Presents. 'Cause it's always cool to get free stuff.
5. The Alvin and the Chipmunks Movie hits theatres. Oh sorry, that was the spiked eggnog talking.
4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl comes out for the Wii. See numbers 10, 6 and 2.
3. That block of vacation time between Christmas and New Year. Because we really need the time off.
2. Did we mention that we get presents?
1. Import models in "Naughty Santa" outfits. 'Nuff said.
If you've ever stepped foot at a Formula D event and asked yourself, "Damn, who is that sexy beast speaking over the loudspeakers?" chances are you're listening to the informative ramblings of a Mr. Jarod DeAnda, the voice of Formula D. Always on top of the latest happenings in our industry, JRod, as he is more commonly referred to, is also the Youth Lifestyle Marketing Manager for Meguiar's and supplies your car cleansing needs with the best in car care. How does he sum up this year's drifting action? Read on.
I'm very honored and, to put it in a "So Cal" way, STOKED to be one of the newest guest editors for Super Street. SS is one of the first magazines kids like us think of when it comes to the tuner mags. And rightfully so; it's been around a "hot minute."
I am proud to say my background is as diverse as this very magazine. It began at a shop in San Diego called Group 5, where I learned how to help customers create the car of their desires. I really began to understand how important it is to represent brands that you and your customers trust and believe in. After that, it was a one two punch of core-ness in the "tuner" world: I worked for the infamous TMR'mZINE, where it really made me realize this is the world for me. In between then and now I worked for Modifiers toys, Speedwell Footwear, GUMBALL 3000, and Racer magazine. Today, I am the Youth Lifestyle Marketing manager at Meguiar's Car Care Products, which allows me to keep its outstanding products at the forefront of the youth culture through unique and innovative opportunities, and for the past four years I've had the extraordinary experience of being the "Voice of Formula Drift."
I've been involved with drifting since its inception here in the U.S. It's been great to see how this unique yet ridiculous motor/action sport has been catapulted into the limelight and has even created careers for many drivers and teams. In spite of that, me and hundreds of thousands of other motorsports junkies are HUGE FANS! By the time this issue is in print we'll have finished the season; however, as I write this, it's anybody's game in the world of Formula Drift. This year Sam and Rhys are still astounding drivers, but they aren't just owning the series. "Goldenboy" Tanner Foust has amassed some crazy attention to himself and to the sport of drifting. And don't count out the boys from the East: the Drift Alliance crew of Forsberg, Gittin, Angelo and Tuerck who just have fun doing what they love on their terms. Like I always say, "You don't live to work, you work to live!"
Feel free to check out more of my rants and happenings at www.fatlace.com/jarod and on the Meguiar's MySpace page. From here in AZ, get your shine on and SEND IT! If you don't know what that means, then get your ass to a Formula Drift Event.
Jarod DeAnda fatlace.com/jarod
4th Time's The Charm
You just knew this was going to happen: a fourth Fast and the Furious film is in the works, and you just know that it'll be as rad as a MoTeC exhaust. The stars, locations and cars for this fourth F&F film haven't yet been announced, but current rumors say that all the previous films' leads will be involved. The rumored car list has everything from a Buick GN-X to a next-gen Nissan GT-R to a VW Beetle. Our money is on Vin Diesel in the Beetle.
Depheartment Of Korekshuns
In the October '07 issue, we listed the "Ultimate RB25DET S13 Swap Install" production credits, as you could probably guess, incorrectly. It should be: Ali Sedaghat in conjunction with Drifting.com. Also, a new DVD will be released shortly highlighting a Kaaz LSD install on a RB25, of course, by the same folks who brought you the RB25 swap.
We like head so much we keep it (the word, pervs) to ourselves. In our "Less is More" story in the same Oct. '07 issue, we made it sound like the Evasive Motorsports Evo had work done to its cylinders. We meant to say that work was done to its cylinder heads.
Classic Super Street
Our December '97 issue our biggest issue at the time-had it all: shirtless dudes, off-set racing stripes and a legendary battle between Super Street and the old men at Hot Rod. Of course, the competition was rained out, leaving then-new publisher Howard Lim's Supra all spotty.