Top Story: "Nos Energy Drink, Two Betties For The Price Of One"
Are you preparing for heartbreak this Valentine's Day? Did your girlfriend just dump you for a dark, brooding, angry-at-the-world, 30-year-old, tattooed rocker guy that still lives at his parents' house in Malibu? No? That was just us? Damn.
We may have suffered tragedies of the heart this February, but thanks to NOS and this very magazine, April's issue will look quite promising. Newsstand editions of Super Street will come packaged with a life-sized poster of the two bodacious babes that won the new Naughty NOS Girl Model Search. We don't know about you, but we're going to heat transfer the photos to some big-ass pillows so that we can curl up with our own Naughty NOS Girls at night.
When you get this new Naughty NOS Girl Poster in your hot, little hands, we want you to do something with it, take a picture of whatever it is you did and then send that photo to us. We'll even go and run the best photo right here in this very magazine (and send some cool stuff, too). Be creative, be funny, but whatever you do, for the love of God, don't cut a hole in the "special lady parts" and stick your bishop through there. We just don't want to see that...
Now, it is true, we do put a lot of Honda products in the book. But as we've told you before, Honda pays us $1 for each H-car we feature. What would you do in our position? Yeah, we thought so. We have to pay the beer tabs somehow. Our regular salaries just don't cut it."
("TSW's Touring Car for the SEMA Show,"Super Street, February 1998)
Maybe I Should Just Buy A Jdm Van
Getting Old Is A Pain
I forgot how much of a pain it can be to own an older car.
I've owned my Integra for almost 10 years now, and I do sincerely love the thing. But prior to coming over to Super Street, I more or less neglected my car. Right after I spent a crapload of money rebuilding the engine, I took on a job that allowed me to hop into a new car a week. So I parked my 'Teg for a few years and stopped worrying about paying for gas, changing the oil or fixing anything. Every seven days I got a pampered, carefully-maintained new car, and life was great.
I have since lost my fleet of press cars, but I don't miss them (much). I really do enjoy driving my old 'Teg, but I'm now noticing that everything on the car is breaking. The engine and suspension are good, but my ICU (G2 people know what I'm talking about) is on the fritz, rendering my intermittent wipers and rear defroster useless. The light bulbs in my dash are burning out; my left turn signal is fried... I can go on and on. To make matters worse, just two days prior to writing this editorial, my radiator decided to spring a leak on my way home from work. I now can't drive my car without it overheating.
I am now faced with this dilemma: Do I continue to throw money into this 'Teg, or do I buck up and buy something new? As an almost 30-year-old married guy with a decent job, I should maybe drive something newer than a 15-year-old slammed Honda. I recently drove a MazdaSpeed3 up to SEMA (about a year after I drove one at Laguna Seca) and found it to be quite an impressive machine. This five-door hatch is faster, handles and stops better than my Integra ever will, and it comes with a full factory warranty to boot. Do I buy something like the MS3, or do I "act my age" and buy a softer luxury car-preferably one with an automatic?
Hmmm... maybe I should just buy a JDM van (hello, Mazda5) and start that U.S.-based JDM van craze myself.
Justin Kaehler email@example.com
Green Hell Lap Times (Sorta...)
As super as our own Super Lap Battle is, there is no lap more super than the Green Hell itself, the Nrburgring Nordschleife. Getting the fastest lap around the 20.8 km 'Ring is the ultimate in automotive bragging rights, and many manufacturers are now sharing their own cars' 'Ring lap times as a way to sell sports cars. A Lamborghini Muricelago LP640 can run the 'Ring in just 7:47, while the Porsche Carrera GT can run the same lap in just 7:32. But what about the cars that the average Super Street reader can afford? Well, those cars ran the 'Ring, too, and here are their lap times in no particular order.
10Honda Civic Type R - 8:47 (Sport Auto 11/01)
9 Honda S2000- 8:39 (Sport Auto 11/01)
8 Nissan 350Z - 8:26 (Sport Auto 10/03)
7 Subaru Impreza WRX STI- 8:24 (Sport Auto 05/04)
6 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Turbo 2008 - 8:22 (Source: GM)
5 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 - 8:22 (Best MOTORing International)
4 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR Prototype - 8:11 (BMI)
3 Honda NSX R (NA2) - 7:56 (BMI)
2 Nissan GT-R 2009 - 7:38
1 Ford Transit (driven by Sabine Schmitz for Top Gear) - 10:08
World's Fastest Honda Civic (Really)
We bet you think your Civic is the fastest car out there-especially since you finally got around to installing that knock-off cold air intake. Well, we hate to burst your bubble, but Lucas Oil is the only entity that can rightfully claim ownership of the World's Fastest Civic.
Sporting a host of go-fast goodies-including, but not limited to a Killer Bee Racing-built B18C, Eagle internal components, a Dart block and head, Turbonetics T72 turbo, Spearco intercooler, MSD ignition and Borla exhaust-this Civic set a new record in the Blown Gas Competition Coupe class at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Pilot Richard Holdener achieved a two-way average speed of 207.5 mph in this 517 whp Civic, besting the old class record (set way back in '91) by over 11 mph.
D1 Says, "America-F*** Yeah!"
Yes, we know that the D1GP professional drift series has been coming to the U.S. since, like, 2002 or something, but there has never been an official D1 points series on this side of the Pacific. That's set to change in 2008, as the good folks at the D1GP will be running a full season right here in the good ol' U.S.A. The champion drivers from this series-which hits Irwindale Speedway, Moroso Motorsports Park, Thunderbolt Raceway and one TBD location-will be invited to go head-to-head with the best drifters from Europe and Asia at the D1 World Finals, also conveniently held at Irwindale.
A hybrid Toyota engine has just won the coveted "Race Engine of the Year" award. But don't think that this is just an Al Gore-sanctioned award given to a Prius with a sticker package; the hybrid Toyota in question is this bad-ass Toyota team SARD Supra HV-R.
The editors of super-techy mag Race Engine Technology felt that, out of all the racecars made throughout the world in '07, this Supra had absolutely the best racing engine. With a four-wheel energy recovery system sending juice to three electric motors-two motors mounted in the front wheels and one motor on the rear axle-this Supra is the first hybrid car to win in competition (the Tokachi 24-Hour Race). Of course, the fact that this hybrid system was attached to a Super GT-spec 4.4-liter race engine probably had a lot to do with this car's success. Carter is already on the phone trying to convince Toyota to sell him this engine for his still-stationary JGTC Supra.
Kazunori Yamauchi, the godfather and creator of Gran Turismo, talks about the how he and Nissan worked together to bring the GT-R to life both in the game and in the real world.
There are many toy cars at the Toys "R" Us (yes, we do have one). The toy cars for over 14 years old is elaborate and you can find many domestic cars and JDM cars. How is the toy cars for under 14 years old? That is simple and comical style body. But it is hard to find toys JDM cars for under 14 years old. Is the JDM cars unpopularity for kids? Not cool? At the Tokyo Motor show 2007, many people noticed NISSAN GT-R. GT-R's heart is VR38DETT makes 480ps. Multi-function meter shows anything information of GT-R for you. It looks like the GT-R can test your driving skill and price is 7,770,000 yen. Honda displayed compact hybrid sport car, CR-Z; Toyota displayed Lexus IS-F; Mazda displayed future model of RX-7 but GT-R had strongest appeal. If someone redesign the GT-R for making funny toy, I guess the funny GT-R is popular for the kids which means GT-R is very cool car and have engineer's spirit. I want to buy GT-R but I am concern my bank account. Gas price is 150 yen/liter in Japan; it is about $5 U.S./ gallon (as of November '07). In USA, it is over $3 U.S./gallon but SEMA 2007 was same as the market of toy cars for kids. I mean domestic cars markets grow up at the SEMA. JDM car's fuel mileage is better than domestic cars but domestic cars were very popular at the show. Why? Hearing the environment stories has tired many people? I noticed Scion booth because Scion booth sparkled at the show. Customized Scion xB (Corolla Rumion in Japan) and Scion xD (ist in Japan) looked like toy cars for kids. They are not for race track or drifting. That is like "Cafe Racer style." Ridemakerz displayed toy xB cars at the Scion booth; the body is comical but I think toy xB cars will be popular for kids. I think that kids' favorite car and engineer's spirit are key point for developing cars and customizing cars.Tetsu
Word On The Street
Classic Super Street
Our february '98 issue of Super Street, cars like the Mitsubishi Mirage and Saturn SC1 somehow found their way into our Performance Cars of '98 feature. Prior to the staff monkey road trip to SEMA, someone on the Super Street payroll managed to destroy the magazine's first-ever loaner Civic by backing it out of a garage, thereby establishing the precedent that Super Street staffers can't drive. We also eschewed our Honda fanaticism and hooked up an '86 Corolla with the finest TRD parts-all in the hopes of building a drag race monster.
Gimme The Works
Top tuner WORKS has recently joined forces with Mitsubishi to campaign a Lancer sedan in the 2008 SPEED World Challenge. Yes, we said Lancer, not Evo X. This sedan is prepped for race duty, thanks to goods like Ohlins coilovers, Brembo brakes, carbon-fiber body panels and a fully-built WORKS-tuned engine.