California breeds all kinds of Honda whiz kids, from the north to the south, from the eastside to westside-and they all come together at Eibach's headquarters, where NWP4Life.com assembles the largest gathering of Hondas for a day of engine swaps, JDM-styling and kickin' it. Get your Honda out here if you want to bump heads with the serious players.
Play 2 Fizzle In Need For Speead: Prostreet!
Here's a special treat for all you gamers. EA has announced a whole new series of cars for use in the Need For Speed: ProStreet game, where you can choose our very own 2Fizzle Nissan 240SX as an actual game car! You can download our blueprint for free if you already own NFS: ProStreet and it can be found under the "Stage 4 Performance Blueprint Bundle." EA will be hosting online tournaments (details TBA) in the future that will be using cars specifically from the Stage 4 bundle with plenty of prizes for the winners. Can't beat this virtual reality!www.ea.com/prostreet
And Get This, They Don't Even Need Inflating
For months we've been hyping up the much anticipated, double-sided NOS Energy Drink poster with the '08 N.E.D. girls, Corissa Furr and Alicia Whitten. Well, the girls are finally here in this month's newsstand edition (subscribers, that means you'll have to go out and grab another copy if you want this exclusive poster) and they're even hotter than we imagined. Remember, there are two sides to it, so you can pick the girl of your choice, not to mention it's life-sized. So for all of you who were claiming to be 5'6", let's see if that holds true because Corissa and Alicia stacked up pretty tall next to our staff. We want to see how creative you can get with these posters, so grab a digi-cam and get creative, funny, whatever-just keep your clothes on. NOS Energy Drink is going to be rewarding the best photos and we'll publish the winners in a future issue of Super Street! www.drinknos.com
All-New Tsx For '09
Fans of Acura's "four-door RSX"-the TSX-will be happy to know that the '09 redesign is on its way and should be arriving soon to your local dealer showroom. This is the second generation of the TSX and while full details are coming, you can expect this sedan to be just as performance-minded as the first release. www.acura.com
$140k Hot Wheels? Does That Come With Jessica?
For its 40th anniversary and 4 billionth production toy, Hot Wheels(r) teamed up with Jason of Beverly Hills to dress up this 1:64 scale car with diamonds valued at $140,000 (can you dig 23 carats?) with a 18-karat white gold casting, blue diamond detailing and plenty of white and black diamonds for the engine and undercarriage. This thing even comes with a custom carrying case that houses 40 white diamonds to signify each year of Hot Wheels'(r) legacy.www.hotwheels.com/40th
Classic Super Street
May '98 Was Grrrreat It was our first visit to Japan ever and although it's only been a decade since, the GT-R was king back then like it is now. Surprisingly, there was informative tech (a very un-Super Street thing to do these days) as we demonstrated how to install a GReddy 18G turbo kit onto a late model DSM. Toyota shocked us with a manual V-6 Camry release and Veilside was the cat's meow with their wow-wow-wee-wow body kits that also spawned a revolution of knock-off combat kits.
D1 In The Us: No Mas
Bad news drift fans: D1GP announced early this year the cancellation of this year's D1GP US points series, citing conflicts and timing issues with Japan's D1. Plans are still set for the US versus Japan exhibition at the Irwindale Speedway in November, but whether the series plans to return in '09 remains to be seen. www.d1gp.com
Chinatown Showoff- Los Angeles, CA
Kicking off their annual show season, Ken Miyoshi and the Mainstream crew invaded Chinatown LA once again to celebrate the Year of the Rat and let the local car clubs battle it out for early bragging rights. Multi-winners High End Performance, Team Hybrid and AMSeven came to floss as did Honda Ruckus champions, Bowls. www.showoffcafe.com
New GTR, new Impreza STI, new Mitsubishi EVO. Tokyo Auto Salon 2008 is different with last year. There were many new sport cars in the show. Many tuning companies displayed new sport cars in own booth but most of new tuning sport cars' hood was closing and looked like stock. "Could you open the hood for shooting photo?" I asked. But the staff of tuning company said "Sorry. It is still stock now. We are developing some tuning parts for it. We could not finish to develop the tuning parts for it before TAS." I asked same question for some tuning companies but answer was same. They said "During development." I understand this situation because most of tuning companies got new sport cars after summer 2007. Four or five months is very short time for developing new tuning parts and the new sport cars are not simple cars. If you put the fake or bad quality parts on the new sport cars which would make power down. Now,any tuning companies spend the time and much money for developing the parts for the new sport cars. I can't wait next Tokyo Auto Salon in 2009.
Honda's genuine parts company, Honda Access displayed Sports Modulo Civic TYPE-R(www.honda.co.jp/ACCESS/autosalon08/concept/). Modulo Type-R has Modulo body kit and suspension. The body kit is prototype and the suspension is not coilover but Modulo Type-R is faster than stock Civic Type-R. Keiichi Tsuchiya drove this Modulo Type-R and he liked it. He admired Modulo suspension, which you can buy (www.honda.co.jp/ACCESS/automobiles/civictype-r/foot-gear/suspension.html), but I don't know this suspension is good or bad for the streets in USA. I was surprising Lexus had booth in TAS. Lexus displayed Lexus IS race car. Lexus staff said engineer built this IS race car for developing IS-F. IS race car was looked like GT race car. In this year, some race car teams will take part in GT race with Lexus IS. I don't know this IS race car at TAS is the relationship with the IS GT race cars. I think four doors sedan GT race is not bad. Maybe Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus will sell new sport cars for competing Nissan GT-R. The price will be over 8,000,000 yen. I am waiting under 2,000,000 yen sport cars!Tetsu