Scion Turns 5, Drops Limited Edition Xd
Time certainly flies by quickly-Scion celebrates its fifth year in the automotive game producing the cool and compact B-specs that we love to love and hate. How will Scion continue to stay on top? We're not certain, but if they stay on target with unique platforms, the prize will be theirs for years to come. In addition, the first Release Series of the xD is now available as the xD RS 1.0, which comes in a smokin' Hot Lava burnt orange color, DAMD body kit, TRD lowering springs and other limited edition accessories. Source: www.scion.com/RSxD
Formula D Updates
* Coming this November, Formula D and Red Bull Energy Drink are going to throw one of the most anticipated drifting events ever: the Red Bull Drifting World Championship, featuring 32 of the world's best drifters from the U.S., Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and Europe. It's all going down at the Port of Long Beach, California on Saturday, November 15. A special course is being designed with features that are going to push the drivers' limits promising entry speeds in the triple-digit realm.
* Formula D judge, Alex Pfeiffer steps down from the judging panel to rejoin his peers as a driver for the remainder of the '08 season. Alex made his return at the Las Vegas event this past summer and will be working hard on a full team for next year. Ernie Fixmer is taking over Alex's role; he's a longtime veteran of the American drift scene having been one of the first Americans to obtain a D1 license and to compete in FD's early years.
Who you tryin' to get crazy with, sa?
SA Studios/Konsole Kingz kicked off E3 week at the Last Laugh in downtown Los Angeles to launch the Gears of War 2 and Madden games. The crowd made up of hipsters, homeboys, athletes, artists and actors came together for carne asada tacos, silky jams and playtime with these hot new games. Celebrity attendees included Ryan Phillippe, Ray Lewis, Murs and our favorite drifter, Dai Yoshihara.Source: www.sastudiosglobal.com.com
Word On The Street
Castrol Syntec Top Shop Challenge Update
The final stages to complete our Castrol Syntec Top Shop Challenge engine is drawing nearer and our man Bisi Ezerioha is ready to take on the turbocharged heavyweights in this battle. We recently added a couple more key components to making sure our F22A runs smoothly, efficiently and most importantly, powerfully. Don't forget, log onto www.SyntecTopShopChallenge.com to vote for our engine and also for a chance to win it after we smack our competitors down on the dyno. Now, we'll pass the mic to Bisi:
"We experienced something very interesting recently in our own race program, and that's how critical it is to monitor and tune individual cylinders, especially in an inline-four engine. There are different things that occur in engines where each cylinder may or may not receive the same amount of air and fuel, and each exhaust primary may or may not receive the same amount of combustion elements. With that being said, we noticed some challenges with longevity and we could not figure out why it was happening all of a sudden. After using Innovate's LC1s (a built-in O2 monitoring system) we were able to find out that one of our injectors had trouble metering a fuel properly, as if one of the injector coils were bad. Since we're monitoring our air/fuel ratios through the collector, which takes an average of all the cylinders, we couldn't see this problem. The other cylinders were running richer than normal and was canceling out a lean mixture in the cylinder in question, which was cylinder one.
However, running four LC1s, as efficient as they were, was still elaborate. We found a new solution in the LM2, also from Innovate. It is a clean, compact unit and we can mimic what we did with four LC1s with just two LM2s. It allows us to view air/fuel ratios in two cylinders in real time and has the capability of accepting more channels so we can have four O2 sensors go into this one box or we can monitor individual exhaust gas temperatures (EGTs), for example. We can also diagnose OBD2 diagnostic trouble codes if we want. It's very user-friendly and intuitive . We will use the LM2 system in our build along with my Bisimoto F22 header, and use this technology to monitor each exhaust primary AFR and definitely tune our engine to make sure that each cylinder has the proper air/fuel ratio for power and longevity. This "individual cylinder tuning" setup using the AEM EMS cylinder trim mapping function could possibly yield up to a 7-percent improvement in power over just having a global tuning map for the entire powerplant.
Our header is quite unique. It will have three steps on the primary, a Burns stainless 4-1 collector, and a venturi built in to the collector to allow us to increase the velocity of scavenging through the header itself, resulting in power. This is F1 technology, combined with our own meticulous dyno-based research, that we can provide to the street and race enthusiast.
Bad heat is the enemy of performance; Castrol knows that and we know that as well. Even though our engines are a chemical to heat to mechanical energy converters, we want to harness and utilize that heat properly. But that heat can also be our enemy because heating up our intake manifold can result in a dense mixture of air into the engine, limiting power production. We'll use a Bisimoto-Evolution heat-shielding gasket, a high-temp gasket that alienates the heat from the cylinder head from the intake manifold. The intake manifold stays cool, allowing a denser charge of air for the best power production. We have seen a 50-degree drop in intake degree temperature and a 5- to 6-horsepower gain on our Dynapack Dynamometer.
As I have mentioned before, the cylinder head has the highest potential for naturally-aspirated power. We've partnered with Portflow and Dasa Racing Heads to create a CNC-machined head, but we'll talk more about that next month and show you the final engine assembly as well as a new camshaft design that complements our Kinsler ITB manifold."
Classic Super Street
Our second year in production: By this time, outlandish body kits, motor swaps and fast drag cars are the big hits. Gran Turismo hits store shelves and our gaming lives change forever. Coilovers also begin to infiltrate the market, giving enthusiasts an all-in-one package to raise and lower their cars at will, albeit not very cheaply. A candy yellow Civic hatchback from Full Blown took center stage that month and Dave Shih continued to break fools off with his 10-second CRX.
Honda Research Institute is 60 years old this year. In these 60 years, Honda surprised the world by selling motorcycles, cars, jet airplane and Asimo robot. In 1963, Honda began to sell the small sport car "S500" and small truck "T360". S500 had 492cc motor which made 40ps. T360 had 354cc motor which made 30ps. Both engines were DOHC straight-four motors. Next year, Honda developed Formula One racecar and Honda F1 won the first grand prix in Mexico in 1965. Honda's first F1 had 1500cc V12 motor, which made 220ps at 12000rpm. In 1970, United States enacted the Clean Air Act Extension of 1970. Most of car companies say we could not pass the clean air act regulation but only Honda said, "We will be able to pass it." In 1973, Honda Civic CVCC was the first to pass without using a catalytic converter (CVCC means Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion). Honda supplied CVCC skill to Toyota, Isuzu, Ford and Chrysler. At the same time, Mr. Soichiro Honda (founder of Honda) quit at the age of 66 because he thought younger engineers had better ideas. Before Mr. Honda quit, he thought of ideas while the young engineers developed the products. Mr. Honda thought his ideas were old but the public thought he was too young to quit. After Mr. Honda died in 1991, Honda developed many great things, like VTEC, Type R and scooters. There is a rumor that U.S. military is interested in Asimo. I don't know it is true or not. What is Honda's next surprise? Airplane?
New Asimo or Asimo Type R? Fuel cell vehicle? Whatever it is, I would like to say, "Please don't forget JDM culture!" www.myspace.com/oted15
Konig Photoshop Challenge
Check it: This is your last chance to enter Konig's Photoshop Challenge for a chance to win a set of wheels, but you gotta dazzle us with your digital skills! Log onto www.konigwheels.com/fantasy-photo-challenge to download an image set of Konig wheels. Take a few high-res photos of your ride, get the mouse working and send your entries to Konig direct, not us! The deadline's September 21, 2008, which means you better get to work if you're reading this in time!
1. No purchase, online entry or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning.
2. Eligibility: contest open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older as of 7/1/08. Void where prohibited. Employees of sponsors and administrator, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, divisions, dealers, and advertising and promotion agencies, and such persons' household, and immediate family members (defined as parent, spouse, child, sibling, or grandparent) are not eligible to enter contest.
3. Timing: contest opens for entries at 12:01am Pacific time (pt) on 7/1/08 and closes for entries at 11:59pm (pt) on 9/21/08.
4. How to enter: entry by mail: supply your address, telephone number, age and email address (if available); and supply us with your entry for the Challenge above. Mail your entry to: Fantasy Photo Challenge, KONIG Wheels. 121 Express St. Plainview, NY. 11803. Mailed entries must be postmarked by 9/21/08 and received by 9/22/08. Materials submitted become the sole property of the sponsors/administrator and will not be acknowledged or returned. By submitting an entry, entrant warrants and represents that entry is unpublished, truthful in all respects, does not violate any law, or regulation, and does not infringe or violate any third party rights, including but not limited to the rights of copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity. See rule 6 for judging criterion. Entries will also be accepted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the dates noted above and following the guidelines mentioned above. In the Subject you must put "FANTASY PHOTO CHALLENGE"
5. Prize: prize is non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded. In the event that a prize cannot be awarded for any reason, in which case, sponsors/administrator will award a prize of equal or greater value. All federal, State, and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prize are the sole responsibility of winner.
6. Judging: the staff of KONIG Importers will judge eligible entries Inc. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling said requirement in these rules.
7. Notification: on or about 10/02/08, the potential winner will be contacted by mail, and within ten (10) days of postmark, potential winner(s) correctly complete and execute the following documents, and then return them (as directed) via overnight delivery (additional documents may be required at discretion of sponsors/administrator): for winner(s): an affidavit of eligibility, liability release, and where lawful, a publicity release. Failure to comply with the above-mentioned reply deadline (or the return of a prize notification as non-deliverable) may result in disqualification and in the forfeiture of any right to the prize, in which case, the prize will be awarded to the next runner-up.
8. Release: by participating in this contest and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner agrees that the sponsors/administrator, their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of the sponsor's/administrator's officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents, will have no liability whatsoever for, and will be held harmless by participant/winner for any liability for any injury, loss or damages of any kind to persons, including death, and property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize or participation in this contest or participation in any contest or prize-related activity. By participating in this contest and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner consents to and gives the sponsors/administrator, the right in perpetuity to use winner's/participant's name, picture/portrait, likeness, voice, statements, submitted descriptive information (in whole or in part, as may be adapted, edited, or modified, as solely determined by sponsors/administrator) for advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the world wide web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law. Sponsors/administrator shall have the right to use, assign, edit, modify or dispose of the entry however they see fit without the approval of participant/winner. And by entering, the entrant agrees that all rights, title, and interest that an entrant and/or winner now has or may in the future have in his/her entry is unconditionally assigned and transferred to sponsors/administrator.
9. Errors: sponsors/administrator are not responsible for lost, late, Illegible, damaged, incomplete, stolen, postage due or misdirected entries, typographical or other human or technical errors in the offer or administration of this contest, including but no limited to errors in advertising, the official rules, the selection and announcement of the winners or the distribution of the prize. Sponsors/administrator reserve the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the contest. In the event that any legal or regulatory authority challenges the contest, sponsors/administrator reserve the right to discontinue or modify the contest, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, sponsors/ administrator shall have no liability to any entrants who are disqualified due to such an action.
10. Laws: subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
11. Winner list: a winner's list will be available from about or around 10/10/08 to 12/02/08 by sending a SASE to: "Fantasy Photo Challenge" contest winner list, KONIG Wheels Inc. 121 Express St. Plainview, NY. 11803
"If you love fast cars and you buy this game, be prepared to have aching thumbs, blood-shot eyes, dropping grades and an angry girlfriend or wife."
Brent Romans dropping knowledge on the first Gran Turismo ("Gran Turismo: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Making of GT," Super Street, October 1998)
Free Gas From Wheels Next
Outstanding! Wheels Next knows times are tough and with the ever-rising cost of gas, they're willing to hook you up with $500 worth of it with a minimum purchase. Hook yourself up via phone or online and get sorted with Wheels Next. Source: www.wheelsnext.com
Power Up With Nos Energy Drink
NOS Energy Drink's releasing its new PowerShot, a short burst-well, 8oz worth-of the sleep-prohibiting, energy-enhancing Maximum Boost Formula. You can find it at most retail outlets for a mere $2.99. We're still waiting for those of you who picked up the May issue with the NOS Energy Drink poster to send in those crazy shots of you with the Nasty NOS girls. Source: www.drinknos.com