Continental Tires Has Your Rubbers Covered
Last month we gave you a sneak peak of Continental Tires' newest tire for the sport compact segment, the DW - well, this past spring, we got the chance to test them out, along with the new DWS all-season tire, at the California Speedway where we, along with many of our sister publications were put through a series of tire testing courses, including dry/wet handling surfaces, braking, oval racing, regular street driving and even a time attack style race to see who can hang on a road course. And guess who came in first out of all the tuner titles on the market? Yours truly and surprisingly to all, Sean Klingelhoefer, in only his second appearance on a track! Call it dumb luck or natural ability, but one thing's certain: THE REST OF YOU LOST! But the real story here are the DW and DWS tires, both superb handling pieces of rubber that not only grip extremely well in dry or wet conditions, but are also extremely quiet during standard driving. They are now available in a variety of sizes so please check Continental's website for details and tech specs.Source: www.continentaltires.com
Fast & Furious Movie Premiere
The movie will have long debuted and probably made a ton of cashish at the box office by the time you read this but we'd like to thank Jessica Tullman at Subaru of America, Inc. for taking us along for a real Hollywood date to see the red carpet premiere of Fast and Furious at Universal Citywalk. We were able to do stalker-like maneuvers to spot stars from the film at the afterparty and managed to harass in a variety of ways, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, the spicy Latin girl (you'll know who we're talking about if you've seen the movie and she's actually Israeli) and the various extras we still don't know the names of. Each car from the film was placed on display for party goers to pose with and of course you know the one we picked (see "Hole Shot"): the Sube STI, duh!
Falken Eurowinter HS439 Debut
What better way to test the winter driving skills of a Southern California driver than by placing one straight into the line of fire, or in this case, an entire series of snow handling exercises at one of the world's finest road racing institutions, ICAR (International Club Academy Racing) Complex in frigid Montreal, Canada. Of course, this was to coincide with the Eurowinter HS439 from Falken Tire, which is perfect for such snowy conditions because of a new silica compound that's designed to provide consistent traction and maximize tread life in all temperature ranges. So for a Cali boy like me, driving felt great although I pushed myself over the limit more times than I could count. Good thing the only casualties were a bunch of unlucky snow banks and rubber balls.- Jonathan WongSource: www.falkentire.com
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Word On The Street
Straight outta J-pan. Engrish from our man in Japan. Read if you dare.
Corolla is back to Japanese motor sport scene. Toyota and apr racing will take part in Super GT, GT300 with two Corolla Axio sedan which have V6 motor instead of MR-S (MR-2 spider). From `70s to `90s, Corolla was always in Japanese racing scene but after 1998, it was hard to find Corolla in Japanese racing scene.
In `70s, there was Corolla race cars in TS race in Japan. TS stands for Touring Special. Datsun 1200 (B110, B310), Honda Civic (SB1), Toyota Starlet (KP47), and Corolla coupe (E20) were in TS race. Datsun 1200's motor was 1300cc, OHV which made 170ps. Civic SB1's motor was 1300cc,SOHC which made over 150ps,Starlet's motor was 1300cc,DOHC which made over 180ps. At that time, Toyota Starlet was more popular than Corolla. TS race was very popular in Japan at that time and TS race fun said driver's driving skill was miracle. TS race is legend of Japanese racing history, from 1985 to 1993. Japanese Touring car Group A race was very popular in Japan. Group A race had three classes. There were Skyline (R30,31 and R32 GTR) and Supra in Division one. There is BMW M3 in Division two. Corolla Levin and Civic in Division three. Levin vs Civic race in division three was warming up at that time. AE86 Levin (4AG motor, 180ps) vs E-AT Civic Si (ZC motor,195ps) in 1985. AE92 Levin(4AG motor,190ps) vs EF3 Civic (ZC motor,195ps) in 1989. AE101 Levin(4AG motor ,227ps) vs EF9/EG6 Civic (B16A motor,230ps) in 1990. Toyota's engineer and Honda's engineer worked hard by competing with each other for developing 1600cc race cars. I guess Levin vs Civic race helped for selling street cars at that time.
But Group A race closed down in 1993 because for developing Group A race cars were very expensive. From 1994, JTCC, Japan Touring Car Championship race was starting. It follow FIA regulation which said base car of JTCC race car was four doors sedan with natural aspirated motor. Corolla sedan, Civic sedan, Infiniti G20, BMW 318i, Nissan Sentra, etc were racing in JTCC race. Corolla sedan race car had 3S-GE (Cerica, MR-2) motor which made 290ps.
But it was so hard to get win for Corolla race cars at that time because Corolla body is small. Honda Accord was very fast at that time. In 1994, TRD was selling limited edition Corolla, TRD 2000 which had 3S-GE motor. TRD was selling only twelve Corolla TRD 2000 at that time. It is very rare car. This year, TRD sells Corolla Axio "GT" which has 1500cc turbo charged motor.
Some Japanese car magazine's editor drove it and they said it feel like driving 2000cc sedan. Does it mean fast? Stock Corolla's motor makes 105ps. Corolla GT's motor makes 150ps. Price if Corolla GT is 2,500,000 yen (about $26,000 USD). TRD will organize Corolla GT N2 one make race in Fuji Speedway from July. Corolla GT N2 race car is Corolla GT with over-fender and GT wing (http://www.trdparts.jp/complete_axio-n2.html). You can buy completed Corolla N2 race car. The price tag says 6,632,250 yen (about $68,000 USD). Corolla is masterpiece of car in Japan. Fighting Corolla is back is big news in Japanese motor sport scene.
I think some people can not imagine Corolla sedan with racing because Corolla sedan is not sport car. But I think tuning slow sedan for making fast is becoming new tuning style. It is easy to find 1500cc motor sedan in new car and used car market in USA and Japan. I would like to see Corolla versus Civic in racing scene.www.myspace.com/oted15
Formula D Ditch Day
The gang at Formula D didn't need to say anymore than "ditch" when they invited us to their annual snow ditch day at Mountain High in California. Carving down the man made powder alongside our drifting peers, like Joon Maeng and Ken Gushi, made for a relaxing break out of the office and we certainly do appreciate it.Source: www.formulad.com
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I love the Internet. From shopping, to information, to my car hobby, the Internet has affected everything in my life. My previous job as a tech support monkey has taught me how to endure hours-upon-hours of surfing. Now if I don't get my daily fix and go through my routine websites I get withdrawals. Here are two lists of automotive sites that you might enjoy.
This is a follow-up from last month's list of my Top 5 most influential import car websites of all time.
Top 5 most visited car websites by me currently:
News, findings and simply just humor on anything automotive. A great place for car lovers to talk, laugh, rant and cry like little girls. It's like my morning paper.
2. Auto Otaku
All the cars and events from Japan that you want to see, but no else will shoot.
Great coverage of the scene in general.
4. Risky Devil
Everyone knows how to build cool cars, but very few actually come thru. These guys are those few that know how to build sick streetcars. Peep their video coming out soon.
5. Supercars Forum
Everyone needs a forum to read.
Since I don't have a Honda anymore, Honda-Tech is no longer feeding my need. And there are way too many Nissan forums to read. So this non-marquee specific forum has been most recent form of forum entertainment. Great place where middle-aged men can be trolls.
6. Super Street
What, I can't plug our own site? Well, since I'm forced to blog on here, I do visit this quite frequently.
Classic Super Street
'99 was a great year: the S2000 hit public roads for the first time, carbon-fiber hoods were just starting to make their way into the marketplace spawning JDM fanatics across the country and Stephan Papadakis sets a quarter-mile record with his FWD Civic at LACR after posting a 9.89 e.t. at 149.5 mph! We're ready for the next big thing...
Word On The Street
Resident Evil 5: Now On
Xbox 360 and Capcom held an exclusive preview event in Los Angeles with SA Studios and Mister Cartoon for "Resident Evil 5," which has a new home on Xbox 360. Attendees from former EXTRA! TV host and Sugar Ray front-man Mark McGrath and Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs, to rock band Lostprophets and reality TV star Rob Kardashian - not to mention your very own JDMWong and eurotuner's Greg Emmerson - teamed up to play "Resident Evil 5" together on special edition red Xbox 360 consoles that are available in limited numbers to consumers. As the next blockbuster on Xbox 360, "RE5" will also allow players to meet up with two-player co-op on Xbox LIVE.
First on the menu, I'm glad you're on the Super Street staff! You've "revived" the mag with your words and photos, of which I check out all the time on Flickr. Now to the point of this letter: I'm not new to the Honda world by any means, I've owned my Integra for five years now, but being a broke high school kid (now college kid) upgrades were few and far between. Now that I'm holding down three part time jobs, my cash flow has increased a wee-bit, so what better to do than blow it all on my car, right? So here's what I'm working with: 1994 Integra LS, 202,468 miles, solid body and small bolt-ons. Overall the car runs strong, but I'm sure not nearly as strong as it once did. Being Honda guys, we all know that VTEC is king and that's just the way it is. So here is my question, would doing a B18C VTEC head swap at this point really gain me anything, on a bottom end that has 202,000 miles? Should I just save up and buy a B18C? I would just scrap the Integra all together and go for a GS-R or a Civic SI, but this is my first car. I feel like Thomas Storm and his '89 Civic, I'll die with this car. That being said, eventually the car will get a VTEC swap, I just don't know when. I'm trying to maximize my "cash to car ratio," what's going to get me the best bang for the buck. I don't race, go to the track, show my car, (nothing happens in Missouri) and I rarely rev over 5,000 RPM's. I just want a clean daily driver with a little more punch when I feel the urge to go a little faster. Plus I just feel "inferior/left out" because everyone around me rocks a VTEC on a daily basis, my friends (B16A2) and even my parents (K20Z3). So, to VTEC or not, that is the question? Words of wisdom are needed, please.Thank you,Justin
Well Justin I'm glad to hear you enjoy the magazine! To VTEC or not isn't even a question, it's a no-brainer... VTEC FTW! The real question is how much money do you want to spend? Fortunately, due to the rise in popularity of K-series engines, B-series stuff is slightly dropping in price. Also the LS-VTEC swap is becoming much easier to do with full bolt-on kits now available - as a matter of fact on the shelf next to this issue of SS you can find Project Car #11 with a full build-up that you can use as a reference to build your own LS-VTEC. I would recommend having a leak-down test done to check the amount of blow-by on your rings since you have over 200k, there's a good chance you might need a simple re-hone and new rings. If your stock motor is completely shot though, you may be better off buying a full VTEC swap - but that's going to be significantly more expensive. At the very least, I'd recommend taking a look at Project Car so you can get a feel for the kind of work involved and decide if you're up to it. Either way, good luck and happy VTECing!Sincerely,Jesus
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