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Smells Like Supra Spirit - Spinout

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Jan 7, 2013
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Carbonetic Clutch Giveaway

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We know some of you are hard on your cars and need a new clutch, and that's why we've teamed up with Carbonetic to give away one of its new Carbon Blade clutches. These clutches use real carbon material on the disc face, making them lightweight, heat resistant, and ideal for street and track use. Applications for the Carbon Blade clutch include Honda B-Series, Nissan SR20DET, Mitsubishi Evo, and Subaru WRX and STI.

For a chance to win the Carbonetic Carbon Blade clutch, simply email us ( and tell us why you need a new clutch. We'll be running this contest for the next three months and will announce our winners shortly thereafter. For more info on the Carbonetic Carbon Blade clutch, visit

These clutches use real carbon material on the disc face, making them lightweight, heat resistant, and ideal for street and track use.

Honda Beat making a comeback?

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What we want from Honda is a car with the spirit of the S2000 but more affordable. Enter the EV-STER concept from 2011, which may become the resurrection of the Honda Beat. Although the concept is electric, rumors have been flying that it may be fitted with a VTEC-enhanced 1.3L or 1.5L powerplant in Beat guise. The revelation of the Beat's return came during a press conference where Honda CEO Takanobu Ito said a two-seat compact roadster "with strong vehicle dynamics" was imminent. The hitch here is this car, whenever it rolls out, may not be destined for the North American market.

Smells Like Supra Spirit?

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Close your eyes. Imagine the resurrected Supra will be a Lexus, factor in Lexus' latest design philosophy, and paint it blue. Open your eyes and you'd see something along the lines of the sleek LF-LC Blue concept. The all-new Opal Blue exterior is inspired by the lustrous base color found in the naturally occurring semiprecious opal stone of outback Australia, which is where the concept was revealed. Performance icons are going the hybrid route these days, aka the Acura NSX, and the LF-LC is no different. Dubbed Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, the system features a powerful and efficient Atkinson cycle combustion engine mated to an advanced high-energy battery pack. The high-energy battery pack is designed to deliver greater power from a smaller battery than those currently used in Lexus' range of hybrid vehicles. Combined, the LF-LC Blue concept's hybrid powertrain develops 500 hp, which would make even the original Supra jealous.

The high-energy battery pack is designed to deliver greater power from a smaller battery than those currently used in Lexus' range of hybrid vehicles.

Mini NSX = Toyobaru Fighter?

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PR mumbo-jumbo aside, there is little doubt that Honda needs to get in on the compact/rear-drive action; it needs a BRZ/FR-S fighter. We hear the mumbo that Honda needs to see sales figures from the Toyobaru twins before moving forward, but come on, it's obvious. Honda, sharpen your pencils and get your designers designing.

One possibility is a mini version of the NSX, internally dubbed the Small NSX. A report from our sister publication Motor Trend indicates that Small Mini is back in the picture after money woes forced it to the sidelines. Smaller in stature than the "big' NSX, Small NSX will feature Acura's SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive) and feature turbo power from a 3.5L V6 or a boosted version of one of Honda's peppy four-cylinders-either a 2.4L or 2.0L. A hybrid version is most likely in the cards as well.

Motor Trend reports the Small NSX will hit the market a year or two after the '15 NSX debuts in 2014, and pricing puts Junior in the $50,000 to $60,000 range. That's a deal compared with its high-tech big brother, but not on par with FR-S and BRZ.

Nissan DeltaWing Coming to America

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Born to compete in ultra-endurance races, specifically the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where its ability to conserve fuel and tires would be most beneficial, Nissan's Pioneering DeltaWing racer will compete at the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans race at Road America.

The eye-catching racer captured the world's attention at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its missile-like silhouette but really developed a fan following when Japanese NISMO racing driver Satoshi Motoyama tried unsuccessfully to repair crash damage by the side of the Le Mans circuit for 90 minutes.

Wicked Mini John Cooper Works GP Gets Green Light

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This limited-edition, high-Performance Mini variant looks to mark its tracks on the road in 2013. Mini chief designer Anders Warming earned his pay for the week when he penned the small details that make the GP a big standout. These include red front brake ducts, exclusive four-spoke wheels, Special GP logos on the hoodscoop and door stripes, and lastly, the carbon-fiber rear wing and diffuser that are on call to generate usable downforce.

This is the first GP model since 2006, and it is reportedly the fastest as evidenced by the '13's sizzling 8:23 lap at the Nürburgring, which is 19 seconds faster than the '06. The GP is expected to be more powerful than the current 208-horse John Cooper Works model. Output is expected to be 2,000 copies, but it is unclear how many will be offered in the North American market.

Hyundai Changes Motorsports Direction

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Hyundai is poised to return to the FIA World Rally Championship but may be drawing back its presence in North American Motorsports. The day after unveiling a rally-ready version based on the New i20 at the Paris Motor Show, Rhys Millen announced he was losing Hyundai support for his racing efforts. Hyundai is returning to WRC for the first time since 2003. Mark Hall, marketing director at Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: "The World Rally Championship is recognized as one of the most dramatic sporting series on Earth. It's a spectacle filled with excitement and dynamism-the perfect embodiment of the Hyundai brand. The WRC also offers the most technologically diverse challenge for an automotive manufacturer. Our participation will demonstrate Hyundai's engineering excellence and durability and will also help to enhance our road-going vehicles in future." On the drawing-back side of the ledger, Hyundai is curtailing its involvement in motorsports in North America.

Hyundai is returning to WRC for the first time since 2003.



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