Thanks to the efforts of ImportsUCI.org and vendors like Panda Garage, Tustin Mazda and OC Mazda Huntington Beach, to name a few, students of the University of California at Irvine receive this year's title as hosts of the First Badass Import Meet of the Summer Season, by throwing their UCI Annual Import Meet earlier this year. Participation, pizza and refreshments were all provided free of charge, as was DJ entertainment, but what really caught our attention was the turnout by tuners reppin' ClubLexus.com, Honda-tech.com and NewCelica.com, to name a few--we're keepin' an eye on these guys.
In these times of waning OE involvement in motorsports, it's refreshing to see at least one major carmaker sticking to their performance guns. In throwing their annual Motorsports Media briefing earlier this year, MAZDASPEED announced its partnership with Dyson Racing, Michelin and BP Energy to campaign Mazda-powered Lola coupes in Le Mans P2, and reaffirmed its commitment to driver development with improvements to its acclaimed ladder program, culminating in a $1 million prize for this year's Formula Atlantic winner--a prize Malcom in the Middle's Frankie Muniz and Team Stargate Worlds have their sights set on, among others. On a more grassroots level, the Playboy MX-5 Cup also gets a bump in prize money this year, and will be adding Team Champ and Rookie of the Year awards. Flip to 411 in 2NR's April '09 issue to see why we're placing our bucks on Justin Piscitell to wrap up this series, then visit www.mazdamotorsports.com to get started racing.
While those of us in Cali were waiting for our sunny, 70-degree weather to turn to sunny, 80-degree weather, cabin fever-struck East Coast tuners braved freezing temperatures to throw an event of their own, at PA's Harrisburg Farm Show Complex. Back again, this year's Tunerwars event marked the debut of F4Challenge.com's newly revised judging criteria; something that promises to favor rides modified in ways complimentary to performance and original design, than overstated flare--something we like. Stand-outs include Tjin Edition's R34 Sedan that continues to get better with age, ACV's 500+whp STI (featured in the Jan '08 issue of 2NR), and New Images' turbo KA24-powered S14 drifter--so over-the-top that we actually like it!
Greddy Back In Black
So in case some of you were freaked out when GReddy's parent company, TRUST Co., LTD filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo court a few months back--don't be. TRUST has recently made public the details of its restructuring, and promises that GReddy, an independent, California-based subsidiary of TRUST, will remain a profitable enterprise in the foreseeable future. The short end of it: quality bolt-on turbo kits, titanium exhausts and intelligent engine diagnostic equipment will continue to roll out!
Remember "Rob and Big", that MTV show about the crazy white cat and the gentle giant of a big, black, best friend/bodyguard of his? Since most of you who read 2NR also skateboard or have at least owned a pair of DC shoes at one point, we're sure you're a fan. And good for you, because you have us to give you the latest on Rob D's newest endeavor: "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory"--an MTV original series that will document his attempts to turn all his dreams into reality, beginning with a foray into the great sport of Rally, courtesy of DC Shoes co-founder and boardman-turned-wheelman Ken Block. 2NR was lucky enough to have sat in on the first round of filming, and after seeing some severely overshot attempts at long-jumping Ken's STI, we're thinking this just might prove to be Rob's most challenging adventure yet . . . and most entertaining for us!
Tricks Of The Trade
A simple disconnection of you car's negative battery terminal for 30 seconds or more can help gain some major horsepower and torque, without making any further modifications to your engine. What sounds too good to be true is in fact supported by 2NR's dyno testing on an '08 Subaru STI. Using nothing more than a 10mm wrench and stopwatch, resetting the ECU gained us an additional 32.3 hp and 26.9 lb-ft. torque at 6,295 rpm. Boost came on quicker, yet maintained the same PSI level. We won't guarantee this will work for every vehicle, but it's worth a try if you're looking for an easy way to make horsepower. Just don't forget to keep your stereo lock code handy...
Free Parts, $10,000 And A Trip To Cali?!
In case that pesky neighborhood Chihuahua jacked the mailman and burrito'd down your May issue of 2NR before you could read 411, we'd like to take a moment to remind you of the Castrol Syntec Top Car Challenge, and why it could net you a cool $10,000 in cash. Remember Castrol Syntec's Top Shop Challenge that our 867-hp monster SR20DET nearly owned? Yea, well we're looking to bring it twice as hard this time around, by tuning and reppin' the hardest Import--scratch that--car to ever roll the streets... Your submissions have been considered and we've picked one to-be-named ride capable of breaking off big-power domestics on the quarter-mile, lapping high-dollar Euros around the circuit, and out-gunning all the other Imports we'll be up against. Log onto www.SyntecTopCarChallenge.com and vote for our ride to win--because when we do, one lucky voter will be given $10K, to bask in the cash-showered glory we will attain! Check the site for details and instructions:
Free Loot From South Central
A few months back, 2NR and Midnight Club: Los Angeles collab'ed and gave away a pair of ultra limited edition MC:LA Jordan kicks on importtuner.com. If you slept on that opportunity, don't worry--here's your second chance at scoring some cool swag.
If you've played Midnight Club: Los Angeles on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, you might have noticed some of the less scintillating, but much more exciting geographic locales were left out of the game--namely the hood. Well, as it turns out, they didn't forget. Rockstar was waiting to release it as downloadable content in the--wait for oxymoron of the year--South Central Upgrade. An upgrade that adds 1/3 to your map size and, very much like a carjacking, is completely free.
And in the spirit of coming up with loot, Rockstar Games and Import Tuner are bringing you the chance to win one of five exclusive MC:LA gift packages which contains:
Midnight Club: Los Angeles video game (Xbox 360 or PlayStation3)
Midnight Club: Los Angeles South Central downloadable content
And a Midnight Club-branded Sidekick
To enter, simply send an email with your favorite West Coast rapper (hint: not Biggie) and console choice (PS3 or Xbox 360) to firstname.lastname@example.org with MC:LA in the subject line. Afterwards, check out the free South Central upgrade, or if you have 10 bucks to spare, the South Central Premium Upgrade that features nine unique new vehicles, 26 amazing new races and more. Download the South Central content on Xbox LIVE or on the PlayStation Network.