Let's Get Going Love driving? Of course you do. We all do. The Nation of GO is a new site that has more interaction than Tila Tequila. Drivers from all over can log onto the social website and plot out their favorite drives, upload pictures and video clips. If you have an iPhone or a Blackberry (so much better than the iPhone and you know it Bernice! -CT) then you can download the Nation of GO mobile app and upload your pics, videos and your route through GPS, all in real time. Whether you prefer canyon roads, racetracks, off-road courses or simply scenic routes, users can share driving impressions about a particular spot through blogs, forums and profiles. Tips and current conditions about certain courses like Baja or Thunderhill can always help a fellow GOer out. Samuel Hubinette, RJ DeVera, Verena Mei and many other drivers will all be part of the Nation of GO Tour. Follow them as they launch in San Francisco, go down the coast to Orange County, through the south to Texas, up to Chi Town and end in Pennsylvania. Source: www.nationofgo.com
New S2000 Armor There's one name on the racetrack for aero armor: Voltex. If going fast and looking good is what you want for your S2000, then Voltex and Evasive Motorsports is here to help you out. After Sun Auto's Cyber Evo put down some serious lap times using Voltex aero parts, the name has become synonymous with speed. Voltex Japan and our local Evasive Motorsports are teaming up to design a full Voltex body kit for the Honda S2000. These are the final sketches and an actual kit is being constructed as we speak. Evasive should have the first kit before the end of the year. Check with them for an ETA and actual pictures of Voltex's S2000 being constructed. Source: www.evasivemotorsports.com, 626.336.3400,
Godzilla's New Shoes Originally debuted at SEMA last year, Toyo has finally released their 20" Proxes R888 tires. These are the first R-compound tires made especially for the new GT-R. In enormous 285/35ZR20 (front) and 315/30ZR20 (rear) sizes, the already fast GT-R will be even faster. You hipsters better not even attempt to stretch these tires. Source: www.toyotires.com, 800.442.8696
Word On The Screen Tetsu's Tales Straight outta J-pan. Engrish from our man in Japan. Read if you dare.
Honda Insight and Toyota Prius are very popular in Japan. Some people have waited for getting Prius for six months. I think many Super Street readers are not interesting in Hybrid cars because there is no stick shift, no drifting, no tuning menu, no racing.
HKS, TEIN, TRD, Mugen sell coilover, body kit and exhaust. Some tuning shops will display tuned Insight or Prius at Tokyo Auto Salon 2010. But I am not sure car guys start to be interesting in tuning Hybrid cars or not. Honda will unveil new hybrid sport car "CR-Z" in February 2010, which will have stick shift. The rumor is that Toyota will unveil Prius Coupe next year. But it is just rumor. I am not sure about it. Toyota built Prius racecars, Lexus GS hybrid racecar and Super GT Supra racecars with hybrid system for taking part in the endurance races. Honda built Civic hybrid racecars and new Insight racecars for taking part in a 7-hours endurance race at Twin Ring Motegi racetrack. Motegi's endurance race is for enjoying, not serious. Honda and Mugen built four Insight racecars, which have coilover, body kit, roll cages, etcetera. But engine and CVT transmission are stock.
But how the drivers of Insight racecar enjoy to race with Insight racecar? The drivers of Insight racecar make good lap time and keep on making good fuel mileage. Honda Insight racecar have fuel mileage gauge is same as stock one. If you would buy Honda Insight with Honda's navigation system in Japan, you would be able to take part in "Formula E" race. It is Formula ECO race. All owners of Honda Insight with navigation system compete in fuel mileage. Honda links the Insight's navigation system with their servers. Honda's Navigation system can check fuel mileage of the Insight and send it to the server. The server uploads the result on the web site. There is no award but your name is on the web site. I think Honda's Formula E is new racing style for future. But I like stick shift. I will expect Honda CR-Z now! Source: http://www.honda.co.jp/ecogp/ Tetsu www.myspace.com/oted15
Project Zed John Bradshaw and team are planning to launch their 350Z Project Zed this year at the drag races of the FIA European Finals. With an expected 1.2 seconds for 0-60mph and 4.1 seconds for 0-168mph, Project Zed will definitely shatter some records. Bradshaw is no rookie to record breaking. John and his team already have set the record for the fastest quarter mile time in the world for a Nissan Skyline (7.68 seconds @ 177mph). The 350Z only houses a 3.5L V6, but with almost 1900bhp, taking on the American V8s should not be a problem. Source: www.bramsracing.com
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Hybrid Tuning? Hybrid cars like the Prius and the new Insight are becoming more and more popular. Toyota has even added a new car to their hybrid line-up, the Lexus HS. I'm wondering how long it's going to be before people start tuning hybrid cars. And when they do what will they tune them for? Will people tune them to go faster? After seeing the electric Tesla Roadster with almost 250hp, a 14k rpm redline, and a 12-second 1/4-mile pass, I don't doubt electronic motors for a second. Will hybrid owners be increasing the electricity somehow to go faster? Maybe by wiring up more batteries for more juice or something, I don't know. Another possible route for tuning could be for more mileage. Terra Force of Japan already has aero parts for the Prius. The one they had at last year's Tokyo Auto Salon was one of my favorite cars at the show. Mugen has also designed an aero kit for the Honda Insight. Whether these aero parts help reduce wind drag, and improve mileage, I don't know. But if these don't, there could be one in the future. Rays Engineering has also showed interest in hybrids, releasing their Eco Drive Gear line of wheels. They have four super light wheels made especially to fit the Prius and Insight. The lighter rotating mass will definitely help mileage. The 15" Eco Drive CE28 weights just 10.1 lbs. and comes in a sick white with green lip color. It's just a matter of time, and I can't wait to see it happen. Someone give me a hybrid to tune!
Mega Matsuri One week after the final infamous Nisei showoff, the people from Import Showoff decided to throw a swap meet/car show dubbed "Mega Matsuri." We were able to see a few cars that weren't ready for Nisei accompanied by booths from vendors of all sorts. There were a ton of Ruckus scooters out for some fun in the sun. Based on the turn out from this event there are talks about doing more in the future so for more info checkout www.showoffcafe.com.
WWJD? Sean Klingelhoefer Dear Jesus, First off I love to read SS and I'm a subscriber, keep up the great work! Okay, I have a few questions that I could use help on. I own my dream car and it's a '96 Acura Integra EXi 4WD. I was wondering is there anyone out there that make a RWD conversion kit for my car? I'm also thinking of doing either a K-series or J-series motor swap. I want to convert my dream car into a RWD drifting icon. Thanks for the help! Your fan, Michael Yoas
P.S. Would it be easier to reach my goals if I traded the EXi in for either the GS-R or Type R?
Well Michael, you have quite the perplexing situation here. First and foremost, I'm not aware of Honda making an EXi model but I would presume it's similar to the Xi AWD Integra, which uses a D-series single cam engine (ZC) mated to a front transaxle with an internal transfer case for RWD. Unfortunately, the AWD system in Honda vehicles isn't even remotely close to the center-diff type seen in Evos and STis. The majority of the drivetrain bias is sent to the front wheels and not only is there no kit for RWD I would imagine that were you to modify the transmission to only power the rear wheels (if possible at all) you would probably overload the transfer case in a matter of months. With that said, if this really were your "dream car" you should just enjoy it as-is. If you do plan on doing a J or K-series swap, however, I would recommend selling the EXi and picking up a normal FWD version. As far as doing something RWD the chassis is really working against you. For starters, the car is FWD and thus uses a transaxle and a transverse layout - any RWD motor will be longitudinal and won't fit without having to cut a transmission tunnel into the chassis and use full custom mounts. Although we have seen one example of a RWD Integra where the owner mounted an H-series engine in the rear of the car for a custom MR setup, but I wouldn't recommend it! Sincerely, -Jesus
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