Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Coolest cars of 2008 Part 2: Feel's Civic Type R sedan FD2

Ok, I know its just a Honda Civic 4 door. But, once you check out the specs you'll see this car has somthin' somthin' for you sports car lovers. It just ran a time of 1:00.516 at the recent Revspeed Super Lap Battle at the famed Tsukuba track in Japan. For reference, here's some comparison times/cars. You'll see this Civic by Feel's is faster than all these cars for a fraction of the cost. I'm betting this civic gets 30mpg too. ;)
Nismo Skyline GT-R Z Tune 1:01.150
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale 1:02.440
Lamborghini Gallardo 1:03.605
Honda NSX-R 1:03.920
McLaren F1 1:04.620
Porsche 997 Turbo 1:04.730
Murcielago 1:04.760
Z-Tune 1:05.100(diff day diff driver)
EVO IX RS 1:05.528
997 Carrera 4 1:05.980
Corvette Z06 1:06.020
Lancer Evo IX 1:06.060
NA1 NSX-R 1:06.198
Nismo GT-R S Tune 1:06.232 (340 bhp)
Ferrari F40 1:06.460
WRX STI SPEC-C 1:06.651( Current STI)
NA1 NSX-R 1:06.80
BMW M5 1:06.560
STI S204 1:06.800
BMW M6 1:07.434
350Z S Version 1:08.110
BMW M3 1:08.200

What I read on Speedhunters, this car is running about 300hp naturally aspirated. Stock, it makes 225hp from its 2.0L.

I also wanted to post up a link to a Jap video of the FD2 beating up on its cousin, the Honda S2000. Remember, this is a 4 door front wheel drive sedan with less power (225hp vs 242hp), more weight (1270kg vs 1250kg) and a smaller engine (2.0L vs 2.2L) than the S2000. This is stock vs stock too! The guys in the vid can't believe what happens either. ;) Love it!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Coolest cars of 2008 part 1-Sun Auto Cyber EVO VII

Mike Garrett from
Tsukuba Circuit has long served as the proving ground for both tuned and production cars in Japan, and In May of 1994, Rev Speed Magazine hosted the first ever "Tsukuba Super Battle". Although circuit racing had always been popular in Japan, up until this point, the tuning world was primarily focused on drag racing, highway racing, and occasional touge action. The Rev Speed event helped transform Japan's tuner into the stopwatch junkies they are today. The winner of the very first Tsukuba Super Battle was the Mine's BNR32 Skyline GT-R, which recorded a lap time of 1:00.85. Oh how far we have come...
The events quickly grew in popularity and more tuners and parts companies got in on the action. In 1995 Mine's broke the one minute barrier with their R33 Skyline GT-R. By the end of the decade, Tsukuba time attack was huge, and the fastest cars were running in the low 58 second range. By 2002, Jun Auto had broken the 55 second barrier with their yellow CP9A Lancer Evolution.
The current record OEM chassis record at Tsukuba Circuit is 53.589 seconds, set by the HKS CT230R Evo in 2007. Although that car doesn't compete in the Rev Speed events, a number of cars are showing potential to come near HKS' record time. Last year, the M-Speed R34 GT-R was the fastest car at the event with a 54.481 lap time. The Sun Auto Cyber Evo, seen above is another top contender as is the Top Fuel S2000 turbo which set the Tsukuba FR record earlier this year with a 55.30 lap. The competition is certainly getting stiff.

For the Rev Speed event, competitors are broken into Open and Street classes depending on the level of modification and street legality of the car. From there, they are also grouped into categories based on the car itself. Although AWD cars like the Evo and GT-R have always been favorites, lighter FR cars like the S2000 and RX7 also do very well at Tsukuba. I'm sure you recognize the car in this photo as the ASM Tsukuba Special S2000, an engineering wonder and the NA Tsukuba record holder with lap times in the 57 second range.

Superstreet Online
Ricky Chu
Each of the four Cyber Evo corners is perfectly calibrated with Tein coilovers. Further assisting to keep the chassis stiff and the Cyber Evo in full control around each bend are an AP rollcage and a Cusco stabilizer bracket. At this point, you probably haven't had a chance to skim through our Fast Facts section for this car. Before you do, we should let you know that there isn't a typo. Part owner, Mr. Masamichi Takizawa really is a dentist. And from all the Japanese girls that we've seen, he's been slacking off a lot. That's probably because he's also an engineer who focused much of his attention on the powerplant that can be found under the hood of the Cyber Evo. The 4G63 internals are beefed up with a JUN 2.2L stroker kit, 272 cams, and a crankshaft.
Force-feeding the Cyber Evo's motor is a giant RX6 turbo matched with a wastegate and a custom intercooler, all from A'PEXi. The additional compressed air is compensated with a Bosch fuel pump, and 1,000cc injectors are managed by an HKS F-Con Pro. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Of course, how could we forget the Hyper Ground and Hyper Voltage systems from Sun Auto. We could go on for two more pages just getting into the detailed craftsmanship that went into building the motor and driveline for this car, but we'll let you off the hook this time. Just rest assured knowing that three Cusco MZ Type RS limited-slip differentials are somewhere tucked away neatly.
Back at the Tsukuba Circuit, the Cyber Evo posted a best lap time of 55.801. That's a measly one second off of the HKS car. That might seem like nothing to you or us, but, driver Eiji "Tarzan" Yamada, assures us that on a high-speed technical course like Tsukuba, shaving even one second off your time is damn near impossible. Our time attack track at Button Willow Raceway here in the States is much different than Tsukuba. Our track is much larger, that's why you'll notice that everyone's lap times are almost double what a Tsukuba one would be. Cars that were built to run Tsukuba might face problems with the motor or transmission overheating because of the extended distance the cars need to be pushed. Last year, Tarzan drove Signal Auto's R34 Skyline to a 1:54.2 lap, almost four seconds faster than any competitor that day. This year, with the Cyber Evo, Tarzan blazed through the track and set the record with 1:48.906. That's purely insane if you ask us. Not to dismiss the fact that Tarzan was driving three different cars in the same class and had to literally jump out of one and into another just to make sure each one qualified.
Clearly the Cyber Evo has raised the bar in our Time Attack, and the Sun Auto staff never had a doubt.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gingerbread Rat Rod-Merry Christmas

Ok, so you know you have vehiculitis when you build a gingerbread hot rod instead of a gingerbread house.
This rat' is sporting some licorice big and skinnies (notice the smokey burnout), a chopped graham cracker shell, with a bunch of candy cane (like it was carbon fiber or titanium) rear end, exhaust pipes and front suspension. This big V6 is blown with a cinnamon bear bug catcher scoop. Some dress up items like the roof mounted side mirror and front windshield sun visor. The headlights are '36 gum drop bazooka lights.
So, Merry Christmas to all you gear heads that might see this blog. ;) Happy gear bangin'!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sweet 1977 KP31 Toyota Corolla

Found racer's 86 weblog from UK through Speedhunters. This '77 Toyota Corolla has a 993cc 4 cylinder, rear wheel drive, killer retro japanese style, low stance and sweet wheels with some stretched rubber. Who cares it doesn't have a front grille. He needs room for that killer oil cooler! This car has shtyle. Sweet bro!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Old boxy 80's rwd 4's

So, these don't have airbags and modern safety features, so getting Christy to approve the purchase of one of these will be hard but I wanted to post these pics. I like boxy. A la Datsun 510, BMW 2002, BMW e30, even the 87-93 Fox chassis Mustang and you can't forget Toyota Corolla GT-S (AE86 chassis code, or as the Japs call it, Hachiroku '86'). So in honor of the hachiroku, here some sweet pics from the net. There's a couple of shots of some nicely tuned 4ag engines, 1.6L DOHC 4 cylinders making 125hp stock.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mustang Fever-2005-09

So, check these sweet stangs out. Got to drive an '08 Bullitt Mustang yesterday on the way home from work. What a cool ride. The great ford small black exhaust note, the tight shifter, the cool machined aluminum dash and the 320hp 3 valve engine. ;)