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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
So I figured I'd go personal and share some pics of our boy, Turbo. Yes, my gf and myself named our beloved beagle, TURBO! Gotta love a gf with similar taste as yourself lol.
And yes, the name suits his nature perfectly. He likes to "spool" up to top speed and loves going on road trips. We nicknamed him "T25" or "T too small" but now at 3 years old he is our peppy "GT30" haha.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Heading into the last round of the '09 SuperGT Series, the #1 MOTUL Autech GTR was withing grasp of a 1st place GT500 class win. Unfortunately, that was not meant to be as a hotly contested series of laps at the end of the race caused pre-mature tire wear and a blow out. After a frantic race to try and repair the car in time to net enough pionts, the MOTUL GTR fell to 3rd overall in the points standings and out of the class lead.
Source: GTR Blog
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
HAHA! I called it (read a few posts down talking about the rumored Subaru version of the FT-86). Subaru is confirming their version of the joint venture coupe will have AWD. It's only common sense since Subaru has been AWD only since the mid-late '90s. It is expected to not only have AWD over RWD, it is also suppose to be bigger and more powerful then the FT-86 Toyota. To farther distingush the Subaru from the Toyota, the chassis codes will be different, 086A/087A/088A for Toyota and 0216A for Subaru. Expect alot of the Impreza WRX/STI bits to come on this bad boy since they share the same architecture (Legacy chassis) and VERY similar dimensions. I'd assume a $5k+ price point over similar equiped WRX/STI's being it is the 2-door "sporty" version. I can hear the 22B comparo's now :)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
- Top speed: 201.94 MPH
- 0-62 MPH: 3.7 seconds
- Redline at 9,000 RPM
- 4.8-liter 72-degree V10
- 553 hp @ 8,700 RPM
- 354 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 RPM
- Titanium valves, connecting rods, exhaust manifold, forged aluminum pistons,
- dry sump oil system
- Six-speed sequential gearbox
- Torsen limited slip differential
- 65% of the body is carbon Fiber
- 3,263 pounds with a 48/52 weight distribution
- 15.4" front carbon ceramic rotors with six-piston monoblock calipers up front , 14.2" rear
- Production limited to 500 units
Clearly after unveiling the FT-86, Toyota wanted to keep the hype machine rolling so they pulled the ugly coverings on the LFA. I love Toyota's edgy styling direction and can't wait to see a "low grade" model of the LFA with a Toyota badge around $70k *cough* SUPRA *cough*. lol
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I was giggy to see Nissan stepping into FIA GT with the GTR earlier this year. It was only a few races as development but the steps took place for the GTR to make a full program push for the '10 season. It's final race will be Oct. 24/25th in Belgium at the Zolder Circuit. Look for several teams to enter the '10 season sporting GTRs with Nismo support. Now I just gotta pray hard enough for ALMS to get some GTR love :)
Source: Nismo Website
Friday, October 16, 2009
Something about the s2k that I can't get away from. I considered getting one for a while and eventually I am. But this one is exactly how I would do mine up. Clean, low and simple is just my style. Some cars just have such beautiful body lines, you can't mess with them. Shout out to Hellaflush for being a magnet for some really awesome rides from their forum members. Click here for article about this car
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I remember not to long ago when I first heard of such a thing. I think it was some rumor mill article about Honda's next gen NSX concept that was suppose to sport a hybrid v8 that made "v10" power. I mean the concept isn't far fetched since Honda's v6 accord hybrid made more power then the non-hybrid v6 version. Of course they bagged the model after slow sales (mileage wasn't as good as a camry 4 cyl hybrid). Of course we all know Honda bagged the concept along with anything else of a relevant performance nature thanks to the craptastic global economy.
Well now there is rumors of a Nissan VQ hybrid that may show up in the next Skyline model update (Infinity G37, in the U.S.) shown above. Expected to push GTR type power (450hp?) but keep MPG in the smaller v6 range, the Essence Concept inspired 2012 model Skyline will be shown at the New York Auto Show in 2010. There is plenty of speculation on all this plus details about the car so my main goal was to highlight the fact that hybrid engines seem to be making a push into performance markets for sure now.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Had to pull this shot from Len Clarke's recent post on SpeedHunters.com. I love the Lexus LF-A and have to say, Mr Toyoda will be a god among CEO's if he can bring Toyota from the ashes of pansy and put Toyota back in the mix of new sports cars. It has everything a sports car fan would want, power, style, elegance with a reputation for reliablity. Lets hope it hits the U.S. soon and they make a lower end model priced around the GT-R and FINALLY badged as a SUPRA!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Hot on the heels of the FT-86 concept from Toyota, Subaru's lil gem surfaces in this sketch. Apparently dubbed the 086A, it will have subtle exterior changes from the FT-86 but carry the same drivetrain as the FT-86 in it's base package. The STi version however is getting alot of attention since many believe it will sport the wider fenders, wheels and heft power the WRX STi has. As quoted by 7Tune......
"The standard 086A of course utilizes Subaru’s EJ20 flat-four boxer engine with D4-S direct injection, an Aisin 6-speed gearbox and a rear differential as used on the Lexus IS250/350. The rumored output of 200PS has been quoted once again as to be “almost certain” but a conflicting rumor from another source sets the output as being low as 160PS. Nevertheless, the STi Version should answer people’s prayers for more power."
Of course the STi version would probably be in the 250-300whp range similar to most of the present EJ25 turbo variants. Being that my girlfriend owns a IS250, I'd say the rear differential would need some beef to handle this STi variants potential power. My personal opinion, I like the idea of a RWD Toyota better (and I own an STi!) but if the turbo variant doesn't go to Toyota, the Subaru has an ace in the hole for many more potential buyers. I think it would be beneficial as well as REALLY awesome, if Subaru made their version AWD (being that the car is apparently based off the Legacy chassis). It keeps with their "all time awd" heritage as of late plus it brings a TRUE sports coupe to the company inventory. Info and Pic provided by http://www.7tune.com/
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
One of the main reasons for getting my STi was the room! Coming from a Bugeye (no pass through?) and then an SUV (ugh), I had to have the space I got from the SUV while maintaining some performance. In the coming weeks, I'll also be adding a tow hitch and a cheap trailer for future bike tow duty!! I may have to swap tags and get "Tow Whre" eventually, I may just never bother with my STi again lol.
Friday, October 2, 2009
The mention of the word frightens me. As a guy on a major budget, tires can destroy any hope of affording track days! Case in point, I got a couple sets of used summer tires to enjoy for the '10 track events I have planned. Set of RT615s and a set of sp600s !!! (the XSs are for my gf's supra, she gets new cus she is special!)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I am a frequent visitor to iwsti.com and enjoy looking at the many creations people come up with. One of my favorite one's is Logan's GR Sti (bias much?). Here is a teaser pic and the link to his member journal thread.....