Entries Tagged as 'Events'

Drifting Hype: Watch Formula Drift Round 7 Final Fight Here LIVE

Posted on 10.09.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


This weekend is likely to be one of the most significant weekends of drifting in a very long time.  Allow me to list the reasons why:

1. This is officially the last round of the season.  With China event cancelled, Irwindale is the last round of the Pro and World Championship

2. Since China was canceled and Irwindale is the final round for both Championships its worth DOUBLE POINTS!

3. Sadly, this could very well be the last Formula Drift event to happen at Irwindale Speedway as it is very likely that its going to be demolished to build a outlet mall.

So, if you can’t be there in person I really feel for you but you can still watch live via the stream below!  We’ll keep this post pinned to the top of the site all day Friday and Saturday for your viewing pleasure.  So scroll down and enjoy!  It is going to be one heck of a weekend.

Viewing Schedule:

Friday –
PRO Qualifying –  12:30 PM PST
PRO 2 Top 16 – 6:45 PM PST
Saturday –
TOP 32 – 3:00 PM PST
TOP 16 – 7:00 PM PST

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SEMA 2015: Blood Type Racing Returns With Sinister Hyundai Veloster Build

Posted on 10.07.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The SEMA train rolls on as today we get another build rendering from Hyundai.  Today we get a preview of Blood Type Racing’s return to the show.  If Blood Type Racing (BTR) sounds familiar that is probably because they were at SEMA last year with an absolutely beastly 1,000 horsepower Genesis Coupe.  This year the BTR team is building what looks like an absolutely evil Hyundai Veloster Turbo.  Its “carbon black” finish combined with the blood red racing stripes and accents make this car look like it was designed by the Empire (Star Wars reference FTW!).

Making the car look even more menacing are one-off “demon eye” red projector headlights.  A night shot of this thing would look like the stuff of nightmares!  The BTR Veloster Turbo will also have carbon fiber wide fenders at the corners which will shelter SSR Professor TF1 3-piece wheels which have a custom red finish.  The Veloster will sit on a set of BC coilovers and will have its stance dialed in by a host of Pierce Motorsports suspension components.

As with their last build, the BTR Veloster’s real story is under the hood.  Through the use of a long list of internal engine parts, a large Garrett GTX turbocharger, and a few magic spells or two the BTR Veloster will make about 500 horsepower from its 1.6 liter engine.  That kind of power in this package would definitely make this thing an absolute terror on the streets.  Can you tell there’s a theme to this post yet?

Anyhow, I am looking forward to getting up close to this build to see how many other small details come to the surface upon closer inspection.  For now you can click the thumbnail image for a larget version of the official rendering (done by Jon Sibal) and for a full spec sheet check out the press release below.

Also, let us know what you think of this build.  Do you like the sinister theme?  Or do you think this is over the top?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015 – Blood Type Racing Inc., the renowned Chicago-based tuner known for his extreme take on Korean vehicles, has revealed its Veloster Turbo R-Spec built for SEMA. The BTR Edition Veloster has an evil twist, designed to look as though it just switched over to the dark side. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

The vehicle’s evil appearance began with a “Carbon Black” paint job, accented with a red racing stripe running from the front splitter up onto the hood. A carbon fiber wide-body kit gives the car a muscular, more aggressive stance, and front-mounted aero canards, front splitter and a rear deck spoiler provide down force at speed. Red accents on the custom SSR three-piece wheels, along with red projector “demon eye” headlamps add a final demonic touch to the vehicle’s exterior.

Using the Veloster’s 1.6-liter “Gamma” four-cylinder as a starting block, BTR added new cylinder sleeves, a high-boost turbocharger from Garrett, and custom connecting rods and pistons. With a retuned OEM ECU working in tandem with the strengthened engine internals, power output is now more than 500 horsepower, maintaining OEM drivability through use of Hyundai’s latest GDI technology. The interior has been stripped down and given the full, race-spec treatment with the addition of a four-point roll cage, Sabelt bucket seats, harnesses and steering wheel, along with audio upgrades from Rockford Fosgate and Tanabe OLED Revel gauges.

“The focus of this build was to boost the performance capabilities of the Veloster R-Spec while creating one of the angriest-looking Hyundai vehicles to chew up the pavement,” said Sam Lee, Director of Marketing, Blood Type Racing, Inc. “The engine tune on this vehicle is pushing the small-displacement motor to the edge. With a specific output of 312 horsepower/liter, we’re pushing this small displacement motor close to Formula 1 levels of performance. We’ve developed a number of internal components to help manage the power demands of this new engine, and paired with our hunkered-down suspension and aggressive exterior visuals, this Veloster is guaranteed to turn heads on the SEMA show floor.”

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


  • Pavel’s Racing Engines (PRE) Custom Forged Pistons
  • PRE Custom Forged Connecting Rods
  • PRE Custom Sleeves
  • PRE Custom Bearings
  • PRE Custom Valve Springs
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Intake Manifold
  • Devils Own Methanol/Water Injection System
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Dump Tube
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Cat-less 3-in. Exhaust
  • Custom Front-Mount Intercooler
  • Garrett GTX3582R Dual Ball Bearing Turbo
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Sidewinder Turbo Manifold
  • Synapse Engineering Radial Blow Off Valve
  • Synapse Engineering Wastegate
  • Clutch Masters Upgraded Clutch 


  • BC Racing Coilovers
  • Pierce Motorsports Strut Tower Brace
  • Pierce Motorsports Under Body Brace
  • Pierce Motorsports Torsion Bar
  • Slotted and Dimpled Rotors
  • Performance Brake Pads
  • Upgraded Brake Lines
  • SSR Professor TF1 19×9.5-in. Wheels with Custom Red Face
  • Toyo Proxes R888 Tires
  • Tire Sticker.com “Toyo Tires” / “Proxes” permanent sticker


  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Wide Body Fender Kit
  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Front Canards
  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Side Skirt Covers
  • SoCal Garage Works Custom Front Grill
  • APR Carbon Fiber Front Lip
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Rear Hatch
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood Prop
  • Sequence Garage Devil’s Spoiler
  • Sequence Garage Rear Bumper Lip
  • Rally Armor Red Mud Flaps
  • BASF Carbon Black Paint
  • Genuine Hyundai Side Mirrors with Turn Indicators
  • Custom Diode Dynamics Headlights with Demon Eyes


  • Sabelt GT-130 Racing Seats
  • Sabelt Saloon 4-Point Harness
  • Sabelt SW-465 Steering Wheel
  • Pierce Motorsports 4-Point Roll Cage
  • BTR Custom Rear Seat Delete
  • BTR Custom Subwoofer Box
  • BTR Custom Trunk False Floor
  • BTR Custom Battery Trunk Relocation
  • Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-10 Shallow Subwoofers
  • Rockford Fosgate P1650 2-Way Coaxial Speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate P165-SI 2-Way Component Speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate P1000X5 Amplifier
  • Tanabe VLS OLED Boost Gauge
  • Tanabe VLS OLED Wideband AFR Gauge

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.


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Hype: Scion Teases New Concept To Debut At LA Auto Show. We Know Exactly What It Isn’t.

Posted on 10.06.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


While normally this is the time that OEMs reveal teaser images for their SEMA builds, Scion is getting a Jump on the Auto Show season by revealing a teaser image of a new concept car that will make its debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show.  As you may remember a few years ago Scion revealed the concept that eventually turned into the new iA and iM production cars and Scion has promised that it would be releasing several new cars over the next few years so this announcement is not much of a surprise.

However the mystery is what the heck this thing will end up looking like and ultimately becoming.  I personally have no idea.  But, I think I know what not to expect.  Here is my short list of what this concept probably isn’t:

  • It probably isn’t the future replacement for the FR-S.  The FR-S is still selling like hot cakes as is.  No need to refresh it yet.
  • It probably isn’t another hatch back.  Scion just released the iM which fills the hatch back slot in their line up.
  • It is definitely not a time-machine.  Only Delorean’s can do that remember?

OK, OK its easy to play it safe by guessing what I think this concept wont be so I will man up and make a few guesses at what it could be:

  • It could be a cross-over SUV.  Its something that Scion hasn’t done yet and would be appealing to their target audience, the “urban” individual.
  • It could be a new front-wheel drive coupe.  The Scion tC is pretty long in the tooth at this point.  This is a good time to replace it with something new.
  • It could be a plug-in hybrid or full electric car.  Because, why not?

Obviously everything I’ve guessed on both sides could be totally wrong but speculation is fun!  The world will find out with certainty what this concept really is once it gets closer to its debut at the LA Auto Show this year.  Actually it will probably be before that during the obligatory before the “fill in the blank” auto show internet leak/reveal” period that happens before every major show.


Ether way, as soon as I know what it is I will let you guys know.  In the meantime you can click the thumbnail for a larger version of the teaser image and/or you could read the incredibly short and vague press release below to see if you can CSI any hidden details.

What do you think this new Scion concept will ultimately end up being?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Third New Vehicle for Scion’s Youth Brand

TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Following the recent introduction of the Scion iM 5-door hatchback and the sporty Scion iA sedan, the youth division of Toyota is preparing to further expand its lineup with a third all-new vehicle, beginning in 2017. The world debut of the next Scion concept will take place at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov. 18-19, 2015.

About Scion

Scion continues to be the test laboratory division for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. From its start in 2003, Scion’s goal was to offer products and processes that stand apart from the crowd. Scion offers distinctive vehicles that reflect owners’ passions with a model line-up that includes the all-new iM five-door hatchback, the all-new iA sports sedan, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, and the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car. Scion also appeals to a youthful audience by offering a simple, no-haggle buying experience and by engaging with potential customers in meaningful and creative ways. For more information, visit www.scion.com.



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SEMA 2015: ARK Performance Reveals Their Genesis Coupe Build Rendering

Posted on 09.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

SEMA is coming up so it is about that time of year when we start to see renderings of all the marquee builds that will make their debuts at the show.  Today the official rendering for Hyundai tuner ARK Performance’s Genesis coupe was released.  At first glance it looks a bit more subdued from what they did last year.  Their new ARK “Solus” body kit seems to be a bit of a throwback of how widebody kits used to be done.  While the front of the car still looks pretty aggressive in the front, the wide fenders are a bit more subtle and they seem to be bucking the trend of exposed rivets in their widebody treatment.

Speaking of fenders, they will be filled out with a set of ARK forged wheels wrapped with Nitto NT05 tires and the car will rest on an ARK Performance DT-P coilover kit.  To make power ARK will strengthen Hyundai’s V6 “Lambda” engine by stroking it to 4.0 liter displacement, stuffing it with forged JE piston heads with Brian Crower rods and crank.  They then will bolt on a Rotrex supercharger to hit a goal of 500HP.

This build will also see a complete interior treatment with a host of ARK Performance gauges and other goodies a long with materials like leather, carbon fiber, and alcantara.  I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!  For a full spec sheet check out the press release below.  For a better look at the rendering done by Jon Sibal click the thumbnail below for a HD resolution version.  In the meantime let us know what you think of ARK Performance’s SEMA build.  Love it? Hate it?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

SEMA ARK Performance Genesis Coupe

Press Release:

Seventh Consecutive SEMA Vehicle Blends Premium and Performance

Sponsorship Provided by Hyundai Car Care Express and Quaker State

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 30, 2015 – Leveraging its long-standing relationship with Hyundai Motor America, ARK Performance has released details on its race-inspired Solus Genesis Coupe, blending performance and luxury to take on vehicles like the BMW M4 and Lexus RC F. The vehicle will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT.

For the tuner’s seventh consecutive vehicle built for SEMA, ARK added performance and luxury in tandem, creating a premium coupe that can go toe-to-toe with top rivals from around the world. Building on the success of last year’s AR550 Genesis Sedan, the vehicle’s design focuses on creating a wider visual look to give a more powerful stance using ARK’s own “Solus” wide body kit. The interior also has been given a complete makeover with a redesigned dashboard, race-bred steering wheel and gauges, with ample carbon fiber.

The Solus Genesis Coupe is sponsored by Quaker State and Hyundai Assurance Car Care Express, with more than 300 service centers nationally. Car Care Express provides customers with quick oil changes, tire rotation and other basic services in less than an hour. Hyundai also recommends Quaker State for its dealer network and, it is the factory fill motor oil for Hyundai vehicles as they roll off the assembly line.

“The Genesis Coupe is the perfect platform for developing our performance product lineup,” said Kevin Bentley, Marketing and Sales Manager, ARK Performance, Inc. “Hyundai’s 3.8-liter engine is strong enough to handle all the extra power we’re now developing, and the chassis is well balanced and easy to modify, allowing us to create this lowered, aggressive stance while maintaining that clean look we’re going for.”

Hyundai’s 3.8-liter “Lambda” V6 engine is stroked to 4.0 liters for a powerful start to the build. With the addition of a Rotrex supercharger and strengthened engine internals, the vehicle now develops more than 500 horsepower, sending that power to the rear wheels – now sporting sticky, Nitto rubber – through a 6-speed manual transmission. The addition of an ARK Legato trunk spoiler and APR Performance carbon fiber front splitter round out the vehicle’s aggressive, race-bred appearance.

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


  • Brian Crower 4.0L Stroker Kit (Built by ARK Performance)
  • JE Pistons
  • Brian Crower Rods
  • Brian Crower Crank

Custom Rotrex Supercharger System (Built by ARK Performance)AEM Water/Methanol Injection Kit

  • VP Racing M1 Methanol

Cometic MLS Head GasketsPRE Custom ARP Head StudsARK Performance Coated HeadersARK Performance Downpipes with Test PipesARK Performance Thermal Coated GRiP Catback Exhaust System with Burnt TipsSynapse Engineering Radial Blow Off ValveLap3 Korea Custom ECU Tuning


  • ARK Forged Wheels
  • Nitto NT05 Tires
  • ARK Performance DT-P Coilover Suspension Kit
  • ARK Performance Strut Tower Brace


  • Ad’ro/ARK “Solus” Wide Body Kit
    • Front Bumper and Front Bumper Extensions
    • Front Wide Fenders
    • Hood
    • Side Skirts
    • Rear Over Fenders
    • Rear Bumper and Rear Bumper Extensions
    • Ad’ro/ARK “Legato” Rear Trunk Spoiler


  • Rockford Fosgate Complete PUNCH Premium Speaker System
  • AiM Sports MXG Digital Color Display
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport Steering Wheel
  • Custom Redesigned Dashboard with Integrated Multimedia Screen
  • Custom Carbon Fiber Dash, Center Armrest, and Door Inserts
  • Synapse Engineering Gauges
  • Custom Threaded Shifter

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com

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Event Hype: We Visited The 2015 Japanese Classic Car Show! (Gallery)

Posted on 09.21.15 | Andrew Beckford 2 Comments


We really like going to car shows so it really sucks when several of them happen on the same day and we’re forced to choose.  Such was the case last Saturday as SubieFest, Japanese Classic Car Show 2015, and Hot Import Nights were all going down.  Not exactly at once but close enough to each other that we had to make a choice.  As the title of this post suggests we decided to go with the Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) and we’re totally glad that we did!

Nothing against SubieFest or Hot Import Nights but JCCS just seemed to have a bit of everything we wanted and it was also closer so there’s that.  There was (as usual) a ton of cars at JCCS this year and great involvement from several OEMs.  Mazda brought out the new MX-5 in addition to several choice selections from their unofficial car museum.  Toyota brought out their famous James Bond 2000GT, and Honda really pulled out the stops by bringing the very first car they ever imported into the USA. Literally the first car!  It was in shambles but Honda is actually going to restore the car and document the process via social media.  They even filmed a commercial for the initiative at the show to kick things off.  To keep up with that just search the major social media networks for the #HondaSerialOne hashtag.

While the OEM presence was great, what really stole the show were rows of amazing privately owned restoration builds or resto-mod builds of everything from vintage Skylines, 240Zs, Toyota 4 runners, RX-7’s, Datsun 510’s, you name it and there was an amazing example of it in attendance.  Oh and just to illustrate how popular this show is: we arrived at the show just as it opened and the parking lot was already nearly full.  Meaning people were likely there at least an hour or more before show opening!  Parking got so packed that pretty much anyone who showed up after 10am had to park in near by downtown Long Beach and take a shuttle to the show location.

If you’ve never been to JCCS I would highly recommend you check it out next year.  Its a great event with lots of amazing cars.  Just make sure you show up early and dress for hot weather!  If you want to see some of the best cars that were at the show feel free to check out the gallery below which has over 100 pictures.  Just click any thumbnail for a larger version.


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German Hype: Carlsson Throws Carbon Fiber, Wheels, & Vinyl At The AMG C63 S Then Calls It The “CC63S Rivage”

Posted on 09.16.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Even though major auto shows like Los Angeles, Detroit, and Paris pretty much focus on the major OEMs and their new offerings for the next year.  Although even at the big shows the aftermarket always finds a place to fit in.  Frankfurt is no different as Mercedes Benz tuner Carlsson decided to use the show as a venue to debut their new tuning program for the AMG C63 S, the “CC63S Rivage.”  Its looks aren’t exactly my cup of tea but metallic vinyl aside, Carlsson pulled off a pretty nice package here.  Beyond the vinyl wrap the CC63S features a lip kit that adds a bit of downforce to the front, channels air along the sides and finishes off with a rear lip spoiler and diffuser.  All the aforementioned exterior components are made from carbon fiber.

There are two options for Carlsson wheels at the corners.  Buyers can have 19 inch wheels or 20s; either choice will come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.  Performance is boosted with a ram air intake and lightweight exhaust.  A pretty short performance list to be honest.  I thought that Carlsson would throw in an ECU tune along with the package but the German tuner claims that just the combination of the intake and exhaust adds 100hp to the already twin-turbo’d C63 S V8 engine.  A bit hard to believe but not impossible.

My favorite part is the interior which has been re-upholstered in this crazy blue plaid pattern which is so crazy that it works.  To go along with the plaid Carlsson also added alcantara and napa leather in strategic areas.  If I had my way I would totally do this package but with out the weird mirror blue vinyl on the outside.  What do you guys think?  Let me know in the comments or tweet your opinion to us at @MotorworldHype.  For more pictures and the press release scroll below!

Press Release:

•    Motorsport flavour
•    Exclusive Carbon-fibre aerodynamic package in OEM quality
•    Spectacular leather-fabric interiorCarlsson, the renowned Mercedes tuner, is proud to announce the world premiere of their spectacular CC63S Rivage on Stand 27, Hall 4.0 at the Frankfurt IAA International Motor Show 2015 (September 17 to 27).With 605hp and 820Nm of torque, the CC63S Rivage blasts from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, and joins the ranks of Carlsson’s limited edition models like the EauRouge, Blanchimont and Rascasse, named after corners of legendary racetracks like  Spa-Francorchamps in the Ardennes or Monaco.A Carlsson model at this level needs to be based on a car with impeccable performance credentials. In this instance that car is the latest version of AMG’s redoubtable C63 S.

Using this compact super saloon as their blank canvas, the engineers from Merzig developed a package of technical and aesthetic components that make a clear performance statement. The lightweight carbon-fibre aerodynamic components, optimised wheel/tyre combinations, sports exhaust system and exclusive interior treatment, are underpinned by the performance enhancements.

Every car that leaves Carlsson’s Gut Wiesenhof workshop benefits from the decades of collective experience of the engineering team. Their engine upgrade for the CC63S Rivage adds 100hp and 100Nm of torque to the twin-turbo V8, bringing its output to a supercar rivaling 605hp, along with 820 Nm of torque.

Carlsson has received many awards for its attractive aerodynamic components whose forms are a perfect synthesis of aesthetic perfection and wind tunnel honed efficiency.

Made from OE quality carbon-fibre, the Carlsson front splitter with lateral boundary flaps and the front intake ram air ducting give the CC63S Rivage its aggressive motorsport inspired appearance. Two inverted L-shaped guides over the original air intakes add to this purposeful look.

The Carlsson ‘flicks’ on the sides of the front apron guide air also help to reduce lift over the front axle, with the surrounds to the front wing air outlets and the aero flaps on the front splitter, side skirts and rear apron continuing the carbon-fibre theme.At the rear, the striking carbon-fibre air outlet covers and profile around the diffuser contribute to the motorsport inspired look of the rear bumper. The boot lid mounted rear spoiler reduces lift over the rear axle, and in combination with the underbody diffuser, also serves to reduce drag by cleaning up the departing airflow.The two pairs of black-chromed tailpipes that flank the diffuser emanate from the bespoke stainless steel sports exhaust system. A manual valve control allows the driver to choose an even deeper and more sonorous sound for the open road.Adding a distinctive and striking infusion of colour to the car, panels in ‘Carlsson Mirror Blue’ festoon the front apron, sides and rear apron of the car. These are applied using the highest quality automotive foil.

The interior of the CC63S Rivage evokes images of the legendary Tartan check pattern used in classic Mercedes sportscars like the Gullwing and Uhlenhaut Coupé.

With its seats and door panels are trimmed in the finest Scottish sourced Nappa leather with Alcantara highlights with Carlsson blue Tartan check inserts. The dashboard and steering wheel are wrapped in blue and black Nappa leather.

To show different possible wheel/tyre combination, the CC63S Rivage will be presented with one wheel style on each side of the car. The smaller size is the new Carlsson 1/5 EVO II Diamond Edition alloy wheel painted in silver. Sized 8.5J and 9.5J x 19-inch front and rear, these wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 street legal track day tyres in 245/35ZR19 and 265/35ZR19 sizes respectively.

Designed for maximum speeds in excess of 300km/h, the Carlsson 1/10 Graphite Edition wheel comes in 8.5J and 9.5J x 20-inch sizes front and rear, and uses Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres in 245/30ZR20 and 265/30ZR20 sizes. These light alloy wheels stand out with their unique anthracite grey paint with a matt clear coat finish, and perfectly match the cars sporting appearance.

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Hype: Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Gets Full Reveal (Gallery)

Posted on 09.14.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


About two weeks ago Bugatti released some glamour shots of their Vision Gran Turismo project promising that its real life counterpart would be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year.  Well, the show has officially kicked off and this beautiful concept has been introduced to the planet at large!  There is something about seeing such an outrageous design made tangible that is stimulating to the ol’ eye balls.

Seriously this car looks amazing!  Since the car had something of an early debut with the first shots there isn’t much new information to be had with its official reveal.  In fact there is something of a lack of information when it comes to this particular car mainly that despite two reveals, it hasn’t been stated as to when Gran Turismo players can expect to download the Bugatti Vision GT for gameplay.

This leads me to a theory … WARNING: SPECULATION ALERT!  The Tokyo Game Show (TGS) starts next week and with the complete absence of anything Gran Turismo related at E3 and at Gamescom, I strongly believe that Gran Turismo 7 will be announced at (TGS) this week.  Could the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo be the first Vision GT car for Gran Turismo 7?  Is that why it hasn’t been officially said that it will be available for Gran Turismo 6?  I have nothing official to bolster this theory but certain things line up.  I guess we’ll find out for sure this week!  For now you can scroll down and check out the gallery of official photos from the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo reveal.  Let us know what you think of the car in the comments!

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Event Hype: Stance Nation x Nisei Showoff 2015 (Gallery)

Posted on 08.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


This past weekend, it was hot in California.  Like…seriously hot…  I’m talking triple digits here.  Do you know what Californians do when temperatures hit triple digits?  They stay their asses at home, that’s what!  They move as little as possible unless it involves getting into a cool body of water.  However, for some there are exceptions.  There are instances in which a person can listen to their local weather person plead with them to stay inside and yet still decide to leave the house.  For people like me, one of those exceptions is the annual Nisei Week Showoff.

If you’re truly an import car enthusiast and you live anywhere in the vicinity of Southern California then you know that the Nisei Showoff is easily one of the top car shows of the year.  In the last few years Mainstream Production’s Showoff has increased even further in quality due to their partnering up with StanceNation.  As such, I (and hundreds of others) braved the relentless heat to make the trip out to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles for this year’s StanceNation x Nisei Showoff.

As per usual, the quality of cars on hand did not disappoint!  The show was stacked as always and what was even more delightful is that there were plenty of cars there that I haven’t already seen at other shows that took place earlier this year.  There was a small issue though; and this issue is totally on me and not the show production.

See, Ken Miyoshi (the godfather of Import Showoff) is a smart guy; and smart guys have foresight.  Typically, Nisei Showoff is held in an out door parking lot in the middle of Little Tokyo.  Ken, (again using foresight) figured that with a record heat wave attacking the city; that spot may not be the best place for the show this year.  So, he moved the venue to an (mostly) underground parking garage.  The first level was still in the daylight but the further you went into the show the farther away you got from that giant nuclear reactor in the sky we call the sun.  It was a brilliant idea and likely saved many a back from sunburn.  However, due to the constant fluctuation in lighting conditions it made taking pictures a bit tricky.  As a result my gallery is a bit lighter (in number) than usual.  However, this is not me saying that having the show at this location was a bad idea.  Quite the contrary.  This was a damn smart move.  I just wasn’t quite prepared for it as I should have been so for that I apologize.  Despite that though I still feel that I did a pretty good job of capturing the best cars there.

With that said, feel free to scroll down and check out the 100 image gallery below.  Also, if you’ve never been I would highly recommend going to Nisei Showoff next year!  Yes, it will probably be hot but I promise you that if you like import cars and the like as much as I do then it is totally worth it!  Thanks to Ken Miyoshi, Mainstream Productions, and StanceNation for inviting me out once again.  Ok now stop reading and check out the pics below!

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Event Hype: Nitto Tire Brings Auto Enthusiast Day Back To Anaheim (Gallery)

Posted on 08.05.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


What is better than a car show with tons of cars, vendors giving away free stuff, and 5 car wide drifting exhibitions?  A car show that has all that stuff and is also completely free to get in!  That is exactly what Nitto Tire did for a second time at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.  Despite the heat, tons of people came out to enjoy the cars, drifting, and wait in line to buy some BBQ.  It was all in good fun!  I paid a short visit myself to check out some of the talent on deck and it was pretty sweet.  Check out the full gallery below and if you missed out on Auto Enthusiast Day this year make a note for next year!  Its hard to not recommend a free car show!

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Formula Drift Hype: Watch FD Seattle Live HERE!

Posted on 07.24.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Looking for the livestream for Formula Drift round 5?  Look no further!  We have you covered!  Just scroll down for all the live drifting goodness and thank us later!  Enjoy!

Formula DRIFT Seattle Commercial (2015) by driftstream

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