Entries Tagged as 'Features'

Hype Video: Tanner Foust Attempts To Melt By Brain With His New Global Rallycross VW Beetle (cellphone video)

Posted on 09.19.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments
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Tanner Foust’s GRC VW Beetle

Yesterday I took a drive down to San Pedro to check out the scene of the next round of Red Bull Globalrally cross happening this weekend (you can watch live on tv!).  The rumor was that Tanner Foust’s new VW Beetle was going to make its debut at this event so my real motive for making the trip was to check out his new car in person.  I got much more than I bargained for.  It turned out that the event organizers were doing media ride alongs and I was lucky enough to sit shotgun with Tanner Foust as he took to the course in his brand new car.

I will admit I was a bit nervous.  However, I figured this was a new car, its a media ride along, he will probably take it easy on me.  I was completely wrong.  Although to be fair my first indicator should have been the flagger literally warning me that Tanner was about to melt my face off.  You will see what I mean when you watch the incredibly bouncy cellphone video I shot of my experience below.  If its too crazy then I apologize.  I was too busy trying to not pass out to really put deep thought and consideration to my shot composition.

Anyhow, scroll down and enjoy!

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Hype Video: Clash Production Brings Out The Beauty Of Rally In Latest Edit

Posted on 09.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Its been a while since I posted anything from Clash Production and that’s a crime!  So, first of I will apologize and secondly I will make things up to all of you by pointing your attention to the video below in which the Clash Production team along with NangleVideo.com to beautifully document a sliver of tarmac and gravel action from Rally Mont Blanc 2014.  The screen capture above is just one of the beautiful images in store over the course of nearly two glorious minutes!  Anyhow, enough talk.  Scroll down and enjoy!

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Hype Video: HKS Chronicles Their Quest For World Time Attack Domination With 1300HP Nissan GT-R

Posted on 09.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If there is one thing that HKS loves to do is set lap times.  For more than a decade HKS has been chasing lap records all over the world and the only thing that has changed from then until now is their chosen weapon.  This year HKS is aiming to take top honors at the WTAC (World Time Attack Challenge) in Sydney, Australia next month in their new 1300HP Nissan GT-R.  HKS’ current GT-R is not only up 100HP over last year’s car but it also features a few trick one-off parts in the engine to help them efficiently use all of those extra horses.

HKS decided to document their journey in developing this car all the way up until its final battle at WATC Australia via video chapters.  Check out chapter one below and keep an eye out for a very familiar face!

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Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Launch Trailer Drops. Is Full Of Shiny Cars, EDM, And Awesome

Posted on 09.11.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Forza Horizon 2 will arrive on store shelves at the end of this month (September 30th) so the launch party is starting to get rolling.  It kicked off with a bright, shiny, EDM-fueled trailer that just released a few moments ago.  The new trailer shows off most of what we can expect from the next Horizon game featuring everything from crazy off roading with Rally Fighters to racing trains with WRX’s.  If you avoid blinking you can see a sample of all the cars that will make an appearance in the game but if you want a full list of all 210 cars that will be available at launch hit up the Forza Horizon website.

In addition to the trailer Turn 10 Studios also released some information on how the “Forza Rewards” system will work with Forza Horizon 2.  Essentially, the “Forza Rewards” program will gift free cars to players who have earned x amount of points just from playing Forza games.  According to Turn 10 players started earning Forza Reward points way back in the Forza Motorsport 2 days.  Points are earned by playing and/or doing different things in each Forza game.  In Forza Motorsport 5 points are rewarded based on how many cars a player owns, how many miles they have driven, etc.  The amount of points a player has will determine what “tier” they are in.

Based on the tier a player falls into they will be able to choose up to 5 (non-DLC) cars to add to their Forza Horizon 2 garage right away.  It breaks down like so:

Tier Level Car
2 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
3 2013 Viper GTS
4 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
5 2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter
6 2013 McLaren P1

Nice line up right?  Still, there may be some out there who have never played the first Forza Horizon game and might be on the fence about this new one.  To those people I would suggest trying out the Forza Horizon 2 demo which comes out for Xbox One on September 16th (next Tuesday).  Anyone that is still on the fence after that can check out our full review of Forza Horizon 2 to get our take on it.

For now check out the new launch trailer below and stay tuned for more Forza Horizon 2 updates!

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Movie Hype: Glorious New OFFICIAL Picture Of New Batmobile Surfaces. It Has Guns.

Posted on 09.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Yesterday the internet was turned upside down when several “spy shots” of the new Batmobile from the coming “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” movie surfaced.  An individual who claimed to be working in the area where filming is currently taking place spotted the new Batmobile parked in an alley and covered in dust.  He quickly pulled out his phone, snapped a few pictures and uploaded them to Instagram; moments later Instagram exploded.  OK, it didn’t actually explode but things definitely jumped off.  The grainy night shots quickly made the rounds from movie nerd sites to other automotive sites.  Everyone was talking about it.

However, there was a problem: the pictures sucked and the car was filthy.  Most people didn’t care but no self-respecting Hollywood director would have one of his main props floating around on the internet looking shabby so Zack Snyder (the director) took to Twitter last night and posted a new picture “official” Batmobile picture.  In the new shot (as seen above) the Batmobile is really featured in all its glory with big honking guns pointed right at the camera.  That may throw off most Batman fans as the Dark Knight is known for his aversion to firearms but its quite possible that those gun turrets fire rubber bullets.  Whether you agree with the guns or not its hard to admit they don’t look pretty badass sitting there.

For a larger version of the new Batmobile image as well as the earlier leaked pictures click the thumbnails below.

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Hype Video: Tanner Foust Tests New GRC Spec VW Beetle By Writing In Cursive With Burnt Rubber Because Tanner Foust

Posted on 09.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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When Tanner Foust first announced that he would be moving from Ford to VW and would eventually campaign a GRC-spec Beetle, I excited but skeptical.  “I’ll believe it when I see it” I thought to myself.  Well, today I saw it and its impressive!  The Top Gear USA host just dropped a “teaser video” of his first “test” with the GRC VW Beetle.  While viewers won’t see too much in all the smoke and spinning tires, its enough to drive the point home that there may be something to this car after all.  Tanner also takes an extra step to make sure a certain comparison isn’t made.  Wait until the end of the video below to see what I am talking about…

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Hype Quiz: Which McLaren F1 Driver Are You?

Posted on 08.28.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Which McLaren F1 driver best matches your personality?  Are  you a devil may care, womanizing, raw talent like James Hunt?  A devout man with aspirations of using your spotlight to uplift the social plights of your people like the great Ayrton Senna?  Are you methodical with a great respect for scientific and technical data to improve performance like Niki Lauda?  If you are seek the answers to this question McLaren has a quiz to help you out.   Simply complete the 10 question “personality” quiz and based on your answers they will deduce which past McLaren driver you are most like.

Who did I get?  Apparently, I am most like Emerson Fittipaldi.  I’ll take that…  If you want to know your F1 driver then CLICK HERE to be taken to the quiz or hit the source link below.

[Source: McLaren]

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Hype Video: BMW Tapps Chris Forsberg To “Initiate” M4 Coupe To The M Family With Drifting

Posted on 08.26.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The M4 is the newest edition to the M family and is taking a prominent role by replacing the M3 coupe.  That is a tall order for a new car with such a rich heritage!  If previous generation M3’s were real people they might be a bit skeptical of this new edition.  BMW, being empathetic to this decided it would introduce the M4 coupe to its M3 coupe predecessors in style.  How? By tapping Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg to drift around them!  Scroll down for two minutes of German-engineered sideways action!

 

WARNING: RANDOM SPECULATION BELOW!

Ok that was a cool video right? Yet, it made me think about something… Why was Chris Forsberg chosen to be the driver for this video? Granted he is definitely a skilled driver but a company like BMW could have grabbed any Hollywood stunt driver for this.  Perhaps there is more here than meets the eye…  Could Chris Forsberg be in negotiations with BMW for the 2015 Formula Drift season?  This isn’t the first video put out by BMW this year which features drifting so they obviously have an interest in it and if trends continue Chris Forsberg is on track to be the 2014 Formula Drift champion.  So, If BMW were to make a foray into Formula Drift it is likely they would want to do it with the reigning champion.  Of course all of this is pure speculation and there is no hard evidence to support this theory, but its fun to imagine!

What do you think?  Will Chris Forsberg leave Nissan for BMW?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Hype Event: Mainstream Productions x Stance Nation Nisei Showoff 2014 (Gallery)

Posted on 08.18.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I have been personally attending “import” AKA “tuner” car shows ever since the very first Hot Import Nights that was held right in my hometown of Long Beach.  A lot of things have changed since then.  Car shows got bigger, more publicized, and well far away from their humble beginnings.  Car shows started to become less “a show of cars” and more of an all out “entertainment event” with concerts, video game tournaments, dance crew battles, DJ battles, bikini contests, “fashion” shows, pretty much anything that was eye and ear candy was thrown into the mix to try and add value to the growing prices of admission to offset the growing venues.

At first it was cool.  Each car show was like going to a rave.  There were thumping beats, crazy lights, and increasingly elaborate displays for cars and vendor booths.  Things just got bigger, brighter, and louder.  However, like most bubbles the scene eventually popped.  Blame the economy, the over commercialization, judging controversies, or maybe a combination of several things but at some point the car show scene fell off dramatically, mostly.

Now “mostly” is an important word because despite what was happening with all other car show series, there was one that stayed consistent through the ups and downs and never really lost the respect of enthusiasts.  I am referring to Import Showoff by Mainstream Productions helmed by Ken Miyoshi.  You may not know his name if you are younger than 25 but he has been an important figure in our culture for the last 20 years.  He pretty much created the concept of the “import car show” as we know it and exposed America to drifting far before D1 came to Irwindale so many years ago.  He is a humble guy but incredibly driven and cares deeply for the car culture and putting together a quality show.  When things got big bright and loud he didn’t really buy into it even though those big shows started to take away from Import Showoff’s attendance.

He stuck to his roots and kept things all about the cars and the culture and never strayed too far beyond that.  It may have hurt his series for a while but eventually things changed.  One day we all kind of figured out that we wanted more substance than flash, more culture than commercial, more sunny days hanging out with our friends than flashing neon lights in a dark convention hall.  Then we remembered that there was a show that had been providing those things all along: Import Showoff.

These days Showoff is mostly condensed to a few shows a year: Chinatown Showoff and Nisei Week showoff and to this day many veterans of the scene will tell you that Nisei Week Showoff is the best show of the year.  Its small, and typically held during one of the hottest times of the year but the quality of cars on deck makes it all worth it.  Also with the recent team up of Mainstream Productions and StanceNation, the quality of cars has only grown exponentially.  That is why I urge you, if you have the chance to come out to the Nisei Week Showoff next year.  Make a trip out of it, trust me when I tell you that if you love import cars it will be worth it.

Anyhow, that’s enough of my lecturing about how awesome things used to be.  I went to the Nisei Showoff over the weekend and put together a pretty killer gallery of over 300 pictures!  Check out our Facebook gallery below!  Thanks again to Ken Miyoshi for inviting us to the show and for keeping it real all these years!

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Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2’s Social Features Detailed In New Video

Posted on 08.13.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Today, the world got a bit more insight as to just how social Forza Horizon 2 will be once its released this September (9-30-14 to be exact).  Playground Games, the studio behind Forza Horizon 2 released a video for Gamescom (think of it as a European E3) which detailed some of Horizon 2’s social features and how they will be integrated into the different game modes.  After watching the video it appears that Playground Games really wants to make it easy for players to connect with their friends no matter what mode they are in.  It will be easy for players to find out what their friends are doing, contact their friends, and play with their friends from just about any screen in the game.  The video also provides a few more details on the in-game “Car Meets” and how that will change the way players browse tunes and paint schemes.  There have also been tweaks to enhance popular multiplayer modes like “King” and “Infected”.

To get a full rundown of how the social features work just watch the video below!

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