Entries Tagged as 'Features'

LA Auto Show: Meeting The Mercedes AMG GT-S For The First Time (Video)

Posted on 11.25.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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This year’s LA Auto Show was an opportunity for me to see many of cars that have previously had their worldwide debuts overseas or had their worldwide debut at this event.  One such car that I was very much looking forward to getting up close to is the new Mercedes Benz AMG GT-S which is their new flagship sports car slated to replace the SLS AMG.  Does it look as good in person as it does in pictures?  How is the interior?  Why did I cut off the top of my own head in the frame?  Find out the answers to those questions and more in the video below!  You can also check out pictures of the AMG GT-S fresh from the show floor by clicking on the thumbnails!

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Hype Video: Falken Tire Says Goodbye To Formula Drift In Latest GTChannel “Controlled Chaos” Episode

Posted on 11.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Starting in 2015 Falken Tire will no longer be a team owner in Formula Drift which effectively disbands “Team Falken” in the sport.  This ends a relationship with Formula Drift that has pretty much spanned the series existence.  Falken intends to remain a part of drifting through sponsorships but that will be the extent of their involvement.  In the latest episode of “Controlled Chaos” from GT Channel, members of Team Falken reflect on their time in the sport, how Falken and drifting changed their lives, and their plans for the future.  The episode provides some rare insight into the personal lives of some of the Team Falken drivers and sheds a light of realism on just how hard it is to make it in this sport and how important it is to them.

In the case of Justin “JTP” Pawlak, he explains that before drifting he wasn’t on the best path in his life and was involved in things that got him into trouble.  Once he fell in love with drifting and then went on to join Team Falken his life changed completely.  He went from getting into trouble to now owning a house and having his own family.  Dai Yoshihara explains that he has some serious decisions to make as he was recently married and is himself an expectant father.  Dai says that drifting/driving is the only thing he feels he knows how to do well so he will do what he can to remain involved in the sport but at the same time has to make sure he makes the best choices for his family.

This is a very real, honest, compelling look at just how much Falken has influenced the sport, their drivers, and their team.  You may need a tissue for this one!  Watch the full episode below.

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LA Auto Show: The RC-F Coupe In The Lexus Exhibit Is Strangely Familar (Video)

Posted on 11.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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MotorworldHype.com was launched back in 2008 and to help us get the word out we partnered up with Lexus to style an IS-F sedan for SEMA that year.  My concept for the car was to go subtle but still remain performance minded and my ultimate goal/dream for the concept was for Lexus to take a look at it and want to actually produce it as a special edition.  That didn’t happen obviously but when I visited the LA Auto Show to check out the new RC-F coupe, lets just say I had a smile on my face.  If you want to know what I mean check out the video below and stay tuned for more from the LA Auto Show!

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2014 LA Auto Show: New Cadillac ATS-V GT3 Is A Muscular Evil Looking Race Car With Lots Of Letters In Its Name

Posted on 11.20.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The new Cadillac ATS-V coupe made its debut at the LA Auto Show.  Its wider, lighter, evil twin, the ATS-V GT3 also made its debut at the LA Auto Show.  It has 600 horsepower, wide arches made from carbon fiber, massive brakes, and I am afraid of it.  Let’s take a closer look and hope that it doesn’t try to kill us.

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LA Auto Show: Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition Is Exclusive And I Want It (Video)

Posted on 11.20.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Tucked away in a quiet corner of the LA Auto Show is one of the prettiest Italian sports cars I have ever seen! The Alfa Romeo 4C but not just any 4C, the Launch Edition! Only 500 of which will make it to North America. How is the Launch Edition different? Let’s take a look and find out.

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Video: Ken Block Hoons Los Angeles In Every Imaginable Way in GymkhanaSEVEN

Posted on 11.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I will let you guys in on a little secret.  I actually got to watch Gymkhana SEVEN early at an event over the weekend.  Then again, I posted about it on instagram and twitter so I guess its not so secret.  If you follow us (follow us! @motorworldhype on twitter and instagram!) then  you already know how I feel about the latest Gymkhana flick.  If you don’t then I will give you a quick summary so you can go ahead and start watching below.  This video is easily the best Gymkhana video yet!  The production value is through the roof!  They filmed at places in LA that most would have thought to be impossible!

One of my favorite things about Gymkhana SEVEN besides the production value is the nods and in-jokes about Los Angeles.  Ken visits famous locations, recreates moments in recent LA pop culture, and has some fun with another Los Angeles staple: Lowriders.  Its all really funny and entertaining to watch.  I think many people forget that Ken Block actually “writes” these videos himself.  That might sound weird that he “writes” for videos that have no dialogue but all the nods and jokes I mentioned were straight from his head!  Personally I don’t think the guy gets enough credit for his creative side (speaking of, keep an eye out for a few easter eggs!).  Anyhow, in summary Gymkhana SEVEN is a marvelous, obnoxious, maniacal, beautiful, love letter to Los Angeles.  You owe yourself to watch it below!

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SEMA 2014: 100% Authentic, Legit, Complete Mugen NSX AKA The Japanese Unicorn

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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With all the Wide Liberty Bunny Rocket Body craziness going on at SEMA this year, my eyes were craving a car that was simple, clean, and classy.  I found that in spades with the car you see here.  What you are looking at is a 100% legit Mugen NSX!  Why am I so hyped about this?  Because I have never seen this before in my life ever.  Like, not even in a video game.  That is how rare this is!  While I have seen NSXs with a few Mugen parts on it here and there but I have never seen the complete set up like this.  In case you couldn’t tell I think that it is a thing of beauty.

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This car is proof that one does not need to go completely over the top to create an impressive build.  Clean and simple can still be just as eye catching as wild and wide.  I have posted a lot of awesome SEMA cars over the last few days but I would honestly take this one over quite a few of them.  Its funny how little is actually changed about this car yet all the changes equate to something that just seems levels better than a bone stock NSX.  I love everything about this car!  If you ever get to see it person then I highly suggest you take your time to admire it!

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SEMA 2014: Rocket Bunny Erry-Thang! The Rocket Bunny Lexus RC & Rocket Bunny NSX Take Center Stage

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Liberty Walk wasn’t the only Japanese widebody designer that was taking over SEMA this year.  Rocket Bunny was hopping all over the place as well.  In fact, there was so much Rocket Bunny craziness going on that there was an inter-show meme about it!  That is how popular the brand has gotten since it blew up with its kit for the FR-S/BRZ about a year or so ago.  These days Rocket Bunny is trying to get their paws on any car that they think would lend itself well to their unique designs.  Two of their biggest debuts at the show this year was their take on the new Lexus RC coupe and the legendary Acura NSX.

Rocket Bunny NSX

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This is a car I had been waiting on for a while.  I first saw renderings of it almost a year ago and I was immediately interested.  There aren’t many widebody NSXs out there that really capture the essence of the car but one glimpse at the Rocket Bunny treatment and I could tell they were going into this with respect.

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This look gives a strong GT vibe and I love that.  While some of the other Rocket Bunny kits seem to go more for a “street hot rod” feel with the rivets and such, with this kit it really looks like they were trying to go for an authentic race car aero treatment for the street.  One of my favorite things about it is that the front end is actually been converted to a clam-shell so the whole front end can be titled up to make it easy to work on the front suspension.  I love nearly everything about this car although I am on the fence about the wrap.  Sure, a chrome blue vinyl certainly pops but sometimes doing a chrome wrap can hide details which is something that this car has in spades.  The good thing about a wrap though is that it is not permanent.  So, I am sure at some point this car will be re-wrapped or painted in a color that brings out the car’s details a bit more.

 

Rocket Bunny Lexus RC 350 Coupe

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This car was pretty surprising to me.  Not just for its looks but for the sheer-spend in which it was developed.  The Lexus RC coupe has been out world wide for like 5 minutes and the Rocket Bunny team was already able to create a very elaborate package for it that looks as if it was in development for months!

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While I do like most of what Rocket Bunny did with the new RC coupe; I do wish there were less canards on it.  A few are fine but I think there is a little too much going on here.  Other than that I love the look.  The Enkei Wheels really set off the car as well as the paint.  I can see many Lexus RC owners flocking to get this kit.  In fact I would almost bet money that by the time the next Toyotafest comes around there will be at least 3 or 4 Rocket Bunny Lexus RC’s in attendance.   I am totally ok with that…

So what do you think of the two Rocket Bunnies you see here?  What make/model do you think Rocket Bunny should take on next?  Let me know in the comments!

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SEMA 2014: Mark Arcenal Reveals Fatlace x FRF Japan Porsche 997 Secret Project

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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It was a day or two before SEMA.  I had just walked away from my computer, confident that I had finally put together a solid list of all the cars I wanted to cover from the show; and then it happened… I get on instagram and see a post from Mark Arcenal (creator of the Fatlace & illest brands) with this crazy looking widebody Porsche with a caption saying “I lied. Here is my secret project”.  If you’re thinking that this was the point that I exclaimed an expletive then you would be correct.  However I knew this car was a must have on the list so I found out where it would be and sent my SEMA photo ninja after it.

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Despite my desperation to get shots of this car I admittedly do not know much about it.  What I do know is that the widebody kit design is all new and dubbed “FRF”.  I am speculating but I think this will be a new brand of body kits meant for modern Porsches as a sub-brand RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB) as typically the RWB brand deals more with older generation 911’s and not so much the newer stuff.  I also know that Mark Arcenal is working with Toshiya Ichiraku, the International Director of RWB to bring this FRF kit to the states in which Fatlace would be the exclusive USA distributor.  So, technically this kit isn’t here  yet.  In fact the car you see in the pictures was not built in the states but shipped to Las Vegas directly from Japan.  Although Mark did mention on instagram that they are taking pre-orders for the FRF kit but did not mention when the kit will officially release.  If you have a Porsche 997 and you’re interested in sporting the FRF kit then I would suggest hitting up Mark on instagram or contacting the RWB USA office and they may be able to help you out.

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SEMA 2014: Greddy x Garrett Turbo x Kolab Agency 1000HP Nissan GT-R

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What happens when you take one of the best Japanese tuners, a top tier turbocharger manufacturer, and a legendary all wheel drive sports car and connect them all with the help of a forward thinking marketing agency?  This crazy red beast you see in all of these pretty pictures.  About six months ago my good friend and CEO of the Kolab Agency Ernie Manansala Jr. sold his NSX and got a Nissan GT-R.  I figured he might do a few things to it but nothing major.  Then, one day he told me his new red Godzilla was going to be a SEMA project.  I thought “ok, he will go a little farther with it than I anticipated.”  That turned out to be a major understatement!

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One Rocket Bunny widebody kit, four Advan wheels, two Garrett turbos, every Greddy GT-R part available, and 1,000HP later you have a car that is so crazily awesome that it catches the attention of Kazunori Yamauchi.  Who is Kazunori Yamauchi? The godfather of the Gran Turismo video game series.  Kazunori-san liked Ernie’s GT-R so much that it actually won for “best import” at the GT Awards ceremony during the SEMA show.  Not bad for a car built in about 3 months!  You may have also guessed that those 1,000 horses aren’t just for show either.  Ernie plans to campaign his GT-R in a few time attack competitions in the near future.  Who knows, this GT-R might be the first car to win a GT Award and break a track record!

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